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  1. Here’s one, chess is enjoying a bit of a boom: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/online-chess-covid-popularity-esports-1.5773163
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54665665 Turns out that Minneapolis really does need a police force after all. When even the hard left type at the BBC have noticed it, you know it must be bad.
  3. I reckon you’ll be able to go there in 2022 no problem. There’s loads of great food in Japan as well as sushi. I always really enjoyed the stuff they sell in pubs - not sure of the name of the style but it generally comes in the form of small pots of things to eat alongside your beer.
  4. Anything North American built and ten years old here will be a rust bucket so I’ll have to pass on that. Interesting about the Subaru engines, not seen that in the various reviews I’ve looked at.
  5. Pretty much, they are very uncommon here now. People tell me that station wagons were a big thing back in the 80s but that the arrival of SUVs and other truck derivatives killed them off.
  6. Looks like it: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/nov/11/sport.jamiewilson Nothing says you and your sport isn't welcome here more than a copper with a clipboard.
  7. I suspect they're trying to replicate this: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/atlantic-provinces-travel-bubble The blocker as I see it is that there is vastly more traffic across the Welsh border than there is across provincial borders in eastern Canada.
  8. There's a web page for that (of course): https://wikidiff.com/feeling/idea#:~:text=As nouns the difference between,as opposed to actual examples.
  9. About $1.20 a litre right now: https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/Canada/Ontario/gasoline_prices/#:~:text=Ontario Gasoline prices%2C liter&text=The average value for Ontario,period is 1.65 Canadian Dollar. So about 70p vs about £1.15. On the other side of the balance, insurance in Toronto is expensive. I'll likely end up paying around $1500 a year for comprehensive cover - so ~ £900.
  10. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Summarizing a response here: Skoda, Seat, all French makes, most of the Fiat range and most estate cars (e.g. Mondeo estate version, Passat estate and others) aren't available here. If the Mondeo estate was an option, I'd probably go with that as I've driven them in the UK and they're great for lugging stuff around. A folding bike or bike rack isn't an option (should have mentioned that) as I have track bikes to transport (track bikes can't get wet and I'd look like a right knob riding a folding bike here even if they would let me, which t
  11. I haven’t owned a car since I moved to Canada 11+ years ago. Instead I’ve used Zipcar and, for longer periods, rental cars. COVID has made this a lot harder as, first off, I don’t want to get into cars that may not be entirely clean (big problem with Zipcar specifically) and second, the Zipcar service is getting worse and worse as they’re obviously bleeding cash. So, time to step back into the world of owning motors. Requirements: Must be big enough to get a bike in the back without needing to take a wheel off. 4wd - no way it’ll get in and out of the lane at the back of my house in
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