Category Archives: Immigration

MONTREAL: D.A.D.’s Bagels owner Kashmir Singh Randhawa loses business in favour of Dollarama

Landlord casts out D.A.D.’s Bagels in favour of Dollarama expansion, Randhawa says

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2014 12:42 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014 11:01 AM ET

When a Dollarama opened next door to D.A.D.’s Bagels a few years ago, Kashmir Singh Randhawa knew his days were numbered.

“I played the waiting game,” Randhawa said.

Now the waiting is over. His beloved bagel shop is closing today.

He and wife Kuldeep established their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bagel shop 20 years ago at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Wilson Avenue.

They made bagels the old-fashioned way, in a wood-burning oven. Over time, their menu grew to include samosas and other staples of Indian homemade cuisine.

The community around D.A.D.’s Bagels grew as well. Randhawa said he came to be known as a father figure of NDG, with some people even calling him “granddaddy.”

“We’re a family,”  he said.

He said he supported the community for many years, donating food to the NDG Food Depot and holding fundraisers for various charitable organizations with a mission he deemed worthwhile. The community responded, and D.A.D.’s Bagels became a neighbourhood institution.  Continue reading

Saipem brings in unqualified foreign workers; Canadian workers expose the dangers

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Canadians expose foreign worker ‘mess’ in oilsands

‘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 project is over budget and behind its original schedule. Continue reading

Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe says ‘No’ to removing citizenship by birth on soil

Ontario says ‘No’ to removing citizenship by birth on soil

“There is not enough evidence to justify the effort and expense required for such a system-wide program change,” said Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Aug 31 2014

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
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“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

IWC: report on Immigration Watch Canada’s peaceful assembly at Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s Constituency Office in Ajax, Ontario

Report On Our Protest At Immigration Minister’s Office

Posted on August 29, 2014

The following is a report on Immigration Watch Canada’s peaceful assembly at Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s Constituency Office in Ajax, Ontario on August 25.

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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

QUEBEC: Education Without Borders hoping taxpayers pay $30 million per year for illegal children’s education

Children of illegal immigrants should have In 1971, Ruth and Cecil Hershler began what has evolved into a lasting relationship with Fezeka Senior Secondary; an association that led to the creation of Education without Borders 31 years later. Feeling unable to continue living a life of privilege in apartheid South Africa, they made the decision to immigrate to Canada. access to school, say advocates
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Published Monday, August 25, 2014 7:54PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 25, 2014 9:41PM EDT

An organization defending the rights of illegal immigrants is speaking out about access to free education for children.

The group Education Without Borders said Monday that as many as 5,000 children in Quebec are likely to be unable to attend school because of their parent’s current status as illegal immigrants.

The group said parents awaiting deportation because their refugee claim has been denied, or because their visa has expired are not allowed to send their children to Quebec schools unless they pay up.

It costs up to $6,000 a year per child, which is a sum most illegal immigrants – some of which are refugee claimants or asylum seekers – can’t afford.

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Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/children-of-illegal-immigrants-should-have-access-to-school-say-advocates-1.1976093#ixzz3Bvhz11z4

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In 1971, Ruth and Cecil Hershler began what has evolved into a lasting relationship with Fezeka Senior Secondary; an association that led to the creation of Education without Borders 31 years later.

Feeling unable to continue living a life of privilege in apartheid South Africa, they made the decision to immigrate to Canada. Continue reading

Canadians ignorant about number of immigrants and refugees admitted annualy

Canadians in the dark about immigration numbers: survey

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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

Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) no longer accepted until April 2015

Canada immigration: Quebec cap reached

Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) will no longer be accepted until April 2015

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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.

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Domestic violence acceptable reason to keep Mexican woman in Canada

Mexican woman in Montreal facing deportation to remain in Canada

CBCCBC – Sun, 24 Aug, 2014

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada has stayed Sheila Sedinger Ayala’s removal order.

“It feels amazing,” Sedinger Ayala told CBC news. “Now I can concentrate on celebrating my daughter’s birthday which is this Saturday, the day I was going to be deported.”

Sedinger Ayala, 27, was initially ordered to be deported back to Mexico after her refugee claim sponsor  — her husband — was convicted of a criminal offence.

Her two Canadian-born children would  have stayed behind in Canada if the deportation went ahead.

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The decision comes one day after an immigrant rights group hosted a news conference for Sedinger Ayala on Sunday.

With her fiancé by her side, Sedinger Ayala sobbed while she explained what had happened to her and why she should be granted temporary residency to allow her to stay in Canada while she sorts out her affairs.

Sedinger Ayala said she moved to Montreal from Mexico City in 2005, fleeing from a violent ex-boyfriend.

She had one child within a year of arriving in Canada — a product of gang rape while in Mexico, said Sedinger Ayala’s lawyer Angela Potvin.

She later met and married a man in Montreal with whom she had another child. She said he sponsored her bid for permanent residency and in 2008, the federal and provincial governments accepted her sponsorship application.

However, Potvin said the sponsor was found guilty of physical assault during the course of Sedinger Ayala’s sponsorship application, which in turn made him ineligible to sponsor her. She said the conviction cancelled her permanent residency bid.

Columnist suggests that praying in library is perfectly acceptable

Ethically speaking: Not necessary to take offence over public prayer

Woman disturbed by prayer in library should worry about something else

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There's no need to be offended by the sight of a devoted person praying in public, Ken Gallinger writes. After all, there are many more things to take offence at, like wearing a racist T-shirt in public.

 

There’s no need to be offended by the sight of a devoted person praying in public, Ken Gallinger writes. After all, there are many more things to take offence at, like wearing a racist T-shirt in public.

By:  Ethically speaking columnist, Published on Sat Aug 23 2014

Iwas doing research in my local library and witnessed something disturbing. A lady had a towel on the floor and was doing her prayers. She would stand up, bow down, and repeat for 15 minutes. Prayer should be done in one’s own home or a religious building. I was offended because the library is a public place and I had to witness something that should be done elsewhere. What are your thoughts? Continue reading

Filipino to-be-deported nanny remains in Canada on humanitarian grounds

Nanny spared deportation with reprieve from immigration ministerLilia Ordinario Joaquin, a live-in caregiver facing deportation for “working without authorization,” is granted exemption to proceed with immigration application.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, who worked under the table as a nanny while waiting for her immigration papers, celebrates after learning that Ottawa has exempted her from deportation.

Joaquin’s deportation exemption comes after a Star story detailed how the 52-year-old mother of five felt forced to work under the table while waiting for a work permit amid an immigration backlog.

Wednesday’s letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada said she did meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status under the live-in caregiver program.

“Humanitarian and compassionate factors were assessed for the purpose of determining whether to grant an exemption from certain legislative requirements to allow your application for permanent residence to be processed,” said the two-page letter. Continue reading