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photo by Gord Bowes

photo by Gord Bowes

Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Coteau speaks to students during a visit to St. Charles Adult Education Centre on East 5th Avenue.

Immigration minister learns about St. Charles

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Students at St. Charles Adult Education Centre gave the provincial Minister of Citizenship and Immigration a taste of what life is like for them — literally.
Michael Coteau was treated to a meal prepared by students in the chef training course while learning about the East 5th Street school and the role it plays in many immigrants’ lives.
“With Hamilton there is obviously a very vibrant newcomer community and we have a lot of new Canadians here from different parts of the world,” said the minister during his visit Monday.
“It’s good to come in and listen to their stories and learn about challenges they are facing so as we continue to make changes at the ministry it’s reflective of what’s happening in different regions across Ontario.”
Though he’s the immigration minister, Coteau has a history in education. He is a former Toronto public school board trustee and about a decade ago spent time in South Korea where he taught English as a second languae.
He was scheduled to spend some time teaching an ESL class, but ended up taking questions from the students instead.
“I didn’t end up teaching; we actually had a good conversation.”

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