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At July 1 citizenship ceremony, new Canadians mark first day of new lives

July 1, 2015

By Oliver Moore, Globe and Mail | More than most, Lhundup Gyatso understands what it means to be a citizen. The 41-year-old was born in Nepal, but didn’t have equal status because of his Tibetan ancestry. Without it, higher education and a professional career were impossible dreams. Seven years ago, he came to Canada as a refugee and on Wednesday he and his young son became Canadian citizens at one...

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Migrant workers get little protection from workplace abuse

July 1, 2015

By CBC News | Across most of Canada, temporary foreign workers fall through the cracks in monitoring and enforcing of employment standards. They’re admitted under a federal program, but the provinces that monitor labour standards don’t know where to find them. They should have the same rights as Canadian workers, but if they complain, their employer can get rid of the problem by simply sending them home. In Ontario, a...

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Why newcomers are beginning to bypass Canada’s big cities

June 26, 2015

By Doug Aaunders, Globe and Mail | When Zernab Yazdani, an easygoing college graduate, talks about his childhood years in Riverdale – a cluster of aging apartment towers and townhouse complexes encircled by single-storey mini-malls – what tweaks his memories is not the ever-shifting mix of languages and cultures. Riverdale’s 7,500 residents were mostly born in other countries, as his parents were; only one in five speaks English as a...

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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2015 announced

June 25, 2015

By Canadian Immigrant | After an extensive process of nominations, two rounds of judging and public voting, the seventh annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards honours two celebrity chefs, a brilliant scientist, a real estate mogul, a celebrated author, several very determined entrepreneurs, plus a few diversity and immigrant champions. There’s also a city councillor, a digital visionary, a winery owner and more. Again, the list of this year’s...

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Restaurant operators struggling, one year after new foreign worker rules adopted

June 25, 2015

By News 1130 | It’s been one year since the federal government introduced restrictions on the use of Temporary Foreign Workers in the country. The head of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association says three regions of BC have been hit hardest by the changes. Ian Tostenson says businesses in Whistler, the Okanagan and the Kootenays have been struggling, while trying to rely on fewer foreign workers during high tourism...

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‘Utterly unfair and unfortunate’: Immigrants, lawyers decry Bill C-24

June 24, 2015

By Gilbert Ngabo, Metro News | It’s a tale of two contradictions, says David Cohen, a Toronto immigration lawyer. Canada, a country that prides itself on diversity, has just made it harder for immigrants to become citizens. Germain Zima is among the estimated thousands of Torontonians caught in the snarl of what moved through government channels as Bill C-24. The law, which passed last year but started being enforced just...

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