In the major cities (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto & Montreal), you're basically looking at extensions of major US cities.hi, this may sound really stupid but for anyone who has lived/worked in the US and Canada, what are some advantages of Canada (not Toronto if that matters)? From a very naive perspective, I was hoping maybe less crime, congestion, something like that?
Like WestCoastCanadianGirl says, major cities in Canada are just an extension of the US.hi, this may sound really stupid but for anyone who has lived/worked in the US and Canada, what are some advantages of Canada (not Toronto if that matters)? From a very naive perspective, I was hoping maybe less crime, congestion, something like that?
I am claustrophobic and just recently had to ride the Jubilee line. Well, the thing got stuck in between stations, and we were escorted out through the tunnel. Talk to me about a nightmare!:scared:Congestion... you're going to get that in any major city regardless of whether it's Vancouver, NYC or London (you should see the congestion at Oxford Circus subway station at rush hour... people stacked up 10-20 deep outside of the entrances to the station... now that's what I call congestion!!!)
Hope this is of some help in your comparison.
I guess you don't know what you are talking about. I am retired so don't have an employer. I have a Medicare Advantage plan from Health Net. I do NOT pay any premiums and everything is covered. I do not pay any co-pays nor deductibles and prescription drugs are covered. Pre-existing medical conditions are not a factor in obtaining my insurance.I'm guessing you have health insurance wholly paid by an employer, with no "pre-existing medical conditions"?
Sorry about that. I was going to edit it out but it won't let me do it.Oooh a bit of snark. That's collegial.
There was no pejorative in my use of the word guess. From my experience there is sometimes a myopia amongst those living the States who've not be squeezed by the US health care régime. For folks coming from Europe in particular, it's important to consider the implications of health insurance costs in the States. Including lifetime exclusions from care for conditions that would simply be covered elsewhere: diabetes, depression.
As it happens I know precisely what I'm talking about: I have lived and worked in the US and Canada and Australia. I work in health research. And when someone faces cataclysmic conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS or heart disease, there are few places in the world better to be than BC. And that's both with respect to access to state-of-the-art treatments as well as not bearing any costs associated with them.
I live in the US too, and I have a very different take on healthcare here. I think the cost and quality of healthcare you receive in the US varies greatly from person to person. JohnSoCal you are very fortunate to have benefited well from the healthcare system here. But many, many other Americans are not getting the care they need (if they're getting any at all...) and certainly not getting remotely what we pay for.Number one, I don't have to bear any costs. Secondly, even the detractors admit that the US has the most advanced healthcare technology. My brother in law died in BC because he had to wait 9 months to get a heart bypass. My sister who was an RN and hospital department head in BC will not agree with you.
I have never said that everybody has great healthcare. However I do and it doesn't cost me anything. My plan is available to everybody under Medicare that lives in areas where it is offered. Your experience is certainly not the same as mine or any of our friends and associates.In my experience, the majority of those in the US who get amazing, affordable, efficient healthcare, are those who can afford to pay for it themselves anyways.
I think the US has become more and more full of people saying "you have mine, give it to me!". But in anycase, we lived in south Africa for 3 years and never had a problem with crime. Two years in Toronto later, every person we know has been broken into, assaulted, car stolen at gun point.... It really just depends. Crime is everywhere. Ironically, we have been much more effected in Canada than we ever were in SA.While it is true that there us no one "best" place between the US and Canada, there are a couple of things that mattered to me when deciding if I wanted to move to Canada. Toronto, at least, really does have less violent crime considering how dense the population is. (Toronto's rate is about 2 per 100,000 people, versus Atlanta's 26 and Chicago's 15.5.) More than that, though, the general attitude of the people is what has won me over. Canadians seem to understand that some degree of social responsibility is beneficial to all, even though they don't agree on how much is too much. The US has become more and more full of people saying, "I have mine and you can't have it, screw you." JMO.