Canada’s working-age population is older than ever, StatsCan says

April 28, 2022

By CBC News | Canada’s working-age population is older than it has ever been, according to new census figures released Wednesday. More than one in five working adults is now nearing retirement, says Statistics Canada — a demographic shift that will create significant challenges for the Canadian workforce in the coming decade. Laurent Martel, director for the centre of demography at Statistics Canada, called it a “date with demographic destiny.” “Canada is at...

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Census 2021: 20,000 adults in B.C. identified as trans or non-binary

April 28, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | B.C. has one of the highest proportions of people identifying as transgender or gender nonbinary in Canada, according to the 2021 Census — the first time such information has been collected in a national population survey. Nearly 20,000 people aged 18 and older in B.C. identified as trans or nonbinary in the census — roughly 0.44 per cent of the population. Experts said the number of transgender or nonbinary people in...

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Community seeks support from graffiti artists after repairing defaced Vancouver Chinatown mural

April 28, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | The ‘Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea’ mural in Chinatown that was defaced by graffiti has been repaired, and in its wake, the community is seeking support against graffiti tagging on artwork and property belonging to the area’s businesses and organizations. More than a hundred people from within and outside the Chinatown community joined a recent “repair event” to fix the mural, according to organizers. It had...

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Canada’s promise to resettle Afghans is falling far short

April 28, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Documentary filmmaker Alison MacLean is in an epic struggle to rescue the people who helped her during more than a decade of work in Afghanistan. It turns out the biggest obstacle is Canada, even though Ottawa promised to resettle 40,000 Afghan interpreters, judges, journalists and human rights activists who are now being hunted by the Taliban. Last fall as the Taliban stormed into Kabul, MacLean used...

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Making BC a better place with anti-racism data

April 24, 2022

By BC GOV News The provincial government is working hard to make B.C. a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming province for everyone. One of the ways to support this work will be a new law that will help identify and address racial inequalities in provincial government programs and services. Systemic racism happens when Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities have worse access to certain government programs and services, or have...

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Immigration key to refilling country’s talent pool: experts

April 20, 2022

For a country that depends on immigration for much of its population growth, it is logical for Canada to look to newcomers to reduce its labour shortage, B.C. experts say. But while Canada has historically done better than others in integrating skilled workers into local economies and communities, there are still gaps that may derail Ottawa’s plan to lean on immigration as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. In 2020, the federal...

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