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Ramadan

Ramadan: Sharing traditions from around the world

If you’re new to Canada, you may not be familiar with the multitude of cultures that the country welcomes, but inclusion and acceptance of others and their religions is part of being Canadian. For example, there are over 1 million Muslims living in Canada, making up about 3.2 percent of the population.[1] Muslim holidays including […]

The most Canadian holiday of all

Victoria Day – the most Canadian holiday of all?

The UK’s Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was born on May 24, which is why Canadians celebrate her birthday with a statutory holiday weekend in late May. It also may be why we call it the May “two-four” weekend. Of course, another, more popular reason may be that many Canadians typically head to the cottage or camp […]

Clean Sweep

Clean sweep

Spring is in the air across much of Canada and one of the first things many of us turn to at this time of year is giving our homes – and sometimes our lives – a good cleaning. It’s a time of renewal, after all – when we can make a fresh start to go […]

celebrating easter

New to Canada? A Guide for Celebrating Easter

Easter is the most important Christian religious holiday and takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring, which falls on April 17 this year. Easter is also a time when Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate the return of spring with Easter egg hunts, gifts of chocolate, and spending time together. […]

John's WU Story

Things will get better: Sometimes building a life in Canada takes time

John Chua, Manager, Marketing and Community Development, Western Union When John Chua and his family came to Canada from the Philippines in 2001, they left behind a comfortable life and thought life would be even better here. When things didn’t turn out as expected at first, John, his parents and brother, didn’t give up. Instead, […]

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