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Canadian citizenship harder to obtain under Harper government, immigration critic says

September 1, 2015

By Neal Hall, Metro News Canadian citizenship is harder to obtain and easier to lose under immigration laws introduced over the last nine years by the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, says a new report. “There has been a massive change in the federal immigration system,” report co-author Harsha Walia explained Tuesday. “This government has made immigration temporary and conditional.” The number of immigrants who became Canadian citizens dropped...

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Rising diabetes, obesity rates putting ethnic groups’ heart health at risk: study

August 30, 2015

By Sheryl Ubelacker, Vancouver Sun | TORONTO – Steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure over the last decade have dramatically increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes among some groups of ethnic Canadians, researchers say. An Ontario study determined that from 2001 to 2012, diabetes rates more than doubled among South Asian men and almost doubled among black women. While obesity levels rose among all...

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Regina class prepares immigrant women for winter

August 29, 2015

By CBC News | While many enjoyed the hot weather this weekend, one group of women prepared for the winter. The Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) taught newcomers about what they’ll need to survive the cold. The group covered what to wear, how to check the weather forecast and emergency preparedness. RIWC Home Support Worker, Julia Hardy, ran the class. She explained that winter survival skills are especially important for...

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Immigrant students in Banff get help adjusting to school

August 28, 2015

By CBC News Some students in Banff and Canmore are getting a head start on their school year. About 20 students who are brand new to Canada are being mentored by 25 immigrant students who have already been in the country a while as part of Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW). The program helps the new students adjust to an education system that’s different from what they’re used to, says Jeanie...

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NDP’s hidden immigration pledge a concern

August 28, 2015

By Candice Malcoln, Toronto Sun In the battleground ridings of suburban Toronto and Vancouver, politicians are doing whatever they can to impress Canada’s ethnic populations. All three major parties go out of their way to woo these communities and propose policies specifically designed to get the attention of immigrant voters. Political strategists used to believe that in order to win a majority government in Canada, you had to win a...

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Refugees or migrants? Describing the crisis on Europe’s borders

August 28, 2015

By Karl Ritter, Globe and Mail | Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe’s shores make their way around the world. That they are desperate and vulnerable after a harrowing journey across the Mediterranean on rickety rafts or packed ships is beyond doubt. But does that make them refugees from war or oppression, with a right to protection under...

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