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The big picture

Photos by Tammy Fancy/FANCYFREEFOTO.COM As an international student, Kudakwashe Ndadzungira brings a global perspective to her new job   Kudakwashe (Kuda) Ndadzungira arrived in Halifax in September 2011 from her home country of Zimbabwe. As her plane descended to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, all Ndadzungira could see were trees. …

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Land of opportunity

Immigrants to Nova Scotia are leading their counterparts across the country when it comes to creating jobs and making money The most recent Pathways to Prosperity report shows that immigrants are doing well economically in Nova Scotia. “This report shows it’s time to start busting myths,” says Howard Ramos, a …

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Seeing the person

In order to create a more inclusive and diverse Halifax, Ann Divine says individuals first need to look inward and recognize their own biases and presumptions about each other. “We have all of these [inclusive] policies and practices in our workplaces, but we have not checked ourselves internally and thought …

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Where the world gathers

The Seaport Farmers’ Market brings vendors from all origins together, offering an example for Halifax to follow   The stately Regal Princess glides alongside the Halifax pier. At first, the leviathan is silent and still. Soon, its passengers begin filing down the gangway. It disgorges brightly dressed Americans, elderly couples, …

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The language of business

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Saana Makramalla’s tailor shop was a long time in the making. “This is my dream,” she says. She worked in Egypt where for 19 years she taught sewing and other seamstress skills. She moved to Canada in 2004; she and her husband wanted a better life for their children. She …

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Getting connected

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When Jorge Mora moved to Halifax four years ago he found a job, but not one that fulfilled him. A trained accountant, Mora lived in Toronto and then Saint John, New Brunswick, before coming to Halifax. Boredom with his career left him unable to feel settled anywhere. Then he attended …

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Cleaning up in business

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Flavias Maboto has a natural enthusiasm and optimism. That drives her company, Flavias Magical Domestic Cleaning and Cooking. But starting out as an entrepreneur, she wasn’t always sure that was enough. “I never thought I would make a business from it,” she says. But she also knew how to clean …

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Building on dreams

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Nova Scotia needs immigrants and people brave enough to start their own businesses. Getting both in entrepreneurial newcomers can solve the problems simultaneously, according to Laurie Cameron, the head of Halifax’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED). CEED works with entrepreneurs to help them turn ideas into reality. “I …

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You don’t have to call him Tony

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There aren’t too many Haligonians who haven’t walked into Tony’s Donair and Pizza at some point in the last 40 years. Whether it was to grab a quick bite for lunch or looking for something hot and filling while heading home after a night downtown, Tony’s has become something of …

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Taking deep breaths

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Long before joining the Dalhousie team that would create a revolutionary medical device for measuring lung capacity, Ubong Peters wanted to help people. Growing up in Nigeria, he knew he wanted to be a medical doctor. He held onto that dream throughout his childhood and eventually took the first step …

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