Nicholas Keung, TorontoStar

Nicholas Keung


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Nicholas:

This Afghan Canadian rallied a group to sponsor her sister to come to Canada. A piece of paper stands in the way

Naik Arbabzada formed a group to sponsor her sister’s family to Canada but they hit a bureaucratic snag just as Ottawa struggles to meet its 2021 targ... → Read More

‘The whole process made me feel sad, defeated and humiliated,’ Jamaican man tells rights tribunal in DNA-sweep case

A migrant farm worker who was among 100 asked by the OPP to submit DNA samples for an investigation into a violent sexual assault said he couldn’t rea... → Read More

Soaring backlogs, disgruntled applicants — Canada’s immigration system has been upended by COVID-19. This is the man in charge of fixing it

Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser says he wants to clear application backlogs and ‘make the process less painful for families’ trying to come here. → Read More

‘Half-baked’ Bill 27 won’t protect migrant workers from exploitative recruiters, say advocates

Amid debates over Ontario’s “Working for Workers” bill, advocates say both employers and recruiters of migrant workers must be held liable for chargin... → Read More

Canada is refusing more study permits. Is new AI technology to blame?

Details about software used by immigration officials for three years in processing visitor visas, study and work permits have emerged in a court case ... → Read More

Canada leaked information about three times as many asylum-seeking Afghans as first reported, government reveals

The number of Afghans seeking refuge from the Taliban whose identities and contact information were leaked by mistake in mass emails by Ottawa is actu... → Read More

Ethiopian Canadians from embattled Tigray region grapple with overseas conflict on one-year anniversary of crisis

Thousands of people have been killed and at least two million have been displaced in what UN Secretary-General António Guterres has described as a hum... → Read More

A donation to the Star’s Santa Claus Fund brings the gift of knowing someone out there cares

I never liked Christmas until I was 20 years old and I received my first real Christmas gift, writes Nicholas Keung. It’s so nice to get a Christmas p... → Read More

Families left in limbo. National security decisions left unmade. Is this Canadian system ‘designed not to work’?

More than 200 people who are barred from admission to Canada have asked the public safety minister for exemptions since 2010, but only eight have rece... → Read More

Who is ‘essential’? Immigrants and foreign workers overrepresented in designated jobs during COVID-19, a new report finds

“You have to create pathways to permanent residency for these essential workers to fill essential job vacancies,” says the study’s author. → Read More

Isolated. Desperate. Trapped: The pandemic upended these migrants’ lives. A new project shines light on their resilience

A digital research project hears from migrants around the world on how their lives have been affected by the pandemic. → Read More

Canada has a big-time nursing shortage. So why can’t these two fully certified nurses get the OK to practise?

Amid a countrywide nursing shortage and struggles with COVID-19, a federal immigration backlog has kept these caregivers from practising nursing here. → Read More

‘We’re giving North Koreans hope and a home.’ Pilot program gives escapees from Pyongyang a pathway to resettle in Canada

A new Canadian pilot program launching Tuesday makes way for North Korean escapees to resettle in Canada as permanent residents through community spon... → Read More

‘In our culture, water is so much more. It’s sacred.’ New wave of Indigenous operators look to tackle drinking-water woes

For Jamie Lee Parenteau, water must be protected in every way possible. A new internship program means not only is the Ojibway woman a water protector... → Read More

These ‘first of their kind’ Ontario changes could get more skilled immigrants working in their actual fields of expertise

Ontario will legislate to have professional regulators eliminate Canadian work experience requirements, reduce duplicative language proficiency demand... → Read More

‘My wife can’t even go out to get food’: Afghan refugees here appeal to Ottawa to expedite reunification with their families as Taliban threat escalates

Hundreds of Afghan women and children have been waiting to join their husbands and fathers in Canada long before Ottawa began its evacuation and reset... → Read More

This Syrian IT worker was stuck in limbo in Lebanon. Now he works at Shopify — thanks to a Canadian pilot program for skilled refugees

The federal government is set to recruit 500 candidates, along with their families, under the newly expanded program. → Read More

Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted in the U.S. Will Canada now let her in?

Observer says a lot is at stake whether a Canadian tribunal is going to uphold a decision by Canada Border Services Agency to make the world famous wh... → Read More

‘It’s an access-to-justice issue’: Advocates fear new refugee registration portal will deter and delay access to asylum in Canada

Anyone who wishes to seek asylum in Canada must now create an account and file their claim through an online portal — a change that advocates warn wil... → Read More

New report lays out grim toll on Afghan women and girls after less than two months of Taliban rule

A new international report raises alarm over deteriorating conditions for Afghan women and girls less than two months after Taliban’s return to power. → Read More