Syrian refugee family: large donor of food on Canadian Thanksgiving !

Syrian refugee family: large donor of food on Canadian Thanksgiving !

Canadian culture
Canada has an extremely strong reputation for welcoming newcomers. Whether as international students, working professionals and entrepreneurs, family members of Canadians or indeed as refugees. Indeed, it is the world’s leading settler of refugees even more than the USA which has about 9 times as many people as Canada. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/americas/canada-us-refugee-resettlement-hnk-intl/index.html The key to Canadian success is the support of Canadian society in offering high quality education and health care and other social “safety nets”, as well strong respect for human rights, that make the likelihood of people thriving very high. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and The Globe and Mail newspaper features a family that came as refugees from Syria only 4 years ago. Only three days after arrival they started experimenting with growing vegetables. Now they are managing…
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Studying in Canada: Keeping healthy !

Studying in Canada: Keeping healthy !

Canadian culture, For Parents
In our earlier blog on the Canadian health care system, we explained how the system works across Canada. We explained why its system of protecting 100% of the people in Canada creates conditions for managing and controlling the challenges from the current pandemic You can read about that here: https://www.cuac.lk/what-if-you-get-sick-in-canada-as-an-international-student/ Today, we also want to emphasize how well-organized Canadian higher education institutions are for protecting the health of students. It is common in Canada for campuses to have medical staff like doctors, psychologists, , counsellors and nurses on the campus for the immediate convenience of students. All of these staff have connections to off-campus hospitals and specialists for any student needing further evaluation or treatment. As noted in the earlier blog, student health care coverage means there are no extra…
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Canada covid-19 Latest news

Canada covid-19 Latest news

Canada study visa, Canadian culture, For Parents
Are you anxious for yourself or a family member about studying in Canada because of COVID-19? Today’s Washington Post looks at the contrast between Canada and the USA and the latest state of COVID-19 in the two countries as of July 13, 2020. The Washington Post article, discusses one of the reasons for Canada’s better experience with COVID-19: its public health care system covering everybody in Canada. Gerald Evans, a professor of medicine at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, said Canada’s single-payer national health-care system also confers “distinct” advantages, allowing people to seek care for covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, without fear of out-of-pocket costs. For more information on what to expect from Canada’s health care system if you are coming to Canada as an international student, see…
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First Muslim Lieutenant-Governor in Canada

First Muslim Lieutenant-Governor in Canada

Canadian culture
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Salma Lakhani as the new Lieutenant-Governor of the province of Alberta. Under Canada’s parliamentary system, the Queen of England still retains a symbolic role in our governance and there is a Lieutenant-Governor as the Queen’s representative in Alberta. Ms. Lakhani, born in Uganda, has been an active philanthropist through much of her adult life. As the first Muslim to hold this position, it is further testament to Canada’s inclusive system of government; one in which a large number of Members of its national parliament, as well as provincial parliaments, were raised and educated outside Canada. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-alberta-businesswoman-named-lieutenant-governor-first-muslim-in-role/ Dani Zaretsky CUAC Global - Founder / Director
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What if you get sick in Canada as an international student ?

What if you get sick in Canada as an international student ?

Canadian culture, Live and Work in Canada
Many international students are asking us: what is the health care like in Canada for international students? Should they be worried about the expenses? Especially in a time of global health anxiety, this is when the Canadian system of health care is at its finest especially for international students. This is why. #1 GETTING A CARD: Canadian medical care, its doctors and hospitals, just as with Canadian universities and colleges, are organized by province or territory. So, let’s say you are attending Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, or the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. As an international student you will pay a small fee in the hundreds of dollars. Your university or college will help you fill out the necessary forms. Soon after you arrive you will get…
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George Floyd: CUAC and Recruiting to Study in Canada

George Floyd: CUAC and Recruiting to Study in Canada

Canadian culture, Live and Work in Canada
June 8, 2020 Most of you have likely paid some attention to the widespread demonstrations in the USA, Canada and around the world regarding the murder of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA by a police officer. As the father of two boys that identify as Black Canadians and until some months ago were each working in Boston and Los Angeles, this murder touches me very close to home. Who could fathom the heartache to lose a son or a father or brother, a sister, niece or dear friend, in such a horrendous manner? In these already challenging times as the covid-19 disease sweeps the globe, we should remind ourselves that racism is, too, a kind of disease, that can be every bit as fatal. Those who believe in their…
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Study in Canada: Make a new life !

Study in Canada: Make a new life !

Canadian culture, Live and Work in Canada
Canada is one of the world’s most dynamic societies in integrating people from all over the world. Studying in Canada not only usually comes with a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) but many opportunities to make Canada permanent home.There are even options to migrate to Canada as an entrepreneur in some categories like high tech. It is easy to start a business in Canada. Even as a student you can quickly register a business or even incorporate a company.  A good example of a young entrepreneur is the story of Mr Chieff Bosompra whose origin is from Ghana in West Africa.  He has opened a restaurant in Toronto called Aunty Lucy’s featuring Ghana-style hamburgers and other delights and delicacies from the many cultures in Ghana. In Canada, sharing food, music, dance…
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Can you speak Canadian ?

Can you speak Canadian ?

Canadian culture
The image for this article was used by the Canadian Language Museum for it’s “Canadian English, eh?” The Museum is based at York University in Toronto. Are you planning to study in Canada? With all the effort to choose a Canadian university or college, and prepare for the Canadian study visa process, you might not make time to prepare for coming to a new culture. So we created the “Canadian culture” category which is a collection of different ways to make the adjustment to Canada easier. Some of you may already speak English or French very well. But whether you do or you don’t, there are probably some English and French expressions in Canada that you have not heard of. Learning these can help you understand conversations and also feel…
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Study in Canada – enjoy our culture !

Study in Canada – enjoy our culture !

Canadian culture
The more you learn about Canada, the more you will thrive: not just to study in Canada, but to work in Canada, and most importantly, to live and enjoy life in Canada. Under our Canadian Culture blog category we are always trying to offer students bound for studying in Canada’s, some fresh and entertaining ways to improve understanding about Canada and preparation for the big culture change. One of Canada’s most popular and adored actresses is Ms. Sandra Oh. Her most famous shows have been made in Hollywood including Grey’s Anatomy and the currently running Killing Eve. One of her well-known Canadian films from early in her career was called The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Here’s a recent May, 2020 interview with Sandra on the Jimmy Kimmel U.S. late night show in which they have fun…
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Need a little humour ?

Need a little humour ?

Canadian culture
As the end of April, 2020 approaches, these are terrible times indeed. We all need to make sure we find some of the lighter side in life. For students planning to study in Canada, developing an appreciation for Canadian humour will make your adjustment much more pleasurable. This is a short clip from one of our comedians, Julie Kim.https://www.youtube.com/embed/_WY62Vfxu5g?feature=oembedCanadian humour – there is nothing else like it! You can read more about Julie Kim here. https://youtu.be/_WY62Vfxu5g You can read more about Julie Kim here. https://www.juliekimcomedy.com/bio Dani Zaretsky CUAC Global - Founder / Director
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