October 23, 2013  


Welcome to another edition of the NewBindian newsletter.
Of all the milestones in my life as an immigrant to Canada, the most emotional one was possibly the day I got my Canadian citizenship.  The ceremony and the people around me - all the hope and aspirations in one room.  Each person had chosen to call Canada their new home.  
While the cold weather and hockey may be internationally recognized symbols of Canada, read here for all that this great nation has offer newcomers beyond its climate and recreation activities.
If you are an immigrant to Canada, please share with us why you chose Canada.
The Government of Canada continues its efforts to attract the best and the brightest to Canada.  

The launch of a new Business Incubator stream under the Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is a great initiative that will attract foreign entrepreneurs to Canada.


Business incubators provide promising entrepreneurs with valuable mentorship, and help them to attract investors and grow their start-ups into sustainable businesses that can create jobs in Canada.  Read more here!


The City of Toronto has some fantastic programs for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the GTA.  


Attend this year's Enterprise Toronto's Small Business Forum and benefit from inspiring presentations, coaching sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs and facilitated networking sessions - all free!  Yes, it's FREE to attend this program. 


This year's keynote speaker is the Canadian inventor of the $40 tablet, Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind Ltd. Click here for more information.


From insights about accounting to tips on dealing with legal issues, and from to re-branding advice to the nitty-gritty of advancing your food business, these "Ask the Expert" sessions will help you take your business to the next level.  Click HERE for more information.


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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Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign
Western Union Campaign

Western Union is teaming up with World Vision, to help make a difference in the lives of children in Canada and around the world!

How to join:
  1. Send a qualifying Western Union Money Transfer transaction and text "WU" with the last 4 digits of your MTCN to 88898  
  2. Snap a photo inspired by "What makes the world better" and tag with "#sendforbetter" on Instagram
Western Union will donate $1 to World Vision Canada for each text message or photo uploaded to Instagram up to $25,000.

Visit for details or follow us on Twitter.

Click HERE for more information.
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.

 Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
Nanak Flights

Nanak Flights has now launched a new online flights booking engine at where you can find the lowest price on airfares in Canada and worldwide.


Nanak Flights offers unbeatable prices to India and all destinations in the world. If you are planning to visit India during festival season, please book your seats with Nanak flights.


Nanak Flights has also launched their new Facebook page  which you can check regularly for new promo codes and deals.


In addition to unbeatable prices and our price drop guarantee that grants you up to $100 credit if the cost of your ticket drops after you purchase it from us, members of will also receive a $10 gas card reward for every ticket booked on the site.


The $10 gas card promotion is exclusive to mybindi members only. Please send an email after the booking is done with a promo code MyBindi10.


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Celebrating Citizenship Week, Putting Canada First
Celebrating Citizenship Week, Putting Canada First

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander invited Canadians from coast to coast to coast to take part in Citizenship Week 2013 activities happening in communities across Canada.


"Citizenship Week calls attention to the rights, privileges and responsibilities we have as citizens of this great country," said Alexander. "Canadians understand that citizenship should not be simply a passport of convenience. Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history."


Alexander delivered his remarks at a special citizenship ceremony at the base of the CN Tower. It was the first of 58 such ceremonies across Canada this week where more than 4,400 people will take the Oath of Citizenship for the first time. Many more Canadians will participate in reaffirmation ceremonies nationwide.


As mentioned in last week's Speech from the Throne, to protect the value of Canadian citizenship, the Government will introduce the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act in more than a generation.


"Canadian citizenship is uniquely precious and coveted around the globe. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have it share in all of the great advantages it confers," said Alexander.


Click HERE to read more.

Attracting the World's Best and Brightest to Canada
Attracting the World's Best and Brightest to Canada

Minister Alexander Expands Start-up Visa Program to Include Business Incubators


Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced a new visa stream to attract foreign entrepreneurs to Canada.


"As part of our government's focus on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, it is critical for Canada to attract the best entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world," said Alexander. "This new stream will partner Canada's world class business incubators with immigrant entrepreneurs, driving economic growth and placing Canada ahead of its competitors in the global economy of the 21st century."


The launch of a new Business Incubator stream under the Start-up Visa (SUV) Program to recruit dynamic foreign entrepreneurs will complement existing venture capital and angel investor streams. It will attract early-stage and high growth businesses, and entrepreneurs who can contribute to a culture of innovation and commercialization in Canada.

Business incubators provide promising entrepreneurs with valuable mentorship, and help them to attract investors and grow their start-ups into sustainable businesses that can create jobs in Canada.


"We are honoured to partner with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on this exciting new initiative," said CABI President David McNamara. "Our mission is to help small businesses grow and succeed. Connecting immigrant entrepreneurs with Canada's accredited business incubators will broaden our respective networks and bring us all to the next level. The possibilities are endless!"


Citizenship and Immigration Canada will designate eligible business incubator programs in consultation with the Canadian Association of Business Incubation (CABI). The new stream will begin accepting applications on October 26, 2013.


Click HERE to read more. 

Why choose Canada?
Why Choose Canada

Cold weather and hockey may be internationally recognized symbols of Canada, but beyond its climate and recreation activities, this great nation has a lot to offer newcomers.


In 2012, Canada welcomed a record number of immigrants for the seventh consecutive year.  


So, what makes Canada so great?


1 Standard of Living

Canada consistently presents high scores on the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) quality of life index.  The average household net-adjusted disposable income is US$28,194 in Canada, more than the OECD average of US$23,047 per year and life expectancy is 81 years, one year higher than the OECD average of 80 years.


2 Labour Market

Canada ranks high on the OECD labour market with 72.5 percent of individuals aged 15-64 employed (compared to 67.3 percent in the United States) in 2013.   Canada continues to be attractive to skilled newcomers. Between now and 2021, a million jobs are expected to go unfilled in Canada.  These expected labour shortages mean there are more opportunities for skilled newcomers.


3 Health Care

Canadians are immensely proud of our health care system, and with good reason.  Citizens and permanent residents enjoy access to publicly-funded health care that guarantees coverage of medically necessary services regardless of income level.

Click HERE to read more.
CEO of DataWind, Suneet Singh Tuli Keynotes at Small Business Forum 2013
Suneet Singh Tuli Keynotes at Small Business Forum 2013

Enterprise Toronto's Small Business Forum is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs, from start-ups to established business owners across all sectors.


Attend this year's Enterprise Toronto's Small Business Forum and benefit from inspiring presentations, coaching sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs and facilitated networking sessions - all free!


This year's keynote speaker is the Canadian inventor of the $40 tablet, Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind Ltd. The cheapest wireless web access device in the world, this tablet is poised to revolutionize educational access in the developing world. Suneet will share what motivated him to undertake a challenge that others told him was impossible, speaking about the principles of frugal innovation that are applicable to any entrepreneur.


Additional presentations at the forum will focus on financing, mobile marketing, and growing your business through strategic partnerships.


As well, attendees will be able to engage in one-on-one coaching sessions with veteran entrepreneurs and experts from a range of sectors. From insights about accounting to tips on dealing with legal issues, and from to re-branding advice to the nitty-gritty of advancing your food business, these "Ask the Expert" sessions will help you take your business to the next level.


Click HERE to read more.
Citizenship Test Preparation
Citizeznship Test Preparation

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!


They will be covering a wide range of topics.  


Here are the details on the remaining information sessions:

  • October 23 - Geography & Practice Test on Computer
  • October 30 - Overview of "Discover Canada" more Practice Test & Prizes
Time:  3 - 5pm
Location: 815 Danforth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Registration: 416.645.6000 ext. 2100


Click HERE for more information. 

The Scarborough Hospital Foundation Makes Strides in Getting Community Moving
The Scarborough Hospital Foundation Makes Strides in Getting Community Moving

Healthy living took centre stage on October 4th as hundreds of Toronto-area residents gathered in Scarborough for a free community concert that wrapped up an energetic 12-day health and wellness event organized by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF).


Called Scarborough Strides, the week-and-a-half-long initiative - which included a health and wellness speaker series, educational sessions for students, school and neighbourhood workouts, and corporate fundraising events - was not only successful in getting thousands of community members focused on health, but also raised $50,000 for The Scarborough Hospital Cancer Care Program.


The grand-finale concert, which took place at Albert Campbell Square, celebrated the success of the initiative with crowd-pleasing performances by Canadian R&B singer and Juno nominee Kim Davis, multiple Juno award winner Jully Black, and hip hop duo Perfeck Strangers.


It was Scarborough's elementary and high school students, though, who stole the show, when they surprised the audience with a flash mob dance before the concert started. The 800 students, who ranged in ages from five to 17, met regularly in groups during the last couple of weeks to practice their moves.


Click HERE to read more.
In This Bulletin
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
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.

Check out this simple recipe for a delicious masala chai!

Total Time: 15 mins

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons black tea
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Salimah My Body My Temple

I answered the phone one morning last December. The voice on the other side said, "Can you help me please angel? I'm dying and I know nothing at all about filling out paperwork for that."   

There was something about his voice that was loving and sincere and calm. He had the voice of a teacher, a friend, someone you would miss when they were gone. Over the next 9 months John and I had a number of phone calls. After each conversation, I would sit for moment and reflect. What he left me with were life lessons - ideas that I would like to share with you today so that you can have the benefit of his generosity.

Everyone Matters
John never called me by name - he always said, "You are my angel.  You are here to help me."   It made me smile. And it made me want to help him.   After a few conversations I was pretty sure that he called everyone his angel. His Power of Attorney, his doctors, his life insurance agent - we were all his angels. He knew he needed us.  And he treated us all like we mattered to him personally. I know we all did our best for him - not just because we were experts - but because he set the bar really high. From his example I learned that being aware and appreciative of others - brings out the best in everyone. Myself included.


Be Present
Just like every person counts - every moment counts. Being right here in the moment is where infinity exists.  You just don't ask a dying man about tomorrow or next year or even yesterday.  You talk about the right here right now of the weather, the doctor's advice and the forms that need filling.  In this present moment awareness everything is perfect and as it should be.   It's the past and the future that bring out our guilt and fear.



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Shamira Wellness
 Carrot Quinoa Muffins!

Since quinoa has become the new hero when it comes to a wholesome grain with the benefits of fibre and protein, I had to share this amazing recipe that a friend of mine (Thanks Sharifa!) gave me as a toddler breakfast option! They are a hit both with my son and myself and my husband! Its a simple, easy to make recipe and I am certain everyone will enjoy them! They are a great to-go breakfast option for everyone!



  • 1 cup of pureed carrots
  • 1 cup of rinsed and cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
    2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of ground all spice
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/3 cup of applesauce
  • 1 tsp of vanilla


1. Steam carrots and puree in a food processor.

2. Rinse and then cook quinoa by following directions on the back of the package (I used 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa and 3/4 cup of water).

3. Add quinoa through maple syrup to the food processor with the pureed carrots. Pulse until combined.

4. In another bowl whisk dry ingredients (flour through wheat germ)

5. In another bowl combine eggs through vanilla. Add wet ingredients (egg mixture) to carrot mixture. Pulse.

6. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients into moistened.

7. Let batter sit for about 20 minutes on the counter.

8. Add batter to greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 for about 10-12 minutes or until done.


Yields 12 muffins.

Yum Yum and Yum!

Happy breakfast and snacktime,

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Word Sy  



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