October 10, 2012


Welcome to another NewBindian Newsletter.


Be a part of something truly Canadian. Hurry and register for a pair of Football 101 Sessions hosted by the Toronto Argos today and tomorrow in the GTA! This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of the sport while interacting with Pro Football players. Registration is FREE! See details below.

If you enjoy hanging in the city, join CultureLink for a FREE 'Haunted Tour of Toronto' October 20th! With Halloween just around the corner, you'll get a taste of this festive holiday celebrated by many across Canada.

Cineplex Community Day will also take place on October 20th! On this Saturday morning, watch select Hollywood movies for FREE at a Cineplex theatre near you. Check out the list of featured films below.

As always, this newsletter is packed with networking events and resources for newcomers to Canada so be sure to peruse the entire edition and scope out

If you'd like to feature your event or organization, or share a valuable resource for newcomers, feel free to contact us at We'd love to hear from you. :)


Best regards,  


Syerah Virani 


Editor-in-Chief & CEO

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Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians

Football 101  

Football 101 sessions for new Canadians, featuring the Toronto Argonauts, will take place today and tomorrow in the GTA. 


The Toronto Argonauts have been part of the fabric of our community for 139 years, and now the club is inviting the newest members of our community to learn about our great game from those who know it best.


Through a pair of Football 101 sessions hosted by local TV personalities, participants will be welcomed by hometown defensive back Matt Black and Canadian offensive tackle Chris Van Zeyl. Those in attendance will learn about the basics of the Canadian game and, by the end of the sessions, be able to join all Canadians and Torontonians in celebrating every first down and touchdown by the Double Blue!


Registration is FREE! Click HERE to sign up now. 


Click HERE for more details.

This event is proudly supported by


TiE Institute :: Business Model and Canvas Workshop
TiE Institute
Business Model defines the manner in which the business delivers value to customers, entices customers to pay for value, and converts those payments to profit: it thus reflects management's hypothesis about what customers want, how they want it, and how an enterprise can organize to best meet those needs and make profit. Over the years, new innovative business models continue to emerge. There are many ways to conceptualize business model, specifically the single page template of Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas has become a very useful framework and visual tool for Designing Business Model and are increasingly used in lean methodology.

The workshop will specifically focus on the following aspects:
  • Evolution of BM concept and types of BM with examples
  • Elements of Lean/business model canvas
  • Value proposition and Competitive advantage
  • Cost structure and Revenue Model
  • How to know Business Model is worth pursuing?
  • Entrepreneurial story about designing Business Model
When: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Where: Fasken Martineau LLP, Bay Adelaide Centre, Toronto
Time: 6pm to 9pm

The workshop is targeted for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start or buy a business. Youth, students, newcomers to Canada and women are specifically encouraged to participate.

Registration is mandatory.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

This event is proudly sponsored by


A Haunted Tour of Toronto
A Haunted Tour of Toronto

Join CultureLink for a haunted tour of downtown Toronto! The tour will start in front of the Keg Mansion located at 515 Jarvis Street near Wellesley Street East in Toronto.

The walk will focus on the history and hauntings of the:
  • Keg Mansion
  • Ryerson University Theatre School
  • Mackenzie House
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
  • Old City Hall
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: Keg Mansion, Toronto
Time: 2pm

The walk will end at Nathan Phillips Square at 3pm - just in time for the Annual Zombie Walk. We ask that trip participants dress in weather appropriate clothing as the walk will take place rain or shine. Be sure to bring a camera and if you feel like, dress up or wear something festive!

Click HERE for more information.

NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto) is a New Canadian Experience Initiative opportunity by CultureLink so it is offered only to new immigrants and convention refugees who hold a valid Permanent Resident Card. is a proud alliance partner with CultureLink.
FREE Movies :: Cineplex Community Day
Cineplex Community Day
Enjoy FREE movies at a Cineplex theatre near you on Cineplex Community Day. Select concession items will be available for only $2 each! The following films will be playing for free:
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D)
  • Hugo (3D)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (3D)
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Puss in Boots
  • How to Train Your Dragon
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Doors Open: 8:30am
Movies Beginning: 9am

100% of proceeds to Starlight Children's Foundation Canada.

Visit for showtimes and more information.

This event is proudly supported by


CAMP's October Networking Event

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


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

Topic: Inside the Head of a Hiring Manager
  • What are Recruiters/ Hiring Managers evaluating throughout the interview process
  • Asking the right questions and giving the right answers
  • What are red flags and how to avoid them
Guest Speaker: Melissa Magder
  • Human Resources professional with a decade's experience across Toronto's multicultural landscape
  • Principal Consultant Cultures in Motion | Cross-Cultural Training and Coaching Services
  • Ex PriceWaterhouse, Coopers, Unilever & Holt Renfrew
When: Thursday, October 25, 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.

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel :: FREE English Classes
India Rainbow Community Services of Peel  

We recognize just how difficult it is for new immigrants with language barriers to be able to effectively communicate in a new country. Our language training program helps newcomers in improving their communication skills.

  • National curriculum for English language training with computers and specialized software
  • Part-time classes from Literacy - Level 7
  • Childcare facilities (19 months - 6 years)
  • Certified instructors and childminders
  • Educational workshops, presentations, field trips
  • On-going enrollment and assessment
  • Transportation assistance to eligible clients
  • Bus tickets for eligible candidates 
Learn English! Learn about Canada! Make new friends! Build your future!


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


Toronto a divided city; second-generation immigrants feel left out
Second-generation immigrants in Toronto feel left out
Since 2001, the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) has been reporting on Toronto's vital signs, an annual check-up that spots trends, celebrates progress and issues alerts and challenges to improve how Toronto works for its citizens.

Trends are often difficult to spot when viewed in 12-month increments. And scientific data often trails reality experienced on the street.
Such is the case with one of the talking points accompanying the 2012 edition of Vital Signs, recently released.

Rahul Bhardwaj, CEO and president of the TCF, is more than a little anxious about moving Toronto towards an embrace, not simply an accommodation, of newcomers.

After years of focusing on labour-market integration, removing discriminatory practices and creating a climate of openness to diversity, progress has been slow where it counts most: on the economic prospects for immigrant families.

Eight out of 10 immigrants arriving in Toronto are members of a racialized group. In less than 20 years, racialized minorities will account for 63 per cent of the Toronto region's population, up from 47 per cent in 2006.

By then, there will be 2.1 million South Asian Canadians and 1.1 million Chinese Canadians in a regional population of 5.6 million.

Their future prospects matter to them, and to the city.

Click HERE to read more.


In This Bulletin
Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians
TiE Institute :: Business Model and Canvas Workshop
A Haunted Tour of Toronto
FREE Movies :: Cineplex Community Day
CAMP's October Networking Event
India Rainbow Community Services of Peel :: FREE English Classes
Toronto a divided city; second-generation immigrants feel left out
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Viresh Mathur awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Canada needs more international students: report

South Asian bags $60K Canadian scholarship

Working in ethnic enclaves limits newcomers' opportunities

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?




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