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UFE results dreams begin

I had my first UFE related dream a few nights ago. I was napping – always a higher chance of remembering your dreams when you’re dozing in and out it seems – at my girlfriend’s while she studied.

Back in mid-September I wrote the Uniform Final Exam, which is just what it sounds like. The uniform refers to it being administered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants – everything up to that point in the process to get the designation is the realm of the provincial/regional Institutes. It was three days long, totalling 13 hours of case-writing bedlam.

Anyway, back to my dream. I was at my girlfriend’s house in the dream as well, and I’d just received the results in the mail. (The actual results will be posted on the CICA website around 10am on November 24th.) I was too nervous to open the envelope so I had my girlfriend do it. I didn’t pass.

And that was it. I felt horrible when I woke up, but relieved when I realized it was just a dream. I anticipate many more dreams like this one before November 24th rolls around. It’s not much longer than a month away now, but seems like the distant future at the same time.

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Immigration is key

John Ibbitson makes the argument in today’s Globe and Mail that one of the key issues the Conservatives need to address during their time running the country is immigration. No official announcement has been made yet regarding their policy on the number of immigrants per year, but unofficially it looks like the numbers will remain pretty static at about 250,000 people per year.

There isn’t another issue as important as immigration. The country is being reshaped by the hundreds of thousands of people arriving here every year. Think of it: At current levels, Canada will be absorbing a million new Canadians every four years. That’s the equivalent of a city larger than Ottawa, Calgary or Edmonton. Each decade, we will be importing the equivalent of the city of Toronto.

As an accountant I can attest to the fact that we are in high demand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has created an Occupational Career Path for use by immigrants who hope to become Chartered Accountants and fill the need for public accountants in Canada. Doctors are another profession in high demand and there needs to be progress towards getting foreign-trained health professionals working in Canadian hospitals.