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Minority professor denied grants because he hires on merit: ‘People are afraid to think’

December 5, 2021

By National Post An award-winning Canadian scientist said he has been refused two federal government grants for his research on the grounds of “lack of diversity” — even though he is originally from India and has repeatedly suffered racism. Patanjali Kambhampati, a professor in the chemistry department at Montreal’s McGill University, believes the death knell for the latest grant was a line in the application form where he was asked...

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Generous Canada now the No. 1 destination for foreign students

December 5, 2021

By Vancouver Sun Canada has become the most popular country in the world for international students, says a survey conducted in more than 50 countries. Two in five international students rate Canada as their first choice for higher education, according to IDP Connect’s fall poll of 3,600 study-visa holders. That’s more than double the proportion that picked the next highest-ranked nations — Britain, the U.S. or Australia. A majority of students who...

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Canada job gains blow past expectations, almost four times forecast

December 5, 2021

By Financial Post | Canadian employers added 154,000 jobs in November and the jobless rate plunged to six per cent, further evidence the economy is on track to complete the comeback from the COVID-19 recession by early next year. Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey put the number of working Canadians at 19.3 million, a one per cent increase from February 2020 and effectively the level of employment the economy was on...

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‘Disturbing’ pattern of discrimination alleged among B.C. police services

December 5, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | A new report reveals a ‘disturbing’ pattern of discrimination among the province’s police forces, says the office of B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner. The report was funded by commissioner Kasari Govender and collected race-based data from five police jurisdictions — the Vancouver police, the Nelson police, and the RCMP in Surrey, Prince George and Duncan/North Cowichan. It’s part of a presentation by the commissioner to a provincial...

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IRCC looking to tackle Express Entry backlogs before resuming FSWP and CEC invitations

November 26, 2021

By CIC News IRCC is holding off on inviting FSWP and CEC candidates so that it can tackle its backlogs. This is revealed in an internal briefing memo that CIC News requested and successfully obtained from the department. Get a Free Canadian Immigration Assessment Although the memo is heavily redacted, it contains key insights on Canada’s Express Entry operations. The memo begins by stating that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stopped Federal Skilled Worker Program...

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Helping refugees resettle in Canada is a winning proposition for all

November 26, 2021

By Toronto Star As Canada prepares to welcome tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, I am struck by the opportunity this offers our country — an opportunity to not only help those who need it, but also to enrich our communities and grow our economy. Whenever we think about refugees, most of us conjure up depressing images. We picture endless lines of people escaping conflict on foot, with only the...

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