Recent content by axolotl

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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I moved to Quebec last June. So I've already experienced the winter here.
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I am now on parental leave for a second time (although it's about the same baby). A good moment for some reflections. It was a great decision to move to Montreal from Toronto. Quality of life is much better here. I recently purchased a three-bedroom house for 336,000 dollars, on a...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I am now focusing on paying off my mortgage in the Netherlands at 4.7%. It is partly because I feel an economic/financial winter is coming. If it does come, I will have cash/income to buy whatever at a more attractive price. If it does not, it's also okay. Recently I read Antifragile. It has...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    The secret of two-hour working days is to have your boss in a different city (e.g. Toronto). Commute is not bad at all. I used to take the train to Montreal and the train itself took 30 minutes. Now I drive (25 minutes) to Costco, where I can park for free, and then walk to the office in...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I haven't bought any other property since then. The move to Quebec has made it less easy to look actively for properties in the Windsor region. I tried, but could not find anything as interesting in the Montreal area. The market here is less crazy than in Toronto. But it is still hard to...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Indeed it has been a while since my last update. Here's a brief summary of what happened since then. I became less and less happy with my then employer and I left in April 2018. I started with another company in Montreal as a Lead Data Scientist in July. Now I live in Saint Bruno, a small town...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Just for fun, I did some research on the legality of putting one's extra rooms on Airbnb in Ontario. The findings are very interesting. First of all, as long as a tenant still occupies the unit, it does not constitute a sublet, and consequently any no-sublet clause in the lease agreement does...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    This return is not really extraordinary for multi-family properties in Downtown Windsor. The one is Pasadena NL is close to Gros Morne National Park. A good way to estimate your future Airbnb returns is to post the property in which you are interested on Airbnb, without actually owning it or...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Then I'd rather have the guests in the basement :) I heard it really varies from baby to baby. Some babies keep crying, while others sleep and sleep. It can be sometimes counter-intuitive. I looked around on Airbnb, it seems that the average price in Halifax is much lower than in some more...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I haven't updated this thread for a while. There have been some changes to my life. The most important one is that my partner is pregnant and I am expected to become a parent in October. We first tried IUI and then IVF. On 30 January at 6:45, I learned that the egg retrieval was scheduled on 2...
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    If this is the case, then I had two ETAs when they issued me the COPR: one from my previous application in July 2017 (for which I paid 7 CAD), another automatically generated with the COPR in Oct 2017. The one they cancelled later was the one from July 2017. This would explain everything. But...
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    They asked "Do you have an ETA? Have you printed it out?" I showed them the ETA email on my phone. I guess they were idiots. But idiots are everywhere. WOW Air has never swiped my passport. I used a machine at the airport to print the boarding passes. At the gate, WOW only scanned my boarding pass.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    They asked "Do you have an ETA? Have you printed it out?" I showed them the ETA email on my phone. I guess they were idiots. But idiots are everywhere.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    Again, my ETA was cancelled on 25/10/2017. Japan Airlines DID ask for an ETA.