August 23, 2012


Welcome to another NewBindian Newsletter.


Join CAMP tonight for an exciting session on the power and potential of social media.  I was a speaker a CAMP last year and it was wonderful to connect and network with so many professionals in the Advertising, Communications and Marketing sectors.


 NewBindian is a proud media sponsor for CAMP and we are equally thrilled about our alliances with organizations such as the Social Services Network (SSN), Culture Link and India Rainbow that assist new arrivals to Canada integrate and comfortably settle into their new homeland.


In this issue of  NewBindian - our channel dedicated to serving Newcomers to Canada - we wanted to share with you details of an upcoming job fair and training expo scheduled for September 19 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.  Save the Date!


We'd also like to congratulate Jivetesh Singh Chhatwal, originally from Punjab's Rajpura city, who arrived in Canada in 2010 and was recently announced as the recipient of the inaugural Canadian Schulich Leader Scholarships. He will receive an entrance scholarship of $60,000!!  Well done Jivetesh.  You make us all very proud!

Do you have a success story that you would like to share?  Please do send me an email!

This newsletter is packed, as usual, with awesome events specifically geared to inspire and equip newcomers to Canada with the tools they need to propel themselves to success.


From networking events to sessions that connect you with mentors, at NewBindian, we're always on the look out for programs and initiatives that support New Arrivals in Canada.     

Take a look at our specialized website which is dedicated to providing information and resources for New Immigrants.  If you'd like to feature your organization, share your story or simply tell us about resources that others can benefit from, we'd love to hear from you.  


Best regards,  


Syerah Virani 


Editor-in-Chief & CEO

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CAMP's August Networking Event

Communications, Advertising, Marketing Professionals (CAMP) is pleased to present its upcoming August 2012 Networking Event.


Informal networking among peers, share ideas and experiences, pick up vital career leads and hear from a successful speaker.

  • Discover the power & potential of social media
  • Learn about effective social media strategies
  • Leverage & create massive, enduring career success
Guest Speaker: Brandon Krieger

When: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Where: The North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #3
Time: 6:15pm - 8pm


There is a limited capacity for this event so please RSVP with the number of guests attending to

Click HERE for more information on CAMP. is a proud alliance partner with CAMP.

CASSA presents :: Toronto Mela 2012
Toronto Mela

Toronto Mela is held for the first time to celebrate the culture and heritage and the contribution of the South Asian community in the Canadian society. Toronto Mela is a community and family-oriented event that it received its funds from the city of Toronto to rejoice and learn the South Asian traditions.



  • 1000 Gifts
  • Raffle Draw
  • South Asian Food
  • Fun and Games
  • Art and Drama
  • Music and Dance
  • Henna Art
  • South Asian Jewellery
  • Clothes
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012

Where: Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough 

Time: 12 noon to 9pm

Click HERE for more information.


The  Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) since 1991 has focused on social justice issues revolving around South Asian Communities dealing with anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-homophobia among others. With respect to the Toronto Mela, CASSA has stepped forward to embrace and celebrate South Asian cultural heritage through showcasing performances from different South Asian cultures.


This event is proudly sponsored by


India Rainbow Community Services of Peel Information Session on 'Second Career'
India Rainbow Community Services of Peel  
India Rainbow's Settlement department organized an information session on the Government of Ontario's 'Second Career" program at its Brampton location on August 9th, 2012. The session was attended mainly by those who are presently seeking employment and are considering a possible career change, as well as newcomers to Canada. The presentation was conducted by Ms. Stacy Nyamali, Employment Consultant from Sheridan College, and was attended by 25 participants.
Ms. Nymali explained in detail about the eligibility criteria of the program, the application process, the cost involved, and responsibilities of applicants and approximate time lines for each step of the process including the Ministry's review process. Many participants were surprised to learn that the money that is granted to them is not a loan, and is money being given away by the Government to people who have been negatively impacted by the economy. Participants also learned about the many careers that qualify for funding based on their skills and the differences between public and private institutions; and that it's not uncommon to switch trades or careers.


Click HERE to read more. 


Click HERE for more information on India Rainbow. is a proud alliance partner with India Rainbow.


CultureLink Settlement Services

In the social services field specializing in serving newcomer clients since 1988, CultureLink has evolved into an energetic and professional organization. CultureLink provides settlement services to newcomer clients and their families, and arranges, coordinates, monitors, evaluates, and advocates for a package of multiple services to meet clients' specific and complex needs.


The provisions of services is personalized and available to newcomers along the settlement pathway. Liaisons and partnerships among services agencies are fostered and maintained to maximize community resources, and our services are flexible to meet the changing needs of newcomers throughout their transition process towards their integration in Canada.


Click HERE to learn more about CultureLink and its services. is a proud alliance partner with CultureLink. 

Job Fair and Training Expo!
Hire Canada's Job Fair and Training Expo
Visit the GTA's most successful Job Fair & Training Expo event! Featuring:
  • Onsite recruiters
  • FREE resume critiquing
  • Career specialists and admissions staff to assist you
This event is catering to all candidates from surrounding areas. Join thousands of others who attend these events!

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Where: Mississauga Convention Centre
Time: 11am to 4pm


For more information and future Job Fair dates, please click HERE.

Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards!
Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel

Whether you purchase paneer or pancakes, atta or almonds, basmati or basil, every purchase you make represents the purchases of people just like you. The Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel focuses on measuring consumer attitudes and behaviour. Your opinions will help manufacturers and retailers of the world make decisions on what products to develop or improve.


As an actively participating Homescan® panel member,  

your consumer voice will make an impact. Plus, you'll earn  

sweepstakes entries, as well as gift points that are redeemable for name-brand merchandise from their gift catalogue, including electronics equipment, jewellery, household items, toys, gift cards, and more! And the longer you stay on the panel, the more rewards you'll earn!


How it works


You will be provided with a hand-held scanner. After shopping, simply scan the barcode on your purchases when you get home. Then, once a week, send in your purchase information via the scanner. For each week that you participate, you'll earn gift points and entries into their exciting sweepstakes - increasing your odds of winning! For instance, with the Grand Prize Super Scanner Sweepstakes you could win a $2,500 gift card! It's that easy.


Have your say. Make an impact. Enjoy the rewards.


Sign up HERE to join the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel today!


New immigration system will award more points for language, fewer for work abroad
New Immigration Points System
Ottawa is revamping the point grid it has used for the past 10 years to judge skilled-immigrant applications. The proposed revisions, to go into effect next January, will put more emphasis on language skills and professional credentials equivalent to Canada's - while de-emphasizing work experience abroad.

This would be the first major overhaul of the immigration point grid system since 2002, when the Liberal government of the day lowered the passing mark and jiggled minor point allocations.

Under amendments to the federal skilled-worker program published Friday, language proficiency - a strong indicator of how well new immigrants do economically - will become the most important factor in whether applicants are approved, worth a maximum of 28 points, up from 24.

The total "passing" mark will remain at 67, but the revised grid will favour younger immigrants by awarding a maximum of 12 points for applicants in the 18-35 age bracket. Applicants over 46 would get 0 points.

Click HERE to read more.
South Asian student to receive  $60K Canadian scholarship
Jivetesh Singh Chhatwal
Jivetesh Singh Chhatwal, student of South Asian origin, is the recipient of the inaugural Canadian Schulich Leader Scholarships. He will receive an entrance scholarship of $60,000 which will be disbursed in annual payments of $15,000 during each year of his four-year undergraduate degree program.

Jivetesh grew up in Punjab's Rajpura city and completed his Grade 12 from Prince of Wales Collegiate, St John's, Newfoundland, after his parents' immigration to Canada in 2010. He will start studies for Bachelor of Science at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland and aspires to become a doctor.

Click HERE to read more.


In This Bulletin
CAMP's August Networking Event
CASSA presents :: Toronto Mela 2012
India Rainbow Community Services of Peel Information Session on 'Second Career'
CultureLink Settlement Services
Job Fair and Training Expo!
Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards!
New immigration system will award more points for language
South Asian student to receive $60K Canadian scholarship
What's New on NewBindian
Working in ethnic enclaves limits newcomers' opportunities

FREE Visit to Ontario Science Centre

Provincial immigrant nominee programs

Hello, bonjour: Language Tests Coming to Immigration Programs Soon

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel has its Open House

Answers for newcomers on purchasing a home

NDP Says Conservative Bill Will Hurt Legitimate Refugees

The Conservatives Anti-Asian Immigration Policies A Step Backwards!

Decision To Cut EI Benefits Will Devastate Farmworkers

Connecting Women - Inspiring Futures

Social Services Network Presents :: Acting and Motivational Workshops - This Summer!

India Rainbow :: Volunteer Appreciation Night 2012

Banking Basics

Immigrant entrepreneurs sought under Canada's new startup visa program

Building Citizenship Program

Cultural Access Pass

Digital Resource Centre Connects New Citizens to Their Communities

Canadians on Citizenship: a national survey reveals it means more than you think!

India Rainbow :: Job Search Workshops for Newcomers

Expand burka ban, says Muslim group

Housing & Support Peel for Homeless or People with Mental Illness
Mortgage lending tightens for self-employed, immigrants

Canadians Are Divided on the Actual Effect of Immigration

Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute

New Report Shows Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute to Economy 


The right province for you in Canada 


Legal notices being filed against Canadian government over visa backlog 


CultureLink's Citizenship Mentoring Circles 


Canada confirms introduction of e-passports next year

Domestic Violence Prevention in South Asian Communities 


TD Scholarship for Leadership rewards students showing leadership in their community  


A family reconnection  


Immigrants need cash in hand and have to be prepared for tradeoffs, sacrifices


Indians Seeking Canadian Visas Likely to Face Fingerprinting 


TCS Inc. helps with your Immigration Matters 


Canada's Economy Gains Traction as Net Exports Surge: RBC Economics 


Government of Canada Consults on Immigrant Skilled Worker Program 


Access-2-Capital - Grants and Loans for Young Entrepreneurs in Canada 


Small Business Owners are Optimistic About the Year Ahead: RBC Poll  


CultureLink Settlement Services

Canada-Pakistan Relations Improved by Senator Ataullahjan

Sri Lankans without Borders

Canada urges crackdown on visa fraud

Spectra: Helping South Asians One Phone Call at a Time

Un-Common Commonwealth Games

Life in Canada more deadly for immigrants?




My success story as a Newcomer to Canada

What's New on Bindi Blogs
Mind Mantra


Take a vacation from your thinking style! We all know that going away somewhere different is always a good thing. Taking a holiday from your usual thinking style is a great thing! It can lead to new possibilities and approaches to challenging situations.

Think of someone you have always admired. It could be someone in your life that you look up to; or it could be a character from a film or a book.

Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness


Talk about Life Change! 

First and foremost, I have to apologize - I have been MIA for the last few weeks here on Wellness Works! and I've missed writing on this blog! Its not that I've been lazy or having too much fun in the sun - quite the opposite actually! I am happy to say I've recently had a little baby boy and needless to say, my hands have been full ever since!

Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy

Bollywood in a Book: The Reluctant Matchmaker

When petite Meena Shenoy finds herself irresistibly attracted to her strikingly tall boss, Prajay Nayak, a man who's determined to find a statuesque bride to complement his remarkable height, how can Meena convince him that she is his perfect soul-mate? Is Meena tough enough to make some sacrifices to win over the giant she loves?

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Salimah My Body My Temple



From the time we are born to this very moment our subconscious mind is recording what happens in our lives. The actions, reactions, thoughts and opinions expressed by others become embedded in who we think ourselves to be. These messages get played back hundreds of time during the day.  Don't talk to strangers is an appropriate message for a four year old but not for a 24 year old about to walk into a job interview.


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Savia Music's Ashna Singh gets the scoop from Toronto's Bageshree Vaze on her new Global Bollywood CD release and upcoming concert at Hugh's Room August 23rd.

Bageshree Vaze started singing and dancing at a young age with the goal to achieve her father and grandfather's dream - to be a professional singer. After years later and countless efforts, Bageshree has...

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Geeta Kitchen Newsletter

An intrepid Indian-origin entrepreneur who relishes putting together spicy 'chaat', 'bhel puri' and 'samosa' has climbed up Britain's food charts by being one of 16 finalists out of over 3000 entries for the British Street Food Awards 2012.

The awards, to be announced in London on September 15 and 16, celebrate the variety of street food available across Britain, usually sold in vans and trolleys stationed at key locations in city centres and some residential areas.


Click HERE to read more. 


Amreen - bollywood

India is proudly celebrating her 65th Independence Day today.

In these sixty five years, India has reached out at numerous levels, with the Indian film industry, popularly known as Bollywood, becoming one of the most successful film industries in the world.

Celebrities are everywhere, from fashion events to charity balls, from Hollywood to the Olympics - desi celebs dawn their avatars with style and panache.

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