Adopt-A-School: Helping refugee children overcome the traumas of their past

December 8, 2017

By Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun | “We’ve all been broken before, but we heal. We do have the darkness still, but we have to learn to live without the darkness.” — a handwritten sign pinned to the wall in Guildford Park Secondary. For many refugee students attending Surrey schools, their bodies may be safely in a classroom, but their minds are still inhabiting the dangerous places they fled. Surrey likely...

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Is it OK to ask, ‘Where are you from?’

December 8, 2017

Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | A seemingly innocuous question has become contentious. “Where are you from?” has turned into a multicultural minefield. What some used to consider a basic curiosity has become politicized. Activists and a number of scholars have added “Where are you from?” to the list of phrases they judge as “micro-aggressions,” which they define as inadvertent slights that can do lasting psychological damage. Asking someone about their...

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SkyTrain attack on Muslim teen inspires fear, anger and forgiveness

December 7, 2017

By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun | Hate attacks like the incident earlier this week sow fear in the community, especially when the victim is young and female, local Muslim leaders say. “It’s such a terrible disappointing thing to happen and terrifying for the young woman who was accosted,” said Haroon Khan, trustee at Al Jamia Masjid Mosque in Vancouver. “Women outwardly show their faith and modesty with the hijab and...

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How to prove you’re in a common-law relationship for immigration applications

December 7, 2017

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Most Canadian citizens and permanent residents who fall in love with and get married to a non-Canadian understand that they can sponsor their spouses to immigrate to Canada, and will often do so shortly after they get married. Many Canadians also understand that they don’t have to be technically married; they can sponsor common-law partners to immigrate to Canada, too. However, many do not fully...

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Four in 10 Metro Vancouver workers are immigrants, census finds

December 2, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Immigrants make up a growing percentage of Metro Vancouver’s workforce, but their participation rates sharply vary by ethnic background....

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The 10 most common occupations in Canada last year, according to 2016 census

December 1, 2017

By Vancouver Sun | The top 10 occupations in Canada last year for men and women, according to the 2016 census: WOMEN 1. Retail salespersons 2. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3. Cashiers 4. Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 5. Administrative assistants 6. Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 7. Administrative officers 8. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 9. General office support workers 10....

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