Recently the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) based in Paris, voted Canada as one of the world’s best places to live.

The report Better Life Index, published in late May 2013, analyzed 34 most industrialized nations in 11 topics, including income, health and life satisfaction.

In the ranking, Canada came third, losing only to Switzerland and Australia. The United States ranked sixth and thirtieth Brazil came in near the end of the list.

The highest scores were in Canada for health, environment, education, community safety and life satisfaction.

According to the report:

“Generally speaking, Canadians feel more satisfied with their lives than the average of the other countries analyzed. 82% of people say they have more positive experiences in day-to-day (feelings of rest, pride in any accomplishment, joy, etc) than negative experiences (worry, sadness, boredom, etc). ”

No wonder Canadians are so receptive and welcoming!




Recentemente a OECD (Organização para Cooperação Econômica e Desenvolvimento) com base em Paris, votou o Canada como um dos melhores lugares do mundo para se viver.

O relatório Better Life Index publicado no final de Maio de 2013 analisou as 34 nações mais industrializadas em 11 tópicos, incluindo renda, saúde e satisfação de vida.

No ranking, o Canadá veio em terceiro lugar, perdendo apenas para Suíça e Austrália. Os estados Unidos ficaram em sexto lugar e o Brasil veio em trigésimo, quase no final da lista.

As maiores pontuações do Canadá foram para saúde, meio ambiente, educação, comunidade, segurança e satisfação de vida.

De acordo com o relatório:

“De um modo geral, canadenses sentem-se mais satisfeitos com suas vidas do que a média dos demais países analisados. 82% das pessoas dizem ter mais experiências positivas no dia-a-dia (sensação de descanso, orgulho em alguma conquista, alegria, etc) do que experiências negativas (preocupação, tristeza, tédio, etc).”

Não é a toa que o canadense é um povo tão receptivo e acolhedor!

Trade between Brazil and Canada requires agreement

Trade between Brazil and Canada requires agreement

Trade between Brazil and Canada could increase by 60% in three years if an agreement was signed bilateral trade between the two countries. In 2012, the exchanges were just over $ 6 billion. The potential is $ 10 billion.

“Trade has grown a lot since 2005, when it was somewhere around $ 2 billion. If no agreement is reached, it will take at least about eight years to reach this potential $ 10 billion”.

According to the agreement initiated in 2005 with the members of Mercosul, as Brazil can not negotiate such agreement without the participation of other members. Since then, have not progressed. The last meeting were held in December 2012. “But the political issues of the block, such as the suspension of Paraguay and the entry of Venezuela, fought negotiations”.

Studies by the Brazilian Agency for Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex), in partnership with industry, which lists the sectors of the Brazilian economy that have an interest in selling to Canada: coffee, chicken, fruits, juices, wine, ornamental stone and ceramic and candies, plastic, glass, metal and lighting and honey.

“There is interest in these sectors and space in the country to absorb these products”. “Also, with entering these products in Canada means having access to NAFTA (Mexico, USA and Canada) and enjoy a free market and open”.

Comércio de Brasil e Canadá requer acordo

Comércio de Brasil e Canadá requer acordo

O comércio entre Brasil e Canadá poderia aumentar em até 60%, em três anos, se fosse firmado um acordo de comércio bilateral entre os dois países, nesta terça-feira, 18. Em 2012, as trocas foram de pouco mais de US$ 6 bilhões. O potencial é de US$ 10 bilhões.

“O comércio tem crescido muito desde 2005, quando era de algo em torno de US$ 2 bilhões. Se não houver acordo, levará ao menos uns oito anos para atingir esse potencial de US$ 10 bilhões”.

As conversas sobre o acordo foram iniciadas em 2005 com os membros do Mercosul, já que o Brasil não pode negociar esse tipo de acordo sem a participação dos outros membros. Desde então, não avançaram muito. As últimas reuniões, foram realizadas em dezembro de 2012. “Mas as questões políticas do bloco, como a suspensão do Paraguai e a entrada da Venezuela, travaram as negociações”.

O estudo realizado pela Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos (Apex), em parceria com entidades setoriais, que enumera os setores da economia brasileira que têm interesse em vender ao Canadá: café, frango, frutas, sucos, vinho, rochas ornamentais e cerâmica, balas e doces, plástico, vidro, metal e iluminação e mel.

“Há interesse desses setores e espaço naquele país para absorver esses produtos”. “Além disso, entrar com esses produtos no Canadá significa ter acesso ao Nafta (México, Estados Unidos e Canadá) e desfrutar um mercado livre e aberto”.

Rousseff admits protestors grievances, praises democracy and meets Lula da Silva

Rousseff admits protestors grievances, praises democracy and meets Lula da Silva

As the threat of massive protests in Brazil’s major cities continues, President Dilma Rousseff early Tuesday tried to defuse the situation by acknowledging the need for better public services, more responsive governance and at the same time praising Brazilians commitment to a strong democracy.

Speaking the morning after more than 200.000 Brazilians marched in over a half-dozen cities, Rousseff said her government remains committed to social change and is listening attentively to the many grievances expressed at the demonstrations.

Brazil woke up stronger today” Rousseff said in a televised speech in Brasilia. “The size of yesterday’s demonstrations shows the energy of our democracy, the strength of the voice of the streets and the civility of our population.”

Monday’s demonstrations were the latest in a wave of protests over the past two weeks that have fed on widespread frustration with poor public services, police violence, government corruption and lavish expending in stadiums to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The protests, organized mostly by university students through snowballing social media campaigns, marked the first time that Brazilians have taken to the streets on such a large scale since economic volatility and a corruption scandal led to the toppling of ex-president Collor de Melo in the early 1990s.

The demonstrations started as small protests in a few cities against an increase in bus and subway fares but quickly ballooned into a national movement after police fired rubber bullets at protesters in Sao Paulo last week in clashes that injured more than 100 people.

Rousseff said she valued the peaceful spirit of those who took to the streets democratically, “in a demonstration that exceeds the traditional mechanisms of institutions, political parties and trade unions” and are a direct message to the rulers at all levels.

The president added she celebrated seeing so many youngsters and adults, grandchildren, fathers and grand fathers all together with the Brazilian flag singing the national anthem and demanding a better country.

The demands for better schools, hospitals, quality public transport and at a fair price, for the right to influence government decisions and repudiating corruption and the misuse of public monies are evidence of the intrinsic value of democracy”, added Rousseff.

My generation knows how much it cost to achieve this”, said the president in reference to her youth when she was a militant of groups combating the military dictatorship and for which she spent two years in jail and was tortured.

Finally she said the government was committed to social transformation and to listen to ‘the voice of the streets’ and recalled that this effort helped 40 million Brazilians climb out of poverty.

Eager to ease tensions and prevent future protests, officials in at least five cities, including important state capitals such as Porto Alegre and Recife, announced plans on Tuesday to lower bus fares.

But demonstrations continued in a few cities around the country, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where thousands gathered in front of the city’s landmark cathedral in what protesters hoped would be a final push persuading local officials to cancel the bus fare increase.

Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, a prominent figure in Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, said in a meeting with leaders of the protest movement on Tuesday that he is considering a cut in bus fares but needs to find ways to compensate for the loss in revenue.

Even if Haddad does cede, it remains unclear if that would be enough to halt the protests, given that protesters have embraced so many other causes.

Later in the day Rousseff travelled to Sao Paulo to meet with Haddad and former President Lula da Silva, her predecessor and political mentor, and important power broker in Brazilian politics.

The unrest comes at a delicate time for Rousseff, whose administration is struggling to rein in high inflation and get the economy back on track after two years of sluggish growth.

Polls show Rousseff remains widely popular, but her approval ratings have begun to slip in recent weeks for the first time since taking office in early 2011.

Haddad and Alckmin announce lower prices for transport in São Paulo

Haddad and Alckmin announce lower prices for transport in São Paulo

As protests continue in São Paulo and throughout Brazil, the governor Geraldo Alckmin and the mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad announced lower prices for transport ticket R $ 3.20 to R $ 3.

In other cities of Brazil (Recife, João Pessoa, Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, Blumenau and Montas) the price of a bus ticket (main means of transport across the country) has been downgraded, but n ‘ was not enough to stop the wind of protest organized by the Pass Book motion on June 6. Behind these 20 cents, the Brazilian company boasts something else, such as users write on the Facebook page of Pass Book.

Patricia – ” This is not because the price is up to $ 3R that demonstrations must stop … as everyone knows, all this is not for 20 cents There is much more at stake continue, change.! everything! “.

Wellington – ” Let us show that the Brazilian people is able to do a demonstration tomorrow in peace with intelligent claims to bounce on what our rights. health, education, among others We do not want a cup. or the Olympics here in Brazil, but we want our rights to be recognized . “

What may be surprising is the silence of the political class in general does not seem to have realized that it is also concerned with this great protest movement, led by a youth who was able to mobilize through social networks and that, this time, took action down the street.

Tomorrow, despite the announcement of the price drop, the event is held at 5:00 p.m. at Praça do Ciclista (Metro Consolação / Paulista). It will certainly young waving victory signs but it would also allow to verify the motivations to “move Brazil.”

Sunday, the traditional day of Ciclofaixa (cycling) is also transformed into a day of family event “for the health, education and against corruption and violence.”

The events of June 17 marked a stage in the dynamics of protests

The events of June 17 marked a stage in the dynamics of protests

100,000 people in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo 65000, 10000 Aracaju, dozens investing dome of Parliament in Brasilia, the evening of June 17, events take another dimension to the streets in Brazil: we don ‘ is more to protest against rising public transport fares.

These are not only protesting students from São Paulo who express their existential bad mood, it is a whole youth, in the whole country rallied through social networks, dressed in white shirts rallying and brandishing Brazil flag that meets to denounce and invest the symbols of political power everywhere.

Among the objectives of the legislature in Rio de Janeiro occupied, the Bandeirantes Palace in Sao Paulo invested, the dome of the Congress in Brasilia invaded, and yet the critical areas of Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and even the streets of the quiet Aracaju in the North East …. Events accelerated and souls ignite. On Monday evening June 17 marks a step in the dynamics of street protests that shook the country last week. This is one huge and cry that expresses “something is wrong”. A cry informs generally expressed peacefully, but with the inevitable outbreaks of violence at the end of events when many outraged together colonize the streets of major cities.

Politicians out of it

On Monday evening, the Brazilian political class is taken aback, left coalition in power as opposed to the right. Returned back to back to their inability to respond to the widespread malaise that affects the youth of this country. “It will no longer! It will no longer promises of social paradise touted by the PT in power for 10 years that never materialize. It’s not going over the promised prosperity to an emerging middle class who can not see their standard of living improve significantly. It will no longer solemn announcements stimulus of growth slowing that keeps failing to catch his breath. It will no longer commitments moralization of politics without effect that never end lead to the perpetual repetition lower behaviors more dirt corruptions.

Dilma Rousseff beautiful state in a democracy, the right to protest is guaranteed and protected, this is not the response expected by the demonstrators. The Secretaries of Public different states where the streets are invested by the rebels have beautiful promise that the shock troops of the police will not gassed protesters Order does not prevent the anger of radical protest in which some falling into violence despite appeals for calm.

Existential question

Tonight Brazil is in crisis. And nobody knows exactly what he wants. Neither side of the leaders, or, really, one of the demonstrators. It’s just that something is wrong.The protest movement will perhaps be over as quickly as it was born and grown. Or take the contrary magnitude that will control. Tonight, no one can say. But Brazilian society and its leaders must always look at themselves and the existential future they prepare is imperative. With or without street protests. The best President Dilma Rousseff would have to do is to call the States General of the National Development immediately to diagnose the malaise and seek with the figures of the entire civil society, what are the answers. Without established agenda or assumption on solutions that may arise.

A bold bet, just a year before the general elections in October 2014. But a gamble that appears each time more imperative. To possibly save his re-election, but mostly the democratic functioning of the nation …

São Paulo, between “pixação” and “street art”

São Paulo, between “pixação” and “street art”

In the light of the great wave of the wave of graffiti that has scoured the megacities around the world, São Paulo has not escaped the phenomenon, far from it. But here the graffiti has taken own turns, regardless of the original model of the North American cousin.

Two schools yet born in the street face, the famous pixação (the tag) and murals.One protester or activist remained rather vehemently claims membership in the world of “strada” while the other exhibited at the Tate Gallery or Shafrazi , divorcing gradually with its origins.

But it is clear that in both cases, their artistic event raises admiration and respect for the risks to pixadores (taggers) to the tops of buildings and the dream world or some baroque frescoes.

Gallery Choque Cultural is the first in 90 years to have opened the door to these artists. Gallery who made ​​the link with museums like the MASP or Mube that since 2010 devotes a “Graffiti Art Biennial.”

As the Grand Palais in Paris was also done in 2009, welcoming all major Brazilian artists in this discipline. The “street art” is invited in the world’s largest art institutions and gradually gaining acclaim after more than 30 years of hiding and disdain …

The “pixação”

Here is a phenomenon that comes straight from Brazil and tied to a particular city: São Paulo. The movement Pixação , is distinguished by a highly stylized typography and greatly simplified when compared to the rest of the graffiti world. These tags (pixos ) are broken down in a vertical style, and straight like the old runic alphabets.

Another peculiarity of the movement Pixação is the marking on the facades of buildings particularly high, which requires some ingenuity, and a significant flexibility!

The origins of Pixação date back 60 years, this script was then used mainly against the dictatorship. Later, it was the ’80s punks who take the thing, then with the rise of graffiti in the world, there is a new generation of pixadores .

Love it or hate Pixações , however we can not deny, especially not in Brazil, it has become a major urban art movement.
pixadores not claim the aesthetic illegal, performance, taking risk and violence prevail over the plastic dimension.

The letters of the alphabet used by pixadores have a straight, vertical style, reminiscent of the ancient Germanic peoples runes. The shape of the letters is based on those of the Latin alphabet used in Brazil but is detached by a stylistic work on the shape of the letter. As with most tags, the layman is not able to read the pixo .Conversely, some children from the streets of São Paulo do not read Portuguese, but know how to decipher the pixos .

The reason for the development of the alphabet into the circumstances in whichpixação is exercised. On the one hand acrobatics which engage their authors require certain geometries, the other using the paint roller is facilitated by an angular path, a sharp style.

The pixação is certainly practiced in all media that we know in Europe and North America, but it has also invaded the facades of buildings of Sao Paulo. Go to the middle of the facades is especially dangerous and requires the management of urban climbing, without any safety equipment. A specialty teams pixadores is building human scale, which allows you to write several meters without equipment when the wall offers no possibility of climbing.


As before is the graffiti stations New York City trains, the pixadores face danger with such extreme performance. Some of them continue to pay tribute to victims of fatal falls, but police brutality that accompanies their daily lives.

The mural

These artists of the mural (or “street art”) are between the street and the world of galleries, now listed on the art market such as Os Gemeos , Nunca and Onesto .


The story of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo (1974), the famous Gemeos beginning at the time of the Graffiti raged in São Paulo in the mid 80s.

They make their first “burns” at the age of 12 years at the bottom of their building on the outskirts of the metropolis. They already grow their own style shot of childhood, combining magical world. A decisive encounter is with the artist and graffiti artist Barry MGEE (Twist) Sao Francisco will open the doors of the North American galleries. Their urban style dreamlike asserts over the exposures they linked together between the U.S. and Europe.


Nunca , whose real name is Francisco Rodrigues da Silva (1986), was born in the suburbs of São Paulo in 1983. It begins at the age of 12 years, painting in the streets of her hometown, drawing particular “tag” Brazilian, the pixação . It draws on indigenous figures and references to Aboriginal Brazilian tradition with the urban world. He paints on any media such as here on aircraft cabins. He was appointed to design the jersey of the football team of Brazil.


Alex hornest (1972) is a painter and sculptor, born in São Paulo, a city source of inspiration for this protean in combining dream and baroque artist. Frescoes by sketches capture the relationship between the metropolis and its inhabitants. His sculptures are made ​​of wood, iron, porcelain and various recovery . It combines its murals and graffiti painting, which allow him to give more depth and contrast to its whimsical characters.

Failed your citizenship exam? Federal government to offer second chance

Failed your citizenship exam? Federal government to offer second chance

After hounding the federal government for months to reduce the backlog of would-be immigrants waiting for their citizenship applications, Vancouver lawyer Richard Kurland praised new rules that will soon grant a one-time do-over for those who fail the citizenship test.

Average waiting times for processing citizenship applications have risen to about 23 months and that can run to much longer if a would-be immigrant fails the test because they have to appear before a judge.

Kurland, editor-in-chief of the widely-read Lexbase publication on immigration policy, released figures last month that suggested applicants in Montreal and Vancouver were having to wait as long as 29 months for such hearings to be scheduled.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney now wants to give prospective Canadians two chances to pass the test. Under the proposed new rules, applicants who fail will be told so immediately and be given the opportunity to schedule a test rewrite within four to eight weeks.

People who (fail) … would be in the position of a reapplication and, given the current three-to-four-year processing times, in many cases that’s grossly unfair,” Kurland said. “The second kick at the can within a couple months is brilliant because this category of individual will be highly motivated to actually study this time the required material.

And that should make everyone happy.”

The half-hour, 20-question, multiple-choice test, assesses one’s knowledge of Canada and can include things as simple the number of provinces and territories to arcane constitutional principles, according to Kurland.

Those who fail the test a second time, however, will have to get in the line to be assessed by a citizenship judge. The new rules will be retroactive which means, those already in the queue for a meeting with a judge will also be invited to take the test again.

The $200 citizenship application fee, which could as much as double thanks to a budget promise to increase fees to better reflect the cost of processing, will cover the second test and the assessment with a judge if necessary. Those who fail to convince a judge that they’re worthy of citizenship, however, will have to start the process over and pay again.

Also, the government will now approve family members on their own merit. Before, when one relative failed a knowledge or language test, all those listed on the same application were barred from moving to the next step until everyone could do so at the same time.

We know that newcomers look forward to acquiring their Canadian citizenship and we are committed to helping qualified applicants acquire this privilege in a timely manner,” Kenney said. “Together, these improvements combined will result in faster processing of citizenship applications.”

Kenney was to officially announce the changes Monday.

He said demand for citizenship has increased by 30 per cent since the Conservatives took office in 2006 and boosted overall immigration levels. About 200,000 permanent residents become citizens each year, he said.

According to Citizenship and Immigration, the citizenship application backlog stood at 349,249 by the end of last year. In 2011-12, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 13,811 citizenship applicants were referred for a hearing before a judge because they failed their written knowledge test, require a language assessment or were flagged for possible residency fraud.

Landed immigrants are eligible to apply for citizenship after living in Canada for three years. In the latest budget, the government committed to spend $44 million over two years to improve and speed up the processing of citizenship applications. The process, however, has become increasingly cumbersome, in part due to a government crackdown on fraud.

Many applicants are now being asked to fill out sweeping residency questionnaires to prove they’ve indeed resided in Canada, which has delayed the process. Between May and December 2012, the government issued about 22,000 residency questionnaires.

Officials have also raised concerns about test-takers who subsequently sell the answers. A former citizenship judge was also charged recently for allegedly passing the test on to a consultant. The government is now reviewing its files to determine whether the consultant’s clients obtained their citizenship fraudulently.

The test is in paper form. While efforts are made to produce them in small batches and to rotate the questions, a computerized test set to come online in a few months is expected to go a long way toward fighting fraud.

Stringent new language requirements and a tough new citizenship test introduced in 2010, that set a pass at 75 per cent instead of 60 per cent, are among the other barriers would-be citizens have faced in recent years. Failure rates rose to 30 per cent from between four and eight per cent when the new test was introduced. The test has since been altered and pass rates now stand at about 80 per cent.

Officials, however, maintain more than 90 per cent of those who apply for citizenship obtain it and that Canada has one of the highest naturalization rates in the world.