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May 2016

Immigration the Cowboy Way

Guy Rose greets me with a big smile, as I stand terrified while his German Shepherd is checking me out. “Just let her lick your hand and you’ll be fine.” I gladly follow the advice of this charming 82 year old cowboy and the dog starts…

Language: The Canadian Identity

by William Bedford I often wonder what new-Canadians must think of our constant debates on the meaning of a distinct Canadian identity. You must be baffled by it all, as, I'm sure, you see a distinct Canada in almost everything around you.…

Cuisine: Moose on a Kaiser?

When you live in a large Canadian city and plan to eat out, you can choose from a wide variety of different ethnic restaurants. Italian, Japanese, Greek, even Mongolian or Ethiopian cuisine are all easily available. If you have less…

Jobs: The Magic of Mentoring

by Teenaz Javat Year 2007: Six bags, two teens and a single mother land at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. They are landed immigrants from post-war Iraq. They have no friends in this new city.

Jobs: Helping Diversity-at-Work…Work!

Every year, Canada becomes “home” to over 260,000 newcomers. People who come to Canada from all over the world call it home because of the potential Canada offers them and because of the ability of Canadians to embrace and work with…

Job Hunting: Cover Me!

When I was applying for jobs during the recession in the 1980s I decided to send out 100 résumés. I had 100 résumé’s photocopied and 100 cover letters copied with blank spaces where the addressee (the Employer name and address) was blank.…