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Two documentaries showcasing the human need for inclusion

May 14, 2015

By Johanna Scheller, Globe and Mail | Both documentaries ask the same question: What makes people join a group with negative, even violent aspects? For Alex Gibney, the director of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (inspired by Lawrence Wright’s book of almost the same name), the group is the wealthy, secretive Church of Scientology, which has been accused of bankrupting and brainwashing its members. For Soren Steen...

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Chinese leaders urge English on Richmond signs

May 14, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | A group of Chinese community leaders is urging Richmond residents to send them photos of Chinese-only signs. Calling their effort “The Signs of Harmony Project,” the business, real estate and community representatives are promising to send someone to each business using such signs to persuade them to voluntarily include English in their signs. The group, which includes four residents of Richmond and three from...

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Express entry: early immigration data shows many already in Canada

May 12, 2015

By Susan Mas, CBC News | Link to Article Nearly half of the skilled immigrants who qualified for a chance to obtain permanent residency within the first three weeks of the launch of a new immigration system were not applying from abroad but were already in Canada, CBC News has learned. Canada launched a new system known as express entry on Jan. 1 as a way to recruit the best...

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Refugees and some immigrants more likely to have psychotic disorders: study

May 11, 2015

By Emily Chan, CTV News | The experience of moving to a new country may put refugees and some immigrants at a higher risk of psychotic disorders, a new study suggests. The study, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, compared the rate of psychotic disorders in first-generation Canadians to the rate in the general Ontario population. It found that immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees...

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Prospective immigrants younger, better educated, survey finds

May 8, 2015

By Metro News | Prospective immigrants to Canada are younger, better educated and starting their credential assessments sooner under immigration changes in recent years, a new survey finds. According to World Education Services (WES), one of a handful of agencies Ottawa designated to evaluate immigrant credentials, 80 per cent of all its work last year was done for those who were abroad, compared to 16 per cent in 2012. The...

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Stephen Harper vows foreign workers will not become ‘permanent underclass’

May 8, 2015

By Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star | Canada will not allow the creation of a “permanent underclass” of foreign workers filling jobs here for long periods with no hope of citizenship, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. Harper made the comments Friday during an appearance with Philippine President Benigno Aquino as he justified a clampdown on the temporary foreign worker program in Canada. Because of a four-year limit imposed on how long...

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