Canada Immigration

'A N*gger in Net': Racism at the World Juniors

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The World Junior Hockey Championship has captivated Canadians again this holiday season. But the sight of Team Canada's goalie's skin colour was met with laughter, bemusement, confusion and contempt in Canada and abroad. Thankfully, the long-ignored vestiges of disdain for diversity in hockey have been gaining attention nationwide, in the USA, and across the pond as hockey fans and foes band together to address long-standing pressures that still blight the game.

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Why Is There No Refuge for Roma Refugees?

Stephanie J. Silverman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Stephanie J. Silverman

A designated country of origin (DCO) is a country declared as "safe," on grounds that it can provide adequate protection to its citizens and therefore not likely to produce refugees. It also discounts the treatment of some minority groups in so-called "safe" countries perhaps most particularly, the Roma in Europe.

Angelina Chapin

He Uprooted His Family For This?

HuffingtonPost.com | Angelina Chapin | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada

William Lin sits on a stool behind the counter reading about hope. It's early Saturday evening in April 2011, and he has printed a copy of Barack Obam...

3 Profiles Of Young Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Russell Sabio | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada

When Daniel Nguyen first read the goodbye letter his mother had written to him, he cried profusely. He opened the crisp white envelope on his fligh...

The Great Tory Rip-Off of Migrant Workers

Syed Hussan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Just last week, Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley took away special E.I. benefits from migrant workers through a quiet Thursday afternoon regulatory change. She did this assuming that most people wouldn't notice. Just in 2008, migrant workers and their employers paid an estimated 300-million dollars in to E.I. but were only able to access some paternal, maternal and compassionate benefits. Now even that has been made off-limits.

He's Not Buying Refugees From These 27 Countries

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Having dispensed with Canada's first list of countries from which refugee claims will be fast-tracked, immigration officials must now wrestle...

New Immigration Program Aimed At Filling Labour Shortages

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Politics

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A new immigration program aimed at getting skilled workers into Canada faster will start on Jan. 2.Immigration Minister Jason Kenn...

Canada Leaves Super-Rich Immigrants In Limbo

CBC | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Politics

Chinese businessman Jacob Zhou was ready to hand over $400,000 in 2009 to meet the Canadian government's financial requirement to bring his multimilli...

'Super Visas' Not So Super?

CBC | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics

New figures show Canada has granted more than 11,000 "super visas" for overseas parents and grandparents since the federal government unveiled the pro...

Foreign Companies Must Stop Gaming Our System

Diane Francis | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

China's track record in Canada is checkered, to say the least, and yet the China-Canada trade deal would open the floodgates to tens of thousands of sovereign enterprises then exempt them from Investment Canada scrutiny if they want to buy more.

Canadian Boardrooms Need More Than Binders Full of Women

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Business
Rachel Décoste

For the same reasons women should be invited to the decision-making table, visible minorities and immigrants can offer perspectives which elude multi-generational Canadians with respect to common issues and situations they may face.

Family's Deportation To Libya (And Subsequent Torture) Under Review

CBC | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics

Canadian immigration officials say they will comply with a Federal Court order to review the case of a family that was deported four years ago to Moam...

"I Am Here in Canada and I Am Treated like a Dog"

Syed Hussan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The Canada Border Services Agency just announced that it had deported 16,511 people in 2011-2012, dubbing it a "milestone year." Every year tens of thousands of migrant workers are coerced to leave after getting hurt on the job or because their work permits are revoked or have been completed. This is euphemistically called "repatriations." Canada is implementing a revolving door immigration policy, with high deportations and a shift to migrant work. It is clear to see who is paying the cost of these policies. Are we okay with this? It's time we slow this down.

Canada 'Stealing Britain's Immigrants'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s campaign to bring Polish migrant workers from the U.K. to Canada to fill labour shortages has got the English pr...

Kenney To Fast-Track Foreign Students For Immigration

CBC | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Politics

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that he wants to admit more foreign students currently studying in Canada as permanent residents and p...

Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada

Charlene Sayo | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

The mere fact that the media has zeroed in on Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language, and the public's surprise of this so-called linguistic phenomenon, is telling of the social insignificance of Canada's third largest ethnic group. Sure, Filipinos are common props in fast-food restaurants, hotels and homes, but their lack of political and economic weight renders them invisible despite their large presence and 24/7 work cycles.

Bill C-43 Treats Immigrants Like Criminals

J.S. Vijaya | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
J.S. Vijaya

Bill C-43 The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act thus far has passed First Reading. As a criminal defence lawyer working in the multicultural city of Toronto, I will have to quickly ascertain the citizenship of my clients in the first interview and quickly advise them of the potential dire consequences if they are either refugees or non-citizens.

Canada: A Nation of Foreign Terrorists According to Bill C-43

Irwin Cotler | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

In introducing Bill C-43 -- the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act -- the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration offered several justifications for this legislation, which on first impression, appear warranted. But the very title of the legislation suggests that Canada is overrun with foreign terrorists, escaped convicts, war criminals and the like. That's only the tip of the iceberg for this highly problematic piece of legislation.

Canada Celebrates Citizenship Week

Naomi Alboim | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Naomi Alboim

Canada's immigration selection system has always been rigorous, in part because we have viewed immigrants as "citizens in waiting." After three years of permanent residence, they are able to apply for citizenship and more than 89 per cent choose to do so -- one of the highest naturalization rates in the world. But, recent and proposed changes to Canada's immigration and citizenship rules are making it much more difficult for immigrants to become citizens.

Lorraine, was it? Highlights from The Presidential Town Hall Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Last night Obama needed to win. There really was no other option. Obama was so on (and then some) that you could feel Bill Maher's elation when he tweeted about the return of the "Black Ninja." Then it got seriously real when the issue of energy and drilling companies motivated both to pretty much get into each other's grills creating one of many unexpected and unforgettable moments. Moments such as a woman named Lorraine. Or was it Lorianne? In fact, there was a binder full of women. Romney attempting to spike the ball by asking Obama repeatedly if he has in fact checked his (much smaller) pension. And Michelle and Ann's fashion blunder.

How We Treat Refugees Says A Lot About Who We Are

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Uprooted from their lives, sometimes in a violent manner, many refugees find themselves in alien lands with little or no knowledge of the local language or culture and (generally) without friends or family to help a lending hand. Most western governments refer to refugees as "clients" or "customers" when processing their applications. There's little or no recognition of the person behind the paperwork. That's where Canada's Romero House comes in.

Some Myths About Equality in Canada

Rachel Décoste | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Misinformation about Canada's evolving demographics is all too common in the national media and it usually goes unchallenged. There are many myths perpetuated in the national dialogue (like "hockey is Canada's #1 sport," and "Canada respects the environment"). In an age where Canada's multicultural fabric is bafflingly unnoticeable in the upper echelons of influence, we have a long way to go to achieve the dream of an equal and just society.

Would You Invite A Total Stranger To Your Thanksgiving Table?

The Huffington Post Canada | Lisa Yeung | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Impact

Would you invite a complete stranger into your home for Thanksgiving dinner? What about a whole family of complete strangers? That's what Parker M...

Abortion, Immigration Debates Test Limits Of Dialogue

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The right for MPs to say and discuss almost anything they want is one of the central privileges of Parliament, but a couple of divisive debat...