Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: Courts refuse to rule on deserter cases

What does Canadian law expect foreign soldiers to do when they are ordered to participate in a conflict that they feel is morally or legally questionable? If these soldiers participate in such conflicts and later try immigrate to, or even visit, Canada they may be deemed inadmissible if they are found to have committed an 

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IMMIGRATION Changes in foreign worker program welcomed

Although there are more than a few Canadians who would deny that it exists, our business leaders are convinced that Canada is experiencing a massive labour shortage. In February, our federal government responded by announcing a number of changes to our foreign worker program. Although welcome, these changes do not include any new programs or 

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Canadian needs to double Immigration targets

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS AND VIEWS Canada already has a very generous immigration system that sees somewhere between 225,000 and 250,000 new permanent residents each year. The government of the day, whether Liberal or Conservative, often boasts of how well the system has worked in achieving their targeted goal. Recent Statistics Canada results suggest that within 

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IMMIGRATION Laid-off but not illegal

Getting fired is never easy. But, for foreign workers in Canada, there are always additional anxieties to contend with. In the early part of last year a Burnaby, B.C. company laid off about 125 employees, many of who were foreign workers on work permits. I think it would be fair to say that there has 

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IMMIGRATION: Changes to foreign worker program welcomed

Although there are more than a few Canadians who would deny that it exists, our business leaders are convinced that Canada is experiencing a massive labour shortage. In February, our federal government responded by announcing a number of changes to our foreign worker program. Although welcome, these changes do not include any new programs or 

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Don’t take no for an answer

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS AND VIEWS Every day thousands of decisions are being made by officers on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada both inside and outside of Canada. Not all those decisions are going to be positive and that means a large number of people are going to be disappointed including foreign applicants and often 

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NOTEBOOK: FCT not ready to forgive and forget

The tense atmosphere was unmistakable at the press conference called by the Filipino Centre Toronto (FCT) last Sunday, Feb. 25 at the FCT building on Parliament St. At least during the question and answer period before the food was served when FCT president Linda Javier visibly exerted efforts to socialize with the community media. Judging 

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FCT must be relevant to the community

By Art Valladolid The FCT election of officers is over, and hopefully the controversy that has dogged it for quite some time. Can we now breathe a sigh of relief? According to The Philippine Reporter, FCT headaches are not over yet. For its part, Balita published a letter from a member of our community urging 

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IMMIGRATION: Time to rethink indefinite detentions

For almost seven years, our government has been telling us that Mohamed Mahjoub is a terrorist. We have been told that he is so dangerous that he needs to be detained indefinitely in a maximum-security facility. In fact, even releasing information as to why he is being detained would threaten Canada’s very national security. Well, 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enough! Just Shut Up and Get to Work

To the Filipino Centre, Tonto Winners and Losers: As the headline says, this is the feeling that probably all Filipino Canadians in the GTA would like to say about the whole-year long brouhaha about the FCT. That’s my personal feeling anyways. Now that the dust has settled down, it’s time to end the nasty, destructive, 

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