The difference between immigration law and information on the IRCC website

December 28, 2016

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Toward the end of this year, the Canadian government made many changes to Canada’s immigration programs. The parents and grandparents sponsorship program went from being first-come, first-serve to a lottery system. Arranged employment through a labour market impact assessment went from guaranteeing someone an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency to only being a factor slightly more significant than the newly introduced factor of...

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Syrian refugee family settling into new life in Burnaby, B.C.

December 28, 2016

By Luiz Lopes, Globe and Mail | The Globe and Mail is looking at people who have been touched by the refugee crisis in British Columbia, from sponsors and teachers to the refugees themselves. Raid Abazeed and Manar Ahmed just had their baby when the call came asking if they would be interested in moving from their exile in Jordan to Canada. A month later, the young Syrian refugee family...

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Stephen Hume: That ‘ethnic driver accidents’ stereotype? It’s wrong

December 28, 2016

By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun | Mail responding to columns about the easiest way to reduce insurance costs for B.C. drivers includes dog-whistle demands for statistics correlating traffic accidents to ethnicity in Metro Vancouver. For example: “Why don’t you reporters demand answers to the ROOT of the problem? What are the stats on ‘ethnic’ driver accidents?” “Everyone knows who the culprits are that are driving up our rates but no...

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‘The last cheerful nation’: Does pro-multiculturalism Canada stand alone?

December 27, 2016

By CTV News | When Donald Trump won the U.S. election in November, Canada became the last major western democracy to still believe in multiculturalism, Toronto author Stephen Marche said, calling Canada the “last cheerful nation” and suggesting that, for the first time in history, the national political identity is unique in the world. In a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca, Marche explained why he thinks Canada has avoided the surge...

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Arts program for Syrian refugees in Surrey, B.C. is music to their ears

December 23, 2016

By Marsha Lederman, Vancouver Sun | When embattled Aleppo is under evacuation and it’s unclear what has happened to your family there, it could seem trivial to be answering questions about a recent concert experience in Vancouver. And yet the group gathered at the Surrey School District’s English Language Learner Welcome Centre beams at the memory still. “This is the first time in our life to see something like that;...

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‘It’s a blessing’: Agriculture, tourism sectors hail TFW changes

December 21, 2016

By Vancouver Sun | The federal government’s decision to get rid of a rule limiting how long temporary foreign workers can stay in Canada is being welcomed by Alberta businesses in industries as diverse as beef production and tourism, who hope the reform will ease labour shortages they say are ongoing in spite of the economic downturn. “It’s a very positive change. We are facing critical labour shortages at the...

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