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All in all, Canada is a basic country. Ten provinces. Three territories. Two official languages. Oceans on three sides, the U.S. to the South of the 49 th parallel from B.C. to the Great Lakes, and then the border’s dead centre down the lakes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Physically, it’s fairly self explanatory.

Mentally, politically, socially, it’s not as easy to explain, although I have to give the Canadian government credit for trying to be all things to all people on its official Web site for trying.

You probably don’t visit there much, and are probably getting a little sleepy thinking about it. But it’s a really useful site. I swear.

You can file your tax return, order a new passport or SIN card, or get in touch with your Member of Parliament. You can read the latest statistics, check your legal rights (when in doubt), and apply for any number of grants, bursaries, small business loans, or other government giveaways. There’s news, history, Environment Canada’s weather reports, and links to just about everywhere.

It’s all in there and more. Grab a cup coffee and get ready to take the tour.

Better make that two cups.

www.canada.gc.ca

It should really have been Canada.com, but that got snapped up by the CanWest Global Communications Corp. Even Canada.ca would have made sense, but that’s a restricted name according to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. Canada.gc.ca it is then.

It’s not going to be a fun browse, but it can be an efficient one providing you know what you want and where to go – there’s so much information on this site that you could literally get lost if you don’t go insane first.

The slogan of this site is "Services For You" and they mean it.

File Your Tax Return

On the Canadian Government home page, click on "Canadians" to get an alphabetical list of all the services offered. Under the T’s, find Taxes and click on it. This takes you to the Canadian Customs and Revenue Service site where you can all the information you need on taxes and how to file them electronically by e-mail or Internet, or by using your phone.

The main benefit of E-Filing or NetFiling your taxes is ease of use and a faster refund.

Get I.D.

I broke my Social Insurance Number card when I was in grade school trying to break into my own house after I lost my key for the 50th time. I think I saw Michael do it on Night Rider.

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