Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: Does Canada accept too many refugees?

Many Canadians believe that charity begins and ends at home and that we should not spend our time and resources on foreigners who might present phony claims, abuse our welfare system, or pose a criminal or security threat to this country. Media reports of patronage appointments, corruption, and questionable reasoning at the Immigration and Refugee 

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IMMIGRATION: Amnesty or Oddity?

Something very strange happened last week. Let me explain. It began last year when hundreds of undocumented construction workers, mostly from Portugal, were deported with their families from Canada. The possibility of returning to Canada as permanent residence for many was poor since they did not possess the university education or proficiency in English or 

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IMMIGRATION: Wasting time in Buffalo Line

Foreign students and workers in Canada who apply for permanent residence at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo may be taking a big risk These applicants are usually well settled and adjusted here. They may have friends, relatives, a home, a career, and all of the other hallmarks of having a “life” here. It’s understandable that 

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NOTEBOOK: Nick Atienza, A Tribute

(Published in the column Notebook, page 10 of The Philippine Reporter, January 1-15, 2007 issue, Toronto, Canada) The year 2006 has ended with a big bang. Shortly before we had started jotting down our new year’s resolutions, we were almost inundated with news about deaths – ex-U.S. President Gerald Ford died and given a state 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why dismantle Filipino organizations? Diversity enriches our community

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor (“Dismantle all Filipino groups…”) in the Dec. 1-15, 2006 issue. I completely disagree with the recommendations made in this piece. The purpose of the first part of Mr. Artemio Valladolid’s piece, I believe, was to illustrate the apathetic political culture in the 

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Letter of Appeal

We’ve all heard it before; each time a horrific disaster hits some part of the world, spreading suffering, many people say “there is not much we can do about it”. In our hearts, we know that that is far from the truth. Yes, we CAN do something about it. Solidarity with our kababayans whose lives 

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Going home for the Holidays – planes, trains and buses

Canadian Immigration News and Views As we come upon the holiday season many are making plans to return home to be with family. This is a joyous occasion that everyone looks forward to. For some this means leaving Canada while for others this may mean coming back to Canada. That joy may turn to something 

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IMMIGRATION: Hiring help can save you money in the long run

In last week’s column I discussed some of the ways that an experienced immigration practitioner can help you save time in the processing of an immigration application. But can such assistance also save you money? Absolutely. Most reasonably experienced practitioners charge from, say, $2,500-$4,500 for a family class sponsorship of moderate complexity to about $3,500-$6,000 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dismantle all Filipino groups and put up one

Dear Editor, This is in regard to your Notebook column in the November 16-30 issue of the Philippine Reporter. Failure to fully integrate in Toronto’s civic life may explain for the level of political apathy among us. But we should not blame the immigrant years for this malaise. All immigrants go through this funk when 

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IMMIGRATION: More settlement dollars can’t fix faulty selection criteria

We are not selecting our immigrants properly. Instead of changing our criteria, we are instead planning to spend lots of money to correct our mistakes. Immigration policy has traditionally favored people with the highest levels of education, language skills, and professional experience. On its face, this “best and the brightest” approach seems to make sense 

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