‘Techno-immigrants’ fuel Vancouver’s high-tech sector

April 29, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Major corporations rely on international students, temporary foreign workers and immigrants to feed Metro Vancouver’s growing high-tech sector, says a study. In an article titled “Chinese techno-immigrants in Western Canada,” two sociologists describe how U.S. corporations, including Microsoft, have opened high-tech arms in Metro Vancouver to capitalize on Canada’s less-restrictive approach to migration. “High-tech computer programming and computer systems analysis have been the two...

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City of Vancouver boosts funding to help asylum seekers

April 27, 2017

ISSofBC News The “voice of the asylum seeker” was heard this morning when representatives from four organizations serving refugee claimants released the inaugural issue of the Refugee Claimants Statistical Highlights bulletin at a press conference at ISSofBC Welcome Centre. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, the first mayor in Canada to speak out in favour of refugee claimants, announced funding approved recently by Vancouver City Council of $181,220 for these agencies: Inland...

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Now accepting ISSofBC Bursary applications

April 27, 2017

ISSofBC is encouraging education for refugee youth and newcomers to Canada with five bursaries. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 30, 2017. 2017 MARIAN DEWITT BURSARY This bursary is to honour Marian Dewitt, a long serving ISSofBC Board Member since 1982 for her outstanding contribution to the immigrant community and to the development of Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia. The Marian Dewitt Bursary is only available to ISSofBC...

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Call for applicants for the 2017 immigrant bursaries at Ashton College

April 27, 2017

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Are you a newcomer looking for a new career or to upgrade your educational credentials? Vancouver-based Ashton College is offering full-time tuition bursaries, worth up to $8,000, to new immigrants through the Lilian To Bursary for Immigrants, sponsored by Canadian Immigrant magazine. Applications are now being — deadline is July 31, 2017....

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Syrian food flavoured with grace and gratitude

April 24, 2017

By Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun | In Arabic, tayybeh means kind, generous, delicious. In Vancouver, Tayybeh is becoming better known as a regular pop-up Syrian feast cooked by women who’ve endured unimaginable hardships. It speaks powerfully about the emotional role of food and community. To me, it’s sheer grace. The women are wounded and raw from the atrocities experienced in their homeland; some have been in Vancouver for mere months,...

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Graphic Novel Shares Immigrant Women’s Stories of Violence – and Hope

April 24, 2017

By Jillian Kestler D’Amours | In Canada, dozens of immigrant women have coauthored a graphic novel about sexual violence. Since their immigration status is often linked to their relationship status, immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence. It wasn’t an easy decision, but when Mariah Nalubuulwa fled Uganda in 2015 after years of domestic abuse, she knew it was a matter of life and death. “It’s the worst experience...

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