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Surrey councillor calls for wider review of racism, sexism allegations at Cloverdale Rodeo

July 23, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | A Surrey councillor is calling for a wider review after a human rights complaint was levelled against the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association. The complaint, filed last week at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, claims that a number of workers and volunteers experienced systemic racism and sexism at the popular annual rodeo. It alleges that from 2014 to 2021, the association employed Michael MacSorley as general...

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BC@150: Anti-Asian sentiment ran high in B.C., despite the desperate need for Chinese workers

July 23, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | B.C.’s first official working day as the newest province of Canada dawned over the port of New Westminster on July 21, 1871, and the Mainland Guardian newspaper greeted the future with unguarded optimism. “Yesterday formed the turning point in our destinies,” its lead editorial declared. “If the late government had many faults, it achieved one great act, and one that will always mark its existence among us...

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Former Syrian refugee stuck in an airport for 7 months finds a new side of Canada in B.C.’s north

July 23, 2021

By CBC News | A former Syrian refugee — who achieved a certain amount of international recognition after being stranded in a Malaysian airport for months — says travelling to northern B.C. for a temporary job assignment has broadened his Canadian experience. Hassan Al Kontar, 40, has been working as an emergency health worker with the Red Cross in Fort St. John since early July — after living 2½ years in the Lower Mainland...

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Ottawa changes rules for permanent residency applicants

July 23, 2021

By HR Reporter | The federal government is allowing individuals who have applied for the recently opened pathway to permanent residence to hold an open work permit while awaiting the results of their application. Eligibility for the open permit starts July 16. “Our new path to permanent residence for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates is a major step forward — the size, speed and scope of which is unprecedented,” says...

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Liberals promise to boost number of parents and grandparents sponsored to Canada

July 23, 2021

By Toronto Star | In an election-style campaign stop in B.C., Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa is going to triple the number of parents and grandparents Canadians can sponsor to Canada in 2021 to 30,000. Flanked by two Liberal colleagues in Surrey, where South Asians make up almost 60 per cent of the population, the Ontario MP made an in-person appearance at a community centre to praise the importance...

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What travellers to Canada can expect on July 21

July 16, 2021

By CIC  News | Before the end of the day on July 21, the Canadian government will have to make a decision on whether or not to extend its travel restrictions. Currently, Canada’s borders are closed to non-essential travel. Those allowed to enter are subject to quarantine measures, unless the government considers them to be fully vaccinated. Also, direct flights between Canada and India are still suspended. The federal government will...

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