Newcomers celebrate Family Day in true Canadian style: snowshoeing

February 20, 2018

By CBC News Event organized by Costi Immigrant Services to help recent immigrants forget about difficulty of starting over Family Day took on a special meaning Monday for dozens of recent immigrants and refugees, as they celebrated the holiday for the first time with other newcomers in true Canadian style: by snowshoeing. Most have only been in the country for a few weeks, and some remain separated from their families...

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Canadian citizenship should signify a commitment to Canada

February 20, 2018

By Vancouver Sun | Our MP sends out a regular newsletter, the main function of which seems to be demonstrating how many fine things she is doing for constituents. A recent issue contained a brief piece on citizenship and immigration, in which our MP referred to the Liberal government’s achievement in removing the “offensive requirement that, to become a citizen, a person must show they intend to live only in...

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Nominees sought for awards honouring Canada’s most inspiring immigrants

February 15, 2018

By Adam Martin-Robbins, York News | Do you know an immigrant who is truly inspiring? Then you ought to nominate them for an award celebrating their achievements. Nominations are open for the 2018 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards until Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m. “These awards celebrate the significant contributions Canadian immigrants have made in communities across Canada,” Ivy Chiu, senior director, newcomer strategy, RBC, said in a news...

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Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

February 15, 2018

By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star | Canada’s rebooted economic immigration selection system has created a bigger pool of eligible candidates by making it easier to apply without a job offer. With the tweaking of criteria by the federal government more than a year ago, applicants with backgrounds in industrial, electrical and construction trades have become less competitive while international students are getting a boost because their Canadian education is now...

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Shortage of Chinese and South Asian chefs impacts Metro Vancouver restaurants

February 14, 2018

By Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun | During the lunch rush at The Boss on Main, there are about 100 people seated in the booths eating and ordering food. In the kitchen everyone is working full-tilt including cook Shuji Chen. Chen’s specialty is preparing the kinds of Hong Kong-style Chinese food that regulars like. He’s an expert in using a commercial wok. It’s much more challenging to use than a home...

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Vancouver Chinatown’s history woven into Chinatowns across the globe

February 14, 2018

By Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | A dozen or so people are gathered in the dining room of a cosy Vancouver home to look back on a special trip they made to Kaiping in southern China. Plates are laden with food and treats of all sorts brought to share. There’s baked salmon, stir-fried broccoli, takeout boxes of barbecued pork and duck, a selection of gourmet cheeses with thin apple slices,...

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