28 Syrian refugees go on first camping trip in Nova Scotia

July 27, 2016

By Kathy Parson, CBC News | Five Syrian refugee families new to Nova Scotia got a taste of Canadian camping culture at Kejimkujik National Park this past weekend. For some of the families, it was their first camping trip ever. They joined Canadians and immigrants from other countries for the overnight expedition. Itehaad Al Smadi is a single mother who came to Halifax with three of her children in February....

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Meet the Gay Syrian Refugee Leading Vancouver’s Pride Parade

July 26, 2016

By Sarah Berman, Vice | Danny Ramadan knows that a lot can change in a year. Back in 2011, he was living in Damascus, working to support other queer Syrians, sometimes housing them in his own apartment. “Of course that was all underground and secretive,” Ramadan told VICE. (Being gay is illegal in Syria, and Ramadan would face at least three years in prison if he was ever prosecuted in...

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Chinese immigrant advocate Lilian To honoured with street moniker

July 25, 2016

By Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun | Lilian To once left a family vacation in Los Angeles in order to fly back to Vancouver to attend a one-day S.U.C.C.E.S.S. board meeting. “And then flew back to join us at the parade, where the fireworks are and Mickey Mouse is,” said To’s son Daniel. “That was the dedication she had.” To, credited with bridging the gap between immigrants and the local community,...

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Mandarin Tops List of Immigrant Languages in Vancouver, Canada

July 25, 2016

By Hu Shengqiao, Women of China | Mandarin has replaced Cantonese as the top immigrant language commonly spoken by the largest visible minority groups in Vancouver, Canada, according to a recent report from the Global Chinese Broadcasting Cooperation Network. As early immigrants to Canada were mostly from the Cantonese-speaking regions in south China’s Guangdong Province, Hong Kong or Macao, Cantonese has long been the most prevalent language in many immigrant...

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Program helps immigrant youth find jobs, and friends

July 25, 2016

By Kathy Parson, CBC News | Nasek Shaheed came to Canada from Bangladesh at the end of February completely alone. He had an MBA that was not recognized in his new country and no professional connections. Fast forward four months, and Shaheed, 27, has a job, a career path and even a few friends after graduating last week from the Youth Employment Program run by the immigrant services group SUCCESS....

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Business input vital to immigration system’s economic success

July 24, 2016

By Jock Finlayson and Ken Peacock, Business in Vancouver | There are currently 4.7 million people living in B.C. Over the past 20 years, our population has risen by 908,000. Back in 1995, the population was growing at an annual rate of 2.8%, based on strong net interprovincial migration, international migration, and a relatively high rate of natural increase (births minus deaths). Now, the population is increasing by 1% annually,...

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