Archive for the 'Differences - UK / Canada' Category

Hidden charges

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

In Europe you would never get away with making charges that were not explained to customers before the contract was made. That’s not so here.
Take telephones for instance, I signed up for a long-distance package that looked like a very good rate. There was nothing on the contract about any other chages and I specifically […]

Tax on postage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Post a letter, parcel etc and you’ll be taxed.
The postage is currently 49 cents for a letter, but you get charged 53 cents for the stamp, international letters are $1.49 which is $1.59 with the tax.
As usual there is no indication of this, it just happens at the checkout.

Tax on learning

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Yes, tax on books, including text books.
No indication in the shops, it just gets added at the checkout. That includes children’s books too.

How European are you ?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Sounds like a silly question, but it’s not.
Culturally the people of the north american continet, that is the US and Canada, are substantially different from Europeans. In each place the people accept certain rights, responsibilies and norms are part of life. On holiday (vacation) these are quaint and interesting, but when you live with them […]

Mobile phones - Cell phones

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

First difference is the name, people will look at you as if you have two heads if you talk about a mobile.
The major difference is the contracts, would you beleive that people are actually signing up for 3 years! YES, 36 months, can you really credit that? Tell them about moving to a different provider […]

Good things about Canada

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

The people are really friendly, talkative and generally seem to like English people.
There is lots of space, let’s put that in perspective, Canada has half the population of the UK, Alberta is just one province but is 2.4 times the size of England. There are only 2 major cities in Alberta, Calgary 1.25 million and […]

Canadian pricing woes

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Ohh it’s enough to drive you crazy!
Why can’t Canadians price things so you know how much it’s going to cost?
We were quoted $189 a night for a hotel, but when we checked out what did the bill say?
Well yes it was $189 a night but then there was 10% hotel tax and 7% Goods and […]