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Canadians feel rift growing between Western and Muslim societies: poll

March 24, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Most Canadians think “irreconcilable” differences exist between Western and Muslim societies, according to polling to be revealed at this week’s Metropolis conference in Vancouver. Whether it’s the rise of Islamic State zealots, the killing of free-speech advocates in Paris and Copenhagen or disputes over niqabs, the polling shows Canadians are not immune to global anxiety about religion-fuelled conflict. The Leger Marketing polls found 63...

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Saskatchewan streamlines immigration rules for entrepreneurs

March 24, 2015

By Globe and Mail | Saskatchewan is streamlining rules for entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to the province. Jeremy Harrison, who is the minister for immigration, jobs, skills and training, says changes to the entrepreneur and farm category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program will speed up applications. He says five streams included in the category are to be collapsed into two, which will have new eligibility requirements. Harrison says...

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Little India Plaza set to boost Surrey neighbourhood

March 24, 2015

By Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun | Seven years ago, Baljit Grewal and her father Sukhdev Saini relocated their family’s wedding services shop from Vancouver to Surrey. They made the move among a rising wave of Indo-Canadian business owners who, today, continue to move to a section of Newton from Vancouver’s Main Street — the region’s now lagging hub of Indian culture and commerce. “We never regretted it because parking was...

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Immigrants to Metro Vancouver’s Tri-Cities battle language barriers, isolation

March 24, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | Immigrants who settle in the Tri-Cities, one of the top destinations in the province, face significant challenges in terms of English language ability, navigating the health care system and social isolation, new research finds. The region, which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra, receives about 2,100 new immigrants each year, according to the 2011 Census. Forty per cent of Tri-Cities residents...

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Canadian diversity complicates foreign worker policy-making

March 23, 2015

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun | For several years, the federal government faced pressure to crack down on the rapidly growing temporary foreign worker program due to high-profile abuses. Now that Ottawa has done just that, a torrent of criticism has come from the other direction. Premier Christy Clark, for one, has called the reforms “tragically misdirected” and a huge problem for the B.C. economy, which has labour shortages. Is...

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Thousands of temporary foreign workers face deportation due to program changes

March 21, 2015

By CTV News | Thousands of foreign workers who have made their homes in Alberta may face deportation in April as their work permits expire. Changes that the federal government made to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program include a four-year cap on work permits, leaving many concerned that these workers may continue to stay in the country illegally. “There are no jobs to go back to so there are...

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