March 20, 2013  


Spring is in the air!!  I love spring because it is a time for rebirth and new beginnings.  Often, a new beginning means starting a new job.  If finding yourself a new job is on your agenda then you should head over to Roy Thompson Hall right now where NAPP Canada is hosting a job fair!!  See details below. 
NewBindian is a channel of that is dedicated to the advancement of new immigrants to Canada.  We strive to connect individuals with opportunities.  To that end, we have created alliances with many worthy organizations that offer programs and workshops specially suited for new arrivals to Canada.
We congratulate Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) for the launch of its new Women's Committee.  It was my honour to be a panellist at the inaugural event and to share my own experiences as an immigrant in Canada
TD is another organization that strives for the empowerment of women in the workplace.  Culture Link and TD Women in Leadership group are hosting a networking event for women in celebration of International Women's Day.  See details below. 
As always, this newsletter is packed with information that is relevant to newcomers to Canada.  So whether you're preparing for your Citizenship Test or curious about the success of the new Super VISA initiative or just want to connect with organizations like India Rainbow or Woodgreen, you will find it all at NewBindian.
Here is a complete list of upcoming events that would interest newcomers to Canada. 
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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TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features

At TD, we're used to working with desi financial priorities and ideals.

And we understand the way you feel about a mortgage: the sooner you fully own your own home, the better. So we've designed our TD flexible mortgage to let you manage your mortgage, desi style.

You can increase your payments, pay more frequently or make extra lump sum payments. Pre-payment even lets you take a payment chutti (1) when you need one.

Whatever you choose, you're in control. And that lets you focus on things that are more important than money - like looking after your family or investing in education.

For more information visit the bank preferred by desis at any of our convenient branches or click here and discover how we make mortgages zyada comfortable for you.

(1) Some conditions apply and subject to approval.

Click  HERE for more information.


CultureLink - TD WOMEN in Leadership Mentoring
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The Mentoring Club at CultureLink is once again hosting a women-only event in partnership with TD's Women in Leadership employee group. This is to honour International Women's Day in March.

Enjoy this wonderful event where dynamic women will come together for mentoring!

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: 2340 Dundas St. W., Suite 301, Toronto

This is a FREE event but registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

Questions? Contact Dolora at 416.588.6288 ext 222, or via EMAIL.

Click HERE for more details about the Mentors' profiles.

This event is proudly sponsored by
Wills and Power of Attorney :: Free Information Session
India Rainbow

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel invites you to attend a FREE information session on 'Wills and Power of Attorney'.

Learn more about:
  • Power of Attorney for Personal Care (PAPC)
  • Continuing Power of Attorney (CPAP)
  • How to draft a Will
  • Living Wills and more!
When: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Where: 21 Regan Road, Unit H & I, Brampton
Time: 10.30am to 12 noon

This is a FREE session but you must register. To register, call 905.459.4776 or EMAIL us.

Click HERE for more information on India Rainbow.

This event is proudly sponsored by


NAPP Canada Job & Training Fair :: Toronto
NAPP Canada Job & Training Fair- Toronto


Attention Jobseekers! NAPP Canada has another Job & Training Fair coming up!


If you're looking for a job, or to start your career then this is something you don't want to miss out on!


NAPP Canada is a Canadian owned company and a leader in job, employment, and training events for connecting businesses to skilled professionals quickly. NAPP Canada believes in strategically empowering companies and people to realize their full potential by giving them the right environment to connect though its well organized events.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time: 10am - 2pm

Where: Roy Thomson Hall 

This is a FREE event but registration is required. Click HERE to register.

Can't make the Toronto event?

NAPP Canada
will also be hosting events in Hamilton and Scarborough as well!


Click HERE for Hamilton details.


Click HERE for Scarborough details.


Click HERE for more information on NAPP Canada. 


This event is proudly sponsored by
Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
Hire Canada Job Fair

Looking for a new job or career? Interested in finding out about new training programs?

We invite you to attend our Job Fair & Training Expo. This is a great opportunity to network with Recruiters, Career Coaches, Resume Advisors and Admissions Staff.

Click HERE for a partial list of jobs.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 11am to 4pm
Where: Mississauga Convention Centre

Parking and admission is FREE!

Hire Canada is a leading Job Fair and Training Expo organization. We are dedicated to assisting organizations in recruiting for full-time, contract, summer, co-op, and part-time positions.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by
3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference
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Social Services Network presents their 3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference from a South Asian Perspective.

The two day event consists of three workshops covering key issues within the South Asian Community.
  • WORKSHOP 1: Sector Training - on honor - based violence, forced marriages, elder abuse, violence against women & children
  • WORKSHOP 2: Policy, Legislative and Legal Reform - Presentation and discussion with legal experts on the effects of various immigration policies
  • WORKSHOP 3: Community Workshops - Information, awareness and dialogue for South Asian youth, seniors and families 
When: May 1 - 2, 2013
Time: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Sheridan College, Davis Campus
Tickets: Early Bird Special $100 - After March 31st $110

Space is Limited. To register or for any other inquiries click HERE or contact Meccana Ali at 905.940.7864 ext 223 or send her an EMAIL.

This event is proudly sponsored by
 Wellness Workshop Tool Kit for South Asian Seniors
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A tool kit that offers practical step-by-step information on how to organize and facilitate health and wellness workshops for South Asian seniors has caught the eye of a provincial seniors' expert.

"(I) must say that I was quite impressed with it," says Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics for Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals, and Provincial Lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy. "This sort of material is integral to making older adults - especially from diverse communities - more comfortable with navigating their own health and wellness issues, and the system as well."

Dr. Sinha reviewed the toolkit, called "Taking Care of Me! A Tool Kit for Organizing and Facilitating Health & Wellness Workshops for South Asian Seniors," which was created by CHATS - Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, in collaboration with the Social Services Network.

CHATS is a not-for-profit charitable organization that supports the health and well-being of seniors and caregivers at home and in the community (serving York Region and South Simcoe).  Social Services Network is a not-for-profit charitable organization that delivers culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services to the South Asian community in York Region.

Click HERE to read more.
In This Bulletin
TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features
CultureLink - TD WOMEN in Leadership Mentoring
Wills and Power of Attorney :: Free Information Session
NAPP Canada Job & Training Fair :: Toronto
Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference
Wellness Workshop Tool Kit for South Asian Seniors
What's New on NewBindian
Free Info Session: Wills and Power of Attorney

Wellness workshop tool kit for South Asian seniors receives provincial attention

CultureLink-TD WOMEN in Leadership Mentoring

Super Visa is Super Popular

Citizenship Test Preparation

NAPP Canada Job & Training Fairs in Toronto, Hamilton & Scarborough

Historic New Immigration Program to Attract Job Creators to Canada

Canada's controversial 2012 changes to immigration and refugee system

Changes to international student program proposed

WoodGreen Makes Opportunities for Newcomers

Celebrating Our Community

Canada designs new visa for immigrant entrepreneurs

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

Immigrant influx fuels uptick in multigenerational households

Canada needs more international students: report

Working in ethnic enclaves limits newcomers' opportunities

Provincial immigrant nominee programs

Answers for newcomers on purchasing a home

The Conservatives Anti-Asian Immigration Policies A Step Backwards!

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! 

Housing & Support Peel for Homeless or People with Mental Illness

Canadians Are Divided on the Actual Effect of Immigration

Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute

The right province for you in Canada 


What's New on Bindi Blogs
Salimah My Body My Temple

Part 1
Take a deep breath.  Close your eyes.  Concentrate this next breath through
your left nostril.  Use your mind to control your breath.  Repeat eleven
times.  In the thirty seconds it takes to  practice this technique, your
body, mind and breath shifts.  It is a fact.  

Part 2
See, sense, feel or imagine the place in your life, in your body, in your mind
where you hold the most tension.  Hold that knowingness.  Come to an
awareness of where you are gripping, holding, or judging. Be with it. 
Click  HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness
Food Cravings... It's not your fault!

Hello readers! This week's blog is short and sweet - I wanted to share with you an article I recently read that really affected me. I mean, I know the food industry spends millions on the science behind flavour and making us want more of the processed goodies they manufacture...but to the extent it is actually happening - I had no idea. Please read this article - it will really make you think about processed foods and why we love them so. It's not our fault. It's their business to make us addicts.

Click HERE to read more.

Practical Parenting

Terming motherhood as a "contradiction" of life, actor-director Nandita Das said the happy stereotypical perception about motherhood is very different in reality. Das was speaking at a book launch of an anthology "Of Mother and Other" at the Indian International Centre here. 

"When I was pregnant, no one told me how many difficulties one actually has to face. Everybody is happy and they congratulate you, but nobody shares the issues of motherhood," the actor said.

Click HERE to read more.

Savia Music

Neeraj Pandey returns to direction after four years and his latest film "Special Chabbis" looks as invigorating as his first film "A Wednesday". The soundtrack too seems good with five original tracks. Four songs have been penned by Irshad Kamil and composed by M.M. Kreem, while Himesh Reshammiya has chipped in with a composition with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. 
First up is "Tujh sang lagee". A soulful rendition by KK, the song has a qawwali touch and Sufi energy flowing incessantly. The sound of the Sarangi and other Indian instruments also play a vital role by keeping you in sync with the song.  


Click HERE to read more. 



Amreen - bollywood

Mira Nair's much-awaited global thriller, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, and Shabana Azmireleases in theaters on April 26. The brand new trailer and poster have premiered for this eagerly anticipated motion picture event which is based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' was the opening night selection at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and will now hit theaters nationwide this spring.

Click HERE to

Featured Article
Super Visa

More than 15,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since the program's launch in December 2011, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

"The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provides families with flexibility, and it is clearly growing in popularity," said Minister Kenney. "Our government is committed to family reunification. I am pleased to see that more and more parents and grandparents are getting the opportunity to spend longer periods of time with their loved ones in Canada." With over 1,000 Super Visas issued monthly, approval rates remain high at 86 percent.


The Super Visa-a multiple entry visa valid for up to 10 years-allows parents and grandparents to visit Canada for up to two years at a time. This Super Visa gives visiting parents and grandparents the freedom to travel back and forth between Canada and their home country without long waits.


The process for getting a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is simple and straightforward. 


Click HERE to read more. 

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