Canadian Immigrant: Top 25 Awardees Honoured

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By A Correspondent

NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash, dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, physician and activist Izzeldin Abuelaish and other community leaders from across Canada are among the winners of the fifth annual 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to Canada.

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Canada - India Trade Relationship Grows:

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... New Market Access Agreement

By Greg Kanargelidis, Sunny Handa and Taylor Dickinson (Summer Law Student)

On July 9, 2013, Canada's Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Ed Fast, announced the immediate opening of India's market to Canadian eastern-spruce products. The agreement allows Canadian producers of lumber made from the black and red spruce species located primarily in Eastern Canada access to the growing Indian market.

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Turning Summer Dreams into Reality

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By Peter G Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Summer offers many Canadians a rare opportunity to step off the daily treadmill and enjoy time with friends, family, and sometimes, just alone. Whether it's watching a sunset from the deck, fishing on a misty morning, enjoying a mid-hike mountain view or just lounging on a chaise, alone-moments can give rise to great dreams. Can we channel those dreamy thoughts to make them more realizable?

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Can Canada Really “Buy Into” Mexico?

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By Jim Stanford *

A recent investment advice column in the Globe and Mail (by David Milstead, August 3: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/mexico-the-long-term-good-news-story/article13585871/) highlighted some surprising facts about Mexico’s economy.  The bullish author suggested Mexico will be a global economic powerhouse in future years thanks to pro-business policy shifts (like the new plan to open up the petroleum sector, 65 years after nationalization, to renewed foreign ownership), and he trumpeted the coming rise of a confident new middle class.

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Harper Announces Support for Northern Innovation in Mining

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper on August 19 in Whitehorse, Yukon, announced support of $5.6 million over four years – through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency – for the construction of Yukon College’s Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM), which will help Northerners acquire the skills they need to fill local jobs in the rapidly growing mining and exploration sectors, while conducting applied research and enhancing Yukon’s attractiveness for mining investment.

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Lies About Senators’ Campaigning for the Party

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Back in the 2011 campaign, the NDP raised red flags about Conservative and Liberal Senators campaigning on the public dime, and even allowed Canadians to help us out by emailing us or using the #sawasenator hashtag.

Despite the obvious campaigning by Senators like Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy, Stephen Harper said to the House of Commons:

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Liberals Unveil New Caucus Team

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Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on August 21 announced the team of caucus leaders, issues advocates and critics who will carry out the hard work necessary to prepare the Party for the 2015 election.

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First Immigrants Under New Federal Skilled Trades Program

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Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on August 16 officially welcomed one of the first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program: Eric Byrne, originally from Ireland.

“Our Government remains focused on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Alexander. “The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled workers—like Eric—so we can address regional labour shortages and strengthen Canada’s economy. It gives me great pleasure to personally welcome one of Canada’s first successful immigrants through our Skilled Trades stream.”

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Undergrads Budgets Did not Make The Grade

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TD Canada Trust offers freshmen advice on how to lock down an “A” in money management

Student debt can quickly escalate in a number of different ways, like dipping into the semester’s food budget for a Spring Break vacation or withdrawing cash from a credit card to pay the rent. According to research from TD Canada Trust, 38% of undergraduate students wished they had stuck to a budget during school, and 43% said they wished they had curbed spending on discretionary items like nights out with friends, gadgets and coffee. Quick-fix approaches to spending can have implications that linger for decades, so it is essential that freshman put their best financial foot forward from day one.

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Ontario Making Auto Insurance More Affordable for Drivers

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Province Targets 15 Per Cent Average Rate Reduction

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Ontario is taking action to protect consumers and help them save money on auto insurance through its Auto Insurance Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy.

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, said, "The government has a practical plan to protect consumers and help save them money on auto insurance. We have worked hard to reduce costs in the system and we continue to take further action to help ensure that those savings are being passed on to consumers."

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Need More Support to Serve Undocumented Residents in Toronto

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Social Planning Toronto has released a report on challenges faced by community agencies and organizations serving undocumented immigrants in the city. The report shows that the need for support and the lack of formal organizational polices are creating inconsistent access to services for undocumented residents in Toronto, despite the best intentions of social service workers. Report will be online at www.socialplanningtoronto.org and www.solidaritycity.net.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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