i got my controller and reg from aquabotanic...great price, can't remember the extra fees but wasn't too big from what i recall. certainly worked out to be much cheaper than anywhere else even after exchange rates etc.
just found a great DIY place in vancouver, been there a few times now and love it! it's a medical supply shop at 601 broadway called "lancaster". for trimming plants and aquascape hardware you can get stainless scizzors, forceps whatever, quite cheap. i got about 10" forceps there for around $8 (1/2 the cost than at any lfs that i've seen) and a bunch of needless syringes for dosing for $.25 each. also been buying IV bags and drip-lines for auto-dosing when i leave town!! there's all sorts of stuff you can use if you're creative and at pretty good prices