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Expired Maple Leaf Card can turn immigrants into exiles

May 25, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Hamilton Spectator | Each year, thousands of permanent residents discover they can’t return to Canada after time away and face losing their permanent status because of an invalid “Maple Leaf Card,” the Ottawa-issued newcomer ID. Government figures show that in 2013 alone, 19,503 permanent residents had to apply for a one-time travel document to return to Canada after being away. But only 13,211, or 70 per cent...

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Bilingual candidates better off in Ontario

May 24, 2015

By Anny Chih, Vancouver 24 Hours | Polyglots are often assumed to be at an advantage in the Canadian job market, but this month Workopolis released a study that proves the advantages of knowing a second or third language – especially in Ontario. According to Workopolis’ Thinkopolis study of bilingualism in Canada, job postings requiring a second language receive 20% fewer applications than similar jobs requiring only one. This advantage...

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Hack the hiring process to reap diversity’s bottom-line benefits

May 22, 2015

By Ratna Omidvar, the Globe and Mail | For a long time, Google didn’t release data on employee diversity. Last year, it did, with the admission the company is “miles from where we want to be.” Google is now pursuing an aggressive corporate diversity program. Why? The answer is in the numbers. Companies with racially and ethnically diverse employees are 35-per-cent more likely to financially outperform non-diverse companies, according to...

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The Stress Of Immigration Can Cause Psychosis, According To New Study

May 22, 2015

By Anna Almendrala, Huffington Post | The stress and hardship faced by immigrants setting up in a new country could be contributing to an increased risk of psychosis among certain communities. And for those coming to a new country with refugee status — which usually means they’re also escaping adversity or trauma — the risk of mental illness is even higher, according to a new study by researchers at Canada’s...

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Canadians who study abroad taking residency spots from immigrant doctors

May 22, 2015

By Toronto Sun | If he leaves the safety of this southern Ontario city for the violence of Baghdad, Anmar Almukhtar knows he may be killed. But 15 months after he came to Canada to seek a better life for his children, the 45-year-old is tempted to return to his homeland. His thriving career as a heart surgeon in Iraq has been crushed here under the weight of broken promises,...

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Douglas Todd: Canada’s immigrant-aboriginal knot

May 22, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | In the minds of many Canadians, the treatment of aboriginals and immigrants is inextricably tied together, and it’s creating moral confusion. I have witnessed on dozens of occasions a discussion about Canada’s immigration policies going sideways when someone suddenly flags the plight of the country’s aboriginals. Whether it’s in a coffee shop, at a conference or on the Internet, the person who raises the...

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