Chemistry stuff all worked out. Not that I was trying to cause a fuss - I was actually prepared to go take the course at MSVU or Dal - but I inadvertently learned something: Coming into the faculty dean's office with a letter of permission ready to go is a great way to get attention! ;-) Magic happened. Got to see the department chairperson and that was very productive. Apparently there had been a few minor misunderstandings. And now that's all settled nicely and I can just relax and enjoy August.