Multiculturalism series aimed to educate the Tri-Cities on B.C.’s diversity

September 28, 2021

By Tri-Cities News | B.C. shares a rich history of diversity and multiculturalism. In an effort to share that history, the Coquitlam Public Library has been granted funding from the province to host a five-part speaker series to educate interested residents and how to better understand the struggles of everyday society. Called ‘Past and Present: A Conversation about Race in B.C.,’ each 90-minute session will focus on a particular cultural...

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Immigrant nurses in B.C. say language proficiency tests a barrier to practice

September 27, 2021

Some internationally educated nurses in B.C. say the language proficiency requirement to become a registered nurse is an unnecessary barrier forcing them to give up their career and look for other jobs. Amid the strain of the pandemic on other nurses, they say they feel frustrated, unable to help. Anne Ignacio and her parents, all internationally educated nurses (IENs), immigrated to Canada from the Philippines almost a decade ago with hopes of continuing to work in their...

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As a child, I thought everybody non-white in Canada was from elsewhere. As an adult, I understand elsewhere is just as valid a way to live

September 26, 2021

By Globe and Mail | Ian Williams is the author of Reproduction, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His latest book is Disorientation: The Experience of Being Black in the World, from which this essay is adapted. As a nine-year-old, I had the bizarre perception that all Canadian adults were white but kids could come in multiple shades. This was in Brampton, a suburb-turned-city northwest of Toronto. My family was...

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IRCC holds Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 sponsorship lottery

September 26, 2021

By CIC News | IRCC has just announced it is beginning to issue Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 invitations. A total of 30,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be invited to sponsor their parents and grandparents. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue the invitations over the coming two weeks, between today and October 7. Invited sponsors have 60 days to submit their completed sponsorship applications to IRCC....

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September 26, 2021

By CIC News | Canada announced that it is extending until February 28, 2022, a coronavirus-related measure allowing visitors to obtain work permits. Since August 24, 2020, temporary residents who are in Canada with valid visitor status have been able to apply for an employer-specific work permit from within Canada. This is a temporary regulatory change as normally foreign workers who are in Canada on a visitor’s visa cannot change status without leaving the country....

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Raise-a-Reader: Afghan family embrace a culture with children’s books

September 26, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | When Mahrukh Barakzai first came to Canada from Afghanistan in 2017 she knew a little bit of English. But she was far too self-conscious to try speaking it. Barakzai is studying English and math through courses offered via a partnership between the Canucks Family Education Centre and the Vancouver school board. Her preschool children take part in CFEC’s Get Ready 2 Read (GR2R) early learning program,...

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