Canada Immigration

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...

Time to Apologize for Komagata Maru

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The Komagata Maru incident occurred during a time in Canadian history where there was a deep-seated prejudice against minorities and immigrants. NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu's motion today urged the Government of Canada to officially apologize in Parliament to the South Asian community in the House of Commons. I commend him.

Dreams Sunk By Immigration Changes

CBC | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Politics

"I seriously don't understand why this could happen, you know?" Over the phone, Kathy Sun describes how she's been waiting in...

Becoming Canadian: The First-Generation Experience

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Jeremy Diamond

The facts exist to support the argument that first-generation Canadians integrate successfully into Canadian society and achieve high levels of success. But how does the next generation negotiate the various pressures to succeed and integrate into Canadian society? How do they forge an identity that is both Canadian but that also preserves elements of their family's heritage and culture?

Would-Be Immigrants Take Feds To Court

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Would-be immigrants are taking the federal government to court over its decision to return their applications.They're angry about the Conserv...

Refugees Are People Too

Jennifer Hyndman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Hyndman

If Bill C-31, "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," passes in parliament, Canada will lose its reputation for fairness and human rights and, more importantly, hundreds if not thousands of people's lives will be adversely affected. Refugees would be ineligible to sponsor any immediate family members and these refugees would be second-class people in Canada.

Tories Lead the Way in Intelligent Immigration

Diane Francis | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Every year, the flow of people fluctuated according to supply and demand. Some years, a total of 60,000 people were allowed in, and some others years 150,000. This guaranteed that immigrants found work because they were screened properly to insure their success. Then in 1986 the Mulroney government opened up the floodgates.

DONNER PRIZE FINALIST: Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy

Christopher Worswick | Posted 06.30.2012 | Canada
Christopher Worswick

2012-04-30-Donnerimage.jpgThe last excerpt from finalists competing for this year's Donner Prize, to be announced tomorrow, is about "possible reforms to Canadian immigration policy that would benefit not only Canada but those who wish to build their future here.

Tamils In Limbo After Canadian Crackdown On Human Smugglers

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Politics

BANGKOK - All wars cause collateral damage. Vashni is collateral damage in Canada's war on human smugglers.The soft-spoken Tamil woman in her 30s live...

Rachel Mendleson

Businesses To Choose From Pool Of Immigrants Under New Tory Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Canada Business

If Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has his way, employers will soon play a much more active role in selecting newcomers, and those chosen will be pu...

Rachel Mendleson

Kenney Vows Permanent Blacklist For Abuse Of Migrant Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Canada Business

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canadian employers who violate the rights of migrant labourers should be permanently blacklisted from hiring th...

Got A Good Startup Idea? Immigrate To Canada!

CBC | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Business

Canada is looking at opening a special immigration stream for entrepreneurs with good startup ideas, Citizenship and Immigration Minister...