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Immigrant investor data withheld

March 13, 2015

By Graeme Wood, Richmond News | Richmond’s planning committee has asked city staff to “provide council with data related to overseas buyers of property in the city,” according to a referral. However, the Richmond News has learned municipal data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on investor class immigrants — those who paid the federal government to enter Canada — is classified. The News asked doctorate student Craig Jones at...

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Canadians less welcoming of immigrants, visible minorities, survey says

March 13, 2015

By Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press | Canadians are becoming less welcoming of newcomers — especially of visible minorities, a new national survey has found. The EKOS poll, conducted March 4 to 10, shows a country that’s becoming more fearful and less compassionate, say Winnipeggers who help immigrants and refugees. “I’m horrified by these numbers and find them extremely disheartening,” said Dorota Blumczynska, the executive director of the Immigrant and...

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A blank slate, with no culture?

March 13, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | “What Canadian culture?” How many times have you heard that response when the discussion turns to Canada’s national identity? Many people — including homegrown Canadians, immigrants and academics — maintain Canada’s support for multiculturalism means the country has no culture. But I talked in the past week to five thoughtful people who beg to differ. Still, I recently heard the “What Canadian culture?” argument...

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New visa rules will take China-Canada relations to a new level

March 11, 2015

By Luo Zhaohui, Globe and Mail | On Feb. 28, China and Canada reached a reciprocal agreement on issuing long-term and multiple-entry visas, which takes effect today, March 9. With this arrangement, visa offices in China and Canada will issue to citizens – for business travel, tourism or family visits – multiple-entry visas that are valid for up to 10 years, but not exceeding validity of applicant’s passport. Each stay...

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Younger immigrants at greater risk of developing IBD: study

March 10, 2015

By CTV | Young immigrants to Canada are at greater risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease — including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — according to the findings of a new Canadian study released Tuesday. Researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) say that children who immigrate to Canada appear to take on the same risk level that Canadian children...

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Tories worried $1B government spends on immigrant-settlement services will rile up conservative base

March 10, 2015

By Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press | A briefing note for a Conservative MP suggests the government is worried about how spending on immigration programs is going over with its base. The House of Commons immigration committee is currently studying how government-funded settlement services can better help the economic integration of immigrants. A note which appears to have been prepared for Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary for immigration, says the party’s...

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