Wednesday, March 28, 2018

07 - Cadzand Weekend

The good thing about living in Belgium is that it only takes about an hour in the car to cross a border. A few weekends ago, we did just that and drove to Cadzand, The Netherlands. This coastal town, a stones throw away from the crowded Belgian coast, is a hidden gem and offers great options.

In Tim's minute, we'll share the amazing story of a couple of bankrobbers, being caught after they stopped at Tim Hortons. This all happened in New Brunswick. The original story is HERE.


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Friday, March 9, 2018

06 - Knock knock

Knock knock.
-Who's there?
The podcaster.
-What podcaster?
The podcaster that went silent for about a year!

So I'm back. Broadcasting from a new and renovated home, and a revised podcast studio.
It took a few days weeks months longer than I expected to record another episode, to say the least.
In this new episode, I'm sharing some of my thoughts from the car, on my morning commute.

It feels good to be back ...


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

05 - Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

I barely made it to the studio on time for this bi-weekly episode. Busy days at work in combination with March Break at the school of my kids kept me away from the microphone.
But here we are again!

In this episode Mark Holthe, immigration lawyer and expert, explains the new entry rules for visitors to Canada. Citizens of a certain number of countries will need Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when flying in. It is important to realize this as thousands of people are preparing to come to our country this Summer, because National Parks are free of charge.

In Tim's Minute, I'll talk about the annual 'Roll Up The Rim' contest that has once again started.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

04 - Adam Rozenhart of The Expats Podcast

After my 'podcast from the bike' experience last time, I'm back in the cozy comfort of my studio this week, chatting with Adam Rozenhart. Adam is the host of The Expats podcast, an amazing show in which Canadians all over the world are sharing their stories about living in another country.

I talked to him over Skype, from his home in gorgeous Edmonton, AB. We discussed his love for podcasting and the reasons why there are so few Canadian podcasts, compared to the US.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

03 - BikeCast - A podcast on my bike


I spend about 1 hour every day on a bicycle, commuting to and from work. To be fair, I'll admit I am only doing a part of the total distance by bike. The rest is by commuter train. Recently, I combined this daily bike ride with recording my podcast. Hence, this BikeCast, the first ever podcast recorded on a bike. Ok well, maybe not the first in the entire world, but at least for my own podcast. Hope you enjoy the fresh air and the wind in your ears in this third episode of The Canada Case Podcast. Clicking here, will take you to the video with more pictures of my ride.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

02 - The Slowly Becoming Canadian Podcast

We will, in this show, be interviewing fellow Canadian podcasters now and then. One show in particular I really like is a podcast called 'Slowly Becoming Canadian', by Souhaël Bouallagui. This Frenchman immigrated to Nova Scotia years ago and is now - in his own words - doing his best to blend in. His quest to understand Canada and become one of us/them (use what is applicable), is documented in his entertaining podcast. I talked to Souhaël about his own newcomer story and about the idea to start podcasting about it.

This episode also features another story about Tim Hortons, and explains how you can become an ambassador of our podcast.




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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

01 - Canadian immigration lawyer Mark Holthe

This feels like a first day of school, it really does.
While I have been podcasting in Flemish for many years, and even tried a short-lived podcast in English a few years ago, I am super excited to (re)start my podcasting adventures in English today.

This show aims to be my personal podcast with a distinct Canadian flavour. And who am I, you might ask? I am Lode Roels, a Belgian-Canadian journalist living in Europe with my wife and two daughters.

In this very first episode, I am introducing myself and the podcast. The bulk of this episode is a great and interesting conversation with Canadian immigration lawyer Mark Holthe, based in Alberta. Mark is helping people who are searching for answers to their immigration questions. Last but not least, there's a story about one of Canada's natural treasures: Tim Hortons.



Links mentioned

CIC Express Entry Page
Ranking System Points

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

00 - Podcast relaunch!

Here's some news!

After two years of silence, I am starting to podcast in English again.

Starting January 3, 2017, I will be launching 'The Canada Case Podcast', a personal podcast of me, a Belgian-Canadian journalist. I am living in Europe with my wife and two daughters. The podcast shares stories about the little things in life, with a distinct Canadian flavour, and about living abroad and immigrating to another country. Among other thing, you’ll hear from Canadians staying elsewhere and newcomers living in Canada.




Friday, December 16, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Meanwhile in Canada

Funny picture and not so far from the truth when you know how much snow we have had in recent weeks. The second picture is what it really looks like in Moncton, where the city is clearing the sidewalks by digging "tunnels" in the snow. Welcome in Canada!




Thursday, December 1, 2016

How about a podcast?

I’m seriously thinking about starting a podcast for this blog.

I have been writing a blog for 2 years now (mainly in Dutch), and don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the writing. But it takes time and energy. I have a background as a radio host and I find that ‘telling’ something is easier and faster than ‘writing’ something. So the equivalent of a ‘telling blog‘ is a podcast, a short audio file that would carry the same stories that I would put on this blog. I would continue writing, don’t worry, but the podcast would complement that and it would contain the extended version of the things you can read here.

So let me know what you think. Would you guys be interested in a regular audio update that you can play directly on this site or receive through iTunes? Let me know!