• Commanding Respect in a Classroom
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    By: Asfia Yasir in Toronto, ON Immigration is reshaping Ontario's classrooms, changing the demographics of both students and teachers. The latest statistics indicate that one in 10 new teachers hired in Ontario is internationally-trained (about 1,000 of 11,000 new teachers in 2016). The transition is never easy for these newcomer teachers as they get used to cultural norms very different from their home nations and learn to deal with a room full of students who may not always look up…
    Written on Saturday, 24 February 2018 19:09
  • Challenges of Motherhood for an International Student
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    Commentary by: Mona Mashadi Rajabi in Tehran I was standing in front of the school’s office and Melody, my daughter, was right beside me. All the children were passing by happily with their parents. The principal gave me the registration forms and started to talk about the rules and regulations of the school. I was there to register Melody in junior kindergarten. While I was filling out one of the forms, the principal pointed to an important part and said:…
    Written on Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:10
  • A Game with No Winner
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    Commentary by: Mona Mashadi Rajabi in Tehran, Iran “Canada needs you!” This is a sentiment I heard over and over while I was in Canada. I came to Canada with my husband and daughter, in August 2015, on a student visa to pursue my Ph.D. in economics. I still pursue that dream of coming to Canada, but meanwhile, things have gone awry. Our bank account manager in Ottawa was the first to utter these words to me: “Canada needs you!…
    Written on Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:11
  • Communicating in a New Country
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    By: Mona Mashhadi Rajabi in Tehran, Iran Communication is more than understanding the words. I was always aware of language barriers when I decided to move to Canada. But I didn’t know that this would go beyond an understanding of words and sentences. It took me a few months to get to this point, after a few odd experiences along the way. I will explain two of them for you. Animation film that opened my eyes I was a student…
    Written on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 02:34
  • Internships Don’t Start Here
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    By: Lu Xu in Halifax Gaining overseas work experience while attending university may sound appealing, but some Dalhousie University international students say they’re having trouble completing this mandatory part of their school program because they can’t find a job here in Canada. Yuxi Tang is one of them. After months of fruitless job hunting, Tang is giving herself a few more weeks to find work. All of her friends have already left for China, but she’s still hoping to find…
    Written on Friday, 15 September 2017 18:56
  • Australia’s ‘Spectacular’ Failure in Languages
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    By: Tim Mayfield in Melbourne, Australia The latest Australian census data is in and it makes for interesting reading. Of particular note, 72 per cent of residents reported speaking only English at home, down from nearly 77 per cent in 2011. Moreover, for the first time since colonisation, most of the Australians who were born overseas came from Asia rather than Europe. So what to make of these shifts? On the face of it, the data indicates that Australia is…
    Written on Saturday, 08 July 2017 03:51
  • Student Newspaper Sparks Hate Speech Debate
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    By Leslie Layton in Chico, California On a recent Wednesday, Chico State journalism professor Mark Plenke was messaged that he should check the campus newspaper racks. The student-run weekly newspaper, The Orion, had come out earlier that day, and an opinion column was already producing a stream of angry social-media responses. Plenke, the faculty adviser to The Orion, found some 600 newspapers missing from racks in Tehama and Butte halls and rescued them from nearby garbage and recycling bins. The…
    Written on Friday, 09 June 2017 14:29
  • Listening to our International Students
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    Commentary by Will Tao in Vancouver Canada’s international students, particularly those in major metropolitan cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, have been subject to intense criticism over the last year. The students – over 363,000 of them – have been blamed directly or indirectly for a range of social problems, such as overheated rental markets, unaffordable housing, burden on public services, cheating, and bizarrely, even driving pricey cars. The bulk of these criticisms are based on anecdotal accounts, in the…
    Written on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 18:00
  • Bramptonians Sucking on a Lollipop
    Commentary by Surjit Singh Flora in Brampton A few weeks before Brampton Council begin debate on the latest budget, the city and province delivered a big lollipop to the citizens of Brampton in the form of a University to be built in our city. At the risk of sounding cynical, I can’t help but suspect this little bit of theatre is meant to divert the attention of Bramptonians away from the poor economic performance of our city, the recent tax…
    Written on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:26
  • International Students an “Obvious Group” for Citizenship
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    by Our National Correspondent Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) was appointed Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) earlier this month. New Canadian Media conducted an interview with him by e-mail. Q: You obviously bring a strong international outlook to the new position given your own early background and education in Egypt. How do you think your immigrant background will help as Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU)? A: Together…
    Written on Monday, 24 October 2016 16:32