His Highness the Aga Khan Addresses the Canadian Parliament

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By Dilzayn Panjwani

February 27 was a red letter day in the history of Canadian Parliament, as His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, delivered a historic address to the Canadian Parliament at the invitation of The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper.

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Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement Signed

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By A Correspondent

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, on February 18 witnessed the signing of the expanded Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement, which will provide enhanced business opportunities for Canadian and Mexican air industries, as well as benefits for trade, investment, and tourism.

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NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

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By Marc Lanthemann *

The 20th anniversary of NAFTA's implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment.

That consensus may not be wrong. The history of the North American Free Trade Agreement as an institution has been one of piecemeal, often reluctant, integration of three countries with a long tradition of protectionism and fierce defense of economic national sovereignty.

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Changes to the Citizenship Act

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Conservatives Double Waiting Times and Triple Fees

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John McCallum, Liberal Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism made the following statement regarding the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to the Citizenship Act:

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Veterans Affected by Budget Cuts

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MAKE NO MISTAKE -- FANTINO DOES HARPER'S BIDDING

By Ralph Goodale *

Parliament resumed after its Christmas recess.  Justin Trudeau launched a major Senate reform initiative.  The House held an emergency debate about Ukraine.  A budget date was announced.  The latest economic data reflected poorly on the Harper government.  And Mr. Harper was again reminded of his ongoing ethics scandal, even while another scandal -- this one about spy agencies running-a-muck -- began to emerge.

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Federal Government Must Stop Cutting Housing Funding

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Ontario Minister Jeffrey on Harper Government plans to annual cut  of over half a billion dollar

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Ontario is calling on the federal government to make a long term commitment to affordable housing. The current plan by the federal government would see social housing funding in Ontario decrease by $267 million over the next 10 years and fully evaporate by 2033. Some housing projects have already lost their funding support. 

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Strengthening and Modernizing the Citizenship Act

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Reinforcing the value of Canadian citizenship while continuing to move toward a faster and more efficient system

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On February 6, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unveiled the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977. Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, will protect the value of Canadian citizenship for those who have it while creating a faster and more efficient process for those applying to get it.

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Welcoming New Canadians

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New citizens in January 2014 more than double the number from one year ago

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Canada welcomed more than 16,000 new citizens in January – twice as many as in January 2013, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced on February 4.

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Travellers to Benefit from Canada’s Shift to Multiple-entry Visas

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Multiple-entry visas make it easier for travellers to visit Canada

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Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.

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Reuniting Families Faster

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5,000 complete Parent and Grandparent program (PGP) applications now received since start of 2014

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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on February 3 launched the next phase of the government’s plan to eliminate backlogs in the Parent and Grandparent program (PGP).

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Fighting Type 2 Diabetes

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Ontario Supporting Diabetes Prevention

By A Correspondent

Ontario is helping people live healthy lives by investing in programs to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

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JUNE 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 11










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