Changing your first name in Ontario

One of the best decisions I made was to change my name. If you are thinking of changing your name for whatever reason, do it. It helped me reaffirm my identity of who I was, and now that it is legal I felt more complete. No more people calling me by a name I did not like or prefer, now I can happily have all my documents say the name I wanted. There was a lot of things to do during the process and I thought I share it with other people who may be going through the same thing.

Step 1: Applying to Change Your Name

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First, to change your first name in Ontario you must fill out an application:

Name Change Form (For 16 and older)

Adult Name Change Form: http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=1&ENV=WWE&TIT=name+change&NO=007-11155E or http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/GetAttachDocs/007-11155E~3/$File/11155E.pdf

Before you apply

You can change your name as an adult if you:

  • are 16 years of age or older
  • have lived in Ontario for the past 12 months

Name Change form (16 and under): 

Child name change Form: http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=1&ENV=WWE&TIT=name+change&NO=007-11156E

  • 16 or 17 years old you will need consent from your parent(s), guardian(s) or anyone who has legal custody of you before you can change your name (you must also complete Part 3 of the application)
  • married or have signed a Joint Declaration of Conjugal Relationship document, you must give your partner/spouse notice that you’re changing your name (you must also complete Part 2 of the application

Since I applied for the adult one I will focus on that one.

Aside from completing the form, you will need to scan your birth certificate (To show your original name and you are who you say you are). This is only for those who are born in Canada.

If you were born outside of Canada you have additional documents to provide besides your birth certificate.
– photocopy of original birthday certificate or photocopy of certified copy of birth registration from the country of birth and

– photocopy of Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate (both sides) or photocopy of Canadian Record of Immigrant Landing or photocopy of the Permanent resident card (both sides) and 

– photocopy of passport used to enter Canada (if still held by the applicant)

It will also be a hassle if your birth certificate is not in English. Then you would need to get a certified translator.

To get anything certified you will need a notary, I used:
http://toronto-notary-public.com/

Or you can find more here: http://www.torontonotary.com/

 

Step 2: You got your

After a long wait (for me it was two months) you will receive your name change certificate in the mail. It will look something like this:

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I suggest you scan it, and you carry it around with you when you are changing your name for various documents and in case your old name is in still in use. Now, you will need to change the name on a lot of important documents. Here is a list (Not exhaustive): changing your name for various documents and in case your old name is in still in use. Now, you will need to change the name on a lot of important documents. Here is a list (Not exhaustive):

  1. Driver License
  2. Canadian Citizenship
  3. School
  4. OSAP
  5. Banks
  6. SIN
  7. Passport
  8. Health Card

The question is now, what order should I do them in?
This is the order I suggest you do it.

  1. Driver’s License
  2. SIN
  3. School
  4. OSAP
  5. Bank/s
  6. Health Card
  7. Passport
  8. Canadian Citizenship

The First 5 can be done with just the name certificate and you don’t need any secondary supporting document. From 6 to 8 they require a secondary document showing your new legal name. The one I had trouble with was changing my VISA card name, when I was at my bank they told me to call VISA to change my name, and when I called VISA they told me to go to my bank. So, I will update when I have done this.

Step 3: Other tips and words advice

  • Notify others that you have changed your name, friends, family and your workplace. Remember to change your name too on Social Media Platforms.
  • Get a credit report to check for anything strange and in general, it is good practice

I would love to hear your stories regarding the process or the reasons why you changed your name.

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Canada 150: How is Canada Celebrating its 150th Birthday?

Canada became independent on July 1, 1867! This year it will be Canada’s 150th Birthday and as a Canadian, I wanted to write a little post before this upcoming summer for my fellow Canadians. This is a momentous occasion for Canada, and the Government and other bodies are going all out doing events and getting citizens involved. For example inviting Canadians across Canada to design the logo for Canada 150, which I did but did not win (haha!). So, I’ll be writing about some notable events, celebrations and stuff that is happening this year.

1. Canadian Parks are Free!

If you ever had wanted to visit Canada’s beautiful parks, this is the year to do it. This includes National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country! You will have to order a pass, do it early to get it on time! Canada is a beautiful country and it would be a shame to not be able to see it in your lifetime.

Links:

  1. More Information
  2. Here to Order the Free Pass

 

2. Canadian Mint

The Canadian Mint went all out for Canada 150. The mint invited Citizens to help design coins for the special year according to different themes. I myself am a casual coin collector, so this is exciting for me. For the rest, make sure to look in your coins for the ones in circulation! It’ll be a great token to remember 2017.

 

Links:
See Coins here

 

3. 150 Pointes of Canada

Not only is Canada is celebrating its 150th, the National Ballet of Canada is celebrating is 65th. They are partnering with communities, people and organisations but having participants photograph their pointe shoe on location and it will be shared by the National ballet of Canada’s social media. If you are into ballet, you can participate in this unique event.

Link:

More Information

 

4. Canada Rocks 150

Canadians are attempting to break the record for Guinness World Record for the Largest Performing Rock Band. Quite ambitious I do say so myself, but it would amazing to see. Set to happen in the summer and performing four iconic Canadian rock songs. If you are a musician and feel interested check out the links below.

Links:
More information

Go fund me

5. Canada’s Day

Canada day is on July 1st, but this time it’s extra special. Some events are expanding the 1-day celebration to a week celebration. No matter where you are the fireworks display this year will be the one to beat.

To learn more about Canada 150 visit the Government’s official page HERE!

 

 

For more events in near you, check out these links:
– Toronto Canada 150 Events

Victoria Canada 150 Events

Ottawa Canada 150 Events

Macleans’s Article

– 150 Alliance 

If you know any more special Canada 150 events going on please comment, I would love to add it to this article.

 

Disney Princesses/Heroines Business Cards Part 1

Just for fun, I thought it would be humorous if I made fake business cards for the Disney princess. I tried to imagine what job would fit with each princess and it was quite hard!

The Little Mermaid

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I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty.

I imagine Ariel as someone who loves old things and collecting neat objects. Shelves filled with wonderful objects and each with its own story to tell.

Beauty and the Beast

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Belle is a voracious reader and opens a book store to continue her love her reading. She always take great care in recommending books to her customers, and loves talking to them too.

Well it’s my favourite! Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells,  a prince in disguise!

Mulan

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“We must be swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of a moon”

Teaching martial arts is a great passion for Mulan and she would be a great teacher as evidence in the sequels!

 

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Personal: dciman32.dll problem

As your computer gets older it gets more problem, and I hate it. Perhaps it’s planned obsolescence or I’m not a very good caretaker either way I recently had a problem with my dciman32.dll being deleted and I thought others might had have the same problem too. So I decided to share my experience.

The Problem

My computer was shut down improperly and it resulted in the computer needing to be rebooted. It went to a screen and asked if I would like a CHKDSK scan. It suggested I do a CHKDSK scan as it was recommended. I did it and the following happen:

CHKDSK is verifying indexes
dciman32.dll in index SI30 of file 2233 is deleted

After it was finish and I was able to access my computer. The first thing to pop up was a message telling dciman21.dll was deleted and I should reinstall it to fix the problem. I was confused as the computer itself automatically deleted the file.

DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND REINSTALL IT FROM AN UNKNOWN SOURCE. 

Anyway, It turns out I needed this file to run programs that relied heavily on graphics. I couldn’t open Adobe After Effects and was frustrated. So after some googling and trying some failed methods, I finally find the solution to my specific particular problem.

The Solution

It turns out all I needed to do was run a System File Check. You need to go to the start menu>command prompt> right click and run as administrator. Or the command prompt can be found in the accessories folder in the start menu.

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At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

sfc /scannow
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Do not close this let it run. It will fixed the corrupted file problem.
And that was it for me. Check out the following link by microsoft that better explains the process of system check here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/929833
Failed Methods
I tried some other methods that did not fixed the problem and wasted my time. I tried these methods first because it was low risk, but so is the system scan but I did that last ha ha. It was the following:
1. System Restore: I restored it to an earlier point did not fixed the problem. Went to an even earlier point. Still the same pop up message.
2. Updates: Perhaps, it was missing some updates. Nope, wasn’t that.
I hope that was some help to you! REMINDER This was just for my specific situation and problem, there are other variations of the deleted dciman32.dll problem, and this method may  not work for you. I wish you good luck though on finding a solution!