Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

British expat dies in Cadiz paragliding accident

A British woman has been killed in a tragic paragliding accident in Spain’s southern Cadiz province. The 48-year-old expat, who lived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, died when her canopy folded in midair shortly after taking off on Sunday. Sources said that the Brit, who has so far only been identified by her initials L.P., said that she was an experienced paraglider who got into unexpected trouble just 30 metres after take-off when her chute became entangled. Witnesses explained that she fell straight to the ground,...
22 Jun at 2 PM 2015

Gulf’s demand for Filipino expat workers boosts remittances

The high demand for Filipino workers in a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, has increased the remittance value during the opening months of 2015. Philippines’ central bank governor Amando Tetangco said that a total of US$8.6bn was sent home by Filipinos across the globe between January and April – 5.1 per cent higher than the same period in 2015. The majority of the funds were sent from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and Japan, according to the bank. The Philippine...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

British expat in Spain robbed in supermarket scam

A British expat in the Spanish town of Nerja had her purse stolen in a Mercadona supermarket scam. Sixty-four-year-old Marion Talbot had her purse, which contained €600, nabbed in a lift in the supermarket after a thief spotted her typing in her pin number when paying for her groceries. Two smartly dressed men entered the lift alongside her, and on leaving she was halted when one of them bent down to pick up some coins. Talbot believes this was when the other was able to grab her purse. The expat had no idea she had been...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Manila ranked 136th out of 230 for expat quality of living

The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities. The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively. Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Dog housesitters allow expat in Spain the chance to travel

Irish retiree Catherine Guy quit her homeland last year and headed for the Spanish town of Vera and, having previously been committed to her role as a music teacher, found herself with plenty of time on her hands and a desire to travel. However, there was one slight problem that prevented her doing so: her dogs had moved with her. Despite loving life in Spain, a country she regularly visited on holidays before retiring, Catherine, with her new found freedom, wanted to travel around and see family and friends across Europe and Canada....
25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Benidorm wants Unesco status

Spain’s most popular holiday destination Benidorm is vying to be granted Unesco world heritage status. After you’ve checked the date and realised it’s not 1 April and it is actually Benidorm, yes Benidorm, frequented by hordes of drunken Brits year-round, you can read on and see just why the sunny haven, well, fun-in-the-sun-type place, believes it is worthy of a status that places such as the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge already boast. Sociology professor Mario Gaviria, who is driving the bid, claimed that the popular...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Spending Power Decreases for Expat Pensioners

According to a recent survey, two thirds of pensioners are now less financially well off compared to ten years ago. Equiniti, a pension payments firm, have looked into how pensions being paid in Sterling compare to other currencies. With the majority of the firm’s 60,000 clients living in the Eurozone, this is bad news although the growing pound enables people to enjoy a higher exchange rate in other countries. Over the past year, the pound has increased 10 per cent in value against the euro, yet the pensioners are worse off...
25 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most remain worse off than they were in the mid-noughties. The majority of the 60,000 retirees that Equinity manages pension payments for are in the Eurozone, where even though the British currency has...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2015

Canadian expat missing for a month in Costa Rica turns up unharmed

After his whereabouts were unknown for a month amid a suspected kidnapping case, Canadian expat Ryan Piercy turned up at his him in the Costa Rican capital San Jose on Saturday, announced the country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Forty-five-year-old Piercy disappeared on 20 January in suspicious circumstances. His wife’s car that he was driving was left with the engine running and its doors open at the side of the Route 32 road just north of San Jose. Maicol Soto, the director of criminal investigations at the OIJ,...