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Vancouver seventh-best place in Canada to be a woman; Victoria takes top spot

July 16, 2015

By Business in Vancouver | Vancouver ranks seventh in Canada in a list of the best places for women to live, according to a July 15 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The list is based on a study that compared leadership, health, personal security, education and economic security in 25 Canadian cities. Women in Vancouver score highly in terms of health, educational attainment, leadership roles and having a relatively small...

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Cultural gap’ not a reason for lighter sentence for Iranian immigrant guilt of raping wife, beating children: court

July 15, 2015

By Colin Perkel, the Canadian Press | An Iranian immigrant who regularly raped his wife and beat his children during their 16-year marriage is going back to jail after Ontario’s top court on Wednesday increased his sentence. In doing so, the Court of Appeal said the lower court judge who handed the man an 18-month term was wrong to assume cultural differences were a mitigating factor — even though the...

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Government of Canada supports economic opportunities for immigrant women in Calgary

July 15, 2015

By CNW | Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Joan Crockatt, MP for Calgary Centre, announced Government of Canada funding for a new project to increase economic opportunities for immigrant women in Calgary. The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is receiving $216,848 for a 36-month project to enhance the economic prosperity of immigrant women who work in Calgary’s...

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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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