Speech from the Throne

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On September 23, 2020, the Governor General of Canada delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Before we dive into the details of the speech, let’s first take a look at the Canadian System of Government and how the Parliament of Canada works! The Canadian System of …

Why CRA May Call You & How to Spot Scammers

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As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gradually reopens some programs and services, CRA employees may be calling you to discuss your tax and benefit situations. However, you should be aware of scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Reasons the CRA may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: If you …

Gender Equality Week Sep 20 to 26

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Canada’s Gender Equality Week is being held from September 20 to 26, 2020. Advancing gender equality benefits everyone, women, men and gender diverse communities, and leads to greater health, happiness, and economic prosperity. For the recent 2 to 3 decades, Canada has made important progress to remove barriers to equality: added gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of …

CFN’s Indigenous Education for Newcomers Program

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Nowadays, Canada’s immigration policy is among the most welcoming worldwide. Every year, we welcome new immigrants to Canada. Waves of immigration and settlement forced many Indigenous peoples away from their traditional lands and disrupted their traditional ways of life. As a newcomer to Canada, it is important for you to learn about the history. The Centre for Newcomers (CFN) runs …

Yellow Larch Fall Hikes

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In Canada, you get to experience the changing landscapes and natural beauty for all four seasons. Fall in Canada is chilly and feels almost like winter, but you can still make the best out of it before the freezing temperatures set in. In central and eastern Canada, leaves on the trees transform to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. …

It’s Fall, the Pumpkin Spice Season!

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As much as we hate to admit, the summer of 2020 is drawing to an end. Fall is in the air! Every fall, cafés, bath and beauty shops and grocery stores fill their shelves or menus with pumpkin spice-flavored/ scented products. From traditional pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice-scented lotions, to the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, you name it! If …

Labour Day 2020

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With workers all over Canada looking forward to a day to recharge on Labour Day, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the origin and history of this public holiday. The Toronto Printers Union had been asking their employers for a shorter work week for over 3 years. After being repeatedly ignored, they took bold action and went on strike …

Former Residential School Sites Designated as National Historic Sites

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The Residential School System has had negative and enduring impacts on generations of Indigenous peoples, on First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, economies, traditional knowledge and ways of life, languages, family structures, and connections to the land. What you need to know about the Residential School System: The Residential School System was imposed on Indigenous peoples to assimilate them …

What You Need to Know about Maple Syrup

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Today, let’s learn a few things about maple syrup — one of the most well-known Canadian icons! Where does maple syrup come from? Maple syrup is harvested and processed from maple trees; Holes are drilled into the trunks of maple trees so that the sap can be collected in a container; The sap is then heated and filtered multiple times; …