Town Talk: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. gala raises $481,000 for group’s immigrant programs

April 3, 2015

By Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun | Link to Article IN A NAME: The United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society, a.k.a. S.U.C.C.E.S.S., reported raising $481,280 at its recent gala banquet in the Bayshore hotel. Doug Chiu, Jonathan Lai, Grant Lin and Linda Wong chaired, Hong Kong singer Bianca Wu entertained, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. co-founder Maggie Ip was honoured, and Premier Christy Clark topped a squad of politicians that included Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie...

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Temporary foreign workers warned to leave Canada as required

April 1, 2015

By Les Whittington, Toronto Star | The fate of thousands of temporary foreign workers facing deportation beginning April 1 emerged as a high-stakes national issue, with small business urging Ottawa to let them stay and the federal government threatening to track down any who try to go underground. Many low-skilled people who came to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are expected to leave the country beginning Wednesday as...

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B.C. hits pause button on skilled worker immigration program

March 31, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | The B.C. government is putting a 90-day pause on its provincial nominee immigration program, citing a glut of recent applications from temporary foreign workers, some of whom will be forced to leave Canada starting Wednesday. Immigration to B.C. is mostly controlled by Ottawa, but the provincial government selects 5,500 skilled workers each year based on local labour market demands. Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training...

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Vancouver’s S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to double number of foreign offices

March 30, 2015

By Vancouver Sun | Vancouver-based non-profit organization S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be doubling the number of foreign offices this year, officials said Saturday. SUCCESS, one of the biggest immigrant service groups in Canada, currently has oversea offices in Seoul and Taipei. Doug Purdie, Chair of SUCCESS, announced at the organization’s Bridge to SUCCESS Gala the group will open two new offices in Beijing and Shanghai later this year. Officials say this will...

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A father’s legacy in a ledger: Memories of family grocery store in Vancouver reveal little-known story of Chinese immigrants

March 28, 2015

By Douglas Quan, Vancouver Sun | Tucked away in my father’s desk is a small collection of bound ledgers from his days running a grocery store with his father in this city’s west side. He has no practical reason for holding on to these accounting books — he sold Granville Market in the tony Kerrisdale neighbourhood more than four decades ago. But every now and then, my father, Keith, who...

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Canadian citizenship test too difficult, failing visible minorities

March 27, 2015

By CBC News | It’s been five years now since some big changes to the way immigrants to Canada become citizens of Canada. And the results are causing some concerns. The government’s 2010 overhaul was intended to make the citizenship process more meaningful for immigrants. The study guide for the citizenship test was updated, to make it more reflective of the country today. And the test itself, was made more...

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