Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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‘Nothing left’: Why a Canadian woman is pleading for help after Turkey’s earthquake

Saba Aziz Global News February 9, 2023

Toronto resident Mercan Kismetli was putting her kids to sleep on Sunday night when a massive earthquake struck her hometown in Turkey.

After seeing the news on TV that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake had ripped through Turkey and neighbouring Syria, she frantically started making calls to her relatives in the tiny town of Pazarcik.

Canada may fast-track immigration applications from people in earthquake zone

The Canadian Press Feb. 9, 2023

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser signalled this week that Canada may fast-track applications to come to Canada from people in the earthquake zones of Turkey and Syria.

Two major earthquakes rocked southwestern Turkey and northwestern Syria in a matter of hours on Monday, destroying thousands of buildings.

The confirmed death toll keeps rising, with more than 19,800 people killed and at least another 64,000 injured.

'Incredibly frustrating' visa delays could thwart another Montreal conference

Dylan Robertson · The Canadian Press · Posted: Feb 08, 2023

Yet another global conference in Montreal risks being derailed by Canada's delays in processing visas and by rejections that critics argue punish those from poorer countries.

"It's incredibly frustrating and difficult for us to manage," said Mark Boyer, head of the International Studies Association (ISA), which is based at the University of Connecticut.

Niagara Health program helping immigrants become registered nurses in Ontario

Brilee Sears St. Catherine Standard Thu., Feb. 9, 2023

Nurses from around the world — who now live in the Niagara Region — are being given the chance to work in their field through supervised practice experience partnerships.

The supervised practice experience partnership (SPEP) program began in 2022, with Niagara Health selected as one of the participating hospitals for the initiative.

Immigration minister has ‘serious concerns’ about inauthentic Canadian travel documents sent to Afghans

Marieke Walsh The Globe and Mail 8 February 2023

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told MPs Wednesday he has “serious concerns” that Afghans desperate to flee the Taliban were misled when they were sent inauthentic Canadian travel documents, leaving them with the mistaken belief that they had been cleared to come to Canada.

Former Afghan interpreter left in the dark on immigration status after government paperwork changes

Raffy Boudjikanian · CBC News · Posted: Feb 07, 2023

Ten days after retired Canadian military nursing officer Lisa Compton told CBC News about her struggles to bring an Afghan military interpreter and his family to Canada, the federal immigration department has stopped providing her with updates on his case.