Punjabi-Canadian leaves behind politics for philanthropy

October 29, 2016

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | After a disillusioning attempt to become a candidate for the federal Liberal party, Vancouver businessman Barj Dhahan is stepping up his philanthropic efforts. The owner of the Sandhurst Group is spearheading a major scholarship program for 20 aboriginal students and on Saturday in Vancouver will hand out a $25,000 prize for the best in Punjabi literature. “I’ve been blessed by my family coming to...

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Syrian refugee grateful for fresh start in Victoria

October 27, 2016

By Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist | When Hani Shehab learned to cut hair in a Syrian prison as a teenager, he had no idea it would help him land his first job in a faraway place called Victoria. “There was a barber there. I watched him,” said Shehab, 22, at Status Barber Shop at Vancouver and Yates streets, where he works part-time. Shehab spent a year in a prison after...

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‘Thank you Canada’: Syrian refugee fulfilling dreams of becoming a pharmacist on Haida Gwaii

October 27, 2016

By Andrew Kurjata, Carolina de Ryk, CBC News | A Syrian refugee is thanking Canada for giving her the chance to get back on the path towards becoming a pharmacist after starting a new job in Queen Charlotte City this week. Magdalena Saied says she always wanted to help others, and was in her third year of studies to become a pharmacist when the Syrian war became too much to...

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B.C. employment stalls in September

October 25, 2016

By Bryan Yu, Business in Vancouver | B.C.’s job market stalled for a second straight month in September, pointing to deceleration in economic growth and hiring after a blistering first half of 2016....

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Canadians still see immigration in positive light: survey

October 25, 2016

By Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada International | Despite growing anti-immigrant sentiments in much of the Western world, most Canadians continue to view immigration as a net benefit for the country, according to a new national survey. The survey, released today by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, shows that eight in 10 Canadians still believe that immigration is good for the country’s...

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Refugees are a strength for Canada, not a threat, York symposium told

October 19, 2016

By Brenna Baggs, University Affaires | Canada is a stronger country thanks to the millions of refugees who’ve made their homes here, said former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. But, she added, we must do more to help them integrate with dignity. Ms. Clarkson delivered her remarks in a keynote address at the Re-imagining Refuge Symposium hosted by York University and Universities Canada in Toronto on October 17. As Canada’s 26th...

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