Conversation

on immigration

   John McCallum
 
John McCallum, Minister of Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship

The federal government wants to know what Canadians think about immigration.

From July 5 until August 5, 2016, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is asking Canadians to help them “write the next chapter” of Canada’s story by sharing their ideas and opinions about immigration.

The feedback gathered from Canadians through on-line, written submissions will be used to help guide decisions on how many immigrants Canada will welcome in the coming years and help to determine the future of immigration in Canada.

A discussion guide presenting the issues and background information is posted on the IRCC web site at www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/consultations/ nationaldiscussion.asp

The government will also consult with Canadians through cross-country round-table discussions led by Immigration Minister John McCallum and Parliamentary Secretary Arif Virani, and other public opinion research.

For more in-depth information on this, read Michael Scott’s article, “Share your opinion on immigration.”

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Nanay Linda Ramos: cakes and community

    Linda Ramos
 
Erlinda "Linda" Ramos • Photo by Rey-ar Reyes

by Lucille Nolasco

Her eyes twinkle when talking about her younger years as a self-confessed “trouble-maker” in the Philippines. Now at 84 years old, Erlinda Magnaye Ramos, still clearly remembers the friends she hung out with in school, her unforgettable adventures, and the love of her life.

This is her story.

Life in the Philippines

Nanay Linda, as she is fondly called, hails from Lipa, Batangas but grew up in Quezon province.

Her family was in the business of milling rice and copra – the dried meat of the coconut used to extract coconut oil.