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    글/ 사진: 이덕일 기자/ 코리안 뉴스   지난해에 이어 6월 9일부터 6월 19일까지 밴쿠버 아일랜드Comox Valley에서 열리는 수산물 페스티벌/EXPO를 다녀왔다. 벌써 10년째 치러지는 연례 행사이어서 내년에도 개최할 예정이다. 지난해 모습과 다른 점은 우선 규모이다. 작년에 비해 규모가 훨씬 커졌다는 것이다. 참여 기업은 물론 축제에 참여하기 위해 방문한 방문객이 많아졌다는 점이다. 올해는 국제적으로 더

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Vancouver’s Hidden Children

Nassim Elbardouh, a teacher at Britannia Secondary School, sits on the BC Teachers’ Federation’s Committee for Action on Social Justice which developed a draft ‘sanctuary schools’ policy this year. Photo: David P. Ball.

    Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don’t enrol kids in school.   By David P. Ball, TheTyee.ca   Written on a wall in Pedro’s soon-to-be-demolished, cramped Vancouver apartment are words:   “I want water.” “Can I go to the washroom?”   This, for Pedro’s two oldest children, is the closest they will get to

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Another Win for BC’s #MakeItCount Youth Group

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    A campaign to honour the hard work of international students and new immigrants is now endorsed by the City of Vancouver.   By Tanvi Bhatia   You may remember reading an article in one of the previous issues of Guidebook about Make It Count, a youth-led campaign aiming to get graduation credits for

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On the Way to Perfect English

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    Laughter: now part of a well-balanced classroom experience. A toastmaster reflects on a language learned.   By Gerrie Ying   It’s been a long time since I began to learn the English alphabet in China, to now competing in a toastmaster’s contest in Canada. On the way to perfect my English, I have

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Cuts to ESL Funding Impacts Thousands of Students

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    A Vancouver Community College protest asks the province to restore funding to high-level English training for skilled workers.   By Sarah Berman   On the morning of Thursday, September 18, hundreds of students at Vancouver Community College marched with signs reading “ESL Matters” to meet the school’s finance committee. Due to funding cuts,

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Getting a Social Insurance Number

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    If you want to work in Canada, you’ll need to apply for a SIN.   By Aurora Tejeida   The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to

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Tips on mental health

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      As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas, saving money

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Back to school? Don’t sweat it.

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  Some hot tips for surviving dorm life in style.   By Aurora Tejeida   If you’ve just arrived in Vancouver for school, welcome! Guidebook would like to keep your transitional suffering to an absolute minimum. Here are some tips on how to make your move easy and cheap.   When I moved here about

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Spotlight: UBC’s International Scholarships

  As an international student applying to Vancouver schools, awards and scholarships may be low on your priority list—behind choosing your program or finding a place to live. But each year, the University of British Columbia makes $10 million available to international undergraduate students who excel in their studies and extra curriculars.   Some of

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‘Fresh Voices’ heard in BC legislature

Fresh Voices member Nay Bu Taw opens the conversation with Minister Fassbender.

    A team of immigrant and refugee youth met with BC’s education minister last week to share a report on newcomer barriers.   By Sarah Berman   Back in February, Guidebook contributor Tanvi Bhatia wrote about her experience petitioning the B.C. government to count English Language Learning courses towards high school graduation. Currently, English

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How to Talk to a Vancouverite

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By Abeer Yusuf   In a new city, it can sometimes be challenging to make small talk. As a newbie, you may not be familiar with the shared Vancouver-y experiences that come up frequently in locals’ conversation.   In this issue, Guidebook’s got you covered with some disturbingly common small talk topics. Practice these and

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BC government asking for input on private career training legislation

  By Abeer Yusuf   Last month the B.C. government decided to dissolve the industry-led Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA), which accredited private schools and training institutions across the province. The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education said it will absorb the duties of the former PCTIA.   The PCTIA will continue regulating private post-secondary

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You said what?

  Piece of cake Meaning: When a task is quite easy to complete. “An arts degree is a piece of cake.”   Easy A Meaning: Getting a high score with minimal effort. “I love my International Law class, its an easy A.”   Victory lap Meaning: When a student has to take a fifth year

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Science Without Borders

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    Massive exchange program brings Brazilian science and tech students to Vancouver.   By Sarah Berman   As part of an ambitious new exchange program funded by the Brazilian government, Canada will welcome 12,000 science students at the undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels by 2015. Called Science Without Borders, many of the Brazilian students

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Goodbye UBC

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The Arts Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia celebrated spring convocation with a massive 400-person cocktail party on April 30. Dubbed The Great Arts Sendoff, UBC arts students dressed to impress, and partied like there’s no (exams) tomorrow. We think they’ve got this whole “graduating” thing on lock. What do you think? Many

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School’s out

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    Just in time for spring convocation, Guidebook asks graduating international students:   what’s next? Catrina Ji   Artisan Baking Vancouver Community College Country: China   When she turned 18 years old, Catrina Ji was certain she wanted to take a business major at Simon Fraser University. She moved to Vancouver by herself and

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Reading in English

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    Are you new to reading in English? Whether you are a beginner or advanced student looking for a new challenge, Guidebook has a book recommendation just for you.   By Alice Sejin Lim   Reading is not only entertaining, but it grows your mind and makes your English much more fluent. Libraries and

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Emily Carr at VAG

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  New acquisition strengthens Gallery’s collection   Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to announce the latest acquisition for its growing permanent collection. This work by Emily Carr, titled Emily and Lizzie, is generously donated by philanthropists and long-time Gallery supporters Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, making it the fifth Emily Carr portrait in the Gallery’s

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Benefits of a Private Career College Education

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The first step toward a brighter future in Canada     When it comes to post-secondary education, students in Vancouver have many choices. Students can study at public universities and colleges, technical institutes, and vocational schools. They can also choose to attend a private career college. Far from being exclusive and elite institutions, private career

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Welcomes New President Kathy Kinloch

Incoming President scheduled to join BCIT in January 2014   As BCIT approaches its 50th anniversary celebration, the BCIT Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Kinloch as President, as of January 2014. Kathy is a widely recognized educational leader and has served as President of Vancouver Community College (VCC) since

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Diary of an International Student

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  Guidebook intern Seo Yeon Bae interviews two exchange students from Ritsumeikan University in Japan.   By Seo Yeon Bae   On an average morning, Aya Hosokawa wakes up at 9:00 a.m. and takes a shower. She then reviews English materials. After she finishes her late brunch at noon, she leaves for class.   Aya

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Career fair at Vancouver Community College

  Students, grads and the general public met with over 25 employers   The Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College teamed up on April 16 to help job seekers connect face-to-face with companies currently hiring. The annual VCC career fair at the Broadway campus boasted over 25 company and career services

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SFU fosters diaspora research in Surrey

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    New Simon Fraser research institute will engage migrant communities and the governments, businesses, non-profits and researchers intending to serve them.   Simon Fraser University’s new Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement (IDRE) will be launched at its Surrey campus on April 25. According to a media release, the launch event will feature a

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BC government axes industry-led agency for private schools

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    Increased enrollment of international students is one of the reasons why the Ministry of Advanced Education is ‘dissolving’ the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA).   By Sarah Berman   British Columbia has over 300 private schools, many of which have been accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA). The industry-led

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British Columbia’s lost ELL funding

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    According to a CBC report, children are being falsely labeled ELL in Vancouver’s public elementary schools. Meanwhile, students who need English classes at the university and college level are being turned away for lack of funds.   By Gabriel Scorgie   It’s no secret that schools in B.C. feel that they’re underfunded.  

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Q&A: On-campus employment and Off-campus employment for International Students

  Q: I’m an international student and I would like to earn some money on the side while studying. Is it legal for me to work while studying?   A: It’s a fantastic idea to want to earn some pocket money on the side, especially since Vancouver can be so expensive. But the rules around

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You Said What?

  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink   Meaning: when someone can try their complete best in helping another, but there’s only so much one can do. Used in reference to stubborn people.   “I’ve tried to help her out with her university applications as much as I

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Q&A Free adult English classes

  As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas, saving money or even

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You Said What?

  Uphill battle   Meaning: a task that’s very difficult, often because other people are causing problems. “This semester’s been an uphill battle—my timetable is full, plus I’m taking a distance course.”   Tit for tat   Meaning: giving back exactly what one receives. Similar to: eye for an eye. “He insulted me, so I

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Puppies will help SFU students stay stress-free during exams

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    Exam season is fast approaching, but Simon Fraser University has a solution to pre-exam stress: puppies!   Cute, cuddly puppy dogs will make an appearance at three SFU campuses around Metro Vancouver. The “Stay Pawsitive” program initiated by SFU Health and Counselling Services calls it “puppy therapy.”   “Health and Counselling Services tends

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You Said What?

  Sweet tooth   Meaning: to like candy, chocolate and other sweet foods. “I can’t resist these sour cherry candies! My sweet tooth simply won’t allow it.”   Stiff upper lip   Meaning: to be brave. To face trouble with courage. “She kept a stiff upper lip all through exam season—even when her history professor

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Education paths you can chew on

Vancouver Community College's certified dental assistant and dental reception coordinator departments welcomed children from Burnaby and Vancouver elementary schools to meet the "Tooth Fairy" and her team of dentists, May 2013.

    Are you an international student in Vancouver considering a career in dental health? Becoming a dentist isn’t the only option. Guidebook looks at four accredited dental assisting programs offered across Metro Vancouver.   By Sarah Berman   At the annual Pacific Dental Conference held earlier this month at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada’s

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English Practice Outside the Classroom

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  School can be a stressful place to learn a new language. While instructors may know the best techniques, fellow learners make better friends and companions. Guidebook contributor Sejin Lim investigates one of Vancouver’s many English Language Meet-ups.   By Sejin Lim   Did you know: A club named “Conversational English” meets every day from

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UBC student raises money to attend climate conference in the Philippines

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  A campaign aiming to “connect Filipino-Canadians to communities on the frontline of climate change” raised money to send two students to the Philippines for a global climate conference. 19-year-old Sol Diana is currently a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver who is attending the Powershift Pilipinas conference until March 29, 2014.

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Douglas College pollinator study invites bees into home gardens

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    Douglas College is launching a new research initiative that explores the activity of bees and other pollinators in home and community gardens. The official launch takes place during the 3rd-annual UNIBUG (User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden) forum, a free public event on March 29.   For the study, the

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Student Spotlight: Korean Cultural Week at UBC

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  By Seo Yeon Bae (UBC intern)   We interviewed part of the team presenting Korean Cultural Week on behalf of the Korean Culture Society March 17 and 18.   For the past two years, KCS (Korean Culture Society) proudly hosted their main event, Korean Cultural Week, at UBC with the purpose of promoting Korean

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Letters : UBC introduces new university president

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    Dr. Arvind Gupta starts his new job on July 1, 2014   [Editor’s note: the following letter was written by the Chair of the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors John Montalbano. He is introducing Dr. Arvind Gupta, replacement to university president and vice chancellor Professor Stephen Toope.]   To the UBC

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International students come together for Persian New Year celebrations

The University of British Columbia’s Persian Club (UBC) will be presenting a massive Norouz gala at the Imperial Theatre in Vancouver on March 21.

  Nowruz. Norooz. Norouz.   The event has many English spellings, but the meaning remains the same.   For Persian cultures in Vancouver, Norouz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. This year it will become 1393: that’s 1,393 years since Prophet Muhammad’s migration to Medina.

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Vancouver Community College also affected by cuts

  By Sarah Berman   Despite having waitlists and full classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) training at Vancouver Community College, the school has begun the process of laying off ESL instructors, as a result of funding cuts.   The English language program is underfunded by over $6 million for the fiscal year

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Cuts threaten Kwantlen’s English language classes for immigrants

  University program helped increase literacy rates among newcomers to Canada. International students are not affected by the change.   By Katie Hyslop, TheTyee.ca   Despite being the second most immigrant-reliant economy in the world, Canada doesn’t have a great track record in taking care of its newcomers.   The economic well-being of recently arrived

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You Said What?

  Get to the bottom of it   Meaning: to discover the truth about, or understand the causes of something. “There is clearly something fishy happening here, and I feel determined to get to the bottom of it.”   Keep your eyes peeled   Meaning: to watch very carefully for something. “There’s an orange sign

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Celebrating international students on International Women’s Day

“My advice is to not to have second thoughts, to just do it … Don’t think about it, just say yes.” -Nubwa Wathanafa

    By Sarah Berman   To honour International Women’s Day this year, Guidebook has reached out to international students who are leaders in their schools (and also happen to be women).   Keeping up with school assignments while adjusting to a new country is a challenge for anybody who studies abroad. Yet despite Vancouver’s

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Numbers of International Students in the year 2013

Canada Welcomed Record Numbers of International Students Last Year Over 100,000 studied here   Last year was the first time in Canadian history that Canada has welcomed over 100,000 international students. This marks an increase of 60% from 2004.   “The steady growth in numbers confirms that Canada remains a destination of choice for international

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Bye Vancouver

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Meet Henry Henry looks back on seven months living here   Henry is a 25-year-old student from Taipei, Taiwan. He is studying English at EC English Language Centres in downtown Vancouver. guidebook caught up with him at the Vancouver Public Library where he was studying with a schoolmate. guidebook: How long have you been in

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2014 Maclean’s University Rankings By Macleans

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  See who came out on top in our annual analysis   The 23rd annual Maclean’s University Rankings issue, the number one source for students choosing universities in Canada, is now available on newsstands and tablets. It contains 130 pages of charts, surveys, stories about what’s happening in higher education and, of course, our 2014

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