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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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Conservative MP seizes agenda from immigration minister at committee

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By CBC News |

Immigration Minister John McCallum appeared before a House of Commons committee Tuesday to answer questions on Canada's plan to bring in 300,000 immigrants and refugees next year, but his time was cut short by a Conservative MP whose Alberta riding stands to lose 280 jobs due to a federal office closure.

B.C. has longest waiting lists for English classes in Canada

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By The Province News |

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Metro Vancouver have not had any English classes, making it nearly impossible for them to find jobs as their year of federal support comes to an end in early 2017.

B.C. government invests $630,000 to help immigrants, refugees find work

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By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun |

The B.C. government on Tuesday announced more than $630,000 to help immigrants, including refugees, find work faster.

Senate committee calls on Ottawa to do more for refugee integration

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By Sunny Dhillon, Globe and Mail |

One year after the federal government’s refugee resettlement effort kicked into high gear and with many Syrian refugees about to transition from federal income assistance to provincial support, a Senate committee says Ottawa must do more when it comes to language training and child care and cannot offload its responsibility onto the provinces.

New archive highlights years of racism faced by Chinese Canadians

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By Evelyn Kwong, Toronto Star |

Seventy-one years ago Mavis Chu Lew Garland and eight of her preschool classmates were photographed on the porch of the Chinese Canadian Institute on the corner of Dundas St. W. and University Ave.

B.C. can expect boost in Mexican tourists, refugee claimants after visa requirement lifted

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By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun |

Labour exploitation enabled by temporary foreign worker program, report says

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By CBC News |

Many people who are victims of labour exploitation in Edmonton came to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, a new report from ACT Alberta says.

One family's journey from Syria to Surrey

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By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun |

The Sua'Ifan family are among 2,700 Syrian refugees who started their lives over in B.C. in the past year. Tara Carman and Mark Yuen have documented their journey.

The hotel is hot and crowded. It smells of too many people crammed into too little space.

$500 fee hike for immigrants called cash grab, head tax

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By Sean Kavanagh, CBC News |

A new fee, and the tone of the government concerning recent arrivals under the provincial nominee program, has drawn fire.

More racist flyers distributed in Richmond

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By Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun |

Richmond RCMP confirmed Wednesday that an investigation is underway into the racist flyers, which bear the headline “Immigration Has Turned Into the Plundering of Canada” and were distributed by anti-immigrant group Immigration Watch Canada.

Upcoming Events

Industry Wednesday - Employment in Nursing

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Date: Dec 7, 2016
Venue: 1901 Rosser Ave. Burnaby

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T&T Supermarket Hiring Fair

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Date: December 9, 2016
Venue: 312-2555 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

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Free Peer Support Group for Older Adults: 

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Date: Every Tuesday from Sep 13 to Mar 28, 2017
Venue: 107-14727-108 Avenue, Surrey

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Industry Wednesday - Meet with Employers

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Date: Dec 14, 2016
Venue: 1901 Rosser Ave. Burnaby

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Is culture something that one is born into, can be learnt or borrowed?

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Date: December 14
Venue: SFU Surrey

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Volunteer Information Sessions

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Date: January 17, 2017
Register online by entering the course number of the session you want to attend or sign up by phone at 604-501-5100. 

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