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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...
16
MAR
2015

New project will expand economic opportunities for immigrant women in Nova Scotia

March 16, 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Status of Women Canada The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new project to increase economic opportunities for immigrant women...
16
MAR
2015

Don Mills – Immigration blind spot imperils Nova Scotia

From the Chronicle Herald – Opinions – Saturday March 14 2015.  For the past 30 years, our company, Corporate Research Associates Inc., has been tracking the attitudes and habits of Atlantic Canadians — last year we interviewed more than 18,000 — and it is evident to...
10
MAR
2015

Photovoice Gala – Join Us for a Storytelling Event

March 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Please join us for a special storytelling event on March 27 – a Photovoice Gala. Photovoice is a way to share lived experience through photos. Twelve community gardeners from three community gardens were aske...
09
MAR
2015

International Women’s Day Community Forum

Creating Positive Change in the Community
On Saturday, March 7, participants from the Young Immigrant Women's Leadership Project held a Community Forum to celebrate International Women's day and encourage discussion about community issues related to young immigrant...
06
MAR
2015

Images from February SupperNova

Thanks to Dan Khan for once again capturing SupperNova and sharing his images! Take a look at his video for an overview of our February SupperNova Multicultural Potluck event.
04
MAR
2015

Refugees and Income Assistance – Rebutting the “Pensioners’ Myth”

Have you heard rumours that refugees in Canada receive greater assistance from the government than pensioners? For several years, a persistent chain email has been circulating claiming that refugees receive significantly more money in income assistance than Canadians collecting a...
27
FEB
2015

Countdown to Refugee Rights Day – Seven Keys to Protecting and Welcoming Refugees and Newcomers

From the Canadian Council for Refugees.  Help fill in the blanks for refugees and newcomers to Canada as we count down to Refugee Rights Day on 4 April 2015. Each week, help us highlight one of these 7 keys and what it means to you and to the people around you. Week 2:  A broad,...
18
FEB
2015

ISANS Business clients nominated for Halifax Chamber Business Awards

The Halifax Business Awards is the Chamber’s most glamorous event of the year. The gala event boasts a spectacular night of entertainment, prestige, and celebration, recognizing risk takers and the success of Halifax’s thriving business community. This year three ISANS...
11
FEB
2015

African Heritage Month Event – The Economics of Migrant Workers: Reminiscent of Slavery?

The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Nova Scotia has seen substantial growth since it inception in 1966. Many of these workers, both women and men, come from racialized communities in the Caribbean. For a glimpse into this world, The Global African Congress (Nova Scotia...
10
FEB
2015

Winter by the Sea – March 1

Don't miss Winter By The Sea, an event for new Canadians showcasing fun outdoor winter active opportunities from 1-4pm on Sunday, March 1 at the Pavilion - just across the street from the Emera Oval. There will be skating, hockey, snowshoeing, outdoor cooking, Nordic walking,...
09
FEB
2015

Citizenship is for Everyone – Copenhagen’s Diversity Charter

From Cities of Migration.  When the City of Copenhagen was updating its local planning documents and policies for immigrant integration in 2010, it made an important discovery. Policies and planning alone were not having much, impact on the city’s diversity agenda. The percentage...
04
FEB
2015

Land of Opportunity: Attracting Immigrants Critical to Nova Scotia’s Future

From the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Outlook 2015. The biggest challenge we face as a community is hanging on to our new graduates and attracting immigrants. The above is an excerpt from the introduction to the Halifax Index 2014, an in-depth report from the Greater Halifax...