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New citizens navigate ‘confusing’ process of voting for first time

September 19, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | As soon as Vancouver resident Yu Chen took her oath of Canadian citizenship during a ceremony on Wednesday, she became eligible to vote. However, with the privilege of casting a ballot comes a lot of unsettling unknowns for Chen, who migrated several years ago from China, where elections aren’t wholly democratic. “I got my Canadian voter’s information card in the mail, but I don’t know where...

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Impact of COVID-19 on businesses majority-owned by various sub-population groups and visible minorities, third quarter of 2021

September 19, 2021

By Stats Canada | The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Canadians in different communities in numerous ways. Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.7% in June, following two consecutive monthly declines, placing total economic activity 1.5% below February 2020’s pre-pandemic level. Growth in retail trade and accommodation and food services were influenced by the easing of public health measures in many provinces in June. While all businesses in Canada have been...

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Many employers failing to follow through on DEI plans: Report

September 19, 2021

By HR Reporter | Despite employers planning to make their workplace more diverse through different programs, many have failed to follow through with their plans, according to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in partnership with the Harvard Business Review. More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of HR and business executives admit their organization is, at best, only somewhat successful in its attempts to create a...

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These new Canadians cast their first federal ballots. Here’s what they thought

September 19, 2021

By CBC News | Tareq Hadhad never had a chance to vote in a free and democratic election in his birth country of Syria. That’s why the moment, earlier this week, when he cast a ballot in Canada will always be special to him. “I am so honoured,” he said in a Twitter video on Monday. “I will cherish this memory forever and I will tell my grandkids that the 2021 election mattered, and...

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Entrepreneur helping Afghans who fled Taliban lauded as ‘shining example of Canadian compassion’

September 19, 2021

By Globe and Mail | A Toronto property developer who has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of people fleeing the Taliban settle in Canada – spending $50,000 to buy them essential supplies – has been praised as a “shining example of Canadian compassion” by the Immigration Minister. Wais Habibzai, who fled to Canada from Afghanistan in 1992 after his house was destroyed by a rocket, has launched a personal aid...

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‘We are lucky’: First group of Afghan refugees touch down in Vancouver to start new lives

September 11, 2021

In recent days, seven-year-old Ali has often tugged on his father’s shirt. “Let’s go home, Dad,” he will say, according to his father, Mohammad. ‘We are lucky’: First group of Afghan refugees touch down in Vancouver to start new lives The pair are among the newest guests at three Vancouver hotels housing 37 Afghan refugees, among the first to arrive in Canada after fleeing the Taliban resurgence. Others who worked...

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