Canada Day Greetings Here are Bob’s Canada Day greetings to our western Mississauga neighbourhoods of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville, and also to our friends and family all across the world. July 1 is Canada Day, the day in 1867 that Canada became a nation. Next year, in 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. Bob and I hope our friends and family all enjoy their summer.
It is now official. I am a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). This means that, effective immediately, I am fully licensed (and regulated), and am able to practice as an Immigration Consultant. I was advised by the Council by e-mail at 4:12 p.m. on Day Zero: June 17, 2016. It is both the end of a year-long journey through the nine-course qualification procedure, through the afternoon-long final exam, and the start of a new line of business for me. I have completed the paperwork and application process to set up the new business, which even now has its first client.
Our Christmas 2015 Wish Each year, Bob records his Christmas greeting to our western Mississauga riding. This year, I thought I would share it with friends and family. We hope to entertain as many of you as can make it to Mississauga between now and mid-February. Be sure to be on the lookout for our 2015 Christmas Card, in a mailbox near you soon. Merry Christmas, and a Happy and healthy New Year in 2016….
Centennial of In Flanders Fields To commemorate Remembrance Day, Bob wrote a brief background to the iconic poem of World War One, In Flanders Fields. Click the image above to see his 2015 Remembrance Day. Here is what Bob said on his MPP web site… One hundred years ago, amid the carnage and chaos of World War One, and while at the front, Canadian Army Doctor (then Major) John McCrae wrote the most recognized poem of the war,…
Bob went outside on Good Friday, and spent a few hours bringing out the patio furniture in soft and balmy (for April in Ontario) weather. He raked up the entire back yard and uncovered the lawn ornaments, which we cover with plastic wrap each autumn. We were hoping for an Easter Sunday brunch on the patio in moderate weather. This happens about a third of the time in southern Ontario. Not this year, though. Overnight on Saturday, it began to snow, and by Easter morning, the patio was covered with a fresh layer of white stuff.
Ontario got its first major snowfall of the 2014-15 winter on “Groundhog Day,” the day halfway between the start of winter and the start of spring. As the hokey commercial legend goes, if the fabled groundhog (Ontario’s is named Wiarton Willie after the rural place where the mid-winter drink-up is held) sees his shadow, the rodent goes back into his hole, and we have another six weeks of winter weather.
The wonderful thing about hosting friends and family is not having to travel, and putting on one’s very best for people we care about, and even a few who just need a place to be on Christmas. The other side of that, of course, is that Bob and I work like galley servants for several days leading up to, and through Boxing Day. You’re always cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, taking something out, putting something away, and also trying to make it look effortless while engaging in chatter with the guests. Other than all that, it’s a piece of cake!