Active witnessing: Delta folks learn to stand up to racism

April 29, 2021

By Anti-RCISM | Huddled over the screen were Megan Simpson and her 9-year-old son. Together, they go over cue cards to choose the best response to a hate incident. It’s their first training on taking action against discrimination, and from time to time, her son would turn to her for questions like, “Mom, why do these things keep happening?” Megan’s family lives in Delta, one of the largest cities in...

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Immigration pilot program brings diversity, experienced employees for local businesses

April 29, 2021

By Toronto Star | Everard Kasimanwuna says he found his forever home in Timmins and he’s here to stay. Kasimanwuna is one of the foreign workers in Timmins who was hired through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program. The federal immigration project aims to attract and retain skilled immigrants and fill labour shortages in 11 communities across the country, including Timmins. InTimmins, the project is led by the...

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COVID-19 cases at height of B.C.’s 3rd wave disproportionately affecting South Asian communities

April 29, 2021

By CBC News | For the past year, there have been anecdotal reports of COVID-19 disproportionately affecting South Asian communities in British Columbia, but the province hadn’t provided any data to contextualize the situation. Now the government has given the number of cases on a neighbourhood level for one week at the height of the third wave — and it appears to underline those claims. “It is consistent with what we have...

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IRCC Launches New “Welcome to Canada” Employment Video

April 29, 2021

Are you preparing to immigrate to Canada, or are already living here? Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a series of videos that will help you settle into your new life in Canada, including what you should do in your first two weeks in Canada, information about renting or buying a home, learning English or French, and working in Canada. More information about these and other topics for newcomers...

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COVID-19 exposes gaps in language education — why there needs to be increased support

April 24, 2021

By Globe and News | While COVID-19 has heightened hardships for those enrolled in language classes and programs, language instructors and researchers say it has also highlighted innovative learning practices that could be applied in Canada, to work towards better supporting education. The communities engaged in second-language learning classes range from newcomers and refugee families learning English for jobs and life in Canada to children in immersive programs developing an additional skill....

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B.C. among top provinces for job growth

April 24, 2021

By Business in Vancouver | Canada’s labour market posted a mammoth job gain in March as second-wave reopenings lifted rehiring. Nationally, employment surged by 303,000 persons (or 1.6%), marking the largest single gain since September. The gap from pre-pandemic employment levels narrowed to 1.5%. Less stringent lockdown conditions, specifically in Ontario, were a significant driver of the increase. The unemployment rate fell to 7.5% from 8.2%, marking the lowest level...

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