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Canada welcomed nearly 361,000 visitors from China in 2014, an increase of 34 percent from the previous year. In addition to temporary resident visas, nearly 25,000 people from China became permanent residents in 2014. Canada also welcomed a record 65,600 students from China in 2014. The Canada-China Air Transport Agreement, which was last updated in 2013, facilitated an almost 14 percent increase in Canada and China air traffic between 2013 and 2014. In 2014 the Canada-China market generated 1.5 million one-way passenger trips, making it Canada’s fifth largest international air transport market.

In 1971, Canada became the first country in the world to declare multiculturalism as an official state policy.

In July 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Among the G8 countries, Canada had the highest proportion of foreign-born population (20.6%), well above the shares in Germany (13.0% in 2010) and the United States (12.9% in 2010).

Outside the G8 member states, Canada’s proportion of foreign-born was behind that of Australia. In 2010, 26.8% of Australia’s total population was born outside the country.

Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world. 20% of the worlds fresh water is in Canada. Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined.

Canada has more than 200 languages spoken at home, the most commonly spoken languages are:
Yiddish in the Montreal area;
Spanish in the rest of Quebec;
Gujarati in Northern Alberta;
Tagalog in the Yukon;
Punjabi in B.C. and
Korean in New Brunswick.
Of the aboriginal languages, Cree remains the most commonly spoken and covers a huge area from Alberta to Eastern Quebec.
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Untitled-1The Pacific dogwood flower is one of the symbols of British Columbia. It is found on a small tree/shrub that can grow up to 15 m and the branches are arranged in a circular pattern around the tree. The flowers are white for the wild varieties, but there are other coloured flowers, which make a beautiful addition to any garden. The berries are dark red, and edible although they are a bit bitter, but much of the wildlife in the province loves them.

The wood, which is hard, heavy and fine-grained, has been used for several things over the years:

  • To make bows and arrows
  • For knitting needles
  • To make piano keys
  • A tanning agent from the bark
  • Dyes – deep brown from the bark, black when mixed with Grand Fir, red from the roots

Legal documents in most countries only recognize ‘male’ and ‘female’ as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option.

Below are the list of countries who have taken the lead on this issue over the past six years giving transgender people legal rights:

  • Nepal
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

“We already know eating spicy food in general is great for your health — a recent study, published in the BMJ Journal, found eating spicy food can be linked to a lower risk of death. While other studies have noted eating spicy dishes on the regular can help prevent high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.

If you are a hot sauce or chili flake lover, you’re probably used to adding spice to every mild meal you eat, but is there a such thing as too much spice?

Salima Jivraj, editor and owner of Halal Foodie says although eating spicy food is fine, you might want to watch out for balancing flavours.

“Spice can heighten other flavours but it can also mask them if you don’t have that happy medium. When foods are over spiced, they end up tasting the same,’ she says. “The wonderful thing about foods from various cultures is how they combine ingredients and prepare with various cooking methods, you want to maintain that as the foreground of any dish and keep the spice as a highlight.”

And for anyone who can’t handle that heat (in the kitchen or in general), Jivraj suggests keeping naan or bread on the side of your meal to even out the taste. You also want to chew slowly, drink water or have yogurt to ease your stomach and digestion.

Below, Jivraj has come up 17 dishes that just taste better spicy — even if you can get them mild. We’ve also attached some recipes for you to try out at home. Of course, this list is just scratching the surface of all things spicy, so let us know, which foods do you love to make hot?”

Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca

The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) provides data that allow the analysis of the Canadian population on the basis of generation status. This term ‘generation status’ refers to whether a person or their parents were born in Canada. Specifically, the data identify whether people are first, second or third generation or more in Canada.

First generation refers to people who were born outside Canada. Data shows there were 7,217,300 people in the first generation in 2011, or 22.0% of the total population. This is a diverse group, whose country of birth is represented by around 200 countries.

Second generation includes individuals who were born in Canada and had at least one parent born outside Canada. This group consisted of just over 5,702,700 people, representing 17.4% of the total population. For just over half (54.8%) of them, both parents were born outside Canada.

Third generation or more refers to people who are born in Canada with both parents born in Canada. In 2011, this group comprised 19,932,300 individuals, accounting for 60.7% of the total population. They may have several generations of ancestors born in Canada, or their grandparents may have been born abroad.

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There are more than 60 Canadian immigration programs available to individuals seeking Canadian permanent residency.

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