December 18, 2013  


Welcome to another edition of the NewBindian newsletter.
It's hard to believe this year is almost coming to an end.  A New Year generally means hopes for new beginnings.  Whether this means a new start in a new country or a new career or entrepreneurial venture, we wish you the best.
Organizations like Culture Link mentor and support newcomers to Canada.  This Thursday, join Culture Link at their annual Holiday Gathering to meet with Club alumni/alumina and listen to their stories and to network with peers and share your success, challenges and best practices. See details below. 
The new year is also a time for reunification with family members. Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world.  The Parent and Grand Parent sponsorship program re-opens to new applications on January 2, 2014. See details below. 


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. :)
Happy Holidays and here's to a very happy new year!


Best regards,  


Syerah Virani 


Editor-in-Chief & CEO

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Career Mentoring Club Members & Alumni Holiday Party

Dear Club Members, CultureLink cordially invites you to their club Holiday Gathering: 

  • to meet with Club alumni/alumina and listen to their stories
  • to network with peers and share your success, challenges and best practices
  • to celebrate together the Holiday Season with great food, fun games, and entertainment

Featuring a panel of speakers of our Career Mentoring Club Alumni: 

  • Armanda P., Staffing & Recruitment - Specialist, Adecco Canada
  • Cesar C., Acturial Analyst - TD Incurance
  • Ecaterina A., Financial Controller - Sud Group Company
  • Gang W., Trade Operation Officer - RBC
  • Ranjit B., Web Content Manager - Maytree Foundation
When: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Where: CultureLink (2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301)
Time: 6pm to 9pm

This is a member only event.

To inquire, please contact Victor at 416-588-6288 ext. 208 or via Email.

For more information please click HERE. 


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TiEQuest Business Venture Competition 
TiEQuest 2014  

TiEQuest is an annual business venture competition held in Toronto to encourage entrepreneurship, engage emerging entrepreneurial talent and to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship. The mission of TiEQuest is to connect entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts with the private equity and venture capital industry.

TiEQuest is now accepting applications for their 2014 Business Venture Competition!  


Entry Deadline: January 31, 2014 @ 11:55 p.m. EST
Entry Fee: $100

To enter the competition please click HERE.

Competition is open to all in Canada and USA only

  • Over $150,000 in prizes and an opportunity to win up to $1,000,000 investment from sponsoring funds
  • Mentoring to all contestants from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Opportunity to present to, network with and be judged by fund managers, angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Multi-stage competition which encourages contestants to challenge their business model and success factors

Previous Successes:

TiEQuest has over 25 success stories. TiEQuest contestants have gone on to raise Angel & Venture Capital financing worth over $40 million, grown their businesses, and have been acquired. Both our prior year winners, Rna Diagnostics (2011) and Simple Systems (2012) have each raised $2 million in funding since their participation in the competition. Our last year"s winner, Unhaggle, has seen their venture expand significantly since winning the competition.

Eligibility Requirements:

* The competition is based in Toronto and is open to all existing and aspiring entrepreneurs based in Canada and USA only.

* The competition is open to all types of entities (corporation, partnership, proprietorship, etc.) established by between 1 and 5 entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs.

* Contesting entrepreneurs may not be directors or officers of TiE, or family members of competition organizers or judges.

* Contesting entrepreneurs may not be members of more than one entity entering the competition; each entity may only make one submission.

* Submission must be the entrepreneur"s original idea - proof of origination should be available.

* The business idea may be new or already implemented. Business incorporation documents will have to be provided during the course of the competition.

* Total third-party funding raised in the business as of date of entry should not exceed $2,000,000.

* The contestants must have developed the business venture themselves and be serious about seeing the business venture through to reality.

For more information please click HERE. 


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PCAS January Workshops
Peel Career Assessment Services


Peel Career Assessment Services' workshops are delivered by an Employment Counsellor and are government funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and are available to Landed Immigrants, Convention Refugees and Live-in Caregivers FREE of charge.

Job Finding Club  

When: Tuesday, January 14 and 28, 2014
Where: PCAS office
Time: 10am - 11:30am

The Job Finding Club provides individuals with an opportunity to polish their employability skills with the assistance of a Job Developer. Space is limited - please call 905.670.1967 or email to reserve your spot!

Interview Skills  

When: Monday, January 16, 2014
Where: PCAS office
Time: 9am - 11:30am

Convince the Employer to hire YOU! Learn how to effectively answer common and challenging interview questions and practice during a group and/or one-on-one mock interview! Space is limited - please call 905.670.1967 or email to reserve your spot!

Second Career Information Session  

When: Sunday, January 22, 2014
Where: PCAS office
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

A comprehensive review of the Second Career program eligibility requirements and detailed step-by-step information regarding the application process. Space is limited - please call 905.670.1967 or email to reserve your spot!

Resume Worskshop  

When: Monday, January 23, 2014
Where: PCAS office
Time: 9am - 11:30am

Learn about different resume styles and how to select the most effective style for you. In this workshop you will learn how to develop a resume that gets the employers attention and captures their interest so that they will contact you for an interview! Space is limited - please call 905.670.1967 or email to reserve your spot! 

Peel Career Assessment Services' office is located at 975 Meyerside Drive, Mississauga, ON L5T 1P9.

For more information please click HERE.  

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 The ACE Awakening 

Acclaimed Public Speaker, Coach and Best-selling Author, Murali Murthy has launched his second book in The ACE Series, The ACE Awakening - 8 Milestones to Scale the Peaks of Life.

The ACE Awakening is yet another concise and immensely powerful book from the author after the much acclaimed The ACE Principle. An inspiring journey towards self-discovery, The ACE Awakening is packed with strong motivational 'ACE Insights'. The book enables readers to define success for themselves, identify its relevance in their own lives and reach the peaks they desire.

The ACE Awakening is now available on Amazon as well as its Kindle platform.

For more information or to get your own autographed copy, click HERE 

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Social Services Network Shows Support for Mental Health
SSN Team

Earlier this year, Social Services Network held their annual fundraiser gala in support of mental health.

Social Services Network held its third annual fundraising Gala Dinner on November 9th at the Hilton Hotel, Markham.

The dinner was well attended by more than 300 people including Hon. MP Jim Karygiannis, Hon. MPP Michael Chan, Mayor of Markham, Mayor of Richmond Hill, Deputy Mayor of Markham, YRP Police Chief and Ward Councellors.

The proceeds were donated to the Markham Stoufville Hospital.


To view more photos from the event please click HERE.

For more information please click HERE.  

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada


By cutting immigration backlogs and wait times, the Government is bringing families together more quickly, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today.

Over the first six months of 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) admitted 45,000 permanent residents to Canada in the Family Class (FC). This represents an increase of 40 percent over the first six months of 2012. This increase can be attributed almost entirely to a doubling of admissions in the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) category over that time period.

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In This Bulletin
CultureLink Holiday Party
TD Visa Money Transfer
TiEQuest Business Venture Competition
PCAS January Workshops
The ACE Awakening
SSN Shows Suppport for Mental Illness
Reuniting Families & Reducing Backlogs in Canada's Immigration System
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Social Services Network, Markham shows Support for Mental Health

Secure, 10-year ePassports Hit Major Milestone

Planning for Success, Putting Canada First

Canada welcomes largest number of parents and grandparents in nearly 20 years

Improving the Canadian Experience Class

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

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

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

Celebrating Our Community

Answers for newcomers on purchasing a home

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 always appreciate a good recommendation - a book, a recipe, a creative solution or where to get expert advice. 

Yoga can seem like a daunting activity because there are so many entry points, so many teachers and so many studios to choose from.  


Since the holdiays are a great time to start or recommit to your practice, I am sharing my favourite Yoga videos with you.  These resources rock because the teachers have a powerful love for the teachings, are so clear and direct about what they do and are committed to sharing this love with you. 


Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness
A word on Obligation....

Today I realized that I am a sucker for obligation. I didn't recognize or 'see' it clearly until now. Meaning, there are a good handful of things I do and people I have in my life that are there purely out of obligation.

Sometimes we do things because its 'the right thing to do' - ie. your friend is in need eventhough its not reciprocated, or you want to voice your opinion but oh, you don't want to be rude/disprespectful, or that person did something huge for you in the past so you must take the punch, so to speak. 

Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy  

"In Sri Lankan myth, a person is reborn as a peréthaya because, during his human life, he desired too much.... The peréthayas that appear to us are always our ancestors, and it is our duty to free them from their suffering ..."

Click  HERE to

  Practical Parenting



In Margaret Johnson's view, kids are woefully uneducated about money. "I once asked a group of school-aged children where money came from. One little girl said, 'From the machine,' and when I asked what happened when the machine ran out, she replied, 'You just go to another machine.'"


Click  HERE to read more.

Travel Thali

10 Places to See Before They're Gone   


Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists contend that climate change is affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities, leading to potentially drastic changes. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their unique cultures.


Click HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites
American University Honours Chennai Express

Earlier this year, Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express broke records at the box office with its collections.


And now, the film has earned itself a special recognition. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania through Knowledge@wharton has awarded the digital team of SRK's film with the best social media campaign honour.

The team was presented with an award at a ceremony held on December 10 at Pennsylvania in the US. Shailja Gupta, digital strategist for Chennai Express, received the award on behalf of the team.  

Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up
a.k.a. ALIAS Broadcast Premiere on Global

Indo-Canadian Composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs works with Metis/Algonquin Director Michelle Latimer on documentary film following Canadian Hip-Hop artists

Award-winning Indo-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs worked with director Michelle Latimer of Metis/Algonquin heritage on the feature documentary "a.k.a. ALIAS"

Click HERE to

Kitchen Confidential

Making Home Made Egg Patties

Prep Time: 10mins


Cook Time: 20mins


Serves: 2-3

Here are the ingredients you'll need:
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Tomato
  • 3-4 Potatoes
  • Ghee
  • 1 small bunch of Coriander
  • 1 small Onion
  • Salt to taste

Click HERE to read more. 

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