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Citizen and Immigration Canada might extend LGBT refugee program

February 11, 2015

Citizen and Immigration Canada says it’s considering a request to extend a program that helps bring gay refugees to Canada, following concerns from Halifax activists. The Rainbow Refugee Assistance Program receives third-party funding from the department as a pilot project to help cover the cost of sponsoring overseas LGBT refugees to come to Canada. When the program started, $100,000 was set aside to help sponsor LGBT refugees. On Tuesday, activists...

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Lunar New Year Old and New

February 10, 2015

I wasn’t raised on grilled cheese sandwiches and Rice Krispie squares. Unlike most kids I grew up with, the culinary concept of “ants on a log” utterly confused me. So, mostly out of an indignant disbelief, I used my hard-earned allowance to purchase peanut butter, celery and raisins to recreate the recipe dictated by a seven year-old. “You take peanut butter, stick it in the middle of the celery and...

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New immigration rules risk leaving international students behind

February 10, 2015

Changes to immigration regulations have made it more difficult for international students who have recently graduated from Canadian universities to qualify for permanent residence. On Jan. 1, new federal rules came into effect that no longer give international students with Canadian work experience an automatic leg-up when they apply to stay in Canada permanently. Now, Canada may find it difficult to continue successfully recruiting international students. Almost 300,000 international students...

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Canada losing lucrative immigrant investors

February 9, 2015

The federal government has recently launched its new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program which aims to raise $120-million from 60 eligible ultra-high net worth investors. The funds are intended to be invested in Canada-based startups with high growth potential. Ironically, the new program unofficially confirms Canada’s definitive retreat from the global residence-through-investment industry, which it created in 1986 with the Quebec government. Under the new program, approved applicants...

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Universities want Quebec to make it easier to hire foreign, high skilled talent

February 9, 2015

MONTREAL (CP) — Quebec universities say they’re having trouble recruiting foreign professors due to a French language requirement they say hinder their ability to attract high-skilled, international talent. Several professors and recruiters at the province’s two major English-language universities said that Quebec’s complex, points-based immigration system puts them at a disadvantage compared to other Canadian and U.S. institutions. In 2013, the Parti Quebecois government of the day increased the French...

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B.C. job situation shows slight improvement in January

February 6, 2015

British Columbia’s economy held steady for the first month of the year, with a few gains made in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada. The agency said 6,700 jobs were added in January, mostly full time positions in the manufacturing sector. The gains were offset by losses in part-time work, and mostly in transportation and warehousing. The unemployment rate rose, but only slightly, to 5.6 per cent from 5.5 per...

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