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July 1 is Canada Day!

Posted on Jun. 26th 2009 by Loonie
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Each year on July 1, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. Each Canadian is entitled to a vacation day off of work where everyone makes merry Canadian-style! Backyard, park or cottage parties and picnics, barbeque meals, outdoor sports like lacrosse, swimming or cycling, street festivals and concerts in urban areas, fireworks displays, red and white decorations and Canadian flags!

Canada day is a celebration of the anniversary of Confederation. Confederation was a political act that brought together the colonial provinces of British North America to form the country of Canada in 1867. You can read about the history of Canada, and Canadian confederation, at this fantastic government of Canada site: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/confederation/index-e.html

Here is the kid-friendly version: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/confederation/kids/index-e.html

Canadian cities and towns hold large events that celebrate the freedoms, rights, privileges, history, diversity and talents of Canadians. These events help the community come together to celebrate how proud we are to be Canadian. The largest Canada Day celebrations happen in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario each year. This is the official site of this year’s festivities in Ottawa: http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/ncc_web_content_page.asp?cid=16297-16298-22876&lang=1

Check out these videos Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa in 2008:

The crowd singing the national anthem, O Canada! and fireworks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4vhMyBVmjs&feature=related

Fireworks behind the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDR3CmSanzU&NR=1


How will you be celebrating Canada day 2009? Share your ideas in the forum here: http://www.loonlounge.com/community/forum/thread/6019/

Do you have pictures you’d like to share with the LoonLounge community? Post your pictures here: http://www.loonlounge.com/community/photos/1/

We can’t wait to see them!

Happy Canada Day LoonLoungers!

LoonLounge Videos

Posted on Jun. 23rd 2009 by Loonie
views: 298, comments: 1
Hey Loungers!

I wanted to draw your attention to LoonLounge's new YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LoonLounge

By following that link, you will be able to access a list of videos and television interviews regarding LoonLounge, and issues surrounding immigration to Canada.

So check them out, share them with your friends, and let us know what you think!

Go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/LoonLounge

See you in the 'Lounge!

Saskatchewan Announces Changes to the Business Class and Provincial Nomination Immigration Programs

Posted on Jun. 22nd 2009 by Loonie
views: 1074, comments: 2
The province of Saskatchewan has announced an additional $3million investment into its immigration programs, seeking to better attract the best and the brightest from around the world.

Improvements of the programs will largely be based on strategic expansion of the business class entrepreneur program, which will improve the economy by creating businesses and providing more jobs to residents of the province.

The provincial nomination program will also be strategically expanded, welcoming into the province an addition 3,400 nominees with the professional skills required to fill labour needs in the province.

Official details will be released by the province and reported to you on LoonLounge October 1st, 2009.

Learn about the province of Saskatchewan: http://www.loonlounge.com/about-saskatchewan/

Learn more about the Provincial Nominee and Business Class immigration programs: http://www.loonlounge.com/immigration-facts/

View the official Province of Saskatchewan Immigration 2009-2010 Strategy brochure on the proposed changes: http://www.immigration.gov.sk.ca/sk-mmigration-strategy-brochure

Canada or the UAE?

Posted on Jun. 22nd 2009 by AshleeK
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I stumbled upon this conversation online & I thought it was interesting, so I wanted to share it. The world loves Canada!!

(From: http://www.1hitproperty.com/2009/06/which-is-a-better-country-to-live-in-canada-or-dubai )

Which Is A Better Country To Live In, Canada Or Dubai?

hi guys , i am an Indian (31yrs.)looking to migrate to either Canada or Dubai , with my family, for a better future for my kids, ( i am planning to Invest in commercial real estate ), as for living conditions, quality of life , infrastructure , overall climate, people, administration, what do you think is a better option as an overall perspective as both the countries are alien to me.

14 Responses to “Which Is A Better Country To Live In, Canada Or Dubai?”

1. Vagabond Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 12:22 am

First, Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates while Canada is an entire country.
The Emirates are a great place to live and work; but I should note that high paying jobs may be more difficult for a non-resident to start with; but the opportunity to make a good living for you and your family is there, but only if you apply yourself well. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are also very expensive cities in general, though I am certain you could find comfortable housing for your family.
Canada is also a wonderful country, and it is rich in scenic beauty and opportunity. Although Canada does have very strict immigration laws, I do not think they are any more so than the UAE. There may be more opportunity here, depending on your profession, as there are many, many cities and towns in which you may be able to settle in.
Both countries have a lot of development in progress, and both countries have had to halt some of that development due to the downturn in oil revenue. I know that as a city, Dubai was hit pretty hard by this. Canada does offer many other industries to help support the country, which may help Canada maintain some projects while Dubai may have to cut some due to its dependence on oil.
I would rate health care in Canada as better than the UAE, but other infrastructure issues are comperable between the countries. Quality of life is largely what you make it, and you can have an excellent quality in either place. I prefer the cooler weather and changing seasons of Canada than the hot, humid weather of the UAE. I also find the people in Canada to be more welcoming and more friendly, with people in the UAE being more cautious and distrusting.
I’ve throughly enjoyed my time in both places, and having been to both it would be difficult to pick one if I had to choose. I suppose that I would probably choose Canada, however, in that I enjoy the woods and mountains, cooler air, and greater overall diversity of the landscape.
Good luck in wherever your decision takes you.
Cheers!

2. Kman Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 3:58 am

Canada. The quality of life is excellent. It’s like the U.S. but with less crime, better education, and free health care. Toronto and Montreal are excellent, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Vancouver. Their winters do get quite cold though.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE are playgrounds for the super-rich oil barons, everyone else is treated as a second class citizen. Individual freedoms and services for the middle class are nonexistent. And I personally don’t care for the desert climate.

3. modern day drifter Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 6:12 am

i agree 200% with Kman , he just gave you the crucial reasons what to choose !!! unless you wanna be a real estate baron and slide between oil holders lol, we live only once , if i was you i would not hesitate for canada !!! good luck and bring a + to your country so we have some balance in this world …

4. iJoy Massage Chair Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Canada. Remember Canada is a member of the 8 richest countries in the world. Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. I would choose Canada at any time.

5. Swimming Pool Heaters Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

In Dubai you will always be a TCN (Third Country National) and will never have the rights of a native dubai citizen. Ever.
In Canada, you would be welcomed, and treated as an equal.

6. moksh_4m Says:
June 21st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

dude.. anyday canada…
dubai is not happening at all… its going down the drains…with this recession and all..
everything about dubai was fake.. all jus hyped.. built up…
and here you will always be treated as third country national…
better go to canada.. the future looks bright there…

7. Union_Do Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 5:48 am

I would take Canada any time.After all Canada is not a 3rd world country. Please stay in India.

8. Hawkspur Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Unless you are super rich, Canada.

9. Floyd Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Hmmm a choice between disgustingly hot and bone-chillingly cold. Move to California instead.

10. Saaski Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Canada.

11. Funny Baby Clothes Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Canada

12. Amy Says:
June 22nd, 2009 at 10:53 pm

canada

13. tuesday1 Says:
June 23rd, 2009 at 4:23 am

canada

14. ceia.ros Says:
June 23rd, 2009 at 7:38 am

sweetie dubai is a city
=)

The Five C's of Hiring a Canadian Immigrant

Posted on Jun. 19th 2009 by Loonie
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This is a list of five important things that Canadian employers should keep in mind when hiring new immigrants.

Taken from "Canada's need for foreign talent remains strong " By CATHRYN ATKINSON of The Globe and Mail, Friday, Jun. 19, 2009 03:47AM EDT

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/canadas-need-for-foreign-talent-remains-strong/article1186666/


THE FIVE C'S

Fiona Macfarlane, the Americas chief operating officer for tax at Ernst & Young, has developed an approach to supporting immigrant employees that she calls "The Five Cs":

Credibility

Immigrants need a hand to ensure their credentials can be used to their full potential in Canada, but in some cultures it is considered arrogant to be self-promoting. Find someone who came from that country to provide guidance, if needed.

Confidence

Newly arrived immigrants might feel unsure of themselves. Not being familiar with Canadian household icons can be daunting, for instance. Make an effort to reassure employees.

Competence

Companies can teach immigrants technical and soft skills that are relevant to the local marketplace. This can help put their prior experiences into a Canadian-relevant context.

Courage

Immigrants tend to be courageous people. Companies that inspire them to capitalize on this talent will benefit, Ms. Macfarlane says.

Champion

Find someone who can champion new immigrant employees and help them prepare for their first interview, or build a network.

Cathryn Atkinson

Immigration grows the city of Winnipeg

Posted on Jun. 18th 2009 by tlicoaching
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Immigration is such an important tool to help grow the population of Canada. As the babyboomers generation ages, the need is greater to replenished the workforce with skilled professionals from around the world. In an article by the Winnipeg Free Press, the city of Winnipeg's population growth in the next couple of years will be largely credited to immigration.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/city-in-a-growth-spurt-48239627.html

Despite the optimism and advantages of immigration, the biggest challenge for new immigrants is housing. There is a massive shortage of adequate housing for immigrants. Vacancy rates in Winnipeg is less than 1%. Until there is a solution to housing, immigrants will be in tough to compete for limited rental properties.

Let hope governments realized this growing problem and work with agencies to support immigrants and new Canadians.

Be a Canadian! LoonLounge's Immigration Assessment Tool / Devenez canadiens! L'outil LoonLounge d'évaluation de vos chances d'admissibilité à un programme d'immigration.

Posted on Jun. 16th 2009 by Loonie
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A third of our members here on LoonLounge have listed themselves as Thinking of Coming to Canada.

Making a decision like immigrating to another country is one of the biggest that you'll make in your life. It takes time to decide when you will leave your home country and where to begin again in another place.

A country like Canada is known internationally for being welcoming to newcomers, as well as maintaining high levels of immigration – often known as Canada’s ‘open-door policy’ to immigrants. In 2008, Canada welcomed over 500,000 newcomers to live, study, work, and establish new lives and stronger communities in our country.

Canada’s immigration programs are so successful, because they are so varied. There is not a one-size-fits-all format for coming to Canada. Multiple different immigration programs exist, qualifying all levels of education, employment, and connections to Canada. Provinces have developed programs to specifically target international professionals for their employment needs, international students are provided with short and long term options, and family reunification programs exist on federal and provincial levels in the hopes of rebuilding strong families as they produce strong communities.

The array of immigration programs available is tremendous, but the research involved in understanding which one would be best for you can be overwhelming to someone thinking of immigrating to Canada.

All of us on the LoonLounge team understand this struggle, so we have worked hard to develop a new, easy to use tool to help you out. Be a Canadian! LoonLounge’s Immigration Assessment Tool is an animated, fun and simple way to sort through the many immigration options.

By taking the short questionnaire, the tool narrows down 1 to 3 different immigration programs that are best suited to your profession, education and goals. It provides you with information on the program, and directs you to more specific information as listed on the extensive Immigration Facts page on LoonLounge.

LoonLounge is dedicated to helping our members navigate their way through the immigration process and settlement in Canada with the greatest ease possible. We hope that this new tool will make even the first steps towards your new life in Canada that much easier, and more enjoyable
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Try out Be a Canadian! LoonLounge’s Immigration Assessment Tool
http://www.loonlounge.com/assessment-tool/

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Devenez canadiens ! L’outil LoonLounge d’évaluation de vos chances d’admissibilité à un programme d’immigration.

Le tiers des membres de LoonLounge a déclaré avoir l’intention de venir au Canada.
Choisir d’immigrer vers un autre pays est l’une des plus grande décision que l’on puisse faire dans sa vie. Décider quand on va partir et où on va commencer une nouvelle vie peut être un long processus.

Partout dans le monde, un pays comme le Canada a la réputation d’être ouvert aux nouveaux arrivants et de maintenir un niveau assez élevé d’immigration. On parle souvent de la politique canadienne de « la porte ouverte aux immigrants ». En 2008 seulement, le Canada a accueilli plus de 500 000 nouveaux arrivants pour qu’ils puissent vivre, étudier, travailler, imaginer un nouvel avenir et contribuer à des communautés plus fortes dans notre pays.

Le succès des programmes d’immigration du Canada tient à leur variété. Il n’y a pas de programme « taille unique » pour immigrer au Canada. Il existe en effet de nombreux programmes en fonction des divers niveaux d’études, qualifications et contacts au Canada des candidats potentiels. Les provinces ont mis en place leurs propres programmes afin de cibler une main d’oeuvre internationale pour qu’elle réponde à leurs besoins spécifiques. Les étudiants étrangers, de leur côté, se voient proposer des solutions à court ou long terme. Quant aux programmes de rassemblements familiaux, ils existent tant au niveau fédéral que provincial et ce, dans le but de faciliter les réunifications puisqu’une famille solide contribue à une communauté solide.

Le choix, en terme de programmes d’immigration, est immense, mais il faut prendre le temps de faire les recherches nécessaires pour savoir quel programme conviendra le plus à votre situation. L’ampleur de la tâche peut être décourageante, lorsque l’on veut immigrer au Canada.

Tout le monde, à LoonLounge, est conscient de l’aspect rébarbatif de ces démarches initiales. C’est pourquoi nous avons travaillé fort pour mettre au point un nouvel outil qui soit facile à utiliser et qui puisse vous faciliter la tâche. Devenez canadiens ! L’outil LoonLounge d’évaluation de vos chances d’admissibilité à un programme d’immigration, c’est un moyen simple et amusant de faire le tri dans les programmes d’immigration du Canada.

En répondant à quelques questions, vous permettez à cet outil de cibler de 1 à 3 programmes pouvant vous convenir en fonction de votre profession, de votre formation et de vos objectifs. Il vous fournit également des informations sur chaque programme en vous renvoyant aux pages du site qui y sont consacrées.

L’objectif de LoonLounge, c’est de faciliter, le plus possible, le processus d’immigration et d’établissement à ses membres. Nous espérons que ce nouvel outil rendra vos premiers pas vers votre nouvelle vie au Canada à la fois plus faciles, et plus agréables.

Essayez Devenez canadiens ! L’outil LoonLounge d’évaluation de vos chances d’admissibilité à un programme d’immigration.
http://www.loonlounge.com/assessment-tool/

Should non-citizens have right to vote in municipal elections?: Yes / Les non-citoyens devraient-ils être autorisés à voter aux élections municipales ? Oui.

Posted on Jun. 11th 2009 by Loonie
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The chairman of the Maytree Foundation, Alan Broadbent, recently wrote an opinion piece for the Toronto Star Newspaper, promoting the idea that permanent residents in Canada should be given the right to vote - an privilege he feels would spread inclusiveness to newcomers and encourage them to stay and establish lives in Canada.

The full article is copied below, but you can also read the original here: http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/648850

For additional information on the Maytree Foundation, find them in LoonLounge's Organization Directory: http://www.loonlounge.com/canadian-organizations/1149/

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Should non-citizens have right to vote in municipal elections?: Yes

It's a way of saying we want them to join us in building our communities and our country

Jun 11, 2009 04:30 AM

Alan Broadbent
Chairman of the Maytree Foundation

Permanent residents of Canada should be allowed to vote in municipal elections whether they have attained citizenship or not.

Extending the vote in this way can be a critical tool in one of the most important jobs we have for Canada's future: the attraction of the brightest and best immigrants.

Canada's fertility rate has fallen well below the level needed to keep the population stable – 1.58 compared to the maintenance rate of 2.01. Without immigration our population would begin to decline in the near future.

Even more worrying is our age profile: we are an aging population, which will leave great holes in our labour market that immigrants will have to fill if we are to maintain and improve our prosperity.

We need to attract capable and motivated immigrants not only to fill the jobs in today's economy but in the economy of tomorrow, which will be based increasingly on information and design.

What makes this an urgent task, rather than just something nice to do, is that other developed countries are in the same boat, below replacement rate and aging. And they are realizing that they need to focus on immigration.

Canada has a head start because we value immigrants more than any other country, according to polls, and we have been managing immigration better than others. Not perfectly for sure, but better than the rest.

But the brightest and best immigrants don't merely want to come to be cogs in our machine. They want to be fully engaged and valued members of the community.

They want to work in the jobs for which they have training and experience, live in stable neighbourhoods where their kids can attend good schools, and experience the full range of relationships that give life meaning and joy. They're just like the rest of us.

The extension of a voting right related to the issues that impact them most, the services that municipalities and school boards deliver, is a sign that they are welcomed and valued. It is a way of us saying to them that we want them to join with us, shoulder to shoulder, in the building of our communities and our country.

We would not be the first jurisdiction to permit this. In New Zealand, anyone can vote in local or national elections after one year of residency. Seventeen countries in Europe and 30 around the world have municipal voting for non-citizens.

Voting has not always been the preserve of citizens. In fact, we did not have Canadian citizenship until 1947, a full 80 years after Confederation.

Who could vote changed depending on the conditions of democracy at the time: first, just property-owning British men, then other men, then women in 1918, Asians in 1948, and all aboriginals in 1960. "British subjects" could still vote in Nova Scotia elections until 2003.

Canadian values and citizenship are not put at risk by this. They are far too robust, enshrined in our body of laws in a country with a strong dedication to the rule of law. And it will not dilute the desire for citizenship, which has a rich appeal beyond this one right.

Inviting permanent resident non-citizens to vote in municipal elections will be a useful tool for attracting immigrants to participate in the great work of building Canada for the 21st century.

The Maytree Foundation has a special focus on support programs for refugees and immigrants in Canada.

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Président de la Fondation Maytree, Alan Broadbent a récemment publié un édito dans le Toronto Star afin de promouvoir l’idée que les résidents permanents du Canada devraient avoir le droit de vote, un privilège qui, selon lui, permettrait aux nouveaux arrivants de se sentir davantage inclus et les encouragerait à rester au Canada pour s’y établir.

L’original (en anglais) de l’article est visible ici : http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/648850

Pour en savoir plus sur la fondation Maytree, consultez le répertoire des organismes de LoonLounge : http://www.loonlounge.com/canadian-organizations/1149/

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Les non-citoyens devraient-ils être autorisés à voter aux élections municipales ? Oui.

C’est une façon de dire que nous voulons qu’ils se joignent à nous pour qu’ensemble nous bâtissions nos communautés et notre pays.

11 Juin 2009 04:30 AM

Alan Broadbent
Président de la Fondation Maytree

Les résidents permanents du Canada devraient avoir le droit de voter aux élections municipales, qu’ils aient déjà obtenu leur citoyenneté ou non.

Élargir ainsi le droit de vote pourrait bien être un outil majeur dans l’une des tâches les plus importantes qui attende le Canada : attirer les immigrants les plus brillants.

Au Canada, le taux de fécondité a chuté bien en deçà du niveau nécessaire pour maintenir une population stable – 1,58 par rapport au taux d’équilibre de 2,01. Sans immigration, notre population commencera vite à décliner.

Plus inquiétant encore : le vieillissement de la population. Voilà qui risque de laisser d’importantes carences dans notre marché du travail. Les immigrants devront compenser si nous voulons maintenir notre niveau de prospérité ou le faire progresser davantage.

Nous devons attirer des immigrants capables et motivés, non seulement pour occuper les emplois devenus vacants au sein de notre économie actuelle, mais aussi pour qu’ils contribuent à l’économie de demain, une économie de plus en plus basée sur l’information et le design.

Ce qui rend cette tâche urgente, au-delà des considérations bien pensantes, c’est le fait que d’autres pays développés soient dans le même bateau en ce qui concerne leur démographie et le vieillissement de leur population. Ils comprennent eux aussi qu’ils doivent se tourner vers l’immigration.

Si le Canada a une longueur d’avance dans le domaine, c’est que d’après les sondages, nous accordons plus de valeur aux immigrants que tout autre pays et que nous avons mieux géré notre immigration que les autres. Pas parfaitement, bien sûr, mais mieux.

Nous ne devons cependant pas nous voiler la face : ceux qui composent la crème de la crème de l’immigration n’ont nullement l’intention de n’être que des rouages dans notre machine. Ils souhaitent occuper une vraie place en tant que membres respectés de notre communauté.

Ils veulent travailler dans le domaine professionnel pour lequel ils ont été formés et ont acquis une certaine expérience, ils veulent habiter dans des quartiers où il fait bon vivre, envoyer leurs enfants dans de bonnes écoles, et vivre l’éventail des relations humaines qui épanouissent et donnent un sens à la vie. Ils sont exactement comme nous.

L’extension d’un droit de vote pour les questions qui concernent le plus les immigrés, les services offerts par les municipalités et les commissions scolaires, tout cela signifie qu’ils sont les bienvenus et que nous les respectons. C’est une façon, pour nous, de les inviter à nous rejoindre pour que, main dans la main, nous travaillions à la construction de nos communautés et de notre pays.

Nous ne serions pas la première juridiction à permettre une telle chose. En Nouvelle-Zélande, il suffit d’avoir un an de résidence pour voter à des élections locales ou nationales. Dix-sept pays d’Europe et 30 pays dans le monde autorisent les non-citoyens à s’exprimer lors des élections municipales.

Le droit de vote n’a pas toujours été le privilège des citoyens. En fait, nous n’avons eu la citoyenneté canadienne qu’à partir de 1947, soit 80 ans après la Confédération.

L’attribution du droit de vote a évolué avec l’état de la démocratie. D’abord, uniquement les hommes britanniques propriétaires d’un bien furent autorisés à voter, puis ce fut les autres hommes, les femmes en 1918, les Asiatiques en 1948 et tous les aborigènes en 1960. Jusqu’en 2003, les « sujets britanniques » pouvaient encore voter aux élections en Nouvelle-Écosse.

Les valeurs et la citoyenneté canadiennes ne sont nullement menacées. Elles sont bien trop solides, protégées par notre corps législatif, dans un pays où l’on respecte profondément la suprématie de la loi. Le désir de citoyenneté ne sera pas non plus menacé car il reste attrayant, au-delà du droit de vote.

Inviter les résidents permanents à voter aux élections municipales sera un moyen utile d’inviter les immigrants à nous rejoindre afin qu’ensemble, nous bâtissions le Canada du 21è siècle.

La Fondation Maytree a pour objectif principal de soutenir les programmes destinés aux réfugiés et aux immigrants au Canada.
 
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