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My Halifax Experience

Keep on going

Being a newcomer in a new city means networking, failing at times, and never giving up By Rany Ibrahim   “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” That maxim always kept me going forward as an immigrant. Maybe it’s a …

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Don’t accept the status quo

By Ifeanyi Emesih   Standing still is the same as falling behind. But that hasn’t really been an issue for My Halifax Experience. Ever since our first event, we’ve been going full steam ahead with growing it, the creating this magazine, and expanding of the My Halifax Experience platform. In …

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Beauty in the beat

SMU Taiko introduces traditional Japanese drumming and culture to St. Mary’s students By Janice Hudson   Marcin Sawicki can still remember the first time heard taiko drumming. He was a graduate student at the University of Toronto, and he and a friend had bought nosebleed tickets in Massey Hall to …

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Sharing fiery flavours

By Valerie Mansour Photography by Bruce Murray, VisionFire   Ana Jimenez-Jenkins didn’t intend to be a restaurant owner, but after moving from Mexico to Halifax in 1998, she says the food business called out to her. “As an immigrant, you don’t know how things will work out until you get …

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A walking, talking resumé

Isaac Mbaziira sent out his resumé like all students looking to land a job, but he followed it up, literally Story and photos By Chris Muise   Isaac Mbaziira, a young public-relations associate, came to Halifax as a student in 2008. “It was never actually my decision to move to …

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The past isn’t always present

David Divine hasn’t let his past, or a horrific accident, define him or his future By Suzanne Rent Photography by Bruce Jollimore   David Divine had just finished a workout at the gym. It was 7 a.m. on March 7, 2007 and the long-distance runner was training for the Great …

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For Goodness’ sake

After his daughter’s death, Olugu Ukpai devotes his live to fixing the immigration system for other families   By Kayla Hounsell The family’s pride is evident as they sit, legs crossed, wearing the brightly coloured, matching, traditional outfits. Tiny fingers keep perfect time as the sound of an African drum …

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By the numbers

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Nova Scotia’s gateway to the world. The statistics below highlight its importance. (And for more about the airport and its role, see the story Rolling out the welcome on page 20.)   3,908,799 The number of passengers the airport served in 2016.   …

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