For those who don’t know (probably not too many of you anyway), Groupon is a service that helps the seller or a service provider and a buyer find each other by offering a handsome discount on the good or service by selling a pre-paid coupon. I have used it several times, because, I admit, I like getting good deals – such as paying $20 for a $40 meal.
If you are a full-time student from another country, and already have an international license from another country, you do not need to get a Canadian license just yet (just make use to insure your vehicle and carry a study permit with you when driving). Otherwise, you will need to contact ICBC in order to get a Canadian driver’s license. ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) is an agency that manages the process of licensing new and current drivers.
When your study or work permit is still valid, but the visa is expired and you need to travel outside of Canada/USA, you need to renew your visa. As of May 29, all temporary residents within Canada must submit their application through an agency in Ottawa (CPP-O) or their country’s visa office.
I had to do it only once, as normally it is issued for the total duration of your studies. However, sometimes they will issue a permit for a random period of time, or you may decide to with to a longer program (e.g. Bachelor instead of Diploma).
This Sunday my friend Alena and I went skiing/snowboarding to Mount Baker in Washington state, in USA.