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By admin2 on Thursday, April 19, 2018

The City of Vancouver has approved a motion that would give permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections, but it still needs to be approved by the provincial government. Currently, a person needs to be at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen to vote.

By admin2 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Quebec government is demanding that Ottawa come up with a new plan for handling asylum seekers with projections that up to 400 people each day could begin crossing into Canada this summer. “Last year, we peaked at about 250 a day and that was considered massive,” said Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel. “Right now, there are projections on the table saying that we could go in the neighbourhood of 400 people per day.”

By admin2 on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has announced major changes to Canada’s immigration policy that will make it far easier for persons with disabilities and their family members to immigrate to Canada.
By admin2 on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Why doesn’t the humanitarian system have a way to collect real-time information about refugee populations, needs and aid? We speak to Galen Englund from the ONE Campaign about the data gaps and how they harm policy making for refugees.
By admin2 on Friday, April 13, 2018
Data compiled by the immigration department shows a persistent gap between female immigrants, both new and established in Canada, compared with their Canadian-born counterparts as well as male immigrants.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
OPINION: The Liberals’ plan to spend big on mental-health care will benefit many women — but more needs to be done to reduce stigma and help the most vulnerable, writes Lauren McKeon. 
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Liberal government shouldn’t bend to critics of its antiracism consultations, but it should also know racialized Canadians expect meaningful change.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
When Casandra Diamond was lured into the world of licensed Toronto massage parlours as a teenager, she thought it would give her control and financial freedom. Instead, she lived in fear for the next 10 years. Forced to provide sexual services to a dozen men each night, Diamond routinely endured requests that were degrading or violent. Then she would go home to her "boyfriend" — the man who was trafficking her, cutting her off from family and friends and keeping her money.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
In a corner of Halifax’s historic south end, Mandarin signs have started to sprout up: They appoint dumpling and dessert restaurants, bubble tea cafes, rental housing and a barbershop. They are the early signs of a fledgling Chinatown.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
We are concerned about a recent spike in the use of the term “illegal” to characterize asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border. One newspaper speaks of “illegal migrants” while others focus on “illegal border crossers.” An editorial from a prominent national paper asks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “yield to Tory measures” by tightening the border.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
Toronto lawyer and activist Jamil Jivani explores the destructive ideas that can influence young men. For Jamil Jivani, whose early years in Brampton were shaped by a father’s absence, an obsession with gangster subculture and friends who flirted with criminality, a capacity to aspire helped turn his life around.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
Days like Refugee Rights Day and World Refugee Day create an opportunity to raise public awareness about the long-term challenges refugees in Canada face beyond just settlement. What many Canadians often don't realize is the importance of family reunification after part of a family is able to settle in Canada. One of the many shared experiences of refugees is family separation, which has devastating impacts on their wellbeing, and their ability to contribute more to their host countries.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
The divisive debate in Quebec about the clothes Muslim women choose to wear is back in the spotlight, less than six months before the fall provincial election. Eve Torres, a 44-year-old Muslim mother of three who proudly wears a hijab, announced she was seeking the nomination in a Montreal-area riding for Quebec solidaire, the legislature's most left-leaning party.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
The sheer number of complaints — despite serious obstacles in the path of those filing them, as well as the patterns they reveal about mistreatment in facilities nationwide — suggest that sexual assault and harassment in immigration detention are not only widespread but systemic, and enabled by an agency that regularly fails to hold itself accountable. 
By admin2 on Thursday, April 12, 2018
We speak with Canada’s minister of refugees and immigration Ahmed Hussen about how his own experience of displacement influenced his career and policy-making for our new series on leadership by refugees.
By admin2 on Friday, April 6, 2018
“I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts” features young people who made their way to Canada after being born or raised in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Filmed and produced over three years, the documentary takes the audience through a cinematic version of the crowdsourced and sold-out play 14 young Rohingya performed in 2016, re-enacting their family’s struggle to reach safety from Burma to Bangladesh to Canada.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 5, 2018
A federal judge says he was “deeply troubled” by parts of an immigration official’s decision that a Tamil man would be safe to return to Sri Lanka.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ottawa’s special envoy to Myanmar will release a report Tuesday urging Canada to express willingness to welcome Rohingya refugees and implement sanctions against those responsible for the ongoing humanitarian crisis, according to people familiar with the document.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Canada was tapped as a top destination country for African migrants ordered out of Israel under a deal that was struck, then abruptly suspended, between Israel and the UN's refugee agency Monday.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Canada needs to step up its spending on the mass migration crisis and should play a leading role in the investigation by the International Criminal Court of possible war crimes. Canada should also consider granting refugee and resettlement status to Myanmar’s persecuted ethnic Rohingya, 700,000 of whom have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape a brutal campaign by Myanmar’s military, he said.
By admin2 on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Canada’s parental sponsorship rules keep families apart, cost thousands of dollars to newcomers and hold single parents, particularly women, back from success.

By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The number of people crossing the Canada-U.S. border between legal checkpoints slightly increased in Februarynew numbers show, and Ottawa is bracing for a possible spike as the weather warms this spring.
By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
America is deeply divided on issues related to immigrants and refugees, while in Canada, which accepts larger proportions of newcomers, there is a general consensus in the country over the issue. Canadians are broadly accepting of large numbers of immigrants and positive about playing an active role in resettling refugees. Even newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford’s anti-elitism shies away from xenophobia. Why are policies and attitudes more open and less polarized in Canada, and can America learn anything from its northern neighbour?
By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chandran was among 10 participants in an eight-week public speaking course aimed at building the self-confidence and improving the communication skills of newcomer women. The series was facilitated by Christopher Leadership Courses of Canada and was sponsored by YWCA Toronto’s JUMP program.

By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
With a diploma and more than 15 years of experience as a barber in Iraq, Benjamin Gbo’s dream is to open his own shop in Toronto to support his family. But he can’t even cut anyone’s hair in a salon without a hairstylist licence in Ontario.