What made me stay?

The front lines of Canada’s Immigration Policies

Originally published at carletonjhr.com

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Rupert Yeung’s office walls hold colourful paintings lined with Chinese characters and picture frames with smiling people of all races. Bookshelves are packed with thick binders and a Canadian flag peaks out from the corner of the room.

Yeung, a social worker with the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, OCCSC, works in family counseling, immigrant sponsorship and settling newcomers into the community. He admits it’s a heavy job, gesturing around the room as if the lack of desk space and busy walls is an indication. Continue reading

Treasure Hunt at May Court Bargain Box

Print article originally published in IMAGE.

Every Monday, the line extends out the door at the May Court Bargain Box on Laurier Avenue. There are students, seniors and parents alike all waiting to get their eyes on the shop’s new weekly stock of donations.

“It’s just like a treasure hunt,” said Helen Marjos, a May Court volunteer at the shop. “I’ll browse through when it opens and often people will come to the counter and come up with these wonderful things and I think: where did they find these?”

The cozy shop is lined with shelves of kitchenware, books, knick-knacks and closets worth of second-hand clothing, all donated from May Court members and people in the community. The leftover clothing is then donated to the Youth Services Bureau, the Ottawa Mission and Clothing for Charity. Continue reading

The Youth Vote: Will this election be different?

Originally Published at londoncommunitynews.com

With education costs and youth employment rates on the table, Ontario youth leaders are working to encourage other young people to get out to the polls on June 12.

“There is a lot at stake in this election,” said Michelle Johnston, president of the Ontario Young Liberals. “I think a lot of people view politics as a separate entity in life that they can choose to acknowledge or not, but when you drill down you realize that it is real life.”

Chantelle Ivanski and Will Cockrell, members of the Western NDP club, are casting a ballot June 12 and advocating for the importance of the youth vote in the upcoming election.

Chantelle Ivanski and Will Cockrell, members of the Western NDP club, are casting a ballot June 12 and advocating for the importance of the youth vote in the upcoming election.

Johnston became involved in government after beginning her political science degree at the University of Toronto.

Changes to tuition grants, OSAP funding and minimum wage are a few of the issues directly affecting students in the upcoming election. Johnston emphasized the need for a personal student connection to these kinds of specific issues. This connection is key to increasing youth voter turnout, she said, a number that has been low in the past, but one Johnston said is changing.

According to Elections Canada, about 34 per cent of youth aged 18-24 voted in the 2008 federal election and 39 per cent in 2011.

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