Canadian permanent residency – the ultimate quest

Like many others around the world as I write this, I am currently going through the arduous process of attaining Canadian Permanent Residency. I say arduous here, as among the many other “hoops” you are required to jump through, one of the key facets of the application was to sit an English language exam. Being…

Haiti: broken promises and aid fatigue

On Oct. 27, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Documentary Film Festival will screen Kombit (Creole for cooperative), a film about efforts by Haitian agronomist Timote Georges and Canadian development worker Hugh Lock, co-founders of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, to reforest Haiti and build a more sustainable agricultural future. Kombit’s trailer alludes to the monumental failure of foreign…

Challenging the Chinese investor immigrant stereotype

Who are Canada’s Chinese Investor Immigrants? Why has their value to Canada not been fully realized? The existing Chinese investor immigrant stereotype Over the past two decades, Canada’s “preference” of immigrants has shifted from employment-based employees to the entrepreneurial, investor immigrant. Gone are the days when an immigrant from China with a degree, $60 in…

The housing market’s war on culture and community

World’s best city to live in”, and “World’s most reputable city” were the accolades thrown around by just about anyone who learned about my imminent departure to Vancouver. To my mind, the city has an immediate appeal and aura that these various reports and surveys seem to have tapped into: it’s pleasant, safe and in…

State of our arts

The recent rally of thousands of B.C. film workers has people wondering whether the importance of our film industry is being recognized by the powers that be.