September 20, 2013  


Welcome to another edition of the NewBindian newsletter.
You've probably already heard about Parti Quebecois's proposal for a so-called charter of values.  The proposal has sparked a heated debate across the country particularly among visible minorities. 
 Although this proposal is intended for Quebec, its announcement impacts all of Canada - at home and globally. 

Here is Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi's reaction to the Quebec Charter of Values, which
would forbid all public employees from wearing "overt and conspicuous" religious symbols and headgear, including Muslim face veils, Sikh turbans, Jewish yarmulkes, or large crucifixes.

What are your thoughts? Send us a note with your reaction to this proposal (especially if you're in Quebec).  We'd love to hear from you. 

This past week, immigrant values was the subject of a heated debate also in the USA.  For the first time, the crown for Miss America was awarded to an American of Indian descent

Within minutes of her award, twitter was ablaze with racist comments which begged the question, "Was she not American enough?".  Debates like this actually serve a useful purpose.  It brings into the open the discussion on what constitutes being American or Canadian.  Does the practice of one's faith (by wearing a hijab or a turban) really impact the neutrality of the state?

These are all relevant questions and having them asked and addressed in the open leads to a more constructive dialogue and understanding.

We love this article by Ruchika Atulshayan which reminds us just why we do need an Indian Miss America!  She raises very valid points.  Have a read and tell us if you agree.


NewBindian is a channel of that is dedicated to the advancement of new immigrants to Canada. 


  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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 Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
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CAMP Networking with Guest Speaker Keith Hernandez
CAMP Networking Event: Build Strong Relationships to Build Your Career

CAMP's upcoming Networking event will feature guest speaker Keith Hernandez (CEO KAH Consultants). The event will include two seminars discussing the topics of 'What it takes to succeed in Canada' & 'Career Building & Social Media Tips'.

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Where: The North York Civic Centre - Committee Room #1
Time: 6:15pm to 8pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event however registration is required.

Please confirm your attendance via EMAIL.

Click HERE for more information on CAMP.

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Naheed Nenshi On Quebec's Values Charter: Move To Calgary
Naheed Nenshi

Calgary's popular Mayor Naheed Nenshi has a message for Quebecers facing a controversial religious ban.


Move to Calgary.


The mayor took a moment after a Pride Parade in Calgary on Sunday to address Quebec's proposed legislation that would reportedly ban public servants from wearing religious symbols.


Nenshi referenced "a certain part of our country" and a debate about "how people should be restricted from certain jobs because of their religious faith."


Calling the proposed Charter of Quebec Values "short-sighted" he said it was "an absolute violation not just of Canadian morals and ethics, but of what has made our country successful.  If we are not able to attract the very best people from around the world to want to work and learn and invest and raise families in this country, we don't have a future as a country."


"It is important for people across Canada, and particularly in Quebec, to know that if they don't feel welcome in that community, they're certainly welcome in this one," he added. 


Click HERE to read more. 

TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!

Shahrukh Khan's favorite tea has arrived in Canada!  India's #1 Tea is now available in Canada from coast to coast.

You can brew Tata's bold malty flavor at home for an authentic taste of India. Welcome India's #1 tea by helping us brew some magic in Canada. Tata Tea, now available at major retailers.

Why We Need An Indian Miss America
Indian Miss America

Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American to win the Miss America title on Sunday. The 24-year-old University of Michigan graduate performed a Bollywood fusion dance for the talent round.


Unsurprisingly, detractors flocked to Twitter after the win,  where Davuluri was(wrongly) identified as an Arab, terrorist, and even Chinese.


Despite the maelstrom of negative chatter, the young woman has paved the way for challenging discussions on race, culture and beauty in America and globally. Here's why America needed an Indian Miss America:


1.) Her victory forces America to examine what it means to be American. Davuluri is American-born and educated. While her Indian cultural heritage is an important part of her identity, being American is even more so. For a nation of immigrants, built upon a land of opportunity, she epitomizes what "Brand U.S.A." has become so famous for worldwide; a meritocratic society. It's unfortunate she had to be the target in this conversation, but the fact is the definition of what it is to be American is ever-evolving.


Click HERE to read more. 

Empowering young people to become Canadian citizens
Empowering young people to become Canadian citizens


Are you a young newcomer and want to learn more about your civic rights and citizenship? There's a new online venture, from the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (funded by Citizenship and Immigration).


The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants wants to empower young people under the age of 18 across Canada to take control of their citizenship status by highlighting the benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen, showing young people how to apply, and helping them study for the citizenship test. will walk a young person through the different sections of the Discover Canada citizenship guide, and provide study resources like quizzes, review questions and flashcards. Youth can also earn badges as they learn, to help keep them on track.


Click HERE to learn more. 

Visitors must submit fingerprints and photos to Ottawa for visas
Visitors must submit fingerprints and photos to Ottawa for visas

Starting October 23, travellers from 11 countries must submit their fingerprints and photos when applying for a Canadian visitor, student or work visa.


They include those from Albania, Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Tunisia.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released a country list, following the imposition of the biometrics requirement earlier this month on Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica.


Visitors from these countries must pay an extra $85 for Ottawa to collect their fingerprints and photos in their visa applications - as part of Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act passed last year to tighten border entry to the country.


Officials said the countries were selected for their volumes or rates of visa refusals, removal orders, refugee claims, and nationals arriving without proper documentation or attempting to travel under false identities, as well as their relevance to Canada's foreign and trade policy objectives.


About 20 per cent of the 300,000 visa-required applicants - visitors, students or temporary foreign workers - would have to submit their biometric information in the first year. Children, the elderly and diplomats are exempted.

Click HERE to read more. 

Foreign service job action threatens Canada's annual immigration target
Foreign service job action threatens Canada's annual immigration target


Permanent residency applicants appear to be taking the biggest hit from ongoing job action by foreign affairs officers, prompting concerns about whether Ottawa's 2013 immigration target can be met.


According to government data obtained, the number of immigrant visas granted from May to July of this year has dropped 7.5 per cent, to 60,416 individuals. That compares to 65,255 in the same period last year and a whopping 22 per cent drop from the same three-month period in 2010. The numbers appear to bolster claims by the foreign service workers' union that staff are being diverted to process temporary resident visa applications - for applicants like tourists and international students - at the expense of permanent resident files, which the government denies.


"The processing of permanent resident visas has been ground to a standstill at a number of (visa) sections we targeted," said Timothy Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Services Officers (PAFSO), whose members have implemented rotating strikes and work-to-rule at busy visa posts such as Beijing and Shanghai in China, Delhi and Chandigarh in India, Mexico City and Manila. "All the resources have been thrown at processing the temporary resident visas. They are going to fall far short on their annual immigration target (of 260,000)."


Click HERE to read more. 

In This Bulletin
Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
CAMP Networking with Guest Speaker Keith Hernandez
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
Empowering young people to become Canadian citizens
Visitors must submit fingerprints and photos to Ottawa for visas
Foreign service job action threatens Canada's annual immigration target
What's New on NewBindian
Foreign service job action threatens Canada`s annual immigration target

Visitors must submit fingerprints and photos to Ottawa for visas

Empowering young people to become Canadian citizens

WSO Helps Resolve Kirpan Dispute at Toronto Coffee Plant

Canada welcomes first immigrants under new Federal Skilled Trades Program

5 of the low-priced places in Canada to buy a home

Automate your finances to focus on your long-term goals

Inspired leadership: 5 ways to engage others

Money Lessons: Undergrads say Their Budgets Did Not Make the Grade

India Rainbow Receives The Highest Accreditation Award

The Proclamation for Raksha Bandhan Day

India Rainbow's 28th AGM

Is Canadian experience requirement discriminatory?

Secure, Convenient 10-Year ePassport Available Now

 Discover Canada citizenship test guide now available as an audio eBook

Find a Citizenship Ceremony near you with new interactive map

How do I access credit? New Canadians face learning curve

CIBC Offers Banking Solutions for Newcomers

The new Canadian millionaires: women and immigrants

More than four million visitors helped by new CIC online Help Centre

Improving the Citizenship Application Process

Celebrating Women - A Promise is a Promise. Time to Stop Violence Against Women'

The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program

List of Occupations for Federal Skilled Worker Program Now Released

Citizenship Test Preparation

Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Wellness workshop tool kit for South Asian seniors receives provincial attention

Super Visa is Super Popular

Historic New Immigration Program to Attract Job Creators to Canada

Changes to international student program proposed

WoodGreen Makes Opportunities for Newcomers

Celebrating Our Community

Canada designs new visa for

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
Kitchen Confidential
Masala chai is a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.

The ancient medicinal ingredient in chai is 'sattvic', which acts as a revitalizing agent that helps to sooth the mind & soul. There are also several other ingredients in this classic tea that not only add warmth but also serve as remedies to cure indigestion and breathing & blood circulation issues. During flu season, many of the antimicrobial qualities are often used to fight against a sore throat & cough.

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Salimah My Body My Temple
Join in on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 for Yogapalooza and share a day of FREE  Movement, Music and Meditation at Harbourfront Centre.  See for details.

1.  Yogapalooza is Social Entrepreneurship

Doing good for the world, doing good for the community and strengthening families is what we are all about.  Yogapalooza is the biggest FREE family friendly outdoor Yoga event in Canada.  Our joy is to share the gift of Yoga and raise the consciousness of the world at the same time. 
Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness
 Choosing an Oil!

I get asked often about how to choose a cooking oil. Personally I use EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) that is organic. I haven't started to use coconut oil as yet for cooking (right now I use it as a body moisturizer - the best!) but organic coconut oil is excellent for cooking as well. Here is the quick rule book on how to buy an oil:


1. Choose 'cold pressed' or 'extra virgin'. This means the oil was made by using pressure to extract the oil from the seed/grain/nut etc. and without the use of heat. That is important because heat causes degradation of the nutritional value of the oil. EV also means no chemical solvent was used, nor was it deodorized/altered in any way.  

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Savia Music

What happens when you fuse a creative American musical group with a dynamic Indian vocalist? Musical nirvanva, as presented by The Piano Guys and Shweta Subram in their latest single Khushnuma.


Shweta Subram, an accomplished vocalist from Canada, is well-known in the South Asian music scene. Besides performing with Salim-Sulaiman at the IIFA Awards, Shweta has also won Shankar Mahadevan's global singing competition and has worked with renowned artists like Shankar Tucker, Karthik, and Pravin Mani.      

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Word Sy  


Book Review by Wendy Aujla


"Tears of Mehndi" is Raminder Sidhu's first debut novel that explores the tight-knit community in Vancouver's Little India.


Raminder opens up the dialogue around the social issues that some South Asian's encounter when caught between two cultures and struggling to follow Indian traditions while embracing the values of the Western culture. This novel is written in a unique way, where the reader is introduced to characters that are searching for their dreams and happiness in Canadian society. The painful stories of the eight fictional women are shared as the author intertwines their lives by weaving one story into another which is not an easy task. 


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