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Afghan immigrant studying in Vancouver wins Loran scholarship

February 25, 2015

When Somaya Amiri was a little girl, she’d watch each morning as her big brother hoisted a backpack over his shoulders and walked to school in Afghanistan’s Behsood District. She remembers desperately wanting to go too. The day she decided to follow him, her father noticed she was missing from the house and caught up with her at the school. He was furious. “When I got home my mom and...

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Temporary foreign worker mass exodus expected April 1

February 25, 2015

A mass exodus of temporary foreign workers is on the horizon, employers and lawyers predict. Beginning April 1, low-skill, temporary foreign workers who have been in Canada at least four years will be forced to leave. Most of those workers are employed in the agricultural and fishing industries. Bill Stevens, the CEO of Mushroom Canada, is pushing for a reprieve. “Frankly, it’s crisis with us because we’re losing workers who...

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Program aims for greater ethnic diversity on boards

February 25, 2015

One in five Canadians is an immigrant, and in 15 years visible minorities will make up nearly a third of this country’s population. But the unelected bodies that hold sway in a community, the boards of public institutions and agencies, typically have significantly fewer immigrants and visible minorities than might be expected given their share of population. How to change that situation is a question that has preoccupied Ratna Omidvar,...

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Former refugees face losing residency in Canada if they return to homeland

February 23, 2015

With 2012 changes to immigration laws, the number of former refugees who lost their protected status — and permanent residency — has almost quintupled. Ottawa has slowly — and quietly — stepped up efforts to strip permanent resident status from former refugees who were granted asylum in Canada and later returned to the country where they once faced persecution. Wielding new powers that came in with changes to immigration law...

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Celebrate your inner yang at Lunar New Year events in Vancouver

February 19, 2015

Among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, the one representing this coming year presents a particular difficulty. That’s because the word in Chinese for the symbolic animal for 2015 — “yang” in Mandarin, and “young” in Cantonese — actually covers a whole gaggle of animals. Is it the Year of the Goat? Some people associate the term with old age, defeat, blame or overall ineptitude. What about the Year of the...

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All set to welcome Lunar New Year

February 18, 2015

Lunar New Year is upon us again. And, as such, the city will once again be filled with red banners, lion dances, parades and massive crowds at community enclaves like Chinatown and Richmond. That much is to be expected; it happens every year. It is the time of year when mainstream dignitaries will appear at their fair share of community gatherings, festivals and ceremonies. Likewise, mainstream attention will be swung...

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