Miss Fiji Canada Competitions is looking for talented, young and beautiful females across the country

MISS FIJI CANADA SEARCHING FOR CANDIDATES

 published by asingh on Tue, 04/28/2015 – 19:48

The first ever Miss Fiji Canada Competitions is looking for talented, young and beautiful females across the country. At the Royal King Palace, Surrey, BC., the competition will take place during  the 2015 Fiji Day Celebration. Competitions & Awards for Miss Fiji Canada – Entertainment will be handed out.
Miss Fiji Canada competition will provide contestants great opportunities in the entertainment industry. The competition will also help contestants build self-confidence.
To qualify for the 2015 competition, you must be a Canadian Citizen or have a permanent resident status in Canada. You must be between the ages of 15 to 25 years by August 1, 2015. Applicants must have a direct family connection or a root to Fiji as in either the applicant must be born in Fiji or their parents/grandparents/great grandparents are from Fiji.
If you meet these basic requirements, you will receive an application form to participate in a registration process to be selected as finalists for the Miss Fiji Canada® Competitions.
Once an applicant has been confirmed as an official contestant, the applicant will be required to submit a $100 registration fee along with the application form.
For Registration Package:
Contact: Shobna Prasad – Director Email: missfijicanada@gmail.com Phone: 778-918-1496 Facebook: Message Inbox

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Filipino caregiver Karen Talosig must choose between her daughter and Canada


Torstar News Service Karen Talosig (right) returned to Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines, to attend the elementary school graduation of her daughter, Jazmine.

Filipino caregiver Karen Talosig is faced with the choice of giving up her teenage daughter in the Philippines or her dream of permanent residence in Canada.

After waiting in the queue for her immigrant status for five years, Talosig received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada this week that her 14-year-old daughter, Jazmine, has been found “medically inadmissible” to join her in Canada because she is deaf.

While immigration officials speculated Jazmine’s deafness could cost Canadians $91,500 for health-related services over five years, Talosig said the girl is just a normal kid and does not require any special care.

“Jazmine loves photography. She loves dancing. She enjoys cooking with my mom. She likes Selena Gomez like a lot of teenagers do even though she can’t hear her music,” said Talosig, 38, who says she works four jobs, up to 80 hours a week, looking after children, the elderly and a paraplegic client in Vancouver.

“She is very independent, highly functional. The only difference is she is deaf. She was born so profoundly deaf that even a hearing aid is not needed. To me, the government’s decision is discriminatory.”

A registered nurse in the Philippines, Talosig came to Canada in 2007 under the then live-in caregiver program. In 2010, she worked enough hours to qualify for permanent residency and submitted her application.

SURREY, B.C.: East Indian parents discuss ideas to prevent gang-related violence

Reaching young people most at-risk is crucial, forum hears

CBC News Posted: May 05, 2015 10:30 PM PT Last Updated: May 06, 2015 10:42 AM PT

The organizer of the event, Meera Gill, says more needs to be done to keep youth out of gangs.

Roughly 100 people gathered in Surrey on Tuesday to come up with ways to fight back against the spate of drug-related violence in the city.

People jotted down ideas, trying to figure out solutions for reaching young people who are most at-risk of becoming involved in gun and drug violence. Police say there is a gang turf war on the streets of Surrey that has spilled into Delta and resulted in 22 shootings and one homicide in six weeks.

“A lot of East Indian parents are so involved in work and unfortunately the problem with that is they’re so involved in trying to make a good living for their children that they don’t have the time to be involved in their children’s life,” says one Surrey parent Ruby Deol. 

Surrey teen Jayden Grewal says there is a lot of peer pressure to try drugs and sell them. 

“People keep on telling you to sell drugs, to try them. It’s really hard … as you’re talking to the older kids, you find out they’ve tried that stuff and [there is] a lot of peer pressure.”

The organizer of the event, Meera Gill, says more needs to be done to keep youth out of gangs. 

“We want to be at the preventive stage,” she says. ”When someone gets shot, that’s enforcement. RCMP will take care of that. But as parents, we want to say how can we save our kids before we get to that stage.”

Gill says the ideas they collect tonight will be sent to all three levels of government as well as Surrey RCMP.

Kash Heed says gang violence in Surrey is not a ‘South Asian’ issue

Former solicitor general says solution to violence is comprehensive approach, not finger pointing

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: May 05, 2015 8:14 AM PT Last Updated: May 05, 2015 8:14 AM PT

Kash Heed, a former B.C. solicitor general, is criticizing what he calls an “ethnic approach” to a recent outbreak of violence in Surrey and Delta, B.C., in the past two months.

Police have pointed to “low-level drug dealers” in the South Asian and Somali communities.

“Some people seem to have this bizarre belief that it’s something within the South Asian culture that creates this type of individual when in fact it’s across all groups, regardless of their ethnic background,” Heed, who was an officer with the Vancouver Police Department during another surge in gang violence in the early 2000s, told The Early Edition’s Rick Cluff.

Police have said they are being stonewalled by the families of the victims who are not coming forward with information — something Heed said isn’t surprising.

“You have to remember the individuals who are involved in this dispute are in their 20s. They’re not young kids. They’re not 12 and 13-years-old where the family still has a lot of control on that,” said Heed.

Heed, a former B.C. Liberal MLA, wants to see a comprehensive approach to gang violence — with more funding to build prevention programs for at-risk youth, better supports in schools and crack downs on known offenders.

“Law enforcement officials [need to] take this seriously and put them behind bars and deal with it — but then think long term,” he said.

Former B.C. NDP MLA Moe Sihota has also criticized the focus on the South Asian and Somali communities.

“Surrey has a crime problem that extends through all elements of the community. The Bacon brothers weren’t Somali,” Sihota said in an interview last week.

To hear the full interview with Kash Heed, listen to the audio labelled: Kash Heed on gang violence.

Immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees from East Africa and South Asia more likely to have psychotic disorders: study

Refugees and some immigrants more likely to have psychotic disorders: study

Emily Chan, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, May 11, 2015 12:00PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, May 11, 2015 3:53PM EDT

The experience of moving to a new country may put refugees and some immigrants at a higher risk of psychotic disorders, a new study suggests.

The study, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, compared the rate of psychotic disorders in first-generation Canadians to the rate in the general Ontario population.

It found that immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees from East Africa and South Asia have a 1.5 to 2 times higher risk of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders. The study also found that refugees have a 25 per cent higher risk of psychotic disorders, compared to other immigrants.

EDMONTON: Indo-Canadian community and recent immigrants targets of immigration scam

‘I suspect a lot of people would give out the money to these people’

CBC News Posted: May 08, 2015 2:57 PM MT Last Updated: May 08, 2015 7:52 PM MT

Vasant Choati got a call Thursday from a scammer claiming to be with Immigration Canada.Vasant Choati got a call Thursday from a scammer claiming to be with Immigration Canada. (CBC)

Vasant Chotai got a scary phone call on Thursday.

It was a long distance call, and when he answered the caller knew his name and address, and knew he was an immigrant.

The caller told Chotai he was from Immigration Canada, and said he would put his “supervisor” on the line.

“He told me the government was reviewing files of all the immigrants for the last 60 years,” Chotai said, “and they’re looking at any discrepancies in the files.”

He was told he hadn’t provided his “permanent resident” number to the embassy in Kenya, back when he moved here in 1970. He was told the call was being recorded, and anything he said could be used against him in court.

The “supervisor” said there were two ways to solve the problem. He could either send the RCMP to the door in 45 minutes, or Chotai could give them his “PR” number and pay a penalty.

“It felt a little bit scary,” Chotai said. But he quickly realized it was a scam.

Edmonton police say several members of city’s Indo-Canadian community, and other recent immigrants, have been targets of the same scam, which threatens people with deportation if they don’t hand over thousands of dollars.

Police have received numerous reports about the scam, which appears to have started in April.