Addendum Oct 12th 2011 – I wrote the below post back in 2010. It was my first post. Since then my blog has grown a lot. There are over 400 comments now and sifting through them is quite a task for someone looking to see if their question has been asked. Yesterday, I added a Forum to this blog and today I have closed further comments and questions on this blog. My hope is that everyone will now post their comments and questions on the forum. The Forum is searchable and I think it will help people find information quicker and much easier.
Thank you all for all your support and encouragement…please note I will still post articles on information that requires more in depth coverage….otherwise please join the discussion, post your query or help a fellow Canadian or visitor to Canada by sharing what you know and what you’ve experienced.
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July 21st 2010
The idea of starting this blog came to me after trying to figure out something to do in my spare time that would help people, educate myself, and enter the online world.
I realized that over the years, in my line of work I have amassed a lot of information or knowledge of how to obtain the information in regards to Customs related topics.
Such topics would include:
However, I didn’t know where to begin.
I don’t want to just start writing blogs on different subjects…rather I would like to open up my blog to the general public and ask “is there anything you would like to know? Do you have any questions related to Customs?”
I am happy to answer questions in regards to the customs process that is available to the public. Most of the time the information is public….just not always easily found. Many people complain that the Canada Border Services Agency website www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca is horrible to navigate, and I couldn’t agree more. However, faced with redesigning the website I would have no idea where to begin. So who am I to judge? I just know there are a lot of people out there who need answers and are just not getting them…
So thats where I come in.
I will endeavour to answer all your questions the best that I can…with the disclaimer that I can only provide what I know or the public has access to. Think of me as a navigator…
So without further ado…
ask me a question.
Today I’ve decided to share some picture and info on the amenities at the Customs College in Rigaud, Quebec or the formal name which is the CBSA Learning Centre.
Rigaud is a quaint little town…and I mean little!…and I was pleasantly surprised to find quite beautiful. The town has a few little businesses like a hairdresser and few restaurants. The best is probably the greasy spoon down the street where you can get pizza, pasta or even a decent souvlaki if you get sick of the cafeteria food. There is also a Tim Horton’s but no Second cup or Starbucks unfortunately. So if you are a coffee lover you will have to drive for any specialty coffee. As for grocery stores, there is a Metro and an IGA.
The College Campus is quite nice actually. I believe the building was originally a monastery or something to do with the church as there are stained glass windows in one of the training rooms.
Opened in April 1980
The main entrance.
here is a couple shots of the greenery.
So lets start with what my room looked like.
Here’s the bed.
There is a phone for local calls or charges apply. The phone also flashes red if you have a message. At the bottom left hand corner you can see the edge of a mini fridge. No its not a mini bar!
At the top left you can see part of the closet where you can hang up clothes.
I also had my own TV and a desk.
Here’s what my bathroom looked like.
Ok so now let me show you the cafeteria.
There was one area for deli stuff like sandwhiches and pita wraps, then there were two islands one for sides, and one for a salad/fruit bar. At the back was the grill for burgers, fries, hot mains, steak, clubhouse sandwiches, poutine etc.
After all that food, may be you would like to work some of the calories off here at the gym. The equipment is not bad but not much in the way of free weights. There was one bench press and some dumbells…there rest were machines. Oh they also has a smith machine.
For those of you who prefer sports there is a gymnasium where you can play volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, badminton etc…
or you could go for a swim in the indoor pool (which may have been shut down)
And then have a sauna before you shower.
A little tight I know….and no its not co-ed!
for those of you who prefer to read there was a shelf with a few books on it for anyone to borrow.
In the room next door is a room dedicated for ironing.
Also many websites are blocked from being accessed. So if you are a facebook addict bring your own 3G / 4G device.
Overall, the amenities were better than I expected the first time I went. Just having your own room is nice. The food is not bad and if you get tired of it there a few place nearby off campus. I must say that I enjoying going to Rigaud and I find it to be a really beautiful place.
For any new recruits going, I’m sure you will be fine with the facilities.
I hope you enjoyed this post