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  •  An outsider's perspective (7+ / 0-)

    As a Canadian, it's completely foreign (so to speak) to me to see the responses that include the caveats around medical expenses.  The student loan comments are also a little different from my experience as all Canadian universtities are essentially public (and heavily subsidized, for residents, at least at the undergrad level).  

    Add to that the additional benefits my employer and, in my experience, the bulk of Canadian employers are able to provide (in terms of LTD, employee assistance programs, etc.) because they don't have to pay for basic health care, and I feel far more secure, from where I sit.  

    I know that, for the most part, I am preaching to the choir here.  But I want you to undertand how odd the healthcare situation in particular looks to those on the outside.

    •  Thank you for that perspective (1+ / 0-)
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      It's nice to be reminded that medical and educational expenses, in a somewhat better-organized society, might not be deal-breakers.  

      In your view, how does the school system hold up? A lot of parents here seem to feel that the extremely hefty discretionary cost of private school is a must.  Glad I don't have to choose.  

      The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function -- Edward Teller.

      by lgmcp on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 01:02:24 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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        I am really the wrong person to talk about schooling.  I left school over ten years ago and have no kids so I'm pretty far removed from it.

        In general, my uninformed opinion would be that while some parents do choose to send their kids to a private school, a public school education here shouldn't close doors to any opportunities.  While some schools are worse than others, there are ways around that for those who want them.  

        And the Canadian university system is essentially single-tiered.  For about the same price, you can go to one of the "old-money", internationally-known schools or to a niche player that better meets your needs.  

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