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OTTAWA: Jagtar Gill murdered on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home

Jagtar Gill’s relatives struggling to cope with her death. 43-year-old mother of 3 found stabbed to death at her family’s Barrhaven home

Sikh community offer tearful goodbye for Jagtar Gill 

Still searching for answers into city’s first homicide

BY  ,OTTAWA SUN

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Clutching a framed photograph of murder victim Jagtar Gill to her chest, Gurpreet Kaur Chahal was in tears as she walked into the Sikh temple on Friday.

“We’re just giving our emotional support to the family,” said Chahal. “We’re doing our best wherever we can.”

The 43-year-old mother was slain on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home on Jan. 29. Gill had been home alone when her family returned, after buying cake and flowers, to find her dead on the living room floor.

“The community is shaken at this incident. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Everybody’s scared in their own home, because we’re not safe in our home. It happened in broad daylight,” said Chahal.

An estimated 300 people gathered to remember Gill on Friday; first at a private service at a Nepean funeral home, followed by a prayer gathering at a nearby Sikh temple.

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2012 CIC report reveals more than 60% of 600,000 immigrants unable to function in either of Canada’s official languages

Tighter language requirements will help immigrants and Canada
April 27, 2013. 9:59 am • Section: The Search, Immigration

It’s hard to learn a new language. An internal 2012 Immigration Canada report has revealed a rising proportion of immigrants, more than 600,000, work in Canada in a language other than English and French. And most of them, 60 per cent, say they cannot carry on a conversation in either of Canada’s official languages.

Stories regarding language barriers have become common in Canada.

The newcomer struggling to speak English who, as a result, has grave trouble trying to get a job.

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Regina: EAL programs growing in public schools

New students in Canada: Immigration changing Regina classrooms
English Language programs growing in Regina Public Schools
Reported by Adriana Christianson
First Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:36pm | Last Updated: Oct 30, 2012 12:51pm
Imagine coming to a school in a new country where everyone speaks English and you don’t.

With the new wave of international immigration to Saskatchewan, the latest census shows that 12 per cent of Regina’s population now names a different language as their mother tongue. These changes are opening up a new world for students and teachers at schools across the city.

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CCR states that new citizenship language requirements “will place additional burdens on refugees and other vulnerable newcomers”

Citizenship language requirements mean extra burdens for refugees
Canadian Council for Refugees

Media release

For immediate release
1 October 2012

Citizenship language requirements mean extra burdens for refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its concern that the new citizenship language requirements will place additional burdens on refugees and other vulnerable newcomers.

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Lin Mei Zhang can’t be buried in China because Citizenship and Immigration Canada lost her ID

Late refugee can’t be buried in China because Citizenship and Immigration Canada lost her ID

Published on Sunday October 21, 2012

FAMILY PHOTO
Gao Zhi Xiang, left, his late mother Lin Mei Zhang and young brother Zhi Xin pose in a photograph taken years ago in China. Lin Mei Zhang died of cancer three years ago.
Nicholas Keung 
Immigration Reporter
Three years after Lin Mei Zhang died of cancer, her ashes remain in storage at a Toronto funeral home because immigration officials have lost the refugee’s Chinese ID card.
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Windsor’s 2.6% Asian population dominates safety pamphlets designed by Windsor Fire and Rescue; Urdu, Punjabi and Arab communities reduced to caligraphy

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