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Discover Your Canada

Canada Magazine issue 38 jan 09

Moving to Canada - all


roads lead to Cobourg
Discover Cultural Quebec City
The joy of shopping in Edmonton
Research trips and finding
houses in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia cooking - the
way to a traveler’s heart.

Travel Destination
Photo credit: Matt MacGillivray

Beautiful Mexico
Tax-free savings accounts
Overcoming shyness in children
When a bad hair day is no laughing matter

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2 Editorial

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Contents

Money
Tax-free savings accounts 34
Retirement plan contribution 38

Muchmor
Discover Canada
Muchmor Canada 2008 40
Cultural Quebec City 4
You belong in Brandon 8 Kidzone
The joy of shopping 10
Top kids stuff 45
Edmonton facts 13
Overcoming shyness 46
Great babysitting tips 47
Travel Wii downloads 47
Nova Scotia cooking 14
Sombreros off to Mexico 18 Moving to Canada
To Cobourg with love 48
Lifestyle NAFTA - 3 year visa 53
Slow cooker recipes 24 Countdown to Canada 54
Canadians Talk 26 Moving 2 Alberta 56
Canada’s population 26 Real estate in Nova Scotia 57
Canada fails UNESCO report 27 Get closer to Canada in 2009 58
Which games console? 28
Top Canadian 29 Health & Wellness
When a bad hair day is no
Working Life laughing matter 60
Get credit for your ideas 30 Invest in your health 63
Creating a business image 32
Home & Garden
First time home buyer 65


4 Discover Canada

Cultural
Québec
City
Photo by: Yves Tessier, Tessima

A stimulating
urban delight
Discover Canada 5
Photo by: Yves Tessier, Tessima

Sidewalk café on Quartier Petit-Champlain at night

People visit Québec City for its Labadie, they have since recorded frequent visitors to Le Colisée Pepsi,
history and beauty, only to discover eight releases under U.S. Label the city's main arena.
a thriving cultural crossroads, at the Dorian, toured all over Canada, the
forefront of artistic endeavour. As a U.S., and Europe, and walked off A full-flavoured local scene
major French-speaking metropolitan with numerous awards and
area in English-speaking North distinctions. A further crowd pleaser
is the Québec City Opera, which A great part of Québec City's
America, the city is a magnet for musical attraction is owed its piano
artists, performers, singers, and puts on several different productions
a year. bars, boîtes à chansons, and
artisans. nightclubs. Whether visitors prefer a
touch of jazz as they sip on wine, a
A musical tour de force A city of surprises repertoire of Québec folk as they
enjoy a local-brewed beer, or the
You don't have to speak a word of This musical effervescence spills next wave of streetsmart cool as
French to appreciate Québec City's over into other areas of city life. In they check out the local bar scene,
vibrant musical scene. Star billing no fact it's not unusual to spy a they're only steps away from a night
doubt goes to the Québec City violinist, a guitarist, or even a of discovery and escape in walkable
Symphony Orchestra (OSQ) directed musical ensemble out practicing in Old Québec.
by Israeli Yoav Talmi, formerly with Old Québec, much to the surprise Festivals and special events also
the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. and delight of passers-by. contribute to Québec City's musical
The OSQ, which employs 67 fulltime Québec City is a real draw for renown. The granddaddy of them all
musicians, puts on some forty touring performers with its many is the Québec City Summer Festival,
subscription series concerts a year, concert halls and its avid ticket- an eclectic summertime happening
often before sellout crowds. buying public. Le Capitole de that takes to the streets, squares,
Québec City is the birthplace of Québec, which once welcomed the and parks of Old Québec. For its
Les Violons du Roy, a string legendary Edith Piaf, features a 38th edition in 2005, attendance at
orchestra launched in 1985 by dinner & variety show formula. the event reached some 900,000. In
graduating music students and Marquee performers like Céline Dion 2006, the American Bus Association
young professional musicians in the make Québec City a regular stop on rated the Québec City Summer
early stages of their careers. their tours. Rock groups like Bon Festival in the top 100 events in
Brilliantly directed by Bernard Jovi, Metallica, and Rush are also North America.
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Sidewalk café on Petit-Champlain Street Animation on Dufferin Terrace


Photo by: Yves Tessier, Tessima

Photo by: Yves Tessier, Tessima

Other musical events and A visual enchantment exhibition was also seen by record
attractions include chamber music crowds in the summer of 2005. The
at Île d’Orléans, the Québec City Musée national des beaux arts du
Festival of Sacred Music and the Québec City's vibrant cultural life Québec regularly presents major
International Festival of Military extends to the visual arts. Artists international exhibitions, such as
Bands. Québec City also features cluster in the city's trendy Saint- From Caillebotte to Picasso.
regular recitals, organ concerts, and Roch neighbourhood, close to Laval Masterpieces from the Oscar Ghez
special performances in its many University's School of Visual Arts. collection (fall 2006) and Fernando
churches, chapels, and smaller Galleries abound, many featuring Botero (winter 2007).
concert halls. works of local inspiration, others Many local artists are avidly
Some great names in music from blazing trails in contemporary art collected, including Luc
the Québec City area include Luc Archambault, Claude Pelletier, Élène
Plamondon, the author of over 400 Gamache, and Danielle April.
songs and the immensely popular
musicals Starmania and Notre-
“Québec another internationally acclaimed
artist was Jean-Paul Riopelle,
Dame de Paris, and Félix Leclerc, a
Québec storyteller, poet, playwright City is a real deceased in March 2002, who lived
on Île-aux-Grues. A permanent
and songster who spent the last 25 exhibition is devoted to his works at
years of his life on Île d'Orléans, just
outside the city's limits. Bruno
draw for the Musée national des beaux arts
du Québec. And indelibly linked to
Pelletier, a rock opera singer, and
Jorane (the Québec artist who
touring Québec City is Francesco Iacurto, a
Montréal-born artist who fell in love
earned the most nominations
outside the province) are both from performers” with the area in 1938 and made it
his permanent home. Iacurto is
Québec City. Song writer and noted as the only Canadian artist to
interpreter Sylvain Lelièvre was also and photography. The Musée have painted in the gardens of the
born in Québec City. When he national des beaux arts du Québec Vatican.
passed away a few years ago, the on the Plains of Abraham offers
City named a place after him in the permanent exhibits of Québec art A word to the wise
neighbourhood where he grew up. and regularly stages blockbuster
shows, such as its Rodin exhibition Québec City stands out in literature.
in 1998 that drew over 500,000 For visitors with even a passing
visitors. The Camille & Claudel knowledge of French, the rewards
Discover Canada 7

Wall mural in
Quebec City

of exploration can be immense. A Gabrielle Roy, whose


Signname now
in Churchill plays host to an international drama
perfect booklover's walk could start adorns the main civic library. Her festival, Le Carrefour international
on rue Saint-Jean in Faubourg first novel Bonheur d'Occasion (The de théâtre de Québec, and a pan-
Saint-Jean-Baptiste, outside the Tin Flute in English) received a American film festival, Festival de
city's walls, and continue into the Governor General's Award and cinéma des 3 Amériques.
old town, with stops every block or France's Prix Femina. All of Adding to the cultural diversity
so at the numerous bookstores. Gabrielle Roy's later works were and interest of Québec City are its
Once in the old city, visitors catch a also translated into English. Another many artisans from every walk of
special feeling near Côte de la writer with Québec City ties was artistic life. Glassblower Jean
Fabrique: they are in the Latin novelist and poet Anne Hébert. Her Vallières, whose creations are made
Quarter. Dare to step off the main 1970 novel Kamouraska based on a right before visitors' eyes in his Petit
street and venture in the narrow, 19th century murder is a classic of Champlain craft shop, typifies the
winding streets. The historic building Québec and Canadian literature and city's appeal in this regard. Many of
of Le Séminaire de Québec once was made into a hit movie. his shopkeeper neighbours
was the campus of Laval University, specialize in other areas, such as
the first French-speaking university A dramatic presence jewellery, fashion, leatherworks,
in North America. Now a private pottery, and pewter.
highschool, this venerable building A visit to Québec City is a
is also home to the Musée de The performing arts in Québec City multidimensional experience.
l’Amérique française. From there, are personified by internationally History, amazing architecture and
visitors could head down to the Old famous writer, actor, and director landscapes, numerous natural sites
Port to unearth yet more treasures in Robert Lepage. His Ex Machina and a rich cultural life all blend in
the antique shops. The annual Book workshop in the Old Port has our safe and friendly city.
Show, called the Salon international mounted some dozen world-touring
du livre, draws francophone writers productions in its first years. Lepage Article courtesy of Québec City
and editors. In summertime, the himself has notably staged works in
Tourism
Bouquinistes du Saint-Laurent offer Tokyo, Stockholm and London, and
various treasures to book lovers on was the mastermind behind Peter
the Dufferin Terrasse, near Château Gabriel's Secret World Tour.
Frontenac. Québec City is noted for the
One illustrious writer who variety and quality of its theatre
adopted Québec City as home was productions. In addition, the city
8 Discover Canada Advertorial

You belong in Brandon


Close your eyes, picture a vibrant, growing city nestled in the scenic Assiniboine River valley,
surrounded by alluring landscapes, rolling hills, enormous skies, quaint towns and unspoiled
countryside. Welcome to Brandon, a city of promise, in which our children wish to stay and raise
their own children. We invite you to discover Brandon more closely throughout 2009 via the
monthly editorials, each focusing on a unique topic, that will appear in the muchmor magazine.

Brandon is a welcoming community of approximately 44,000 people that offers the opportunity
and sophistication of metropolitan life minutes from quiet country living. As Manitobaʼs second
largest City, and the education, health, retail, service and entertainment centre for the southwest
Manitoba regionʼs 180,000 inhabitants, Brandon boasts amenities, services, educational and
employment opportunities generally found in much larger centres. Though Brandon presents all
the diversity and conveniences of a larger centre, our primarily English speaking city has
remained a close-knit community that looks out for one another.

Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, Brandon is within a short drive of Manitobaʼs
abundant natural landscapes, wildlife, rivers, lakes, parks and forests. With approximately 70%
of Manitobaʼs farmland located within a 100 km radius of Brandon, alluring landscapes are as
much a part of Brandon as city lights. Brandon is near some of Canadaʼs most amazing natural
attractions including The Spirit Sands, a prairie desert phenomenon, and the spectacular Riding
Mountain National Park. Brandon covers an area of 75 km2 and is located at the junction of
major highways and rail services providing access to Eastern and Western Canada, Northern
Manitoba and the United States. Brandon lies 197 km west of Winnipeg and Manitobaʼs
International airport, 121 km east of the Saskatchewan border and 100 km north of the United
States border.

A low crime rate, affordable housing, clean water, fresh air, student oriented education systems,
abundant recreational and cultural opportunities create an enviable quality of life for our
residents. As a sports oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities with everything from
skiing to soccer to equestrian sports, a truly amazing community spirit is found throughout the
City.

Brandon has four very distinct seasons that all offer their own unique beauty and recreational
opportunities. The summer season ranges from May through September with daytime
temperatures from 12ºC to 26ºC. The months of November through February usually have
considerable amounts of snow and temperatures well below freezing. Snow usually arrives in
November and disappears in April, although these times can vary. The area enjoys over 2,000
hours of sunshine per year.

At the end of the day, one of Brandonʼs greatest assets is the balance between profit and
personal reward. Imagine taking no more than 15 minutes to get to and from work, no matter
what time of day, or where you live in the city. Come for a visit, and you may decide that you
belong in Brandon.
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10 Discover Canada

The joy of
shopping
Attention shoppers, shop
until you drop takes on a
whole new meaning in
Edmonton.

WEM Europa Boulevard


Sequoia Club Discover Canada 11

Edmonton City
Centre

They didn’t pave paradise in this development, where power centre American Apparel, lululemon and its
city, they transformed it into a retail shopping transcends to the next highly sought after yoga-inspired
destination. You can, and should, level with offerings of more than 100 athletic apparel, fashionable
think big when planning an outing to stores and services. footwear from Gravity Pope – a
Edmonton’s extensive range of Combine the two – 2.3 million growing independent chain that
shopping attractions. square feet at South Edmonton started in Edmonton – to charming
No true shopper should miss West Common and 5.3 million sq. ft. At boutiques with captivating
Edmonton Mall – just step right up West Edmonton Mall – and one can selections of arts and crafts,
and find yourself in the middle of easily see why bigger is better when accessories, books, home décor,
what’s easily described as the it comes to the joy of shopping. unusual gifts and collectibles.
greatest indoor show on earth. Department store aficionados, The shopping destinations of
There are more than 800 stores and meanwhile, can find two of western 124th Street and the High Street
services, over 100 eating Canada’s largest Sears stores at area, meanwhile, minutes from
establishments to choose from and Kingsway Garden Mall and downtown and literally steps away
that’s just for starters. Southgate Centre, two of seven from each other, provide a quaint
North America’s largest one-stop, major Edmonton shopping centres. backdrop to more than 125 of their
over-the-top place to shop – But you’ll quickly find that own enticing stores. One will find an
equivalent in size to 48 city blocks – Edmonton just isn’t a mall world assortment of antique and specialty
comes with its own hotel (there are after all – despite the fact that the stores, home décor options, books
actually two to choose from) and city was also the home to Canada’s and must-have knickknacks. Art
nine world-class entertainment first shopping centre back in 1955. lovers will also find this area a must
attractions. Need a break to There’s a rich choice of shopping see, with a large number of
recharge your shopping batteries? districts to choose from, where Edmonton’s art galleries calling this
Then try the mall’s water park and visitors will come across a wealth of part of town as their home.
wave pool or take a spin around the independent retailers and a But with so many stores and
world’s largest indoor amusement fascinating array of unique possibly so little time, where should
park – it’s amazing what you’ll find merchandise to purchase. one start?
under here all under one roof. Old Strathcona for example, If designer names are on your
For shoppers who savour the big- known for its charm and its nightlife, shopping list, try heading downtown
box store experience – from fashion has been named one of the 10 best to Holt Renfrew, Canada's leading
to electronics and more – Edmonton shopping districts in Canada. Amid fashion specialty department store
rolls out another North American its historic buildings, the shopping for men and women. At the same
retail milestone. South Edmonton fare ranges from locally produced to time you’ll find yourself in the middle
Common weighs in as North name brands known for their of the downtown shopping hub that
America’s largest open-air retail panache. You’ll find the ultra-cool encompasses Commerce Place,
12 Discover Canada
Manulife Place and Edmonton City you’ll find that Edmonton is your
Centre. passport to the retail wonders of the
Joining Holts in Manulife Place is world.
Birks, a well-known Canadian name in
luxury jewellery, and Henry Singer, for Shop Talk
the man looking for world-class
clothing options.
But before heading to Escada in Edmonton’s Westmount Shopping
Commerce Place or Edmonton City Centre was the first shopping centre
Centre, with its more than 170 stores in Canada and the second shopping
to choose from, including Eddie centre opened in North America.
Bauer, The Gap, HMV and Nine West, Westmount opened on Oct. 20, 1955,
head over to Bernard Callebaut and is still in operation.
Chocolates while you’re still in the
Manulife mall. The to-die-for • Edmonton is home to West
delectably, sinful chocolate delights Edmonton Mall – North America’s
are not to be missed. largest mall – and North America’s
If you’re a shopaholic – or even if largest power centre, South
you just want to be on top of the Edmonton Common.
latest the world of retail has to offer – • An estimated 28 million people visit
West Edmonton Mall is where you’ll West Edmonton Mall each year. It
find a wide variety of the world’s has an employee population of
cutting-edge merchants. Mandarina almost 24,000 people.
Duck’s first North American store – • Retailers find Edmonton as one of
the Italian retailer specializes in the most attractive retail markets in
backpacks, luggage, purses and Canada with some making the city
more – can be found there as well as their initial destination when they
the first Make Up Store to open in enter the country.
Canada – the chain is one of • A number of major Edmonton retail
Sweden’s fastest growing retailers. destinations including West
There are many more examples and Edmonton Mall, South
the mall owners report that they will • Edmonton Common and
continue to add unique, new retailers Southgate Centre are in expansion
to their tenant mix. mode, either adding new retailers
Bargain hunters should check out or having recently announced
the outlet stores at South Edmonton expansion plans.
Common, including Tommy Hilfiger, • Finding Sophies Rubies, operated
Liz Claiborne and the Designer Depot by Edmonton shopping guru Judy
but may also want to browse through McDonald, is a unique way to shop
the large selection of the non-outlet the city’s shopping gems.
offerings while they’re there. McDonald runs shopping tours
A little off the beaten path, and not that can be tailored to meet
too far from the downtown core, is individual or group requirements.
Dots – a true Edmonton experience if Whether you’re looking for the
you’re into fashion at discount prices. scoop on how best to shop the
Tucked away in a corner on 105th mammoth West Edmonton Mall or
Street, Dots offers a wide assortment that special shopping outing,
of fashion choices – for both men and consider contacting McDonald
women – at incredible prices. But through the Sophiesrubies.com
expect to spend some time there website.
sorting through a multitude of clothing • There is no provincial sales tax in
racks. Alberta; shoppers only pay the five
Fashionistas, meanwhile, should per cent federal Goods and
definitely consider some of the Services Tax (GST).
uniquely Edmonton offerings. Maggie
Walt Designs on Jasper Avenue, is an Article and photographs courtesy of
Edmonton designer with an East Edmonton Tourism
meets West fashion flair. Or try Who
Cares?, another Jasper Avenue
boutique that caters to the career
woman, and adds a selection from Visit www.readmuchmor.com
local designers. to read all our back issues
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Discover Canada 13

Edmonton
facts

The name "Edmonton" is a different cultures in an unmatched Arabian, Canadian Rail, Hollywood,
Latinized version of a Saxon word outdoor experience. Igloo, Polynesian, Roman, Truck,
meaning "Happy Hamlet." There are up to 40 restaurants at A Victorian Coach, Sports, Waterpark
Edmonton was named after a Taste of Edmonton each year that and Western.
borough of London, England. offer one savoury and one sweet
dish from their menu. Canada's largest Ecomuseum -
Ripley's Believe It or Not has Kalyna Country is a heritage and
recognized 96th Street as "Church Edmonton was named as a eco-tourism district in East Central
Street" for its 16 churches in the Canadian Cultural Capital for 2007. Alberta.
neighbourhood.
There are over 3,500 restaurants in Edmonton has the longest stretch
The world's largest ice cream the Edmonton region to choose of urban parkland in North
sundae weighing 54, 914 lb. 13 oz from. America, which is 22 times larger
(24.91 tonnes), was made by Palm than New York's Central Park and
Dairies in Edmonton on July 24, Old Strathcona, named one of the 8 times larger than Vancouver's
1988. 10 best shopping districts in Stanley Park.
Canada is a bustling area rooted in
Edmonton is one of Canada's history which boasts 300 The world's largest car park is
sunniest cities with about 2,300 businesses of which 90% are located at West Edmonton Mall. It
hours of bright sunshine per year. family owned. can hold 20, 000 vehicles. West
In June, Edmonton enjoys up to 17 Edmonton Mall also holds records
hours of daylight per day! The average yearly visitation to for the world's largest indoor
West Edmonton Mall is amusement park (26 rides and
approximately 28.2 million, more attractions), the world's largest
Edmonton has more than 30 indoor triple loop rollercoaster
established festivals each year than eight times the population of
the province of Alberta, making (1,285 metres of track), the world's
devoted to music, performances, largest indoor lake (complete with
visual arts, family fun, sports and WEM the Alberta's number one
tourist attraction. a replica of Christopher
culture. Columbus's Santa Maria), the
world's largest indoor wave pool
Edmonton Heritage Festival is an West Edmonton Mall's (12.3 million litres of water), and
annual opportunity to sample the Fantasyland Hotel features 12 the world's largest indoor
ethnic foods from more than 50 different theme rooms for guests to permanent bungee tower (30
stay in including: African Safari, metres up and 30 metres down).
14 Travel

Nova Scotia
cooking – the
way to a
traveler’s
heart
Sequoia Club Travel 15

Fish and chips

to judge for yourself how plain ole’,


If you’re from away you're going to
love our food. But there's a price to “Nowhere on well, new vegetables can become
something ethereal. And it is.
pay to enjoy it. You’re going to have
to tell us so – over and over again.
For a province-full of good, some
earth is the Nowhere on earth is the
strawberry season more fully
enjoyed than here in Nova Scotia,
even great cooks, we’re modest
about our local fare. We just “cook strawberry especially when the sweet berry is
plain”. It’s the way we were brought married with our tart rhubarb. If it’s
up – with fish in one form or another
every Friday, baked beans and
season more on the menu,order
strawberry rhubarb
a piece of
pie. It’s one of
brown bread on Saturday nights
and Sunday mornings, fish chowder
fully enjoyed our
the
favourites.
blueberries
And
are
in August,when
being
picked,you’ll want to sample that
for supper (yes,supper, not dinner),
fishcakes once a week, always with than here in dish called Blueberry Grunt. Forget
that it’s only blueberries simmered
homemade chow chow, spareribs
and sauerkraut, boiled dinners of
corned beef and cabbage followed
Nova Scotia” with sugar and spices and topped
with dumplings. Dumplings!
by leftover hash, and let’s not forget Together they’re great. Look for it.
the rabbit stew,which you might As visitors, you may not find And ask for it.
have trouble finding today. But,this yourselves at a kitchen table in The food that comes out of Nova
is all plain cooking. Yarmouth, Guysborough, or Hants Scotia kitchens is largely influenced
Go to a restaurant worth its salt County. And if you do, the person by French,British (especially
and you’ll find chefs and cooks, doing the cooking might fancy it up Scottish), Loyalist,and German
often from away, who appreciate by using a recipe from a trendy backgrounds. As early as 1633,
what Nova Scotians consider to be magazine in an effort to please you. when they came to stay, plant their
nothing out of the ordinary. Loved, But you can buy the same apple trees, and,urged on by
yes, but what’s so different about it? magazine, and probably have. What frugality, invent “receipts” from
Sometimes it takes an objective you crave is that special flavour that indigenous ingredients, the
approach to fully appreciate and comes with Nova Scotia cooking. Acadians have established well their
lovingly prepare the ingredients that You’ve heard about the wonderful culinary heritage. Some say the love
meld into a meal worth eating. At early summer meal of new of rappie pie is acquired only after a
home,the cooking is routine. The vegetables cooked in cream (or few helpings. Others take to it
love goes into the eating. milk) called Hodge Podge. You want immediately,especially when it’s
served with molasses,which is
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cock-a-leekie soup Cape Breton’s Glenora Distillery

never far from the kitchen table. If comes down to a matter of Lunenburg County is the
that doesn’t suit your taste,you can preference. stronghold of German fare. If you’re
be sure a chicken fricot or clam pie Do you like your fish fried in a light
lucky, you might start with an
will do the trick. And for dessert,you appetizer of Solomon Gundy (pickled
can’t do better than buttermilk pie, herring) and go on to a salad of
an ingenious use of the by-product
of butter-making. To leave Nova “Fish and sauerkraut or cucumbers in sour
cream. Follow this with an entrée of
Scotia without having tried some salt cod and pork scraps,which the
form of Acadian fare, is never really
having been here.
chips were to Germans call House Bankin and
others call Dutch Mess,and for
Perhaps nowhere is the English
culinary tradition more prominently
industrial dessert, gingerbread with lemon
sauce, or pie of any kind. It’s here
reflected than in the pubs and
taverns across Nova Scotia. This is England what that the great cabbages grow and
are turned into sauerkraut and kohl
where you'll find the shepherds’ pies, slaw. It’s here where potatoes are
plowman’s lunches, sausage rolls,
and,most popular of all, fish and
the hot dog made into a delicious Kartofflesuppe
or added to the batter of raised
chips.
Fish and chips were to industrial was to the doughnuts called Fasnaks. It's here
that a sausage called Lunenburg
England what the hot dog was to the pudding is adored,and it’s here
United States – the original fast food
of generations who knew of
United States” where some of the best home cooks
ply their mixing spoons and rolling
McDonald’s only as a Scottish clan. pins. Oh yes,in Lunenburg County,
And here in Nova Scotia there are or heavy batter? Or just run through they take pride in their baking but
many corner operations and small a coating of seasoned flour? And will modestly ask “what's all the fuss?”
restaurants that proudly aim to that be cod or haddock? Some ask You’ll find Scottish cuisine
please the fish and chip crowd. only one question before they order.“ prominently located in Pictou County
Upscale restaurants might call their Is the fish fresh or frozen?”If the and Cape Breton,or wherever
dish haddock and frites, but we answer is evasive,like “Well, it’s oatcakes appear in bread baskets
know it’s fish and chips. And we fresh-frozen,” true fish and chip (give a restaurant a star for this).
order them at places we have come addicts may opt for the special of the From Scotch broth or cock-a-leekie
to rely on. Food critics have tried to day. soup served with bannock or
locate the best of the batch, but it all porridge bread, to smoked kippers,
Sequoia Club Travel 17

finnan haddie or poached salmon came to fill their nets and ships with preference. Some connoisseurs like
with a side of clapshot, or tatties and the prolific cod. They had to eat. And a thick chowder, others like it thin.
‘neeps, you'll find something special fish was handy. Perhaps somewhere in between lies
about Scottish fare. This is especially perfection. You may find it, if you
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Englanders who brought to their
Nova Scotia homes the cornmeal
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Johnny cakes, the baked beans and
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Sombreros off
Photo by: Bruce Herman

to Mexico
Travel 19

Cancun beach

Photo by: Carlos Aquiles


The word Mexico conjures up hotels. Over the last thirty-odd years plenty of shopping arcades, bars,
images of beautiful beaches, lots of the resort has grown rapidly and restaurants and the area is very
heat and of course lots of sun, but now has approximately 600,000 family orientated.
there is far more to Mexico than residents, many of who rely solely
that. Mexico offers stunning scenery, on the tourism industry.
culture, nature, diving, mountain These days you will find over 150 Cancun Factoids
climbing, in fact the list is as endless hotels catering to the four million
as the beautiful blue waters. plus visitors who come to Cancun 25 km of sandy beach
The main beach resorts in Mexico every year, 35% of which are
are Acapulco, Cancun, Vallerta, Mexicans. This area is known as
Cozumel and Riviera Maya but again the Hotel Zone. 240 sunny days per year
there are many more smaller, more The hotels range from exclusive
secluded beaches that you may and expensive to more reasonably
prefer. Each has its own special priced accommodation. Many are Time zone UTC -6
qualities that between them are sure all-inclusive which means meals,
to meet every travelers needs. drinks, activities, entertainment etc
are included in the room rate. You 25,000 hotel rooms
should check exactly what is
Cancun included as some hotels vary.
The Hotel Zone is also where you Nearly 400 restaurants
Cancun has been known for years will find the more expensive shops,
as a destination of choice for clubs and bars. There are also Average temperature 30!
travelers from all over the world. It is large malls, restaurants, golf clubs
located in the state of Quintana Roo and of course miles of beaches.
in the Yucatan Peninsula and is In the Downtown area of Cancun Peak season Dec - April
often referred to as the “Mexican you will find traditional American
Caribbean.” retail outlets such as Sears,
Although the area has been Blockbuster, as well as more Topless beaches available
inhabited for hundreds of years the traditional Mexican stores such as
city we know today was specifically Chedraui and Soriana. Downtown
built to encourage tourism to the tends to be where the locals shop Drink purified or bottled
area. Development started in 1970 and where you can find more water only
and was originally home to just nine reasonably priced items. There are
20 Travel

Acapulco

Photo by Nadine Markova


Acapulco offering everything from your food check exactly what is included in
and drink to all your entertainment the price as this does vary between
and water sports. Make sure you hotels.
Do you fancy going “loco” in Acapulco is abundant with things
Acapulco? This vibrant and exciting to do especially water sports. You
city is located in southeast Mexico can scuba dive, sail, snorkel,
and is famous for the cliff divers at Acapulco Factoids waterski and para-sail as well as
La Quebrada. Every day young men go deep sea fishing or simply swim
dive 50 metres from the cliffs into in these beautiful waters.
the sea. This is a skillful process Golf is also a very popular
360 sunny days per year
because the divers have to coincide pastime here and you will find
their dive with the incoming waves many beautiful golf courses. The
in order to prevent themselves from Time zone UTC -6 Mayan Palace Acapulco Golf
landing in the shallows, resulting in Course is one of the most
injury or even death. Hundreds of spectacular courses in the
tourist gather to watch this Average temperature 33! Mexican Pacific. It is surrounded
spectacle and at night the divers by stunning scenery including
hold torches whilst diving. lakes and palm trees.
Acapulco is a very popular tourist Four championship golf If you like a spot of nightlife then
resort, second only to Cancun, courses Acapulco will not disappoint you.
especially for North Americans. It is You will find everything here from
also a popular destination of cruise La Quebrada dive shows at discos to quaint piano bars,
ships. 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm daily spectacular shows to nightclubs.
Since the 1990’s over US$1 There really is something for
billion has been invested in the city Drink purified or bottled everyone.
to upgrade the infrastructure as water only Whilst in Acapulco you would be
well as things such as waste wise to include a visit to the Isla de
CICI water park is great for
management, sewage systems and la Roqueta. This is an island about
water quality. kids ten minutes from the city,
Accommodations are available Elvis Presley filmed “Fun in accessed by boat. There are many
for every budget from the water taxies operating that will
penthouse with ocean views to the Acapulco” here take you to the island for a couple
more modest B&B’s. Many of the of dollars. If you want to splash out
larger resort hotels are all-inclusive then spend a few dollars more and
Travel 21

Chankanaab Park

opt for the glass-bottomed boat Cozumel whilst scuba diving with her
tour. children. A speedboat owned by a
The island itself has beautiful Mexican millionaire was in restricted
beaches with shallow areas which Cozumel is an island off the waters when it hit Miss MacColl,
are safe for children. There are also Yucatan Peninsular in the Caribbean killing her instantly and injuring one
well-maintained trails to explore as Sea and is the largest island in of her children.
well as a lighthouse. Mexico. It is home to part of the On a lighter note the centre of the
If you like snorkeling or scuba second largest reef in the world: island is made up of jungle and
diving then Roqueta is the place to Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. swamps. Many of the mammals and
be. Many tours are available Cozumel is world famous for its birds found here have never left the
allowing you to experience the coral reefs and offers fantastic island.
beautiful coral reef and fish that opportunities for scuba diving and The Chankanaab National Park is
surround the island. The visibility is snorkeling. a natural habitat for local wildlife.
brilliant and the tour guides The coral reefs were explored in You can visit the park which offers
excellent. the 1950’s by Jacques Cousteau amenities such as beaches, diving
Because the boats go to and from and he soon made them popular as opportunities, shopping,
the island all day you can spend as one of the best places to scuba dive playgrounds and even sand
much time as you like there and not in the world. Since the building of a wheelchairs for disabled visitors.
feel rushed. modern airport in the 1970’s the One of the most popular
You don’t have to go to Roqueta island has grown in popularity and is attractions at the park is swimming
to find great beaches though. now a major tourist destination. with dolphins. This is an activity for
Acapulco has many beaches In 1996 the Cozumel Reefs children and adults alike and is
offering everything the tourist could National Marine Park was supervised by experienced staff
want from beachfront restaurants to established which prevented anyone making sure both dolphins and
water sports. from touching or removing any humans are cared for.
Shopping opportunities are also marine life within the park. Faro Celarain Eco Park is an
abundant in this vibrant city. There Unfortunately this is a popular Ecological Reserve covering around
are two modern malls as well as location for boats and cruises and 1,000 hectares. There are five eco-
smaller shopping centres and many some of the coral reefs have been systems within the reserve which
traditional open-air markets. damaged by boat activity. acts as a learning centre for visitors
The area was made famous in and eco-tourists. There is a
December 2000 when singer, museum, crocodile watching area
songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed and catamaran tours. The beautiful
22 Travel

Mesoamerican Ruins at
Barrier Reef Chichen Itza

Photo by Carlos Sanchez


beach is where sea turtles come site on the island. You will see Mayan Ruins
every year to lay their eggs and of structures, carvings, temples,
course there is the barrier reef. buildings and roads constructed by
If you prefer a little culture then the Mayans many centuries ago. The ancient Mayan culture is
you will want to visit San Gervasio Cozumel’s Island Museum offers centered around the Yucatan
which is the most important Mayan a geographic view and history of Peninsular and the lower rainforest
Cozumel in four exhibition rooms. of Mexico. The ruins have long
The first room has a scale model of been a mecca for tourists and
the island with details of the culture buffs alike. Although there
Cozumel Factoids different areas and the geological are many areas in Mexico where
and evolution of the island. The you can see these ancient ruins the
second room details the underwater two most famous are Palenque and
Part of second largest environment including the formation Chichen Itza.
barrier reef in the world of the coral reefs. The third room is Chichen Itza is the best known
dedicated to the Mayan history and and most visited location. The name
Average temperature 27! the fourth is dedicated to the literally means: "Mouth of the well
founders of Cozumal as it is today of the Itza" and it is located 75
and how eco-tourism has miles east of Merida and covers six
Underwater visibility up to square miles. Chichen is not entirely
developed.
250 feet Many people choose to get Mayan as it has some Toltec
married in Cozumel because the influences.
25 species of fish The site was originally
weather is almost guaranteed and
the scenery offers a stunning established by the Mayan sometime
backdrop to any wedding album. If around 550 AD but was abandoned
2 million visitors per year
you can’t get married here then it is and resettled several times
a perfect place for your including once by the Toltec who
Use biodegradable sun honeymoon. had a strong influence on the
Cozumel offers everything from building style. This has led to there
block being two sections to the ruins: one
Mayan history to wildlife and of
Over 90 restaurants & cafes course the stunning barrier reef. belonging to the Mayan period
dating back to the 7th and 10th
centuries and the second section
Hundreds of weddings take being of Mayan-Toltec dating back
place ever year to the 13th century.
One of the best known buildings
on the site is the Kukulkán's
Travel 23

Photo by Ruben Charles


Photo by Ruben Charles

Ruins at Temple of the


Palenque Sun at Palenque

Pyramid or El Castillo This pyramid If you want to visit Chichen Itza the Sun and Temple of the Foliated
is a square-based pyramid which you will find many hotels located Cross. All these temples are set
extends 24 metres high and was close to the entrance of the ruins as atop pyramids, all with intricate
originally built for astronomical well as in nearby Merida. carvings and all stepped.
purposes. Palenque is the second most Still more buildings can be seen
The pyramid has four faces: one popular Mayan site in Mexico. It is including the Temple of the Lion
for each season, each with a wide located near the city of Chiapas and depicting a king in the form of a
staircase consisting of 91 steps dates back to between 100 BC and jaguar. There is also an aqueduct
leading to the top platform. Taking 800 AD. Although still not as popular constructed with huge stone blocks
the number of steps and the or well-known as Chichen Itza it is and a great vault allowing the
platform itself it numbers 365: the actually much grander. Otulum River to flow under the floor
number of days in the year. There One of the most beautiful of the main plaza.
are many other mathematical buildings is the Temple of
equations used in the construction Inscriptions which houses the Mexico really does have something
of the pyramid including the fact second longest glyphic text of the for everyone and it would be a
that during the spring and fall Mayan world. The pyramid is 60 shame for someone to visit and
equinoxes (March 21st and metres wide and 27 metres high and spend all the time on the beach
September 22nd) the sun falls on the afford stunning views across the when there is so much more to
structure in such a way as to countryside and mountains. The explore.
suggest a serpent is descending the building consists of many rooms, If you think you may only visit
steps. Likewise during the winter chambers and courtyards. It also Mexico once, then be prepared to
solstice the sun appears to climb contains the tomb of Pakal the visit many locations and explore
one staircase, sit on the platform Great, a Mayan ruler of Palenque. what Mexico really has to offer. If
then decent the adjacent staircase. You can walk down the steep stone you know you will visit time and time
Also at the site is the Ball Court steps to the burial chamber and visit again then you have the luxury of
which is the largest and finest the tomb yourself. Be warned that being able to take in the beaches,
example in Mexico. It measures 83 the humidity is intense, so much so the cities, the culture at your leisure.
metres by 60 metres and was used that the stone walls seep water Just make sure that Mexico is on
by Mayan men to play a game giving rise to the notion that they cry your list of “must-do’s.”
called pok ta pok. for their buried ruler. You might also
Mayan prophecy predicts that on notice the smell of bats, or rather
December 22nd 2012 the warrior their guano. It is well worth visiting
serpent Kukulkán will rise from the tomb, just be prepared for the
Visit www.readmuchmor.com
beneath the ground of the ball court smell, heat and humidity. to read all our back issues
and the world will end. Other buildings on the site include and find muchmor.
the Temple of the Cross, Temple of
24 Lifestyle

Slow cooker recipes


Jambalaya
Ingredients:
475 ml Chicken Broth
9 g Creole seasoning
1 large green pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 large stalks celery, diced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
455 g kielbasa, diced
340 g skinless, boneless chicken thigh,
cut into cubes
185 g (uncooked) regular long-grain
white rice
225 g fresh medium shrimp, shelled and
deveined

Mix broth, Creole seasoning, pepper,


onion, celery, tomatoes, kielbasa,
chicken and rice in 3 1/2- to 6-qt. slow
cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hr. (or on high 4 to 5 hr). Add shrimp. Cover and cook for 40 min. or until
done.

Beef Barley Lentil Soup


Ingredients:
455 g lean ground beef
110 g onion, chopped
310 g cubed red potatoes (1/4 inch
pieces)
120 g chopped celery
130 g diced carrots
190 g dry lentils, rinsed
100 g medium pearl barley
1895 ml water
5 g beef bouillon granules
6 g salt
1 g lemon-pepper seasoning
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomato

In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion


over medium heat until meat is no longer
pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow
cooker. Layer with the potatoes, celery,
carrots, lentils and barley. Combine the
water, bouillon, salt and lemon-pepper; pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until
vegetables and barley are tender. Add the tomatoes; cook 2 hours.
Lifestyle 25

Chicken Fricassee
Ingredients:

1 large onion, chopped


6 cloves garlic, chopped
0.5 green bell pepper, chopped
8 small whole peeled potatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
120 ml dry white wine
3 g cumin
1 leaf fresh sage
salt and pepper to taste
910 g chicken leg quarters

In a medium bowl, combine onion,


garlic, bell pepper, and potatoes. Stir in
tomato sauce and wine; season with
cumin, sage leaf, and salt and pepper.
Place chicken legs in slow cooker, and
pour mixture over chicken. Cover, and
cook on Low heat until juices run clear, about 6 to 8 hours.

Cabbage Rolls
Ingredients:

12 leaves cabbage
185 g cooked white rice
1 egg, beaten
60 ml milk
40 g minced onion
455 g extra-lean ground beef
8 g salt
3 g ground black pepper
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
15 g brown sugar
15 ml lemon juice
5 ml Worcestershire sauce

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil


cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain. In
large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice,
egg, milk, onion, ground beef, salt, and
pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat
mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix
together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls. Cover, and
cook on Low 8 to 9 hours.
26Sequoia
Lifestyle
Club

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The success of the site depends greatly on the members contributing. We have some very upstanding
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This is an additional 129,900 since 1st July
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71,300 immigrants landed in the third quarter

Alberta led the field in demographic growth

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Lifestyle 27

Canada fails in UNICEF child


care report
UNICEF recently released a report different range of services but this
ranking 25 developed countries in report was based on the country
order of the child care services they overall.
offer. Canada came in joint last! Although there is progress in many
Ten benchmarks were used in the parts of Canada, Nigel Fisher,
report: • 1 per cent of GDP spent on early President and CEO of UNICEF
childhood services Canada states that “greater equity in
• Child poverty rate less than 10 the provision and monitoring of
• Parental leave of one year at 50
per cent of salary per cent quality services would give all
• Near-universal outreach of Canadian children the chance for the
• A national plan with priority for the
disadvantaged essential child health services best possible start in life.
“This report clearly shows that
• Subsidized and regulated child
care services for 25 per cent of Only one country, Sweden met all quality child care and educational
children under 3 ten benchmarks. Iceland met nine services with strong family supports,
and Denmark, Finland and France such as effective parental leave, are
• Subsidized and accredited early
education services for 80 per cent each met eight. crucial to both our children’s and our
of 4-year-olds Canada and Ireland both only nation’s potential,”
managed to meet the benchmark Other notable countries included
• 80 per cent of all child care staff
trained stipulating that at least 50 per cent of the United States which met three
staff in accredited early education benchmarks, Australia met two,
• 50 per cent of staff in accredited
early education services tertiary services had post-secondary United Kingdom met five, New
educated with relevant education with relevant Zealand, six and Japan four.
qualification qualifications. The full report titled The Child Care
UNICEF accepts that there are Transition can be downloaded in pdf
• Minimum staff-to-children ratio of
1:15 in pre-school education variants across the country with format via this link.
different provinces offering a

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By helping us finance post secondary educations for children who have
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28 Lifestyle

Which games console?


These days we are all well aware of Playstation 3 excellent online gaming via Xbox
the games phenomenon sweeping Live and is for the most part
the world. Only a few years ago, backwards compatible.
games consisted of a board and
some counters or perhaps for Sony PSP
those with more money a ping-
pong game on their Atari. These
days most households either
have a games console or know
someone who has. So, what is all
the fuss about and which one is
the best to buy?
There are several games
consoles, some connect to your
TV and others are hand-held. All The Playstation 3 (PS3) is for true The PSP has been a firm favorite in
have their place in modern society gamers and includes an excellent the hand-held market for many
and it depending on what you want Blu-ray HD disc player as well as years now. It has a large high
your console for dictates which one Wi-Fi connectivity. resolution screen and easy to use
you buy. This machine has the excellent controls. The latest version is also
graphics that gamers demand with lightweight and thin and can play
Nintendo Wii both high definition and realism. music and movies on UND discs.
It lacks backward compatibility It is the best available hand held
with older Playstation games. console on the market, but is more
If you want a good gaming expensive than its competitors.
machine and Blu-ray player then
you won’t go far wrong with the Nintendo DS
Playstation 3.

Xbox 360

There is no doubt that the Wii has


gripped everyones imagination. It
has an innovative motion-sensitive The DS is unique in that it has two
Wiimote which allows the user to three inch screens, one of which is
interact with the games like never a touchscreen. It is lightweight and
before. The graphics are not in the user friendly.
same league as the Xbox or It does not play music or movies
Playstation but the Wii attracts a like the PSP but does offer
different buyer than traditional microphone enabled gameplay and
gaming machines. Wi-Fi capability. It is also backward
The Wii is backward compatible The Xbox 360 offers the most compatible with Game Boy
with other Nintendo games such as superior graphics of any console Advanced games.
the GameCube but has no DVD or making it a firm favorite with hard- The DS, like its bigger brother the
CD playbck facility. It does have Wi- core gamers. Although plagued with Wii, offers something a little
Fi and Bluetooth compatibility. faults after its launch, most now different from traditional games
If you want good old-fashioned seemed to have been ironed out. machines and if you want fun and a
family fun then look no further, but It has a built-in Blu-ray player and child-friendly hand-held then look
hard-core games will not be a superior selection of games no further.
swayed. compared to the PS3. It also offers
Lifestyle 29

Top Canadian…
TV shows
1. C.S.I. - 2.89 7. Law and Order: SVU - 1.61
2. House - 2.24 8. Survivor: Gabon Reunion -
3. C.S.I. New York - 2.13 1.55
4. Criminal Minds - 1.89 9. ER - 1.48
5. Survivor: Gabon - 1.85 10. CTV Evening News - 1.36
6. C.S.I. Miami - 1.65

CD’s
1. Dark Horse, Nickelback 8. Chinese Democracy, Guns N
2. Circus, Britney Spears Roses
3. Promise, Il Divo 9. Un Jour Noel, Marie-elaine
4. Black Ice, AC/DC Thibert
5. Fearless, Taylor Swift 10. Elvis Christmas Duets, Elvis
6. Muchmdance 2009, Various Presley
7. Winter Came, Enya

DVD’s

1. The Dark Knight (PG) 6. Traitor (14A)


2. Mama Mia (PG) 7. The House Bunny (PG)
3. Burn After Reading (14A) 8. Wanted (18A)
4. Death Race (18A) 9. Step Brothers (14A)
5. Mummy: The Tomb of the 10. The Women (18A)
Dragon Emperor (PG)

Fiction paperbacks
1. The Shack, William P Young 6. Heart and Soul, Maeve Binchy
2. The Appeal, John Grisham 7. Three Day Road, Joseph
3. Thousand Splendid Suns, Boyden
Khaked Hosseini 8. T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton
4. The Book of Negroes, 9. World Without End, Ken Follett
Lawrence Hill 10. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
5. The Pagan Stone, Nora Roberts

Fiction hardbacks
1. Through Black Spruce, Joseph 5. The Host, Stephanie Meyer
Boyden 6. The Origin of Species, Nino
2. The Guernsey Literary and Ricci
Potato Peel Pie Society, 7. A Most Wanted Man, John le
Barrows & Shaffer Carre
3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, 8. The Private Patient, P D James
David Wroblewski 9. A Mercy, Toni Morrison
4. The Flying Troutmans, Miriam 10. Just After Sunset, Stephen King
Toews
30 Working Life
Sequoia Club

How to get credit for


your ideas at work
By Tag Goulet, FabJob.com but ...'" However, such disclaimers subject line: 'How to save the Turner
may result in the rest of the message account' or 'How to save $50,000 on
being ignored. training costs.'"
You are at a meeting to discuss "Women are often conditioned not
ideas for implementing a new to brag about their accomplishments 3. Get support from others
program in your company. After while men are trained to do exactly
some discussion, you tentatively that," says Sandra Beckwith, author
throw out an idea. It is ignored. of "Why Can't a Man Be More Like a "If you have a great idea, market it
Ten minutes later, one of your co- Woman?" "I advise women to mimic internally and discuss it with multiple
workers says "Hey, here's an idea ..." male confidence when presenting people, which allows you to take
and restates your suggestion almost their ideas so they are more likely to ownership of your ideas and
word for word. This time, "your" idea be heard and get the appropriate prevents others from appropriating
is met with a chorus of "Great idea!" credit." them as their own," recommends
from your colleagues. "Be assertive when putting an idea Peter Handal, president and CEO of
If this has ever happened to you, forth," says Pamela J. Holland, co- Dale Carnegie Training.
you are not alone. author of "Help! Was That a Career
Sonia Herasymowych, Ph.D., a Limiting Move?" "If you float "However, give credit where it's
consultant on mental diversity, says something out at a meeting, but do due and if you share the idea with
one reason ideas are sometimes not so without conviction -- even if it's someone and they come up with
acknowledged the first time they're brilliant -- there's a chance that it will another idea that enhances yours,
stated is because of differences in be overlooked or maybe even prepare to market it as a joint idea,"
thinking styles. jumped on by someone else who adds Handal.
Right-brained thinkers tend to be recognizes its value and quickly
intuitive. They may jump to a takes it on as their
conclusion and express it before own."
their left-brained colleagues have
arrived at the same conclusion. It is 2. Tell your boss
only after the discussion has logically
led to the idea that it is likely to be
embraced by the left-brained Andrea Kay, author
thinkers, Herasymowych says. of "Life's a Bitch and
Whether or not you get credit for Then You Change
your ideas depends not only on Careers," says, CareerBuilder® is one of
when they are communicated, but on "Make a point to let
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are some communication techniques about your allowing you to get the best
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In other workplaces, it may be should offset it, provided you work


better to let it go. Handal warns, "If for a manager whom you trust and
you're working as part of a team, who shows respect and
aggressively taking credit for your consideration for you in other ways."
ideas can make you look like an If your boss routinely takes credit
insecure egomaniac." for your ideas without rewarding
you, it may be time to look for a new
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with? and others who you want to engage
"If your boss takes the credit, they in your ideas, the critical test of the
owe you one," says Ted Sun, Ph.D., value of an idea is if they do make it
4. Set the record straight their own," Katz says. "Better than
executive coach and author of
"Secrets of Biz Success." credit, what you really want in an
If someone takes credit for your idea "Don't lose sight of the fact that organization is influence!"
and you're in a competitive your No. 1 most important job is to
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record straight. Beckwith advises, or her look good," Holland says. "If FabJob.com, a publisher of career
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34 Money

Tax-Free
Savings
Accounts - get
a quick start
out of the gate
in 2009
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Opening a Tax-Free Savings


Account (TFSA) can offer you and
your family the opportunity to earn a
significant amount of investment
income tax-free. Though your
contributions to this new type of
tax-assisted savings account will
not be tax deductible l the
investment income and capital
gains earned on investments in the
account will be tax-free. You'll be
able to withdraw this income and
your contributions to your TFSA at
any time without tax consequences.

How much can you


contribute?

You can contribute up to $5,000


per year to a TFSA starting in 200g1
as long as you are 18 or older and
resident in Canada. The $51000 and can be re-contributed in the Which in vestments qualify?
annual contribution limit will be future.
indexed to inflation in $500 For example, if you contribute
increments starting in 2010. You can $5,000 in January 2009 and you TFSAs will generally be allowed to
carry forward unused contribution decide to withdraw $41000 in June hold the same qualified investments
room indefinitely. You can hold more 2009 so that you have only $1,000 as RRSPs such as cash, guaranteed
than one TFSA, subject to your remaining in your TFSA, you will not investment certificates (GICS)~te rm
contribution limit. be able to re-contribute the $4,000 deposits, mutual funds, government
you withdrew until 2010. At that and corporate bondsl publicly
time, you will be able to re- traded securities and in certain
contribute the $4,000 withdrawal cases' shares of small business
Families can benefit along with your new $5,000 corporations.
contribution limit for 2010, for a total Note that your TFSA cannot hold
from TFSAs investments in “non-arm's length
of $9,000.
Investment income earned in your entities, which generally means
TFSAs include an attractive TFSA works the same way. For companies in which you, your
feature for families in which one examplel if your $5,000 investment spouse and other related persons,
spouse has more income than in 2009 earns $250 and you either individually or collectively,
withdraw the $5,250 in December own 10% or more of the shares.
the other: You can give funds to
2010 you can re-contribute the Like an RRSP interest on funds
your spouse to establish his or borrowed and fees incurred to invest
her own TFSA and the normal entire $5,250 in 2010 along with
your $5,000 contribution limit for in a TFSA are not tax-deductible but
income attribution rules that unlike an RRSP, a TFSA can be used
that year or $10,250 in total.
would tax the investment as collateral for a loan.
In a similar vein if you invest your
income in your hands will not $5,000 TFSA contribution in the Keep in mind when choosing your
apply. stock market and your share investments that capital losses
As a result, with careful investment appreciates rapidly to realized in a TFSA cannot be
planning, a family should be able $20,000, for example you could sell
to avoid paying tax on the the shares and realize the $15,000
income they earn on their first tax-free capital gain in the TFSA, KPMG observation
$10,000 of savings each year, withdraw the $20,000 cash
starting in 2009. proceeds and still be able to re-
contribute the full $20,000 amount Consider putting investments
to the TFSA in addition to any other that are expected to increase
unused TFSA contribution room in significantly in value over a
Withdrawing funds the following year or later. short time in a TFSA because the
As a resultl you could potentially income and capital gains earned
You can make a tax-free withdrawal contribute significantly more than can be withdrawn tax-free at
from a TFSA at any time. When you $5,000 annually and therefore earn any time and any withdrawals
make such a withdrawal, the amount more tax-free investment income.
you make will create additional
withdrawn will be added to your
contribution room in the next year contribution room.
36 Money

claimed against capital gains deduction you get today will be


realized outside the TFSA account. more than the tax you will pay
when you withdraw the money from
Where should you invest your RRSP.
If your income falls into a lower
your savings? tax bracket now but you expect it
to be higher in the future, a TFSA
With all its advantages, you'll want offers a greater tax benefit because
to consider making a TFSA an you would pay a higher tax rate on
important part of your tax and RRSP withdrawals than you will
financial planning. Of coursel you'll pay today on the income you
need to weigh these advantages contribute to the TFSA.
against the benefits of other tax-
assisted savings plans such as RESPs and TFSAs
Registered Retirement Savings
Plans (RRSP) and Registered
Education Savings Plans (RESP), If you're saving for your child's
and other financial priorities such education, keep in mind that, unlike
as paying down your mortgage. a TFSA, an RESP offers an annual
Whether you choose to save guaranteed rate of return of $500
your money in an RRSP, RESP, or a (20% on $2,500 annual
TFSA will depend on your contributions) via the federal
circumstances. Generally, if you government's Canada Education
have suficient resources, you Savings Grant.
should invest in all the relevant Although RESP withdrawals are
plans. Though TFSA savings are taxed, they are taxed in the hands
initially limited, as contribution of the student who receives them,
room increases, a TFSA can not the parent who made the
become a significant supplement to contributions. If the student's
your RRSP. income is low enough, and taking
into account tax credits such as the
tuition and education creditsl the
RRSPs and TFSAs student may have little or no tax to
pay on the RESP withdrawal.
A TFSA is like a mirror image of an Once your children turn lB1 you
RRSP: RRSP contributions are tax- may want to consider giving them
deductible but the contributions funds to invest in their own TFSAs
and investment earnings are taxed to help finance their post-
when you withdraw them. TFSA secondary education or other
contributions are not tax-deductible expenses.
but withdrawals of contributions
and investment income are tax- TFSA vs. mortgage pay-
free.
As such, your best tax strategy down
for dividing your investments
between TFSAs and RRSPs may If you're considering whether to
depend on any differences between invest in a TFSA or pay down your
your current tax bracket and the mortgage, it probably makes sense
one you expect to be in when you in most cases to reduce your non-
start withdrawing funds from your deductible mortgage interest as
RRSP. soon as possible.
If you expect your future income
to fall into the same tax bracket as Funds earning interest
your current income, the tax
benefits of a TFSA and an RRSP
will be similar. That is, the value of Assuming you have TFSA
the tax deduction for an RRSP contribution rooml it almost always
contribution will generally equal the makes sense to invest in a TFSA if
value of withdrawing funds tax-free you have money sitting in a bank
from a TFSA. account earning taxable interest.
If you expect your future income www.cedarlanefinancial.com
to fall into a lower tax bracket than TFSAs for seniors
your current income, an RRSP
investment can provide a tax Unlike an RRSP, which has to be
advantage because the tax wound up when you reach age 71,
(e) The deferre
contribution
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you can maintain your TFSA for your TFSA holder and ceasing Canadian reported for U.S. income tax
entire lifetime. For example, a TFSA residency. Some violations of the purposes.
can provide a tax benefit for
individuals over 71 who want to save
TFSA rules may trigger penalties.
Death - Generallyl investment
(f) The total of
Withholding tax does not apply to
a non-resident's withdrawals from a
income they receive because they income earned in the TFSA after the TFSA but it may apply to payments
are required to begin drawing down
their retirement savings. For
account holder's death is no longer
tax-exempt. Special provisions apply
contribution
made to a non-resident beneficiary
from a deceased's TFSA.
example, excess after-tax funds where there is a surviving spouse. Penalties - If you go over your
received from an annuity or
Registered Retirement Income Fund
Non-residents - If you become
non-resident, you can maintain your
pensionable
available TFSA contribution room!
your excess contribution amount will
(RRIF) can be saved in a TFSA, existing TFSA and your investment attract a penalty of 1% per month
subject to the available contribution income and withdrawals will remain until you withdraw it.
room. exempt from Canadian tax.
Middle-income seniors may want However' while you are non- Your TFSA should be only one component
to note that income earned in a resident, no new contribution room of your financial planning strategy. Your
TFSA does not affect their eligibility KPMG adviser can help you to devise a
will accrue. You must also consider
for federal income-tested benefits practical and comprehensive investment and
foreign tax implications of TFSA tax planning strategy to help keep you on
and credits such as Old Age income and withdrawals, if they track toward reaching your personal financial
Security, the Age credit! Guaranteed apply. goals. For details, contact your KPMG
Income Supplement and GST For instance, while earnings in a adviser. www.kpmg.ca
credit. TFSA will be tax-free for Canadian
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Various rules apply to special establish a TFSA if he or she has
sufficient foreign tax credits to
situations, including the death of a
absorb the additional income
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2007 2008 2009 2010


Money Purchase Registered
Pension Plans
Contribution limita $ 20,000 $ 21,000 $ 22,000 To be
calculateda
Pensionable earningsb 111,111 116,667 122,222 Money Purch
Pension Plan
Registered Retirement
Savings Plans Contribution l
Pensionable e
Contribution limitc $ 19,000 $ 20,000 $ 21,000 $ 22,000
Registered R
Earned incomed 105,555 111,111 116,667 122,222 Savings Plans

Deferred Profit Contribution l


Sharing Plans Earned incom
Contribution limite $ 10,000 $ 10,500 $ 11,000 To be Deferred Pro
a Sharing Plan
calculated
Pensionable earningsf 55,555 58,333 61,111
Contribution l
Pensionable e
Notes
(a) The money purchase registered pension plan (RPP) contribution limits indicated in the table Notes
are the minimum limits that apply each year. For 2007 to 2009, this amount will, in general, be
(a) The money p
compared to the 2005 contribution limit of $18,000, indexed by an inflation factor equal to the are the minim
average wage for the applicable year divided by the average wage for 2005. If this indexed compared to
amount is greater than the limit indicated in the table, then the revised higher amount will average wage
become the contribution limit for the year. amount is gre
become the c
For 2010 and subsequent years, the contribution limit will be the greater of the limit for the
For 2010 and
previous year, and the 2009 contribution limit indexed as indicated above. previous year
(b) The total of all employer and employee contributions to an RPP are limited to the lesser of the
(b) The total of a
current year’s contribution limit and 18% of the employee’s pensionable earnings for the year. current year’
The amount of pensionable earnings that generates the contribution room each year is The amount o
indicated in the table. indicated in t
(c) The registere
(c) The registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) contribution limits are equal to the RPP contribution
contribution limits for the preceding year.
(d) The total of a
(d) The total of all contributions to an RRSP are limited to the lesser of the current year’s contribution
contribution limit and 18% of an individual’s earned income for the preceding year, plus any carry-forward
carry-forward contribution room (see page 54). The amount of earned income that generates the contributi
the contribution room each year is indicated in the table. (e) The deferred
contribution
(e) The deferred profit sharing plan (DPSP) contribution limits are equal to one-half of the RPP
(f) The total of a
contribution limits for the year. contribution
(f) The total of all employer contributions to a DPSP are limited to the lesser of the current year’s pensionable e
contribution limit and 18% of an employee’s pensionable earnings for the year. The amount of
pensionable earnings that generates the contribution room each year is indicated in the table.

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Want to know where to find what in our 2008 back issues? Here is a handy look-up for you to use. Once
you find the article you want simply click on the corresponding month. Each issue also includes our
regular monthly features.

Lethbridge, AB April
Discover Canada
London, ON January

Montreal, QC January

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON May

Off the beaten path in Manitoba August

Prince Edward County, ON May

Quebec City, QC January


All shook up in Collingwood July Quinte Country, ON July
Arctic Circle road trip July Rideau Canal, ON February
Belleville, ON June Sandbanks Provincial Park, ON April
Best places to live March Sherbrooke, QC January
Brandon, MB October Summer in the city - Winnipeg September
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia March The Rockies by train May
Calgary Stampede, AB February The sunshine coast, British Columbia April
Canada Day June Tiptoe through the tulips April
Churchill - The polar bear capital of the world Watson Lake, YT January
October
Whale watching in Newfoundland and Labrador
Dawson City, YT January June
Discover Durham Region, ON Nov / Dec Whistler, AB January
Edmonton, AB February Whitehorse, YT January
Explore Algonquin September Winnipeg - the hearth of North America August
Explore the Swan Valley, MB October

Floating for furs September


Travel
Food glorious food in Manitoba September

Gatineau, QC January

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump April

In search of dinosaurs March

In search of lake monsters December

Inuit History January

Kingston, On - The limestone city August Best winter sports around November
Lethbridge, AB January Costa del Sol, Spain October
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Flights of fancy February Job hunting while employed May

Whistler winter wonderland December Mind your interview manners May

No degree, no job? July

Odd job titled & what they mean September


Lifestyle
Power of women exchange June

Seven steps to achieving your dream June

Six ways to prepare for a layoff December

So how hard do you work? September

So you want to be a Realtor eh? August

Supersize your job offer March

Are you living in the best place? October Take charge of your career March

Back to school shopping August Ten craziest excuses for being late October

Film and DVD classification August Ten worst things to do at a meeting December

I have a complaint August Top ten email mistakes July

Perfect preserves September Top ten party offenses December

Protect yourself against identity theft April Women in business August

Swapping snow for cacti - Arizona Nov / Dec Working from home April

Working Life Money

Average weekly earnings January Investing in the U.S. Housing market July

Canada’s top employers Jan / Nov Federal & provincial tax February

Creating balance in your life December July

Five lies we tell at work June Line of credit or loan? April

Five people you meet at the holiday party December Reduce our taxes, give to charity June

Five steps to an e-friendly resume September Saving money at the grocery store September

Going green at work June Saving money in these uncertain times December

Ignite your business September Saving, the tax free way April

Is your future boss researching you online? Taxes February

November Those taxing issues March


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Travel insurance, plans for every need October


Kidzone
Using RRSP’s for your down payment June

Why will are so important January

Motoring

Activities for summer August

Back to school technology September

Canadian students survey January

Christmas presents for your family December

All revved up - Toronto Motor Show March Do you have what it takes to be a cadet? October

Average gas prices September Game reviews May

Canadian vehicle prices June Girl Guides in Canada January

Demerit points February Help, my parents are taking me to Canada

Don’t let your car fall into a recession too December February

Fuel efficient vehicles June Most wanted Christmas presents November

Graduated driving explained March Plan backyard treasure hunt August

Green rebates on cars January School curriculum February

Have gas prices affected your travel plans? Summer camps March

September Tackling peer pressure July

Know before you tow July What will you learn in school January

New cars on the block October

The mystery of the roundabout October


Moving to Canada
Top 10 funniest cars September

Types of driving licence January

What is a hybrid car? December

What’s best for 2009 November

Winter car tips December

A dream rebuilt - real life August

Brockville, ON - real life January

Buying a car in Nova Scotia August

Changes to immigration system May

Choosing is confusing June


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Claiming points for Canadian relatives August Your British state pension and living in

Countdown to Canada December Canada October

Driving in Nova Scotia July Yukon Nominee Program January

Foreign-born Canadians January

Have you talked to us lately? October


Health & Wellness
Helping new Brits in Nova Scotia August

Immigrants do better in small towns February

Immigration medical June

Kids questions March

Landing for the first time as a resident November

Language testing June

Moving with kids April


A good night’s sleep April
New Canadian Experience Class September
Change your lifestyle to stop snoring August
New skilled worker criteria announced December
Clearing snow without injury December
Nova scotia bound - real life
Concern over failing health of new
March / April / July Canadians November
Obtaining police certificates August Coping with grief October
Pets and immigration February Coping with pelvic pain May
Plying catch-up - real life October Extreme dieting December
PNP program updates June Hair loss October
PR card replacement July Just how long should we wait for breast cancer
Prepare for your new life February treatment? September

Processing times get longer March Keeping your workout fresh November

Proof of funds July Learning to breath - stress and anxiety


management November
Research, research, research September
Mammograms do save lives September
Rural living in Nova Scotia October
Natural cures help for allergy treatment October
Seeking pension integrity for Brits December
Pap testing for women April
Setting immigration goals July
Smoking trends in Canada October
Shattered dreams - real life February
Surprising things about Botox June
Simplify or not March
Testicular cancer August
Travel insurance July
The health of Canada July
Vancouver - real life May
Understanding autism spectrum
Welcome to Halifax - real life February
disorders June
What paperwork do I need? December
Walk with a goal August
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Preparing your garden for fall September


Home & Garden
Re-bloom the poinsettia - but how? December

Realtor V’s sale by owner April

Renting property in Canada August

Septic systems explained March

Staging your home to sell April

The changing Alberta property market August

The truth about water September


Add a bathroom July Tile ads way to add personality to your home
Angel the donkey need s a new owner September October
Attracting birds to your garden April Top wallpaper myths debunked October
Backyard bliss July Understanding condos July
Bed bugs and your family December Using your space June
Buying a house with a well April What’s up with this market February
Christmas decorations December

Colour is the key to brightening a home June

Considering a condo? September

Countdown to moving day November

Decorate to generate profit September


Go straight to
an issue
Decorating a child’s room November

Driveway makeovers June

Flooring to use inside our home December

Getting started in container gardening August


January July
Home theatre know-how November

How to reface kitchen cabinets August February August


Making the most of a condo May
March September
Million dollar properties March

Mosquito myths June April October


New technologies for replacement windows
November May November
Not all waste is created equal September
June December
Pesky bird problems June

Plant enemies July

Prepare your home now for the winter ahead


October
Kidzone 45

Top kids stuff…


Bestselling books

1. The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, 7. Twilight Movie Companion,


J K Rowling Stephanie Meyer
2. New Moon, Stephanie Meyer 8. Gallop, Rufus Seder
3. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer 9. One False Note, Gorden
4. Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer Korman
5. Breaking Dawn, Stephanie 10. The Tale of Despereaux,
Meyer Dicamillo & Ering
6. Love You Forever, Munsch &
McGraw

DVD rental

1. The Dark Knight (PG) 6. Fred Claus (PG)


2. Step Brothers (14A) 7. WALL-E (G)
3. Horton Hears a Who! (G) 8. Shrek the Halls (G)
4. Hancock (PG) 9. Fly Me to the Moon (G)
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: 10. The Longshots (PG)
Prince Caspian (PG)

Video games

X-Box 360 Wii


Prince of Persia (T) Wii Music (E)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (T) Animal Crossing: City Folk (E)
Need for Speed: Undercover (T) Star Wars: The Clone Wars -
PS3 Lightsaber Duels (T)
Prince of Persia (T) Nintendo DS
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (T) Pokemon Diamond (E)
Need for Speed: Undercover (T) Pokemon Pearl (E)
Diddy Kong Racing (E)

Movies in theatres

1. The Tale of Despereaux (G) 6. Bolt (G)


2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 7. Delgo (PG)
(G) 8. Nothing Like the Holidays (PG)
3. Twilight (PG) 9. Yes Man (PG)
4. Bedtime Stories (G) 10. Quantum of Solace (PG)
5. Four Christmases (PG)
46 Kidzone

5 baby steps in
overcoming shyness
By Kevin walk. Speak in a firm manner. You could also break the ice by
Though this could feel ridiculous at striking up a casual conversation
Hensey first, this is one baby step to about the weather or any recent
overcoming shyness. events in the news.
So you are
shy ... but then, 3. Maintain eye contact 4. Be not afraid
who isn’t?
In fact, everyone
is shy. It is just As much as possible, practice eye There is really nothing to be scared
that some people contact with people. Look at them of. Manage your fear of rejection.
are good in and smile at them. This could open a One good way to do this is to
masking what world of possibilities. However, if you imagine the worst social outcome in
they are feeling and not let others find this difficult, focus your gaze on a given situation. After that imagined
know that they are shy. However, too the point in between the person’s scenario, it is easier to think that
much shyness could be detrimental eyes, particularly near his or her nothing could be worst than that.
to your social life. forehead. Try not to dwell on rejection. It
Here are some steps to help you happens to anyone. Move on and
overcome your shyness. These learn from it, it is that easy.
steps will allow you to come out of
your shell at your own pace and at 5. Do not take yourself
your own will. Overcoming shyness seriously
need not be forced upon you by
anybody.
This lightens the load from self-
imposed pressure, like you have to
1. Know thyself look good, act, or be a certain way.
Try not to be too critical of
The best perspective is from the yourself. So you may not have the
inside out when compared to right dress on or your shoes are a
looking from the outside in. tad too big, who cares? Do not be
Remember, you know yourself best. bothered by these trivialities. Life
As much as possible, be honest means more than your dress or shoe
with yourself and find out the reason sizes.
for your shyness. For instance, are Do not be too hard on yourself.
you particularly scared on how Frustration happens, feel it, and then
people will react to anything you say let it go. Think positive and positive
or do? Are you anxious with your things will come.
physical appearance? All in all, one of the best ways to
Take note that there are reasons overcome shyness is to have good
why you react the way you do on fun and don’t ever forget that!
specific situations. Find out the
reasons. Maybe these can help you Kevin Hensey speaks at business
know yourself better and eventually clubs and prisons on personal
help you change for the better. growth. He has written articles
regarding personal development.
2. Act your way out His website is:
www-powerbooks.com
Act like you are confident and you
will become one. Of course, this is
easier said than done. Or is it?
In the privacy of your room, you Visit
could practice behaving like you are www.readmuchmor.com
confident. Walk around with your to read all our back issues
chin up and chest out.
Add a subtle swagger while you and find muchmor.
Kidzone 47

Great babysitting tips


By Jane Worthington 2. Advertise your services in a individual, then you have a very
professional manner. Hang up fliers good shot of being hired!
that have your name, phone
Babysitting is a fantastic way to number, and experience listed on it 4. When you are sitting for a
earn some extra spending money. If at your church, parent's workplace, family for the first time, you should
you are a new babysitter, you might community centers, and elementary put together a babysitter checklist.
need to add to your skills or practice schools. To drum up babysitter jobs, This sheet of paper should have
on how to present yourself to you can even talk to your old everything from the home's address
potential employers. The skills you elementary school teachers, your and phone number; the names,
learn now will help you substantially parent's coworkers, and your ages, and allergies of the children;
as you grow older when you apply neighbors and tell them that you are and phone numbers of the parents
for permanent jobs in the future. In free to baby-sit if they ever need or so that you can easily reach them. If
order to be one of the most sought know of someone that needs a there is an emergency, it is much
after babysitters in your babysitter. better to have all that information
neighborhood, then you need to handy because it is easy to forget
follow these babysitting tips! 3. Act mature and responsible things when you are anxious and
when you are interacting with the overwhelmed.
1. Take a babysitter class. These parents. Whether they call you over
classes teach you the basics of the phone or they ask to conduct an These babysitting tips will help
childcare, what to do in an interview with you in person, you you become a better babysitter. As
emergency, and fun activities you need to prove to them that you are long as you act maturely, keep
should take with you when you able to take care of their children. If yourself and the children safe, and
baby-sit. You will feel much more you seem friendly and mature, have fun, you are doing a great job!
prepared after you take a course speak confidently and articulately,
whether through your community and prove to be a responsible
center or online!

Wii Downloads
Download Games to your Wii legally!

Nintendo Wii’s high popularity cannot be argued. In a


little over a year Nintendo has managed to re-capture
the industry it ruled only a decade ago even though the
industry has changed to now include two entertainment
giants in Sony and Microsoft. Naturally there was always
going to be download services pop up that allow you to
download any entertainment you wish to your Wii.
The Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 have both been
praised as the two machines that can best hold things
like movies and TV shows and with good reason. The
huge hard drives these two consoles have and the can turn your Wii into the ultimate retro gaming
power they wield allow you to not only watch movies machine especially if you’ve already been taking
and play games, but to do it right from the machines advantage of the Wii Virtual Console.
hard drive resulting in a clutter free living room. But with With this new technology, if course there has been
all that said, the Wii is more than capable too. While it criticisms. Many believe that owning a digital version of
doesn’t have the hard drive that it’s competition does, a game simply isn’t the same as holding the case and
the huge SD Cards that can now be bought mega cheap instruction manual in your hand. This is true to a point,
($5 for a 1gb on ebay) more than makes up for that. but Wii Media Downloads has taken care of an element
The games you can download not only include the of that by allowing instruction manuals to be
current generation games, but also older games from downloaded as well.
any console including the PSX, PS2, N64, Gamecube, Used correctly, Wii Media Downloads can definitely
Xbox, Super Nintendo, Dreamcast you name it. This be used to expand your game collection.
means Wii Media Downloads
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MovingClub to Canada

To Cobourg
with love
The story of one couple’s
move to Ontario from the
United Kingdom
Photo by: John Vetterli
Moving to Canada 49

When Maggie contacted Muchmor it “In some cases, I was more would have as many obstacles as
was originally to ask some questions experienced and educated than the Tom, she would have to re-qualify.
about Canada as she and her people interviewing me in Canada.” “I found out that I would need to
husband were emigrating from Although Tom had many interviews be registered by the province in order
England to Ontario and they wanted he could not secure a job in the to continue working as a
some advice. That was two years Brighton area, even though he was physiotherapist and in order to do
ago and now the couple live in prepared to travel. He then decided that I would need to have my UK
Canada. So we contacted them to start looking in the Toronto area as qualifications accredited against the
again to see how things were he felt he might stand a better Canadian equivalent. I would then
progressing and if they had anything chance there. need to sit exams and then could
to share with other readers. Oh yes, “Because Toronto is so diverse, I practice under supervision before
you bet they had! thought that I would stand a better being given full licence to practice.
“When we first thought of moving chance of being accepted and that “Although I knew that I would not
to Canada it was because we had perhaps my UK based experience be able to walk straight into a job, I
visited on several occasions and and education might mean more decided that this was what I wanted
loved it.” explains Maggie. “ We there.” to continue doing, so I started the
loved the wide open spaces, the After lots of applications were sent process.”
rural living, the wildlife and the to lots of companies resulting in a Whilst all this was going on the
seasons. We wanted to get away couple of interviews but no job Tom couple experienced their first
from the day to day mundane was all set to pack up and return to Christmas in Canada.
existence we had in a large city in England. “It was lovely,” says Maggie, “I had
England.” made a few friends locally and we
were invited to a neighbours house
In late 2006 Maggie and her
husband Tom finally moved from “We had moved for Christmas day as they knew we
had no family here ourselves. We
England to Brighton in Ontario. For
the first few months they rented a
house as they weren’t sure if this was
thousands of were made to feel very welcome and
as they had children and other
relatives staying we all played silly
the place they wanted to stay and so
did not want to invest in a property miles and party games and watched black and
just yet. white films on TV. We had a really
“When we first arrived, it was late
October and it was still quite warm.
suddenly all my lovely time and were very grateful to
them.”
We spent a lot of time outside,
walking around the shores of Lake
years of “We have no real family in the UK,
or indeed anywhere as we are both
only children of deceased parents.”
Ontario and some of the local parks.
We loved the outdoor life and experience and explains Tom. “This is what made it
easier for us to leave the UK and
straight away felt that we had made
a really good decision to come to
Canada.”
education start again in Canada. I’m not sure if
we would have felt the same if we
both had family that we had to leave
When in England, Tom had worked
in the IT field and had never been out counted for behind.”
So, now we move ahead six
of work. Once they had settled in
Brighton, Tom started to look for
work, but came up against many
nothing” months and finally Tom sees some
light on the horizon. “I was accepted
obstacles. for a job in a company based in the
“I had a degree from the UK, which “I was really stressed,” he says, Greater Toronto Area (GTA),
it seemed meant nothing here.” says “we had moved thousands of miles fortunately the eastern side, so I
Tom, “I was even told that my and suddenly all my years of could commute from Brighton. The
experience, some twenty years, experience and education counted job was lower in position to ones I
didn’t count because it was from for nothing. I had never felt so had held before, but I was willing to
England and not Canada. My worthless in my life. In the UK I had do this in order to get a foot in the
argument was always that IT is IT always had a responsible job that employment ladder. I hoped that by
whether it is in Japan, UK or Canada. was well paid, but in Canada it doing this I would either be able to
The machines still have the same seemed I would either have to start move up within this company or it
parts, the software is still the same at the bottom of the ladder again or would heighten my chances of being
and even the language is the same. change vocation completely, which I employed by other companies in the
In fact I had worked on a special did not want to do.” future. The pay was significantly less
project in Germany for six months a Whilst all this was going on than I earned in the UK, but by now
few years previous and never Maggie too was looking for a job. we knew that our living expenses
encountered any problems with my She was a qualified physiotherapist, were also much less, so hopefully it
“lack of German IT knowledge.” working at a large hospital in would even itself out.”
England, but she too found out that Maggie had also received her
although it didn’t appear that she qualification approval from the
appropriate bodies which meant she
50 Moving to Canada

Victoria Hall in Cobourg

could now sit the required exams “This was great news,” says then become a physiotherapist within
which would allow her to practice Maggie, “I knew that even with the practice.
physiotherapy. She had also joined Sheila’s recommendation I would be Tom and Maggie had now been in
some local and national groups competing with many other Canada for almost a year and both
associated with the profession and physiotherapists, most of them with finally had jobs and were earning
through these had come into contact Canadian work experience, so my money.
with other like-minded people. chances of securing the job would “Although we came over to
“I met up with one woman, Sheila, be slim.” Ontario with quite a bit of money
who lived in a neighboring city who from the sale of our UK house, we
was also a physiotherapist. She knew that the funds would not last
worked at a local hospital and pretty
much did what I used to do and we
“Even born and forever, so it was important for us to
start earning money.” says Tom. “We
hit it off straight away. I asked her if
her hospital needed any more bred locals said also knew that we should look at the
possibility of buying a house as we
physiotherapists and she said they now felt reasonably settled and knew
would once she left.”
It turned out that Sheila was going
it was like a lot more about the area.”
As Tom worked close to Toronto
to be leaving the hospital soon to
start her own practice. She said she
nothing they and Maggie would be working with
Sheila in Cobourg, the couple
would put in a good world for
Maggie if she wanted to apply for a had seen decided that this is where they would
look for a home. It would be much
job there. Because Maggie still had closer to Tom’s work and would
to sit some exams and Sheila was
still some months away from leaving
before.” obviously be very convenient for
Maggie.
they put the arrangement on the Sheila recommended one of her
back-burner. By now Sheila had secured a friends, a Realtor, to help them find a
The two women continued to meet building for her practice and was house and soon the search began.
regularly and Sheila would run ideas about to give in her notice at work. It Just before Christmas 2007 the
through Maggie about her new was agreed that she would employ couple found a house to buy, Sheila
practice. Before long Sheila Maggie as an assistant at first whilst started her practice and Maggie got
suggested that Maggie work for her they waited for her official licence to her licence so was able to bypass
rather than try for a job at the be issued. Once Maggie was fully the “assistant” stage with Sheila.
hospital. recognized to practice she would
Moving to Canada 51

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52 Moving to Canada

They moved into their new home in January 2008 amidst Tom continues, “I would also recommend people to
ice and snow storms. start networking with Canadian businesses well before
“Our first winter in Canada had not been too bad and arrival in order to test the water as far as the job market
hadn’t really started until after Christmas, but our secondis concerned. I now have a job I enjoy and have been
winter was harsh. Even born and bred locals said it was promoted twice in eighteen months, but I had to start
like nothing they had seen before.” says Maggie. much lower in the company than I anticipated. It is very
Tom continues, “Our new house had a log burning fire much who you know in Canada and if you can get
which was wonderful. We had never had one before and known by them before you arrive you stand a better
we were surprised at how cosy it made the house feel as chance of securing employment once you land.”
well as the amount of heat it generated. Having the new Other than jobs what other things have they learnt
house made us finally feel like we really belonged in since their arrival?
Canada and were not just visiting.” “We have learnt that Canadians drive completely
We now come back to the present day and Tom and differently to Brits.” says Tom. “It is almost compulsory
Maggie have been in Canada for a little over two years to drive whilst drinking coffee, especially Tim Horton’s.
and have been in their own home for one. So how has They also do not seem to have as much courtesy on the
life been for them? roads as they do in normal life. They will block exits and
entrances to roads rather than leave a gap for people to
use. They also do not readily let people into traffic and
“Our quality of life is they seem to have cell phones permanently attached to
their ears, or more worryingly they text whilst driving.”

much better now.” “I have noticed that people do not hold the doors open
for others.” says Maggie. ‘I would have thought it
common courtesy to hold a door open for someone who
is behind you, but I can honestly say I have never had so
“The start was much harder than we anticipated, many doors slammed in my face since being in Canada.
especially as far as securing employment was It is one thing that constantly annoys me.
concerned.” says Maggie, “I would recommend anyone “The cost of living, although going up, is definitely
in a regulated role that they start the process of lower than in England. We both earn less than we did in
credential recognition before they leave their home the UK, but seem to have so much more. We have a
country. This means that you will know if your credentials bigger and better house in a better area with great views.
are suitable and you will know the process required to We are within easy distance of great parks, nature trails,
gain professional recognition even before you land.” woodland and wildlife. We have two cars and manage to
get away most weekends, if only for the day. We would
not have been able to do this in the UK as driving 100
km here is completely different to driving 100 km in the
UK - far less stressful.”
Tom adds, “Our quality of life is much better now.
Admittedly the first six months was stressful as we were
both looking for jobs, had no permanent home and
things got a little tense, even to the point of thinking of
returning to the UK. But now we are far more settled and
feel part of the community.”
“We are planning our first holiday since moving here
and we are trying to decide where to go.” says Maggie,
“Because life has been so hectic we simply haven’t had
the time to go anywhere other than a day here or there.
When we lived in the UK we had at least one two-week
holiday every year so next year (2009) we plan to start
again. We cannot decide whether to go to somewhere
else in Canada or go south of the border to the U.S. I
really fancy Las Vegas, but we have already been there
so it might be a good idea to go somewhere new.”
“I would like to go to Vancouver.” says Tom, “We have
never been and I really want to go there at some point in
time, perhaps incorporating the Rockies.”
So, as you can see the couple have really made
Canada home and now feel that they will never return to
the UK.
“We want to live out the rest of our lives here.” says
Maggie, “We may end up moving again, after all Canada
is a huge place and we have only seen a very small part
of it. But we do know that Canada is our home for life,
regardless of exactly where.”
Moving to Canada 53

NAFTA professionals
now get three-year
visas.
By Guidy Mamann both at the time of their initial entry
and again at the time of renewal. It
In May, I wrote about an will be interesting to see what our
announcement by the U.S. border officers will be looking for in
immigration service whereby it the form of proof of a “temporary
would start to issue TN work intent” when the person will be
permits to Canadian and Mexican coming here for at least three-years.
professionals for a maximum While I wholeheartedly support
duration of three years as opposed this development, it is nonetheless
to the previous maximum of one interesting to note the title of my
year. November 16th column “To predict
The purpose for this change was the future of Canadian immigration
to make employment in the U.S. for policy, look to the U.S.”. In this case,
Canadian and Mexican the title seems very aptly named
professionals “more attractive”. since we followed in lock-step with
Specifically, the change would our American counterparts
reduce the potential for interrupted notwithstanding, perhaps, some very
employment caused by annual strong reasons not to do so.
renewals and delays in processing. No doubt, it made perfect sense
It would create a more stable and for the Americans, in May 2008, to
predictable work force and provide Jason Kenney make a career in the U.S. “more
cost and resource savings to the attractive” to foreign professionals.
foreign workers and to their However, since then the wheels have
American employers. Although there is no legal limit to suddenly and completely fallen off
Although this initiative applied only the number of times a foreign worker the economic bus here and there.
to professionals admitted to the U.S. can renew these NAFTA permits, But for the American announcement
under the terms of the North they will only be renewed as long as in May, I doubt that a Canadian
American Free Trade Agreement, the the reviewing officer feels that the immigration minister would have
action taken by the Americans was worker is still here “temporarily”. ever agreed to a three-fold increase
entirely unilateral. Although, neither This has always been a weird sort in the duration of work permits
Canada nor Mexico committed to of concept for me because these offered to any class of foreign
reciprocity, it was expected that they workers are not always here for workers at the same time that we are
would follow suit. assignments that have a finite witnessing record job losses and
Canada has now done so. purpose (i.e. building a bridge or unprecedented government bailouts.
On December 15th immigration setting up a computer system). Not an objection, just a thought.
minister Jason Kenney announced Often these positions (i.e.
that American and Mexican accountants, architects, lawyers Guidy Mamann practices law in
professionals seeking to work etc.) are offered and accepted on a Toronto at Mamann, Sandaluk and is
temporarily in Canada under NAFTA basis that is perceived to be open- certified by the Law Society of Upper
can get work permits for up to three ended. Someone coming to Canada Canada as an immigration specialist.
years at a time. This is a good thing to work for a year or more in one of Reach him confidentially at
since foreign workers have better these occupations will often give up
things to do than run between their a job in their home country to accept 416-862-0000 or at
HR departments and their the one being offered here. They are metro@migrationlaw.com.
immigration lawyers every 12 also likely to give up their dwelling
months to renew their status and abroad and bring their family and
belongings here with them. Rarely Visit www.readmuchmor.com
that of their accompanying family
members. do they have fixed arrangements to to read all our back issues
return to their country. Yet they still
need to show a “temporary intent” and find muchmor.
54 Moving to Canada Advertorial

Countdown to Canada
June Spindloe of Relocation Nova Scotia continues her Countdown to Canada series of articles.
This month she talks about how to prepare for your move to Canada and in particular Nova
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find the information you need?

....We Need You ! Do your research about each


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Here’s some good news, Jason that each Province will be the same
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overwhelming, you may need to write
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of the area and maintain contact with you have completed your trip you will Halifax. If you need more
you after you have returned home so feel inspired and motivated to begin information about settling in Nova
that you don't have to spend hours your new life here. If you need some Scotia contact June Spindloe at
looking on MLS (Multiple Listing extra encouragement here’s a quote www.relocationnovascotia.com
Service) wondering whether you will from Peter
find your dream home. Mackay member
 I can personally offer all the of parliament for
support and contacts you need and Central Nova.
help you network with other families  "Most
that have settled here already. Our importantly
network is a valuable way to save realize that you
time and money. will become one
Set realistic goals for yourself while of our most
you are planning a research trip. Take valuable assets:
into account the amount of time it will Attracting more Meet us - June & Mark Spindloe online at
the Canadian Government’s portal:
take to travel from one place to immigrants to www.bfic.net
Or email us:
another and the weather Nova Scotia will info@relocationnovascotia.com

conditions. Budget for your help to counter


accommodation costs, petrol and car the declining Besides help with purchasing property we can save
hire costs; don't forget to include the population you hours of research, time and money.
hidden extras, restaurant meals and trends in our
These are just some of the benefits Relocation Nova Scotia clients enjoy!
surcharges for hiring a car from the communities • Tailor Made accommodation solutions for your Fact Finding Trips and
airport location. Nova Scotia also and provide our on landing, choice of B&B or one of our short term rentals.
operates a Harmonized Sales Tax province with • We will provide meet and greet at Airport when landing with a large
(HST) so remember to add 13% on skilled workers enough vehicle for your family and luggage.
• Meet with professional Immigration Consultant based here in Halifax
pretty much everything you buy as it who can meet on your fact finding trip and receive free consultation.
is not included in the initial ticket the labour • Foreign exchange specialist will make moving your money overseas
price. market needs of easy. Fast Track services to obtain day-to-day banking, mortgages,
credit cards and financial services from one of Canada’s leading
Make sure you have researched our businesses. Banks, with a one to one service from your own personal banker.
the employers you want to visit and New Canadians • Competitive rates for Car Rental, Car Insurance and purchasing a
have contacted them prior to arriving are the hope of vehicle.
and also do some cold calling while our future and • Canadian Mobile phones, SIM cards delivered to you before you
land and pay using a UK credit card.
you are here. Be prepared to answer they will return • Unique women’s network providing friendship and advice.
questions about the immigration to us so much
process itself as some small more than we
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and may need you to guide them Call June or Mark on 001 902 446 0766 and we’ll call you back.
through the paperwork required,
allowing them to hire you.
56 Moving to Canada

Moving 2 Alberta
Helen Parnell moved from the United Kingdom to Alberta in 2002 and has since built up a
successful relocation and real estate career. If you are thinking of moving to Alberta then let Helen
guide you through the process and help you with all the things that will make your move to Alberta
a successful one.

There are so many things you need to think about when


deciding to move to a new country: health care,
education, employment, housing, the list goes on. Why
not let someone else take the strain and help with all
those things so that you can be sure your first few
weeks in Alberta will be as hassle-free as possible.
Helen says, “I can still remember how stressful it can
be emigrating to a new country. Let me help ease the
way for your relocation
Angelto Alberta. I have built a great
team of experts in the various fields which are more
than willing to help you and usually at no or reduced
cost. These include mortgages, banking services,
insurance, rental accommodation or Bed and Breakfast
locations.”
Helen’s relocation, settlement and real estate
services are guaranteed to be always completely free.
Some of her extended services include:
Downtown Calgary
• Airport pickup
• Finding temporary accommodation
• Applying for a drivers license • Applying for medical coverage
• Locating a family doctor • Exploring employment opportunities
• Buying a house • Location information
• Applying for power, telephone and TV • Landing and customs information
• Obtaining bank accounts • Purchasing vehicles and insurance
• Applying for Social Insurance Numbers • Locating local schools
• Obtaining permanent residence cards

If you are planning a move to Alberta either this


MOVING 2 ALBERTA year or in the future then make sure you contact
Helen Parnell. She has been through the process
and understands first-hand the things you need in
Contact Helen Parnell a property relocation order to make your move to Alberta a good one.
Let your move be as stress-free as possible.
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Pastures
Moving to Canada 57

Living rural in
Charlotte, Debra & Carl hiking in Arnica Lake

Where you might ask is Nova Scotia? ( no traffic noise ) nature a


Well, it’s the second smallest province lying and of course clean air.
on the eastern coast of Canada with a Let me take you to M
population of 930,000. It’s also a quick 5 hr. Historic Village lying along
flight from the UK, making it a desirable Bay of Fundy. Once kno
place to live for Brits wanting to exit the fast it’s about 1 hr drive from H

What’s really happening to the real lane. It offers a gentler, kinder way of life. from Truro. A fair number
You may choose to live in an urban area community now, painters,
such as Halifax. It’s a lovely oceanfront city scrimshaw artists are just
estate market in Nova Scotia and is the capital of NS. Being a small city
with a population 370,000 people, it is
friendly but also offers the amenities of a
home to antique stores, B
studios ,small shops and
local Ladies Auxiliary is al
much larger city. There are several summer they hosted Sund
It seems that every time you open a paper or turn on As a seller it means your house will take longer to
universities in the city thus the down town Old Selma Schoolhouse,
the radio these days all you hear is that “R” word, you sell, but if it is priced right
core caters to a younger crowd.
it will sell. Your job as the
Designated Historic Prope
know, Recession. vendor, and your Realtor® can
However, the more adventurous may help you with this,
community art is gallery.
to Ha
So then, what exactly is happening to the Real make your home as appealing as
choose to live in a rural area. You may even possible so that it will
these lunches I can perso
Estate Market in Nova Scotia? The Nova Scotia stand out and
have visited and impress buyers. what
come to appreciate they are delicious indeed.
Business Journal shouts, “Atlantic Market Canada’s As living
rural a buyer inoffer
has to thissuch
market your&timing
as peace quiet is excellent.
newest housing hotspot.” Forget the west. The new Interest rates are the lowest they have been for some
housing hotspots are in time. Oil prices have dropped so heating costs are
Atlantic Canada said down. With lots of inventory to choose from there is
Robert Hague, senior room for negotiating. It is a buyers’ market and it hasn’t
economist at RBC. St been this good in years. For investors there are some
John’s housing market is bargains out there.
firing on all cylinders, Based on the MLS® numbers and the Nova Scotia
trailing only Regina in Real Estate market, Halifax is holding it’s own.
terms of year over year
price increases. St John Happy House Hunting and Happy New Year!
and Halifax are also Maitland, NS
showing solid price
momentum creating
favorable conditions for sellers.”
According to figures released by CREA and
Statistics Canada the number of sales is trending
down in Nova Scotia, 3.9% in 2008 and a further
2.2% in 2009. However prices were up in Nova
Scotia, 4.7% in 2008 and set to rise 2.6% in 2009.

Donna
Compared to what is happening worldwide these
numbers look pretty good. That being said the final
quarter numbers will be interesting to see. I can’t wait.
So stats aside, what actually is happening out there
in the Real Estate
world of Halifax? As I
am out and about
McNeil
town, talking to past Exit Realty Metro
and perspective clients 2055-1658 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4A 2X9
it seems that big
financial decisions are Cell: 902-222-4937
being put off because Fax: 902-835-4539
everyone is afraid of Email: donnamcneil@exitmetro.ca
the big R word and this Web: www.100metro.ca
in turn is slowing down Relocation email: donna@relocationnovascotia.com
our market. Even so there is still lots of Real Estate
activity occurring. Companies are still transferring, Be one of the many families I have
first time buyers are still buying, people are still successfully helped relocate to the Halifax,
upgrading or downsizing. Nova Scotia area.
But now that we have a slow Real Estate Market
(and not because of sub-prime mortgages as in the
US and elsewhere because our banking practices are I can assist from your first fact-finding trip to
stable) how does this affect us? the purchase of your new home.
Monty the cat
58 Moving to Canada Advertorial

Get closer to Canada in


2009
By Louise Green

Where will you be


celebrating your next
Christmas? Will you be
closer to living the
Canadian lifestyle you
dream of? New Year is a
time for reflection, looking
back over the past year at
what you’ve achieved and
looking forward to what
you want for 2009. What
would you like to have
happened this year?
Imagine tearing open that big brown envelope with
your passports and new visas, now you really are going
to Canada. Booking your flights, knowing the actual
date when you will be arriving, or speaking to your new 1. Write down your ideas for what you want to have
employer about starting your job. Picture the house you achieved in each area by next Christmas.
will be living in, get excited at your first Canadian 2. Turn your ideas into effective emigration actions by
snowfall. Buying your first toque, actually being able to making sure they follow these emigration goal
see and follow the puck at a hockey game and principles.
shrugging off -20°C as nothing to get excited about. 3. Think about all the actions you need to take. Write
Ok you have some ideas of what you want, so how down each action, and keep breaking it down until
are you going to get there? you have a series of small easy steps.
It can feel a little overwhelming thinking of all the 4. Plan each step in the order they need to happen
things you have to get done en-route to Canada. Of with dates for completion.
course the getting there is a major challenge in itself 5. Tell someone what you are planning to do; it will
and then there’s everything after you arrive. Research make all the difference when you commit, have
and planning will smooth the way and reduce stress for someone to hold you responsible and keep you on
you and your family. track.
After reading this, you can create your emigration to- 6. Finally review often and change your actions if you
do-list for the next year, and set action points, to make need to. Be flexible make sure the action continues
real progress towards your new life in Canada for 2009. to reflect what you actually want.
Minimize the time it’s going to take, and get prepared.
I’ve included at least three areas you are sure to be
Creating your emigration to-do list considering below. Of course one of the most useful
resources is hearing about people who have already
There is a key factor that’s going to make a big succeeded and are living in Canada. You can benefit
difference in how much you get done, how easily and from what they did and learnt, by listening to these
how quickly you make progress. In fact you probably FREE exclusive Expat Interviews.
already know it, yet knowing it and actually doing it are
two different things. The key is to break down each task Research
until you have a series of logical smaller steps. This
saves you time, because you are always moving in the With all emigration research, it’s important to have
right direction. Instead of flitting from one thing to reliable, factual information. Everyone has their opinions
another, looking at houses, when you don’t know how and ideas about what’s best for you, usually based
much you can afford, checking towns before you know upon what was best for them. With the internet, you
if you can get a job there. You can find out what you have the world at your finger tips; go to the best
need to know in the right order. This simple process will sources of information and learn how to separate fact
get you started. from opinion? What areas do you need to research in
2009?
Advertorial Moving to Canada 59

Discussion forums, social media sites, and


Expat blogs offer new ways to research your
emigration. We discuss how to use discussion
forums to compliment your research and how to
get the best responses to your questions on the
Emigration Research CD.

Jobs

Securing a firm job offer might be your best


option for moving to Canada, or you may need a
job once you get there. Networking has the
highest success rate for getting a job and with
Internet 2.0 there are lots of ways you can do this
from a distance. It takes time to build relationships
with the right people so it’s important to start this
as soon as you can. On the Emigration Research
CD we discuss maximizing your chances of
getting a job by having the right resume, how to
approach your Canadian job search and the best
ways to use internet networking to secure a job.

Finances

This is something that is going to be integral to


your success in Canada. Your lifestyle will be
directly dependent upon how much money you
take, earn and spend. Canadian lifestyle is no
longer so much cheaper than other countries so
it’s going to take careful research and detailed
budgeting. This starts early on in the emigration
process. There are advantages to setting up bank
accounts in advance of your move, building a history
with your new bank, and getting support once you
arrive. The Emigration Research CD covers
mortgages and day to day banking in more detail.
Answering your questions about how to calculate
the amount of money you will need as a deposit, the
amount you can borrow, and what you need to
qualify for a mortgage, getting Canadian credit cards
and lots more.
Now it’s up to you. Is this the year you move
towards your new life in Canada? Everyone
emigrating has challenges to overcome, and does
so with hard work, and determination, I know you
can too. Create your emigration to do list, make use
of all the resources, the Emigration Research CD will
help you get started and remember to listen to the
FREE Expat Interviews. Get your research of to a
great start with the Emigration Research CD which
includes information about visa options, real estate
market, Canadian job searching, mortgages, bank
accounts, and much more…

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60 Health & Wellness

When a bad
hair day is no
laughing
matter

A condition called
trichotillomania causes
Photo by dearbarbie (Kim)

people to pull out hair


from any part of their body
Health & Wellness 61

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a disorder of the condition can be found then 2. In order to fix a problem, I had
which causes people to pull out treatment is much more effective. to be willing to focus on it. Not just
their own hair. The hair can be from However, it is often the case that the make it a priority in my life, but to
the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or original cause remains unknown and make it the top priority in my life
indeed any part of the body. so treatment is less focused. until I accomplished my goal.
Although eight out of ten sufferers Abby Leora Rohrer is a consultant Can you fix a flat tire without
are women, men also suffer from and self-healing mentor, and author making it the focus in your life; even
TTM. of What's Wrong With Pulling My if just for a few minutes? Although
TTM can start at any age, but is Hair Out? and of the Pull-Free, At this seemed obvious to me in terms
seen most frequently in pre- Last! System, a complete at-home of dealing with any external
adolescence, usually around the age healing program for sufferers of problem, it wasn't obvious when
of twelve. However it is not unusual Trichotillomania. Here Abbey tells us dealing with my compulsion.
to see people of any age with the of her own personal experience of Making your hair pulling the only
condition and even babies can be TTM and possible treatments. priority in your life takes work and
affected. commitment. It takes a conscious
What can start off as simply a
stress reliever can soon turn into a
Three lessons effort to bring it to the forefront of
your life.
compulsion. The compulsion to pull learned from living At 12 years old, I put my hair
out hair can be overwhelming and pulling problem on the back burner
lead to bald patches. Someone with with trichotillomania and decided to get on with my life.
the disorder can often disguise bald After all, there was no known cure--
patches on the scalp, but will often what else could I do? Many of us
have missing eyebrows or eyelashes From the ages of twelve to thirty- fear that if we focus directly on a
and male sufferers can have bald nine, I suffered from compulsive hair problem like this, it and our inner
patches in their chest hair or on pulling. For the past twelve and a pain will worsen. So most of us are
other parts of their body. Many half years I have been successfully unwilling to take this risk. This fear is
sufferers will pull one hair out at a healed from this compulsive real and justified, but to heal you
time, not large clumps which can behavior. Based on my experience, I must be willing to move through this
hide the condition from others. believe that fully healing from a stage. As I began to focus on my
It is thought that around two compulsion or addiction is a hair pulling, my problem did get a bit
percent of the world population universal journey that is available to worse. As I continued to front-
suffers from Trichotillomania. The anyone. It requires that the sufferer burner it, I found that I was strong
condition is more prevalent in the look inside, take responsibility for enough to deal with a temporary
western world with up to 5% of his own problem and remain flexible worsening in order to reap the
North Americans suffering. while following his own guidance. greater rewards of ending the
Many sufferers will go to extreme Along my journey I learned many problem for good. Hanging in
lengths to hide the disorder as they things. Here are three of the most through this process required me to
consider it embarrassing. Often they important. trust in the process of natural
will wear hats or even wigs along healing.
with false eyelashes to cover the 1. In order to heal, I had to believe
condition. that healing was possible for me. 3. Everything in life is a gift - even
Some TTM sufferers will take the In order to change, I needed to painful compulsions like hair pulling.
hair pulling one stage further and get to the point where I really Use your gifts to learn and grow.
will eat their hair. Although this may understood deep inside that my Hair pulling was not the problem,
sound harmless enough it can beliefs create my reality. If I couldn't but a symptom of much larger
cause serious health problems. Hair believe that it was possible for me underlying early traumas that I had
balls or trichobezoar can form in the to stop pulling, then I would never endured. I had no memory of many
intestine and cause abdominal pain, be able to do it. of them. Consequently they
vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and in Visualization became an remained hidden and unresolved
extreme cases bowel obstruction or important step. Because I could and created a great deal of pain in
perforation which may require actually see myself on the other side my life. By facing my hair pulling, I
surgical removal. of hair pulling with a full head of hair, was forced to recognize and heal
There is no known “cure” for TTM, I was consciously and the other problems in my life.
instead different forms of treatment unconsciously able do everything I learned to maintain a childlike
can reduce and sometime stop necessary to achieve my goal. excitement about discovering my
symptoms. Many treatments revolve I read books like Real Magic and repressed feelings even in the midst
around counseling and self-help. By You'll See It When You Believe It by of pain and sadness. I began to
understanding what caused the Dr. Wayne Dyer, which helped me to embrace my emotions and to feel
disorder in the first place is often the incorporate the concept of how my that I was on a treasure hunt,
best way to approach treatment. No thoughts create my reality. This gave knowing that in releasing old
one cause will apply to all. Everyone me the tools to align my thoughts feelings, no matter how painful, I
will have been triggered by a with my intention to stop hair could get closer to my goal to end
different factor, be it stress, abuse, pulling. the compulsion. At each step I
chemical imbalance or simply a
habit pushed to excess. If the origin
62 Health & Wellness
uncovered clues as to what to let go natural balance. When you use this whenever you need to. It
of and where to look next. method of healing, you become the automatically increases your
Remember, it isn't just about true expert about what you need to personal power and self-esteem
letting go of something from the resolve each problem. because it uses your intuition,
past; something you may enjoy. It's creativity, courage and independent
also about reaching out to a new 4. Address your addictive nature. thinking. Once you learn how to
and exciting future. A future that you Traditional cures come from outside self-heal, you can do it again and
can choose to live anyway you of you, are done to you and are again for other issues, each time
desire. usually "generic" in nature. They gathering more power to you.
don't help you to uncover the root-
12 powerful ideas to cause of your hair pulling but simply 8. Put a "Gone Fishing" sign on
attempt to rid you of the urge to pull your door. Being cured is like being
help you claim your (symptom) and the unhappy handed a fish just for tonight's
consequences of your pulling. dinner. While a cure provides a
freedom from hair Sensitive hair pullers may find this solution to this one issue, it may
approach disempowering because it also create dependency. You will
pulling doesn't help you to become always need to return to the outside
balanced, evolve, take into account source for another cure. This
whom you uniquely are or dependency is like an "addiction"
The way each person deals with a completely resolve why you became because it decreases your power
compulsive behavior like hair pulling a hair puller in the first place. This and self-esteem.
is greatly influenced by the culture in approach is likely to cover over your
which you live. What are your addictive nature rather than address
beliefs? Do you believe that you can it. 9. Look for the real cause.
completely free yourself or that you Seeking a cure for hair pulling may
must live each day attempting to provide you with a short-term
control your hair pulling problem? 5. Increase your personal power. solution but won't ultimately rescue
Do you believe that someone else Trichotillomania sufferers often you from doing the inner work to fix
holds the key to ending your desperately hope that if they can what caused you to pull in the first
suffering? find the right expert, they will find a place. Authentic healing guides you
Here are some powerful ideas to cure. But cures don't increase your look at the real cause of your hair
help you see your situation in a new power because they don't help you pulling and to fully resolve that.
way and to move forward to to grow or use your intuition and
completely free yourself from feeling-sense to help you to fully 10. Learn to use experts as
Trichotillomania: resolve your hair pulling. This consultants and "tools" to assist
approach may decrease your you in your own process. Because
feelings of personal power. authentic healing is a personal
1. Become aware of your fears,
personal biases and the journey, you can continue to use
compromises you make as you 6. Reduce your anxiety by taking experts but in a different way.
choose a method to help you end an active role in freeing yourself.
hair pulling. Think about whether Many hair pullers struggle daily with 11. Stay only with empowering
you want natural healing and chronic anxiety. Western society healing partners. Some experts may
personal growth or a conventional tells us that outside experts know hold a negative "my way is the only
solution with a traditional cure. more about our emotional and way" mindset, while others may
physical health than we do and that empower you to take personal
others hold the answers to our responsibility and to find your own
2. Resolve the hidden issues that suffering and the power to fix us. In
lead to mental and physical power. Stick with the latter.
our age of managed care and
problems. "Authentic Healing" uses HMO's, this message is so
an invisible natural self-healing pervasive that it causes chronic 12. Find and use great support
system inside each of us. Everyone anxiety and feelings of tools. There are many wonderful
has this system and can learn to use powerlessness. A natural way to healing techniques and tools
it. Authentic healing experiences increase your personal power and available and more arrive on the
always increase your personal decrease your anxiety is to take an scene daily. While there is inner
power and help you to grow as a active role in your own recovery by work to be done, you don't have to
person. using your own authentic healing go it alone more than is necessary.
system. The key is to find what's right for
3. Empower yourself through you by trusting your intuition and
authentic healing to listen to and feelings to guide you throughout
7. Take responsibility for yourself. your healing process.
trust your instincts about what you "Give a man a fish and you feed him
need. Authentic healing is holistic for a day. Teach him how to fish and
and encompasses all aspects of To contact Abby Leora Rohrer visit
you feed him for a lifetime." (Lao
human life, the physical, mental, Tzu) Authentic healing is a lot like www.123trichotillomaniafree.com or
emotional and spiritual. It always knowing how to fish and being http://www.pullfreeatlast.com or call
brings these four aspects of you into capable of feeding yourself 303/546-0788 for more information.
Health & Wellness 63

Make the most


important investment
this year - invest in your
health
Obesity is a mounting health problem locally and
worldwide. More than 1 billion adults globally are
overweight, and at least 300 million are obese,
according to the World Health Organization.
Obesity not only takes a toll on personal health, it
can inflict a huge monetary cost on individuals as well
as the economy in general:
* When compared with their healthy-weight
counterparts, healthcare spending among the obese
is 37 percent higher, reports The Policy Journal of the
Health Spheres.
* The rise in obesity contributed to the increase in
spending related to diseases such as heart disease
and diabetes, according to the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
Fortunately, a sustained 10 percent weight loss may
reduce an overweight person's lifetime medical costs
by $2,200 to $5,300 by lowering costs related to
hypertension and high cholesterol, among many other
related illnesses. Additionally, sustaining a 5 to 10
percent weight loss over six months or longer has
been shown to improve health by helping to:
* Lower the risk of heart disease.
* Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
* Reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer.
* Reduce the strain on joints.
So if weight loss is your resolution this year, or you
want to make an important investment in your health,
consider an approach that is not just designed to take
weight off, but to help you change your behavior.
Just in time for the new year, Weight Watchers has * Purge unhealthy food from your pantry, freezer and
introduced the Momentum program which encourages fridge.
smarter food and lifestyle choices. Your weight loss * Make physical activity as convenient as possible.
plans can absolutely stay on track in 2009, but it's Keep your sneakers and jacket ready and nearby for
important to choose a weight-loss plan that truly short, frequent walks.
teaches you how to make healthy, sustainable changes. * Try creating a new favorite dish. Visit
Here are Weight Watchers 10 Tips for a Healthy 2009: www.weightwatchers.com for delicious recipe ideas.
* Look for low-calorie substitutions that don't * Wear something you feel fabulous in -- a
sacrifice taste. For example, switching from mayo to compliment goes a long way in sustaining motivation.
mustard can add to big calorie savings over time. * Set new goals to keep yourself motivated. Goals do
* Losing weight with a friend or group of friends really not have to be weight related.
helps with weight-loss success. * Know what you're doing. Write down what you're
* Ounce for ounce, the nutrition in fruits and eating each and every day to keep you on target.
vegetables can't be beat. To get the best blend of To find out more, visit a Weight Watchers Meeting for
nutrients, include as many colors as possible. free or go to www.weightwatchers.com or
* Put a napkin over your plate as soon as you're www.weightwatchers.ca.
satisfied -- it's like turning off a light switch.
Courtesy of ARAcontent
64Sequoia
Home Club& Garden

Carol Brough - Sales Representative


CENTURY 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
102 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Tel: (0) 613-476-8039
Email: carolbroughc21@hotmail.com

MLS: 2076639 Price: $935,000 Province: Ontario


City: Picton Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4

Located on prestigious Loyalist Parkway overlooking Picton Bay stands this fifties vintage
structure renovated & added to in a "Southwestern" style. Prince Edward County Glenora
Road lakeside living at it's best. Beautiful sunsets, easy access to sheltered water,
substantial lake activity(birds, sailing school, kayaking, world class fishing, seaplanes, power
& sailing yachts), an award winning saltwater pool & hot tub & a myriad of lake facing rooms
including the substantial in-law suite. The custom designed large well equipped commercial
kitchen is a Chef's dream. B&B potential

MLS: 2085960 Price: $399,900 Province: Ontario


City: Picton Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Unique 4 year old custom built, bright, open concept home with commanding view of Smith's
Bay and convenient waterfront access. Many exciting features include living and dining area
with vaulted ceiling, skylights, gas fireplace and three sets of French doors opening onto a
wrap around balcony overlooking the bay. Main floor family room, stunning kitchen with
island. Full basement with 9' ceiling, double car garage with loft plus single carport and triple
parking. Close to marina and vineyards.

MLS: 2081104 Price: $259,900 Province: Ontario


City: Adolphustown Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2

Hobby farm for horses. Newly renovated home on hill top. Original hardwood in living and
dining rooms. All new windows (2007). New flooring in kitchen and bathrooms (2008). Main
floor laundry and walk out to deck. Hill top views of orchard and Adolphus Reach from front
porch. 10+ acres with two quonset huts. One is used for stable for horses. 100' x 125' riding
ring plus 4+ acres fenced pasture. Virtual tour: http://www.Obeo.com/464998

MLS: 2082916 Price: $398,90 Province: Ontario


City: Warkworth Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Large custom built eat-in-kitchen featuring cedar posts and lots of pine. Wood stove, 2
skylights, loads of countertop and kitchen garage. 9ft. Ceilings original hardwood and trim in
dining room. Beautiful wood staircase and railings. 3 season sunroom with lovely views of
the rolling countryside, walk in closet in Master Bedroom, media room with wood stove,
attached 2 car garage, 2 wells plus year round stream and large pond, machine shop with
hydro and 32x16 inground pool.
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Are you a first-time


home buyer in Canada?
By Mark Spindloe in mind. As your conditions change
so will your housing needs, so we
suggest you concentrate on the
No matter how many homes you home you can afford now. Although,
may have bought and sold, when when it comes to borrowing there are
you arrive in Canada you are in the two schools of thought. One is you
same position as a first timer shouldn’t borrow as much as you
Canadian buyer. It is important that qualify for, while the other says you
you have someone to represent you should buy as much home as you
who is not only used to working with can afford. You should carefully
first time home buyers but consider this decision and make the
understands where you are coming choice that is within your comfort
from. Our approach is to lead you zone.
through the process by explaining From properties that you may find
before hand what will be happening or we suggest, we arrange
and what your choices and appointments through the listing
obligations are. agent and accompany you on all
One comment we hear a lot is viewings, giving advise and listening
should you deal with several agents to your feed-back. The owners are
as this is common back at home in not usually present during your
the UK. The answer is; you should viewings. A second viewing of a
sign with one agent who, once they property is generally arranged when
find out all your wants and needs, one is under serious consideration.
can gain access to every property in When you find the property you
the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
system for you.
“The average want we draft the initial offer to
purchase based on your instructions
When we act as buying agents for
you, our fees are paid by sharing the Canadian and we are there to explain anything
you need. The offer has a limited
selling agents commission. We are
therefore free to you. This is the best
deal you will get! However, another
moves every period of a day or two for
acceptance. We transmit your offer
to the seller through their appointed
major difference is that as
professional agents have fiduciary three to five agent. The seller has the opportunity
to ignore your offer and allow it to
duties to you and are mandated to
act in your interests to get you the years” lapse, reject it outright, or what
normally occurs is they counter with
best deal. a response that could alter the price,
On our first meeting we will take conditions, closing date, etc. We
note of what price range, style of search within this price range for discuss all changes and their
home, area, and other requirements properties for your consideration. implication to you and follow your
you need. We will explain customer Note: any pre-approval is only an instruction. Negotiations continue
and client status and the implications amount that your income can back and forth via the listing agent
as they affect you. We will work with support and generally it locks in the and us until we have an agreement
you as a client and describe our interest rate quoted for a period of acceptable to you and the sellers.
duties and obligation to you. time. What this means is that should This agreement is then conditional on
First you need to save for a down interest rates go up during this the clauses inserted to protect you.
payment. You will also need period you will pay the lower agreed These would include satisfactory
sufficient funds for the closing costs rate, should interest rates fall you will finance, house inspection,
as well as being sure you can afford get the lower rate. When you have insurability, lawyer review, etc. At this
on-going costs like, heating, chosen a property the bank will have time you will need to pay the agreed
telephone, maintenance etc. to approve a loan on that property to upon deposit which is placed in trust
Next, if you are not buying with ensure it's investment is secure. You by the selling brokerage. This deposit
cash, you should get pre-approval may be asked to pay for this is returned if the deal does not
for a mortgage from your bank or appraisal. complete, or forms part of the
mortgage broker. This will tell you the The average Canadian moves purchase price if the sale completes.
maximum you can afford. We will every three to five years; so keep this
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We can suggest other home-buying professionals you


will need to satisfy these conditions such as a lawyer, a
home inspector, insurance broker, etc. but you are free to Average house prices
find your own. For rural properties you should have the across Canada
water quality checked, the flow rate of the well and
septic system.
November November
2007 2008

British Columbia $451,991 $395,687

Alberta $353,125 $338,354

Saskatchewan $193,521 $217,801

Manitoba $173,318 $174,235

Ontario $312,509 $293,328

Quebec $210,045 $211,191

New Brunswick $133,878 $141,354


The time span for these conditions is usually around
ten business days. We will assist you to organize the Nova Scotia $172,942 $175,490
house inspection and accompany you on the day, also
the water/septic inspection if necessary. Depending on
the results of inspections you have the opportunity to Prince Edward $1327,277 $141,717
walk away from the deal or engage in further negotiation Island
to have problems rectified by the seller or the purchase
price reduced. After we have all the reports, finance is in Newfoundland $146,164 $191,148
place, the insurance company confirms insurability and
and Labrador
lawyer review is satisfactory and you are satisfied, then
the transaction is firm and binding awaiting the closing,
or move in date. Yukon Territory $254,290 $331,875
Knowing that you will be moving into your new home
you can go ahead and book a moving van, send out
change of address cards, talk to the utility companies to Northwest $346,192 $355,118
make sure you will have power, cable, internet, water etc Territories
on the day you take possession.
Usually on the day of closing we will arrange to go Figures supplied by the Canadian Real Estate Association
with you to do a final walk-through of the property after
the owners have left, to ascertain that the property is in
the condition you expect and any appliances etc in the
agreement are there. You then visit your lawyer to sign
deeds, transfer monies, adjust for closing costs and get
the house keys.
After you move in there may be other services you
may need to turn that house into your home. We have
STIRLING
CARPET & FLOORING
access to other services through our network. What’s under your feet?

Mark Spindloe can be contacted through www.


100metro.ca. He and his business partner work with Brian & Kim Suurdt
Relocation Nova Scotia, and are experienced in the
international relocation process. Mark is a licensed Nova 400 West Front Street, Stirling,
Scotian Realtor® Ontario, K0K 3E0
Tel: 613.395.1400 Fax: 613.395.4705
Toll Free: 877.847.5464

Email: info@stirlingflooring.com
Web: www.stirlingflooring.com
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Helen Parnell
Tel: 403-932-8888
www.moving2alberta.com

MLS: C3356955 Price: $293,500 Province: Alberta


City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
Fantastic fully finished attached home, Kitchen and both bathrooms have just been
re-done and look fantastic. 4 bedrooms,(lower recroom is being used as 5th
bedroom). This home has a HUGE back-yard with a double detached garage.
Fantastic for RV parking off the back lane. Walking distance to shopping. Quick
possession possible

MLS: C3358883 Price:$384,000 Province: Alberta


City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2
One of the larger units in popular Riverview villas. View of the river valley from the
great room. Kitchen is open concept to great room with centre island and large nook.
The home has a den at the front, large dining room, kitchen,nook and great room
with gas fireplace, 1/2 bath, large master bedroom with walk in closet and 4pc
ensuite. Carpet and lino thru-out, Well maintained. The lower level has a finished
4pc bathroom and the rest of the lower level with 9 foot ceilings is ready for your
ideas. This home is set up with handicap accessories and has a collapsible wheelchair
ramp in garage.
MLS: C3353017 Price: $459,900 Province: Alberta
City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
One of a kind bilevel that you will love. Enter the home from the front porch into
the foyer and be welcomed by the formal living room and bedroom(used as a den).
Up the few stairs to the Kitchen with oak cabinets,high quality laminate
flooring,breakfast nook and great room with corner gas fp. The door leads to a
deck that overlooks the golf course(2&3 holes). Off the kitchen are two bedrooms
and a 4pc bathroom. The lower level has another bedroom, 3pc bathroom with
shower stall, a large family room with corner gas fireplace.

MLS: C3355621 Price: $259,900 Province: Alberta


City: Calgary Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

PRICE REDUCED BY $20,000. Rent to own option! $15,000 cash to mortgage.


Beautiful brand new 2 bedroom 2 bath condo in 45+ unit. Maximum upgrades
and warm colours. Main floor unit located a few doors from the open 2 story
social area with catering kitchen, media room, library, fireplace and Exercise
facility. Elevator from titled underground parking. Full LAKE PRIVILEGES.
Trails overlooking Bow River & proposed 26 hole Champ golf course. A MUST
SEE!

MLS: C3353988 Price: $684,900 Province: Alberta


City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Executive living in an exclusive neighborhood close to three schools & the
Cochrane Ranche. A green space w/park backs this 1739 sf walkout bungalow w/
mtn view & the 285 sf bonus room with freestanding gas fireplace and vaulted
ceiling(presently used as an office) gives you 2024 sf of main living space. The
lower level approx 1400 sf has a wetbar with cinnamon maple cabinets,
dishwasher, second large fridge, tile flooring and accompanies the family and
games area. Two bedrooms and 4pc bathroom, large storage area and in-floor heat
make this area a comfort to enjoy family or entertaining.
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