‘Only a matter of time’ before someone gets hurt or killed, tradesmen claim
By Kathy Tomlinson, CBC News Posted: Sep 01, 2014 3:00 AM MT Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014 9:44 AM MT
Canadian tradesmen from a huge oilsands construction project are waving a red flag about safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use of foreign workers who aren’t qualified and can’t speak English.
“When you bring in a bunch of workers who are unqualified to do this job it’s only a matter of time before you kill someone,” said Les Jennings, who was an ironworker supervisor at the Husky Sunrise plant until a few weeks ago, when he quit in frustration.
“People are angry and upset,” said journeyman ironworker Johnny Demosten, who is still working at the site. He said many of the foreign workers don’t know crane hand signals and other safety precautions.
“If they are journeymen, they are supposed to know the signals. It’s pretty dangerous.”
There are 344 foreigners— skilled tradespeople and others — currently working on site for the Italian-based company Saipem, under contract to build the multi-billion dollar plant 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.
The Ontario government says it will not support Ottawa’s proposal to remove citizenship rights to children born in Canada to non-citizens and non-residents.
Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe https://twitter.com/CPutaChekwe
“In our view, there is not enough evidence to justify the effort and expense required for such a system-wide program change. Citizenship and immigration Canada has not quantified the extent of fraud resulting from ‘birth tourism,’’ said Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe.
“At this time, there is insufficient data to demonstrate the demand placed on Ontario’s economy or public services from ‘birth tourists,’” he wrote in a letter to Ottawa, dated September 6, 2012, after a technical briefing on the plan. A copy of the province’s response was obtained by the Star this week.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Ontario Immigration Minister Michael Chan said the province has not changed its position.
“While citizenship is the sole responsibility of the federal government under Canada’s constitution, any proposed change to citizenship policy can have profound impact on the provinces and territories,” said the spokesperson. Continue reading →
HERE IS PART OF THE INTRODUCTORY SPEECH GIVEN NEAR IMMIGRATION MINISTER CHRIS ALEXANDER’S OFFICE :
“Mr. Chris Alexander and Staff :
“Our reason for being here today is simple – we want public disclosure of the rationale and presumed net societal benefits of mass immigration to Canada. To date, despite numerous requests from the public and various organizations, neither your constituency office nor the Department of Citizenship and Immigration has provided any credible evidence of presumed societal benefit. Canada’s mass immigration program has been the highest per capita in the world (about six million people since 1990) and has dramatically transformed Canadian society.
“Numerous studies from Stats Can and various think tanks have shown a direct correlation between mass immigration to Canada and wage suppression, unemployment (between 1.5 and 2 million Canadians out of work now), poverty, housing unaffordability, environmental impact, loss of precious farmland, threats to food security, and growing tribalism.
“Canada’s mass immigration intake has benefited a few while reducing the quality of life for millions of Canadians. In addition, it has placed the onus on honest taxpayers to foot the bill for this ill-conceived policy. It is time for Canada to have a serious conversation about mass immigration and for the Government of Canada to provide complete transparency regarding the presumed societal benefit of mass immigration…” Continue reading →
Abdullah Al-Shihri and Sameer Yaacoub, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:35PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:24PM EDT
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.
While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah’s statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State group and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al Qaeda group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom. Continue reading →
CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:18 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 7:00 PM ET
Toronto police showed off some of the millions of dollars worth of luxury goods on Friday that were recovered in Thursday’s raids in the GTA and Niagara region. The raids led to the arrests of eight people in an alleged high-end goods crime ring.
The investigation, dubbed Project Yellowbird after a Porsche Carrera stolen in December, resulted in the recovery of $5 million worth of stolen luxury cars and other valuables including jewelry, designer clothing and handbags, electronics, cigars and guns. Continue reading →
A young child from Gatineau who recently returned from Sierra Leone was being tested for the Ebola virus, according to Santé Outaouais.
She was being assessed in isolation Friday at a hospital in Gatineau while public health officials investigated the case.
Karelle Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Outaouais region’s public health authority, confirmed the child had developed a fever and was isolated Friday morning as a precaution. Test results were expected to come back by Saturday afternoon. Continue reading →
Most Canadians don’t seem to have the foggiest notion of how many immigrants and refugees this country admits every year.
When asked the question, during Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s 2013-14 annual tracking survey, 43 per cent of the Canadian adults polled wouldn’t even hazard a guess. Fully one third thought the number was less than 100,000 a year. Continue reading →
The two women who caused a Sunwing flight headed to Cuba to turn back to TorontoWednesday evening — escorted by two fighter jets — are facing numerous charges.
Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, and Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, have been charged with smoking on an aircraft and endangering the safety of an aircraft. They were set to appear in court in Brampton for a bail hearing Thursday.
Peel Regional Police Const. Thomas Ruttan said the pair will face additional charges including mischief endangering life and uttering threats.
Outside the courtroom Thursday afternoon, Ratmanski’s mother said her daughter was an A student in nursing at York who “never smokes, never drinks.”
The mother, who identified herself as a Ukrainian native, was accompanied by a family friend. Neither gave their names.
“I’m so shocked,” the mother said. “I don’t understand what has happened.” Continue reading →
Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) will no longer be accepted until April 2015
Majorie van Leijen
The intake cap of the Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) has been reached and applications will no longer be accepted until April 2015, at least.
The QSWP is the most popular immigration stream of the French-speaking Canadian province, which annually attracts thousands of immigrants through its several programmes.
However, this year the maximum number of applications accepted was reached sooner than usual.
On April 1 this year, the province announced that it would extend its skilled worker’s programme with another year, accepting 65,000 applications till March 31, 2015.
Although the extension was welcomed with gratitude, the intake cap was a shocking reduction from the 20,000 applications accepted in the previous years.
But, considering the actual 10,000 applications in the year that had passed the 65,000 seemed a more appropriate intake cap.
The intake cap was filled within 5 months, and eager applicants will have to wait and see whether the popular programme will be extended in April next year.
The QSWP is a popular alternative of the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), due to its relatively lenient selection criteria for the intake of skilled workers.
Quebec applies a point-based system, in which considerable emphasis is placed on language. An applicant can receive a maximum of 22 points for language, of which Up to 16 points can be awarded for French proficiency, and up to 6 for English.
Furthermore, the applicant must have qualifications in one of the 114 professions on the Areas of Training List, which was last updated in August 2013. On this list 146 occupations are mentioned, which emphasis on occupations in the field of nursing and engineering.