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HEADLINEFormer Syrian refugee uses tailoring skills to stitch together new life in N.S.
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CTV
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Mar 10, 2020
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Last year, a former Syrian refugee decided to open a tailoring shop at the mall in Bridgewater, N.S. With his tailoring business doing well, his company started growing. >> Fashion; Sewing; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEOntario wants more lower-skilled immigrants, but only if they’ll work in manufacturing outside the GTA
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Toronto Star
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Jan 15, 2020
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Ontario is so desperate for industrial painters, sewing-machine operators and electronic assemblers that it wants to throw open its doors to lower-skilled foreign workers, promising them permanent residency in exchange for taking up a job in manufacturing. The catch is the newcomers have to work outside Greater Toronto. >> Manufacturing

HEADLINEEthical fashion? These women offer a new pattern.
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Christian Science Monitor
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Jan 08, 2020
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Some critics voice concerns they never act on. When Hoda Katebi couldn’t find the kind of fashion company she wanted to do business with, she created it herself - an immigrant and refugee-run fashion production cooperative on Chicago’s North Side, called Blue Tin Production. How is her vision of a humane workplace playing out? >> Fashion. Sewing; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINELondon agency showcases immigrant entrepreneurs in new campaign
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The London Free Press
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Oct 15, 2019
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Kay Habib, an interior designer and owner of Skilled Accents in London, Ontario, an immigrant herself from Pakistan, started her own an interior design business. In 2018, she began rescuing discontinued fabric samples and swatches to manufacture decorative pillows. Her company now has a showroom in northwest London and employs nine Syrian and Iraqi refugee women. >> Sewing; Entrepreneurship; Women

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CBC
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Sep 04, 2019
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Nine women in London, Ontario, are turning scrap fabric into accent pillows through Skilled Accents. >> Sewing; Entrepreneurship; Women

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Global Television
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Apr 12, 2019
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A creative partnership in Winnipeg provides specialized sewing skills training to help bridge the gap between newcomers and an employer looking for highly specialized workers. >> Sewing

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CBC
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Mar 15, 2019
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Ask Mayor Doug McCallum to list his favourite parts of Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood and it doesn't take him long to get to the heart of the community — the mall. >> Retail; Sewing; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEWinnipeg’s garment industry revival fueled by newcomer women
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Winnipeg Free Press
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Feb 14, 2019
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After globalization nearly killed it with manufacturers moving abroad to find cheaper labour, a revival of textile product manufacturing in Winnipeg is once again giving immigrant women with sewing skills a job and a shot at the Canadian dream. >> Sewing; Women

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Feb 01, 2019
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A new fashion production co-op owned by refugee and immigrant women is in the developing stages. >> Manufacturing; Sewing; Entrepreneurship; Women

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Bloomberg
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Dec 24, 2018
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A short video about Knitstanbul, a non-profit in Turkey that engages refugee women to crochet and knit children's toys and clothes, which are then sold across Europe. >> Sewing; Women