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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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John McCallum: Feds Aim To Spread Chinese Immigrants Across Country

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By Huffington Post

VANCOUVER — Canada's immigration minister says it appears the country needs more newcomers, but as housing prices skyrocket in Vancouver and Toronto his government hopes to lure them elsewhere.

Ottawa looking for 'middle ground' when it revamps temporary foreign worker program

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By CBC News |

Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum expects a report next month on a revamp to the temporary foreign worker program.

McCallum says the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources should be ready to present its report to Parliament in September.

Refugees displaced by Coquitlam fire still without permanent homes

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By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun |

Ten Syrian refugee families who were displaced late last month by a fire in the Coquitlam apartment complex where they were staying are still without a permanent place to live.

ICCRC’s Daniel Roukema recognized for protecting consumers of immigration consulting services

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By Candian Immigrants Magazine

Even in downturn, some Alberta job sectors need more immigrants: McCallum

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By Calgary Sun |

In spite of the economic downtrun and major job losses, many Albertans are calling for more immigration, federal immigration Minister John McCallum said in Calgary on Friday.

Canada seeks to double visa offices in China to attract more high-skilled workers

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By CBC News

The Canadian government is seeking to double the number of offices where Chinese can apply for Canadian visas as it looks to boost a dwindling number of visitors, international students, even high-skilled foreign workers from China.

John McCallum wants to 'substantially increase' immigration to fill Canada's labour needs

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By Susana Mas, CBC News |

If Immigration Minister John McCallum gets his way, Canada will significantly increase immigration beyond its current record level as a way to fill the country's labour needs.

Pointing to an aging population and looming labour shortages, McCallum made the pitch in Manila during a speech to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines on Friday.

Feds face B.C. pressure over Temporary Foreign Worker program

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By Peter O’Neil, the Province |

The federal Liberal government is under enormous pressure from people like Langley resident Donalda Madsen as it stands poised to loosen restrictions to the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Ottawa opens arms to Chinese students, tourists and workers

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By Nathan Vanderklippe, Globe and Mail |

Chinese groups in Vancouver step up charitable efforts

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By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun |

Metro Vancouver’s Chinese community — specifically, newer immigrants mostly from China — has in recent years stepped up charity work with a number of Canadian causes, often led by business and community groups.

Upcoming Events

Community Coffee Saturdays

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Date: August 27, 2016
Venue: Espresso Cafe, 7330 137 St

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Inclusive Employer Awards 2016

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Date: September 29, 2016
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave

Nominations are open until August 31, 2016 at 5pm. Register to attend or sponsor the event. 

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Career & Job Search Workshop

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Date: September 9, 2016
Venue: Guildford Library

Fleetwood Festival 2016

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Date: September 10, 2016
Venue: Francis Park, 15951 83 Ave

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ESL Book Club

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Date: September 11, 2016
Venue:  Fleetwood Library

ESL Book Club

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Date: September 21, 2016
Venue:  Fleetwood Library

Surrey's Inclusive Hiring Fair

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Date: September 22, 2016
Venue: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

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ESL Book Club

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Date: September 22, 2016
Venue:  Fleetwood Library

The 2016 Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo and Championship

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Date: September 28, 2016
Venue: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

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Culture Days Activities

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Date: September 30 to October 2, 2016
Venue: Multiple locations

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Culture Days Activities

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Date: September 30, 2016

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Immigrant Entrepreneurial Fair

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Date: October, 2016
Venue: TBD

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Light Festival at Bear Creek Gardens

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Date: October 18, 2016
Venue: Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave

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