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Former refugees face losing residency in Canada if they return to homeland

February 23, 2015

With 2012 changes to immigration laws, the number of former refugees who lost their protected status — and permanent residency — has almost quintupled. Ottawa has slowly — and quietly — stepped up efforts to strip permanent resident status from former refugees who were granted asylum in Canada and later returned to the country where they once faced persecution. Wielding new powers that came in with changes to immigration law...

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Celebrate your inner yang at Lunar New Year events in Vancouver

February 19, 2015

Among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, the one representing this coming year presents a particular difficulty. That’s because the word in Chinese for the symbolic animal for 2015 — “yang” in Mandarin, and “young” in Cantonese — actually covers a whole gaggle of animals. Is it the Year of the Goat? Some people associate the term with old age, defeat, blame or overall ineptitude. What about the Year of the...

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All set to welcome Lunar New Year

February 18, 2015

Lunar New Year is upon us again. And, as such, the city will once again be filled with red banners, lion dances, parades and massive crowds at community enclaves like Chinatown and Richmond. That much is to be expected; it happens every year. It is the time of year when mainstream dignitaries will appear at their fair share of community gatherings, festivals and ceremonies. Likewise, mainstream attention will be swung...

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As China goes on holiday for Lunar New Year, business and cultural impact felt globally

February 18, 2015

HONG KONG – Decades ago the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, had little impact outside of China. But as the country gained outsized economic influence, the holiday, which has enormous cultural significance in the Chinese-speaking world, has become more prominent. This is how it ripples around the world. — FACTORY FREEZE Chinese factories shut down for the holiday and then some, with hundreds of millions of...

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Stephen Harper’s veiled attack on religious freedom

February 18, 2015

Clifford Orwin is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Stephen Harper is not just smart; he can be highly insightful. In 2011, for example, he established the Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He thus showed himself ahead of the curve on an issue whose importance has continued to grow. In that same...

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Year of Ram? Goat? Sheep?

February 14, 2015

Year of the Ram? That depends on who you ask. The staff at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver found no one could agree on what to call the zodiac for the Lunar New Year that begins Feb. 19. Many were calling it the Year of the Goat. But Kathy Gibler, executive director of the garden, says that sounded too crusty, like an old goat. And Year of...

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