November 21, 2012


Welcome to another NewBindian Newsletter.


We often hear about the hardships faced by new arrivals to Canada with respect to finding jobs, language barriers, acclimatization to the weather and so on.  Little is said about the challenges faced by young adults who have to deal with new schools, make new friends and adjust to a new way of life.


That's what inspired Harnoor Gill to launch clubs in his school.  It was a way to get to know other kids.  And, now, this young teen has established a special Peace Welcome Club in Georgetown.  Tonight he will be recognized for his efforts and be awarded the YMCA Peel Peace Medallion!  MyBindi congratulates Harnoon.  You can read his story below. 

Meanwhile, CAMP continues to host its popular networking events equipping newcomers with new skill sets.  This month's workshop is on Thursday and is focused on Social Media Strategies.  See details below.

Culture Link offers its members an opportunity to replenish their wardrobe without spending a penny!  Join their Clothing Swap event this Saturday.  See details 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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Harnoor Gill to receive Peel Peace Medallion
Harnoor Gill
The YMCA Peace Medallion recognizes individuals building peace in their communities and inspiring the lives of others. This year, the YMCA of Greater Toronto recognizes six outstanding leaders at ceremonies throughout the GTA during the 28th anniversary of YMCA Peace Week.

Peel Peace Medallion Recipient - Harnoor Gill

Harnoor has been a volunteer since he was three-years-old when he sold cookies door-to-door to raise money for the Hong Kong Red Cross. When his family immigrated to Canada, it didn't take long for Harnoor to start numerous school groups and clubs inspiring youth to volunteer, give back and build a more peaceful world.

In February, Harnoor founded the Peace Welcome Club in Georgetown to welcome new immigrants, especially youth. When he was going through a very difficult time being bullied as a newcomer, his parents encouraged him to reach out to others, and he says that was the key. Harnoor encourages youth and adults to get out and give back to their community, creating peace around us. To help the poor children of India he began a jean drive and has personally taken over hundreds of jeans. Harnoor creates opportunities for youth to get involved and encourages all of us to be better citizens of the world.

When: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Where: Mississauga YMCA
Reception: 7pm
Ceremony: 7:30pm

Please RSVP to or call 905-897-6801 x 402.

Click HERE for more information.

CAMP's November Networking Event

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


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

  • Social Media Made Simple
  • Strategies to Implement & Succeed in Your Career, Business, Life
  • Valuable Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Guest Speaker: Jim Pagiamtzis, Corporate Trainer, Mentor, Leader, Resource Specialist   

  • Authorized Local Expert with Constant Contact 
  • Author and Founder of Get Connected 21st Century
  • Active Blogger with 400+ in 5 yrs
  • Published articles with Toronto Public Library, Staple Business Depot, Klemmer & Associates

Plus your chance to WIN Jim's Acclaimed Book: Get Connected Make Wealth Happen  


When: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Where: The North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #3
Time: 6pm to 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.

CultureLink's Clothing Swap
CultureLink's Clothing Swap
Clothing Swap - a Green Settlement recycling experience. Replenish your wardrobe without spending a penny. Bring your gently used clean clothing, shoes and accessories to the clothing sweat and take "new" used clothing home with you, in exchange!

What to expect:
  • Lots of items available for choosing and exchanging (including gloves, scarves and other winter necessities)
  • Presentation on "Dressing for Success"
  • Get an opportunity for a makeover
  • Presentation on programs offered by CultureLink
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities
  • Meet other community members
  • Refreshments
When: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301, Toronto
Time: 1pm to 4pm

Children are welcome.

For more information, please call 416.588.6288 or click HERE. is a proud alliance partner with CultureLink.
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.


Learn more about Hepatitis C in English, Punjabi and Urdu
CATIE is a website that provides hepatitis C information in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Simplified Chinese and Tagalog.


The website is part of a province-wide campaign to raise awareness about hepatitis C in Ontario's largest immigrant populations that have high incidence of this disease. Toronto Public Health's AIDS and Sexual Health Infoline can provide counseling about hepatitis, HIV and sexual health in up to 16 languages for clients across Ontario seeking information, counseling or a testing site within the province at 1-800-668-2437.


For more information about the project or its resources please contact Hywel Tuscano, 


Links to the language specific sites below:

Click HERE for more information.
CPR Makes You Undead!
CPR Makes you Undead
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with the City of Markham, Social Services Network and the Vedic Cultural Centre is making it easy for Markham residents to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A free public CPR Skills & AED Awareness event will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11am to 3pm at the Vedic Cultural Centre located at 4345 14th Avenue, Markham, ON (light lunch will be provided).

The first 120 participants who register will receive a free Heart&Stroke Foundation CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ kit (one per family, valued at $40). Everyone who completes the course will receive a CPR participation card.

To register, please contact Firdaus Ali, Heart and Stroke Foundation at 416-629-1689 or email

"This is a wonderful opportunity for South Asian individuals and families to be actively engaged in heart health and well-being. We hope as many people as possible can come out for this free CPR training event. Statistics indicate that CPR and AEDs can make the difference between life and death. The more people in our community who have these life-saving skills, the more lives can be saved," says Anand Rupnarain, Board Chair, Vedic Cultural Centre.

Click HERE to read more.
Canada designs new visa for immigrant entrepreneurs
Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Canada plans to create a new class of visa it hopes will attract high-tech and other entrepreneurs to immigrate to the country to start new companies, officials said Tuesday.

It has put a moratorium on issuing its existing entrepreneur visa, which only required an immigrant to hire one person for one year, and intends to initiate a visa that would be issued to people identified by venture capital funds as candidates to create startup firms in Canada. The venture funds would be required to invest in the startups.

The startup visa is one of several changes being undertaken by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in what he says is an effort to make the immigration system more responsive to Canada's economic needs. "Canada seeks young, ambitious, innovative immigrants who will contribute to Canada's job growth and further drive our economy," said Mr. Kenney's press secretary, Alexis Pavlich.

"The startup visa is an initiative that the government of Canada is exploring to assist in transforming our immigration system into a fast, fair and flexible system that will meet the needs of our economy and help grow our country."

Click HERE to read more.


In This Bulletin
Harnoor Gill to receive Peel Peace Medallion
CAMP's November Networking Event :: Social media Made Simple
CultureLink's Clothing Swap
India Rainbow Community Services of Peel :: FREE English Classes
Learn more about Hepatitis C in English, Punjabi and Urdu
CPR Makes You Undead!
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The Conservatives Anti-Asian Immigration Policies A Step Backwards!

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Canadians Are Divided on the Actual Effect of Immigration

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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  


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


Indians Seeking Canadian Visas Likely to Face Fingerprinting 


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


Government of Canada Consults on Immigrant Skilled Worker Program 


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


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Canada urges crackdown on visa fraud

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