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Helping immigrant nurses a ‘win-win’ for Canada: Study

November 1, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star | As baby boomers age, Canada faces a looming health-care crunch that will be exacerbated by a projected shortage of tens of thousands of nurses. That makes it more important than ever for Canada to help foreign-trained nurses qualify to practice here, according to a Conference Board of Canada study. Each dollar invested by Ottawa and provincial governments in helping registered nurses acquire Canadian licences...

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There’s ‘diversity,’ then there’s ‘super-diversity,’ Burnaby style

October 31, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | “At least someone here is multicultural.” That was the ironic joke the smiling Korean-Canadian customer made after his exchange with the Sri Lankan-Canadian woman behind the counter at Tim Hortons in Burnaby. The Korean-Canadian was mock-boasting to everyone in earshot about how he and the Sri Lankan-Canadian had just been practising their mutual facility in the Japanese language. The moment was an illustration of...

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Migration issues will test Liberals

October 30, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | The federal election will be remembered for the way it ignited over an issue that directly affects a handful of migrant women — those who feel it necessary to wear the niqab during Canada’s citizenship ceremony. The symbolic controversy — which decimated the NDP but left the Liberals unscathed despite their shared defence of religious freedom — was one of many hot migration-related subjects...

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Immigrant groups ask for more time to settle Syrian refugees

October 28, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | A national association of immigrant and refugee service providers is asking prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau to extend the timeline on his pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada to the end of 2016, rather than the end of this year. Two months is not enough time to adequately support and settle this number of refugees, which would be over and above the thousands...

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West end schools band together to bring Syrian refugees to Canada

October 28, 2015

By CBC News | During the Vietnamese refugee crisis, church congregations had an enormous impact, as they sponsored the majority of the 60,000 refugees who arrived in Canada. An educator in Toronto hopes in the Syrian refugee crisis, schools can play the role churches did in that crisis decades ago. Kelly Gallagher-MacKay is a mother of two school-aged children and an education researcher. She wants to teach young people what...

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Advocacy group urges Trudeau to protect temporary foreign workers

October 28, 2015

By Mike Hager, Globe and Mail | A national group of unions and migrant-worker advocates is calling on Justin Trudeau to protect Canada’s temporary foreign workers by giving them permanent residency upon arrival and letting them ditch the employer who sponsors them. Buoyed by the prime-minister-designate’s previous promise to reform the Conservative federal government’s “broken” system and give these “vulnerable” workers a clear path to citizenship, the Coalition for Migrant...

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