February 11, 2013  


It's already February and hopefully we've seen the worst of this winter! My first year in Canada was 1998 and for those who can remember that far back my first winter was the great snow storm of 1998. My reaction then was a combination of awe and despair!  Years later, nothing has changed! :)  This past week's snow storms still brought feelings of anxiety and frustration coupled with a sense of magic and wonder. 

Did you get a chance to do something special with your family during the snow storm? Build a snowman? Do some sledding or tobogganing with the kids? Maybe even have some fun shovelling the driveway?  Post your photos on our facebook page and we'll give the best stories/photos two complimentary tickets to enjoy Disney on Ice!!  How "cool" is that? :)

I find that the best way to get kids to love winter is to get them involved with a winter sport.  My daughter Imaan has been skiing since she was 5 and each year she waits for snow! She's 16 now and will soon be getting her Ski Instructor Certification!

Perhaps your kids like to skate?  How about hockey?  If you complete this survey and share your views on hockey (even if you don't like it, we want to know why and if you love it, we want to know that too), you can be entered into a draw to win an iPad!   

NewBindian is proud to be allianced with the Mississauga Hockey League to help them reach South Asian families and understand our views and needs when it comes to hockey!  Please do share your views and complete this survey.  It really only takes a few minutes.


Lastly, we want to help you achieve your dreams and your goals so we have partnered with the Potentialists and are offering two FREE spots to their first Dream Circle event of 2013.  It's this Tuesday (Feb 12).  See details below. If you would like a FREE spot, simply share a definite goal on our facebook page and tell us you'd like to attend the Dream Circle and you will be entered into our draw. Winners will be announced by 2 pm tomorrow!

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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A glorious past, the best of the present and visions of the future. It's the 40th Anniversary of The Canadian International AutoShow "The Legacy".

The biggest and best AutoShow in Canada has been at the forefront of trends, technology and nostalgia for four decades! Rare exhibits including this year's Auto Exotica: The World's Finest, Canadian Hot Rod Builders Showcase and Eco-Drive are sure to "Wow!" the entire family.

Prizes and more prizes to be won! Auto Lotto, autoCHASE, TADA $40,000 giveaway, The Great VIA Rail Canadian Travel Contest, AutoShowConnect and much more!

Stop by the Febreze Van, pick up your free sample and send odours packing! Don't forget to visit to buy your tickets online and save 10% with the e-Ticket Fastlane.

After 40 years, the AutoShow has solidified a prominent
place in Canadian history. It's bigger. It's better. Come celebrate ... The Legacy.

Click HERE for more information.
Community Hockey Survey
Hockey Survey

Hockey is Canada's most widely recognized national sport. It's played by kids and adults in every community.

Your opinion is important! It will help to make community hockey easier to participate in and more accessible for everyone!

The online survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and you could win a 16 GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi and Retina display. A value of $499!

Click HERE to enter today.
Join the first Dream Circle of 2013!
Dream Circle

Do you find it tough to stay motivated towards your goals and gain the resources and connections you need?

A  Dream Circle is exactly what you're looking for! A Dream Circle is a collaborative process for people to mutually support one another with ideas, resources and contacts to achieve their goals.

In Toronto, so far over 200 people have experienced a Dream Circle and participants have said that they leave feeling a stronger sense of community, empowered to achieve their goals and connected with new like-minded friends in the city.

Participants are asked to come with an open mind, and also one goal they need help with, either in their personal or professional life. This can range from a health goal, starting a project, to even achieving something from your bucket list. Anything goes and we'll support you to make it happen!

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Where: Uniiverse Headquarters, 111 Jarvis Street
Time: 6.20pm - 8.30pm

Space is filling up quickly so be sure to get your tickets fast!  There are three ways to register:
  • $10 Subsidized ticket (students, recent grads, financial assistance). Even if your funds are low, we still want you to be there! 
  • $15 Regular ticket.
  • $20 Pay it forward ticket. Past participants helped provide subsidized tickets for this Dream Circle. Help future participants who require a subsidized ticket to attend as well.
Don't miss out! Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by
Citizenship Test Preparation
Woodgreen Citizenship Test

Are you ready for your citizenship test?

WoodGreen Immigrant Services is offering Citizenship test preparation services.

Offering information sessions on everything from Canadian history to the Canadian government, this is something you don't want to miss!

Covering a wide range of topics, here are the details on the four information sessions:
  • February 13th - Continue Canadian History, Modern Canada, Canadian Government
  • February 20th - Continue Canadian Government, Justice System, Economy
  • February 27th - Geography, Practice Test on Computer
Time:  2.30pm - 4.30pm
Location:  815 Danforth Ave, 3rd Floor
Registration: 416.645.6000 ext. 2100

Mark your calendars and be sure to register, space is filling up quickly!

Click HERE for more information on WoodGreen and their services.
Acting Techniques for Personal Enhancement
Acting Techniques

'Acting Techniques for Personal Enhancement' is a 2 Day Exclusive Experiential Workshop to showcase some of techniques used by actors, that can be easily incorporated in our day-to-day life to develop and enhance our individual personalities and capabilities.

Actors deploy various techniques while enacting scenes. Many of such techniques enable actors off screen too, to be good public speakers, presenters and create an impression around them. Through this workshop, the participants would go through some of the most basic techniques which can be incorporated in our everyday dealing at work, with friends and family to communicate in a more effective and influential manner.

Its an exclusive workshop where attendees get to experience these techniques by live demos and practicals.

When: February 16-17, 2013
Where: Recreational Centre, 60 Absolute Avenue, Mississauga

For booking details please call 647.869.7973 and 647.889.2692.

Click HERE for more information.
CAMP + M-Bridge Joint Networking Event

"When new Canadians succeed, all of Canada wins. Our common dream is for Canada's continued development and growth, where international skills and talent is recognized and productively utilized."

Through monthly meetings and events, CAMP members build on the intellectual and social capital that can help them get ahead. CAMP provides a forum for members to network and support each other, explore career leads, share experiences, pick up tips from industry leaders, volunteer their skills and time and make a difference to a cause they support.

Together, we succeed sooner.


Join CAMP at their next networking event where guest speaker, Jane Harnadek, a Certified Trainer of Personality Dimensions and a Trainer and Facilitator of Life Skills will share her success tips.


Registration is required as seating is limited. EMAIL CAMP to secure your spot! GUESTS ARE WELCOME!


When: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Where: M-Bridge, 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 301

Time: 6.15pm - 8pm


Click HERE for more information on CAMP (Communications, Advertising and Marketing Professionals). 

In This Bulletin
Community Hockey Survey
Join the first Dream Circle of 2013!
Citizenship Test Preparation
Acting Techniques for Personal Enhancement
CAMP + M-Bridge Joint Networking Event
What's New on NewBindian
Join the first Dream Circle of 2013!

 CAMP + M-Bridge Joint Networking Event

Citizenship Test Preparation

Historic New Immigration Program to Attract Job Creators to Canada

Adult Day Program Enhances Well-being of South Asian Seniors

Canada's controversial 2012 changes to immigration and refugee system

Changes to international student program proposed

Bridging Program for Internationally Trained Professionals

WoodGreen Makes Opportunities for Newcomers

Celebrating Our Community

Canada designs new visa for immigrant entrepreneurs

Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation

Toronto a divided city; second-generation immigrants feel left out

Immigrant influx fuels uptick in multigenerational households

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

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

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!

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

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I choose the later.
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Click HERE to read more.

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Click HERE to read more.

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Click  HERE to read more. 


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Click HERE to read more. 


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Click HERE to read more. 


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Click HERE to

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