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Federal government reduces processing fees for minors applying for citizenship

AHMED Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced on Tuesday that the processing fee for minors applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act has been reduced from $530 to $100, bringing them into line with the processing fees for minors applying under subsection 5(2) of the Act. He said the federal government is committed to encouraging all immigrants, including minors ... Read More »

Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova takes the Padman Challenge

‘Yes, that’s a Pad in my hand & there’s nothing to be ashamed about’ Russian supermodel, philanthropist and menstrual hygiene awareness campaigner Natalia Vodianova has taken part in the #PadManChallenge that has been sweeping India by storm in recent weeks. The #PadManChallenge was launched to promote the film Pad Man, which released worldwide to critical and audience acclaim on Friday ... Read More »

Marijuana legalization: What parents need to know

Marijuana — a taboo topic in many homes will become a legal business. What parents need to know about it Marijuana was first banned in Canada in 1923, with regulated medical Cannabis becoming legal in 2001 for its health benefits. But eventually, the Canadian government decided to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purpose. Legalization means that the government ... Read More »

SIMI HEER: Connecting police with public

Meet VPD’s Public Affairs director Simi Heer By Surbhi Gogia There is absolutely no substitute for hard work, once said famous inventor Thomas Edison. You do not need to be born with a silver spoon to climb the ladder of success. Every day we hear inspiring stories of people around us who worked hard to reach leadership positions in various ... Read More »

Pot smoking: Blame it on parents

By Harvinder Sandhu Desi Today talked to some youth who are already smoking pot about their reasons for taking it. Like it or not they said if their parents had informed them about the risks associated with it, they would not have done it. It’s 2018 and time for the implementation of a controversial Liberal policy, the legalization of marijuana. ... Read More »

John Horgan: ‘Can’t wait to get started this new year’

Life has never been a cake walk for the Premier of British Columbia John Horgan. Be it paying for his education, surviving a life-threatening disease like cancer or becoming the premier under most dramatic circumstances, Horgan has worked extremely hard but finally come through with flying colours in these difficult situations. Born in 1959, the youngest of four children Horgan ... Read More »

Marijuana legalization: Canada turns a new leaf

By Surbhi Gogia Marijuana — a taboo topic in many homes will become a legal business. What parents need to know about it Marijuana was first banned in Canada in 1923, with regulated medical Cannabis becoming legal in 2001 for its health benefits. But eventually Canadian government decided to legalizes the use of marijuana for recreational purpose. Legalization means that ... Read More »

Talk in, before they walk out

As the Gang Intervention Officer for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-BC (CFSEU-BC) Sergeant Jag Khosa is responsible for providing a combination of community engagement and prevention through gang outreach and proactive intervention across British Columbia.  He played a pivotal role in developing CFSEU-BC’s Gang Intervention Team which engages parents and youth to provide anti-gang education and intervention support. Sgt. Khosa ... Read More »

Jeenat Billen: The iron woman

Meet Billen, a weightlifter from Surrey, who has won many national and international titles at the very young age of 16 By Surbhi Gogia Jeenat Billen is like any other girl in her teens having a tall slim figure, long hair, a glowing face and a charming smile. But inside she is made of steel with physical strength that can ... Read More »

Finding Hope Through Mental Illness

By Jessie Brar Many children in South Asian community are struggling due to mental health problems. Most of their problems have roots in a disturbed family life and father’s alcoholic issue. Jessie Brar is one such victim and a courageous survivor. She writes about her personal struggles and how she fought with her depression. She studied psychology at Queen’s University ... Read More »