The Last Ten Days…

Were spent in sunny Quebec,celebrating Mackenzy and spending some lovely family quality time.

Graduation Weekend

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Happy to receive a Tankard!

We arrived in YUL ten days ago and immediately rented a van and started to focus on Mackenzy and his graduation. We drove to Lennoxville, Sarah and Peter in the van and myself in the car. The reason we needed an extra vehicle is Mac was not going back to BCS in the fall. This time, we had to empty the dorm room and bring four years of “High School Education Living”. We are talking, books, video games, clothes for 4 seasons, shoes, boots, etc. We left the rocking chair that had been purchased from a nun behind. We kindly donated it to McNaughton house where Mac was living. We filled that up before the ceremony. During the ceremony Mackenzy won several awards. Again, and as always, he made us very proud. He was also VERY happy that both families were in attendance. After the ceremony came the cocktail and the dinner and Peter and I were happy to go to bed at midnight. Thing and Thing 2 continued with the celebrations around Sherbrooke. All I know is they came back to the hotel safe and sound just before 4 am. Sunday morning, we were on the road by 9 am and back into Montreal by 11:00. We ran some errands and got ready for the arrival of the caterer and the families for the grad and birthday party we were hosting for Mackenzy. The food was amazing, the company was great, I ended up swimming in the rooftop pool in my clothes (I couldn’t find my bathing suit), it was lots of fun. All good things must come to an end and some of our guests had a long drive so everyone was gone by 9 pm and the beauty of a caterer is, someone does the cleaning for you. Therefore, 9 pm Sunday night we were able to watch Game of Thrones as a family and we were all happy with the demise of Lord Bolton, Bastard son!

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With Alya from the swim team.

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Happy Family!

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More swimmers and best buds!

 

 

The Rest of the Week

Monday morning after Mackenzy and I went to apply for his Quebec medical card, (as of September 1st, he will be a Quebec resident and he will need one). Then I drove him to Wilvaken, the summer camp where he will be a counselor all summer. While I was doing all this Peter was working at home. He had conference calls every day except for Friday. After that long drive to and from the Eastern townships I got to chill and spend some lovely time in Montreal with Peter, Sarah and my family.

Peter and I went to some lovely restaurants that we had been trying to get to for a while. We finally got to go to Park Restaurant and enjoy some amazing sushi. We went to Lémeac in Outrem0nt for some traditional French food and we had a lovely meal at Le Toqué.

We ran with Sarah and Monty in the morning. Running in Griffintown and Old Montreal was different and nice. And we also had great weather. Saturday’s long run (yesterday) was actually quite warm. Good thing we started at  7 am.

I went to take care of our garden. Sarah is doing a great job. It’s coming along nicely.

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I brought home some rhubarb.

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Kale and Cabbage anyone?

I got to visit my mom’s new place. She has a nice apartment in Châteauguay. Maman, tu trouves peut-être ton apart petit mais c’est super beau. Enjoy!

I was able to visit my dad with my sister and my mom.  My dad is not doing too well. I was happy to see him but I don’t think he recognized us and he was not talking much. Papa je t’aime et je pense souvent à toi.

I also spent St-Jean Baptiste day with family. Peter played golf with Ben and afterwards we went boating on Lac St-Louis.

I went to Poutine Fest with Sarah. Boy did I indulge there.

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Sarah had poutine with ribs.

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I had poutine with smoked meat.

I was also able to take care of some admin and maintenance. I got the matter over Mackenzy’s residency at Concordia resolved. Yes he is a Quebécois! Whether he likes it or not. I “enlisted” him in driver’s ed for the fall. He starts September 10th. Watch out Quebec drivers! And I had Sarah’s water heater at her condo changed.

All in all, a busy week in Montreal but a great week.

 

p.s. We watched the Brexit vote on CPAC and were shock to see the Leave side win. Peter and I had voted by post and we had voted to Remain. In terms of Peter’s job, we do not know how this affects us. This morning when we arrived at Heathrow it was a little chaotic at customs. Lines were long. We don’t know if it’s because of Brexit or just simply because it’s hectic on a Sunday morning. We never come back on Sunday morning. Good thing we are registered travelers, we just zoomed in that line and left the airport with our faithful driver Wasseem.

A Little Médoc Update

Peter and I are into week #5 of training and I am happy to report that things are going well. Yeah there are the usual aches and pains but all in all we are slowly increasing our mileage and things are improving (we have to run 10 miles this Saturday. Yikes!)

Friday is REST Day! Since I don’t have to run in the morning so I decided to train my liver instead.

I am enjoying a nice glass of Miraval. I found this wine at Costco of all places. I bought it because I enjoy a cold rosé in the summer and I liked the bottle. Little did I know that this is the wine produced at the Jolie-Pitt Château in Provence.

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Very nice rosé. Light, fresh tasting, not dry and with hints of berries. Perfect for the warm afternoon we are having in London.

7 dodos avant notre départ pour Montréal. J’ai bien hâte de voir tout le monde, surtout Thing 1 et Thing 2.

Santé!

 

 

Y’en aura pas de facile!

Loosely translated, “it’s not going to be easy!”

What is not going to be easy you ask? Proving to Concordia University that Thing 2 is a Quebecer. Why do I want to prove Thing 2 is a Quebecer? I shouldn’t have to, for all intents and purposes, Thing 2 is more a Quebecer than I am at the moment. He lives there, goes to school there, works and pays taxes there. But I am doing this for cheaper university tuition.

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This is what a “Carte Soleil” looks like. It’s the Quebec health card but it’s also used to show your Quebec residency. The 12 digits code on the card is your PERMANENT CODE. The permanent code is what the university uses as a Quebec resident code. Thing 2 has one. 

See in Quebec if you are a resident of the province you pay approx. $2000 a semester. If you come from out of province it goes up to about $4000 a semester and if you are an international student it’s approximately $8500 a semester. I know some of my American friends are going to tell me to stop complaining about such low cost for college. Well, we just spent $40,000 a year for the last 4 years to send him to a QUEBEC boarding school, I thought the $160,000.00 would help make him a Quebec resident.

But according to Concordia University, this doesn’t mean anything.

When I first received my tuition bill he was registered as an international student. They wanted $17,832.93! WO WO WO Ponpon! On se calme!

I got on the phone last Monday and after being transferred to several departments, I finally talked to someone in enrollment who said, “sorry, our mistake. We’ll change it. Look in 24 to 48 hours and the amendment should be made.”I thought, okay, easy enough. I waited.

I checked on Wednesday and now his tuition was $8730.00! Okay that’s better than the previous number. We’re getting closer but still far away from $4000.

I called again. This time I had kept the enrollment department phone number so I went straight to the source only to be told, “well, we looked at his birth certificate and since he was born in Ontario, we have no reason to believe he is a Quebec resident.” To which I replied, “he has spent the last 4 years studying in a Quebec boarding school, he even has a CODE PERMANENT from Quebec.” I got transferred to the Quebec Residency Department. No joke, there is such a thing at Concordia. I suspected as much since there is such a thing at McGill as well. I went through this ordeal with Thing 1 when she started at McGill. But as soon as McGill saw the permanent code and the mailing address in Montreal, they changed it no questions asked. Concordia must be in need of more money, they are questioning. They are questioning how come Thing 2 went to boarding school? He was born in Ontario, for all we know, the Montreal address could belong to any relative. What proof do we have that he lives there.

Concordia instructed me to look online at the Quebec Residency page and pick one of the 12 categories to which Thing 2 falls under in order to prove his residency. And according to his category, provide the proper documentation.

The things we do to save money! The things we do to prove a residency! Right now I must admit I am annoyed. I am taking this very personal. Gloves are off!

I looked at the 12 options:

  1. You were born in Quebec. Nope
  2. You had Quebec resident status at CEGEP no more than a year ago. Nope
  3. You went to another Quebec University no more than a year ago. Nope
  4. You immigrated to Canada and have a CSQ card (Quebec resident card). Nope
  5. One of your parents lives in Quebec. Not really.
  6.  You lived in Quebec before the start of this semester for a full year and during the past 18 months but you have NOT been a full-time student. Yes and No. 

  7. You receive Quebec financial aid for student. I don’t think we could even apply!
  8. You immigrated to Canada. Lived in Quebec for 3 months and no other province. Nope
  9. Your spouse qualifies as a Quebec resident: Over my dead body!
  10. You belong to a First Nations group in Quebec. Not that I know of.
  11. You lived in Quebec with your parents. They have left, you stayed in Quebec. YES! 
  12. You were adopted by a Quebec resident. I have the stretch marks to prove otherwise.
  13. Both your parents have died and one of them lived in Quebec before his or her death. Nope. We’re still alive and breathing.
  14. You went to CEGEP and/or  University for the last 5 years and have lived in Quebec for the last 3 years as a permanent resident. Nope 

 

After much consideration we have decided to use option 11 with our De La Montagne address. | spent the better part of Wednesday scanning short and long form birth certificates, passports, visas with stamped dates of arrival in UK etc. You name it, I scanned it. I sent all the forms via email.

Thursday morning I called the Quebec residency dept. They need two proofs of communication to Thing 2 at the Montreal address, and they want copies of Quebec health cards for both parents that we would have surrendered upon departure. Don’t have those, but I do have our Quebec birth certificates.

For now I have to wait till I get to Montreal to see if Thing 2 has two pieces of “official communication” in his name at the Montreal address and we will have to go to Concordia in person to explain our case before he starts work at camp.

The things we do to save money! The things we do to prove a residency!

Je Trippe sur Zaz!

Je sais que cela fait maintenant plus de 5 ans qu’elle est sur la scène mais j’aime toujours. Surtout quand il fait encore gris et un peu frisquet ici à Londres.

  1. Je veux d’l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur, c’n’est pas vot argent qui m’fera du bonheur…

 

 

2. “Si jamais j’oublie.”

 

3. “Paris sera toujours Paris.” There she sounds like la Môme.

 

En Novembre dernier lorsque je suis allé à Paris avec Babes sa musique jouait dans tout les taxis. J’adore son énergie.

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