Deal nears to recognize foreign credentials of immigrants

                The federal government and the provinces are unveiling a major agreement on Monday to help foreign-trained professionals get their credentials recognized in Canada. By next December, the federal and provincial governments will have a system in place to start recognizing international credentials in eight occupations, including architects, […]

Critics press Ottawa for visitor-visa appeals process

  When Panita Chumchantha decided to tie the knot this past September, she wanted her Thai roots represented at her Canadian wedding. The 31-year-old, who was adopted by a Canadian family years ago, longed to have her biological sister fly over from Thailand for her special day. But the wish went unfulfilled: her sister was […]

Single mother can stay because of Chinese one-child law

Single mom Hong Zhang’s dream came true last week as she was made a permanent resident of Canada after an emotional six-year battle fighting China’s one-child policy. An ecstatic Zhang, 41, and daughter Sherry, 4, were given a letter saying they were accepted as immigrants in a landmark case in which she claimed to face […]

Pan Am Games could pay a dividend for the arts

                  Now that Toronto has won its bid to host the Pan Am Games in 2015, it’s time for the city’s arts leaders to seize a rare opportunity. Athletics may be at its core, but this event can be about much more. It can be the occasion […]

Toronto wins 2015 Pan Am Games

Finally, Toronto is a winner, awarded the 2015 Pan Am Games on a first-ballot vote Friday. The victory seems all the more sweet since the city and region have lost two Olympic bids, two Commonwealth Games bids in Hamilton and couldn’t even get a bid for the world expo off the ground. “Our commitment, our […]

Province to teach money skills in schools

Ontario students will start learning money smarts as early as Grade 4, when Queen’s Park rolls out a new financial literacy curriculum in September 2011. Prompted by growing debt levels among Canadian youths and reckless personal spending habits that helped trigger the global credit crunch, the province will design lessons that can be worked into […]