Before I moved to Toronto, I dwelled in a largely homogeneous space. Sure, outliers existed here and there...the odd vegan, a few who spoke a language other than the native English. Everyone I knew identified on the spectrum from atheist to Christian and I'd never seen a Sikh a day in my life. Suddenly, three years ago, … Continue reading Culture Clash – 4 Things You Learn Living in Toronto (or Any Multicultural City)
"Rats! They fought the dogs and killed the cats, And bit the babies in the cradles, And ate the cheeses out of the vats, And licked the soup from the cooks' own ladles"
Ok, I didn't really. But the thought came, unbidden, more than once. Occasionally it stood naked for a millisecond before politically correctness, even in the recesses of my mind, forced me to clothe the ragged sentiment. When I learned his status (this is while we were still civil), David became the first refugee I knew … Continue reading Dear David: I’m Sorry I Called You a Stupid Refugee
A telegram? It's 2017 - do those things still exist? I was watching Cool Runnings on Netflix (it's a gutsy, feel good tale about Jamaican Bob sledders who entered the 1988 Winter Olympics even though the island's average temperature is around 96° and they'd never seen snow before. It's good 😀. One of the characters got an "urgent" telegram … Continue reading VOIP-onomics: WiFi, Immigrants and who killed the Telegram
*This is a follow up to my recently published post Before you Pack, Jack: Things I wish I'd Known Before Moving to Another Country (Part 1). If you’ve already seen that piece, don’t worry, there is plenty of fresh content here.* Migrating to a new country is a life changing decision, but adequate preparation can … Continue reading Before you Pack, Jack: Things I wish I’d Known Before Moving to Another Country (Part 2)
*This is a two part post. Part one deals with the mental preparation needed to adjust to a new country and part two will explore some practical steps you can take to help make the transition* The Twitterverse got loud on March 6, 2017 as indignant fingers pounded keyboards and angrily tapped smartphone screens to voice their displeasure online. … Continue reading Before you Pack, Jack: Things I wish I’d Known Before Moving to Another Country (Part 1)