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empowering educational journeys a comprehensive look at studyinsured's student insurance solutions

Empowering Educational Journeys: A Comprehensive Look at StudyInsured’s Student Insurance Solutions

What is StudyInsured?  StudyInsured is a leading provider of study insurance solutions, offering a wide range of policies designed to meet the unique needs of students pursuing education both domestically and abroad. With a strong commitment to student welfare, StudyInsured strives to alleviate the financial burdens that students face from unexpected events during the course of their academic journey.  Why is Educational Insurance Important?  In today’s ever-changing educational landscape, ensuring a seamless academic journey is of utmost importance. However, unforeseen circumstances can occasionally disrupt even the most carefully crafted plans. This is precisely where StudyInsured comes into play, offering comprehensive

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Exploring Canada’s Celebration of Queen Victoria– What is Victoria Day? 

What is Victoria Day?  Victoria Day is a Canadian holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25th. This year it falls on May 20th, and is a holiday to honor Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland when Canada was formed as a country in 1867. This holiday began in 1845, and was originally celebrated on Queen Victoria’s natural birthday, May 24. This holiday holds historical significance to many as it signifies Canada’s ties to the British monarchy, and its colonial past. This holiday now reflects Canada’s evolution into its own country,

everything you need to know about the richmond night market

Everything You Need to Know About the Richmond Night Market

If you’ve never experienced a night market before, you might be wondering what all the buzz is about. After all, the Richmond Night Market is one of the most popular summer spots to go to if you’re in the greater Vancouver area! What is a night market? A night market is a bustling, open-air marketplace that comes alive after sunset. Originating in Asia, they’ve gained popularity worldwide, becoming staples of urban nightlife in cities across North America and beyond. Unlike traditional daytime markets, night markets feature a lively atmosphere illuminated by colourful lights, and vendors are known to sell everything

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[ON, NS, NB, NL] Discovering Beginner-Friendly Trails Across Canada: A Guide for Nature Enthusiasts

Canada boasts a wealth of stunning natural landscapes, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts of all levels to explore its diverse terrain. For beginners eager to experience the beauty of nature, there are numerous accessible trails across the country offering scenic views and gentle paths. In this guide, we’ll highlight beginner-friendly trails in Canada that are perfect for those seeking memorable hiking adventures. Ontario 1. Bruce Peninsula National Park Nestled along the shores of Lake Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario offers a range of beginner-friendly trails amid stunning limestone cliffs and pristine forests. The Georgian Bay Trail is a leisurely hike

networking for success how international students can secure internships & jobs at mosaic’s 2024 job fair 

Networking for Success: How International Students Can Secure Internships & Jobs at Mosaic’s 2024 Job Fair 

As an international student, the journey to finding and securing internships, jobs and co-ops can feel daunting. It can be tough for international students to juggle visa regulations and cultural differences in an unfamiliar country. However, with the right strategy and resources, international students can find meaningful internship and career opportunities. In this article we will introduce a few steps that international students can take to seek employment or find the perfect internship. We will also discuss Mosaic’s 2024 Job Fair which is an opportunity for international students to network, and meet employers in the Canadian job market.  Understanding Visa

7 must try foods & snacks that are authentically canadian 

7 Must-Try Foods & Snacks That Are Authentically Canadian 

From coast to coast, Canadian cuisine celebrates indigenous ingredients, French and British traditions, and immigrant flavors, creating a dynamic fusion of tastes and textures. In this article we will discuss seven of Canada’s unique dishes and snacks.  1) All Dressed Chips + Ketchup Chips  Ketchup chips were invented in Canada in the 1970s and have even migrated internationally to America due to their popularity. What sets ketchup chips apart is their unique combination of tangy tomato flavor and salty crunch. The vibrant red colour of the seasoning immediately signals the promise of bold and zesty taste sensations. Inspired by the

top apartment hunting tips and questions to ask for first time renters in vancouver, b.c.

Top Apartment Hunting Tips and Questions to Ask for First-Time Renters in Vancouver, B.C.

Moving into your first apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia, can be an exciting but overwhelming experience. Offering plenty of natural outdoor beauty, a strong economy, cultural diversity and one of the best QoL (Quality of Life) in the world, Vancouver offers an attractive lifestyle for renters.  However, this creates a competitive rental market, and coupled with high demand and limited availability, it often makes finding the perfect rental challenging. As a first-time renter, these tips and questions will help you better understand Vancouver’s rental market and find your ideal living space.  1. Determine your budget Before you start searching for

creative activities to celebrate mother's day

Creative Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to celebrating and honouring the mothers and mother figures in our lives. It’s a time to express gratitude for their love, sacrifices, and unwavering support. While traditional gifts like flowers and cards are always appreciated, why not make this Mother’s Day extra special with some creative and meaningful activities? Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Mother’s Day in a memorable way: 1. Homemade Brunch:  Start the day off right by preparing a delicious homemade brunch for the special mother in your life. Get the whole family involved in the kitchen, whipping

new policy to allow international students to work 24 hours per week off campus will begin september 2024

New Policy to Allow International Students to Work 24 Hours per Week Off-Campus Will Begin September 2024

COVID-19 Temporary Work Policy to End April 30, 2024  A news release from the Government of Canada reminds Canadian international students that from April 30, 2024 forward they will not be allowed to work greater than 20 hours per week off-campus. This regulation was waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow international students to assist with Canadian labour shortages, but has now come to an end.  New Work Policy Proposed for September 2024  However, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced that this September, the government is expecting to make a permanent change to this regulation to allow

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Named Best Airport in North America for 2024

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has claimed the top spot as the number one airport in North America at the Skytrax World Airport Awards held in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 17, 2024! Situated on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, YVR serves both Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland area. About The World Airport Awards The World Airport Awards are esteemed recognitions in the airport industry, determined through a global survey of customer satisfaction. Since 1999, they have served as an impartial benchmark for over 570 airports worldwide. Surveys, completed by customers from over 100 nationalities between August 2023 and March

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Exploring the Rise of Bike and Scooter Sharing Services in Vancouver

Bike and scooter sharing/rentals offer convenient and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional transportation in Vancouver, BC. With the city’s commitment to sustainability and accessibility, these shared mobility services have gained immense popularity among residents and visitors alike.  Below we have shared Vancouver’s best bike and scooter rental and sharing services, along with associated fees, and where they are located. We have also provided our top biking destination recommendations!  Bike/Scooter Rental Services  Cycle City Vancouver  Cycle City Vancouver offers high quality bike/e-bike rentals, award-winning tours ranked #1 in Vancouver, and tandem bike rentals! Located downtown Vancouver at 648 Hornby Street, Cycle City

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[It’s not too late!] Tulip Festival near Vancouver – Abbotsford Tulip Festival / Harrison Tulip Festival

In Vancouver, cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and so are the tulips! Let’s explore the Abbotsford Tulip Festival and the Harrison Tulip Festival together. Abbotsford Tulip Festival With 35 acres of land filled with 100 varieties of tulips and wildflowers, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival offers unique photo opportunities with features like a baby grand piano, giant shoes, and swings. Food trucks and live music add to the vibrant atmosphere. The park is open every day until May 13, rain or shine. When: Until 13 May Hours:  Where: 3663 Marion Rd, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2J6 Tickets: General – $8-25 Website:

[bc, ab] beginner friendly hiking trails to explore in canada this summer

[BC, AB] Beginner-Friendly Hiking Trails to Explore in Canada this Summer

As summer approaches, it’s time to lace up those hiking boots and explore the beautiful trails in Canada. If you’re new to hiking, don’t worry! There are plenty of beginner-friendly trails waiting to be discovered. Let’s discover what you’ll need to begin your Canadian adventure! What to bring British Columbia 1. Emerald Lake Loop Take a stroll through dense forests to reach the foot of a breathtaking 30-meter waterfall, the largest along the Kicking Horse River. Length: 5.2 km Hiking time: 2 hours Elevation: minimal Where: Columbia-Shuswap, BC V0A 1G0   2. Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop This 2.6-kilometre path

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Check Out Vancouver’s Best Budget-Friendly Restaurants & Food Courts!

Jo’s Italian Deli  Located at the intersection of Alma Street and W Broadway, Jo’s Italian Deli is a cozy, family-oriented spot that dishes up classic Italian-style sandwiches and hefty pasta plates. Jo’s started in Chilliwack in 2018, offering a humble menu of four sandwiches and a limited selection of imported groceries from Italy. Thanks to the community’s love, Jo’s has since expanded their menu to what it is today. Menu items include a regular Spicy Salami sandwich for just $9.39, or plate full of Spaghetti & Meatballs with their homemade sauce for only $11.19!  Address: 2505 Alma St, Vancouver, BC

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Guide to Tax Return Deadlines and DIY Filing Software for Canadians

April has arrived, and with it comes the looming deadline for tax returns for the fiscal year 2023. In this article, we’ll explore the various software options available for filing your tax returns independently. Deadline Who needs to submit a tax return? You can determine whether you need to submit a tax return by visiting here. How to register CRA Please refer to our previous article for guidance. Certified tax software Did you know you can file your tax return independently using tax filing software? Below are some examples to consider. Free or pay-what-you-want tax software Tax Software Certified tax

everything you need to know about the solar eclipse that’s happening on april 8th, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse That’s Happening on April 8th, 2024

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the historical total solar eclipse that’s set to occur on April 8, 2024. But what exactly is a solar eclipse, and why does it stir such awe and wonder among those who witness it? Below, we’ll dive into the mechanics behind this extraordinary occurrence, as well as tips on how to safely view the eclipse.  What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, blocking sunlight from reaching Earth. This alignment casts a shadow on Earth’s surface, creating a temporary darkening of

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Spring Escape: Discover Toronto Island Park!

As spring approaches, it’s time to embrace the great outdoors, and what better way to do so than with a visit to Toronto Island Park? This picturesque destination, comprising Ward’s Island, Centre Island, and Hanlan’s Point, welcomes visitors from May to September, Monday to Friday, offering a serene escape from the city hustle. During the off-season, all park facilities are shut down except for the public washrooms. Getting there The Toronto Islands are only accessible by ferries. The Ferry Terminal, situated in downtown Toronto, is easily reachable. Three pedestrian ferries serve three distinct spots: Ward’s Island, Centre Island, and Hanlan’s

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Why is the French language important in Canada?

Canada prides itself on being rich with a vast range of languages spoken and cultures practiced within it.  However, Canada only has 2 official languages and those are English and French.  There are many reasons to learn French as a Canadian and as a foreigner looking to make Canada their home. Learning French is learning Canadian history. It not only allows you to connect with French-speaking Canadians but you also have the chance to gain a unique perspective of Canada through the eyes of the French community.  Being able to speak French opens so many doors for you in Canada

easter celebrations in vancouver and toronto 2024 edition

Easter Celebrations in Vancouver and Toronto – 2024 Edition

How do Canadians celebrate Easter? When is Easter in 2024 Is Easter a statutory holiday? Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are not statutory holidays. However, Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday) is recognized as a statutory holiday in most provinces and territories. For specific information, please visit each province’s official website. Let’s explore some ideas for Easter activities in Vancouver and Toronto! Vancouver Delta Easter Parade Join the festive fun with the Delta Police Pipe Band and egg hunts at Memorial Park! When: March 31 | 1 pm – 2 pm Where: The parade kicks off at the intersection

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Let’s Discuss Useful Phrases at the Bank 

One of the most important things you’ll face as an international student getting used to life in a new country is handling your money and finances. Knowing a few key phrases will help you navigate the sometimes intimidating world of online banking and make transactions like applying for a credit card, opening a bank account, and resolving technical issues easier. We’ll go over helpful terms to get you through a variety of banking scenarios down below.  When You Open an Account: Opening a bank account is typically one of the first financial tasks for international students coming to a new