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New visa rules will take China-Canada relations to a new level

March 11, 2015

By Luo Zhaohui, Globe and Mail | On Feb. 28, China and Canada reached a reciprocal agreement on issuing long-term and multiple-entry visas, which takes effect today, March 9. With this arrangement, visa offices in China and Canada will issue to citizens – for business travel, tourism or family visits – multiple-entry visas that are valid for up to 10 years, but not exceeding validity of applicant’s passport. Each stay...

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Younger immigrants at greater risk of developing IBD: study

March 10, 2015

By CTV | Young immigrants to Canada are at greater risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease — including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — according to the findings of a new Canadian study released Tuesday. Researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) say that children who immigrate to Canada appear to take on the same risk level that Canadian children...

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Tories worried $1B government spends on immigrant-settlement services will rile up conservative base

March 10, 2015

By Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press | A briefing note for a Conservative MP suggests the government is worried about how spending on immigration programs is going over with its base. The House of Commons immigration committee is currently studying how government-funded settlement services can better help the economic integration of immigrants. A note which appears to have been prepared for Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary for immigration, says the party’s...

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B.C. among hardest hit by caps on temporary foreign workers

March 9, 2015

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun | B.C. will be one of the hardest-hit provinces as a result of the Harper government’s reforms to the controversial temporary foreign workers program, according to a report Monday by the Canada West Foundation. But the loss of access to low-wage overseas workers will be partly offset for B.C. employers because returning workers from the Alberta oil and gas industry can help fill the void,...

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Germany looks to Canadian model for immigration policy inspiration

March 9, 2015

By Joanna Slater, Globe and Mail | A growing number of German lawmakers from across the political spectrum agree on one thing: It’s time for the country to be a little more like Canada. Canada has emerged as a model as Germany grapples with a new wave of unease about its approach to immigration. The disquiet burst into public view last fall, when thousands began attending controversial anti-migrant, anti-Islam marches....

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What Canadian winter feels like to immigrants and visitors

March 5, 2015

By CBC News “It was bad,” said Fatemeh Palizban, about this winter, echoing what people across Canada are feeling as the weather breaks long-term cold records. Palizban moved to Canada 13 years ago, and meets with others who want to practice their English at the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener, part of the YMCA’s Immigrant Services. Palizban worked as a lecturer in electronics at Laurier University for three years and...

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