Found a photographer in nearby Guildford. Sitting on Tuesday. Let's see how this goes.
It seems that passport photos are a bit of pain in the butt for Canadian ex-pats in general. The Canadian ex-pat forum has NUMEROUS posting / threads of rejects by the passport office. I also contacted the consulate in NYC and was given a listing of photographers whose photos successfully passed muster - not a long list. Fedex/Kinkos wasn't on the list - errr .... should have checked that first. At $97CDN a crack at a passport renewal, this was an expensive lesson.