Canada Immigration

'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...

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.