Strong social connections key to good physical, mental health: Study

May 23, 2018

By Cheryl Chan, Vancouver Sun | More than one in four Lower Mainland residents reported feeling weak ties to their communities — a metric associated with poorer physical and mental health, according to a report released Tuesday by the region’s two health authorities. The report is based on findings of a survey of 33,000 people living in regions served by Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, focusing on two indicators...

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Toronto asks Ottawa, province for help to deal with influx of refugee claimants

May 23, 2018

By Vancouver Sun | The mayor of Toronto says the city will need to open an emergency reception centre over the next seven days to deal with an influx of refugees claimants. The federal and Ontario governments should take action to relieve the growing pressure refugee claimants are putting on the city’s shelter system, John Tory said Friday, as he asked for support with the issue. Tory said 10 new...

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Vancouver the second most ‘youthful’ city in Canada: report

May 21, 2018

By Harrison Mooney, Vancouver Sun Vancouver is the second most “youthful” city in Canada, according to a new national index. The Youthful Cities 2018 Canadian Index, published Wednesday by Toronto-based Youthful Cities, measures how attractive 13 major Canadian cities are to youth — defined as people between the ages of 15 to 29. The Youthful Cities index aims to show where cities can improve their appeal to youth and where...

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Syrian refugee artist Dema Maksod showing work at VIU library this summer

May 18, 2018

By Nanaimo Bulletin | When Syrian refugee Dema Maksod arrived in Nanaimo in late November, one of the first orders of business was to find a space to create. Maksod is painter who has shown her work around the Middle East and has pieces now in European collections. In 2014 her home in Damascus was destroyed by bombs and two years later she relocated to Lebanon. She continued her art...

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Ontario Shows Skilled Trades Candidates Are An Immigration Priority

May 18, 2018

By Mondaq | Ontario immigration officials have conducted a new draw aimed at Skilled Trades candidates, the 13th of 2018 under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program stream....

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New report calls for raising Canada’s immigration rate

May 17, 2018

By CIC News | Raising admissions to 415,000 by 2030 would off-set aging population and spur economy, Conference Board of Canada says Increasing Canada’s immigration rate to one per cent of its total population beginning in 2030 would help offset the challenges caused by an aging population and contribute to economic growth, a new report by the Conference Board of Canada argues. The increase would represent 415,000 new admissions to...

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