March Break 2021

This blog was prepared by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialist Margaret Wong. In Ontario, March Break, also known as Spring Break, and it usually falls on the third week in March.  It is a holiday for elementary and secondary school students.  Typically, families will use this break time to do fun activities … Read more

My Family

This blog was prepared by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialists Doris Garcia. For Canadians, the family is mostly described as a father, a mother and children. However, the family is beyond that. In my country and for me family means brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, pets, extended family and close friends who can … Read more

Shopping Safely Online During COVID-19

This blog was prepared by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialists Mahya Ravari and Egle Madhok. COVID-19 pandemic has made many changes to our every-day lives. Now that we cannot go to shopping centres and supermarkets as freely and frequently as we used to do, we are doing more online shopping. That is … Read more

New Year Resolution

This blog was written by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialist Prashant Shori. The word ‘resolution’ is very closely attached to New Years’ time. Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of the New Year and when asked, we often declare them with full confidence, without any hesitation. Most of the resolutions … Read more

“New Normal” Ways to Celebrate Holidays 2020

This blog was written by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialist Yaqin Zhai. With the holidays just around the corner in the midst of the pandemic, you and your family may have to celebrate the coming holiday season differently. The pandemic has changed a lot of things about our lives including the ways … Read more

5 Winter Activities in Canada You Must Try

This blog was written by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Information and Referral Specialist Rudy Purwanto As someone who has recently relocated to Canada, especially if you are from a tropical country, you may never have experienced any winter season before. You might even ask yourself what months of the year we have this season. What … Read more

Settlement Services at Toronto Public Library

This blog was written by Stacey Nordlund, Outreach Librarian with Library Settlement Partnerships from Toronto Public Library. As the City of Toronto adapts services in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, newcomers in Toronto continue to be supported by Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). LSP is a three-way partnership between Toronto Public Library and seven settlement … Read more

Tips for Working from Home

This blog was written by YMCA Newcomer Information Centre previous Information and Referral Specialist Mesut Doganguzel. He is now pursuing his study in Ottawa, wish him all the best! In the last few decades, working from home was an ideal job scenario for many people. Today, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, employers are … Read more