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There's lots happening these days in Surrey and its surrounding communities. Check here often to stay posted on lively cultural celebrations, useful government programs and more.

This section is also your source for the latest multiculturalism news from B.C. and beyond. We’ll be adding relevant news items each week.

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Latest News

Canada admits many immigrants from Trump's 'shithole' countries — and they fare better than Norwegians

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By Vancouver Sun |

Immigrants from the 'shithole' countries are not typically low skill and in principle, should not be putting pressure on employment or wages of blue-collar workers in Canada

Ontario to Welcome More Economic Immigrants in 2018

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By Government of Ontario Bulletin |

Ontario’s Allocation for Provincial Nominee Program Increased by the Federal Government, Becoming Largest in Canada

New immigrants to Prince George soared in 2017

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By Prince George Citizen |

Prince George’s population of permanent residents grew by 25 per cent in 2017, while most other towns in Northern B.C. and the Central Interior saw these numbers either stay the same or drop.

‘Nunavut is ahead of us,’ on access to court interpreters

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By Mitch Goldenberg, Postmedia Edmonton |

In one case, a woman testified to authorities in her native language about abuse she had experienced. Her imam acted as the interpreter.

In another, a five-year old boy interpreted for his mother as she testified against her husband, the boy’s father, accused of spousal abuse.

The misused concept of racism, refined

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By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun |

Are we starting to refine our concept of racism, arguably the most explosive word in North America today?

Three powerful African-American public intellectuals are in a high-level debate over racism. All three agree racism can be a serious problem, especially in the U.S., where black-white tensions for some still run deep.

Syrian refugees have more to celebrate than just the holidays

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By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun |

Celine Ghaily, 12, started Grade 4 last year at Montecito elementary school in Burnaby shortly after arriving from Lebanon. The young Armenian-Syrian refugee knew very little English — just enough to understand that her new classmates were making fun of her.

Immigrant wages rising, but gaps with Canadian-born earners persist

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By Jackson Observer |

Recent immigrants to Canada are earning more money than ever, according to new Statistics Canada figures.

People who had spent one year in their new country made an average of $24,000 in 2014, the highest amount since 1981.

10 strategies for success on the CELPIP English test

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By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

Acing the English proficiency test required for PR and citizenship applications

Hitting the ice and connecting with Canadian culture

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By Red Deer Express |

What better way to get integrated into winter in Canada than through skating?

The Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Learn to Skate Program had many skaters head out to Bower Ponds today to skate with the help of the Red Deer RCMP and Hockey Alberta.

Upcoming Events

ESL Book Club

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Date: January 20, 2018
Venue: Fleetwood Library

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Seeking Indigenous and Refugee Youth Participants for Intercultural Dialogue Event

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Date: January 27, 2018
Venue: Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Building

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Become part of the Patients Interested in Research (PIiR) group!

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Date: January 31, 2018
Venue: Online

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Tutoring Homework and English Support Program 2017 - 2018, Part 2

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Date: Febrary 5, 2018 - Mary 31, 2018
Venue: SFU Surrey Campus 

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Community Settlement Dialogues for Newcomers, Libraries and Service Providers

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Date: February 27, 2018
Venue: City Centre LIbrary 

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CMA Practice Management Workshop

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Date: March 15, 2018
Venue: Vancouver 

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Green Technology Showcase and Job Fair

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Date: April 6, 2018
Venue: Croatian Cultural Centre, 250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver 

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