FAQ

Following is the list of questions we're often asked by attendees; they appear in no particular order.

1) Who can attend?

  • All members of Mensa Canada, other international Mensa members, and their guests are invited to attend Fast forward 50 en avant ! If you are the guest of a member, enter their name in the registration form where it asks for membership number.

2) What is the cancellation policy?

  • In case of cancellation, the amount deducted from your registration fee will be as follows – prior to February 28, 2017, fees less $20.00; from March 1 to April 30, 2017, fees less $40.00; after May 1, no refunds.

3) What if I register without the gala dinner but later change my mind and want to add the dinner to my registration?

  • If, after registering, you decide that you want to add the gala dinner please let us know at ag2017@mensacanada.org. We are working on a mechanism to add the gala dinner after registration and will give you instructions when it is ready.

4) What facilities does the university offer?

5) What type of parking is available at Carleton University?

6) Are there provisions for special diets?

  • Vegetarian alternatives are expected to be available during the event, and you can specify vegetarian meal during registration if you are attending the gala banquet. We cannot guarantee that all possible allergens have been eliminated from the meals provided. That said, if you have particular dietary requirements, please contact the Organizing Committee in advance for advice.

7) What is the weather going to be like?

  • The weather in Ottawa can be variable - check the Weather Network or another weather forecasting system of your choice closer to the event date.

8) What time zone is Ottawa in?

  • Ottawa is in the Eastern Time Zone, the same as Quebec, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, and most of Baffin Island. In summer, Ottawa follows Daylight Savings Time.

9) What is the currency in Canada?

  • The currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar, and the following banknotes are in common use: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. Coins in use are 5¢ (nickel), 10¢ (dime), 25¢ (quarter), $1 (loonie), $2 (toonie). The 1¢ coin (penny) is no longer in circulation, so prices in stores are rounded up or down to the nearest nickel when paying in cash.

10) What are the electrical standards?

  • The electrical supply in Canada is 120V 60hz, using type A and B plugs and sockets. If you are arriving from outside North America, you may want to ensure that you have 110V adapters with you.

11) What about the cost of medical care in case of accidental injury or other emergencies?

  • Ontario residents are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for most costs of medical care. Visitors from other provinces and countries should carry reasonable levels of medical insurance, since health care at a hospital for non-residents can be expensive.

12) What are the main rules for driving in Ontario?

  • The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario provides a Driver's Handbook with information for visitors driving in Ontario.
  • Canada is fully metric.
  • Unless otherwise posted, speed limits are 50 km/h (32 mph) in built-up areas, 80 km/h (50 mph) on rural highways, 100 km/h (64 mph) on grade-separated highways and 110 km/h (69 mph) on expressways. There are special provisions near schools and playgrounds.
  • Turning right on a red light is normally permitted, after coming to a full stop and giving right of way to pedestrians.
  • Daytime running lights are compulsory.
  • Radar detectors are illegal.
  • Seatbelts must be worn by drivers and passengers alike.
  • If your blood alcohol content exceeds 0.05 mg/100 mo of blood and you are pulled over by the police, there are consequences up to and including impounding the vehicle, demerit points, and substantial fine.

13) What is the price of gas in the Ottawa area?

  • The price of gasoline can vary significantly from one gas station to the next, and from one day to the next. Websites like Ottawa Gas Prices and GasBuddy show current local pricing. If you do buy gasoline in Canada, note that it is sold by the litre, which is just over a quarter (0.26) of a US gallon.

14) What languages are spoken?

  • The official languages of Canada are English and French. As the Nation's Capital, Ottawa has a strong bilingual heritage, and most shops and services switch from one to the other official language with ease. That said, there are a number of other languages spoken in the Capital and certain neighbourhoods are known for other-language fluency, i.e. Chinatown, Little Italy, etc.

15) How much are sales taxes in Ontario?

16) What is the drinking age?

  • The minimum drinking age in Ontario is 19.

17) Where can you smoke?

  • Smoking is not permitted in public spaces anywhere in Ottawa.

18) What are the laws relating to drugs?

  • The possession, sale, or production of so-called recreational drugs, including marijuana, is illegal. Medicinal use of marijuana may be legal for authorized persons. If this applies to you, please inform yourself as to how such authorization can be obtained and proven.

19) How much tipping is expected?

  • Tipping is expected in Ottawa restaurants, bars, and hair salons / barber shops. Fifteen to 20% is the norm, typically depending on the level of service received.