21 February 2014
Chris Alexander, Canada’s immigration minister, has given an interview to a Chinese newspaper just days after scrapping the Immigrant Investor Program which was extremely popular with Chinese applicants.
- 17 February 2014 Canadian Immigration to abolish Immigrant Investor Program
- 24 January 2014 Canadian immigration ‘discriminating against PhD students’
- 20 January 2014 Canadian immigration minister promises better service in 2014
He has said that Chinese citizens were still welcome in Canada and will be able to apply for Canadian visas under a new investor program which will open later this year.
Mr Alexander told The South China Morning Post on Wednesday 12th February 2014 that Chinese applicants were also welcome to apply for any of Canada’s other permanent resident visa programs. He said ‘All of our other immigration programs are available to you. Find the one that fits best for your situation’.
- 8:49 am, February 16th, 2014
Wealthy Chinese are moving to the U.S. and Europe because Canada has been scaling back entry, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday.
The story about the shifting preferences of Chinese millionaires came in the wake of Canada scrapping its investor visa scheme which has allowed waves of rich Chinese to move here since 1986. The announcement was made in last week’s budget.
“For decades, [the investor scheme] has significantly undervalued Canadian permanent residence, providing a pathway to Canadian citizenship in exchange for a guaranteed loan that is significantly less than our peer countries require,” Jim Flaherty said.
The paper says nearly 46,000 mainland applications for visas will not be processed and applicants will have their fees refunded.
“I think I made a good choice,” Hu Xiaofeng, a banker who obtained permanent residency in the U.S. last year through an investment program, told the South China Morning Post. “I wanted to move to Canada, but my agent told me the process was more complicated and the chances of obtaining Canadian residency status were slim.”
Passport investigator Trina Kennedy reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman Arian Azarbar
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MONTREAL — Passport Canada has reassigned a senior investigator for an alleged affair with an Iranian-Canadian businessman.
Trina Kennedy is the second Canadian public official to be reassigned for alleged links to Montrealer Arian Azarbar.
Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Philippe Paul was reassigned last month amid allegations he had leaked information to Azarbar.
EDMONTON: Alvin Jackson Goh accused of 208 incidents of theft with a combined value of over $750,000
Edmonton food fraudster admits to stealing $735,000 from a Rexall Place food service provider to pay for lavish lifestyle
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An Edmonton man admitted Friday to stealing nearly $735,000 from a company that provides food services to Rexall Place and spending it on a “lavish lifestyle.”
Court heard that lifestyle included extensive travel, entertainment and jewelry for Alvin Goh and his wife and a wedding ceremony in New York’s Central Park that was followed by a reception along the Hudson River on a chartered yacht and a party at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.read more
Still searching for answers into city’s first homicide
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Clutching a framed photograph of murder victim Jagtar Gill to her chest, Gurpreet Kaur Chahal was in tears as she walked into the Sikh temple on Friday.
“We’re just giving our emotional support to the family,” said Chahal. “We’re doing our best wherever we can.”
The 43-year-old mother was slain on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home on Jan. 29. Gill had been home alone when her family returned, after buying cake and flowers, to find her dead on the living room floor.
“The community is shaken at this incident. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Everybody’s scared in their own home, because we’re not safe in our home. It happened in broad daylight,” said Chahal.
An estimated 300 people gathered to remember Gill on Friday; first at a private service at a Nepean funeral home, followed by a prayer gathering at a nearby Sikh temple.read more