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Tourist-lodge family may pioneer new by-phone immigration process

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After spending much time, energy and money fighting to stay in Canada, a family that owns a tourist lodge may be spared from making another 320-kilometre trip to Winnipeg to see immigration officials. The Warkentin family who found out this week that their application for permanent resident status was approved …

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From refugee to resident: Home for unaccompanied youth refugees opens

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They are looking for peace, and this week on a quiet, residential street in west Toronto, they will seek sanctuary. Five unaccompanied youth refugees will move into a cozy four-bedroom home, operated by Matthew House, a non-profit charity that helps refugees with their settlement needs. “These kids don’t just need …

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Syrian refugees slam interpreting services in Saint John

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It’s been two years since the first Syrian refugees began arriving in the Saint John area, and some of those upset by continuing growing pains voiced their complaints outside the YMCA on Friday. At the core of the issue is access to interpreting services. The YMCA of Greater Saint John …

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This blind Syrian refugee teaches music to kids with disabilities

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Miles away from home, 45-year-old Ehsan Al Khalili did not know what the future would hold. But two years on, the blind refugee has overcome adversity and now uses his passion for music to counter negative stereotypes of people with disabilities. The 45-year-old from Syria hosts music classes in Jordan’s …

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Tie a yellow ribbon to the Christmas tree

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How lovely are the branches of the Christmas trees in Transcona Centennial Square. Over a dozen trees are decorated for the Transcona BIZ’s annual Winter Wonderland. But the Transcona Legion is hoping passersby will take note of one in particular. The Legion’s entry to this year’s competition is adorned with …