Canada Immigration

NEXUS And Trusted Traveller Programs Face Possible Overhaul

Henry Chang | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Henry Chang

Among other things, CBSA is proposing significant changes to the eligibility criteria. The current regulations only require applicants to be of "good moral character." Unfortunately, this term is not defined and it has sometimes resulted in inconsistent adjudications.

Don't Expect Americans To Rush The Border If Donald Trump Wins

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

There has a fair bit of talk about the possibility of Americans flocking to Canada in the event of a Donald Trump presidency. At present, a Trump victory is a long shot. Yet, even if many Americans were contemplating some escape to Canada in the wake of "Trumpism," doing so would be more complex than might be assumed.

My Parents Are Proud Of Me Even Though I've Never Heard Them Say It

Russell Sabio | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Sabio

I knew it was something parents said to their kids, a thing friends said to each other, and I wanted someone to say it to me.

Many Canadians Don't Realize They're Part Of A Majority-Minority

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

There are multiple ways to identify as a minority in Canada with language, ethnic, religious and/or racial/racialized status amongst the principal basis. Even if in certain situations you identify as a minority, that may not be how you're seen by others and/or how you feel in day-to-day interaction.

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.

Minister Goodale: Immigrant Detainees Are Running Out Of Time

Syed Hussan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Late on Tuesday afternoon, minister Goodale -- or likely his staff -- issued a press release that appears as a blog on the Huffington Post Canada. In it, the minister says he has heard the concerns and is working swiftly to remedy the problem -- but he just needs more time. Yet, under his watch as minister of public safety, three people have died in immigration detention in the last five months. This is a tragedy and a political crisis. These three, Francisco Romero Astorga, Melkioro Gahungu and an unidentified man, all ran out of time. And so has the minister.

Working Toward A Better, Fairer Immigration Detention System

Ralph Goodale | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

CBSA carries a serious and difficult responsibility under the law - to protect the integrity of Canada's borders and to keep Canadians safe, while also facilitating the free and legitimate movement of both people and trade. The vast majority of border encounters are brief and routine. But a few present serious problems.

Syrian Refugee Program Sparks Political Push To Help Others

CP | Stephanie Levitz | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Politics

The House of Commons immigration committee is holding an unprecedented series of summer meetings examining how to use immigration policy to help anyone, not just refugees, displaced by conflict come to Canada.

Brexit Demonstrates Perils Of Unchecked Globalization

Salman Sakir | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Only when the fruits of globalization are enjoyed by all segments of the society, especially the low-income and middle-class, would globalization be more acceptable politically and socially by broad segments of the population.

Broken Melting Pot Is No Alternative To Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

These days you don't hear a great deal of praise for the American melting pot. Perhaps it's because there is a growing realization amongst Americans that historically the melting pot was more virtual than real. A frank look at the evolution of the race relations across America's history throws the melting pot idea into question.

BBC To Brits Eyeing Move To Canada: Beware The Bugs!

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada

You've been warned.

To My Immigrant Parents: Thank You For Taking A Chance On Canada

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 07.01.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

This Canada Day we are reminded that our country is a nation of immigrants, many of whom took risks similar to yours to create a better life for themselves and their children. And, like you, they came to the right place. I am proud to be Canadian. I am proud to be Polish. And I am proud to live in a country where those two things are actually one and the same.

Politicians Warned 'Us-And-Them' Narrative Only Hurts Canada

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics

The data was presented to the then-Conservative government shortly before the election campaign.

Let's Celebrate Immigrants This Canada Day

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Anti-immigrant xenophobia is usually tied to nationalism, and nationalism tends to spike during independence celebrations. So here's something to think about this Canada Day: everyone in this colonized land that is not First Nations or Inuit is an immigrant. I'm fourth generation myself. Three of my four grandparents were born here. My wife's relatives immigrated to North America from Denmark and Scotland. Every single other citizen that is not indigenous immigrated here, too, be it from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America or wherever else.

Exploring Toronto's Diversity Through Food

Andrea Chrysanthou | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Chrysanthou

This past week, the Toronto Ward Museum initiated the "Dishing Up Toronto" program with three walking tours in Toronto and its suburbs. Immigrants served as guides and shared their stories and the stories of their neighbourhoods. Rather than use inanimate displays for their history lessons, the guides introduced audiences to their culture through visits to local hotspots and by sampling their favourite dishes.

Brexit-Weary Brits Will Have A Tough Time Moving To Canada

Henry Chang | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Henry Chang

U.K. citizens may believe that they will have an easier time moving to Canada than the Americans. This is quite understandable since Canada shares so many things with the U.K. However, U.K. citizens will be disappointed to learn that none of this makes it any easier for them to move to Canada.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

We Will Not Be Fooled By The Lies Of Today's Far Right

Niki Sharma | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

To those politicians today with the power to compel people to your will with fear and anti-immigration sentiment -- stop blaming immigrants for neoliberal policies that relentlessly concentrate wealth at the top while leaving the majority with weakened social programs, poverty, uncertainty and fear.

Canadians In Britain Mull Returning Home After Brexit Vote

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada

They feel the decision was fuelled by anti-immigration sentiments.

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Coverage did eventually begin discussing Mair's racist sympathies, but not before humanizing him as a community-minded, daffodil-planting individual suffering from mental illness. Such humanization and labelling restraint is rarely afforded to other ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Are You Ready For The American Invasion?

David Leonhardt | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Politics
David Leonhardt

Every four years a huge chunk of the American population professes a sudden urge to move to Canada..."if that so-and-so running for the White House gets elected."Usually "that so-and-so" is a right-wing Republican.

A Spur-Of-The-Moment Decision Turned Me Canadian

Robert Waite | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert Waite

Until recently, some of my American friends continued to urge me to return "home'. They said I must find it boring to be in Canada. Or that I must get tired of the cold; or the high taxes; or the dipsy-doodle currency we affectionately call the loonie. The truth is, I am home. And it feels pretty good.

Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today's Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, "change agent" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing things differently.

Trudeau Must Do Better Than Just Apologize For Komagata Maru

Mo Dhaliwal | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Mo Dhaliwal

We should never get over it. With the apology, we risk the ability to raise the issue of the Komagata Maru with "old stock Canadians" who likely would not want to hear the issue brought up again. With this, we potentially lose the ability to make the point that the Komagata Maru continues to be as relevant today as it was in 1914.