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Volume 12, Number 26

November 26th, 2008
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Canadian User Groups
User groups are a critical part of the developer and .NET community. Check out the listing of user groups below, and if you don't find one - start one! For more information on starting a .NET user group in your area, visit and email

DevEast (Moncton, NB)
St. John's .NET User Group
DevEast (Halifax, NS)
Fredericton .NET User Group 

Montreal .NET Community
Quebec City .NET User Group

Canada Technology Triangle User Group (Kitchener)
Toronto .NET User Group
Metro Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto Visual Basic User Group (TVBUG)
East of Toronto .NET User Group
North of Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto SharePoint User Group
Toronto Silverlight User Group
Toronto SQL Server User Group (TSSUG)
Sudbury .NET User Group Professional Association for SQL Server
Ottawa .NET User Group

Winnipeg .NET User Group

Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

Lethbridge .NET User Group
Calgary .NET User Group
Edmonton .NET User Group

British Columbia
netBC User Group (Vancouver)
VANTUG (Vancouver)
Vancouver PASS Chapter
Victoria .NET Developer Association
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