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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by canadaman18: 5:07pm On Mar 11
Mapleking:
@canadaman18

I know Toronto is the hub of IT jobs in Canada. What do you think of Ottawa, i read Kanata is becoming a hub of IT and offers a great prospect for IT jobs.

What do you think?

Yeah Kanata is a hotspot for tech jobs. As a matter of fact, 80% of tech jobs in ottawa are in Kanata

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Zutlin: 5:13pm On Mar 11
olioxx:

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Bros you too dey lie...
Message you here on this forum, but you nor gree reply back.
Anyways isza free world.

angry

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by nkay1888(f): 6:50pm On Mar 11
salford1:
To the microbiology guy/lady. You did not mention anything about your work experience. A degree in Microbiology opens doors to a lot of other professions like the ones you listed. Therefore, your work experience plus your qualification will determine the sort of bridging program to apply for.

Hello salford, I have a masters degree in microbiology and 2 Years Experience in the food industry, please can u advice me on the bridging program that will enable me secure a job in the food industry. I will be landing in May and hope to reside in Calgary
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by overcomer296: 8:21pm On Mar 11
AZeD1:

Job prospects are more in the GTA than in London.

Its the same thing in Nigeria, housing is way cheaper in Ondo than in Lagos but your job prospects are way higher in Lagos.

Thank you for your response @AzeD1
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Doctorfitz: 9:12pm On Mar 11
Pls house I need help with a Canadian address to evaluate my credentials with ices..

Ur help will be highly appreciated. Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Mapleking: 9:20pm On Mar 11
canadaman18:


Yeah Kanata is a hotspot for tech jobs. As a matter of fact, 80% of tech jobs in ottawa are in Kanata

Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by freshjayy: 9:41pm On Mar 11
Afro24:

We had just been told we were making our descent to Frankurt and that the weather was -2 degrees. I immediately grabbed my socks and jacket and got ready. I kept imagining what the weather would feel like while also imagining how the guy beside me was able to masticate all the grass that was served during the flight. The landing was smooth and I disembarked the aircraft at exactly 6.20am. It was quite cold but I expected worse. The shuttle bus immediately took us to the arrival hall.

As we entered the hall, I noticed everyone approach a lady standing at the corner with a long sheet of paper, I followed even though I didn't know why. The guy before me told her he had a special need, she quickly provided a wheel chair and showed him his security clearance gate. I was also shown my clearance gate. So it was good I followed..Lol.

Security checks were concluded and I proceeded to the departure lounge close to my boarding gate to wait out my 7.30hours layover. I had bought a sachet tooth paste in Nigeria and had it docked in my jacket so I went to the bathroom.......
A few hours later, hunger begin ginger, I thought of enduring it because I didn't know if I could make payments with my master debit card but when it was clear I was going to pass out, I went to the food court to look at what they had on display.

I didn't understand some of the things I saw, so to be safe and not end my flight to Toronto in the lavatory, I decided to settle for a bottle of coke and 2 cup cakes(wrong move). As he started punching the amounts on the cash register, I had panic attacks when I saw the total bill stand at 10euros and a fraction. It turned out to be the most expensive bottle of coke and cup cakes I had had in my whole existence as stanbic happily sent a debit alert of 4,680. I paid and angrily left.

At the international airport in Lagos, screening was pretty much straigh forward, my checked in bag weighed 20kg so no English was spoken. Boarding pass issued alongside declaration cards.
I filled and submitted declaration cards to a cheerful lady.
Going through the final check just before proceeding to the departure lounge, the lady asked for my international passport and on sighting the visa category, smiled and said congratulations, I smiled in equal measure and said thank you.

The flight from frankfurt to Toronto was announced and I proceeded to the boarding gate, the lady at the desk asked how I got the visa and the program I applied for. The flight was smooth but just too long. I slept, saw movies. Food kept coming and I continually ignored them after opening the pack. I requested for tea at some point expecting Milo and milk...Lol. na herb tea dem give me drink.

I found something amazing on the Lufthansa flight(don't know if it's the same with other airlines)...the screen has a clock that winds down so you know how much time is left before landing. At exactly 0.00, the plan is on the ground. Anyways, we landed at Pearson at 16.05pm. After the first clearance, presentation and stamping of declaration cards, I was shown to immigration.

The queue at this point wasn't so much but I was on the queue for over 2hours.There were only 2 officials attending to us with the other work stations empty. A lady on the queue fainted after sometime. A couple(both doctors and new immigrants) immediately rushed and started revival procedures. Shortly after, the EMS showed up.

When it was my turn, I presented declaration cards, COPR, passport and I was asked to take a sit. Minutes later, I was called and asked to sign my copy of the COPR after asking if I had been convicted or had other dependents. She now said " you became a permanent resident on 25th Feb 2019" and advised I register for my SIN. That was also concluded at about 8pm.

All the while my friends were waiting for me. I met up with them and immediately I left the airport....the collllllllllllld that greeted me..... I think it was -13 degrees that day. Nobody could explain to me why the cold had cameroun pepper mixed with it. Lol.

We got home and I binged on the jollof rice and barbecue chicken that was kept for me while still bearing in mind I had the last leg of my flight to Halifax the next day.

My flight to Halifax was for 14.55pm. My friend dropped me off at 1pm. I got boarding pass and was chilling at the departure lounge with the Wifi until I heard my surname pronounced in a funny manner. I didnt know that announcement for boarding had long been made and we were 2 left to board. I quickly boarded and not long after, we took off.

We landed Halifax at 6pm, I picked up my bag and went to the currency exchange booth to get some CAD.
Having no friend or family here, I got an airport taxi to take me to my airbnb apartment as my host was already waiting. I was charged 74CAD for a short distance oh. My host showed me to the room and other facilities. The sleep that night was awesome but interestingly, I woke up at 6am Nigerian time.

It's not easy being here without a friend or family as you have to figure out everything yourself but it's been an interesting learning process. I don tire to type, na phone I dey use. More gist coming soon.

Ciao



Nice landing gist. Pls can you share why you chose to settle in Halifax

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 9:54pm On Mar 11
@thecongo,@maternal,@blackbuddy, lawyers in the house and anyone out there with experience.
A family member got an offer for a job elsewhere. The new employer offered a better work life balance. She has signed and accepted the offer. Now the current employer is begging her not to leave, and now adjusting her hours to accomodate an even better work life balance. My question: is/are there any legal implication if she decides to back out of the new offer, even though she already signed and submitted an offer letter. She is thinking of consulting a lawyer.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 9:55pm On Mar 11
nkay1888:


Hello salford, I have a masters degree in microbiology and 2 Years Experience in the food industry, please can u advice me on the bridging program that will enable me secure a job in the food industry. I will be landing in May and hope to reside in Calgary
i dont knownmuch about micro, but a good place to start of will be alberta occ info. Also checking out on google bridging programs in alberta for microbiologists.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by TheCongo2: 10:13pm On Mar 11
salford:
@thecongo,@maternal,@blackbuddy, lawyers in the house and anyone out there with experience.
A family member got an offer for a job elsewhere. The new employer offered a better work life balance. She has signed and accepted the offer. Now the current employer is begging her not to leave, and now adjusting her hours to accomodate an even better work life balance. My question: is/ are there any legal implication if she decides to back out of the new offer, even though she already signed and submitted an offer letter. She is thinking of consulting a lawyer.

There is none.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 10:14pm On Mar 11
TheCongo2:


There is none.
Thanks at theCongo. smiley

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by bellamafia: 10:17pm On Mar 11
nkay1888:


Hello salford, I have a masters degree in microbiology and 2 Years Experience in the food industry, please can u advice me on the bridging program that will enable me secure a job in the food industry. I will be landing in May and hope to reside in Calgary

Hey Nkay, i land calgary in May too. What date and airline are you using? I’ve been searching for a travel partner
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SixSigma1(m): 1:56am On Mar 12
salford:
@thecongo,@maternal,@blackbuddy, lawyers in the house and anyone out there with experience.
A family member got an offer for a job elsewhere. The new employer offered a better work life balance. She has signed and accepted the offer. Now the current employer is begging her not to leave, and now adjusting her hours to accomodate an even better work life balance. My question: is/are there any legal implication if she decides to back out of the new offer, even though she already signed and submitted an offer letter. She is thinking of consulting a lawyer.

TheCongo2:


There is none.

I am not a lawyer, but just like @TheCongo2 said, there is no legal implication to back out after accepting an offer. I have done so more than twice in the past in this Canada. However, my reason for backing out was not because I accepted counter offer from my then current employer but because I got multiple offers at the same time and the one I wanted the most came last.

Just like you as an employee can back out after accepting an offer without any legal implications, so also can the employer withdraw an offer, for virtually any reason, after you have accepted it but before you start the job. The only reason they can not give to withdraw the job offer is for discriminatory reasons (e.g. gender, religion, race, age etc). However, no employer that is worth it salt will withdraw an offer for any reason except they are closing down. The reason for this is not far fetched. It does not speak well of them as words travel fast and nobody will want to work for such employer.

Having said all of this and by virtual of my experience as a hiring manager, I will strongly suggest that your family member do not accept the current employer's counter offer. It never ends well most of the time (I will say 75% of the time). If the current employer values your family member they would have done the right thing without an offer from another employer. Any person in the know of how employers think when you tell them you are leaving them will never advice you to accept a counter offer from your current employer. Please note, this is by no means a rule not to accept counter offer but just a suggestion based on what I know and I have seen happened numerous time few months after counter offers are accepted. Your family member may however be one of the few exceptions that did not get burnt after accepting counter offer from current employer. Just take this into consideration before declining the current offer and accepting the counter offer.

And by the way, what your family member should have done was that before letting the current employer know about the new offer, she should have talked to the current employer about her concerns and what she expected them to do about it. If they agree to do and do what she wants, then she says. Otherwise, she quits. But it is late now to adopt this strategy.

Whatever she eventually decides to do, I wish her good luck and all the best!

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Afro24: 3:48am On Mar 12
Provincial Nominee.

freshjayy:


Nice landing gist. Pls can you share why you chose to settle in Halifax

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by canadaman18: 4:15am On Mar 12
canadaman18:
Seen a couple people ask if they can PM me , no need to ask smiley

Feel free to PM and I'll respond when I can.

Also Ive been thinking of having a small project designed to help people wanting to learn get up to speed.We'll all collaborate via Git using GitHub / BitBucket and create a medium sized app in an Agile manner.

Gonna be a web app involving HTML CSS JavaScript and Java Spring framework(altho open to alternatives( using a noSQL Database. Let me know what you guys think


Alright Ive thought of a good first project . A while ago I had to develop a simple plagiarism detector. It compares two (text) files and computes a similarity percentage. This was all done in Plain Java now I want us to create a web application with a front end where users can upload two text files themselves and the app generates the plagiarism score.

The source code for that is here 'github DOT com/preciousO/Plagiarism-Detector/tree/master/src' .

While I work on creating our environment , feel free to take a look at the code and let me know if you have any questions e.g how the code works , choice of data structures etc.. I've tried to ensure the code is optimal from an algorithmic POV but of course suggestions to improve are welcome( I believe one way would be to use some ML to ensure better results but I think for our purpose this works) .

NOTE : there are some simple text files and synonym file which I used as a test , feel free to update the synonyms file with more content and try out different text files. Again let me know if you find any bugs.

In order to keep this thread from being derailed , let me know if you want to join by sending an e-mail to 'expressentrycoding@gmailDOTcom'

There is a list of things I need to do to get us started ;
Create an architecture diagram for the app
Planning on hosting the code that computes the plagiarism score on an AWS lambda
Host the front facing web app on AWS
Set up a public repo where the project will be hosted and add Continuous Integration , Code quality check e.t.c
Set up an Agile board where we can track progress

Once all this is done , we'll divide what needs to be done based on areas of interest and pick our tech stack . Theres gonna be a lot of relatively simple front end stuff e.g home page, result page , error page so lots of learning opportunity. Theres also gonna be back end work to process the uploaded files.

Not sure when Ill be done my part as Ill mostly only be working on it weekends but Ill let you guys know when that is .

Cheers

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford1: 4:35am On Mar 12
SixSigma1:




I am not a lawyer, but just like @TheCongo2 said, there is no legal implication to back out after accepting an offer. I have done so more than twice in the past in this Canada. However, my reason for backing out was not because I accepted counter offer from my then current employer but because I got multiple offers at the same time and the one I wanted the most came last.

Just like you as an employee can back out after accepting an offer without any legal implications, so also can the employer withdraw an offer, for virtually any reason, after you have accepted it but before you start the job. The only reason they can not give to withdraw the job offer is for discriminatory reasons (e.g. gender, religion, race, age etc). However, no employer that is worth it salt will withdraw an offer for any reason except they are closing down. The reason for this is not far fetched. It does not speak well of them as words travel fast and nobody will want to work for such employer.

Having said all of this and by virtual of my experience as a hiring manager, I will strongly suggest that your family member do not accept the current employer's counter offer. It never ends well most of the time (I will say 75% of the time). If the current employer values your family member they would have done the right thing without an offer from another employer. Any person in the know of how employers think when you tell them you are leaving them will never advice you to accept a counter offer from your current employer. Please note, this is by no means a rule not to accept counter offer but just a suggestion based on what I know and I have seen happened numerous time few months after counter offers are accepted. Your family member may however be one of the few exceptions that did not get burnt after accepting counter offer from current employer. Just take this into consideration before declining the current offer and accepting the counter offer.

And by the way, what your family member should have done was that before letting the current employer know about the new offer, she should have talked to the current employer about her concerns and what she expected them to do about it. If they agree to do and do what she wants, then she says. Otherwise, she quits. But it is late now to adopt this strategy.

Whatever she eventually decides to do, I wish her good luck and all the best!

Thanks very much for this. She has decided to go with the new employer's offer after a thorough brainstorming with some of her colleagues in the industry.. She also realised her career will progress faster with the new employer as there are fewer ladders to climb to the top. I also told her about the loyalty angle that her relationship with her curremt manager might never be the same again if she had accepted the counter offer. I simply told her they likely find faults in her work and might look for a way to fustrate her out of the company. It is always good to go with statistics. Just as you mentioned, some will luck out and fall outside the bell curve i.e outside the 75%, but why take such a risk.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Doctorfitz: 4:47am On Mar 12
Doctorfitz:
Pls house I need help with a Canadian address to evaluate my credentials with ices..

Ur help will be highly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SixSigma1(m): 6:11am On Mar 12
salford1:

Thanks very much for this. She has decided to go with the new employer's offer after a thorough brainstorming with some of her colleagues in the industry.. She also realised her career will progress faster with the new employer as there are fewer ladders to climb to the top. I also told her about the loyalty angle that her relationship with her curremt manager might never be the same again if she had accepted the counter offer. I simply told her they likely find faults in her work and might look for a way to fustrate her out of the company. It is always good to go with statistics. Just as you mentioned, some will luck out and fall outside the bell curve i.e outside the 75%, but why take such a risk.

You are most welcome @salford1. You made a lot of valid points in your post as to why it is not encouraged to accept the counter offer from her current employer. There are also other valid points beyond those that you listed as to why counter offers should not be accepted but we do not need to go into those right now. I am very pleased to know that she is going with the new employer. Going with the new employers is the smart thing to do in this case. Good luck to her smiley.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford1: 6:13am On Mar 12
SixSigma1:


You are most welcome @salford1. You made a lot of valid points in your post as to why it is not encouraged to accept the counter offer from her current employer. There are also other valid points beyond those that you listed as to why counter offers should not be accepted but we do not need to go into those right now. I am very pleased to know that she is going with the new employer. Going with the new employers is the smart thing to do in this case. Good luck to her smiley.
Thanks my brother smiley
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Contumely: 6:38am On Mar 12
Folafikemi:


Lol. I understand ur life revolves round a circle of infinite regress and u have no business with progress so u can not in any way talk me down.

A butterfly at times thinks itself a bird just because it flies.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by fizzile(m): 10:56am On Mar 12
Guys, can someone shed more lights on some hotspots for those in the environmental field. I have gone through some career information on eco canada but haven't really found some specific locations, hubs or hotspots for that field. Help out please.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by laminaria(m): 1:26pm On Mar 12
For guys in Canada, especially in Calgary do you guys play football like Sat or Sunday. How do u cope playing football under minus degrees?I don’t want to lose my fitness biko.
#FootballIsBae

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by dustydee: 1:59pm On Mar 12
SixSigma1:


You are most welcome @salford1. You made a lot of valid points in your post as to why it is not encouraged to accept the counter offer from her current employer. There are also other valid points beyond those that you listed as to why counter offers should not be accepted but we do not need to go into those right now. I am very pleased to know that she is going with the new employer. Going with the new employers is the smart thing to do in this case. Good luck to her smiley.
Please kindly share so we can all learn. A friend recently accepted a counter offer and a promise of promotion and shortly after the environment became passively hostile. The promotion did not come at the end of the year as promised. The person was lucky to get another offer soon after and left.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 2:31pm On Mar 12
salford:
@thecongo,@maternal,@blackbuddy, lawyers in the house and anyone out there with experience.
A family member got an offer for a job elsewhere. The new employer offered a better work life balance. She has signed and accepted the offer. Now the current employer is begging her not to leave, and now adjusting her hours to accomodate an even better work life balance. My question: is/are there any legal implication if she decides to back out of the new offer, even though she already signed and submitted an offer letter. She is thinking of consulting a lawyer.

Hi salford, so sorry I came late to the party but as has been already confirmed to you, there is really no implication to rejecting the outside offer she got before resumption. People even resign just 1 week after starting a new job if it is not the right fit.

But in this situation, I'd agree that I would not accept the offer from the current employer who are making a counter offer. They will never view you in the same light they did before and at the earliest opportunity, they will replace you with some one else.

It appears they only need you to plug the gap your exit will create at this time but once they find someone else, you will be eased out, directly or indirectly. This is an assumption based on experience here please.

Taking into consideration all the advice and experiences shared with you so far, I'd say it's safe to make a decision to move on and enjoy the new opportunity with good memories of the old one.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by gabbytabby: 3:46pm On Mar 12
MissTobs:

Business over economy.
safety first
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford: 3:54pm On Mar 12
Blackbuddy:


Hi salford, so sorry I came late to the party but as has been already confirmed to you, there is really no implication to rejecting the outside offer she got before resumption. People even resign just 1 week after starting a new job if it is not the right fit.

But in this situation, I'd agree that I would not accept the offer from the current employer who are making a counter offer. They will never view you in the same light they did before and at the earliest opportunity, they will replace you with some one else.

It appears they only need you to plug the gap your exit will create at this time but once they find someone else, you will be eased out, directly or indirectly. This is an assumption based on experience here please.

Taking into consideration all the advice and experiences shared with you so far, I'd say it's safe make a decision to move on and enjoy the new opportunity with good memories of the old one.
Thanks so much Blackbuddy. I really appreciate all the comments and advise. The person in question is actually my wife. One can't go astray by opening up and asking for directions. smiley

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Santino1(m): 3:58pm On Mar 12
In a completely unrelated matter, if anyone is interested in seeing the Raptors-L.A. Lakers game on Thursday evening let me know as I have a spare ticket.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by CanadianNaija: 4:23pm On Mar 12
Afro24:


It's not easy being here without a friend or family as you have to figure out everything yourself but it's been an interesting learning process. I don tire to type, na phone I dey use. More gist coming soon.

Ciao



Lol..funny read. I'll be landing single like you too when PPR finally comes, so this story resonated with me.

I wish you luck in your new home.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:34pm On Mar 12
Santino1:
In a completely unrelated matter, if anyone is interested in seeing the Raptors-L.A. Lakers game on Thursday evening let me know as I have a spare ticket.

Oh, nice. Would have jumped at this but will be in Niagara for March break on Thursday. Hope you have a great time supporting our Raptors.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Santino1(m): 5:05pm On Mar 12
Blackbuddy:


Oh, nice. Would have jumped at this but will be in Niagara for March break on Thursday. Hope you have a great time supporting our Raptors.

That's too bad. It would have been a great opportunity to meet the man, the myth, and the legend. I hope to get a ticket to one or two play-off games in April, I'll let you know in case you are still interested. Of course I'll be rooting for the Raptors because "We the North" plus I can't wait to see Kawhi Leonard go toe to toe with LeBron James. That should be exciting.

Enjoy your vacation in Niagara.

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