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When the American dream becomes a Canadian reality

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First in a series of occasional articles examining how Trump’s ascendance and early moves have altered expectations and reality, here and abroad. WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Of all places on earth, Naimo Ahmed found herself here, at the end of a 16,000-mile journey, inside a Salvation Army shelter as temperatures pushed …

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Amid Trump crackdown, U.S. immigrants head to Canada

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LISA DESAI: Much of the four thousand mile American border with Canada is wide open and unsecured. In the first three months of this year, a steady stream of immigrants from all over the world braved the bitter cold to reach a country where they believe there’s less risk of …

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12 stories about Syrian refugees in Canada that warmed our hearts

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A year ago, on December 10, 163 Syrian refugees arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport around 11:30 p.m. Waiting to greet them at the terminal was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Amidst photographers and television crews, a beaming Trudeau shook hands with the families, handed out stuffed toys to children and even helped them find …

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Refugee crisis A Passover lesson

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At the start of Passover, which begins this year on Monday evening, Jewish people customarily sit down at their seder tables to discuss themes of slavery and liberation, while celebrating the Hebrew exodus from Egypt circa 1446 BC. In 2017, however, it would seem both out of touch and indifferent …

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Commitment to immigration program continues

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My office receives inquiries from and provides assistance to constituents on a variety of issues falling under federal jurisdiction. While the nature of these inquiries varies significantly, one of the biggest areas by far is immigration. Since taking office in 2015, our government has made a strong commitment to the …

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‘Border rights for refugees’ to Canada flyer issued in 17 languages

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As the influx of asylum-seekers from the U.S. under President Donald Trump continues into Canada, migrant advocates in Metro Vancouver have helped create a resource that’s already in high demand south of the border. The two-page “Border rights for refugees” pamphlet has already been distributed to more than 360 organizations …

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Asylum seeker reunites with RCMP officer he says saved his life

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A month after a near-fatal trek through the forest into Canada, an asylum seeker was reunited today with the man he says saved his life: RCMP Const. Bernard Vandal. Vandal found the 45-year-old man on the side of the road in Quebec near the Canada-U.S. border on March 5, after he had walked for hours when the …