Canadian Immigration

Remember That Diversity Is Our Strength

Shelley Carroll | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Shelley Carroll

Differences are what enrich our lives and make Toronto the fabulous, unique, successful city it is. Xenophobia (a fear or hatred of strangers and foreigners) has no place in a city built upon these differences. It threatens the very core of who we as Torontonians are. It is also what motivated the horrific and unacceptable attack in which a woman was beaten and robbed by two young men. They tore off her hijab and told her to "Go back to your country."

Here's Why Your Islamophobic Intolerance on My Newsfeed Is Hypocritical

Crystal Langille | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Crystal Langille

Stop with the ignorant posts, people. Think about it before you blindly share some meme, or post that's not even accurate. You sound stupid. We share this planet with 7 billion other people -- some estimates suggest that 2.2 billion of them are Muslim. Enough with the "If we went to your country, we'd have to live by your rules." Stop. Muslim is not a country. I'm sorry if pointing out your religious intolerance has offended you, but it was the same type of ignorance and vitriol that eventually caused the slaughter of millions of Jews in the Second World War. Before you're too quick to defend your hate speech, marinate in that for a minute and think about if you want to contribute to that kind of hate.

Harper Appeals To New Canadians With 'Maple Leaf' Award

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Politics

The prime minister says new Canadians are great ambassadors, and notes one in five Canadians are foreign-born.

Canadians Want to Believe a Different Way Is Possible

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

When we no longer have confidence in collective action, why would we even bother to ask something of our anemic government? By not taking firm steps to deal with the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis from the beginning, we have allowed a ticking time bomb of humanity to destabilize the Middle East and give comfort to vocal xenophobic factions in Europe.

Tories' Immigration System Changes May Hurt Them In Refugee Crisis

National Post | Tristin Hopper | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

If there was one file in which Conservatives could believe they were untouchable, it is immigration. Having put one of their most capable operators...

Refugees Like My Parents May Be the Best Investment Canada Makes

Sandy Kovacs | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Sandy Kovacs

My family came here with only the belongings they could carry with them to give themselves and their children an opportunity to have a better life. Within one generation, I achieved a law degree. I have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the Canadian community. I am but one example of thousands, evidence that should easily persuade you to conclude that assistance to refugees is a solid investment in the future of our nation, and not simply an act of charity.

Canadian Immigrants Reveal Why They Chose This Country

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living

For some people who were born and raised in Canada, July 1st is little more than a day off work and a night sky filled with fireworks. But for those w...

Harper Says No To 'Permanent Underclass' Of TFWs

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Business

Harper says the government wants to ensure that when people come to Canada they have a pathway towards becoming citizens.

Why The Komagata Maru Is Still Important

Naveen Girn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

These two words encapsulate so many negative aspects of the South Asian experience in Canada: exclusion, discrimination, and racism. While the community has overcome many systemic challenges, it would be too easy to see this as a positive narrative -- from tragedy to triumph.

4 Troubling Things We Don't Know About CBSA Detainee's Death

Catherine Dauvergne | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Catherine Dauvergne

Just before the end of the year, Lucia Vega Jiminez took her own life while in immigration detention at the Vancouver airport. That a young woman in good health would take her own life is deeply unsettling, and an inconsolable loss to those who loved her. Beyond this, there are at least four things seriously troubling about this story that all Canadians should be concerned about.

2013 Immigration Changes and Victories in Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Syed Hussan

While Harper lies to the media, Ministers Kenney and Alexander are out touting the next wave of destructive immigration changes. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on what changed in immigration in 2013, and the ways that migrant justice activists fought back.

Shad Takes A Swipe At Jay Z, Canadian Government

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Music

Shad, perhaps not surprisingly for a guy whose last album "TSOL" beat Drake for the 2011 best rap Juno, is one of the most openly optimistic artists w...

Immigrants Bringing Religion With Them

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Lonely, depressed and missing her family in the Philippines, Cosette Pena looked to God in hopes of finding comfort in her new adoptive cou...

What 8 New Canadians Moms Did With Emotional Letters To Their Kids

CBC | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Impact

A group of 18 newcomer moms has written a book describing the emotional decisions to uproot their lives and come to Canada. Letters to Ou...

More Life Lessons From My Immigrant Parents

Gina Alexandris | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Gina Alexandris

During a brief vacation away with my Greek immigrant parents in sunny Florida, I had the serenity to engage them in several wonderful lengthy chats about their past (always a favourite topic of mine) and to quietly observe them. These are the additional gems that I have gained from my parents' experiences.

April 4th is Refugees Rights Day in Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In Canada - April 4th is Refugees Rights Day. The date was chosen to mark a milestone decision on refugee's rights known as the Singh decision in 198...

America Should Give Immigrants a 'Canadian' Welcome

Werner Patels | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Werner Patels

There are some things we'd like to change about ourselves, but they can't be changed. We can dye our hair, but it doesn't change our original hair col...

The Changing Canadian Identity

Abi Paul | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

A common misconception by most Canadians is that all immigrants (regardless of country of origin, religious background, ethnicity) face a common set of experiences (opportunities and challenges) as a group. There-in lies the basis of misunderstanding of the immigrant phenomenon by most Canadian-born residents.

One Woman Is Giving Immigrants A Voice Through The Arts

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.10.2012 | Canada Impact

Isabel Cisterna can still remember a time in her past when despair was what she knew best; growing up in Copiapó, Chile, in the centre of the driest ...

The Doctor Who Risked His Reputation to Oppose Bill C-31

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

On Monday, Cabinet Minister Joe Oliver made a federal funding announcement at Toronto General Hospital. However, within minutes of Minister Oliver taking the podium, something truly exceptional occurred; emergency room doctor Chris Keefer walked boldly up to the front of the room. Despite attempts by a hospital administrator to shut down Keefer's interruption, he nonetheless persisted.

Canadian Citizenship -- What's the Queen Got to Do With It?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?

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.

Sorry, Your Service for our Country Does Not Entitle You to Citizenship

Peter Worthington | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In other words, the 100,000 Canadian soldiers who won the greatest battle of World War I were not Canadians, according to today's Citizenship and Immigration. How dare Harper's government say that no one born in Canada prior to the 1947 Act was "legally" a Canadian citizen!

Bad Luck O' The Irish Brings Workers To Canada

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - Pubs bursting at the seams are a reminder of the old saying that on St. Patrick's Day, everyone's a little bit Irish.But statistics show that...