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Canadian Life

Anything related to my new life under the snow. From bitching about the weather to hockey games and the Stanley Cup, from culture shock to shocking culture, from old Europe to the New Continent, whatever is on my newcomer’s mind!

The Teacher And The Test Dilemna

My students are office workers. I'm not - and their field of work and the arcane of the ubiquitous bureaucracy can be bewildering for a rookie like me. Like when I was filing up for another teacher...

It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night

I’m a young office worker. The world is mine. As soon as I’ll finish my cigarette, I’ll go deal with the commissioner, a weekly task to which I excel. That’s life when you go teach at the government...

Us And Them

Office workers have always fascinated me. I used to see them in public transportation, early in the morning : guys drinking their daily shot of black java in some kind of fancy spill proof cup; women...

Go Sens, Go !

Go Sens, Go !

Four hockey fans were climbing a mountain one day. Each was a fan of a different team, and each proclaimed to be the most loyal of all fans of their hockey team. As they climbed higher, they argued...

Winterlude!

Winterlude started last week in the nation's capital. Probably the best way to celebrate winter and the waaaay below freezing temperature ! Sculpting ice when it's - 20C is a Canadian sport... And...

A trop fumer la Fleur de Lys…

A trop fumer la Fleur de Lys…

Je suis en train de me demander si je vais voter aux élections présidentielles de Mai 2007. Pas par rejet de la société ou accès de rébellion soudain : tout simplement parce que je trouve curieux de...

Snow Fall!

Tried again at 12:00, it was a bit better, although streets weren't cleared out yet. I love seeing people driving in the snow : people have exactly the same driving pattern (tailgating on the...

Des deux côtés de l’Atlantique

Il y a presque 5 ans, je débarquais pour la première fois de ma vie en Amérique du Nord. En ce mois de janvier 2007 le plus chaud que nous ayons connu jusque là (janvier sans neige à Ottawa, c’est...

French battle

Ces anglicismes ne me choquent pas, mais j’ai appris à les traduire spontanément en québécois. Histoire d’éviter de me faire reprendre trop souvent. En effet, les anglicismes français sont le plus...

Newcomers’ First Steps In Canada

Once your visa stapled in your passport, you are an soon-to-be landed immigrant. Congratulations ! I'm sure you're as in a hurry to get a whole set of Canadian paperworks, ID cards that I was. I an...

Different, you said ?

After all, I had survived China, most Latin America countries, Australia, New Zealand... Why wouldn't I blend in in Canada ?