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[TW] On the run and hiding in a hole: Thousands of Afghans who helped Canada still facing Taliban vengeance

'The (Canadian) government is just ambiguously silent to the vast majority of these people. No one is getting any kind of answer back'

Author of the article:Tom Blackwell

Publishing date:Aug 11, 2022 

Somewhere in southern Afghanistan, a former employee of Canada’s armed forces has been living for the last eight months in a hole in the ground, literally.

Aid shipment to Afghanistan cancelled due to anti-terrorist law

Marie Woolf

The Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2022 8:14PM EDT

OTTAWA -- Two containers of food bound for Afghanistan have been cancelled by a Canada-based aid agency because of a law banning any dealings with the Taliban.

World Vision says it has been forced to cancel a large shipment of “therapeutic food,” which it said could have fed around 1,800 children.

Indigenous women have generally poorer health than Indigenous men, UBCO professor finds

Economist Min Hu's research is based on self-reported health data from StatsCan's Aboriginal People's Survey

Winston Szeto · CBC News · Posted: Aug 10, 2022 7:00 AM PT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

Indigenous women across Canada living off-reserve tend to have poorer physical and mental health than Indigenous men, according to research published by an economist at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus (UBCO) in Kelowna.

'Waiting for our death': Afghan military lawyers beg Canada for help to escape

Time running out for applicants and their families, retired major warns

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Aug 10, 2022 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago

A former Canadian military legal officer says a group of Afghan lawyers and other staff who helped his mission in Afghanistan have been "left in the dark," and is urging Canada's Immigration Ministry to act quickly to help them escape the Taliban.

Canada should loosen visa requirements to allow more Ukrainian refugees: report

Bill Graveland

The Canadian Press

Published Aug. 11, 2022 1

CALGARY - A new report says Canada needs to change its federal visa policy to speed up the admission of Ukrainian refugees, which has slowed to a trickle.

The study by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy released Thursday says that compared to other countries, Canada has received a small number of the millions of Ukrainians who have been displaced since Russia invaded the eastern European country in February.

Canada continues to fuel environmental racism by letting it fuel us

August 9 marks International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. As per tradition, governments, companies and institutions across Canada are showcasing their ability to use nice words and make enticing promises of a better tomorrow for Indigenous people.

Yet, their talk about reconciliation is sharply contrasted with the reality that government and industry continue to support one of the most notable instances of environmental injustice in Canada: the industrial takeover of Indigenous lands by oil production.

Foreign-trained nurses frustrated with delays in being recognized

Shara Buenaventura became so frustrated while trying to have her ICU nursing credentials recognized in Ontario, she returned to the Philippines for nine months — mid-pandemic — to keep her skills sharp.

“I went back as an ICU nurse and I came back here again with the hope that I will be assessed. But until now, I didn’t get any answer,” said Buenaventura.

She now works part-time in non-ambulatory care, helping to transfer non-urgent patients from one hospital to another.

Restaurateurs decry Canada's declining appeal to skilled workers

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Richard Liu owns One Shot BBQ. He says the wages of local workers are too high to afford and the process of recruiting skilled workers, especially chefs, from overseas is long and complicated, resulting in a shortage of back-of-house kitchen staff. This forces some restaurant owners to do the cooking themselves.