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Do we need any formal attire? I ran into a UBC law student at school and she told me I should be prepared to bring one suit and one formal dress. Do I need a formal dress?

 

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While you can get away without either, I suggest you bring at least the suit so you have something to wear to networking events, judge shadowing, etc. The dress is entirely up to you, as while you will have at least one opportunity to wear it, it is certainly optional.

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Guess this is more a Manitoba-related question...Anyways, I'm moving from the interior of BC and was wondering if block heaters are compulsory. I just found a great apartment but unfortunately it does not have parking. Some people have told me that parking your car on the street is fine and that it will start. Other people (mostly my dad, former Winnipegger), thinks that's crazy and that my car will turn into a literal block of ice and shatter into 1000 pieces--thoughts?

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Largely depends on the car.

If you run it and use it everyday you could be fine. I rarely plug in my car, and when I do its more so it warms up quicker.

That said, there are always a couple nights a year that get cold enough that not having a block heater is a risky proposition.

 

Ultimately, you do want a block heater.

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So what factors make a car better or worse? Also, when you say some nights are risky--do you mean risky in terms of my car won't start or risky in terms of permanent damage?

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So what factors make a car better or worse? Also, when you say some nights are risky--do you mean risky in terms of my car won't start or risky in terms of permanent damage?

Newer, well maintained cars tend to have less issues with the cold. 

And the risk is that the car won't start. 

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If you use synthetic oil, your car will be much more likely to start. Also, get a gel battery as it will not freeze. If you have no block heater, an easy solution is to get a stick-on oil pan heater. If your issue is not having a plug in, if your car is a bit newer (2000s and even probably 1990s) the parts are so precisely machined that they do not suffer from the same issues as when your dad lived there. But, where is your apartment? And how nice is your car? Although I never plugged my car in during the three winters I lived there (and it always started), I would never park my car on the street downtown overnight. Even in Osborne, I know one woman who had her car window smashed 3 times in as many years.

 

I should mention that when it got really cold, I'd just skip class, so I may not have tried to start it on the worst days.

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when we have had mild winters you can get away without plugging in most days but a winter like last year even new cars plugged in still had to call CAA so a block heater and somewhere to plug in would be highly recommended. also, during overnight parking bans for snow clearing where will you put your car if you have no spot?  as far as smash and grab it happens everywhere! if you have no block heater and no place to plug in recommend that you buy CAA - it's cheap & handy to have if your car won't start (altho the wait times can be many hours sometimes)

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when we have had mild winters you can get away without plugging in most days but a winter like last year even new cars plugged in still had to call CAA so a block heater and somewhere to plug in would be highly recommended. also, during overnight parking bans for snow clearing where will you put your car if you have no spot?  as far as smash and grab it happens everywhere! if you have no block heater and no place to plug in recommend that you buy CAA - it's cheap & handy to have if your car won't start (altho the wait times can be many hours sometimes)

Pains me to admit it but Roseberry is correct. Street parking is a problem in winter with both overnight parking bans and frozen batteries. Best to find somewhere to plug in and invest in a block heater - they don't call us "winterpeg" for nothing :)

 

Not sure skipping class on cold days (advice from Sonandera)  is the best advice when every winter day will seem cold when you are from Kelowna

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Pains me to admit it but Roseberry is correct. Street parking is a problem in winter with both overnight parking bans and frozen batteries. Best to find somewhere to plug in and invest in a block heater - they don't call us "winterpeg" for nothing :)

 

Not sure skipping class on cold days (advice from Sonandera)  is the best advice when every winter day will seem cold when you are from Kelowna

 

Sorry, I didn't mean to advise anyone to skip class on cold days. All I meant was that I may never have had a problem starting my car (despite never plugging in, even last winter) because I would sometimes skip class if it was really cold. Sometimes you just look out the window and go "nope...not today, Winnipeg". As for the frozen battery issue, that can be handled with a gel battery. And unless you have a battery heater connected to your block heater (which are cheap and easy to install) you're still going to have a problem with freezing your battery even if you do plug in. The block heater only warms the block, not all the other components necessary to starting (battery, fuel, starter, plugs). Another tip for non-Winnipeggers is to keep your tank as full as possible to prevent condensation in your tank. Some fuel line antifreeze and lock antifreeze aren't the worst thing to have around either. And if you're coming from BC, make sure you change your windshield washer fluid to some good -50 stuff.

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Not to beat this topic to death but gel batteries are definitely better for our cold winters but a block heater will keep your engine warm which prevents your oil from getting mucked up, which can cause damage to your car. Also, running a car when the engine is very cold can also cause engine & tranny damage. Additionally, the car warms up much quicker when plugged in & warm asap is what you want! Between Dec & March we all feel like "nope..not today, Winnipeg" but Winnipegers are a tough bunch & get going anyway. lol

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I dont remember skipping class because it was deadly cold out there but I remember unintentionally skipping due to +20cm of snow overnight.

 

We are strong !

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Hahaha well, I can definitely get a sense of which way the wind is blowing...My car is newish ('08 Golf), even then, sounds like not plugging it in is not worth the hassle. Only problem is my apartment in Osborne did not come with a stall--maybe I ought to canvas the area and see if I can rent a spot from someone?

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Hahaha well, I can definitely get a sense of which way the wind is blowing...My car is newish ('08 Golf), even then, sounds like not plugging it in is not worth the hassle. Only problem is my apartment in Osborne did not come with a stall--maybe I ought to canvas the area and see if I can rent a spot from someone?

It will likely be tough to find a stall, but I would certainly recommend it.

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It will likely be tough to find a stall, but I would certainly recommend it.

He's right - in that area will be tough to find some parking but if you don't, never mind the plug-in issue, what do you do when there is the overnight parking ban? Got my car towed last year when I forgot to check the "no parking zones" and got dinged with a fine, tow charges etc. - cost me over $200

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There are a couple lots down by the WAG and the Bay (Osborne Street at Portage?) where you could potentially park your car during parking bans. If you had a parking pass, you could also leave it overnight at the University. All the University stalls have plugins. I used to live in Osborne, so send me a PM about where precisely you're living and I can probably give you some advice on where to park, if you cannot find a stall somewhere.

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Not to beat this topic to death but gel batteries are definitely better for our cold winters but a block heater will keep your engine warm which prevents your oil from getting mucked up, which can cause damage to your car. Also, running a car when the engine is very cold can also cause engine & tranny damage. Additionally, the car warms up much quicker when plugged in & warm asap is what you want! Between Dec & March we all feel like "nope..not today, Winnipeg" but Winnipegers are a tough bunch & get going anyway. lol

 

I do agree with what you're saying - if you have the option to plug in, you should. But there are a number of car manufacturers that I can think of that don't even make block heaters, yet sell a ton of cars in cold climates. They cost a bit more to maintain because you can't use traditional oil and you do need a better battery. But it's doable.

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The draft exam timetables have been posted on the Robson Hall website. Do they usually change after school starts? Can I plan my flights home based on the drafts?

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I've seen them change before, yes. When the final day of exam period is will not change. With that said, I know that Rosa tries to put the exams near the beginning of exam period so people can relax as long as possible over the break. So if you consider that changing a flight might cost $75 plus the difference in fare, you'd probably be ok to book your flight within 2 days of when the schedule is currently set for, without a whole lot of risk.

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