About Maple Sandbox

WHY WE BUILT MAPLE SANDBOX

Blaze, in fighting form

We (Blaze and Outraged Canadian) connected through another website after we both were stunned and dismayed to discover that, after almost 40 years as Canadian citizens, the United States might still consider us US citizens or “US persons” for tax purposes.

Isaac Brock Society literally saved our sanity and gave us strength and strategies for saving ourselves and others.  Eventually, as both we and Brock changed, we decided it was time to Blaze a new Outraged Canadian trail.

Outraged Canadian’s stand-in

We invite others to play with us in a spirit of fun, friendship, sharing and enthusiasm as we learn, grow and share together.  While we offer a calm and casual approach, we know the battle against the IRS is a serious one that has turned lives upside down.  So, we are determined to stand up to bullies, wherever they come from.

We know how alarming, distressing and worrying issues of dealing with IRS from afar can be.   At Maple Sandbox, we aim to offer a dwelling for rest and relaxation in an atmosphere of sharing, exploring, and learning that will help people resist the intrusion of the IRS into their honest, law-abiding tax-paying lives.

We may be conscientious objectors to the fight, but we do not shy away from the conflict. We plan to arm ourselves and others with resources, respect and advocacy against the attempted intrusion of IRS into the lives of honest, law-abiding tax paying people.

Canadians and Americans fight wars differently.  Likewise, Maple Sandbox will conduct this dispute to reflect Canada’s long and esteemed history of fighting for freedom, while also promoting global peacemaking and international development.

We are allies with Isaac Brock Society and others around the world.  As strong trading partners, many of our toys were imported from Brock.  We hope to export buckets of sand to Brock.  Maple Sandbox and Brock will share building blocks as we construct and expand our treasure chests.

Brock soldiers are welcome to relax in our playground.   Likewise, we expect some Sandboxers may also be Brock troopers.

Maple Sandbox believes learning and growing occurs through open, honest exchange of thoughts, ideas and communications.  We cherish freedom of speech and freedom of expression as fundamental Canadian values.  At the same time, neither freedom is absolute– nor should they be in a civilized world.  So, we will follow Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which provides that “reasonable limits” may be placed on individual rights in a free and democratic society.

Come play and fight with us as we Blaze a new Outraged Canadian Trail.

 

Blaze, raring to go!

 

 

56 thoughts on “About Maple Sandbox

  1. @Embee regarding your comment from IsaacBrockSociety: “It’s impossible for me to focus on FATCA right now. The Trump betrayal on Syria (manipulated by apparatchiks of the deep state apparatus hellbent on starting WW3) looms far larger in my mind and heart. It’s a pathetic, probably doomed world we live in, given all that has been said and done in the past 24 hours. Perhaps after some inevitable clarifying, a remnant of hope will return but madness certainly prevails at the moment. Sorry to stray off-topic. I’m over and out for awhile.”

    Thanks for the reality check. Sure puts FATCA, amongst other issues, into perspective.

    As for going “over and out for awhile”, I highly recommend it. My excommunication from the Isaac Brock Society, though initially causing despair, has actually been quite positive. Dialoguing with Wag over at the Hill (thanks for your thumbs up) and seeing some of my comments disappear, had me in a state of anger I’ve not been in for some time. Stepping away from the keyboard, and the constant stream of bad news we find ourselves subjected to in our digital world, not to mention the endless FATCA conversations and the ‘Wags’, can only be good for one’s mental health . Spring is here. Maybe get outside and take a walk. That is what Elsie the dog and I are going to do right now. Take care Embee, ghost of WhiteKat.

    • I’m still trying to sort out the latest tangle in the world’s relentless race to chaos. It’s mind boggling how someone can do a 180 degree turn in almost a matter of hours. The truth is out there but just as you approach it someone always seems to dump a big stinking pile of deception over top of it. Don’t know why it is I keep trying.

      About the “Wag” … do you ever wonder if the pro-FATCA faction have a set-up like the Israeli government’s paid online propagandists? The compliance condors, in particular, want to keep milking the FATCA cow. Then again, there really are people out there who are as dense as him/her.

      I did a double walk yesterday in mostly sunshine but today looked more like Christmas than Easter time. (It’s melting fast though.) I know you and Elsie enjoyed the day … dogs have a way of making that happen.

    • @Embee, re: your comment on truth and Wags.

      When non-sympathizers of the FATCA witch hunt suggest we are “whiners” who are merely “inconvenienced”, as a Canadian living in Canada, a part of me sometimes feels like I agree. As nononymous and others often suggest at IBS, as long as we don’t stand up and say “here I am” to our Canadian financial institutions, so far at least, we don’t appear to have a lot to fear. But that’s false assurance. What scares me the most is not FATCA itself, but what it represents. The suppression of truth. The hidden agendas. The disrespect for human rights. The short-term thinking that has so quickly gotten humanity to the point of near self annihilation. Mother Nature screwed up big time when we came along. So smart with our big brains, yet so stupid. Perhaps we’re overdue for a reset. :( Time for another walk with Elsie the Dog.

  2. I don’t know where to put this comment. And I don’t know if anyone cares, but I need to vent. Been trying to forget all this FATCA BS, and regret having gotten myself all worked out commenting at a Hill article today. It is SO FRUSTRATING to put my all into truthful comments and then to see them disappear. Many of my comments are still there, but the really good ones are gone. Reminder to self: live own life and don’t care about truth.

  3. My dual US-Canadian adult children are investigating renouncing US citizenship. They never had a US passport as they always travelled on their Can one. However the paperwork requires the US passport be turned in. Is their Consular Report of Birth Abroad sufficient, or must they get a US passport only to surrender it? It’s been impossible to find an answer to this……

    • Answered on the IBS site. Expired passports are shown to the vice-consul and returned to the owner. No need to get a new one. No need for the children to get one. Read the e-mail from CanadaCLNEnquiries again

  4. Lynne, Just want you to know how much I appreciate the Sandbox. After being banned from the Isaac Brock Society, I found myself in a very deep, dark place. Not sure if I would have crawled out without the Sandbox. Thank you.

  5. Please note that, on March 22, NDP House Leader Peter Julian asked the Minister of Revenue during Question Period about the new Liberal government lack of action on protecting the privacy rights of Canadians with respect to the FATCA issue.

    Here is a transcript of Peter’s question with a link to the video clip:
    https://peterjulian.ca/QP_on_FATCA

    • Thank you Peter Julian.  I will give this its own thread.

      I hope you will continue to post updates here abd will continue to hold the Fibbing Libs to account for their hypopcrisy.

  6. I’m just discovering that my partner may be an “accidental American” due to being born in the US as the town his Canadian parents lived in used the hospital “across the line” back in the ’50′s. All births in from this little town where done at this hospital at that time so I imagine there are quite a few individuals like him. He has a Canadian birth certificate (not a US issued one) that list the Canadian town as his place of birth. So, do we need to worry? Would love someones thoughts on this. Thanks.

    • Susan: Unless there is more you need not worry. His birth certificate and presumably his passport say ‘made in Canada’ What more can you ask for?

    • @Susab If the birth certificate is Canadian and gives a Canadian town as his place of birth, I agree with Duke.  There is nothing to indicate he was born in the U.S.  

      If your partner’s bank ever asks where he was born, he should reply with the town and province on the birth certificate.

      if, however, your partner has ever done anything to attempt to claim U.S. citizenship from his cross-border birth, that changes things.

  7. @Dave We and our allies at Isaac Brock Society are trying to fight back. Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty is fighting in Canadian courts.

    You are right. We need everyone in this battle, especially in an election year. Unfortunately, all political parties are silent on FATCA now.

    There was one small protest in Ottawa a couple of years ago in front of the Parliament building. We need more to make an impact.

    “Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing. Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago.”

    We need to find more of those draft dodgers and get them in this fight. Does anyone know how to do that?

  8. I am an outraged Canadian that our government would subordinate its’ sovereignty to a foreign government. Whatever happened to the Canada I know when the Pearson government protected US draft dodgers? How can we rally US citizens by birth who made (and make) Canada their home to protest our discontent on the steps of Parliament, especially now when we have a federal election looming on the horizon? .

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