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Canada faces dramatic drop in citizenship, prompting concerns about disengaged immigrants

April 11, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Brampton Guardian | The percentage of immigrants who become citizens has been dropping dramatically in recent years — from 79 per cent to 26 per cent among people who arrived between 2000 and 2008. Sounding the alarm is former citizenship director-general Andrew Griffith, who suggests that recent reforms which raised barriers to becoming a citizen could lead to immigrants’ widespread disengagement from Canadian public life and identity....

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A retirement abroad may give this Canadian immigrant more bang for his buck

April 10, 2015

By Anderw Allentuck, Financial Post | A man we’ll call Louis, 55, arrived in Canada in 2005. He lives and works as a refrigeration repair technician in Southern Ontario. Divorced, he helped put his two sons, both in their mid-20s, through university, bought a condo and watched it appreciate. Now he’s assessing the situation when he retires and no longer brings home $3,723 a month after tax. The problem, of...

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Temporary foreign workers perform at Banff Centre

April 10, 2015

By CBC News | The Banff Centre is known for hosting concerts with world-renowned musicians, but on Friday, it will present the talents of some of the town’s foreign workers. The World Comes to Banff multi-media concert will feature actors, photographers, visual artists and musicians who also work as cleaners, cooks and dishwashers. Many of the performers will be leaving Canada in the next few months because of the recent...

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Health is top of mind at vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant in Vancouver

April 8, 2015

By Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun | Link to Article Six years ago I reviewed a restaurant on Robson Street called Chau Kitchen and Bar, and found the food was remarkable for the modest prices — such as prawn remoulade on persimmon paper and basa with Vietnamese caramel sauce. Then, heartbreak. Maria Huynh sold it a year later when her mother took ill with a brain tumour. As she saw it,...

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“Marriages of convenience” in India a threat to Canadian immigration system: CBSA report

April 8, 2015

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Desi | Link to Article More than a third of the applications to bring new spouses to Canada from India may involve bogus marriages, according to internal government documents made public on Tuesday. “Marriages of convenience” in India “have become a threat to the integrity of Canada’s immigration program,” states the 2013 report from the Canada Border Services Agency’s enforcement and intelligence operations directorate. Applications involving...

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Immigration Canada vows ‘to help’ Burris

April 6, 2015

By Keaton Robbins, Ottawa Sun | Link to Article Henry Burris’ citizenship snafu has already caught the attention of the feds prompting an Easter Sunday statement. Citizenship and Immigration Canada responded Sunday — in a statement to the Sun — saying they will work to keep the Ottawa RedBlacks star quarterback in Ottawa. “We will work with the Ottawa RedBlacks and Mr. Burris to ensure he can remain in Canada.”...

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