Canada Immigration

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...

My Apologies, As a Canadian, to the Roma People

Ritika Goel | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Toronto, is seen as "some kind of paradise" to Roma in Hungary, who face daily persecution. This brought on a nauseating feeling as I thought of the current government's portrayal of Hungary as a "safe country" for the Roma people, who are themselves portrayed as bogus claimants. I thought of the Roma refugee claimants I have seen in my clinic, who are simply trying to find safety for themselves and their families, like anybody would.

The Wimpy Numbers Behind Kenney's "Great Immigration Crackdown?"

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

On Monday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney announced that the federal government had started the process of revoking the citizenship of 3,100 people suspected of lying to immigration officials in a highly publicized press conference.Fiscally conscious Canadians, who appreciate arithmetic, can see through this ideological contrivance.

The Italian Garden That Overwhelms and Inspires

Bernie Farber | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Last week I had the pleasure along with a few other journalists to see exactly how Tony Loschiavo and his executive chef they utilize their 3000 sq.ft garden in the ethnic enclave of the Bathurst manor to produce fresh food delights that make the palate dance with joy. Located a short walk from the Bathurst Paese, the organic garden overwhelms you at first site.

Doug Saunders on His New Book, George Bush and Multiculturalism

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

Journalist Doug Sanders, whose latest book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten The West? tackles (and pretty much straightens out) the laundry-list of misconceptions and falsehoods that has made its way from the fringe to the forefront of the public domain about Muslim immigration and the West. In this interview, he goes in-depth on the larger issues.

Alberta & Ontario Rejected Intolerance, Why Did Québec Embrace it?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Over the last year, the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Québec were called to renew their representatives in their respective provincial legislatures. But Contrary to the trend in Ontario and Alberta, where the revelation of a candidate's bias would stain a campaign, Parti Québecois rose in the polls following the aforementioned disturbing disclosures, and even managed to win a minority government.

Why Immigrating to Quebec Might Become Tres Difficile

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Jean-François Lisée, star candidate of the Parti Québécois divulged the PQ's vision of "maintaining a majority of native French-speaking citizens on Island of Montreal." That means a PQ government would favour an immigrant from Bordeaux, France, who speaks French at home, over a French-speaking Shanghai immigrant wishing to settle in La Belle Province.

What Aussies Can Teach Canada About Immigration

Diane Francis | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada is finally moving toward a smart, two-step immigration policy -- like Australia and others have -- that will recruit talent through a targeting policy of foreign student education. Most foreign students in Canada get their degrees and never come back. Most Australians apply to remain and the majority stay.

Bank Of Canada Apology: All Talk, No Action?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

After much indignation from Canadians, some who do not fit the "neutral ethnicity" the Bank of Canada's P.R. team had seemingly invented, Bank governor Mark Carney, offered a carefully worded statement this morning. Though the governor "apologizes to those who were offended," admitting that "the Bank's handling of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians," there were many points missing from the statement. The Twitterverse is abuzz about the underlying problems in Canadian society which proclaims allegiance to multiculturalism.

Ford and Kenney Stoop to GOP-Style Racial Slurs

Jamil Jivani | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada
Jamil Jivani

As a Canadian, I often balk at examples of racism and discrimination so explicit in American politics.In the fallout of Toronto's recent shootings, however, Mayor Rob Ford and Minister Jason Kenney's comments about reviewing "immigration law" (Ford) and "foreign gangsters" (Kenney) are guilty of exactly what members of Mitt Romney's team have done -- attempting to turn certain communities into "others" who are somehow less American or Canadian because they are racial minorities.

Saskatchewan Immigrants Warn Of Exodus

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2012 | Canada

REGINA - Some members of Saskatchewan's immigrant community are predicting another exodus due to the changes in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Pro...

So a Boy in a Burka Walks Into an LCBO...

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

The 14-year-old boy in the burka buying liquor from the LCBO was a big story recently -- and the problem is not 14-year-old grade 8 boys buying booze, but of anyone wearing a burka or veil, rarely being questioned. Who can blame the LCBO cashier for not risking the wrath of human rights zealots? The greater implications of this burka-and-booze story is that it could happen anywhere. The burka is an ideal disguise in our country, because we are so sensitized to pretending it's normal, that we are reluctant to cause a scene by asking questions.

How an Israeli Entrepreneur Sailed into Canadian History

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Gil Blutrich, an Israeli born entrepreneur moved to Canada after many successful business ventures. However the one project of which he is so very proud is his purchase of the grand old lady of the Great lakes; the last remaining ship of its kind, the SS Keewatin. Thanks to a Canadian Israeli with a true sense of history, a relic of our past will now remind Canadians of a proud maritime era.

Finding Tony 2012

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

So I'm standing outside "The Barn" restaurant ("It's called The Barn because all the animals go there" I was once told), having a smoke, and some hapless soul walks up and asks me for a cigarette. That'll teach me to open up a full pack on Queen Street. As I hand this guy his smoke, he looks at me, and in all sincerity asks "Do you know Tony?".

Opps! Last-Minute Backtrack On Health Cuts

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservatives were forced to amend their policy on cutting off benefits for refugee claimants just forty-eight hours before it came into ...

Above All, Bill C-31 Hurts Children

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

On Wednesday June 27 Bill C-31: Protecting Canada's Immigration Act was cleared through the Senate leaving a stain on our country's immigration and refugee protection system, a system that we as Canadians could once be proud of. With the passage of this bill, several principles which have defined us as Canadians for decades have now been compromised and our world's most vulnerable populations will now have to pay the price.

Why I Love Canada: Here I Can Question My Own Faith

Farzana Hassan | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png I am a Canadian Muslim woman and have had the privilege of calling Canada my home since 1984. I strongly believe that as a Muslim I have every right to question my faith, to arrive at my own unique understanding of it, and to practice it according to my very own sensibilities as a unique human being. For that I am grateful to my adoptive country, Canada.

Why I Love Canada: An Immigrant's Perspective

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png Canada Day is a time to celebrate a great Canadian citizenship. For immigrants such as myself, it gives us a rare chance to celebrate great milestones. For instance, Jemy Joseph has only been in Canada just over a decade but she has achieved more than her share. As a medical student, she's a shining example of what immigrants contribute to the fabric of Canada's identity.

Ontario, Feds Boost Immigrant Training Programs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario is spending $35 million to give skilled immigrants a leg up to get the training they need to find work in their fields.The federal g...

Bill C-38 Ate Away All of Canada's Social Progress

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Bill C-38 will wreak havoc on provincial budgets through measures that will shift costs onto provincial social programs. This is but one of the ways in which the Conservative government is determined to use legislation to bully and weaken its opponents, as well as the quality of democratic debate.

Canada Under Bill C-31 Is Not the Place I Found Refuge

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

My greatest fear is that one day Canadians, as fair-minded as they may be, will close their doors to other refugees. Bill C-31 -- Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act -- is now in the Senate where it will be studied and debated. Not only is this bill unconstitutional and inconsistent with Canada's international obligations, it will change the face of Canada as we know it.

Attempt To Save Immigration Applications Quashed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A federal court judge has quashed the hopes of hundreds of would-be immigrants seeking to force the government to review their files.Over 800...