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Home is where the heart is

By Sabine Ehgoetz What makes you feel at home at a particular place on earth? The roof above your head? Not necessarily. Your family? Most likely. But isn't there something else you need so that your world feels complete? Something…

Coming home – to a foreign country

We have all heard of people who were born in the wrong body, forever trapped, not feeling happy with who they are, forever longing to be someone else. But what if you were born in the wrong country? Not because it is a war zone, where there…

Immigrating: Go West

by Dale Sproule In the 1850’s when the American west was first being settled, an Indiana newspaper ran a famous story called, “Go West, Young Man, and Grow Up with the Country.”

Buying a home in Canada

Buying a home is an exciting experience that can be both rewarding and challenging – and potentially even more challenging for someone who is new to Canada. If you are a newcomer to Canada, and you are thinking about becoming a homeowner,…

Immigrating: Culture Shocked…eh?

By Consuelo Solar Most newcomers who have been to a settlement agency have heard the concept of “culture shock” during assessment sessions, job search workshops, or ESL classes. The term was coined in the 50’s by anthropologist Kalvero…

Housing: Rent to Own

There is middle ground between renting and buying a home. Every now and then, developers or builders offer a rent-to-own option. As with any home you decide to buy, you should always look at the fine print, run the numbers and get a second…