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Canada Bound...Hamilton? [Jul. 18th, 2006|03:51 pm]
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Hello Hamilton,

My partner and I are actively looking to move to Canada (from Michigan), but before we start the Permanent Residence application, we're trying to find an area that looks like a decent place to live. We were looking at Thunder Bay, but further research through people who live there suggests that city isn't all it's advertised to be.

Hamilton came up in our search as looking somewhat affordable (not outrageous like Toronto or Vancouver), a decent-sized city (must have hi-speed internet, good shopping & restaurants), and economically stable.

What are your thoughts on Hamilton as an ultimate destination for future foreign-born Canadian citizens? We are planning on taking the citizenship test after the required time as permanent residents.

A little about us: We game (Call of Cthulhu, True20, Blue Rose, Mutants & Masterminds, others), we're both almost 40 years old, read voraciously, write speculative fiction, have academic interests in the supernatural and occult, are considered "odd", "strange", "weird" by our families (although our friends understand us perfectly), and have been accused of "making up" words when the inbred morons we have to talk to don't understand what we're saying. I work as a university secretary, and my partner works in banking.

Would we "fit in"? How's the job market? What do you NOT like about the area?

Any information you can give us is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. (crossposted to thesteeldonut)

[User Picture]From: pyat
2006-07-19 02:17 pm (UTC)

Hamilton has a couple of good game stores, at least. :)

Banking and secretarial work should be relatively easy to find - if not here, then certainly within an easy commute.

Hamilton is a very blue collar city. It's very pretty in parts, but also a little shopworn in other parts.

I've lived here most of the last 30 years - if you have any specific questions, just give me a shout.
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From: vistani
2006-07-19 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Coming from a place that has no gaming stores (or even a Starbucks) within 50 miles anything would be nice.

My partner grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, a very blue-collar city, and I grew up around Detroit, so I know about shopworn. We now live in a blue-collar/rural town. From what I've heard from the folks over at thesteeldonut, we'll be just fine in Hamilton.

Now we just need to get our stuff in order and start the process.

Thanks again!
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[User Picture]From: auraseer11
2006-07-19 11:31 pm (UTC)
When do you plan to be moving here?
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From: vistani
2006-07-20 11:58 am (UTC)
Probably in 2 or 3 years. Wish it could be sooner, but we have things on this end to take care of first.
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