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Everyone’s a critic, but Canadians have so much to celebrate

July 1, 2015

By Jeffrey Simpons, Globe and Mail | So, yes, Canadians have too much debt, and we have treated aboriginal populations poorly, and nefarious anti-democratic practices have taken hold in federal politics, and our productivity lags, and our attempts to limit carbon emissions have been erratic, and our military has been run down, and our foreign aid budget is sliding, and the CBC is starved for money compared with other countries’...

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Savouring Canada’s delicious diversity at the dinner table

July 1, 2015

By Denise Balkissoon, Globe and Mail | My friend Arndis decided to reclaim her ancestry – through Jell-O. She comes from a small farming town in Saskatchewan called Foam Lake and until she moved to Ontario for university, she considered herself simply Canadian (she’s white, obviously). So it was embarrassing and infuriating to be immediately pigeonholed as “rural” and a “Westerner,” someone many urbanites automatically considered culturally unsophisticated. She decided...

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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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