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    All children do not develop at the same pace. My eldest son developed slowly in the early years and may have been considered as behind the pace. Today he is in 3rd year BComm degree and scoring over 90% and he is exceptionally bright. I have never been a fan of pushing kids too hard when they are young. They only have one chance to be innocent and carefree. Let them play! We place way too much burden on kids who are barely past the toddler stage. It’s ridiculous.
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    Good luck with the move! What will you be doing in Gander? The budget for electricity etc really depends on various factors and also local climate. Heating and cooling costs over the various seasons will cause bills to fluctuate. Some companies offer a service whereby they "gauge" what your yearly costs will be based on the number of rooms in the house and number of occupants and then you pay the same every month, and they adjust it as needs be. Type of heating also plays a part. Gas-based heating, for example, is less expensive than electricity, but not available everywhere. A heat pump can make a HUGE difference in costs. Car insurance - more based on the driver than the value of the car, so you'll find as a "new driver" in Canada it can be VERY expensive to purchase insurance. My best advice in the past to newly landed immigrants has been to buy an older car cash and NOT to choose comprehensive insurance, just the obligatory "3rd party" (or whatever its called over here) until you hit the magic "3 year mark" when insurance costs will start coming down if you haven't h ad to claim in that time... If you buy a "valuable" car you'll need comprehensive insurance - I can remember being quoted $6,500 per annum in Ontario in 2013 and nearly having a panic attack!
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    @jimmy my heart sank, I know that feeling of disappointment all too well. I'm really sorry Great that you got a test for 15 Dec at least it's not too far, although sometimes it feels like every week is one too many, without sounding too dramatic lol. Really holding thumbs for your guys.
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    @Amy G that's absolutely fantastic!!!! I'm so glad for you guys!! Well done!! Unfortunately we didn't get the score we were hoping for, my wife's scores are 7.5, 9, 6.5, 8.5 - LRWS. Missing out on Listening and writing. If it was only the writing we could've gone for re-mark, but the listening got her this time as well. I've already booked and she will be writing again on 15 December. Again, well done!! On you go.... hopefully you can update your profile in time for Monday's draw........... all the best for the rest of the process and I hope you get your PPR soon
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    @jimmy hubby's results are out, he got 7 for writing and top bands all else! Am so excited, don't know what to do with myself! Do you have any news??
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    Ek lees vanaand dié op FaceBook van iemand in Carnavon: Vra ek vroulief "Weet jy wat hier staan??" "Nee" sê sy vir my, "dis maar hoe die jongmense vandag praat jong." .... sug. Ek wil my verstout om te sê ek dink ons praat 'n suiwerder Afrikaans hier in Kanada as baie van ons landgenote terug in Suid-Afrika! Ek kom deesdae nie so baie op die forum nie, maar ek mis nogal Afrikaans hier. Ek sien daar is baie van ons lede wat Afrikaans as hul taal aangee, maar vir een of ander rede (dalk Kanadese polities-korrektheid?) praat-skryf ons nie meer so baie Afrikaans as in die forum se begindae nie. So ek wil tóg ons lede aanmoedig: as jy gemakliker voel om jou storie in Afrikaans te stel, gaan gerus voort. Die meeste van ons Engelse lede verstaan die taal, en ons het nog altyd gesê praat in die taal wat vir jou die maklikste is. So jy sal kry dat mense jou dalk in Engels gaan antwoord, en dis piekfyn so. Kom ons beoefen ons moedertaal tog 'n bietjie meer! [For the English among us, Google Translate understands Afrikaans too] 😉
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    @Reibtseb Het nou na Spoegwolf geluister. Ek hou van die musiek, baie. Maar die woorde maak nie vir my ten volle sin nie. Miskien is ek te lank weg daar. Ek hou van die videos se agtergrond ook. Laat my nou baie huis toe verlang.
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    @LaraDK Thanks. I found it at Home depo. Yay! I was trying to find the old comment about the different wires. Thanks 😀 you saved me a lot of trouble finding the old conversation.
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    Thank you very much for the advice and information. We really do appreciate it.
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    The school year has just begun. I would definitely move her. It sounds like she is being put into situations for which she isn't emotionally ready, like the one you mentioned: Being openly compared to other children. I'm actually appalled at this teacher/caregiver's actions and wouldn't think twice about moving my child if I was in such a situation.
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    Hendie, ek stem heelhartig saam met jou. Ons het grootgeword in 'n era toe taalsuiwerheid en korrekte spelling belangrik was. Ons praat seker maar "ou" Afrikaans in Kanada.😄 SACanada was voorheen volledig tweetalig.
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    Agree Hendie. Nothing wrong with one person asking in English and someone answering in Afrikaans or vice versa. What ever is easiest.
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    @MargueriteEPlugs are quite easy to find here - Home Depot or Canadian Tire (like Builders Warehouse) will probably have what you need. I changed over all my lamp plugs and they are just fine. The only thing I noticed is that the live and neutral wires are different colours here, so just make a note of that when switching over your plugs. If you are gathering electrical supplies though, you may want a few of these: https://www.acdc.co.za/products/b22-e27-lamp-holder-adaptor?variant=30481328268 Turns out they don't have bayonet light bulbs here and almost all my lamps took those ... This sorted it out very cheaply (happy a friend from SA could bring these over on a visit - they are wayyy more expensive on amazon - plus shipping ....).
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    For a moment I had such a skrik! This thread and HSBC report was telling me that we're about to make a terrible mistake by immigrating from New Zealand to Canada. Judged by this report we've already landed in the land of milk and honey — pun intended — when we moved here from South Africa, so there'd be no reason to brave the Great White Winters. So after losing a fair bit of sleep here're my thoughts: Like Jules said (after I had lost my sleep), expats and immigrants are very much not the same thing.HSBC's report (which is graphically so very well presented) does not provide any information of their methodology or sample, so assuming this is feedback provided by their own clients, it's telling that the sample possibly does not represent the typical immigrant. How many of us maintain a GBP60k (CAD120k or ZAR1.23m) 'relationship balance' in their accounts?Another number that points to this survey being an 'upper-crust' subset: In the health category, Canada is ranked 12th, and South Africa 8th. That could only be for people that can afford private hospitals and/or top-tier medical insurance.For example Bahrain features quite well in the report. From parent's experience, I'd agree wholeheartedly, it should. Would I seize upon an opportunity to go work there as a professional, highly paid, non-taxed expat? Absolutely. My folks did so for 26 years. The picture for the very many manual labourers, low-skilled workers from India, the Philipines etc is of course very different, bordering on indentured labour.) Would I want to immigrate there? Live there for life? No. Would I immigrate from South Africa to New Zealand if that's the only door open to me? Yes. I am genuinely grateful for the hospitality New Zealand has shown us. Many people (but not all) do find happiness here. And I do believe the future in New Zealand is brighter than in South Africa (and that makes me so very sad). I don't agree that happiness is only a state of mind. Our environments colour our lives in so many ways. Aspirational environs kindle our hopes and fuel our dreams. I'd venture that most forumites lost hope for a brighter future in South Africa, hence undertaking their life-changing journeys. Their (un)happiness influenced by where they were and how they saw their futures unfold. If happiness was simply a state of mind, there would not be so many immigrants seeking a better future for themselves and their loved ones. There is none so terrible a state of mind to be bereft of hope for a better future — isn't that the primary motivator for most immigrants who undertake the most arduous of journeys of their lives? (I am so grateful that my challenges aren't as great as so many others' — not sure I'd have the strength of character to walk from Syria to Germany, or cross the Mediterranean in a dinghy.)