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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 Audio Show Tickets now on-sale, grab your discount online!

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  Chester Group Exhibitions are pleased to announce that the 2015 Vancouver Audio Show details are now live along with online discounted tickets. The show will take place between Friday May 8th and Sunday May 10th. CG will be updating the latest Exhibitor list in the coming days and special event announcements will follow over

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Meet Your Mayor

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    Who are the people running my city? A Guidebook election recap.   As a newcomer in the Lower Mainland, it can be tough to keep up with the local political scene. Even if you’ve read all the news, depending on your citizenship status, British Columbia may not allow you to vote for the

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  Spotlight on South Korea Some things are best explained in pictures. Guidebook presents visual facts and ideas courtesy of Sloday.com. Sloday graphics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Watch this space for more infographic fun!  

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  Spotlight on South Korea   Some things are best explained in pictures. Guidebook presents visual facts and ideas courtesy of Sloday.com. Sloday graphics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Watch this space for more infographic fun!  

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  Spotlight on South Korea     Some things are best explained in pictures. Guidebook presents visual facts and ideas courtesy of Sloday.com. Sloday graphics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Watch this space for more infographic fun!  

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No More ‘First Come, First Serve’

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Canada’s new ‘Express Entry’ program is about to change the immigration playing field. Here’s what you need to know.   By Catherine Sas, South Asian Post   In early 2015, the government will launch a new active recruitment model known as the “Express Entry” system.   This system will help switch from the passive processing

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Transit police report riders to immigration nearly every day

According to a Transit Police spokesperson, 328 people were reported to Canada Border Services Agency from the TransLink system last year. Photo by David P. Ball.

  Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Part of a Tyee series on Vancouver’s Sanctuary City movement.   Story and photos by David P. Ball, TheTyee.ca   It takes precisely one minute to take the SkyTrain from Gateway to Surrey Central stations. A single stop.   But due to a mistake in Jazmine

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Opportunities for Lower Mainland Businesses

  If you have a business in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Delta, New Westminster or any other municipality in the Greater Vancouver Area, we would love to hear from you. We are offering special partnership opportunities to restaurants, shops and services that wish to be included in Guidebook’s resource guide. You can get

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Name Guidebook’s Resource Guide!

  For nearly a year, Guidebook has made a name covering Vancouver news and culture from a global perspective. We’ve interviewed Malaysian pop stars, highlighted the achievements of outstanding international students, explored Vancouver Island through fresh eyes and tirelessly documented the best places to watch the world’s favourite sporting event: the FIFA World Cup.  

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We Have a Winner!

  During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Guidebook asked readers to pick which country will take home the Cup. Many readers submitted their picks for a chance to win $200 in gift certificates.   We soon learned many readers were rooting for South American countries. In fact, if Guidebook readers were in charge, Brazil would

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Canada’s 147th Birthday Party

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    Where to find all the salmon, fireworks and free concerts in Metro Vancouver.   There’s a birthday coming up on Tuesday, July 1. No, it’s not your roommate’s or your sister’s. Canada is turning 147 years old, which means that hundreds of cities across the country will be sending exploding projectiles into the

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One more week to enter Guidebook’s reader contest!

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  Think you know who is going to take home the Cup? Guidebook readers are already sending in picks for our FIFA World Cup draw. The prize? A chance to win up to $200 in gift certificates. Plus bragging rights, of course.   All you have to do is send an email to sarah@theguideboo.ca with

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  Some things are best explained in pictures. Guidebook presents visual facts and ideas courtesy of Sloday.com. Sloday graphics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Watch this space for more infographic fun!  

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Government announces Temporary Foreign Worker Program reforms

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  But workers still face fears of abuse, deportation. ‘My hope is justice’ says ex-Tim Hortons worker, speaking from Mexico.   Story and photo by David P. Ball, TheTyee.ca   “My hope is that I’ll see justice, truly,” Edxon González Chein tells The Tyee over the phone from Mexico City. “Justice both within the program,

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FIFA World Cup game schedule correction

  In the May 16 issue of Guidebook, our FIFA World Cup game schedule listed start times in July instead of June. Guidebook regrets this error. Please see the May 30 and June 13 issues for an updated World Cup game schedule. Thank you.  

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Vancouver council supports ‘sanctuary’ for undocumented migrants

The newly formed Sanctuary City coalition's Byron Cruz (left) and Alejandra López Bravo met with city, health and police officials last month. A municipal task force prepares to recommend “sanctuary city” policies this summer / Photo by David P. Ball.

    Policy would stop municipal agencies like transit police from giving info about ‘illegals’ to immigration authorities.   Story and Photo by David P. Ball, TheTyee.ca   At the base of the back-alley staircase into a Vancouver health clinic, two men lay the groundwork for an enclosed community garden plot and introduce themselves with

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‘Fresh Voices’ heard in BC legislature

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    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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READER CONTEST

    Think you know who is going to take home the Cup? Tell us what team you think will win the tournament before July 4 and you will automatically be entered into a draw for up to $200 in gift certificates.   Send an email to sarah@theguidebook.ca with the subject line “FIFA CONTEST” containing

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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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Electronic devices allowed on Canadian planes

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    By Sarah Berman   On May 26, Canada’s transport minister announced new rules that will allow travelers to use cameras, video games, tablets and other electronic devices during all phases of flight.   Previously Canadian flights only allowed portable electronics to be used after takeoff and before landing. All devices are required to

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Join Guidebook magazine team!

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    Advertising Sales Representative (vancouver)   Guidebook magazine is looking for advertising salesman(woman) in Metro Vancouver area.   Every two weeks, guidebook presents features on immigration and international policy, local events, public figures, Canadian culture, education, and issues of interest to international students, new immigrants, tourists and visitors.   Candidates who are passionate about

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Is French Immersion Creating a Two-Tiered System?

  Students from minority, immigrant, single parent, low-income and low-education households are less likely to enrol in French immersion programs.   By Katie Hyslop, TheTyee.ca   The low-income students in Anna Chudnovsky’s eastside Vancouver school aren’t often teased about their disadvantage—mostly because the majority of them are in the same boat.   But they “certainly

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‘Don’t blame foreign workers,’ says fast food employee

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  Federal moratorium on restaurants hiring temporary workers makes many afraid they’ll be forced to go home.   By David P. Ball, TheTyee.ca     Temporary foreign workers are speaking out against Canada’s sudden moratorium on restaurants hiring them and others in the program, which country-wide has more than tripled over the last decade to

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Canadian Immigration Integration Program excludes Latin America

  By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   Last month, Guidebook reported that a program called the Canadian Immigration Integration Program (CIIP) received a $1.9 million funding boost to help prospective immigrants make the transition to living in Canada. Guidebook has learned the extra funding approved by Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is not meant to amplify the

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Organ donation from deceased donors has risen 17 percent in Canada

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      Canada still behind other countries when it comes to registering as donors   Good news: organ donation is on the rise in Canada, according to a national report. For the first time in a decade, the number of deceased organ donors in Canada has exceeded the number of living donors, according to

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Guidebook featured in online news magazine

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      In an article titled “For International Students, ‘Guidebook’ Breaks Down Lower Mainland Life – New monthly mag aims to help visitors become Vancouverites,” writer Katie Hyslop has profiled Guidebook in the online news magazine The Tyee.   Hyslop starts with some impressive statistics: About 94,000 international students were studying in British Columbia

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BC Liquor Stores collect $217,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief

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    BC Liquor Stores collect $217,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief   BC Liquor Store customers donated more than $217,000 to support Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines. One hundred per cent of these funds have been forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.   On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon

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A cafe for cat-lovers

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    Vancouver’s ‘Catfe’ asks for money to get started   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   “Are you a dog or a cat person?”   When I was an exchange student in Japan, people asked this question over and over.   At the time, most of the people I met had at least one pet.

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6.7 magnitude earthquake rumbles through part of British Columbia’s coast

  An earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. Mild tremors were felt in high rises in downtown Vancouver and some Metro Vancouver areas. No injuries or damage were reported.   The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake’s epicentre was about 94 kilometres south of

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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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We’re coming to a library, supermarket and classroom near you

  With nine issues under our belt, the Guidebook team of business partners, contributors and editorial advisors is growing every week. Twice a month 10,000 copies of Guidebook are distributed across Metro Vancouver, from Surrey to North Vancouver.   We’ve heard back from many of you who have expressed interest in using Guidebook in an

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BC makes it a little easier to be a temporary foreign worker

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      The province quietly improves conditions, but risks overburdening settlement services.   By Kristian Secher, TheTyee.ca   Being a temporary foreign worker in British Columbia got a little easier this month; the province made newcomers officially eligible to receive settlement help and assistance in the case of a crisis.   But the move

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New immigration program will select ‘most likely to succeed’ candidates

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  Canada’s new Express Entry program aims to rapidly place skilled newcomers beginning in January 2015.   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   As part of the transformation of Canada’s immigration system, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration recently announced a new program called Express Entry.   The initiative aims to provide permanent residency in six

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BC NDP call for investigation into Kwantlen University funding misconduct

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk is accused of mishandling $100,000 while chairing Kwantlen University’s human resources committee. Photo via BC Government Newsroom.

    In a press release last week, the British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP) alleged that the B.C. Liberal Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk funnelled $100,000 that was meant for student bursaries to senior executives. According to anonymous documents sent to the NDP, Virk misappropriated funds while acting as the chair of Kwantlen University’s

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Greater Vancouver Zoo loses Eurasian lynx ‘Papa’ to cancer

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    A 19-year-old Eurasian lynx named Papa was humanely euthanized by Greater Vancouver Zoo veterinary staff on April 3, 2014, following a battle with nasal cavity cancer. Papa had lost the ability to breathe or swallow due to an adenocarcinoma tumor. The median life expectancy for Eurasian lynx is 15 years.   Papa was

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Students from across the lower mainland will meet astronaut Chris Hadfield at BCIT

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    When: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Where: BCIT School of Transportation   Back from his five-month mission aboard the International Space Station, the BCIT School of Transportation will present a discussion with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield on April 17, 2014.   Declared by the BBC as the most influential

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson to run for re-election in the fall

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  Since 2008, Gregor Robertson has been the bike-riding, transit-taking mayor of Vancouver. He has been criticized for his close ties with high-end condominium developers, and for failing to meet affordable housing targets, but has remained an accessible mayor throughout his time leading the centrist political party Vision Vancouver.   Robertson’s major election promises have

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Vancouverites brave rain to protest racism

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  On March 22, 2014, several anti-racism groups braved the rain and the chill to meet in Victory Square Park in downtown Vancouver for an annual march.   “The International Day for the Elimination of Racism marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South

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Report says BC is not ready for an earthquake

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  According to the Auditor-General of British Columbia, Russ Jones, the government agency tasked with preparing for natural disasters is not prepared for a catastrophic earthquake.   A similar report found the same findings 17 years ago. While the latest report released Tuesday, March 25, noted some progress, Jones said in his opening remarks the

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Canadian immigration minister announces extra $1.9 million for Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP)

  While visiting Hong Kong on March 21, 2014, Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an additional investment of $1.9 million to the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) over the next six months.   The CIIP provides free pre-departure orientation to immigrants coming to Canada on federal skilled worker visas and provincial nominee visas. Workers’

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