Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: Disabled sponsor faces delay in bringing mom

Q. Since I had my stroke in 2002 my family from back home, especially my mom, have been my sole care takers. Unfortunately, the stroke left me with substantial disabilities and in need of family support. As I am not married and my mom is the only person who can provide the help I need 

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To ethnic media: ‘Empower the community’

By Veteran journalist Haroon Siddiqui TORONTO – “Your main role is to cover your community and equally to empower your community in Canada. You help the people in your community to integrate into Canada, help them have equal access to professions, make sure that the workers are not exploited, that they are treated equally as 

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IMMIGRATION: Making Citizens of Convenience

Many Canadians are feeling duped by the 7,000 Canadian citizens who returned to Lebanon just weeks after having been evacuated from there at great expense to us. The federal government reportedly spent $85 million to rescue 15,000 Canadian citizens who were caught in the crossfire between Hezbollah and Israel. Almost half have already gone back…with 

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‘Gay films can save Filipino movies’ -Director Chionglo

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Twilight Dancers’ TORONTO–Can the gay flick genre save the day for Filipino cinema? Veteran film director Mel Chionglo believes so saying the ailing industry needs productions with sure-fire box-office hit and popular in the critics’ circle. “The gay element (in movies) is entertaining, funny, commercial at the same time it also brings a 

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Tough jueteng luck

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘KUBRADOR (The Bet Collector)’ TORONTO–The number 13 reminds her of bad omen. 29 signifies death. 5 is an innocent child. 18 cleverly brings to mind testicles. As a combination 13-24 or 5-18, it could bring a good fortune. Place a bet and find out soon if your numbers would yield bane or boon. 

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IMMIGRATION: Be wary of those who offer guarantees

On more than a few occasions in my twenty years of practice prospective clients have declined to use my services because I wouldn’t “guarantee” the outcome of their immigration application. They claimed that for a few dollars more, they could be “guaranteed” the desired result by some unnamed immigration official or advisor. In such circumstances, 

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Immigration officials caught lying in court

Mine is a dirty business! Foreigners have enough difficulty avoiding the incompetence and dishonesty of some of the self-styled immigration professionals who prey on them. The situation is made even worse when these poor people have to deal with dishonest immigration officials. Take the case of Jugraj Kaur Sandhu who, together with her three kids, 

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A simplified solution for a simple problem: Wrong answer

Canadian Immigration News and Views On September 1st, 2006 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will begin using the Simplified Application Process (SAP) for most Federal Economic Class applicants (federal skilled workers and business immigrants) whereby only an application form and a fee are required at the time of application. CIC claims to be implementing the 

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The case of Marilou Tabuno

Open Letter to Consul General Alejandro Mosquera We are sure that you know of the case of Marilou Tabuno, of Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines, who came to Toronto, Canada this April, like many Filipinos before and after, to provide for a better life for her family. On May 23, she was hit by a car while 

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SONA and The Killing Fields of Gloria

(Speech delivered by Edwin C. Mercurio–CASJ Chairperson, in front of Toronto Philippine Consulate, July 24, 2006.) As embattled Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke in Congress on her yearly State of the Nation address, Filipino-Canadians across North America today went out of their way to join their compatriots worldwide in calling for her ouster from power. 

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