Hiring Foreign Workers Becomes More Difficult

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By Steven Meurrens *

Under the Conservative federal government, Canada’s immigration system has gone from being one that admits skilled workers immediately as permanent residents to one that admits them as temporary foreign workers first, and then “flips” them into immigrants.  Given this shift, the use of the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) has increased dramatically in recent years.

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Just the Facts: Top Five Myths of the PMO Ethics Scandal

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By A Correspondent

Since reports first emerged that the Prime Minister’s right-hand man cut a $90,000 cheque to cover-up potentially fraudulent expenses, Mr. Harper has consistently misled Canadians.

The seriousness of this ethics scandal has only been amplified by recent news that the RCMP is requesting information directly from the Prime Minister’s Office as part of a criminal investigation into the secret payment.

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Alberta Flooding: A Climate Change Wake Up Call for Harper?

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By Bill Henderson *

The severe flooding in Southern Alberta should be a climate change wake up call - but only if Canadians and particularly Albertans understand key climate science and choose to be responsible instead of lapsing back into pervasive denial. Action is needed but first Canadians have to wake up to the scale of climate change danger and then choose to consider the scale of mitigation necessary.

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Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: A Model Around the World

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By A Correspondent

 With summer underway, the world’s most successful program connecting seasonal workers with agricultural employers has kicked into high gear.

Administered by Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.), the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) links approximately 15,000 requests for seasonal workers with jobs at Ontario farms this growing season.

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Remove “Canadian experience” Barrier: OHRC

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By A Correspondent

On July 15, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released their new policy on removing the ‘Canadian experience’ barrier.  This was launched recently by Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall in partnership with KPMG.

The OHRC takes the position that a strict requirement for ‘Canadian experience’ is discriminatory and can only be used in rare circumstances. The policy places the onus on employers and professional regulators to show that their requirement for ‘Canadian experience’ is bona fide

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Ontario: PCs Support Subways, Oppose Taxes

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Liberals Will Say Anything to Get Elected

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The Progressive Conservatives’ (PC) message has been consistent for Toronto (Scarborough) residents: Scarborough deserves a subway and Scarborough residents and businesses should not be saddled with what the Liberals are calling their toolbox of revenue tools.

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16 Dazzling Finalists All Set to Take The Stage for 2013!

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By A Correspondent

The 16 finalists have been selected for competition in the twenty third annual MISS INDIA-CANADA Event, which presented by Chevrolet. The prestigious title carries with it numerous awards and prizes. Included are a Round-Trip Ticket to India, Hotel Accommodation, Diamond Set, Laptop, Cash Scholarships, and many more prizes. During their three-day stay of activities, the 16 finalists will have an exciting and rewarding experience. Brita is once again returning as this year’s associate sponsor.

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TD Festival of South Asia

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By A Correspondent

TD Festival of South Asia on July 6 and 7 came with exotic South Asian music, cuisine and culture.

In Toronto, on Gerrard Street East between Greenwood and Coxwell streets wore a festive look with sights, sounds, smells, and tastes from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and  Sri Lanka.

From Bhangra to Bollywood music, this event had all the ingredients to make festival visitors feel like they are walking down the streets of New Delhi or Karachi.

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2013 Paul Yuzyk Multiculturalism Award for Somali-Canadian

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By A Correspondence

Bashir Ahmed of Edmonton, Alberta is the recipient of the 2013 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism, announced Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism on July 3.

“For more than 20 years, Mr. Ahmed has worked tirelessly in both Ottawa and Edmonton to advocate the importance of multiculturalism and help integrate Somali newcomers, particularly youth, in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “I am happy to announce him as the recipient of this year’s Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.”

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25th Anniversary of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act

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By Jim Karygiannis *

On July 21, 1988, Canada made history when the Canadian Multiculturalism Act became law – the first country to pass a law with respect to national multiculturalism.

The purpose of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act is to ensure the preservation and enhancement of multiculturalism in this country. 

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INDIA: News Briefs

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Golden Temple of Tamil Nadu: A Mahalakshmi temple called 'Sripuram' and made of more than a tonne of pure gold will glitter and gleam under the sun on August 24. Read More…  See Video

My memories of good old telegram as it says goodbye to India after 163 years!: So the 163-year-old telegram said goodbye to India on Sunday (July 14). Alas and alack!  As I read people in India rushing to post offices to send their one last telegram, the news brought back my memories of the good old telegram.  Introduced in 1850 by the East India Company, telegram quickly came in handy for the colonial rulers to snuff out the Mutiny of 1857 and later it helped Indian nationalists organize their activities. Taar, as telegram used to be called, was the only mode of communication with the world for over a century. Read More…

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MARCH 2017

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