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Nominations open for provincial multicultural awards

June 12, 2015

By BC News | The B.C. government opens nominations today for the British Columbia Multicultural Awards to draw attention to our province’s multicultural champions, be it a deserving individual, business or organization. British Columbia has hundreds of multicultural organizations and countless businesses and individuals in all corners of the province who work hard to promote multiculturalism and nurture empathy and inclusion. Five categories are open for nomination – individual, business,...

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New networking program creates career path for skilled immigrants

June 12, 2015

By IEC BC | To help new immigrants build their professional networks, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has launched a new program, Connector that matches established professionals with skilled immigrants. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the program is designed to help level the playing field for BC’s skilled immigrants by matching them with local professionals, who in turn connect them with contacts in their occupational field. “As...

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Richmond: Global centre of a demographic explosion

June 12, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | The City of Richmond is the centre of a global demographic explosion virtually unprecedented in human history. Documentary film crews from Asia and Europe are among those trekking to this West Coast Canadian suburb to discover what happens when a once-sleepy, semi-rural municipality suddenly turns into a buzzing city of more than 200,000 in which more than six out of 10 residents are born...

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Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act: A before and after view of the key changes to the Citizenship Act

June 10, 2015

By CIC News June 5, 2015 — Ottawa, ON — A final suite of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada’s citizenship laws will be fully in force as of June 11, 2015. The changes – part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year – ensure new citizens can fully and quickly participate in Canada’s economy and Canadian society. The first set of provisions that came into force...

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Chuck Chiang: For Chinese children adopted by white Canadian parents, birth culture is both ‘foreign’ and an opportunity

June 8, 2015

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun Earlier this year, I was doing the dishes when a documentary on TV caught my eye. Twin Sisters by Norwegian filmmaker Mona Friis Bertheussen detailed the tales of two girls — identical twins — who were adopted from China by two families, one in Sacramento, Calif., the other in a small village in Norway. The film is beautifully made, highlighting the girls’ innate connection to...

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B.C. gains 31,000 jobs in May, private-sector employment surges across Canada

June 5, 2015

By Vancouver Sun B.C.’s economy was up by 31,000 jobs in May, mostly in part-time work, as the rest of the country saw a surge in the labour force, Statistics Canada said Friday. The number of jobs added in B.C. follows a similar-sized decrease in April, which was mainly in full-time employment. The province’s unemployment rate, however, remained unchanged at 6.1 per cent in May, the agency said, as more...

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