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Vietnamese immigrant says ‘Thank You, Merci Canada’ — in a song

January 23, 2015

Four decades later, the Ottawa technology entrepreneur-turned-public servant has recorded a song about his journey and the country he says so warmly adopted him. Its unabashed title: Thank You, Merci Canada. “I’ve been here 40 years and owned a business and wanted to do something, but I never had the ability or courage,” Vu explained this week. “In the end I said ‘I’m a musician, so why not write a...

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Transportation biggest job barrier: report

January 22, 2015

Transportation is the largest barrier for at-risk youth trying to get jobs in B.C., according to a new report from McCreary Centre Society that surveyed 150 youth. Annie Smith, executive director at the society, said on Thursday transportation is a problem for youth both in rural and urban communities. But youth particularly find some rural and remote communities challenging to find work. One youth in the survey, she said, was...

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Canada Shows How to Gain From Immigrants

January 22, 2015

As 2015 set in, Canada introduced the Express Entry Visa to cater for skilled immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, the Federal Skilled Trades Programme, and the Canadian Experience Class, among others. Assessments are on their English and/or French language skills, education, work experience, and other factors that have been shown to help newcomers settle in. Candidates create an online profile that includes their language test scores, educational credential...

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After Winnipeg called worst place in Canada for racism, city leaders admit there is a problem

January 22, 2015

After acknowledging the Treaty 1 Metis land on which he stood, the mayor of Winnipeg took a long, deep breath Thursday and said racism against Aboriginal people is a big problem in his city. Flanked by a number of social, political and cultural leaders in the prairie city summoned to his office with only an hour’s notice, Mayor Brian Bowman stressed that racism is a problem nationwide, not just in...

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Cameroon immigrant accuses Fraser Valley Community College of ‘rip-off’

January 21, 2015

An Edmonton man says a small B.C. college which caters to students from Africa wasted six months of his time and owes him $4,500. Derek Sabum says in March 2014 he was willing to invest tens of thousands of dollars to bring his three siblings from Cameroon to get a Canadian education. Sabum says he chose Fraser Valley Community College (FVCC) because it was recommended by a fellow Cameroonian and...

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Intel’s diversity drive should focus on internal changes, advocates say

January 21, 2015

When Intel Corp said this month it would spend $300 million on increasing diversity in its workforce, Silicon Valley lauded its plan to improve the “pipeline” of candidates by helping more women and minorities study computer science and engineering. But focusing too hard on the pipeline, a frequent tactic of technology firms seeking to change their workforce, will benefit the chipmaker less than working on what happens inside Intel, diversity...

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