By Minu Mathew and Shlok Talati, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
While Canada leads the G7 in attracting immigrants, with newcomers now accounting for 90 per cent of population growth, citizenship rates are falling among permanent residents.
In 2022, Canada welcomed a historic 431,645 permanent residents to the country. In contrast, 221,919 immigrants became Canadian citizens – the lowest percent ever, according to Statistics Canada data obtained by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).
Continue reading Triple-glass effect and language barriers erode Canadian charm, say experts
Lynne Jordan has contributed to historical booklets available at the Cortes Island Museum and is currently researching the history of early logging activity in Whaletown.
In the course of an extensive 3-part interview, Lynne draws on original documents, archives, and oral histories to paint a picture of early settler loggers on Cortes — their equipment, their floating camps, the economy in which some prospered and some failed.
Continue reading Early Logging on Cortes Island and Vicinity: Local History with Lynne Jordan
The logging community was always a really mixed bag… Much of the logging was done by hand. Some of it using horses.
Logging was not a good way to get rich.
By Prabhy Rehal, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
In 2021, 4.6 million Canadians spoke languages other than English or French at home according to numbers released August 17, 2022 by Statistics Canada. Many of those would be in families that have emigrated to Canada and have to rely on their children to help them acclimatize to their new surroundings, often using them as translators. That’s because children tend to learn English faster than their parents.
As language brokers the children aren’t just translating but often also helping their parents interpret the larger culture around them. Although this practice may be helping the parents become accustomed to their new country, their children are given an added responsibility.
Continue reading The unique family dynamic: children ‘language brokering’ for their immigrant parents
By Gita Abraham, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Religions, beliefs, culture, and even local history influence what Canadians — especially immigrants — think should happen to the body after death. These beliefs and traditions surrounding death could impact medical research opportunities.
In Ontario, medical schools depend on donated bodies to train future medical professionals. ‘Body donation’ involves a whole body given to schools of anatomy for educational and research purposes.
Continue reading Organ donations remain a hard sell among some groups
Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Northwest B.C. based filmmaker Michael Bourquin has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the four-part documentary, British Columbia: An Untold History.
Bourquin shares the nomination with his colleague Alfonso Chin in the category of Best Photography (documentary or factual) announced last week by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
British Columbia: An Untold History has also been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series, Best Direction, Best Documentary Series, Best Editorial Research.
Continue reading British Columbia: An Untold History – filmmaker nominated for Canadian Screen Award