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My Halifax Experience

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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A smart start

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Smooth is not a word that applies to successful entrepreneur Saeed El-Darahali’s early days in Nova Scotia. When he arrived with his family from Kuwait in 1992 at the age of 12, he didn’t speak English. His parents (an engineer father and teacher mother) couldn’t get work in their professions, …

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Creating your opportunity

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A friend recently asked me if Halifax really is a good place for immigrants to come make a new life. As the founder of a magazine that’s all about answering that question in the affirmative, my first response was obvious. “Of course it is,” I replied. “Why,” he asked, “are …

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Kids will be kids

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Since January, 42 new students from Syria started attending Duc d’Anville Elementary school in Clayton Park. The school already featured a diverse population as about 40 per cent of the 300 plus students speak English as a second language. “We’re used to having people from diverse backgrounds,” says principal Ken …

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#WelcomeRefugees: Halifax

Syria’s civil war is now approaching its sixth year with no end in sight. Despite photos of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who washed up on the beach in Turkey, focusing world attention on the millions of Syrians that continue to be displaced by the civil war in their home …

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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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