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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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Quebec to launch consultation on immigration and diversity

January 14, 2015

The provincial government is getting ready to launch a consultation later this month, asking Quebecers what they think about immigration, diversity and inclusion. The measure comes as the government prepares to overhaul its immigration policy. Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil says one of the biggest challenges that new Quebecers face is finding a job. “Integration into the workforce, recognition of professional competencies — that is always the number one issue and...

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Editorial: Upholding freedom of expression in face of offensive speech

January 14, 2015

University of New Brunswick sociology professor Ricardo Duchesne has upset Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang with his comments about Vancouver’s Asian character. That’s the thing about opinions; they anger some people. Imagine if society censured everyone with an opinion. Given that universities are places for the testing of ideas, it would be particularly inappropriate to attempt to silence Duchesne. The world learned a lesson recently, in Paris, about how fragile freedom...

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North Vancouver Church seeks help for Syrian family

December 31, 2014

By Christine Lyon, North Shore News In a refugee camp in Cairo, Egypt, a Syrian family is awaiting the day they can start a new life in North Vancouver. A grandmother, her two adult daughters and her two school-aged granddaughters are among the millions of Syrians who have been uprooted by civil war. But they remain hopeful. The matriarch of the family has a younger brother who lives on the...

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