On the evening that Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States in 2016, Canada's immigration website crashed because so many Americans researched emigrating to Canada. Very few followed through on that initial impulse.
I Actually Did It! is the honest, humorous and insightful story of Stephen Shainbart Ph.D., a New Yorker and clinical psychologist. He spent years after the 2016 election researching and undertaking the surprisingly difficult and complex process of emigrating to Canada.
In November 2019, three years after his journey began on that fateful night, he finally became Canadian.
Faced with the terrible prospect of Trump winning another term, Stephen shares his reasons for moving to Canada and how you could do it too. Drawing from personal experiences he explains his concerns about Trump and his fears for America.
Even if you aren't planning on emigrating to Canada, Stephen's funny stories, his guide on air travel and his view of the cultural differences between USA and Canada can offer fun yet perceptive observations for our troubled times.
Stephen Shainbart is a psychologist in private practice in New York City and Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University. He has taught and supervised many mental health professionals in both the theory and practice of psychotherapy. He is also a life-long New York Mets fan who has now adopted the Blue Jays as his second team.
1 Introduction 9
2 To Justify Myself in the Independent Stand I Was Compelled to Take (Or, "Why the Hell Did I Do this?") - Part One 14
3 So You Want to Become Canadian? My Story 41
4 My Musings on Canada and Toronto 50
5 How You Can Become Canadian Too - Maybe 84
6 To Justify Myself in the Independent Stand I Was Compelled to Take: (Or, "Why the Hell Did I Do This?") - Part Two: 101
7 More Canada Stories 116
8 A Plea to Torontonians: Stop This Barbaric Practice 145
9 Coronavirus 150
10 2020 and Beyond 159
About the Author 163