Truth, Justice and the Canadian Way – on the end of the Shafia trial
Bridging Cultures

Truth, Justice and the Canadian Way – on the end of the Shafia trial

Yesterday, Canada sent a strong message to immigrants who think they can import illegal practices from their home country and expect to be treated leniently by the law. A trial conducted simultaneously in English, Farsi and Darsi, that heard testimonies from experts in Afghan cultural beliefs and practices, finally reached its conclusion as the jury returned a guilty verdict. Continue reading

A farm-girls reluctant farewell
Autobiographical Posts / Expat Life / Mental Health

A farm-girls reluctant farewell

Growing up on an isolated farm in rural Ireland, my childhood memories are largely happy ones. I spent most of my time playing outdoors. Comfortable in the realm of my imagination, safe in the brightness of the sunshine, things could have been idyllic but for the inexplicable holes and blanks in my child’s comprehension. Looking past the fresh air and freedom, all was not well in my world. Continue reading

B is for Bi-Lingual
Expat Life

B is for Bi-Lingual

Canada is officially a bi-lingual country. English and French are both enshrined in its constitution – although strangely, learning French is not compulsory in the education system. All federal services, policies and laws must be enacted and available in both languages. All MP’s, including the Prime Minister, need to be fluent in them. Canada’s premier, Stephen Harper, routinely fields queries in both French and English at Prime Minister’s Questions. Continue reading

Conquering My Driving Demons
Expat Life

Conquering My Driving Demons

For a long time, before exchanging my British driving licence for a Canadian one, I would mentally rehearse driving here. Closing my eyes, I would imagine every part of the journey into town, all the intersections, traffic lights and lane changes, haunted by the fear that I would end up on the wrong side of the road and terrified of the potential carnage. I had read, in my trusty “Guide to Living and Working in Canada”, that it was helpful to stick a post-it on your dashboard reminding you to “Keep right”, so I knew it wasn’t unknown for people to forget. If it was a possibility for some, it would be a certainty for me! Continue reading

5 Great Reasons For Subscribing
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5 Great Reasons For Subscribing

The New Year is here with it’s burdensome entourage of resolutions. Give yourself an easy one and subscribe to Expatlogue. You can write it on your list, click on the RSS or email subsciption buttons at the top left of the homepage, then immediately tick it off as something accomplished. There’s one completed already, and it’s only the 2nd of January! Told you it was gonna be a good year 🙂 Continue reading