On side note: I just got back from the post office and shipping to Canada has went up a lot! Last year it use to cost about $5.00 ($1.00 for the box and $4.00 for first class shipping). Now it is still $1.00 for the box but the shipping is $10.55!!!! I just putting this out there so there is no sticker shock on shipping for my friends up North.
You are right, the costs have really gone up.
A service I could offer to any of my fellow Canadians:
I live close enough to the border that I have a US address and I am always going over to pick up packages.
We could always have sets shipped to my US address, I could go pick them up, bring them to Canada an ship them from within Canada to keep the costs down.
Just let me know if this is something you want to look at, happy to do for my AA brothers.