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Aside from Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, Canada is the most expensive place to study abroad. No thanks to the astronomic rise in international student tuition over the past ten years championed in part by the country’s political right, the lure for many students outside Canada has almost always been the guaranteed pathway to migration which the Canadian government has dangled at international students upon graduation from post-secondary institutions. Succinctly, most international students coming to Canada, come in the hope that after graduation, they might get the opportunity to become Canadian citizens. This is the bait.


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For many international students in post-secondary institutions across Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic could almost be described with one word: Isolation

Many students living on and off-campus didn’t just experience physical and emotional isolation but some also experienced financial isolation. Unable to access some of the government-emergency response programs like Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) coupled with the inability to find work due to high unemployment, the pandemic simply left these students with one of two options: depend on family to send money from back home or become innovative in both positive and not-so-positive ways. According to YouTube, content creation and…

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We all remember the sudden changes and drastic safety measures that we needed to adopt as the Covid-19 pandemic wave gained rapid momentum about a year ago. While we adjusted to the changes in our lifestyle, thinking the discomforts we encountered, as a result, were only momentary, not many people imagined it would alter our lives, and very much our mental states, for a year-long period.

As our social lives became disrupted through social distancing measures that effectively minimized — and in some cases, completely severed — physical contact from our friends, families, classmates, and professional colleagues, it soon dawned…

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How much longer can you hold out with the financial constraints brought about as a result of the alteration in lifestyles due to the Covid-19 pandemic? One month? Two months? A year? No matter how much longer the restrictions ensuing from the pandemic last, the negative impacts will last just as much, if not longer.

With news reports regarding the imposition of fresh stay-at-home orders in some parts of Canada, and with B.C announcing record high Covid-19 cases recently, there are indications that the…

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