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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 150: Shushma Datt pioneered ethnic broadcasting in B.C

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By Vancouver Sun |

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

Shushma Datt once chatted up a young Mick Jagger and George Harrison for the BBC. Now she’s the highly respected matriarch of an ethnic broadcast enterprise in one of the most ruthlessly competitive radio markets anywhere.

Diverse tech: innovative immigrants are showing the way

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By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

As the U.S. tech sector blasts the recent travel bans because of the important role immigrants play in the industry, Canada is surging forward in innovation with help from a diverse bunch who are founding companies, launching apps, furthering tech education and moving the economy forward.

B.C.'s working poor: Meet the people whose jobs don't pay the bills

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By Vancouver Sun |

More than half a million people in B.C. live in poverty, nearly a quarter of them children whose families struggle every day to provide the basics of life: nutritious food, warm clothing and safe shelter.

‘Indescribably sad and depressing’: A gallery of letters from Canadian pioneers and immigrants who absolutely hated it here

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By National Post |

If you were born in Canada, chances are good that your family tree contains at least one person who spent much of their life absolutely hating this place.

The view from the migration sector bubble

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By Vancouver Sun |

I just spent a few days with Canadians who work with immigrants, refugees, international students and other migrants.

The almost 1,000 people at the 2017 Metropolis Conference in Montreal are on the front lines of an effort central to a country with arguably the world’s highest per capita in-migration.

Western Canadian Provinces Continue to Have Active PNPs

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By Canadian Immigration News |

Atlantic Canadians support screening immigrants for Canadian values: CRA poll

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By Natasha Pace, Globe News |

A new poll by Corporate Research Associates has found the majority of Atlantic Canadians are in favour of screening potential immigrants for Canadian values. Global's Natasha Pace reports.

Newcomers to Canada benefit from ‘healthy immigrant effect,’ Toronto study finds

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By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star |

Immigrants’ lower mortality rate translated into 42,700 fewer deaths overall and 18,400 fewer premature deaths during the study period from 2002 to 2012, the study said.

"Islamophobia" label silencing valid criticism

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By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun |

“Anybody should be allowed to criticize another religion,” says Haroon Khan, trustee of Vancouver’s Jamia Masjid, which bills itself as “the little mosque in the city.”

After the murder of six Muslims in Quebec City, many Canadians have gone into high alert, with the federal Liberals pushing through a bill to outlaw “Islamophobia.”

New index aims to see where immigrants' lives match up with those born in Canada

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By CTV News |

Two cities in Ontario, one in Newfoundland and one in New Brunswick come out on top of newly released rankings on where the lives of newcomers most closely match up to those born in Canada.

Upcoming Events

Diversity and inclusion in governance: Is there a disconnect between perception and reality?  What’s really happening in Metro Vancouver? 

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Date: March 29
Venue: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

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ESL Book Club

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Date: April, May and June
Venue: Surrey Librieres 

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Information Session in Surrey - Library Champions Project

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Date: April 03, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Centre Library

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Self-Employment: Entrepreneur Workshop for Women

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Date: April 4, 2017
Venue: Tuesday, April 4, 2017; 12:00pm-2:00pm

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RCMP Neighbourhood Safety Meeting

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Date: April 5
Venue: Frank Hurt Secondary School

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Soft Skills Training for Newcomers & Internationally Trained Professionals

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Date: April 5
Venue: DIVERSEcity Employment & Skills Training Centre

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MOSAIC 6th Annual Vancouver Jobs and Career Fair

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Date: April 11
Venue: 3250 Commecial Drive, Vancouver

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DIVERSEcity Employer Appreciation Luncheon

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Date: April 28
Venue: City of Surrey Council Chamber

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Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

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Date: May 9 and 10, 2017
Venue: Ottawa, ON

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Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement & the Politics of Engagement

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Date: May 15
Venue: Victoria

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Youth Education, Volunteer & Career Fair

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Date: June 23
Venue: Newton Recreation Centre

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DIVERSEcity Immigrant Entrepreneurial & Small Business Fair

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Date: October 11
Venue: SFU

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Internationally Trained Professionals Networking Fair

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Date: November 2017
Venue: KPU Cloverdale

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If you would like more info on our upcoming events, please contact: John Suyte at jsuyte@dcrs.ca