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Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Vancouver's homeless refugees stuck in limbo

Jarvis, a well-groomed soft spoken man in his late 30’s, sits in the lobby of the Inland Refugee Society in downtown Vancouver. After fleeing death threats in his home country of South Africa in...

Canada to admit more young white-collar immigrants

Proposed amendments will invite Canadian-educated international students to stay.

We get the government we deserve

Recently the wife of a friend of mine successfully wrote her Canadian citizenship test and soon will become a Canadian citizen.  Her writing of the test happened to coincide with the release of...

Ethnic segregation a reality for Vancouver high school students

“Birds of a feather flock together,” says a senior at St. George's, the city's all-boys private school, when asked why his peers segregate along ethnic lines during school assemblies. He could...

Tug of war intensifies between Lost Canadian advocate and citizenship minister

Jason Kenney won't meet with Don Chapman, but the Minister challenges the activist in the pages of a student newspaper.

Canadian Sandy Burke's fight for Canadian citizenship, health care and Old Age Security

“The problem is that they have sewn the laws so tight that people like Sandy can’t get through,” Pam Murray said of her mother-in-law who waited her turn to speak on the phone. “Sandy does not have a...

Canada's bureaucracy still denies citizenship to children of soldiers

"Why can't they see I'm Canadian?" Jackie Scott opened up her father's war record and showed it to a reporter. Scott, 65, spends six months each year in an R.V. park next to the American border in...