Ontario to Welcome More Economic Immigrants in 2018

January 18, 2018

By Government of Ontario Bulletin | Ontario’s Allocation for Provincial Nominee Program Increased by the Federal Government, Becoming Largest in Canada Ontario will welcome more economic immigrants to the province this year, with the Government of Canada increasing Ontario’s 2018 nomination allocation to 6,600. Ontario’s allocation is the largest in the country, in recognition of Ontario’s role as a key driver of the national economy and the success of the...

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Donald Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by an immigrant to Canada

January 16, 2018

By Vancouver Sun WASHINGTON — When the White House released the results of a test on Donald Trump’s mental aptitude Tuesday, showing he aced it without signs of cognitive decline, there was one person out there brimming with pride despite not knowing the president. That person was Ziad Nasreddine — who designed the test. The Lebanese-Canadian neurologist learned from a reporter Tuesday afternoon that the White House had selected the...

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New immigrants to Prince George soared in 2017

January 10, 2018

By Prince George Citizen | Prince George’s population of permanent residents grew by 25 per cent in 2017, while most other towns in Northern B.C. and the Central Interior saw these numbers either stay the same or drop. According to the most recent data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Prince George’s population of permanent residents grew from 255 in 2016 to 320 by the end of November, 2017. In...

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‘Nunavut is ahead of us,’ on access to court interpreters

January 9, 2018

By Mitch Goldenberg, Postmedia Edmonton | In one case, a woman testified to authorities in her native language about abuse she had experienced. Her imam acted as the interpreter. In another, a five-year old boy interpreted for his mother as she testified against her husband, the boy’s father, accused of spousal abuse. “Can you imagine that kind of trauma?” asked Dawn Nelson, a family lawyer with Legal Aid Alberta. Nelson...

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The misused concept of racism, refined

January 8, 2018

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Are we starting to refine our concept of racism, arguably the most explosive word in North America today? Three powerful African-American public intellectuals are in a high-level debate over racism. All three agree racism can be a serious problem, especially in the U.S., where black-white tensions for some still run deep. But the eloquent authors — Cornel West, Ta-Nehisi Coates and John McWhorter —...

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Syrian refugees have more to celebrate than just the holidays

January 7, 2018

By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | Celine Ghaily, 12, started Grade 4 last year at Montecito elementary school in Burnaby shortly after arriving from Lebanon. The young Armenian-Syrian refugee knew very little English — just enough to understand that her new classmates were making fun of her. They spoke in gibberish, or “fake Chinese” and told her it was English. They teased her because she didn’t understand. But Ghaily understood...

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