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Temporary Foreign Worker Program: ‘Stiff’ new penalties coming Dec. 1

July 15, 2015

By Susana Mas, CBC News | The federal government has announced “stiff new consequences” for employers who break the rules when hiring foreign workers, but employers say the lack of an independent appeal process could be time-consuming and costly for individuals and businesses alike. The changes, which take effect on Dec. 1, come after the government received feedback from 42 stakeholder groups on a discussion paper posted online last September...

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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. fundraising walk set for Sunday

July 15, 2015

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun | The growth of the annual Walk with the Dragon fundraiser for the SUCCESS immigrant services society over the past 30 years has mirrored the tremendous growth of that organization. The walk, one of the largest non-profit fundraising events in Metro Vancouver, takes place in Stanley Park on Sunday. The first Walk with the Dragon 30 years ago was predominantly a Chinese-Canadian event, with only...

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New Burnaby book club crosses cultures

July 13, 2015

By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now Imagine a space where local residents from different cultures gather to discuss interesting novels with intercultural themes. They make connections, share their experiences, and find they have more in common despite their diverse backgrounds. That’s the vision Asmita Lawrence and Fiona Stevenson have for Burnaby come fall. The two friends are starting Culture Chats, a new cross-cultural book club at the Tommy Douglas library branch....

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Play mirrors actor’s immigrant experiences

July 13, 2015

By Terrence McEachern, Leader Post | Ljiljana Jovanovic played a central role in a theatre production on Saturday about the challenges of a young immigrant coming to Canada. And, in many ways, the play mirrors Jovanovic’s own experiences when she arrived in Regina from Yugoslavia 17 years ago while that country was immersed in conflict and ethnic tensions. “I’ve seen people who wanted to get to know me having so...

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Canadian first’: Strongest ties are to country, respondents tell survey on belonging

July 10, 2015

By Sadaf Ahsan, National Post | Most Canadians feel a stronger sense of belonging to their country than their province or community — and for many immigrants, their country of origin, according to Statistics Canada’s new General Social Survey on Social Identity based on 2013 data from people aged 15 years and older. The National Post’s Sadaf Ahsan looks at some of the survey’s findings, and how multiculturalism and life...

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Full-time work rises for women, declines for men, young people

July 9, 2015

By Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail | Who’s working full time in Canada? Increasingly, adult women, while the share of men and young people in full-time positions has declined in recent decades. Across the whole labour force, more workers were employed full time last year, proportionately, than in the mid-1970s, a paper from Statistics Canada says. Two thirds of people were employed full time as either salaried workers or self-employed...

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