THE ACCENT EFFECT | In a city of accents, what’s considered ‘cute’ versus ‘foreign’ reveals a hierarchy

January 28, 2018

By Lakshine Sathiyanathan, Lisa Xing, CBC News | At the end of the semester, Yunxiang Gao is rated by her students in an anonymous evaluation. They mention the course load, her lecture style and at times — her accent. They write that they never got “used to it.” For much of her adult life, Gao lived in North America. First to pursue a PhD at the University of Iowa and...

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B.C. adds 5,600 jobs in December, economists chew over BoC rate hike

January 28, 2018

By Tyler Orton, Business In Vancouver | B.C. has closed out 2017 with Canada’s lowest unemployment rate after adding 5,600 jobs in December, according to Statistics Canada. Data released Friday (January 5) shows the province made most of its gains in part-time positions, which jumped by 11,800 jobs as the holiday shopping season unfolded. Full-time employment fell by 6,200 jobs but B.C. ended the year with a 4.6% unemployment rate...

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Global Voices: Underemployed immigrants a waste of potential

January 28, 2018

By Marc and Craig Kieburger, Timescolonist | Talha Mohammad Malik is one of the lucky ones. He came to Canada seeking a better future for his daughter. He brought with him a strong education and promising job experience, one of the more than 170,000 skilled immigrants Canada welcomed in 2016. But unlike the vast majority of them, he has managed to find fulfilling work in his field. Originally from Pakistan,...

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THE ACCENT EFFECT | N.L. accent the outlier among English speakers across Canada

January 28, 2018

By Lakshine Sathiyanathan, Lisa Xing, CBC News | Canada is known for its vast land mass and a variety of landscapes. But whether you can see mountains or grasslands in your backyard, almost all Canadian English speakers sound the same, a Toronto linguist says. Jack Chambers says urban, middle-class English-speaking Canadians sound alike across the country, and no other large nation — the United States, for example — is comparably...

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New career in B.C. made to measure for Syrian tailor

January 22, 2018

By Patrick Blennerhassett, Business In Vancouver | Canada has welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015 across 350 communities, according to the federal government. And Surrey has become home to the largest number of Syrian refugees over the past five years, taking in almost half of B.C.’s Syrian refugee population forced to flee their homeland and its six-year civil war. About 1,000 government-assisted refugees have settled in the...

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Canada admits many immigrants from Trump’s ‘shithole’ countries — and they fare better than Norwegians

January 18, 2018

By Vancouver Sun | Immigrants from the ‘shithole’ countries are not typically low skill and in principle, should not be putting pressure on employment or wages of blue-collar workers in Canada Defenders of Donald Trump say his “shithole countries” remark regarding people from Africa, Haiti and other nations was just Trump being Trump — the president may have used salty language, but it’s really just his way of saying the...

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