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Brazilian artist Diogo Ramos sings his love for Quebec, diversity and freedom

Freedom, Liberté, Liberdade. Diogo Ramos now sings these words in three languages – English, French and Portuguese – as he released officially this month the videoclip for the single Liberté je t’aime (Freedom, I love you) during a impromptu show »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees

Struggling Canadian language schools present a survival plan

Like hundreds of other businesses–small and large–Canada’s language schools are taking a beating from COVID-19–grasping at straws, scrambling to find a way out of what they say is approaching “financial ruin.” “We’re not just falling through the cracks – this »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada announes new funding to fight human trafficking

Canada’s federal government has announced $19 million in funding to fight human trafficking, a battle that Ottawa says is being made more difficult because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding is part of a five-year National Strategy to Combat Human »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada’s asylum agreement with the U.S. infringes on Charter: Federal Court

An agreement between Canada and the United States to treat each other as “safe countries” for refugees infringes upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a Federal Court judge has ruled, giving Ottawa six months to respond. In a »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada increasingly selects temporary foreign workers for immigration: report

With COVID-19 related global travel restrictions having reduced the flow of immigrants from abroad to a trickle, Canada is increasingly relying on foreign temporary workers already in the country to fill its immigration needs, according to Statistics Canada. The pandemic »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canada’s immigration numbers slowly increase in spite of COVID

The arrival of COVID-19 in Canada caused immigration processing to come a near halt, but the latest figures from Canada’s immigration department showed numbers of immigrants accepted increased significantly in May from the previous month. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

Safe&Sound-New program helps immigrants build a new life in Canada as musicians

Remember hip hop Toronto singer K’Naan? His song Wavin’ Flag was used for the Coca-Cola commercial during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Yes, it’s been 10 years already, but the contagious energy certainly is still with you.  »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ottawa recognizes children born abroad to same-sex couples as Canadians

The federal government is moving to change the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act to allow non-biological Canadian parents to pass down Canadian citizenship to their children born abroad, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Thursday. Mendicino said the measure »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Border agency lost track of 34,700 foreign nationals slated for removal: report

Canada’s border agency has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign nationals it was supposed to deport from the country, according to a scathing new report from the federal auditor general. “We concluded that the Canada Border Services Agency »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International

Marchers turn out to support migrant workers in Ontario

A backlash against what’s happening to temporary foreign farm workers in Ontario appears to be building. The province has reported hundreds of cases of COVID-19 among the migrant workers as the virus continues to spread because of what advocates say »