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By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
A controversial Quebec bill to ban women wearing niqabs and burkas from offering or receiving public services was voted into law Wednesday. 
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Similar to a school district or division, the First Nations-led school system will be the first of its kind in Canada. The program aims to provide a quality education founded on “First Nations languages, histories and cultures to nurture each child’s identity and growth” for the 1,700 students at 10 participating schools.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Liberal government is finalizing its 2018 immigration plan, aiming to strike the right balance amid a global migration crisis, a surge in illegal border-crossers and persistent labour gaps across the country. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently wrapped up cross-country consultations and is preparing to table the annual immigration levels in the House of Commons by the Nov. 1 deadline.

By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
During his 14 years as the Star’s Immigration reporter, Nicholas Keung has heard all sorts of claims made by individuals seeking to enter Canada as to why they should be admitted or not deported. Similarly, he has reviewed countless decisions by Canada’s immigration authorities denying or admitting immigration for various reasons.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Employers seeking low-wage temporary foreign workers are required by law to bear the costs of bringing the workers to Canada. In practice, many of the low-wage workers end up paying Canadian job recruiters.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
A group of prominent human and civil rights organizations has filed a joint submission to the UN Human Rights Council, saying Canada’s treatment of immigration detainees violates international law.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
A mother of three who fled Burundi last year says she's heard nothing about her bid to bring her husband and young children here, despite a pledge by the Canadian government to speed up the family reunification process.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Equipped with 28 years of woodcarving experience and a roll of tools at the London Community Woodshop, Yousef Al Kurdi has been handcrafting gifts for city hall, London Police Headquarters and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 12, 2017
An RCMP interview guide used to screen asylum seekers on their prayer habits and views on women who don't wear the hijab was "inappropriate and inconsistent with government policy," a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's been more than a decade since Parshu Giri arrived on P.E.I. from a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. Now the 23-year-old is about to launch his first CD, produced in Nepal and P.E.I., featuring songs in Nepalese. 

By admin2 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Like many of Ontario’s downtowns, Leamington’s has seen better days. But the thousands of low-wage temporary farm workers from Mexico and the Caribbean, the work they provide and the money they spend here — Mayor John Paterson figures $15 million a year — have transformed the local economy.
By admin2 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In a partial victory for longtime immigration detainee Ebrahim Toure, a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that his indefinite detention in a maximum-security jail without charge amounted to “cruel and unusual” treatment and violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But Justice Alfred O’Marra rejected Toure’s application for release, ruling that the federal government still had a right to detain the West African man, who has been behind bars for more than four-and-a-half years because Canada has been unable to deport him.

By admin2 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fewer than one per cent of the asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally have a serious criminal background, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. Appearing before the House of Commons immigration committee studying the issue today, CBSA associate vice-president Jacques Cloutier said any potential risks are swiftly identified and dealt with.

By admin2 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Low-wage migrant farmworkers are a crucial and growing part of Canada’s economy. Yet in most cases it’s impossible for them to get permanents status, which experts say leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.
By admin2 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
When a B.C. court recently certified a class-action lawsuit on behalf of a group of temporary foreign workers against Mac's Convenience Stores, the focus was on this unique case of worker exploitation. Lift the hood, though, and you'll see how easily immigration rules can allow such manipulation to occur.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Compensation board slashed benefits for illiterate migrant worker in Jamaica arguing he could work as a cashier in Ontario — even though he was no longer legally entitled to be in the country.
By admin2 on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Starting Oct. 11, permanent residents will be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship if they have lived in the country for three out of the previous five years.
By admin2 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mohamed Al Zahran only has a few memories of his life before the war that forced his family to leave Syria. "I remember being surrounded by my uncles, and playing soccer with my friends, and going to school, and that's about it," he says. Al Zahran and his family fled to Lebanon, where they lived for three years before coming to Canada as refugees.

By admin2 on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Conference Board of Canada report looks at how different immigration levels affect population size, workers-per-retiree ratio, GDP and health-care costs.
By admin2 on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Abdirahmaan Warssama claimed he was held in jail for refusing to sign a "voluntary statutory declaration" that would indicate he volunteered to return to Somalia.
By admin2 on Monday, October 2, 2017

A high-stakes dispute over the minimum wage is a testament to how our elites play policy games with the lives of working people. The ideological divide is not just right versus left and business versus labour. At its core, the disagreement pits economists against themselves.

By admin2 on Monday, October 2, 2017
A group of five or six men marched down Falls Avenue only to be met by a loud group of well more than 100 counter-protesters, some who had been bused in from Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo, gathered along Falls Avenue across from the Rainbow Bridge.
By admin2 on Monday, October 2, 2017
At least 250 counter-protesters turned out to face down a handful of demonstrators from the opposing side, with tensions peaking when an altercation broke out between some of those in attendance, and dozens of demonstrators swarmed a police car chanting, "Protesting fascism isn't a crime!"
By admin2 on Monday, October 2, 2017
The dissident Chinese exile Ai Weiwei proves perfectly suited to the task of revealing the depths of the refugee crisis with his film, ‘Human Flow.’
By admin2 on Monday, October 2, 2017
A revised oath of citizenship that will require new Canadians to faithfully observe the country's treaties with Indigenous people is nearly complete. It reads: "I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada including treaties with Indigenous Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen."