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"Remember your weekly mix of activity will vary, depending on how soon you need to be employed, how much time you have to spend on your campaign each week, the economy, the relative difficulty of job finding in your targeted field, and the relative effectiveness of each job search method with regards to your job objective. Good Luck!!!" [source: JobSearch-in-Canada.com]
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30 May 2013

Canadians granted entry free of charge ... arrival stamp issued upon arrival in the UAE

Canada Welcomes Return to U.A.E. No-Fee, On-Arrival Visas, Canada News Centre

May 28, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today welcomed word that, effective June 1, 2013, Canadians will again be eligible for free visas upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
“Sincere thanks to my counterpart His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the U.A.E., for delivering on his commitment to restore the previous visa regime for Canadians,” said Baird.
“It is great news for the tens of thousands of Canadians who travel to the U.A.E. each year for work or for vacation. It will help increase economic opportunity and long-term prosperity in both countries. It is also an important signal to the world that bilateral relations between our two countries are strong and getting stronger. We are on an upward trajectory. And that’s truly exciting.”
Canada and the U.A.E. will now focus their efforts on developing the Shared Strategic Agenda—announced on April 2, 2013, in Abu Dhabi. -- see also: UAE, Canada formally end visa row, News By AFP / Canadians still need visa to travel to the UAE / UAE visa-on-arrival for Canadians a right move, gulfnews.com


22 May 2013

The Canadian Ebook: Market Trends

The Canadian Ebook Market Plateaus at 15%, Says New BookNet Canada Study
"The Canadian market for ebooks remains steady, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. Findings in The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: Annual Report show that paperback books (including mass markets) comprised 58% of all purchases in 2012. Hardcover made up 24% and ebooks 15%...
...The report has also revealed that Canadians still prefer to buy their books in physical stores. 34% of book purchases were made in non-book retailers, 37% in bookstores and 25% online—print book purchases made online account for 19% of those online sales. The top reasons respondents said they chose brick-and-mortar bookstores were the convenience of the location, the selection available and ease of purchase. Non-book retailers, such as Costco and Walmart, were used for those same reasons, but pricing and the convenience of being able to shop for other items were cited more often...."

21 May 2013

Also try lesser-known job search web sites

  • A website for job searches. www.neuvoo.ca
    Not only does it list the jobs by the company but if you click on the job it gives a detailed account of the job, its location and what qualifications they are looking for as well as an opportunity for you to apply online...
  •  @ Linkedin the site's software tracks Jobs you may be interested in.
  • Volunteer, work, intern, organize, hire and connect. Change the world - idealist.org  
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  • 99% of Job Seekers Are Not Using LinkedIn Appropriately, Newsday
  • Top Job Search Sites for Employers Reviewed and Compared in New Report by Knoji PRWEB
  • Looking for a job? Try some lesser-known job seeking websites, WPSD Local
  • 19 May 2013

    Globalization and the Politics of Belonging

    With globalization are associated the questions of Who are you and Where are you from? In the following are two anecdotes (First, A definition of globalization... and Second, how a Canadian-born became a Pakistani?):
    Extracts: Courtesy: southbros.blogspot.com
    A definition of globalization that I can understand and to which I now can relate:

    What is the truest definition of Globalization?

    How come?

    Answer :
    English princess
    with an
    Egyptian boyfriend
    in a French tunnel,
    riding in a
    with a
    Dutch engine,
    by a Belgian
    who was
    Scottish whisky,
    (check the bottle before you
    change the spelling),
    closely by
    Japanese motorcycles,
    by an American doctor,
    This is
    sent to you by
    Bill Gates' technology,
    you're probably reading
    this on your computer,
    uses Taiwanese chips,
    in a
    Singapore plant,
    by Indian
    truck drivers,
    by Indonesians,
    unloaded by
    Sicilian longshoremen,
    trucked to you by Mexican illegals.....

    That, my friends,
    is Globalization !

    Where are you from? Or, how I became a Pakistani?
    Extract: chapatimystery.com
    “What is your nationality?”
    “You are Canadian?”
    “My passport says so.”
    “But where are you really from?”
    “You mean, where do I live?”
    “You don’t live in Canada?”
    “Oh, so where do you live?”
    “Tehran? You’re from Iran?”
    “No, DHA-HA-RAN.”
    “Where is that?”
    “In Saudi Arabia.”
    “Oh, you are Saudi Arabian?”
    “No, I live there.”
    “If you are not Saudi, so, where are you really from? I mean, originally.”
    “You mean, where was I born?”
    “I was born in Calgary, Canada.”
    “No, I mean, where is your family from? Where were they born?”
    “They are from Hyderabad.”
    “Where is that?”
    “Oh, you are Indian! So, why do you speak English with no accent?”
    “What do you mean?”
    “You speak American English.”
    “I have gone to American schools.”
    “In India?”
    “No, in Saudi Arabia.”
    “But you are Indian?”
    “Yes, my family is from India.”
    “India! I love India! The Hindus are such a beautiful religion of peace! But why do you have a Christian name, Sarah? Are you Christian?”
    “No. Sarah is also a Muslim name.”
    “Oh. You are Muslim? I thought you said you are Indian?”
    “There are Muslims in India.”
    “But you don’t look like a Muslim!”
    “What does a Muslim look like?”
    “I don’t know. Like an Arab?”
    “Not all Muslims are Arab. Most Muslims aren’t Arab.”
    “But you live in Saudi Arabia?”
    “Do you speak Arabic?”
    “Why not? I thought you said you live in Saudi Arabia.”
    “We don’t live with Saudis in Saudi Arabia. It is not permitted by the Company my father works for. And, the American school in Saudi Arabia I go to—it doesn’t allow for Arabic to be taught there.”
    “What language do you speak at home?”
    “But Urdu is the language of Pakistan, not India.”
    “Urdu is spoken in India.”
    “Yes, yes, but if you are Urdu speaking that means you really belong to Pakistan.”
    “But, my relatives live in India.”
    “Did any of your parents live in Pakistan?”
    “Yes. My father did, for a few years.”
    “Then, that means you are Pakistani.”
    “But I’ve never lived in Pakistan. I’ve only been there once.”
    “That doesn’t matter. You are not Indian. You should say you are Pakistani.”

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