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The New Deal for Newcomers

Published March 2005. Miller is still Mayor of Toronto, but elections will be held on October 25, 2010. Ever since Toronto came together as one big city in 1998, politicians have been saying that Toronto needs a "new deal."

Editorial

Newcomers to Canada are, by definition, outside "the system". When we say “system”, we are referring to the socio-cultural structure of the country. The system sets the standards and makes the rules that govern our society. Canadian society…

Buying a Home – a Valuable Investment

Alison Strimas is Vice President (Retail Lending Services) Philip Moniz is Senior Manager (Retail Lending Services) at Scotiabank As in most countries, owning your own property is a valuable investment -in Canada the real estate market has…

Adapting: What’s Your Name Again?

One day last month a memo came from Human Resources: “Your employee, Chung Ming Min, needs to complete this form...” No problem... with one exception – who was Chung Ming Min? There were several employees in my division with the last name…

Bring Your Family to Your New Home

Shortly after becoming permanent residents of Canada, our clients turn their attention to the issue of family sponsorships. Whether it be for elderly parents who are now alone in their country of nationality, or younger siblings who are…

Housing: The Three Rules of Real Estate

How far away are you from your dream of owning your own home? The answer to that question depends on many things, the most important ones being your household income, your savings, what kind of house you need or want and what part of Canada…