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post #31 of 46
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1. I get quite a few American news channels here. The only two I can think of right now are Detroit and Rochester. Anyways I always thought it was amusing that all the news channels I get from the states are called "Action 7 News" or something and sometimes they have a news chopper. How common is it that local news stations have helicopters and are called Action News (or something of the like)? I guess Canadian news isn't as extreme since here it's just called CKCK Regina.

2. This is probably a dumb question but what happens when you get Canadian change? Do you use it or keep/save it? Have you ever got a Canadian loonie or toonie?

3. ...I had a third question but I forgot it now.
1.The whole "Action News" thing is rather funny. Yes, we do have a station like that here. Just by chance is that a Fox network?

BTW, I do listen to As It Happens on my way home from work every night.

2. No, I don't keep Canadian change. In fact it annoys me because it doesn't fit in the vending machine at work. Sometimes a girl needs a cup of coffee.
post #32 of 46
I think that in Toronto more news stations have helicopters then the police do. Police can't afford a copter - have to borrow the one from Peel Region - how embarrassing.
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by SillyJilly View Post

When does Canadian Idol start there?
June 5th. And Canada's Next Top Model, cycle 2 on May 30th
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by Moz View Post
1. I get quite a few American news channels here. The only two I can think of right now are Detroit and Rochester. Anyways I always thought it was amusing that all the news channels I get from the states are called "Action 7 News" or something and sometimes they have a news chopper. How common is it that local news stations have helicopters and are called Action News (or something of the like)? I guess Canadian news isn't as extreme since here it's just called CKCK Regina.

2. This is probably a dumb question but what happens when you get Canadian change? Do you use it or keep/save it? Have you ever got a Canadian loonie or toonie?

3. ...I had a third question but I forgot it now.
1. Yes!!! Channel 7 Action news...Traffic Copter or something of that like. Even the weather mapping tools they use are Doppler 4000 or Viper 5000. Oh and I'm sorry that you get a Detroit channel. We report nothing by crime here. That's why we're the angriest and most suicidal city in the country...we hear nothing but bad things on the news.


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In Detroit you can't use any of the change even in most stores!!! Too close to the border!
WHAT?! Where were you going??? Paper money is a no-no here, but the pennies, nickels, quarters and dimes are pretty much free for all. The only place I haven't been able to use it is on YOUR side of the state ( ) and the liquor store by my house. Oh and the vending machines. The one we have at work broke the other day because someone put a canadian quarter in instead of a U.S. dollar.

Besides, the U.S. dollar is only $0.08 away from being dollar to dollar to Canada...so we're almost even steven. It's been a LONG time since we were like that. I didn't realise this until Natalie was asking about a $7000 CAN car.
post #35 of 46
I live a couple hours from the Canadian border. We do not have a 'chopper cam' at the new channels. But I do get Canadian change. I can't use it. I turned in a coffee can full of change once to the credit union, a machine counted it and spit out the Canadian coins. The credit union wouldn't exchange it, they said they would 'toss' it! oops, no offense.
I seem to remember when i was a kid in northern Wisconsin we could spend Canadian change as if it was American.
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
And I save my Canadian money. Never know, I might need to race across the border someday!
You can come to Moose Jaw and buy some interesting shirts like "Saskatchewan: Easy to draw, hard to spell"!

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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
The news channels in the U.S. are very BIFF! BAM! POW!
That's a good way of putting it!

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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
The guy hands me a few colorful bills and a mountain of change...I was SO confused!

As for the action news thing...I do watch Action News 5, but not everything is action down here. If our area had a helicopter, it would go something like:

"ok, Mrs Smith's cow just broke out again...we have a fugitive...send the authorities! Oh, just spotted Jimmy Joe staggering out of the back door again, heading towards the wood pile! Look's like the Miller Lite got the best of him again tonight. It's a madhouse!!"
My brother used to joke when the coloured bills came out that the Americans would think it's Monopoly money.
And that second part is a riot!

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Hey MOZ! When does Canadian Idol start there?
June 5th! They stopped in my province so maybe someone I know will get on. A girl I went to elementary school with got on there two seasons ago.

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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
One of our local radio stations did have a chopper but since it crashed they haven't bought a new one

As far as the TV stations, Global have one as do CTV (CTV even run competitions where you can win a ride in theirs to see how they do the news etc). I know only 3 networks have choppers (according to wiki) so I guess Toronto in the place for them
Toronto has it made! Saskatoon has a CTV hot air balloon!

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Aren't you too young to have a "senior moment"?

Are any of the quarters comemorating the states making their way up there?
I guess not! And for state coins I have older ones... two Connecticut (1999), Massachusetts (2000), Virginia (2000), and Maryland (2000).

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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
1. Yes!!! Channel 7 Action news...Traffic Copter or something of that like. Even the weather mapping tools they use are Doppler 4000 or Viper 5000. Oh and I'm sorry that you get a Detroit channel. We report nothing by crime here. That's why we're the angriest and most suicidal city in the country...we hear nothing but bad things on the news.
Well that channel is more exciting (in a twisted way) than our local ones... all they seem to have is Farmgate and other equally exciting programs.
post #37 of 46
A hot air balloon!??! And I could never live in Saskat....you get the point. I can't spell it! I'd have to go back to elementary school to learn how to spell it.
post #38 of 46
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A hot air balloon!??! And I could never live in Saskat....you get the point. I can't spell it! I'd have to go back to elementary school to learn how to spell it.
Yeah you can go on rides on it for birthdays and stuff.

Oh don't worry sometimes I have difficulty spelling it and I've lived here forever! Sas kat chew an is how I remember it.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
1. Yes!!! Channel 7 Action news...Traffic Copter or something of that like. Even the weather mapping tools they use are Doppler 4000 or Viper 5000. Oh and I'm sorry that you get a Detroit channel. We report nothing by crime here. That's why we're the angriest and most suicidal city in the country...we hear nothing but bad things on the news.




WHAT?! Where were you going??? Paper money is a no-no here, but the pennies, nickels, quarters and dimes are pretty much free for all. The only place I haven't been able to use it is on YOUR side of the state ( ) and the liquor store by my house. Oh and the vending machines. The one we have at work broke the other day because someone put a canadian quarter in instead of a U.S. dollar.

Besides, the U.S. dollar is only $0.08 away from being dollar to dollar to Canada...so we're almost even steven. It's been a LONG time since we were like that. I didn't realise this until Natalie was asking about a $7000 CAN car.

Well, my DH lived in Detoit for a while and really had a bunch of crap from people for trying to use the coins! I've never had an issue on MY side of the state! We're nice over here! Maybe my DH only ever tried to use them at liquor stores though!
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by Moz View Post
Yeah you can go on rides on it for birthdays and stuff.

Oh don't worry sometimes I have difficulty spelling it and I've lived here forever! Sas kat chew an is how I remember it.
After Ryan once said SoScratchYourBum I have that stuck in my head and have to be careful that I don't actually say it
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by SillyJilly View Post
Well, my DH lived in Detoit for a while and really had a bunch of crap from people for trying to use the coins! I've never had an issue on MY side of the state! We're nice over here! Maybe my DH only ever tried to use them at liquor stores though!


Perhaps it was the days when the Canadian dollar was $1.50 per U.S. dollar. ehh...or maybe I just shop at THOSE type of places

Yea the first time I ever got scolded was a couple of years ago (actually 8 years ago) in Chicago.

Oh and it was particularly great during my second trip to London and a $20 CAN bill fell out in front of the immigration guard I WAS SO EMBARRASSED. I quickly said "No I'm not trying to buy passage to England".
He was really cool about it though...actually he was more fascinated that The Queen was on it. I still have the bill too!
post #42 of 46
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After Ryan once said SoScratchYourBum I have that stuck in my head and have to be careful that I don't actually say it
That's a good one!
post #43 of 46
Sas kat chew an.....I think I can remember that! Isn't there a place...Saskatoon Saskatchewan??
post #44 of 46
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Sas kat chew an.....I think I can remember that! Isn't there a place...Saskatoon Saskatchewan??
Yep! I believe IloveSiamese lives there. There's also a Moose Jaw, Eyebrow, Elbow, Drinkwater, Kandahar, Climax...
post #45 of 46
OK....maybe I do need to move to Saskatchewan!! I would giggle every time I tell people where I live!!!
post #46 of 46
Everywhere I've lived (3 different news places now) has had an Action News
and they are always craptastic, shocking, over-the-top, etc. 19ActionNews in Cleveland was my favorite with that segment with the big red screen and the person doing that creepy whisper-yell saying "everywhere" and then doing a story about Solon or Fairview Park or something like Everywhere means "just outside of Cleveland".

Canadian money fascinated me when I was little, because it was almost the same but it wasn't quite. Now i just get mad cause your quarters won't go in the pop machine.

Oh, and you want funny place names, move here. We have a Santa Fe that rhymes with Bee, and Russia that's said Roo-She, a Knockemstiff, and a Bellefontaine that's said bell fountain.
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