A Guide to Voting in the Canadian Federal Election



Making connections, working in the community, making a living.

Don't ever 'burn your bridges' ... everyone is a possible link to the path that you may want to take towards your new job.

Try to 'open the box' and expand your idea of what you can do for a living (job) but never say, "I'll do anything". You can do better than that ! Know your 'soft skills' and 'hard skills', your 'transferrable skills'. Make it easy for your new employer to make the right match for you.

Start by asking the question, 'how do I build my personal network' or 'how do I meet people that can help me' ?
Do you have your 'calling card' ready to hand out ?
Are you making it easy for others to remember you, know you, and contact you ?

Here are some links to some volunteer sites that may be helpful.
Volunteer sites encourage professionals to submit your resumes.
Tell me what you find there.


Charity Village‎

Volunteer MBC

Dear students,

My nephew, Simon, is in this Toronto Star article. Check it out.

Kamikaze 06/27/14

Find out more information about Volunteering for Peel Region's only 'Food Bank & Soup Kitchen'.

Knights Table

287 Glidden Road #4 Brampton, ON L6W 1H9

- Carefree 13-07-20

Taxes > Guest Speaker Nehru, February 2015

Municipal Taxes

  • Personal income taxes
  • Property taxes
  • Land transfer tax
  • Excise taxes
  • Health and prescription insurance tax
  • Sales tax

Ontario > 13% HST

February 9 > first day for the electronic filing of 2014 personal income tax returns using NETFILE

February 28 > deadline for employers to send out T4 and T4A slips to employees.

Mar 1 > deadline for making an RRSP contribution that can be applied to the 2014 year.

April 30 > last day to file 2014 Personal Income Tax returns and pay balance owing.

Children’s Fitness Amount > claim up to $1000/child for fees paid in 2014 that relate to the cost of registering your child in a prescribed program of physical activity.

Children’s Art Tax Credit (CATC) > This tax credit is available to individuals for registration and membership costs of up to $500 per child, for prescribed programs of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity for their children.

Child care expenses are amounts you or another person paid to have someone look after an eligible child so that you or the other person could

Family Caregiver amount Tax Credit > effective January 1, 2012, 15% non refundable credit on an amount of $2040 will provide tax relief for caregivers of infirm dependent relatives, including for the first time spouses, common law partners and minor children.

First time homebuyers’ tax credit
From the 2009 budget, if you acquire your first home after Jan 27, 2009, you could be in line for the first time homebuyer’s tax credit, worth $750. First time means that you qualify only if you and your spouse or partner did not own a home in any of the four preceding years.

For the 2014 tax year people can contribute up to 18 % of your earned income in 2013, up to maximum of $22,970. To this figure, you must then add the total carry-forward of unused RRSP contribution room since 1991.

RRSP homebuyers’ plan
The maximum amount you can withdraw tax-free from your RRSP for a down payment.

Lifelong learning Plan (LLP)
The LLP allows Canadians to pull up to $20,000 from their RRSP’s to head back to school. The withdrawals can be a maximum of $10,000 in any one year and can be spread over four years. Repayment is on a 10 year Schedule. About 39000 people have withdrawn $363 million.

Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSAs)

Save your receipts for 6-7 years !

Magnificent, May 2nd, 2013

I like to volunteer because it's a nice way to meet people and make contact with them. It's called 'networking'. I can practice my English and help people who need my skills.

You are so right Magnificent !
- Carefree 13-07-11

My name is Magnificent, I'd like to write about attending the Carassauga Event (May 24-26,2013).

At Carassauga, on Friday night, I went to the Canadian Coptic Center where the Egyptian Pavilions was. I spent very nice time there. There was an amazing program take(that took) me back to Egypt. I watched Egyptian folkloric dances, a Pharaohs' Parade and listened to life music at the Cairo Cafe, where I drank traditional Egyptian herbal drinks such at Hibiscus and Tamarind. I went to (the) food counter and I bought Egyptian desserts such as Konafa, Basbousa, ftier mshaltet (Egyptian pie) and rice pudding.

On Saturday and Sunday, I visited the Korean, Indonesian, Pakistani, African, Croatian, Ukrainian, Hawaiian, Turkish, Italian, Lebanese, Greek, and Cyprian Pavilions.

I tried the Italian Pizza, Pakistani Samosa, Lebanese Kofta,Turkish meatballs in fried eggplants.I bought Greek desserts (Baklava and Kataifi) and Indonesian Shrimp Chips. I also watched the Indonesian, Lebanese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hawaiian, Greek and African traditional dances and listened to their music and songs. How they are wonderful.

At the festival, I walked much and became tired, but really, I was very happy because I did something different in Canada.

Carassauga was a great opportunity to speak to the sellers, the volunteers, the people, and the drivers of shuttle buses. The most interesting thing happened on the Saturday, when I visited the Hershey Sport Center. I went to Square One Terminal by bus, then I rode the shuttle to the Center and went back home by bus. It was the first time for me to go alone anywhere here. I considered that it was not only a great trial, but also a desire to communicate with the others and do as Canadians do.

June 7, 2013

Oh my goodness, Magnificent, you are truly magnificent ! Way to go !

You really experienced the hospitality and adventure of the volunteers at Carassauga ! You really used Mississauga as your personal FuN language learning laboratory. You even were transported back home at the Egyptian Pavilion without getting 'jet lag' from flying home. That pavilion is extremely well done and is one of my favourites. Good for you !

There are so many festivals and opportunities in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and Mississauga that you can have fun learning English and new things every day. You took in a lot of entertainment for only the cost of a Carassauga passport and of course your snacks. The shuttle bus was free!

Thank you for sharing this experience with your classmates. It will give them inspiration to try to 'get out and about' and have an English language learning adventure too. If Magnificent can make such a wonderful adventure for herself, even with sore knees, really, there are no excuses for everybody else !

I really don't want to let you go from my class, Magnificent, because you are such a hard working student and such an interesting person with so much wisdom, but you are learning everything so fast, I won't be able to keep you !
- Carefree 13-07-11


I am Magnificent, I would like to share my experience at the first Halal Festival in the GTA.

On Sunday June 2, 2013, I accompanied my son and grandson to the Halal Food Festival, at the International Center, in Mississauga. The Festival was spread out over a 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fun.

There were seven festival areas, with many activities; the samples unit, the halal food shops, the kitchen, the main stage, the indoor food court, the street food fest, and the kid's zone.

We paid for the tickets and samples coupons. A lot of food stuff companies which produce halal food were in the samples unit .There were many varieties of processed chicken as chicken kabob, fingers, banai, chicken samosa, processed meat as kofta, kabob, filet, shawerma, meat samosa, sweet as cake, tart, baklava, romoush, lokomades, beverages as juice,soft drinks,many kinds of oil as sunflower, vegetable and virgin olive. We tasted many samples of food, beverages, desserts and bought desserts and virgin olive oil.

We went to the street food fest where were a lot of halal restaurants. we met there one of my son's friends who has a halal restaurant for beef burger in Mississauga and he invited us to have funnel cake. It was the first time to me to eat it, wow it was very delicious.

we went to the main stage where there was cooking lessons and many shops of Islamic clothes. The prices were cheaper than in the Flee Market. I bought Abaia [Islamic dress] but I didn't have time to listen to cooking lessons.

I went to the pray hall to pray El-Zuhr where I met some Indian and Pakistani ladies. We talked with each others about Islamic clothes and my son's visit to the holly land[Saudi Arabia] .

The fest was a good opportunity to talk with the sellers, listen to my son and his friends talks and share skills with other people.

August 10, 2013