Vancouver Ethiopian Blog

Ethiopian life in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Visible Minorities in Canada

Canada is a great country to live in. It is blessed with natural resources. It is one of the few countries that allows other nations to come and live in its land. Canada has given me the opportunity to learn not only about Canada, but also about all the other cultures who have settled here. I am proud to call Canada my home and father land, and Ethiopia as my mother land.

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One of the things I like about the English language is that, it is rich in vocabulary and any thing could be given a name and/or labelled. However, out of all the labels, there is one phrase I detest very much – it is the phrase, “visible minority“. This phrase has bothered me very much for many years.

What is Visible Minority?
Statistics Canada takes its definition of a “visible minority” from the federal Employment Equity Act, which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”

I understand the fact that the phrase, “visible minority” is not a racist phrase. Yes, as an African living in Canada, that makes me a minority. But, do I have to be labelled as “visible minority”?

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April 8, 2010 Posted by | Canadian Patriotism, Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Patriotism, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ethiopian Role Model: Joseph Kibur

In my early posts, I featured Danil W. Yohannes and Prof Sossina M. Haile as role model Ethiopians. While thinking about my next role model Ethiopian, a local, Vancouver based, outstanding Ethiopian crossed my mind. This gentle man is none other than Joseph Kibur.

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Photo: Joseph Kibur

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopian Sports, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and Canadian Patriotism

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games are progressing very well. Canada is currently ranked at fourth place in medial count rankings; behind USA, Germany and Norway.

I am really glad to see that, finally, Canadians have shown their patriotic side. Such out pouring enthusiastic patriotism was never expected in Canada as Canadians are very polite and subdued people, who keep low profile, don`t usually brag, for example, as compared to Americans.

A few days ago, I went to down town and in surrounding suburbs to witness for myself first hand all the patriotic events I saw on TV. Sure enough, I too was carried away with the celebrations. Robson square was crowded, the whole down town was flooded, and is still flooded, with a lot of people as I write this blog.

Chants of “Go Canada Go!”,  impromptu performances of the Canadian National Anthem (O! Canada), visceral screams of “Whoooo!”, “Canada!”, and more have echoed throughout Vancouver, and neighbouring cities.

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February 25, 2010 Posted by | Canadian Patriotism, Ethiopian Adoptions, Ethiopian Alphabet, Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Calendar, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Dating, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Food, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Music, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Patriotism, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Restaurants, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopian Sports, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians and Khat, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Canadian Home Renovation Tax Credit Explained

The Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) has left many homeowners wondering how this new credit available for tax year 2009 will impact their tax returns.

Here are some quick facts that can help you know what to expect if you have made eligible renovations to your homes and cottages.

The deadline for HRTC has now passed; but it is tax time and you will need to know what to claim. Please keep in mind that your renovations must have been done before February 1, 2010.

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February 18, 2010 Posted by | Ethiopian Adoptions, Ethiopian Alphabet, Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Calendar, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Dating, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Food, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Music, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Restaurants, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopian Sports, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians and Drugs, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vancouver Winter 2010 Olympics Games Free Events

Olympics – whether Winter or Summer – is a great event.

Ethiopia has been participating in the summer Olympics for nearly 50 years now. Ethiopia has opened the floodgates for all Africans to participate in the Olympics.

I am very proud of the accomplishments of Ethiopian athletes. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, Ethiopia sent 12 athletes, and came home with 8 medals – that is by far the best a country could hope for. However, Canada did send 425 Olympians to Sydney, but came back with nothing. I remember the media hammering the Canadian Olympic Committee by comparing them to Ethiopians. Canada’s low performance in 2000 was improved in 2004 in Athens and again in 2008 in Beijing.

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February 4, 2010 Posted by | Ethiopian Adoptions, Ethiopian Alphabet, Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Calendar, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Dating, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Food, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Music, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Restaurants, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopian Sports, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians and Drugs, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ethiopians Now Eligible for USA H-2A and H-2B Non Immigrant Visas

Immigrating to the West is many nations’ dream. Ethiopians are no exception. In the past two decades, tens of thousands of Ethiopians have immigrated to the USA after winning the DV Lottery.

Many have come to Canada as refugees and after qualifying in family class category.

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ethiopian Vancouver Blog: Looking at My 2009 Posts

Since I started writing this blog on September 10, 2009, I have been contacted by many people with good words and encouragements. It feels good when I know that, many people are reading my posts and like what I have written so far.

I have decided to summarize my 2009 posts here in one post. Well, there were 17 posts for 2009 as started in September 2009. In 2010, I plan to write 52 posts at the rate of one a week.

Click on any of the following links to read in more details.

September 2009

Sept 10:  Happy Ethiopian New Year to All

Sept 17:  To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 1

Sept 24:  To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 2

October 2009

October 1:  To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 3

October 8:  Thanksgiving and Ethiopians in Vancouver

October 15:  Ethiopian Community of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

October 22: Just How Big is the Internet? Let us Print the Entire Internet, Honey!

October 29: H1N1 Vaccination – Is it Good for me?

November 2009

November 5: Remembrance Day in Canada

November 11: The Contribution of Ethiopia and Other African Nations for World Peace During the WWII

November 19: Cool Things You Can Do with the Internet

November 26: Advertisements in North America – Prey Upon Fear – With An Ethiopian Eye

December 2009

December 3: Role Model Ethiopian – Daniel W. Yohannes

December 10: An Ethiopian Blogger’s View: Is Greed Good Or Bad?

December 17: Just How Big is the Internet in China?

December 24: An Ethiopian Blogger’s View: Are all African Presidents/Prime Ministers Corrupt?

December 31: Microsoft to Release Windows 7 in Amharic, Ethiopian National Language, and Nine Other African Languages

I plan to write some interesting topics in 2010.

If you have any topic in mind that you want me to write about, please let me know.

Do you like to suggest a topic and/or contribute an article? If so, please contact me in the form below.

May the New Year Bring Peace, Harmony, Unity, Love and Prosperity and Good Health to us all and to our motherland, Ethiopia and to our fatherland, Canada!

My next blog entry will be on Thursday January 14, 2010.

Mullkam Samint!

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Ethiopian Adoptions, Ethiopian Alphabet, Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Calendar, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Dating, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Food, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Music, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Restaurants, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopian Sports, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians and Drugs, Ethiopians and Khat, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ethiopian Community of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

The Ethiopian Community of British Columbia (ECBC) has existed since the first group of Ethiopians started arriving in the mid/late 70’s, after the dethroning of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974.

Ethiopians in the greater Vancouver area are now estimated at more than 4,000. Those who arrived since the 1970’s (and the freshly arriving Ethiopian immigrants) in BC have mostly settled in or around the city of Vancouver.

ECBC had a general annual election on Saturday October 10, 2009. Seven directors have been elected, out of whom 2 were women. I am happy to see that women are getting involved in the community. Historically, a very limited number of women had shown interest in getting involved in the community.

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October 15, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Thanksgiving and Ethiopians in Vancouver

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Monday, October 12, 2009 will be Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. I wanted to post an article regarding this holiday as seen with an Ethiopian point of view …

I would like to dedicate this post to the Aboriginal People of North America, with out whom, we all (whether new immigrants or many generation Canadians) would not have been living in Canada.

When the early explorers arrived in North America, the Natives were very generous, helpful, compassionate and hospitable people. The Natives welcomed the explorers by:

  • Giving them the food they needed when they were hungry
  • Pouring the drinks when they were thirsty
  • Guiding them when they were lost, and
  • Clothing them when they were cold

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Calendar, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Food, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Holidays, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 3

In Part 2, I discussed mortgage insurance and what you need to do to protect your family. In Part 3, I will discuss Renting Vs. Buying a House.

Renting vs. Buying a House

I am glad to see that many Ethiopians have bought houses or condos in the Vancouver area. Buying a property takes a lot of guts. Some continue to rent, either because they can’t afford to buy or think renting is cheaper in the long term.

Now the question comes – shall I buy a house or am I better off renting? – This is a million dollar question. I suggest that you do your home work before you make a huge commitment as buying a house, and ask yourself the following questions:

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October 1, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 2

Last week, I discussed “To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 1“.

In this “To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 2” article, I originally wanted to compare buying vs. renting a house. However, late last week, Berhanu, one of the Vancouver’s Ethiopian community members, suddenly passed away.

Therefore, I have decided to dedicate this post to Berhanu and publish a timely article regarding mortgage insurance. The comparison that I planned on publishing today, Renting Vs. Buying, will be discussed in Part-3 next week.

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September 24, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Religions, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To Buy a House or Not to Buy – Part 1

Buying a house is everyone’s dream. It should not be any different among the Ethiopian community in Vancouver, BC, Canada. There are many Ethiopians who have bought a house or two in and around the city, and there are some who are presently looking to buy a house or a condo. In this article, I will try to explain the steps involved in buying a house in and around Vancouver.

Advantages of Owning a House

It is true that renting a house makes it easier to move out when you need to, and demands no or little responsibility for maintenance. However, renting brings with it the possibility of eviction, and you are on the mercy of the landlord when it comes to rent increases.

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September 17, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Relationships, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments