The early release is exclusive to phones on contract through Bell and Virgin. The phones will be available at the Yonge and Dundas locations in Toronto at 1PM on December 7th. Best Buy Canada will also be getting in on the action at its Bay and Dundas location, once again only on a Bell or Virgin contract. According to the ad, Best Buy will also be offering a 50% discount on accessories for the the new handset.
As for the US crowd, while we anticipate a release around the same dates, we are all still waiting on an official announcement.