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Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Canada

Did you know? March is Fraud Protection Month in Canada. It's a time dedicated to raising awareness about fraud prevention and educating Canadians on how to recognize, reject, and report scams. With the rise of digital transactions and online interactions, it's more important than ever to stay vigilant against fraudsters. 

Take this opportunity to review your security measures, update your passwords, and stay informed about common scams targeting Canadians. By staying informed and proactive, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to fraud. Test your fraud knowledge

How to Buy a House as a New Immigrant to Canada

Moving to a new country can be exhilarating, but purchasing a home can seem like a daunting task. In Canada, navigating the real estate market as a new immigrant requires careful planning and understanding of the process. Our comprehensive guide aims to demystify the journey to homeownership for newcomers.

Understanding the Canadian Real Estate Market
Research is key to familiarizing yourself with local market dynamics, property values, and legal requirements. Each province and territory has its own unique housing trends and regulations, making thorough research imperative.

Financial Preparation
Assessing your financial readiness involves establishing a budget, saving for a down payment, and building a solid credit history. Securing financing through newcomer programs or traditional mortgages is crucial for purchasing a home.

Exploring Housing Options
Define your priorities, work with a real estate agent, and attend open houses to find a home that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Making an Offer and Closing the Deal
Submitting a written offer, negotiating terms, conducting a home inspection, and finalizing financing are crucial steps in the home-buying process. Closing the deal involves signing the purchase agreement, paying closing costs, and taking possession of the property.

With careful planning and guidance, buying a home as a new immigrant to Canada can be a rewarding experience. By understanding the market, preparing financially, exploring housing options, and navigating the closing process, you can achieve your dream of homeownership in your new country. Welcome home!

Things To Do Around You:

Get ready for a home run experience at Rogers Centre in Toronto with the return of Loonie Dogs Night! On April 9th, 16th, and 30th, 2024, catch the Toronto Blue Jays in action while enjoying $1 hot dogs. Don't miss this chance to savour ballpark classics at an unbeatable price. Get tickets

Discover the genius of Da Vinci at the TELUS Spark Science Centre’s immersive exhibit, Da Vinci: The Exhibition. Dive into the world of science, art, and history with 60 life-sized inventions and captivating displays. Don't miss this hands-on exploration of one of history's greatest minds, from now to May 5th, 2024, in Calgary. Get tickets

Experience the beauty of spring at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, opening April 15th at Lakeland Flowers in Abbotsford, BC. With 35 acres of tulips and field flowers, it's the perfect kickoff to Canada's largest summer floral experience. Explore scenic trails, indulge in food truck delights, and enjoy live music nights. Get tickets

Revisit the magic of childhood at the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party on April 6th at Metro Cinema in Edmonton. Enjoy endless cereal, vintage commercials, and nostalgic cartoons. It's a throwback to the days of mystery TV lineups and colourful breakfasts. Get tickets

Experience the electrifying energy of WWE Monday Night Raw live in Montreal on April 15th! Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled night of thrilling wrestling action, jaw-dropping moves, and unforgettable moments. Join the passionate crowd at the Bell Centre. Get tickets

Join us on Friday, April 19, to celebrate the release of The Tortured Poets Department at the Bronson Music Theatre in Ottawa with a TSwift Dance Party! Celebrate every era with Canada's largest Swiftie-run event. Dance through the iconic eras of Taylor Swift's music and join fellow Swifties for a night of fun. Get tickets

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Canada

On April 8, Canadians will have the rare opportunity to witness one of Earth's most captivating natural phenomena: a total solar eclipse. As the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, parts of Canada will experience the sky suddenly going dark in the middle of the day. This celestial event brings together millions of people united in awe and wonder as they observe the wonders of the universe. (Watch CBC Explore)

In Ontario, the eclipse will occur around 2 p.m. local time. Cities like Kingston, Niagara Falls, and Hamilton are within the path of totality, offering prime viewing opportunities. However, Toronto will just barely miss out on totality. Here are some Ontario towns and cities where you should watch the 2024 solar eclipse.

Montreal, with its population of 1.6 million, will be divided by the path's northern limit. While parts of the city may witness totality, others will experience a partial eclipse. It's a unique experience for Montrealers to witness the solar phenomenon. Best spots around Montreal to watch the total solar eclipse

Nova Scotia:
Only the Meat Cove area of Cape Breton will experience totality in Nova Scotia. It's a rare chance for residents to witness the sky darken in the middle of the day. Where to see the Solar Eclipse in Nova Scotia

 Western Canada:
In Western Canada, the partial eclipse will be visible starting in the late morning. While not within the path of totality, residents can still observe a partial eclipse and experience the unique phenomenon.

Safety Precautions:
To view the eclipse safely, it's crucial to use proper eye protection. Glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 requirements are recommended, as regular sunglasses won't provide adequate protection.


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9 Canadian Foods That Newcomers To Canada Should Try

In Canada, we have lots of tasty dishes like poutine, lobster rolls, ketchup chips, and Nanaimo bars that new folks might know about.

But guess what? Some provinces have their own secret yummy foods that not everyone talks about.

Check out Narcity’s list of these nine unique meals, desserts, and drinks in Canada that some places keep on the down-low. 

Originating in Ontario, Tiger Tail ice cream boasts a citrus flavor with swirls of black licorice, resembling a tiger. Though its peak popularity was in the 1950s-70s, it's still available at select grocery stores, like Chapman's and President's Choice, with availability varying across Canada.

In Nova Scotia, the classic meat pie isn't chicken or shepherd's, but the revered rappie pie. A comfort food on Canada's East Coast, it's akin to a potato casserole. Crafted from potatoes, meat, stock, and onions.

Ever heard of schmoo torte? If not, you're not alone. Originating in Manitoba, this dessert is a local favourite. Comprising layers of angel food or chiffon cake, whipped cream, and crowned with caramel sauce and pecans, it promises a decadent and delicious treat.

If you're a fan of shepherd's pie, you must try the French Canadian twist from Quebec – Pâte Chinois. Originating from Chinese cooks during the 19th-century Canadian railway construction.. Typically featuring ground beef, corn and mashed potatoes, it's a unique and delicious variation.

Nelly Furtado's performance at The Juno Awards will take you right back to the 2000's

In Halifax, the 2024 JUNO Awards took center stage with host Nelly Furtado dazzling in a silver ensemble, kicking off the event with a medley of her iconic hits from the 2000s. The Canadian singer-songwriter brought the house down with classics like "Say It Right," "Maneater," and "I'm Like a Bird," captivating the crowd as they joined in. Furtado's performance set the tone for an unforgettable evening, showcasing her timeless talent and infectious energy. (Watch - CBC Music)

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