INTERNeX Canada: The Final Days Of A Canadian Penny

Coins have a certain way of leaving their mark in our lives. In my childhood, I have many memories that relate to coins from the times when I’d drop change into my piggy bank as I counted how much I’ve saved up to buying gum at a gumball machine.

But out of all the coins, I’ve probably have  had the closet relationship with the penny. Oh how may times have I picked up a penny on the street or random places and smiled because it meant good luck? And how can I forget all the pennies I’ve tossed into a wishing pond? I’m definitely not the only one who has done this!  So now that the Royal Canadian Mint has officially stopped producing Canadian pennies on February 4, 2013, the final days of Canadian pennies are here. They will no longer be distributed to banks and businesses.Why you ask? Well it costs more money to “make” the penny than the penny is actually worth! Also, getting rid of the penny means it saves Canadian taxpayers of about $11 million a year!

So what will they do with the pennies? They will melt the pennies down and recycle the metal. However, because there are so many out there still, for pennies to stop circulating around will take approximately three to four years! So stores will now round your cost up or down to the nearest nickel when you’re paying in cash! But this doesn’t apply when you’re paying with cards.

Some of the famous idioms of pennies:

A penny saved is a penny earned- means it is wise to save money

A penny for your thoughts- when someone wants to know what you are thinking about

What do you think of the decision to get rid of Canadian pennies – yay or nay? Share your thoughts, opinions, rants, and comments below! 



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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

It is of course a shock for everybody when you find out how much money you need in Vancouver. But Canadian money itself bears some interesting fact; take a closer look in your wallet!

Have you ever been asked for a “loonie” and you had nooo idea what it’s supposed to mean?  The first thing a foreigner should learn about the money here is that a $1 coin is called a Loonie, a $2 coin is a Toonie! There is an image of the common loon on the back of the dollar coin, which is a frequent symbol in Canada and the reason for the name “Loonie”. The toonie coin was introduced later and picked up this similar name in colloquial use.

Of course, if you are new to North America, you need to learn the expressions of Penny (1¢), Nickel (5¢), Dime (10¢), and Quarter (25¢). These coins also feature very Canadian things! There is a moose on the 25 cents coin, a beaver on the 5 cents coin, and a maple leaf branch on the penny. By the way, on Friday, May 4th 2012, Canada stopped minting 1 cent coins! No more worthless pennies that make our wallets fat and heavy. Well, the existing ones will still be in circulation, so it will probably take a while. But wait, what about the lucky penny then? Make sure you keep a couple!

More Canadian symbols you will find on the dollar bills. Remember how important hockey is around here? Can’t be missing on the money! The 5 dollar bill features ice hockey-playing children and the inscription says: “The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating-rink – but our real life was on the skating-rink.” Canadian money featuring Canadian life!

In case you are wondering who the important people are on the bills and coins: they are usually Canadian Prime Ministers and of course Queen Elizabeth II who still is the Head of State in Canada. Especially the 20 dollar note has her image all over (and you can play “sad queen/happy queen” with it, see below! 🙂 ). This is also the most common bill in Canada. I learned that when I withdrew money for my rent and got $600 in 20 dollar bills… You will hardly get a 50 dollar bill from the cash machine but if you do, take a closer look, the $50 notes are all new and shiny! The new ones were introduced into circulation only on March 26, 2012 and are printed on plastic instead of paper!

Let us know if you ever spotted a 100 dollar bill, they exist!



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Cloverdale Rodeo – Yeeehaw!

If anyone told me that I’d be watching grown men ride wild bulls in Vancouver, I wouldn’t have believed them. Little did I know though, that I would soon be having a great time at the annual Cloverdale Rodeo.

Yesterday I drove to Surrey with a friend to watch the second largest community rodeo in Canada. This rodeo attracts competitors and spectators worldwide, with many of the participants hailing from Alberta. This traditional exhibition brings agricultural and horticultural exhibits, including arts and crafts, home baking and canning, needle work, photography, sewing and flori-culture to the already, fun-filled long weekend. The exhibition, along with a wide assortment of family activities, truly makes the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition “much more than just a rodeo”.

The Cloverdale Rodeo is well known for its bull riding, world-class cowboys and enthusiastic rodeo fans, but it’s also famous for its party scene. At the Rodeo, the party starts before noon and doesn’t stop until well after sundown. Known throughout the rodeo world, the Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair’s Longhorn Saloon, featured live music from May 20th until yesterday. To open up the festivities,  Canadian Rock Legend 54-40 kicked-off with a great performance.

Yesterday was the finals, with prizes as much as $50,000! For that much money, heck – even I would hop on the back of a bucking horse! Check out some of my pictures below!

Keep checking back for more exciting events like this one happening in your area!

For those of you in Vancouver, don’t forget about the INTERNeX BBQ Kick-off event happening May 29! Also make sure to sign-up for the 2-Day Whistler trip leaving June 19-20! Limited amount of space available!

Have a great long weekend everyone, and I’ll see you at INTERNeX PuB NiGHT at Malone’s Bar and Grill, May 26!



Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

If you haven’t been out to a summer night market yet, you need to experience this while in Vancouver!

The summer night markets commit to representing ethnic diversity by inviting the celebration of many cultural festivities on site, promoting new and young talent on stage, giving opportunities to many charities and assisting them towards their goals, and most of all, offering many types of entrepreneurs, including the young and old, a  place for business opportunities.

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before! The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc. You don’t even need to buy anything – you can stroll around and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands… as well as games & prizes! Spend a summer night at the the Chinatown or Richmond Night market!

They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long.

Click here for further information on the Chinatown Summer Nights Market!

Click here for further information on the Richmond Summer Nights Market!

– Laura

Playland-Celebrating 100yrs of Fun!

Playland is planning on celebrating 100 years of fun this weekend! Never been to the PNE before, well then this would be the perfect time to check it out. And Vancouver’s local radio station the beat 94.5 is giving its listeners an amazing opportunity to show of your skills in their contest called the Playland Playoffs. All you have to do is text the word “PLAYLAND” to 945-945 and you will be eligible to be 1 of the 100 finalists to compete in a series of carnival games at Playland’s Opening Day on Saturday, April 24th!

Each contestant will be put into groups of 10 where the winner from each group will move on until there is one winner. The grand prize winner will receive a Playland 100th Anniversary gift basket including 2 season passes to Playland and the P-N-E, 100 mini donuts, and $2,000 in cash!

If you don’t feel like entering this contest you can still enjoy all that Playland has to offer, featuring more than 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions, and fun midway games! For more information on opening hours of operation visit their website