Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: An act of bravery changes offensive policy

Many of my foreign clients don’t know how things “work” in Canada. They have no right to live here. If they want to join their spouse here, or be reunited with their parents or children here, or if they simply want to bring their skills and start a new life here, there is only one 

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IMMIGRATION: Defining work not easy

Which of the following constitutes “work” for which a foreigner in Canada must obtain a work permit? – a student doing unpaid work for the purpose of obtaining work experience – a telephone line volunteer at a rape crisis centre – an uncle helping his nephew build a cottage – a person who is opening 

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Canada’s Conflict of Intention

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS Dual intent is an issue that is hotly debated from time to time in immigration circles. Can a person have the intention to come temporarily to Canada as a student, worker and visitor as well as have the intention to stay permanently as a permanent resident? At the same time? Since the 

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IMMIGRATION: Ontario is last program to sign immigration accord

It’s about time! Although Ontario received over half of all new immigrants to Canada since 1987, it is the last province with which the federal government has penned an immigration agreement. Canada once had a unified and comprehensive immigration selection system whereby it was only the federal government who decided who would get to live 

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IMMIGRATION: Issuance of permits needs greater oversight

Last week, Paris Hilton found out that the public expects the law to treat the rich and famous the same way as it does the average Joe. For the wayward heiress that meant that her 45-day sentence could not be served in just three days even if her lawyers could use her celebrity to make 

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IMMIGRATION: Tories exploiting strippers

“Help Wanted Only Canadian women need apply Work deemed too exploitive for foreigners” This could be the text that strip clubs owners might use to staff their establishments if the Tories manage to pass the “anti-stripper” bill tabled last week by immigration minister Diane Finley. You may recall Alina Balaican, a 25-year old Romanian stripper, 

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Canada: Country of Compassion

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS AND VIEWS Canada has become world renown for being peace keepers and providing humanitarian and compassionate relief to the world’s needy. This policy of compassion perhaps stems from our experience with military conflicts which have been quite costly in terms of human life in a country where each human life is another 

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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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