Montreal: Philippines-born artist Lani Maestro receives 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award


WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Manila-born artist Lani Maestro with her neon installation at Plug In ICA.

Philippines-born artist wins prestigious Canadian award
November 25, 2012

Visual artist Lani Maestro.

Montreal artist Lani Maestro, born and raised in the Philippines, received the 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, Nov. 19, 2012. The prestigious award is a $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist. The awards ceremony, followed by a reception, took place at the Bourgie Hall at the Musee des beaux-arts in Montreal.

Canada remains committed to its 2009 and 2010 pledges to resettle up to 20,000 Iraqi refugees

5,000 mostly Iranian and Iraqi refugees to resettle in Canada
January 16, 2013

Minister Jason Kenney and Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert at a refugee camp in Turkey on Jan. 14, 2013.

Canada will resettle up to 5,000 refugees currently in Turkey by 2018, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced during his current visit to Turkey.

Ontario: Harinder Takhar makes final pitch for Premier’s job

Harinder Takhar resigned as government services minister on Thursday and announced his intention to join the race to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Torstar Network
Jan 26, 2013 – 10:29 AM
Harinder Takhar makes final pitch: ‘Ontario can do better for everyone’

(…) Liberal leadership candidate Harinder Takhar made his final pitch for the Premier’s job today with an acknowledgement he’s not a household name in Ontario.
“Who is this guy? What is he all about?” Takhar asked rhetorically as he took the stage at Maple Leaf Gardens for his speech to about 2,200 convention delegates in Toronto this weekend to choose a successor to Dalton McGuinty.

Peel Public Health suggests immigrants’ health deteriorates following Western diet and couch-potato lifestyle


A new report by Peel Public Health suggests the more ‘Canadian’ immigrants become the less healthy they are.

Peter Criscione
Jan 24, 2013 – 9:13 AM

Immigration can be bad for your health: Public Health

A new report by Peel Public Health suggests the more ‘Canadian’ immigrants become the less healthy they are.
“The longer people stay in Canada the more unhealthy they become,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “
Titled Destination Peel, the report tracks personal behaviours and “other determinates of health” such as socio-economic factors of recent Canadian immigrants in Peel.
The study reveals immigrants are generally healthier than the Canadian-born population when they first arrive.

Kenney’s solution for Canada’s future: Brain drain from poor countries


Kibera (Kenya) street scene. Would this be an  entrepreneur fit for Canadian permanent residency?

Immigration Canada to lure foreign entrepreneurs with prize of permanent residency
Published on Thursday January 24, 2013

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney hopes a new entrepreneur program will make “Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies.”
Nicholas Keung
Immigration Reporter

Ottawa hopes to lure innovative entrepreneurs from abroad to Canada by offering them permanent residency.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday the move will put Canada ahead of its competitors, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, where entrepreneurs are offered only temporary residency, and their ultimate status hinges on business success.