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‘Inappropriate’ RCMP questionnaire probed asylum seekers on prayer habits, hijab

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An RCMP interview guide used to screen asylum seekers on their prayer habits and views on women who don’t wear the hijab was “inappropriate” and “wrong-headed,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says. The three-page form, obtained by CBC News, asked people who were trying to cross the Quebec-U.S. border on Roxham Road, a busy crossing east of Hemmingford, Que., for details …

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The Tech Entrepreneur Turning Syrian Refugees into Virtual Teachers

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Lebanese entrepreneur Aline Sara saw a gap in the market while hunting for Arabic conversation classes in the West. She connects highly skilled Syrian refugees with Arabic learners around the world, providing much-needed work for the teachers. BEIRUT – With more than a million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, and …

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More than 800 refugee students learning in Saskatoon schools

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More than 800 refugee students attend school in Saskatoon’s two major school divisions, and officials say welcoming them and their families to the city has been a unique learning experience for students and staff. The public division has 565 students who are refugees, while the Catholic division has 304. With …

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Statement by the Prime Minister on International Day of the Girl

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OTTAWA, Oct. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the International Day of the Girl: “Today, we celebrate girls everywhere. International Day of the Girl draws attention to the importance of girls’ rights, and shines a light on the power of girls …

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Syrian refugees host barbecue to give back to Winnipeg

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A Syrian family that had hateful graffiti sprayed outside their home hosted a barbecue Saturday as a way to say thank you to everyone in the community who’s helped them. The family, along with others from Winnipeg’s Syrian community, invited North End residents and everyone who passed by their home …

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VIDEO: Asylum seekers in Canada face indefinite delays

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The influx of asylum seekers into Canada this year has overwhelmed the Immigration and Refugee Board, leaving countless people in limbo as they wait for hearings. News Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/asylum-seekers-in-canada-face-indefinite-delays-1.4347087

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Rupture: a Syrian cast of young first-time actors and war survivors

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Rupture is a short film where the moments when the actors don’t speak hold the most meaning. Throughout the 19-minute film, a teenaged Syrian refugee named Salim learns how to soften his “r’s” to have more passable English. Rupture is about regaining a sense of normalcy after suffering loss. Cathartic filmmaking Writer and …