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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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Starbucks Hiring Fair – East Vancouver

January 17, 2015

Date: January 19, 2015 Venue: 2905 Hebb Avenue, Vancouver (next to the Renfrew Skytrain Station) Learn more...

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Chinatown residents seek moratorium on condo development

January 16, 2015

The rapid pace of condo development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown has prompted a local advocacy group to start petitioning for a moratorium on new building. “We’re seeing a wave of development that is changing the character of Chinatown. It’s become another Gastown or Yaletown,” said King-mong Chan, who works with a Chinatown planning group through the Carnegie Centre Action Project. “And it’s condos and luxury hotels, when there’s a wait...

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Adopt-a-School: School reeling from severe budget cuts

January 15, 2015

Everything not deemed essential went overboard: learning materials, planned technology improvements, school supplies, field trips, athletic participation, artistic performances, guest speakers. Oh, and any food youth worker Carl Lewis had to feed a group of at-risk students under his wing. Where once Lewis had the means so those of his 60 students — many living in impoverished conditions at home — could get a free lunch in the cafeteria or...

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