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Living in Canada

Aging: Staying Involved

As we grow older, we tend to be happy with the things we know and understand, and much less comfortable with things that are new to us. We lose both our tolerance for change and our ability to adapt to it. People who grew up with treadle…

FSL in Quebec Anyone?

Of the 251,511 immigrants officially welcomed to Canada in 2006, approximately 17.8 percent of them arrived directly in Quebec. Most immigrants to Canada come to Ontario, but since the language most commonly used in Quebec is French, that…

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.…

How To Be Canadian

I have to admit that the day I became a permanent resident I felt like a real Canadian, even though I knew it would take me another three years until I could apply for citizenship and become a proper “Canuck”. It was only a question of…

Funerals: Last Rite of Passage

y Teenaz Javat The death of a family member is always a traumatic experience. But to have a person die when one is new to a country adds to the shock because the funeral procedures in Canada are probably different from those in the home…

Canada’s Provincial Governments

When the government of Canada was formed in 1867, it was based on the British system in many ways. The country had an elected parliament that answered to the English king or queen just like England did. But Canada is much larger than Great…

Immigrating: Holiday Time In Canada

Immigrants, refugees and tourists alike must be very pleasantly surprised, and maybe a little puzzled, when they discover that Canada, Toronto in particular, has so many unofficial holidays. And the way things are going it won’t surprise…