The move to Niagara Falls is complete. After a month of filling a dumpster with stuff I no long want or need, I got my place packed-up on Wednesday. The movers came on Thursday, and delivered my stuff on Friday. The guys on the truck were wonderful, but the people in the office need to get an education in international moves. They failed to mention that they would not act as a customs broker, which meant that I had to go to the Canada Customs clearing centre by Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
The customs agents apparently are clueless about immigration rules, because they would not accept my work visa as proof of residency in the States. They weren’t going to give me my stuff until I could prove that I have been living in the States for the last 15 years. I let the customs officer know that I was offended. All that she could say is that I should have checked the rules before I moved back to Canada.
Needless to say, I am not pleased with the moving company, whose slogan is “Leave the worrying to us” or something like that. They even left their truck driver hanging by failing to give him the copy of my passport that they made for him. At 9:00 on Thursday night, I faxed him a copy of my passport, while he was at the border, because nobody in his office was available after hours.
As for the customs officer, I walked out to the car, found my box of important papers, and walked back in, 5 minutes later. She couldn’t even find the year on the federal tax return that I presented to her, even though it appears in big, bright red letters in the top right-hand corner. The return was from 2004, so she asked to see my most recent one. I told her that was not possible, since it was filed electronically. Then, she cleared my stuff to enter Canada. The final step was to pay $100 “tax” to bring my stuff into the country. What service the Canadian government is providing for this so-called tax is beyond me. It is legalized extortion.
In any event, the move to Niagara Falls was successful. I am busy unpacking my stuff. I am still working on getting an Internet service provider, and should be back on-line at home in a few days.
The Falls are beautiful. My apartment is less than four miles away, and is conveniently located close to almost everything you can imagine.