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Cultural Holidays Posters

Download a copy of these two posters highlighting a few cultural celebrations in the winter and new year. Produced by the North Shore Multicultural Society.

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Cultural Holidays Posters

December 12, 2017

Download a copy of these two posters highlighting a few cultural celebrations in the winter and new year. Produced by the North Shore Multicultural Society. Read More

Project triples immigrants on North Shore committees

December 4, 2017

North Shore News |  Brent Richter The volunteer boards and committees that help guide the North Shore’s non-profits and local governments have almost tripled the number of immigrants in their ranks. After a 2016 survey found only seven community groups out of 37 on the North Shore that included at least one immigrant voice, the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership launched a campaign this summer to recruit, train and match recent immigrants with organizations across a swath of sectors. According to the latest census, 36 per cent of North Shore residents were born outside of Canada. Today, NSIIP is celebrating the addition of 19 immigrants prepared to volunteer, 15 of whom have been paired with local government, arts and culture, social services and health care boards or committees ready to welcome them on pending their own formal processes. Another four are still in search of a position. “I’m absolutely delighted with the positive response we’ve had to this project,” says... Read More

West Van’s immigrant population up

November 3, 2017

North Shore News | Jeremy Shepherd   The North Shore continues to be one of the most attractive regions in Canada for new immigrants, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released 2016 census figures. Since 2001, West Vancouver’s population has grown by 259. However, the municipality’s immigrant population rose by 3,840, bringing West Van’s overall percentage of immigrants from 36 to 44 per cent. The City of North Vancouver’s population jumped by almost 8,000 between 2001 and 2016, buoyed in part by an immigrant population that now accounts for 38 per cent of the city’s population, a four per cent hop since 2001. The District of North Vancouver was comparatively steady, as its population grew by 2,570 from 2001 to 2016 and its immigrant population nudged up from 30 to 31 per cent. Overall, approximately 36 per cent of the North Shore’s population is comprised of immigrants. For Hamed Ranapour, a telecommunications specialist from Tehran, Iran, living in North Vancouver was intended... Read More

Canada to admit nearly 1 million immigrants over next 3 years

November 1, 2017

CBC News  |   Kathleen Harris, Chris Hall, Peter Zimonjic Canada will welcome nearly one million immigrants over the next three years, according to the multi-year strategy tabled by the Liberal government today in what it calls “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.” The number of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees will climb to 310,000 in 2018, up from 300,000 this year. That number will rise to 330,000 in 2019 then 340,000 in 2020. The targets for economic migrants, refugees and family members was tabled in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon. Hussen said the new targets will bring Canada’s immigration to nearly one per cent of the population by 2020, which will help offset an aging demographic. He called it a historic and responsible plan and “the most ambitious” in recent history. “Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society,” Hussen said. “Five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer... Read More

21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan

October 25, 2017

CBC News |  Éric Grenier The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday. The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population, reaching nearly 1.7 million in 2016. These are some of the findings of the latest data set from the 2016 census, focusing on the population related to immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Indigenous people. The numbers come just days before the annual immigration levels are set to be tabled in the House of Commons by the Liberal government. The levels were set at 300,000 per year in 2017.​ The census figures show 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too.... Read More

How asylum seekers make refugee claims, and why they take so long

August 25, 2017

By Andrea Bellemare, CBC News | A look at how the refugee process normally works, and how its been affected by the sudden increase in demand. Asylum seekers who come to Canada are often able to make their claim for refugee status on the same day they arrive. But in Quebec the process has been disrupted by the recent influx of asylum seekers from the U.S. Here’s a closer look at how that process normally works and how it’s been affected by the sudden increase in demand. Eligibility interviews Asylum seekers crossing the border illegally at Roxham Road are met by the RCMP, and then taken to a Canada Border Services Agency office where they fill out a Basis of Claim form. In the past, an eligibility interview would usually take place on the same day to determine if the seeker is able to proceed with their refugee claim in Canada. But because of the massive influx this summer, asylum seekers could have to wait up to... Read More

Minister Hussen announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents

August 24, 2017

News Release From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada August 24, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights is an imperative for governments and individuals alike. This includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBTQ2 rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion. An “X” will make it easier for people who do not identify as female (“F”) or male (“M”) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity. Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex... Read More

Racist confrontation on Vancouver train caught on camera

August 24, 2017

By Jackie Dunham, CTV News | Metro Vancouver transit police are investigating a racist confrontation between a white woman and a senior Filipino couple aboard the city’s SkyTrain this week that was captured on camera by multiple witnesses. The three passengers involved in the heated exchange were travelling on the Millennium Line train heading towards Brentwood Town Centre at approximately 2 p.m. local time on Monday. The disturbance began when the woman told the Filipino couple they were speaking too loudly, according to Paula Correa, a witness who filmed the argument on her phone. The woman can be heard hurling offensive language at the Filipino couple in the videos. “One of the first things I heard her say was, ‘Oh, you’re just a stupid [expletive] Filipino,’” Correa told CTV Vancouver on Wednesday. “There was swearing.” In the video Correa later posted to Facebook, the woman can be heard hurling offensive language at the Filipinos. “Go back to the f—ing Philippines,”... Read More

A Supreme Idea

August 23, 2017

Editorial, North Shore News | A supposed rally by white supremacists in Vancouver failed in spectacular fashion over the weekend. The organizers were planning to decry immigration, Islam and multiculturalism but they evidently chickened out and instead stayed in their basements where no sunlight could disinfect their festering thoughts. In their place, came 4,000 anti-racism protestors preaching love, tolerance and diversity. Aside from a few skirmishes, it was more of a love-in than hate-fest and for that, we’re very proud of the people who marched, including a great many from the North Shore. But these twerps, with their overt hatred for others were the easy targets. We would argue the more insidious form of racism is the kind that hides in plain sight: The racist comment made at the dinner table that goes unchallenged. The condescending and unfounded assumptions made about an Indigenous person. The frustration over housing costs spilling over into anger at people of Chinese descent generally. The refusal... Read More

Q&A: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on being the country’s gatekeeper

August 21, 2017

BY MALCOLM JOHNSTON , Toronto Life | As a boy, he fled Somalia for Canada. Now he has the unenviable job of deciding who gets in and who doesn’t In January, you became immigration minister. Two weeks later, Donald Trump signed an order banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, the country of your birth. Was this a travel ban or a Muslim ban? Neither. My U.S. counterpart, John Kelly, the head of Homeland Security, told me that it was a pause to allow them to deal with travel document integrity and analyze their refugee resettlement program. I have to take him at his word. The Canadian government has committed to admitting 300,000 permanent residents in 2017, and right now you’re deciding what the number will be in 2018. What can we expect? I don’t have exact numbers yet, but I can assure you it won’t drop. It’s a matter of finding the right mix. Kellie Leitch, the former Tory leadership contender,... Read More

OTHER VOICES: Acknowledging racism is first step in stopping it

August 16, 2017

North Shore News |   Speak the truth: the first step in acting against racism is to own that it exists. January, 2017. Riding the 240 from North Vancouver to Vancouver, the bus passed Trump Tower. Post U.S. election, post Trump’s hate-fuelled campaign, there it was: his name unveiled. Suddenly for the first time in my life – after 40 years of fighting racism – I felt afraid. I didn’t sleep for days after the election. I was overwhelmed. I disconnected from TV, Facebook and my connections who were expressing their own rage, rightly so, over the increased incidences of racism Trump’s campaign seemed to have sparked. If I, as a diversity specialist, was afraid, what were other people feeling? Racism is not new – the belief that a particular race is superior to another, that a person’s character is predetermined by their biological characteristics – has existed for a very long time and has created systems of oppression for... Read More

Acknowledging racism is first step in stopping it

August 16, 2017

Meharoona Ghani, North Shore News | Speak the truth: the first step in acting against racism is to own that it exists. January, 2017. Riding the 240 from North Vancouver to Vancouver, the bus passed Trump Tower. Post U.S. election, post Trump’s hate-fuelled campaign, there it was: his name unveiled. Suddenly for the first time in my life – after 40 years of fighting racism – I felt afraid. I didn’t sleep for days after the election. I was overwhelmed. I disconnected from TV, Facebook and my connections who were expressing their own rage, rightly so, over the increased incidences of racism Trump’s campaign seemed to have sparked. If I, as a diversity specialist, was afraid, what were other people feeling? Racism is not new – the belief that a particular race is superior to another, that a person’s character is predetermined by their biological characteristics – has existed for a very long time and has created systems of oppression for... Read More

Racist graffiti in West Vancouver raises questions about wider intolerance

July 27, 2017

JEREMY SHEPHERD | NORTH SHORE NEWS, JULY 27, 2017.  A West Vancouver woman says she was shocked and saddened to see an anti-Chinese slur spray-painted on the West Vancouver Community Centre on Monday. The graffiti included a racist epithet followed by the phrase: Deserve To Die scrawled on a wall near a playing field. West Vancouver staff quickly removed the paint but it was still unsettling, noted Lillian Salchner, who reported the graffiti. “There was a lot of hatred in that message,” she said. “Being a Chinese-Canadian, it is shocking.” The suspects are a pair of 11-year-old children who are thought to be behind a string of racist graffiti in the area, including at least one swastika, according to West Vancouver Police Department spokesman Const. Jeff Wood. “They’re doing their work in their own backyard. Genius criminal element,” he said. Police would likely favour a restorative justice approach that underscores the impact racism has in the community, said Wood. The graffiti might... Read More

Foreign students boost business of education in B.C.

July 25, 2017

By Patrick Blennerhassett, Business in Vancouver.  Salvador Ferreras, KPU’s provost and academic vice-president, said the school has seen a bump in international students from India lately, primarily to take business-related programs | Submitted B.C. continues its reign as Canada’s top choice for foreign students. While domestic enrolment numbers across the Lower Mainland’s top universities have flatlined, international students are flocking to schools across the province in record numbers. According to a study by the provincial government, one-third of all international students who come to Canada to attend public and private K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions choose British Columbia. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is one of the schools reaping the direct benefit of international attention. With 8,990 students, KPU is B.C.’s fourth-largest university for full-time undergraduate enrolment, behind the University of British Columbia (35,070), the University of Victoria (14,220) and Simon Fraser University (12,880), and has posted an increase in international students for more than five consecutive years. During the 2010-11 school year, KPU... Read More

Additional federal funding for immigration and refugee legal aid

July 25, 2017

The Legal Services Society has received confirmation that the federal government will provide additional funding to ensure continued legal aid services for immigrants and refugees. LSS announced last month it would stop taking applications for immigration and refugee services effective August 1, 2017, due to a lack of funding to keep up with increased demand. The new funding allows LSS to maintain services until November 2017 and federal-provincial discussions regarding immigration and refugee legal aid in BC are concluded. “Refugees are an extremely vulnerable group. Many have faced persecution and torture and they need help to navigate our complex legal system,” said Mark Benton, QC, Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Services Society. “This new funding demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to helping those who need our support and assistance.” The need for increased funding is the result of the global refugee crisis, which resulted in a 145 percent increase in legal aid refugee cases at LSS over the past... Read More

Press Release: New Project Launched to Place More Immigrants on North Shore Boards & Committees

July 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Project Launched to Place More Immigrants on North Shore Boards & Committees NORTH VANCOUVER, July 25, 2017 – A recent survey of 39 governance boards and committees across the North Shore found that very few had members from the North Shore’s top immigrant source countries like Iran, China, the Philippines, Korea and others. While many recent and longer-term immigrants actively volunteer in the community, fewer have been appointed to leadership roles, a situation the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) hopes to address with a new project. NSIIP has received grants from the West Vancouver Foundation, the Community Foundations of Canada, and the Districts of North and West Vancouver to run a “Board and Committee Diversity Project” between now and December 2017. The goal of the project is to match 10-15 established immigrants with positions on governance boards and advisory committees at local non-profits and civic institutions. Organizations wanting to diversify their boards can look to... Read More

PRESS RELEASE: New Project Launched to Place More Immigrants on North Shore Boards & Committees

July 25, 2017

For Immediate Release NORTH VANCOUVER, July 25, 2017 – A recent survey of 39 governance boards and committees across the North Shore found that very few had members from the North Shore’s top immigrant source countries like Iran, China, the Philippines, Korea and others. While many recent and longer-term immigrants actively volunteer in the community, fewer have been appointed to leadership roles, a situation the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) hopes to address with a new project. NSIIP has received grants from the West Vancouver Foundation, the Community Foundations of Canada, and the Districts of North and West Vancouver to run a “Board and Committee Diversity Project” between now and December 2017. The goal of the project is to match 10-15 established immigrants with positions on governance boards and advisory committees at local non-profits and civic institutions. Organizations wanting to diversify their boards can look to the West Vancouver Memorial Library for inspiration. The library has made strides in... Read More

“Acting Against Racism: Strategies for Moving Forward”

June 22, 2017

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North Shore Board & Committee Diversity Project

June 13, 2017

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May 2, 2017

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