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These Snapshots From Syria Tell Stories Of Suffering - And Hope

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Collapsed buildings are everywhere. Families huddle in the ruins, while aid groups struggle to keep up with people's basic needs for food, water, medical care and shelter. I can see humanitarian aid is helping, but it is never a long-term solution. So much more is needed.

Canada's Population Just Hit A New Milestone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada

Population growth was positive in all provinces and territories, except the Yukon.

The Rest Of The World Needs A Backup Plan If Trump Wins

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Building progress and trust, as the U.S. did, takes a long time to accomplish far more than constructing a building. But Trump will help destroy such progress if he is elected as the president of the United States. All the respect and admiration the world used to have towards this great country will vanish into thin air.

Hold CBSA Accountable For Deporting Detainees To Torture

Monia Mazigh | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Despite all the legal battles Mohamed Harkat and his wife have been conducting to allow him to stay in Canada, he finds himself today facing deportation to Algeria. Recently CBSA filed a report where it plainly concludes that Mohamed Harkat should be deported to Algeria, despite the risk of being tortured there if he returns.

Humanitarian Aid Isn't A Long-Term Solution For Syria

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Home is a tent divided in two for Um Yasmine and her five children. The Syrian widow fled to a dusty field in Lebanon three years ago, as war piled up bodies around her beloved city of Homs. Now, a bedsheet hangs down the middle of her crowded tent shared with another refugee family. Um Yasmine is so tired of this makeshift life. She just wants to go home.

Feds Want To Bring More Than 300,000 Newcomers This Year

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics

Economic immigrants will continue to make up the majority of newcomers, but the overall numbers of those will be down from previous years.

What New Canadians Need To Know About Buying A Home

Christine Shisler | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

While the prospect of purchasing a home for the first time in Canada is an exciting and important step, many newcomers choose to rent for the first several months to a year (or longer) after their arrival. Before deciding whether to rent or buy, it's important that you know what you can afford, weigh the options available and take the time to make the right decisions that will ensure a successful future in Canada.

Multiculturalism Is A Canadian Success Story

Samer Majzoub | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Multiculturalism, as a comprehensive communal doctrine, came to be the right answer for the nation of Canada to create its unique, coherent and inclusive society which guarantees equality, freedom, fairness and reverence to all its citizens. The various cultures, religious doctrines, social values and ethnicities merit equal respect.

5 Things To Watch For In Liberals' Immigration Plan

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The plan is supposed to be tabled each November, but the one for 2016 was delayed by the election.

Liberals Raise Cap On Family Visa Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Raising the cap on applications was a promise made by the Liberals during the election campaign.

Is South Africa Creating A New Apartheid?

Lottie Ntim | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada
Lottie Ntim

Maybe it's dramatic to call this a new apartheid. But a quick search as I wallow in the glare of an unforgiving sun and my own self-pity reveals countless stories of unexplained visa refusals and similarly stringent refusals from South African embassies, to provide reasons for them.

How Refugees And Newcomers Can Access Canadian Bank Services

Christine Shisler | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

One of the first things you'll need to do is open a Canadian bank account. This will give you a safe place to deposit and access your money whenever you need it. Canada's banking system can differ from other countries, and it takes time to understand the various types of financial institutions, bank accounts and services available.

Without Adequate Support, Syrian Refugees Say They Feel Trapped

CBC | CBC News | Posted 02.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"We want to depend on ourselves. We want to have jobs, we want to blend in." 

Does The Immigrant Experience Foster Entrepreneurship?

Anne Day | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Business
Anne Day

When we came to Canada, my husband and I arrived with no jobs. With the confidence of youth, we were positive it would all work out well. And it did. It was also our first clue that entrepreneurship was our destiny because we were accustomed to ambiguity and taking risks.

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted an...

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.

Make Immigrants Live In Atlantic Canada, Ex-Premier Urges Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Politics

"They bring a shock to our society that we badly need."

The Fading Case Against Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Although the term multiculturalism has remained broadly popular, its application has been the object of ongoing controversy. At the center of the debate is the issue of whether identities are in inevitably in conflict. That, for example, individuals must choose between their ethnic attachments and their Canadian identity.

A Letter Of Gratitude To My Canadian Sponsors

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

My children and I were strangers, and you welcomed us. I will forever be grateful to you all. And as we see thousands of Canadians doing what you, my sponsors, did for my family, I can only be grateful to all of them as well, and tell the new Syrian refugees that they are in good hands.

Canada Must Take A Longer View On Falling Immigration Numbers

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

The ratio of working-age Canadians to seniors was narrowing, and the inevitable outcome would be a shrunken tax base and acute labour shortages. Over the next decade, a million jobs risk going unfilled. And yet, only around one in 10 Canadians agrees that Canada currently admits too few immigrants. The annual (and sometimes multi-year) public consultations held by the Federal Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration on levels of newcomers do not seem to have yielded much success in changing this attitude.

Zi-Ann Lum

Ex-Tory Minister Says Refugee Resettlement Goal Same As 35 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.27.2015 | Canada Politics

"That was a big surprise for us ... It kinda grew like topsy."

Canada's Welcoming Of Refugees Is A Simple Act Of Charity

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

Due to the heated political atmosphere from which the initial promise emerged, with Trudeau's Liberals keen to position themselves in stark contrast to Harper's Conservatives, I feel that the massive attention this has garnered from both sides -- both of acclaim and censure -- has been greatly exaggerated. With all the rhetoric from proponents and opponents, we forget that this is a simple act of charity.

Canada Could Double Refugee Intake To 50,000 By End Of 2016: McCallum

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics

The UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration would help with the vetting process.

Volunteers Overwhelm B.C. Immigrant Group To Help Refugees

CBC | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Immigrant Services B.C. said it's been inundated with eager volunteers.

Will Canada Be Awash With Americans If Trump Becomes President?

Robert Waite | Posted 12.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Waite

It happens every four years.The United States holds a presidential election -- and many of its citizens claim they will move to Canada if one of the contenders is elected. This year, with the advent of people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the right (and Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the left), these mutterings have become increasingly louder.