Thank you for your message and understanding. I am going to continue dealing with this issue. I have asked for the camera to be shipped to me. I have also received a Customer service ticket ID which I will use in my talks with Nikon Canada.
There will be slight delay as I am going for a trip in about a week time and need the camera. I will explore how it operates under real world tasks once again, but now I will have to compensate for extra uncertainty I have with focusing.
I hope I will see some progress in dealing with this issue. Sure, I'd love to have my camera replaced with a new one that doesn't have an issue, but I won't hold my breath on that one and would be happy if Nikon just manages to address the issues with my current body.