How skilled newcomers can stave off major career sacrifices when job-seeking

December 13, 2021

Many people experience career interruptions at some point in their lives. But the interruptions that result from immigrating to other countries involve entirely different challenges. The move to a new country requires skilled migrants to make decisions not just about work but also about their family’s needs and their overall well-being as newcomers. It’s very common for them to be forced into sacrificing their careers in order to work in...

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I’m torn between two cultures in my life and marriage

December 12, 2021

By Globe and Mail | There is supposed to be a pot of chicken curry bubbling on the stove and fresh chapatis frying in the pan when you walk into my house. That would have been a telltale sign that an Indian girl lives here. Growing up, the smell of curry usually greeted anyone that entered our home. Instead, if you were to walk into my house, your nostrils would...

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Syrian refugees who now call Canada home look to help Afghan newcomers

December 10, 2021

By Vancouver is Awesome | The living room at Zoheir and Nadia Darrouba’s home is a hive of activity in the late afternoon – their older children, just back from school, are taking turns carrying around their baby brother as their parents look on. It’s a simple scene but one that makes Zoheir Darrouba feel at home in the mid-size Ontario city the Syrian refugee family of eight has now...

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How to handle holidays for religious employees

December 10, 2021

By HR Reporter With winter holidays just around the corner, many employers may be faced with employee requests around taking time off for holidays that are not necessarily Judeo-Christian-based. And when thinking about how to make things fair for those workers, there is one overriding principle that should be kept at top of mind, according to a workplace expert. “It’s equity — not that you have to be the same...

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Acute labour shortages boost intake of permanent residents

December 10, 2021

Despite the persisting negative impacts of COVID-driven travel restrictions, the volume of individuals seeking to become permanent residents of Canada has increased by 87% year to date to a record 267,000 from 143,000 in 2020. Speaking to a news conference in mid-November, before much attention was being paid to the Omicron COVID variant, Sean Fraser, Canada’s immigration minister, said the government was “on track to exceed its goal of offering...

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B.C. hotel union says high percentage of women of colour fired amounts to ‘racism and sexism’

December 10, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | A 55-year-old immigrant from The Philippines says the Pan Pacific Hotel “should be ashamed” for firing her and 58 other housekeeping and cleaning staff. Jerty Gaa said she expected to retire from her job working graveyard at the hotel. Instead, she was abruptly terminated last August. Gaa worked for 11 years at the luxury hotel on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Since the firings, workers at the...

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