well shit. i put some work into finding out how the purchase was going to go through microsoft.com, and i find out that i can't buy it direct through microsoft. they only deal with purchases within the us. the only option i have now is to buy through a retailer, and the only one local to me is Staples - and they haven't got shit in their catalog. all i can do is hope they've got some way to get their hands on it themselves (and they'll probably mark it up to $200can, the fags) i guess i'll just have to wait and call tomorrow after work.
[EDIT: looks like amazon doesn't deliver to canada either. however, fry's/outpost.com does. also, its only $100us through fry's (~$125can)]