jamie wrote:in canada i have yet to see ( in person) a tablet or media centre ANYWHERE
Jamie, without knowing where in Canada you are it's a bit hard to point you in the right direction...
But, I used to live in Toronto, and every big-box electronics store had at least one. I now live in a much smaller market area, and several of the big-box electronic stores still do (Future Shop, Best Buy type things).
I'd say "call around", but I'd hate for you to be on hold for ages.