Adopt-A-School’s help for struggling refugees ‘like winning a lottery’

December 30, 2017

By Vancouver Sun | For refugee families it’s often the local school that holds them together until they find their balance. And for Obeid Abouzeid, his wife Nazadar and their five children — all boys — their place of refuge is Lena Shaw Elementary on 100A Avenue in Whalley. This Surrey school is home to 42 Arabic-speaking children, including their nine-year-old son Ayat. Speaking through interpreter Abeer Al-Kozabary, Nazadar said...

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Commercial Real Estate: Lobbying to save Chinatown’s heritage

December 28, 2017

By Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun | Melody Ma retraces the steps she initially took about two years ago through Vancouver’s Chinatown. The twenty-something freelance web developer and Chinatown activist remembers seeing a construction pit at Gore and East Hastings on that walk. “There used to be all of these interesting mom-and-pop Chinese retailers occupying that building,” she told Postmedia on a similar stroll through Chinatown in mid-December. “I was thinking...

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Immigrants providing a boost to declining church attendance in Canada

December 28, 2017

By Xiao Yu, Globe and Mail | Eli Wu brought his wife and teenaged son to Vancouver this past summer, emigrating from China in search of a better education for his child. He wasn’t searching for God, but after arriving in Canada he found himself drawn in an unexpected direction. In China, he said he didn’t pay too much attention to Christianity, although some of his family members attended church....

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Visiting Canada? How to fill out a successful temporary visa application

December 27, 2017

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | In recent years, more than one million people annually have been applying for visitor visas to visit Canada. Several hundred thousand more apply for work permits or study permits each year. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will refuse around 20 per cent of these applications, sending a generic refusal letter, providing vague reasons off a checklist. What most refused applicants don’t realize is that behind...

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Immigration has “undoubtedly’ escalated housing prices in Vancouver, Toronto, says study

December 25, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | There is no doubt Canada’s high immigration rates have a major impact on housing affordability in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, according to a new study. “First and foremost, immigration policy is, essentially, also a form of housing policy,” University of B.C. geographer Daniel Hiebert says in a comprehensive paper published in the winter edition of the Canadian Journal of Urban Research. “Metropolitan housing in...

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Opinion: Let’s have an honest conversation about immigration

December 25, 2017

By Ptrick Mackenzia, Vancouver Sun | On Dec. 18, we observed International Migrants Day, which was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2000. With immigration so firmly ingrained in “Brand Canada,” it offers an opportunity to re-visit the public conversation about its impact and maybe even dispel a few myths. While our public is generally supportive of immigration, the recently unveiled three-year immigration plan has prompted...

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