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BY BRUCE ANDERSON & DAVID COLETTO Abacus Data Inc. Conservatives shed 5 points, NDP up 4   OUR latest horserace “who would you vote for tomorrow” question shows an extremely tight race, with the Conservatives at 31% and the NDP and the Liberals each at 28%. In the provinces with the most seats […]

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The Cycling4Diversity team finished its 11 city tour with 15 schools during Cyling4Diversity Week in BC from May 17th-23rd.  The first two days of our four day trip took us to five Okanogan communities and stopping at 6 schools. The main message of our ride was to encourage students to embrace diversity and to do [...]

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Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:01

Thanks To BC Sikh Community

The BC Sikh community helped raise nearly $180,000 for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25 which has led to the already staggering number of over 8,000 deaths. Many of our friends and families have lost their lives or got injured and hundreds of thousand [...]

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OVER $100,000 was raised at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s gala event last week for their multicultural long term care home project. The event was emceed by Shachi Kurl, Senior Vice President, VP Angus Reid Institute, and the keynote speaker was federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre. Over 700 guests including […]

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Young, innovative entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the vibrant gaming industry that has been flourishing over the last decade in the Lower Mainland. Among them is Jeffrey Jang, who was the recipient of the 2015 BC Business top 30 under 30 award. His expertise with illustration and design has grown over the years through freelancing…

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   BY RATTAN MALL   DEVINDER Shory, Conservative MP from Calgary Northeast (Alberta), was in Surrey on Sunday to unite three groups of kabaddi organizers into a single new federation – the Kabaddi Federation of B.C. 2015. The heads of the three groups – Manjot Samra, Sukh Pandher and Nitu Kang – will now be […]

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FRESH polling conducted by Insights West for citizen group Dogwood Initiative reveals dramatic shifts in key battleground ridings ahead of this fall’s federal election.

“With five months left before Canadians go to the polls, the Conservative Party is having difficulty connecting with voters in these four ridings,” said Mario Canseco, Vice President of Public Affairs at Insights West. “Concerns about environmental issues and Bill C-51 may be partly to blame for the poor showing from the governing party’s candidates.”

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Vancouver has long attracted tens of thousands of overseas students each year from Asian countries like China, India, Japan, Korean, and Singapore.

The Philippines now looks to be the next recruitment hotspot.

The number of Filipinos going to Canada to study has increased at “quite an impressive” rate, according to the Canadian ambassador to the Philippines.

“We’ve had a doubling of the number of Filipino students in the past two years,” said Ambassador Neil Reeder speaking to The Inquirer. 

Reeder was at Tenement Elementary School in Taguig City recently for the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela program, which gathers community members to repair and clean up schools.

“I can kind of feel a growing interest in Canada as a study destination because it (offers) good quality (education), it’s safe and it’s multicultural.” - Neil Reeder

According to the Canadian diplomat, Ottawa issues nearly 3,000 student visas a year. “So that’s quite impressive.”

Reeder added that while there was obviously a big flow of Filipino guest workers, caregivers and temporary labour to Canada, he could see that the “student flow was picking up as well.”

He said Canada was “now the second most popular destination for (International School of Manila students) after the United States.”

“I can kind of feel a growing interest in Canada as a study destination because it (offers) good quality (education), it’s safe and it’s multicultural,” he said.

BC Booming With International Students

University of British Columbia for instance, according to Reeder, has ‘thousands and thousands’ of undergraduates from the Asia Pacific so Asians who study there “feel at home.”

Reeder added that studying in Canada was “cost effective.” There were no private universities there and tuition was “kept down.”

“So for foreign students, it can be as little as half the cost of going to study with some of the other competitors,” he said.

The Canadian government also offers students the opportunity to study and work at the same time, unlike other countries which require students to go back to their home countries between courses or after they obtain their degrees.

We want students to stay. So you can get a work visa and actually work up to three years and that time can count … toward residency if you decide to become a citizen.” - Neil Reeder

As a result in British Columbia, the international student population has boomed tremendously over the past decade. Where traditionally universities and colleges in Vancouver had large international student populations, now more remotely located schools in the Interior and North also have large foreign student numbers.

A significant number of international students who graduate with Canadian degrees go on to become citizens, adding to the international ‘brain gain’ inflow into the country from overseas countries.

“We give work visas to students now. So in between classes you can study. In the summer you can study, you can study for up to three years. We want students to stay. So you can get a work visa and actually work up to three years and that time can count … toward residency if you decide to become a citizen,” Reeder said.

He said the Canadian Embassy conducted two student fairs in the last six months, with the one in Makati attended by around 3,000 students and parents.

He said the Commission on Higher Education signed an agreement with Canada’s Bureau of International Education in a bid to “facilitate student exchanges in both directions, professor exchanges, academic linkages.”


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Chandanjot Singh Gill has been charged with three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm with ammunition, one count of unsafe storage of a firearm, and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance. Munroop Singh Hayer was also arrested and has been charged with one count [...]

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Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:00

Honouring South Asian Soldiers

“Duty, Honour and Izzat”, an exhibit outlining the often overlooked contribution of South Asian, largely Sikh, soldiers on the battlefields of the First World War, were on display at the B.C.’s Parliament Buildings on May 11. The exhibit tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who travelled around the globe, far from [...]

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Poll Question

Do you agree with the new immigration levels for 2017?

Yes - 30.8%
No - 46.2%
Don't know - 23.1%
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The honest truth is there is still reluctance around immigration policy... When we want to talk about immigration and we say we want to bring more immigrants in because it's good for the economy, we still get pushback.

-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit

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