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Knowing thy neighbours in Metro Vancouver

December 7, 2015

By Mario Canseco, Vancouver Sun | For the past year, our “sense of community” has become prevalent in discussions related to the future of Metro Vancouver. Whether we talk about houses or apartments that sit empty, the impact of development, or even transit improvements, the word “community” inevitably comes up. Regulations, guidelines and funding all hinge, regardless of whose side of a particular argument you prefer, on the notion of...

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Refugee job hopes better in Western Canada, data suggest

December 7, 2015

By Rachelle Younglai, Globe and Mail | It won’t be easy for many Syrian refugees to immediately find work in Canada but they may have more luck in the Prairies and western provinces, government data suggest. The refugees who will soon move to Canada will have one year of government or private support before they will have to fend for themselves – a daunting task for those unfamiliar with the...

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Affordable, long-term housing a challenge for Syrian refugees

December 7, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun  | When Ruth and Richard MacKellar decided to sponsor a refugee family from Syria with some friends, they quickly realized there were three things needed right away: money, a settlement plan and housing. “The biggest hurdle was going to be accommodation,” said Richard, who lives in Squamish. Despite the community’s relatively small size and distance from Vancouver — about an hour’s drive — Squamish is...

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B.C.’s ethnic diversity divide raises political questions

December 4, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Has B.C. become a province of two solitudes? That is the implication of research showing that Metro Vancouver has become one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet, while the rest of B.C. remains relatively homogeneous. Statistics Canada data shows 45.2 per cent of the residents of Metro Vancouver are members of a visible minority, particularly Chinese, South Asian, Filipino and Korean....

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What happens when Syrian refugees arrive in Vancouver

December 3, 2015

By Mike Howell, Vancourier | So, they’re coming. Maybe not as many by the end of the year as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first promised but about 400 Syrian refugees will soon arrive at Vancouver International Airport. And when they do, they will be welcomed by SUCCESS’s community airport newcomers’ network, which will escort refugees from the plane and through Canada Customs. With temperatures beginning to drop, that welcoming will...

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B.C. to deploy refugee settlement team

December 2, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | What was expected to be several thousand Syrian refugees arriving in B.C. by year’s end is now down to just over 200, and it is still unclear how many more will be coming to the province, or when. Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum and B.C. Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond held a joint news conference in Surrey on Wednesday to provide...

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