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The Missed Horse Show or How to Bypass the U.S. Entrance Ban

Events July 21, 2017

While going to Minnesota from Montreal might seem to be a long shot to some, if you are a big horse show fan, you are ready to travel just about anywhere. In fact, I had several good reasons to travel this far. One of them was to look at the show participants and choose my next perfect horse. The next one was much more personal.

I have a good friend, who moved from Toronto to Big Falls two years ago. We have a good tradition of visiting each other on our birthdays. Since his is on July 19th  and the Carriage House horse show runs from 20th to 23rd July, the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone seemed tough to bypass.

While contemplating a good mini-vacation and choosing a gift for my good friend Al, I was looking through the horse breeds expected to be part of the show. None of the equines appealed to me at the first glance and I decided to make a decision on the spot. In order to visit Al right on his birthday, I planned to drive to Minnesota on July 18th.

The last time I visited the United States was last July. And here I have something to confess. In the past year, I managed to make a rather stupid mistake, which ended up getting me a criminal record. It was a minor criminal offense, which didn’t affect my business so I forgot about it as soon as it was done with. This was another mistake.

On July 18th, I was happily driving toward the USA border, looking forward to a glass of wine with Al and a swim in a lake. Little did I know that my vacation was about to turn into a disaster. A polite border officer let me know that I was denied entry to the USA for an indefinite amount of time. Stunned I made some calls and realized that the reason for the ban was my “minor” criminal record. The vacation was ruined, Al didn’t get the gift, and my show plans turned to dust.

I couldn’t believe that I have to say goodbye to the United States forever. After calming down a bit, I called a lawyer friend who told me about a way out. A US Entry Waiver is specifically designed to give Canadians a second chance. It turns out that even if you’ve been pardoned, the criminal record can keep you from entering the country. The waiver is the only chance to pass the border.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Entry Waiver Application may take up to a year to be processed, but I still hope I have a chance to visit Al next July. Many Canadians don’t know about this loophole and take the ban for granted. Fortunately, the government realizes that people make mistakes. So unless you really messed up, a waiver can allow you to pass the border again.

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Mayfair Event At Waldorf Academy: Free Entry

Events May 1, 2017

On May 6th, 2017 Toronto Waldorf Academy hosts two Mayfair events that will be fun for you and your family. Mayfair will be divided into two parts: early childhood maypole and gradeschool mayfair and open house. Waldorf Academy is known for its colorful, interesting and interactive activities so now you can be part of it absolutely free of charge. Bring your family and friends – this is not something to be missed.

The early childhood maypole is held between 10am and 12pm. The program will include maypole dance, live music, potluck picnic and of course lots of laughter and socializing for you and your little ones to enjoy. Don’t  forget the fairy wings – it is a must.

The Gradeschool event will take place at 12pm at 250 Madison and will run until 3.30pm. Kids of all ages are welcome. There will be plenty of activities including face painting, scavenger hunt, BBQ, outdoor ball hockey, chalk drawing as well as Waldorf Academy choir performance. A lot of fun is guaranteed for every member of your family.

About Toronto Waldorf Academy

Toronto Waldorf Academy was founded by a group of parents in 1987 and offers an alternative education based on the vision and principles of Rudolph Steiner that embodies learning through all the senses. According to Steiner the child development is divided into three major stages and each stage requires different educational approach. Kids learn through experience and experiments which aids emotional, intellectual and physical development. Waldorf education strives to encourage kids to become permanent learners and give them the ability to develop into free morally responsible individuals.

To sum up:

May 6th 2017

Early Childhood Maypole

10am – 12pm

Wychwood Barns South Park, off Wychwood Ave.

Gradeschool Mayfair and Open House

12pm – 3.30pm

250 Madison

Free entry

Come and join the fun and celebrate warm spring days with Toronto Waldorf Academy on May 6th.

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