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Interfaith group planning new build

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  A local interfaith group is once again preparing to build a sense of community — in more ways than one. The St. Vital Interfaith Habitat Project is a co-operative organization formed in 2015 by Orly Friesen and Alf Horn out of Faith Lutheran Church (1311 Dakota St.). When the …

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How Canada deepened its Olympic ranks with immigrant athletes

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Ivan Babikov was standing in a freezer in a Toronto grocery store in the summer of 2003, shivering and stocking shelves with ice cream, wondering just how a freshly arrived 23-year-old immigrant from Russia’s frozen north was going to make a life for himself in Canada. “I didn’t really plan …

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Yazidi boy got wish to meet with Justin Trudeau in Winnipeg

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A Yazidi boy who was held captive for three years by Iraqi militants got his wish to meet with Justin Trudeau, simply by showing up to the prime minister’s town hall meeting in Winnipeg. Thirteen-year-old Emad Mishko Tamo made a video appeal to Trudeau that was posted to social media …

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How Canada is inspiring Scandinavian countries on immigration

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  As a wave of “Scandimania” sweeps the world, Canada is serving as an inspiration for Scandinavian countries dealing with the challenges of increased immigration and ethnic diversity. Scandinavia has, for a long time, been portrayed as a model for other countries. The international fascination with Scandinavia derives from a broadly shared …

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Safe or not, Syrian refugees slowly start coming home

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ALEPPO, Syria — Desperate to escape Syria’s terrors, Ammar Maarawi bolted. In early 2016, he paid smugglers and endured a dangerous sea crossing to Greeceand an exhausting journey by train, bus and foot through Europe. Two years later, the 36-year-old is back home in Aleppo. He returned last summer – depressed, homesick …

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UNICEF recruits gamers to mine cryptocurrency for Syrian kids

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UNICEF has launched a new fund-raising project in the same vein as SETI@Home and Einstein@home, but with a cryptocurrency spin. In an effort to raise money for the children in war-torn Syria, the organization is asking gamers, eSports fans and anybody with powerful graphics cards in their computers for help in mining Ethereum. …

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Trump grants 7,000 Syrian immigrants right to stay in US as civil war rages

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The Trump administration will allow thousands of Syrians to remain in America for at least 18 months. In extending Temporary Protected Status to some 7,000 Syrians currently in the US, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that war-convulsed country remained unsafe for them to return. “It is clear that the conditions upon …