CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2013 1:08 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 2:32 PM PT
Canada’s new immigration program welcomes first plumber and electrician
To date, the majority of the successful applicants have come from Europe, including Germany, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania, with some from India.
Eric Byrne, 31, who immigrated to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades program as a plumber, receives a hockey jersey from Immigration Minister Chris Alexander at a Thornhill construction site Friday.read more
The number of immigrant visas granted from this summer dropped 7.5 per cent, while temporary visitor visas were up 11 per cent.
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Sarah Hedley applied in November to sponsor her British husband, Christopher Hedley, as a permanent resident from within Canada. She said the expected processing time for the first stage of the application has been extended to 10 months from six months.
Permanent residency applicants appear to be taking the biggest hit from ongoing job action by foreign affairs officers, prompting concerns about whether Ottawa’s 2013 immigration target can be met.
Quebec Charter of Values: Will it trigger national debate on multiculturalism and religious accommodations?
Experts and GTA residents say it’s time for a national discussion on religious freedom as Quebec prepares to consider its “charter of values.”
Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, an emergency room physician at Etobicoke General Hospital, wishes everyone could see past his turban to who he truly is: a Canadian, born and raised, who happens to be Sikh.
Sitting in the quiet cafeteria at Etobicoke General Hospital, Dr. Gurjit Bajwa doesn’t give off the impression of a man who just pulled a near 10-hour shift the previous day in the ER, where he was so busy he barely had time to go to the bathroom.
He’s animated, articulate and mostly in a good mood. But he’s frustrated.
His arms crossed, Bajwa, born and raised in Etobicoke, says he wants everyone to see past a part of his attire as crucial as his stethoscope: his turban. He wants them to see him for who he is: a human being, a Canadian who is also a Sikh.
Part of his frustration stems from the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, set to be presented on Monday. If passed, it would prohibit public-sector workers in that province from wearing what Bajwa has on his head every day, along with other religious symbols such as hijabs, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes.
The proposal highlights the need for a wider national discussion on religious accommodation and multiculturalism, Bajwa says.
“The issue has definitely not been settled in Canada. It keeps coming up again and again,” said the 42-year-old father of three, who, during his decade at the hospital, has been asked almost weekly by a patient where he’s from and how he’s enjoying Canada. (…)
Marois blames multiculturalism for ‘bomb throwing’ in England, claims hijab is ‘form of submission’
The Quebec premier, who says she is proud of her first year in power even though she admits it’s been difficult, told Montreal’s Le Devoir that secularism measures will be phased in over a few years.
She conceded that the French model of secularism “isn’t perfect,” Le Devoir reported, but Marois said that “in England, they’re knocking each other over the head and throwing bombs because of multiculturalism and nobody knowing any more who they are in that society.”
Marois also said that wearing a hijab can be seen as a “form of submission,” and said she feared daycare workers in positions of authority could incite kids to practice religion.
The Canadian Press August 16, 2013
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs confirms that a Canadian resident has died in the strife in Egypt.
A spokeswoman would only say the person was a permanent Canadian resident married to a Canadian citizen.
She says consular services are being made available to the family.
The Globe and Mail identified the man as 26-year-old Amr Kassem, who lived in Toronto with his wife and child.
The Globe is reporting Kassem joined a large rally in Alexandria on Friday that was protesting the crackdown by security forces against anti-government demonstrators.
The newspaper quoted his wife Asmaa Hussein as saying Kassem was shot in the back of his head.