Colombian couple brings their coffee to Canadians

Juan Sarmiento and Laura Roa’s journey into the coffee industry started in their home country of Colombia in 2012. A resource rich country, one of Colombia’s main export crops is coffee, but most locals didn’t know much about the crop, nor had they tasted it. Roa was working in the hotel industry and constantly heard […]

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7 Canadian sports facts newcomers may not know

Sports fan? Here are seven facts you may not have known about athletics in Canada. Hockey is Canada’s national winter sport, but lacrosse is the country’s national summer sport.   Lacrosse has Indigenous roots. Different First Nations played it across Canada more than 500 years ago.   The Royal Montreal Golf Club, founded in 1873, […]

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New to Canada? Be a culture shock absorber!

Indian-born Nazreena Anwar-Travas shares her experiences with culture shock! What awaits most immigrants to Canada is not just a new country or new currency or new cuisine. “Be braced for culture shock,” you might have heard your friends say when you were busy packing your bags. The culture there is so different!   What is this […]

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#BollywoodMonster Mashup this weekend

Bollywood fans get hyped for entertainment, music, food and fun. The eighth annual #BollywoodMonster Mashup is on this weekend. Don’t miss the #BollywoodMonster Concert at Mississauga Celebration Square, Friday, July 20, starting at 4 p.m. onward. Khushboo Grewal, voice of Sunny Leone in Pink Lips (Hate Story 2) and actor from Punjabi films like Carry on Jatta […]

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Immigrating with a learning disability

Overcoming the challenges and stigma When teachers in his native Bangladesh suggested that eight-year-old Azan (name changed for privacy) would be better off at home or sent to an “institution,” his parents despaired. Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Azan could be disruptive in class, often even getting physical with his classmates at the […]

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Vibrant Brampton returns with world-class lineup

Brampton’s biggest two-day festival, Vibrant Brampton is returning for its third year on July 27-28. Organized by the non-profit group Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), Vibrant Brampton is a free event taking place at Sheridan College Grounds, Davis Campus in Brampton. This year the festival is bringing bands such as Sirens of […]

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Minister Hussen addresses asylum system criticism

OP/ED by Ahmed Hussen, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Conservative politicians have been peddling false information to stoke fear when it comes to those seeking asylum in Canada. It is time for the misleading, divisive and dangerous political rhetoric to end, and to set the record straight. The fact is that Canada has a strict […]

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Seeing Canada by rail a trip of a lifetime

As a proud new citizen of Canada, I took a VIA Rail train trip on “The Canadian” this past May, which you can board at Vancouver and take all the way to Toronto, and back again. It is advertised as a “trip of a lifetime.” And it was — all 4,466 kilometres each way. A trip […]

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Study points to social integration as key for immigrant success

York University academic and associate professor Jelena Zikic wants to understand why some immigrants in Canada succeed professionally, while others don’t. An immigrant from Serbia herself, Zikic has been studying career transitions of immigrant professionals for several years, examining both personal and structural barriers to their career success in the Canadian labour market, as well […]

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