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21
MAY
2015

Try this 75-second visualization exercise

It’s hard to imagine what a group of 1.5 million children looks like. Or what it would be like if they all had to run from their homes, in need of food, shelter, care and protection from harm. The numbers that describe today’s refugee crisis are often hopelessly abstract. ...
21
MAY
2015

CEO to share immigrant experience

From The Chronicle Herald, May 20 2015, PATRICIA BROOKS ARENBURG. She’s now the president and CEO of a tech startup in Nova Scotia. But when Ozge Yeloglu came to Canada from Turkey in 2005, her plan was to complete her master’s degree in computer science at Dalhousie University...
15
MAY
2015

Lebanese show the benefits of immigration

From The Chronicle Herald, May 14 2015, by ROGER TAYLOR.  The successful settlement of Lebanese immigrants in Halifax could well be a template for effectively supporting and attracting other immigrant groups to Nova Scotia. The support system built up around the family and church...
14
MAY
2015

Scrapping exam unfair to immigrant physician candidates

From The Chronicle Herald, May 12 2015, by JAN SHEPPARD KUTCHER. On April 1, the College of Physician and Surgeons of Nova Scotia abruptly terminated the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP). The cancellation of CAPP was marked by a small article likely missed by most...
11
MAY
2015

Invitation – New Training Program for Journalists

From New Canadian Media.  George Abraham of New Canadian Media announced the launch of Canada’s first nation-wide training program aimed specifically at journalists who work with “ethnic” or “multicultural” media organizations. This accompanying questionnaire will help determine...
06
MAY
2015

Pier 21 Re-Opens with New Exhibit

Newly expanded, Pier 21 celebrates Canadian immigration stories from past to present day. Located at the Halifax Seaport, they have doubled their original size to make space for more exhibits that tell the broader story of Canadian immigration, from hundreds of years ago to the...
05
MAY
2015

Spinning Sculptures

Artist: Agne Kubiliute & Children from SupperNOVA, February 28, 2015. Artist Agne Kubiliute was asked by ISANS to work with guests at SupperNOVA to take a deeper look into the meaning of SupperNOVA and the Halifax immigrant experience. Agne worked with children and their...
30
APR
2015

40th Anniversary of 60,000 Vietnamese ‘Boat People’ Arriving in Canada

From The Current, April 29, 2015.  It was April 30th, 1975, forty years ago, that the last U.S. helicopter slipped over the horizon on the outskirts of Saigon, and unceremoniously signaled the end of the Vietnam War. Within 24 hours, on May Day, as they’d planned it, the...
29
APR
2015

Open for Business – ISANS is devoted to helping immigrant entrepreneurs

Business Voice Magazine’s April 2015 edition is out and it features an article about Cafe Aroma Latino and owner Claudia Pinto, ISANS business client. The article also features an interview with Sherry Redden, our Manager of Business & Workforce Integration, who talks...
29
APR
2015

Canadian Government Matching Donations to Relief Efforts in Nepal. Please Donate!

In the morning of April 25, 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit outside the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. This is the worst earthquake to hit the area 80 years. Please help by donating now. These charities are actively supporting relief efforts. The country has...
28
APR
2015

Request for Proposals – Moving–up Underemployed Professional Immigrant Women

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is seeking a Consultant to conduct research and provide analysis from a gender-based perspective for a project exploring the experiences of underemployed immigrant women. Background Funded by the Status of Women Canada, the...
27
APR
2015

Refugee claimant ponders Mediterranean deaths

By Camille Bains –  The Canadian Press. Via Global News, April 22, 2015 VANCOUVER – A young Sri Lankan man crammed into the cargo hold of a ship with nearly 500 others had only one thing on his mind — getting to the promised land called Canada. Nearly five years after the...
24
APR
2015

Video: What Does Your Garden Mean to You?

In 2014/2015, the Our Food team of the Ecology Action Centre collaborated with the ISANS on a project called “Photovoice in the Garden.” On March 27, 2015 we held a gala to celebrate the participants and share the messages. Please take a look at this short video that captures the...
23
APR
2015

To be an Immigrant is to be Fearless

IWK Health Centre Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Gillivan talks about the importance of immigration to Nova Scotia.
21
APR
2015

UNHCR gives qualified welcome to EU Mediterranean plans

GENEVA, Italy, April 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed European plans to tackle the challenges of irregular migration in the Mediterranean, but said saving human lives at sea should remain the priority after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives....
16
APR
2015

The Mentoring Partnership

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we want to take a moment to tell you more about one of our volunteer roles: the Professional Mentor. As a mentor, you not only help an new Canadian, you have an opportunity to learn from the relationship and develop your professional...
14
APR
2015

2015 International Business Tradeshow & Connect to Succeed Networking

The 2015 International Business (IB) Trade Show and the ISANS Connect to Succeed Networking event had great success this past weekend at the World Trade and Convention Centre. This was the 5th year for the IB Tradeshow with 95 exhibitors participating! The IB Trade Show provides...
13
APR
2015

National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. This year National Volunteer Week takes place April 12-18. We depend on volunteers to help deliver many of our services. Volunteers help us create healthier, welcoming and more inclusive...
09
APR
2015

Updates to Civil Services Act will remove preference for hiring Canadian residents

Public Service Commission April 2, 2015 9:39 AM The Public Service Commission is updating and modernizing the Civil Service Act for better human resource management and immigration support. Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the amendments on April 2....
02
APR
2015

Saturday April 4th is Refugee Rights Day

What is Refugee Rights Day? April 4th is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision. In this decision the Supreme Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees. The Court decided that ‘everyone’ includes...
25
MAR
2015

Mental Wellbeing – Building Community Support

May 16-30

Workshop Series

Settlement in a new country is a very exciting period where immigrants learn about themselves and their new country; it might also be a time for stress and emotional difficulties....
23
MAR
2015

Statement in Solidarity with Muslims

In response to increasing expressions of intolerance towards Muslims, the Canadian Council for Refugees today issued a statement of solidarity with Muslims and a call for action by political, community and faith leaders. “The recent increase in intolerance towards Muslims...
20
MAR
2015

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This Saturday, March 21, is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966...
17
MAR
2015

Ahmed’s story: How making connections at Capital Health helped him secure employment in Canada

From Capital Health – Monday, March 16 2015 – By Brooke Stephen. Securing employment in the health care industry in Canada as an immigrant is a daunting task. When Ahmed Almashharawi arrived in Halifax from Palestine in 2010 with the goal of working as an x-ray...