Monthly Archives: November 2013

Welcome to winter! Dressing for the cold

Winter in CanadaAre you arriving to Canada this winter? This post contains tips on dressing for Canada’s colder months (generally November-March).  In addition to its beauty, Canada’s winter offers the newcomer countless adventures: skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa , snowshoeing near the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, and gazing at the ice sculptures of Québec City’s Carnival…

 
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Turn on your Canadian English listening-skills: Tune in to CBC Radio

Canadian English PracticeI am often approached by newcomers for tips on how to improve English listening and comprehension skills. As a language learner myself, I have had my fair share of difficulty mastering regional slang and accent. What’s more, when you are immersed in a language that is not your mother-tongue, it can seem as if everyone around you is speaking at a break-neck (incredibly fast) pace…

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Online Networking: Tips for Creating Job Leads in Canada

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I regularly receive online connection invitations from job-seekers who are not in Canada. More often than not, these invitations break the rules of online networking etiquette, and I question how successful these eager professionals are at establishing job leads with Canadian companies. The following are tips for creating job leads in Canada before you arrive…

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Tips for heating your home in Canada

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My friend Eduardo from Colombia recently asked me ‘When do you turn on the heating in your house?’ His question shocked me – not because of what he said, but when he said it. As I write this post in mid-November, the temperatures have been well-below zero degrees at night…

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The Big Decision: Where to live and work in Canada?

Young couple moving into new home

Are you trying to decide where to live and work in Canada? Do you know which region of Canada has the best job opportunities for you? I have seen a handful of articles and immigration forum postings with titles such as ‘Where is the best place to live in Canada?’ and ‘Best, worst cities to find a job in Canada’. I have also come across many immigration advertisements that boast Canada is ‘desperate for workers’…

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Finding a job in Canada: Research your profession

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The nature of a profession can vary tremendously across borders. Being aware of such differences can increase your chances of finding a suitable job. In working with Canadian employers and immigrants, I have learned that there are four areas of research that newcomer job-seekers should undertake before coming to Canada…

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Cultural Success in Canada: Get to know your iceberg

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Icebergs are huge masses that float by Canada’s eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador each spring. They are an absolutely breathtaking sight and if you are considering living in, or visiting St. John’s this is another great reason! In this post I will use the iceberg as a metaphor for culture, and explain how knowing your own cultural iceberg can lead to better cultural awareness in Canada…

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5 Ways to Stay Physically Fit in Canada

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I have made it my mission to include information in my blog about the importance of staying healthy in Canada. Leading health researchers in Canada have observed that newcomers to Canada arrive with better health than the average Canadian. However, over time, the average health of newcomers to Canada declines below their Canadian counterparts. This phenomenon is called the ‘Healthy Immigrant Effect’…

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