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! 

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Since I started my internship here at INTERNeX Canada couple weeks back, I began to think how different life is when working full time and not going to school. I’ve always been a student. Sure I’ve worked a few part time jobs here and there, but never actually taken the step to stop attending classes for a whole semester to work. Many of you might be already used to this kind of feeling…how shall I put it, a sense of independence? And I don’t mean the kind of independence you get in college where teachers no longer follow you around if you haven’t done your homework.

But for me, it was definitely strange at first.  I’ve never lived alone in a different country and I still live with my parents. So being here at INTERNeX and meeting people around my age (even younger) who have all traveled here to work alone, made me think how inexperienced I still am. I have so much more to learn, as a person, and to see in life.

I don’t believe I’m the only one who has felt this way before -a bit scared, a little overwhelmed, but completely excited to experience new things…sort of like when a kid is left at a candy store all alone. Okay I admit that was a pretty bad analogy.

So I’ll just end this with the words of John Maxwell (that pretty much sums up how I feel), “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone“. 

Hope you guys have a great weekend 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Top Canadian Google Searches of 2012

Google is probably the place I go to when I need an answer for anything. In this day and age, we don’t go to the doctors anymore when we are sick or open an actual dictionary to look up the meaning of a word. If there’s something we don’t understand? We turn on our laptop or our iPhone and Google has the answer.

Recently, Google Canada revealed what the most popular Canadian searches of 2012 were and you might find some answers rather surprising or not! It’s kind of cool to see what kind of things, news or people were searched by Canadians in this year!

The Top Trending searches (new searches with the highest amount of traffic) of the year was Pinterest, which is a photo sharing social media website, with Hurricane Sandy and the London Olympics to follow.

Our very own Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was the most searched Canadian Politician, as he should be and is followed by Justin Trudeau, who is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party and the son of Pierre Trudeau, the late former Prime Minister of Canada.

Not surprisingly, the top most searched Canadian Musician, remains to be Justin Bieber with Carly Rae Jepsen following in third place. She has been well-known in Canada for quite some time after placing third in the television show “Canadian Idol” in 2007, but she only became famous outside of Canada after Justin tweeted about her earlier this year!

The Vancouver Canucks was the third most searched Canadian Sports Teams and Vancouver, itself, was the fourth most searched Cities in Google Maps.

The Canadian beer Molson remains the most searched Beer and the most searched Canadian Foods were bacon, poutine and maple syrup. Very typical, right?

What I found most interesting was that people, even on the internet, are simply looking for love. The top Trending ‘What Is…?’ is What is Love and second highest Trending ‘How To…?’ is How to Love.

These statistics may seem kind of boring, but it shows the dominant thoughts and influences of the culture in this period of time. Our ways of discovering the “truth” has changed with our advancement in technology and social media. Who knows, maybe Google does have the answer for everything, even if its love!

For a complete list of the top Google Searches, take a look at Google Zeitgeist 2012.

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com