How to order and receive a certified translation

In this post, I would like to describe how to order and receive a certified translation from English into Russian or translation from Russian into English in Vancouver and other areas of Lower Mainland. Just a reminder: a translation, done by a certified translator, doesn’t require any further verifications or authentications and accepted by all authorities and organizations in British Columbia and other provinces of Canada.
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Sleight of Hand and Total Fraud or How English to Russian translator Turns into English to Persian One

Guess I am getting popular, though it is not the kind of popularity I am after. A couple of months ago I received a call from the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC). They informed that someone had photoshopped and posted online my certificate of the English to Russian translator under a different name and with another language pair. Details of this virtual art theft are below.
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International Translation Day

Today my colleagues around the globe celebrate the International Translation day. Of course, I also accept congratulations and, in my turn, express my best wishes to translators, interpreters, terminologists, editors, proofreaders and other professionals, who dedicated themselves to a noble mission of breaking language barriers and establishing communication between people. Why is this holiday celebrated on September 30th?
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Website redesign

I finally completed a long overdue redesign of my site.  I would like to take this opportunity and share how this site first  appeared.

Back in 2006, I helped one of my friends to translate texts for his website.  To return a favor, he offered me a domain name and some space on his server. I had some basic knowledge of HTML, so I decided to set up a website of my own. Dreamweaver template, couple hours of work and in February of 2007 I published the first version of my site. At that time, shmatkov.com domain was already taken, so I went for shmatkov.info (a couple of years later shmatkov.com became available, I grabbed it, and now the site is accessible through both domains).
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