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Anti-immigrant rally set for Vancouver City Hall to be met by counter-protesters

August 18, 2017

By Simon Little, Global News | In the wake of a racist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va. the City of Vancouver is set to hold its own pair of dueling demonstrations between anti-immigrant groups and counter-protesters. A Saturday event dubbed the “WCAI Canada/CAP rally” has been posted to Facebook by right wing media group “ProperGander Promotions,” and lists speakers from several anti-immigrant groups. That prompted a counter rally,...

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White nationalist groups on the rise in Canada, planning more rallies

August 18, 2017

By Katie Dangerfield, Global News | The aftermath of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., continues to be felt in the United States and here in Canada. Since the tragedy took place, events for several white nationalist rallies have popped up across the country. In Vancouver, a rally set for Saturday called the “WCAI Canada/CAP rally” was posted on Facebook by right-wing media group “ProperGander Promotions,” and lists...

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B.C. college faculty feel pressure to ‘pass’ foreign students

August 18, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Veteran college English instructors are routinely receiving passionate, imploring pleas for passing grades from the international students who increasingly fill their classes. The foreign students’ emotion-filled emails and in-office appeals, often issued in jumbled English, invariably aim to cajole faculty at Langara College and other institutions into giving them a break, so they will be able to move on from their mandatory courses in...

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Statscan revises census data to show decline in English speakers in Quebec

August 18, 2017

By Jordan Press, Globe and Mail | Quebec’s anglophone population is declining, rather than booming, Statistics Canada said Thursday as the agency officially corrected a census finding that stoked political fires in Quebec’s emotionally charged language debate. The change is the result of a computer error that recorded some 55,000 people in last year’s census as English speakers, when they really had French as their mother tongue. Correcting the mistake...

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Toughen literacy standards to boost immigrant success

August 15, 2017

By Asian Pacific Post | Strong literacy skills improve new immigrants’ employability and earnings capacity. But immigrant literacy skills in Canada lag non-immigrants despite the large proportion of immigrants with university degrees, according the 2012 OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). My latest research for the C.D. Howe Institute — The Power of Words: Improving Immigrants’ Literacy Skills — argues for policies to enhance immigrants’ literacy skills...

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NDP eliminates fees for adult education, English language courses

August 13, 2017

By CTV News | The British Columbia government is eliminating tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning programs across the province. Premier John Horgan says the move will allow thousands of people to gain the skills they need in order to participate in B.C.’s economy. The adult program provides high-school level courses at universities and colleges, while the English language learning program teaches English to students who...

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