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Planet Canada How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future by John Stackhouse

Review by Nadia Yangin for the Canadian Expat

            The values that shape our hockey-loving, Timbit-eating home and native land are the same values that our country’s expats pack with them on their journeys throughout the world.  In Planet Canada How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future, John Stackhouse brings us on a journey to hear the stories of our country’s expat innovators, change-makers, and quiet citizens who together, yet far apart, are united in the Canadian spirit and exude the globally-admired Canadian quiet confidence.  The Canadian diaspora, as unique as its immigrants, is out there in every corner of the world, yet, you might not be able to find them.  As Stackhouse points out, Canada is sorely lacking in its engagement with its expat community.  With so many Canadians out in the world and most more than willing to give back to their country, Canada needs to connect with, support, and encourage global Canadians to represent Canada on the ever-growing world stage.

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Trudeau Calls Canadians to Come Home.  What does this mean for Expats?

TrudeauOn March 16th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement from the steps of the home that he and his family are quarantined in, that “Canadians should come home.”  The question on the mind of many Canadian Expats was, “Is he referring to Canadians who are traveling, or is he referring to Canadian Expats?” . This statement was given shortly after announcing that the border is being shut to non-Canadian or non-Permanent Residents of Canada.  There are a few exceptions to this rule. 

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Should I Register with Global Affairs Canada?

GlobeThe Coronavirus, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, volcanoes, and riots. These are just a few of the natural disasters and emergencies that have triggered global affairs Canada to reach out to Canadians living abroad. It's a great system that, albeit not flawless, the Canadian government, regardless of who is in parliament, has he used in the past. However, it has one major flaw.  Well, maybe not a flaw, but certainly a limitation and it's this, it only works if Canadians register. You can register before you go abroad or after you set up, but it's free both in terms of cost and risk.

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Expats Are Now Welcome to Travel to Saudi Arabia

Arabian HorsesFor the first time, Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to tourists from around the world for the first time.  There will definitely be a requirement for visas, to be announced on September 27th, but regardless, this is a great move by the kingdom to become more open.

There are hundreds of thousands of Canadian Expats that work not only in the Middle East, but in neighbouring regions that would jump at the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to take in some of the amazing sights and sounds of this culturally rich and geographically diverse country.

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A Canadian Expat’s Guide to Essential Canadian Products

It's one thing to go on a vacation outside of Canada, and a completely different one to shift your home base to a foreign country for a considerable amount of time. As an expat, homesickness is something that comes as part of the job. Traveling and living across the world means that visits back home are limited, and at times, people are unable to do that for years at end.

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