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You can learn about a city’s history through public transit

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By Mayank Bhatt 
There’s a huge difference between history and nostalgia. A newcomer will generally be nostalgic about a place and a time left behind. But to integrate into her new world, what would help a newcomer is to understand the history of her new city, new country. Obviously, an immigrant can’t be expected to feel nostalgic about Toronto, or Vancouver, or Regina, Edmonton, Halifax and so on, make a connection by learning about its history.A sure-fire method of cultivating a sense of belonging to a place is to participate in historic events. Recently, I took a joyride on Toronto’s St. Clair West Avenue on a vintage streetcar. The occasion was the centennial celebrations of the launch of the streetcar. There were many enthusiastic city folks enjoying the ride. For many, it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. They recalled their rides on the way to school, to work, on a date — everyone speaking simultaneously and everyone with a wistful expression on their face, reliving a moment from the past.

Sharing with them their nostalgia, reliving with them that moment in which they remembered a small period of Toronto’s history and how inextricably intertwined it was with their lives gave me a deeper understanding of my city and its people.

Public transit is integral to my life because I’ve never owned a vehicle. And using it every day has helped me understand my new home better, and that historic streetcar ride would change me forever, acquiring a new and more forceful connection to my new home.

Mayank Bhatt, an internationally trained journalist from India, writes about his everyday experiences as an immigrant in this column.

 

 

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Help for Internationally Educated Nurses featured on OMNI TV

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CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)is a bridge-training program funded by the Government of Ontario to help newcomer nurses obtain their nursing registration and re-start their careers in Canada. For more than 16 years, CARE Centre has supported over 4,000 nurses from 100+ countries around the world to achieve their nursing registration and return to the profession they love. In 2017 New Canadians aired an episode with a focus on CARE Centre’s Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) program when it was launched with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

CARE Centre will be featured in an episode of NEW CANADIANS TV Show, with the Ontario premiere to be broadcast on OMNI 2 Television, Friday, February 23rd at 9 am. There will be repeat broadcasts and the show will air in other parts of Canada as below:

OMNI 2
Friday, Feb 23, 9:00 am (ET)
Sunday, Feb 25, 7:30 am
Monday, Feb 26, 12:00 pm
OMNI East
Friday, Feb 23, 9:00 am (ET)
Sunday, Feb 25, 7:30 am

OMNI BC / Pacific
Friday, Feb 23, 8:30 am (PT)
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 am
OMNI Alberta / Prairies
Thursday, Feb 22, 10:00 am (MT)
Sunday, Feb 25 7:30 am

NEW CANADIANS is a rich and informative web and TV show portraying stories of recent immigrants making Canada their home, produced by New Horizons Media, and hosted by Gerard Keledjian and Rachel Lee. The magazine-style presentations showcase settlement, education, employment and small business resources available to newcomers to help them maximize their chances of success and ease their integration into Canadian society and the workforce.

NEW CANADIANS profiles successful immigrants who have overcome many challenges and established themselves in Canada. Their stories are retold to inspire newcomers to pursue their dreams and realize their potential. These stories help prospective immigrants to better plan their future in Canada. The show also covers immigrant-related news and special events.Check airtimes at http://newcanadians.tv/omni and for more about NEW CANADIANS visit http://newcanadians.tv/.

CARE Centre for IENs is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides IENs with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s health care system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit www.care4nurses.org.

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Money Management – 7 Biggest Money Mistakes

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Everyone wants to be a baller. Everyone wants to find themselves rolling in dough. But unfortunately, many people make money mistakes that cause them to stay where they are, financially, rather than rise to the top. You might think you’re financially savvy, but you may be surprised. Are you making money mistakes? Read on and find out.

1. Losing out on interest

You need a liquid cash cushion for emergencies, so, you definitely need the money in your savings account, just in case. However, if you’re paying 15-20% interest on your credit card while earning 1.25% in savings you’re losing money. So after you’ve saved enough money for a rainy day, make sure to start paying off those credit cards.

2. Buying new over used

Sure buying something new might make you feel better, but it often doesn’t make any sense. Cars, for example, depreciate immediately after they leave the lot. So, there’s no need to shell out tons of money for the sticker price, when you can buy one that’s only been used for a year, and save yourself a significant chunk of change.

3. Being a “Gadget Addict”

Wasting time in line, and then paying top dollar for the latest gadget, is a major money waster. Being first is an expensive hobby. Just a few months waiting can assure you of getting the same product at a lower price, and one that’s probably been debugged.

4. Insisting on buying into brands

There’s no need to pay for brand name meds when you can get the same thing for a few dollars less. Generic meds have the same exact ingredients as brand name ones, at a fraction of the cost.

5. Buying books

Why pay retail prices for books when you can get it at the library for free? It may seem retro but the library is still around! And your local library has tons of books, and if they don’t have it, they can often order it online.

6. Not investing in retirement plans

If your employer is matching money there’s no reason not to sock money away from your 401(k). Not only are you missing out on saving for retirement, you’re missing out on tax deductions. Imagine that; tax-free income!

7. Paying for water

Water bottles are convenient; but the cost of them adds up. Buy an insulated water bottle and fill it up yourself. It’s not only better for the environment, it will also save you the money.

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Transportation options in Canada

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Transportation options in Canada

Once you’ve secured housing, you’ll want to figure out your transportation situation. You have two options available to you:

1. Purchasing a car or
2. Using public transportation to get around.
 

1. Purchasing a car:
If you choose to purchase a car, you may want to opt for a used vehicle. Check with local car dealerships, the auto trade magazines (often free, you’ll find these are distributed on street corners in publication boxes), classified ads in your local newspaper or on bulletin boards at the grocery store, your local community centre, etc.

Be sure that the car meets emission and certification requirements in your province by having the owner take it with you to a local mechanic shop.

2. Using public transportation: 
This may be the more accessible transportation for you and your family to take in your first month. Contact your city’s transportation authority for information on monthly pass and ticket fares for buses and subway trains. Next, figure out the bus routes in your area, including times and ride duration, and all the key stops you’ll need to use.

 

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