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: Calling all Canadians!

04-09-2000, 01:20 PM
A member from the UK is looking for information about Canada in consideration of relocating there. He is visiting Toronto but other locations from Vancouver to Montreal are potential candidates as well. He is a professional in the computer industry with a major automotive industry background.

Please provide any information on the region you know and an idea of the employment and of course fishing conditions


Royal Usual
04-11-2000, 04:11 PM
Okay, I'll admit to being biased, but your UK friend might want to consider locating in Ottawa.

It's got a large (and growing) high tech sector (Nortel, Corel, and many many others are here) and they are CRYING OUT for qualified people. It's a beautiful city with a very low crime rate and all the amenities. There's lots to do, including museums, concerts, art galleries and, yes, even monster truck rallies. It's only an hour by plane to Toronto and less to Montreal.

Most importantly, however, there is good fishing both in town and close by.

Right in town you'll find good sized, fiesty smallies, muskie, pike, walleye, panfish, the odd enormous catfish, and there have been seen carp with scales the size of dinner plates.

Close by there's all that plus lake trout, largemouth bass, panfish, fallfish, gar pike, even redhorse suckers (the latter are C&R only as they are endangered).

The areas around Ottawa have been only lightly fished for years. There are so many places to fish, and a rather small population fishing them. We rarely if ever see anyone else fishing around here. Especially not fly fishing!

Plus Ottawa is only three hours by car to New York's legendary Ausable River, and the same to the Salmon River in Pulaski for large steelies and cohos. Other Lake Ontario tribs on this side, in the three to four-hour drive range, offer additional steelie and salmon action. The Grand River is somewhat further afield.

I'm done horn-tootin' now. You other Canucks can get your oar in!

04-11-2000, 06:37 PM
Royal Unusual:
is that a Usual with wings at both ends? Judging by the information you're giving out... I know you! Unmask thyself

04-11-2000, 09:17 PM
Thanks Royal - (hope you're getting all this Steve!)

Getting a fellow member a job... wouldn't that be too cool! Hmmm... sending a local newpaper would help, also Steve - you could look up the Careers links in each of the companies named to see if there is an opening in the area.

I have a freind who runs an internet match-making of the professional type I'll send him a copy of the resume.

I'll let Steve decide on his own whether to email you the resume or not. My day job employer may have something in the area although it's not posted on our website I'll do some inside research. One of our divisions is in Toronto and I believe we still have sales / field offices in Vancouver.

04-12-2000, 08:42 PM
Ottawa is a good recommendation. I used to live there then i came out west to Calgary. Calgary has many of the same attributes mentionned for Ottawa. It's also a GREAT trout fishing mecca, with the Bow river at hand and multiple other streams and lakes available within reasonable travel. Montana and South East British Columbia lakes & rivers are also part of the offering.
Great Skiing in the Rockies, Bannf is close by with 4 major ski resorts.
It's definitly worth a look. The Alberta economy is strong and taxation is the lowest in the country.

Royal Usual
04-13-2000, 03:43 PM
Here are a few employment links for Ottawa and Canada:

And yes, Trutta, I believe we were in a car together this weekend... :^)

...and our mutual friend Rainmaker invented the Royal Usual. A triumph of presentation over imitation, I believe he called it!


04-14-2000, 11:45 AM
>And yes, Trutta, I believe we were in a car together this >weekend... :^)
>...and our mutual friend Rainmaker invented the Royal >Usual. A triumph of presentation over imitation, I believe >he called it!

Well, I'll be...
Now the question is... is it Brenda, Blair or Marc. I will guess Marc. Final answer.

Royal Usual
04-14-2000, 01:53 PM
Hint: go look in the Organizations forum!


04-14-2000, 05:18 PM
so I didn't win the million... <g>
Great to see you here. Yes, yes... write a piece. Juro, this lady can write. I love it.

Royal Usual
04-14-2000, 06:20 PM
Well, I did send an e-mail about the Writers' Guild... but, unfortunately, have not heard back.

I shall content myself with basking in your reflected glory, Trutta! One of these days I hope to visit some of those lovely brookies, and maybe meet a few personally!


04-14-2000, 06:58 PM
RU -

That would be my fault... I lost my inbox a while back and your request may have been a casualty! I'll definitely keep you in the circulation as I work out a few details over the weekend.

The Guild is a group "by the people for the people" as they say. It's a cooperative association of authors and aspiring authors who work together to provide top quality published flyfishing stories for the web. In it's charter year, the venue will be to generate a sponsor-funded Dream Trip drawing for a lucky contributor each annual season.

You will be able to see a new category called "The Guild Member's Area" once I switch your account over to that group. This is where we will post new stories for each other to review and offer constructive comments, praise, etc.

It will be the shared responsibility of the authors, myself, Jeff, and other members to find a sponsor or group of sponsors to generate $100 worth of advertising support to publish the article. Once published, the author will receive a drawing ticket for the annual Guild Dream Trip drawing. I suspect that the first drawing will result in a modest trip, but with time the prize could become very significant. The only obligation of winning will be - a featured article describing the prize trip! If the trip is declined, the winner is free to do what they wish with the money. The goal will be to arrange a trip with cooperating lodges and guides that could not be matched by the cash alone.

A very complementary sidebar or banner will be provided for each sponsor in the layout of the story. The $100 sponsor will get full stage, partials will share the sponsorship with other banners / sidebars, etc.

It hasn't been a problem getting great stories to publish... and the right thing to do with these generous contributions is make a forum for giving back something to the folks who contribute. As authors of published articles, you would be eligible for certain discounts from many manufacturers and would be likely to receive test equipment once in a while in addition to the prize drawing.

The Guild is not designed to earn money for the site, it's designed to be a fun way to contribute content with some perks for doing so. If we all put some energy into it, the returns will intensify - it's up to the Guild members themselves to make it work! If you're like me, you enjoy just getting your story published, but we might as well make it fun and rewarding.

I'll put other plans aside and get this set up over the weekend. As Guild members, feel free to comment on the organization of the tools as well as the goals or guidelines of *your* Guild as we move ahead.

thanks and very glad to have you!


04-15-2000, 09:51 AM
Many thanks to everyone's advice. I will certainly check out the web sites and consider openings in Ottawa. Any other web site URLs would be most welcome. I heard the other day that my family & I would have enought "points" to emigrate, if I came out with a job already offered.

Thanks again,