April 15, 2013  


Welcome to another edition of the NewBindian newsletter.
As I type this editorial, I am keeping an eye on the stream of reports coming in from Boston where explosions at the Boston Marathon have left at least two dead and several injured.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and participants of all 96 countries took part in the Boston Marathon today.  

NewBindian is a channel of that is dedicated to the advancement of new immigrants to Canada.  This is your new home and we are here to help you fit in and belong.    
We do this by connecting individuals with opportunities and finding reasons to celebrate our national identity.
One sure way to feel the passion of being Canadian is to know and love hockey!  And CBC does it best with Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi!!
There's free refreshments, signings and lots of giveaways.  See details below! 
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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Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Meet & Greet
Gateway Chevrolet Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada

Gateway Chevrolet is proud to be hosting...


The Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi team at Gateway Chevrolet for a Meet & Greet!


Announcers Harnarayan Singh and Bhola Chauhan will be live on site to sign autographs and pose for pictures.


The first 15 visitors will receive a free Chevrolet Hockey Cap courtesy of Gateway Chevrolet. 


You can also enter to win great prizes such as a Youth Composite Hockey Sticks or Hockey Night in Canada Jersey from Gateway Chevrolet and Hockey Night in Canada.


To get in on the action follow them on Twitter.


When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Where: Gateway Chevrolet

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Tickets: This is a free event!


Click HERE for more information.


Click HERE to learn more about Gateway Chevrolet. 


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.


CAMP Networking Event :: 'The Game Changer'

Raise your game. Change your game.


You do not want to miss the opportunity to attend the "Game Changer" Complimentary Evening Seminar with motivational speaker and performance coach Noel Walrond.


Noel will be at CAMP for a night of inspiration and networking that will empower you to monetize your passion, beat procrastination and elevate your game!

When you raise your game, you change the game!


Noel represents the NEXT generation of performance coaches.

Please come with your questions and challenges because Noel is going to coach some participants live.


When: Monday, April 22, 2013

Where: Oxford College - 670 Progress Avenue, Toronto

Time: 6pm 


This is a FREE event.


You are welcome to bring guests, however seating is limited.

Please EMAIL  to confirm your attendance.


Please click HERE for more information on CAMP.


This event is proudly sponsored by  


 Volunteer for Luminato 2013 with CultureLink
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Luminato and CultureLink Community Connections Mentorship Program

Newcomers to Canada have the opportunity to volunteer for the CultureLink - Luminato 2013 Project, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity.  


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Obtain positive work experience for future career
  • Be connected with an experienced mentor
  • Get training in public-speaking, social media, and direct marketing
  • Receive personalized reference letters
  • Make new connections and expand your network
If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE to apply. All applications must be received by April 25, 2013.

All volunteers must attend a mandatory training and planning day.


When: April 27, 2013
Where: CultureLink Office, 2340 Dundas St. West, Toronto

Time: 9.30am to 3.30 pm


Click HERE for more information on the Mentorship Program.


Click HERE to learn more about the Luminato Festival.


Please EMAIL  to request more information on volunteering, or call Hashem (416) 588-6288 ext. 220 or Dolora (416) 588-6288 ext. 222 or Rakesh (416) 588-6288 ext. 226

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
Supportive Mental Health Services for Homeless & Mentally ill South Asians
India Rainbow

HASP is a program where we partner with SHIP (Supportive Housing in Peel) along with six other community agencies to deliver housing support services to clients residing in SHIP units.

We provide case management services to members of the South Asian community with serious mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, mood disorder, paranoid psychosis and other psychosis) and who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.

Housing is allotted by SHIP and we provide on-going support services for occupants of these units. The aim of the program is to help such clients assimilate in society and become capable of independent living.

Click HERE for more information or please call:


3038 Hurantario Street, Suite 206
Phone: 905.275.1976


245 Queen Street East, Unit #2
Phone: 905.595.1667


Click HERE to read more. 


This event is proudly sponsored by


Toronto Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University will host an exceptional group of Canadian leaders on the topic of Toronto's international competitiveness. Detailed program information can be found HERE.

Join for a lively discussion and debate on how entrepreneurship, creativity and industry can help build our communities, our city, and help secure our position in the international network of cities.


Speakers include:

  • Alan Broadbent, C.M., Maytree Foundation
  • The Honourable David Crombie, P.C., O.C., O. Ont., Fmr. Mayor, City of Toronto
  • Robert J. Deluce, Porter Airlines Inc.
  • Janet L. Ecker, ICD.D, Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
  • Valerie Fox, Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University
  • Tim Jones, Artscape
  • Carol Wilding, FCA, Toronto Region Board of Trade
  • Mike Williams, City of Toronto

Biography of all speakers can be found HERE.


When: May 7, 2013
Where: Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St. W, 7th Floor

Time: 12.30 PM - 5:30 PM

Admission: FREE


Click HERE to register for this event!

Citizenship Test Preparation
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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 information sessions:  

  • April 17th - Continue Canadian Government, Justice System, Economy
  • April 24th - Geography, Practice Test on Computer  
Where:  815 Danforth Ave. 3rd Floor 
3 pm - 5pm


Mark your calendars and be sure to register, space is filling up quickly! To register, call 416.645.6000 ext. 2100.


Click HERE for more information on WoodGreen and their services .

In This Bulletin
Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Meet & Greet
TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features
CAMP Networking Event :: The Game Changer
Volunteer for Luminato 2013 with CultureLink
3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference
Supportive Mental Health Services for Homeless & Mentally ill South Asian
Toronto Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Citizenship Test Preparation
What's New on NewBindian
The Toronto Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

CAMP Networking Event - "The Game Changer"

Citizenship Test Preparation

New Canadian Volunteer Experience with Luminato 2013

Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Wellness workshop tool kit for South Asian seniors receives provincial attention

CultureLink-TD WOMEN in Leadership Mentoring

Free Info Session: Wills and Power of Attorney

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

I'm writing this blog on Wednesday morning on the train ride to work.  It's hump day.  I am wondering how to inspire myself to have a day that matters at my desk. I google work as spiritual practice and come across this story:

A goddess decides to host a series of dinner parties.  For the first party she invites all the demons of the land, laying out a beautiful feast with one condition - eat as much as you like but you must not bend your elbows. The demons make a huge mess of the place, spilling food on themselves and each other and leave the party hungry and disgruntled with the experience. For the next party the goddess invites all the angels and gives them the same meal with the same conditions - eat but do not bend your elbows.  The angels feed each other. They left the party entranced by the food and each other's company.


A sweet way to learn an important lesson.  When we do for others, what may seem like a sacrifice is really an opportunity to experience our whole creative self.

Why?  Because focusing on the needs of another provides us with the opportunity to go beyond our own self imposed limitations.  We do it because it needs to be done, because we can, because its the right thing to do. We do it because this is a technique to tap into our divinity, our angelic nature.
Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness
My New Favourite Healthy Beauty Product!

I have been on a hunt for the last year (literally!) to find, try AND like a moisturizer with SPF that is ranked as low risk, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Safe Sunscreen Guide, doesn't leave a whitish residue and feels and looks good on. Well, I searched high and low and I hadn't yet found one that fit all criteria....until now. I just purchased Juice Beauty's Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30 and it is by far the best on the market that I know of! Perfect texture, no whitish ghostly afterglow, and one of the best on EWG's list - woohoo! Finally! Wanted to share with you - check them out! I think my search is finally over!

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.

"The whole journey of motherhood is full of contradictions," she added. 

Stating that having a child is a matter of personal choice, the award-winning actress said that being a mother has completely changed her life.

Jaishree Mishra, editor of the book, said: "When I was introduced to the figures of child malnutrition, infant mortality rates, female foeticide, I choked with an overwhelming emotion of sadness. It motivated me to bring about the issues of women and that reflects the realities our mothers face."

"The most common discourse about motherhood in our society does not usually talk about children with special needs. There are many children in our society which are differently abled but our discourse would generally neglect it," contributing writer of the anthology Shalini Singh said, asserting that the motivation to write was more personal to her, as she herself is a mother of a son with special needs.

Click HERE to read more.

Savia Music

The soundtrack of director Rohan Sippy's forthcoming romantic-comedy "Nautanki Saala" has a long list of songs and composers have managed to blend elements of romance and comedy very well in the songs. The eight original songs and their reprised, unplugged and remix versions are likely to woo music lovers. 

However, a couple of tracks would have niche listeners as they won't appeal to the masses. 

The album starts with romantic number "Mera mann kehne laga". Sung by Tulsi Kumar, the soothing, happy song can make you dream. The lyrics are dipped in romance and beautifully describe a lover's feelings.

Its reprise version is sung by Falak Shabir and maintains the romantic flavour, but is slow in pace. 

The next is "Saadi gali aaja". Although it has a strong music with lots of drum beats, don't misinterpret it for a typical dance number. Sung by Neeti Mohan and Ayushmann, it gradually gains tempo but does not cross the line to become a party song. 

The remix version is just faster and yes, you can think of shaking a leg on this one. 


Click HERE to read more. 



Amreen - bollywood


"Dum hai, Boss!" - the perky young Miss Congeniality in David Dhawan's "Chashme Baddoor", a far cry from the shastriya sangeet trainee tutti fruti-eating Deepti Naval in Sai Paranjpye's film, exclaims whenever she is impressed by her loverboy's dialogue-baazi. 


Exclamation marks are the only punctuations in this seamless comedy of courtship played at an impossibly high octave, without getting shrill.  

Click HERE to

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