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By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Members of the Surrey Refugee Youth Team are helping new immigrants form cross-cultural connections by introducing them to B.C.'s Indigenous history.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Kids from newcomer families got a chance to see what it's like to be a firefighter or paramedic last week. They were part of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service's annual Equity and Diversity Camp, which welcomes newcomer youth into its training academy and teaches them a variety of skills.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
An Edmonton initiative that has empowered hundreds of immigrant women to exercise their rights is expanding. The Stride Advocacy Project received a $50,000 grant this week from the provincial Status of Women department to branch out to Calgary, Lethbridge and St. Paul, and to offer programming to more Indigenous women.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A Canadian civil rights organization is demanding an investigation into Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) procedures after a Nigerian man being deported on a flight from Calgary to Amsterdam died following an altercation with border officers.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Twenty-year-old Rafat Harb has risked his savings on a new grocery and halal butcher shop to serve the community that's given his family a future. It's a venture that wouldn't be possible without the helping hand he's getting from fellow Syrian refugees who, in return, are getting a boost toward achieving their own aspirations.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A veteran fisherman from Prince Edward County is handing the reins of his company over to a 21-year-old Syrian newcomer in an effort to keep the only fish processing operation left in the county alive. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The online marketplace carries around 200 African products including spices, snacks and soups. The selection includes hard-to-find ingredients like ground crayfish, African curry powders and a Cameroonian hot pepper blend.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Too often the plight of refugees is politicized, as is the case now, but one way to combat misrepresentations of refugees is simply by reading their stories. We asked Amazon book editor Sarah Smith to recommend a few books both about refugees and by refugees to enlighten readers of their stories. Ahead are her choices of poetry, short stories, and novels with a brief description about each selection.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Local brewer Dominion City Brewing Company unveiled its own ‘buck-a-beer’ plan on Wednesday, pledging that it will donate proceeds from a limited edition beer to refugees looking to make a home in Ottawa.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Wael Aun’s father died when he was 17. The teenager left his village in the south of Syria for Kuwait, where an uncle taught him the fine trade of upholstering furniture. “I leave school because my family needed the money,” Aun says. It’s a trade that sustained Aun and his family for 25 years as he roamed in search of work and to escape the war that had torn apart his homeland.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By the end of 2018, Canada estimates that the country will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents, many of whom are refugees who have brought a wealth of knowledge and work experience and need to parlay that into a job in Canada. Thankfully, there are many educational options to usher newcomers into employment, such as Ryerson University’s Workplace Communication in Canada program, which teaches job search techniques, in-office communication and more.  Two professionals discuss going back to school while adapting to life in Canada. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Potential immigration pilot program for rural, northern Ontario communities. Canada's minister of immigration visited Sudbury on Tuesday to speak with local employers about the role of immigration in northern Ontario's economy. Ahmed Hussen joined a round table discussion hosted by the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, where he heard from employers about the acute need for labour and skills in the region.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from the flight. You can watch video of her live-streamed protest.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, housed within the city's planning and economic development department, hosted the first Hamilton Newcomer Day Friday at city hall.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
When archaeologists from Infrastructure Ontario undertook a year-long excavation at Dundas Street and University Avenue starting in 2015, they uncovered thousands of artifacts that shed light on the history of one of Toronto's first major immigrant enclaves.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The federal government has agreed to pay for roughly 450 asylum seekers to stay in Greater Toronto Area hotels, a little more than a week before they must leave student residences at Centennial College and Humber College ahead of the fall school season.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A trio of Liberal cabinet ministers tried today to reassure Canadians the government has a tight grip on the spike in asylum seekers crossing into Canada, beating back Conservative claims that there is no clear plan or budget in place.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
As another step toward better and fairer ways to handle difficult immigration cases, the Government of Canada today unveiled new elements to the "Alternatives to Detention" (ATD) program of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The term "irregular" is sometimes used interchangeably with the term "illegal" when referring to these asylum seekers. However, there are subtle differences. The term "irregular" is merely used to describe a border crossing that is not made at a port of entry. On the other hand, the term "illegal" is used to describe a border crossing that is performed in violation of the law. Depending on the circumstances, an irregular border crossing may or may not be considered illegal.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Canada Without Poverty, the charity that took the Income Tax Act Charter challenge to court, has three full-time staff and an annual budget of about $300,000 a year. Executive director Leilani Farha, a human rights lawyer, said that when the organization was being audited, “the breadth of the audit struck me right away as problematic.”
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The FCJ Refugee Centre is a place where those who've been accepted as refugees help others seeking asylum deal with all sorts of practical issues. It's also an environment where people can share why they came to Canada and their hopes for the future — narratives many at the centre feel are important to larger conversations about refugees and asylum seekers.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Given the need for a diversity of views and the desire to protect free speech, are there criteria that should be used to assess who is likely to contribute to a constructive conversation and dialogue? Should these criteria be used to select speakers and panelists, or perhaps participants and audiences?
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
For years, conservative politicians across Canada have spread negative falsehoods about asylum-seeking immigrants—whether it’s about the legitimacy of their applications, the contributions they make to this country, or the very nature of the international obligations that Canada has agreed to.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 19, 2018
The market, which was declared a National Historical Site, has had a rich immigrant history since it was established in the early 19th Century. Today, the Market showcases offerings from cultures all over the world. Here’s a rundown of the vibrant history of one of Toronto’s most distinctly diverse neighbourhoods.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 19, 2018
A support group for female immigrants and refugees in Calgary is helping women avoid becoming socially isolated through the power of a needle and thread. The Centre for Newcomers peer support group meets weekly for the next three months, helping women from countries like India, Bangladesh and Somalia make new friends and practice speaking English while learning how to run a sewing machine.