Impressions of my new country

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This is the story of a Sri Lankan who has an outstanding career record in three continents, “Impressions of my new country.”


It is always a challenge to settle down in a new country when one is in the late thirties. This is compounded by the fact that this particular human being already had completed nearly two decades in a very comfortable employment in two continents. These negative aspects are enhanced by the responsibilities of a family with growing off-spring.  
This was my situation when I landed in Canada in a city called Montreal in 1985 August. The decision was swayed by the civil unrest in my birth country. I have visited this beautiful country of Canada as a tourist. But holidaying in a nation and settling down are two different ball games. The country of Canada belongs to the club of opulent nations in the organization called the G7. Hence the competition, technical know-how and knowledge are on a different level. Continuous education and training together with physical fitness are essential for survival. It is true that the social service net here prevents a person from going completely under, but that would push a person into the physical and mental doldrums.   


We settled down in a town called Scarborough in the province of Ontario. The original Scarborough, in North Yorkshire, England, is a Victorian seaside resort town famous for its limestone cliffs. The modern city was built around a natural spa discovered in the  17th century and its Viking name is derived from the Scandinavian word “Skarðaborg,” meaning stronghold. At that time there were several municipalities existing like North York, Toronto, East York and Etobicoke. They were all amalgamated into a municipality called Toronto. They are all now called the city of Toronto. We still refer to the place we live as Scarborough.   


This is a large multicultural area that contains the Scarborough Bluffs, huge Cliffs overlooking Lake Ontario, lines with parks, beaches and hiking trails. Inland the sprawling Toronto Zoo features global animal pavilions, close-up encounters, and a wildlife health center.   


The area is also known for its diverse spread of restaurants, including regional Southeast Asian, Chinese and Indian cuisine. We have a population of approximately  700,000 in an area of 187.7km2 . We have now lived here around 35years. Life was hectic at the start. Both had to work almost seven days a week, retrain, I had to go to Colleges and Universities but still had time to play tennis one of my favorite games. It is now our home. I retired after working for nearly 33 years and my wife Maureen retired after working for 25years. We have a daughter and four grand-daughters. This country remains an immigrant’s dream. It rewards honesty and hard work. This is my personal opinion and my family shares it with me. We have an excellent medical system. I have personal knowledge of it as I went through prostate and heart operations here. This country respects human freedoms and respect and enshrined them in its constitution.   
May God bless this Land and its people.  
Raymond Santiago  
Toronto, Canada.

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  • S.Sangaralingham Saturday, 20 June 2020 09:54 AM

    Godd interpretations of life in ontario canada. Don't expect to be fed and clothed for a good life.earn learn exercise suffer winter but race religion not an issue causl life style fine.expenses high but income if worked hard is manageable.now virus 19 is making its tour killed some mostly elderly few not so old few children affected. All must work hard to make his own backyard pleasant less hatred good social justice equal opportunity to those learned and hardworking citizens

    Antany Peter Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:29 PM

    Of course he doesn't want to talk about the Canadian First Nations, if he does he would not enjoy his life in Canada. According to the white conservative scholars 100 million Indigenous people had been eliminated to take over North America. At the same time nonconservative scholars recorded about 200 million had been eliminated. Americans, Canadians and Australians do not live in their own country, but those countries were invaded on genocide. I have been telling to the world how important to educate the world, especially to China, but Chinese didn't do anything to undermine the moral high ground of Americans, Australians and Canadians, but simply believed the West will continue to buy from China to make China wealthy and powerful. If China falls means Asia falls, because it will be 1000 times easier for the West to undermine India.


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