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Immigrants alter Canada’s cultural landscape

 

Henna tattoos, commonly used in Indian weddings, are one form of cultural art which is becoming mainstream and leaving its cultural origins behind.

Immigrants altering Canada’s cultural landscape

November 2, 2012 · 0 Comments

BALDEV PADAM

Henna tattoos, commonly used in Indian weddings, are one form of cultural art which is becoming mainstream and leaving its cultural origins behind.

Statistics of Canada’s latest census report brought the issue of languages spoken in Canada to limelight. Interestingly the languages that some Canadians speak at home and at work places or in schools are different from English or French, Country’s two official languages. That was a fact known to many but the release of the report has prompted others to think afresh about this lingual paradox peculiar to North America in general and to Canada in particular. Nothing prima-facie moved in Canada without English or French but census report brought to the fore the hind side of this portrait unseen and unthought-of earlier by many.

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Pradip Rodrigues questions the idea of bringing in more immigrants to plug labour shortages at a time when our unemployment rate is stubbornly stuck at 7.2 percent

Immigration changes solves one problem but creates another
November 2, 2012 · 0 Comments

PRADIP RODRIGUES

I recently wrote about Canada’s phantom jobs and questioned the idea of bringing in more immigrants to plug labour shortages at a time when our unemployment rate is stubbornly stuck at 7.2 percent. More troubling is the 16 percent unemployment rate among the 15-24 age group, many of whom are recent college graduates and post-graduate degree holders. Besides finding themselves unemployed after years in university, these degree holders are left making payments toward their student debt. Tuition at universities have jumped 300 percent in the last 20 years and by next year national student loan limit will hit the $15 billion dollar limit on outstanding federal student loans. Young Canadians and their parents are naturally angry and frustrated at this turn of events. Some Canadian born, raised and educated young people who can’t find work in their fields are now considering getting into organic farming instead.

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NDP Immigration critic Jinny Sims urging Tories to invest in Canadian workers and reunite families instead of undermining the Canadian job market by exploiting Temporary Foreign Workers

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National News: Immigration policy should build a stronger Canada, not exploit the vulnerable

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NDP Immigration critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) is urging the Conservative government to invest in Canadian workers and reunite families instead of undermining the Canadian job market by exploiting Temporary Foreign Workers.

“There is no good reason for the Conservatives to be bringing in tens of thousands of temporary foreign workers when so many Canadians and newcomers are out of work,” said Sims. “Temporary workers from other countries drive wages down and are rarely permitted to remain in Canada. Instead of investing here, they understandably send most of their earnings back to their home countries.”

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