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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 101

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Or, is it Merry Thanksgiving…? Whatever the case, I wish you all a wonderful day and hope your day is spent with your family eating lots of food. That’s certainly what I will be doing this Thanksgiving!

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Umm sorry, but why do Canadians say sorry all the time?

Sorry guys, I would be saying too many sorries in this article. Oops..sorry! I moved to Canada a couple of years ago to study and trust me when I say that I was taken by surprise by the Canadian habit of apologizing. Um sorry, but can somebody tell me why do Canadians say sorry so much?! Canadians apologize for coming to work early, for squeezing past you in a crowded area, for asking for a napkin in a restaurant, for entering the elevator before you, for feeding you more than they should and sometimes to even themselves! Can you imagine being a Canadian and having to send back a wrong food order at a restaurant?!

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What I’ve learnt from Canadian Cereal Boxes

A cereal box tells a story. The images, product description and company biography come together to form a warming morning welcome. In Canada, a glance at the ingredient list often provides humble satisfaction; non-GMO, organic, low sugar, natural ingredients, locally-made. . . ah. But whats more, and may surprise newcomers, is the language these details are written in. Or the two languages to be precise.

International Travel to Canada to resume in September?

As you may have heard, Canada re-opened fully vaccinated U.S. travellers on August 9. Next, they intended to re-open to the world, commencing September 7th! There are still health and safety measures required of fully vaccinated travellers, these include: Pre-arrival molecular Covid-19 testing Providing details through the ArriveCan App Providing

Back to school in Canada 2021

What to expect going Back to School in Every Province in Canada in Fall 2021

The world and Canada have been going through a lot of changes since 2020. Now, Canada is preparing for children and adults of all ages to get back to school in Fall 2021. The back-to-school protocol is unique to each province and territory. Here is what you need to know to prepare for going back to school in YOUR province!

Monday the 2nd of August is B.C. Day and Civic Holiday!

In Canada, the first Monday in August marks B.C. Day, or New Brunswick Day, Saskatchewan Day, Heritage Day, Terry Fox Day, Natal Day, or simply Civic Holiday. Wait, what? That’s right. Canada is comprised of many different provinces and Territories. The first Monday of August has become a statutory holiday

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Vancouver Slang Words You Need to Know

Rain, Vancouver… Raincouver? Chances are that you may not know these interesting words in Vancouver. Greater Vancouver Area have a lot of nicknames and it may be confusing it at first, therefore, we’re going to break them down for ya.


Covid-19 Update July 11 – 16

Canada’s vaccine progress is catching-up with the United States, with more than 44.2 million does administered across the county.

6 Places To Visit Around Vancouver During Summer

6 Places To Visit Around Vancouver During Summer

Summer is an amazing time in BC with lots of fun to enjoy. Few weeks ago, the heat wave did get in our way, making it unpleasant for outdoor activities. Now that it’s gone, the chilling spirit of summer is calling all of us to go outdoor again. We can all go back to our normal exercises such as jogging, biking, trailing, hiking. Feel free to take a look back at CISM’s article about the 3 most achievable trails in Metro Vancouver. For those of you who prefer calmness, there are more than enough options for yoi to choose. In this article, CISM will invite you to explore Upick fruit farms and flower gardens around Metro Vancouver

Canada Day 2021 July 1

Canada Day 2021

This year, Canada Day will be one like no other. In the face of the global pandemic, many celebrations have been cancelled or were never planned to begin with. With the recent discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves on residential school sites, the nation has been grappling with the atrocities of it’s colonial foundation. This has led to cancelations and changes of events in respect of our Indigenous Peoples communities. But many of you may still be wondering, what is Canada Day?

Top 5 Places to Live in Canada in 2021

Discover these previously hidden Canadian gems. As the global pandemic continues to shift lifestyles, many Canadians are seeking out towns with access to exquisite nature and more affordable living cost. According to the RATASDOTCA 2021 “Canada’s Livability Report” these are the places you need to check out now! 1. Langford,


Top Ten Frozen Treats in Canada to try this Summer

Summer has finally arrived in Canada! Beautiful sunny days do exist in the Great North! The best way to beat the heat is indulging in delicious frozen treats. While there will be ice cream shops, gelato wagons, and confectionary stands galore, for a quick reprieve, here are the best 10

Canada's Borders re-opening to International Travellers

Canada to relax Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Travellers

Canada has plans to amend the 14 travel quarantine for incomers to Canada. Canada currently require incoming travellers to quarantine for fourteen days, including a three day hotel quarantine for air travellers. Word from the federal government suggest that Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will no longer be required to


How to join the Canada International Student Talent Show!

We, here at CISM, are so excited to announce our First Virtual Talent Show for International Students. This announcement is made event sweeter the fact that will be awarding 10x $500 CAD prizes! Check out our guidelines and info here, then head over to our event page to upload your

The Restart of British Columbia: Getting Life Back to Normal?

Getting back to normal? Last year, this question was a mystery. Starting May 25, the Government of British Columbia has planned 4 phases to restart our social lives, businesses and activities.  Public Health Order (PHO) Guidance *If you or anyone in your social circle feels sick, you must stay home

How to have a Victorious Victoria Day in 2021

Victoria day is coming up on May, 24th this year. A beacon of summer, celebrating the former Queen of Canada and Britain, expect fireworks, picnics and nice weather across Canada! The holiday long weekend is also a popular time for concerts, festival and sporting events. This year, things may look


Satiated In The Sun With A Great Canadian Barbecue

There are always ways to find fun in the sun! Summer 2021 plans in Canada may still up in the air in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, but that doesn’t mean summer is cancelled. Cook-up a great Canadian BBQ in the safety of your social bubble to enjoy some


Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now in British Columbia?

COVID-19 Vaccines are now distributed across Canadian Provinces through the month of May. More people are becoming eligible to register for their first vaccine dosage. Dr. Bonnie Henry who is the Provincial Health Official of British Columbia has announced that BC has reached an encouraging point in Vaccine supplies. British


Have the Best Mother’s Day in 2021

Mom, mumma, mother, mam, there are a lot of name’s for that special lady but only one day (officially) dedicated wholly to her. Mother’s Day is a Canadian Holiday celebrated on the second Sunday of May, this year it’s May 9th! Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the care,


3 Most Astonishing Trails in Vancouver

Years past in Vietnam, I haven’t got many chances to exercise outside. Living in a big and crowded city means sweating in the gym under air conditioning. However, this life-style has changed dramatically since I came to Vancouver for my study 2 years ago. I was so surprised at first


Canada Ranked No.1 Country in the World in 2021

Canada has reached the top spot overtaking even Switzerland according to the U.S. News & World Best Countries of 2021 Report. The Best Countries Report is an analysis made every year in collaboration with the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania U.S. News and BAV Group. How is the Overall


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