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December 2016

Black Sheep in the System

You know you’re in Canada when… you have to get used to kitchen mechanics and amateur hour. My family and I come from Germany, a country with a very rigid structure for occupations and rules for just about any profession you can imagine.…

Immigration: Changing Your Route

By Pankaj Tripathi Every adventurer to this land, down from Jacques Cartier in 1536 to you – has experienced doubt. “This isn't turning out as I expected it to.” “Should I have come?” “Is it all worth it?” Do those doubts and fears have a…

Cancer Screening Easy And Essential

“Cancer” is a scary word. When I was a child, my parents never said it out loud. They whispered it behind a hand, or said “the C-word”, as if this superstition would somehow protect us. Superstition is understandable, but it doesn’t save…

Job-Hunting: First Telephone Interview

A telephone job interview is offered because the employer has decided that you have met the basic job requirements for the position they need to fill. Today, national and international employers place a great deal of emphasis on telephone…

Immigrant Services in B.C.

By Sheena Sproule Immigrating to a new country can be a serious challenge, especially if you want to live away from the noise and crowds of Canada’s biggest cities. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver receive thousands of new immigrants every…

ABC of Settlement Programs

After World War II – in 1948 to be more precise – Canada’s settlement services were established. Federal settlement officers were located all around the country to help families of Canadian soldiers and war refugees to start a new life in…