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Christmas Events in Vancouver

Christmas events in Vancouver

Christmas Events in Vancouver (and the Lower Mainland)


If you’re new to Canada, you will find that the majority of Canadians celebrate Christmas, an annual holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is December 25th. While considered a Christian holiday, many Canadians have lost the direct affiliation with religion. Instead they focus on the customs of the holiday: giving gifts to family, friends, and loved ones, decorating houses with outdoor lights, cutting down and decorating Christmas trees with lights and ornaments, hanging mistletoes in doorways, and visiting Santa Claus. Continue reading

How to find work in BC

work in BC

How to find work in BC


Finding a new job can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to keep you on the path to doing what you love.

First, as a newcomer to Canada, you need to ensure you understand what the requirements are for your career. The Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre helps newcomers find the information about careers in Canada, explore alternatives, or start your own business. It’s a free resource for those who live in Metro Vancouver, and it’s easily accessible in-person or online.

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Why do we celebrate Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day

The meaning of Remembrance Day


Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who served and fought in the First World War. It is observed to recall the end of hostilities of World War I in 1918.  At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the armistice that stopped the fighting was signed by representatives of Germany and the Allies.

Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for blood spilled in the war. The red poppy became the symbol of Remembrance Day. This is described in the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

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