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AUG
2014

World Humanitarian Day: UNHCR pays tribute to courage and sacrifice of aid workers

GENEVA, August 19 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday paid tribute to the enormous contribution made every year by humanitarian workers while noting that their work was becoming more and more dangerous. “Last year alone, some 250 security...
20
AUG
2014

Ethiopia becomes Africa’s biggest refugee-hosting country

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering 629,718 refugees as of the end of July. Kenya, in comparison, is host to 575,334 registered...
07
AUG
2014

Halifax considers extending vote to permanent residents

From the Chronicle Herald, August 7, 2014 by Brett Bundale Three months ago, Nahed Mutlaq packed her bags and moved more than 10,000 kilometres from Yemen to Nova Scotia. Along with her husband and four children, Mutlaq settled in Halifax’s Cowie Hill neighbourhood. The family is...
07
AUG
2014

Annual Welcome BBQ Saturday August 9

A multicultural gathering for all! Approximately 1000 newcomers and current residents enjoyed the Annual Welcome BBQ on the South Commons in 2013. Everyone had an amazing time laughing, eating great food, and listening to invigorating music. A sample of the fare at this free,...
05
AUG
2014

New restrictions mean families will be broken apart

Canadian Council for Refugees – Media Release – 30 July 2014 The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its disappointment at the narrowing of the definition of dependent child in the immigration rules, starting August 1st . The maximum age is being reduced...
31
JUL
2014

Labour Market Language

Did you know that 87% of employers insist on a “high level of proficiency” in language? We all need exceptional communication skills and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the workplace. So you may not be surprised to know that employers have identified a...
25
JUL
2014

Networking and Idea Sharing on the Tall Ship Silva

On July 23 we co-hosted the second Build Your Business on the Tall Ship Silva networking event and again it was a sold-out success! The purpose of the event was to provide ISIS business clients – whether in the business idea stage or already operating – the opportunity to network...
18
JUL
2014

New Office in Kentville!

We are pleased to announce the opening of its fifth office in the community of Kentville! We will provide settlement services and collaborate with local service providers and community organizations to offer services to immigrants in the Annapolis Valley area. These include...
16
JUL
2014

Multicultural Festival in Yarmouth

The Tri-county Multicultural Association hosts an annual Multicultural Festival in Yarmouth each year. The purpose of this event is to help newcomers become better integrated into the community and to share the many aspects of culture through food, dance, clothing and craft. This...
14
JUL
2014

Keep Walking with Refugees this summer

The Walk with refugees for a stronger Canada didn’t end in June: it was just the beginning! Do one thing for refugees this summer: Suggest a book about refugees for your reading group. Planning an outdoor film night? Why not choose a classic film about refugees to spark...
09
JUL
2014

Syrian refugee crisis requires strong Canadian response

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) today expressed its support for a substantial Canadian response to the UNHCR appeal for pledges for 100,000 places for Syrian refugees over the next two years (2015-2016). The CCR urges the government to focus its commitment on Government...
02
JUL
2014

Celebrating Canadian Citizenship

To celebrate Canada Day the Toronto Star profiled 10 naturalized citizens,  representing 10 different countries. Some were refugees; others came as immigrants. Some have been here for decades; others are newly arrived.  But they all share a common love for the freedom Canada has...