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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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Manitoba is ‘open for business’ for immigrant investors

March 4, 2015

By Donna Carreiro, CBC News | Attention immigrant investors: Manitoba’s putting out the “open for business” sign again. Only this time around, the province expects you to stick around. “Their biggest challenge is how are you going to retain the people?” said immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan. “The question is, ‘Why are they doing that?'” Part of the problem was through the provincial nominee program for business. Here’s how it was...

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Third-generation Italian-Canadians more interested in preserving their heritage than previous generation, SFU study finds

March 3, 2015

By Shawn Conner, Special to Vancouver Sun | According to a new study, Vancouver’s third-generation Italians are more interested in maintaining their original cultural identity than their immediate predecessors. For the study, Eva Sajoo, a research associate with Simon Fraser University’s Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement (IDRE), designed a 30-question online survey. Eighty-eight per cent of respondents (a majority between 19-39) identified their Italian identity as important and “something...

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