A 150th birthday present to immigrants from the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the passage of Bill C-6 amending the previous Harper government’s Citizenship Act of 2014, which created the two-tiered Canadian citizenship perceived by some immigrants as racist.
British Columbians gear up for change as premier-designate John Horgan and his cabinet prepare to be formally sworn in by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at the Government House on July 18. Horgan’s New Democratic Party (NDP), with votes from the Andrew Weaver-led Green Party, successfully ended the 16-year B.C. Liberal rule after the May 9 provincial elections.
Over 200 immigrant and refugee youths and some “adult allies” from British Columbia and across Canada recently trooped to the Science World Theatre in Vancouver for the 2017 Fresh Voices Ceremony Awards.
Most internationally educated professionals find themselves struggling to fully integrate into the Canadian labour market. The biggest road blocks include unfamiliar processes like credential evaluation, and regulatory bodies who often do not recognize internationally-trained professionals.
When Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon called Rey Pagtakhan to tell him that he will be invested into the highest honour in the province, the retired doctor-turned-politician was overcome with emotions.