Who was Gord Downie, and why the Tragically Hip is considered utterly Canadian

  As a new Canadian, you may not have heard about the rock band the Tragically Hip — aka, the Hip — before immigrating to Canada. Today, October 18, 2017, the nation mourns the passing of its lead singer, Gord Downie, of cancer. In a statement to the public announcing his passing, Prime Minister Justin […]

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Autumn activities in Canada for family fun

  Autumn, or fall, is a season to celebrate the harvest and prepare for the arrival of winter. With the cool crisp air and the beautiful autumn sceneries, there is so much to appreciate about the season.  And there is plenty to do with families, too. Appreciate nature Enjoy the natural beauty of the season, […]

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Jamaican Canadian Kayla A. Greaves on Black women and natural hair

Growing up in a Jamaican immigrant household in Montreal, Kayla A. Greaves has done a lot of soul searching about what it means to be Caribbean, a Black woman and a Canadian. Luckily, she’s a journalist and has the platform to talk about these issues in forums such as the Huffington Post, where she’s currently an […]

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We are social creatures: how connections help us thrive

The biggest challenge I encountered when moving to Canada on my own four years ago was my sense of loneliness and isolation. Even though I did meet lots of people, I realized that creating deep friendships would take more time than I anticipated. Most people already seemed to have their circle of friends and didn’t […]

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Get a writing mentor from Diaspora Dialogues

Writers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have just a few more weeks to submit their work to be considered for Diaspora Dialogues’ brand new Short-Form Mentoring program. This new program will help amateur writers from York, Halton, Peel and Durham develop their skills in short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. While improving in their […]

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Immigrants are wanted in Atlantic Canada! Is it the right fit for you?

It was September 2013, when 18-year-old Venezuelan-born Adriana Rivas first set foot in Canada to study at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick to begin her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations. Her choice of university was determined at a university fair she attended back home. “Since this was my first time moving […]

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Writer and humanitarian Paola Gomez uses the arts to inspire and heal

The formative years of Colombian-born human rights activist and writer Paola Gomez were steeped in silence. She grew up a survivor of domestic violence, witnessing her father lash out verbally and physically at her mother. During the worst of the abuse, Gomez would hide in her bedroom, sad and scared, covering her ears. Only one […]

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Top 25 Trish Mandewo hosts charity fundraiser for Sensabus Society

  One of this year’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, entrepreneur and children’s advocate Trish Mandewo, is hosting a charity fundraiser, July 13, to support her non-profit Sensabus Society of BC, which helps kids with autism and other sensory processing disorders. The fundraiser is a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Golf […]

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