Not sure if anyone on this board is Canadian, but you might want to look into investing in Canadian Income Trusts. These are like stocks except they pay fairly high distributions (not dividends). Quite a few are oil and gas stocks and some of them trade on US exchanges (PTF, ERF, PGH, PVX). Income trusts are also comprised of REITS, Pipe and Power Income Trusts, restaurantsbusiness trusts and lots of other things as well.
I live in Taipei and invest heavily in these. If anyone would like some advice please feel free to inbox me.