Jennilyn Morris charged and convicted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Remittances: $24 billion a year sent home from Canada

Prison time for first Albertan convicted under refugee protection laws

‘They felt like second-class citizens,’ judge says of exploited foreign workers

By Janice Johnston, CBC News Posted: May 20, 2016 4:59 PM MT Last Updated: May 20, 2016 7:36 PM MT

Jennilyn Morris is the first person in Alberta to be charged and convicted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. (CBC)

​An Edmonton woman who once told an employee “if you can stand, you can work” has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for exploiting more than 70 foreign workers.

Jennilyn Morris is the first person in Alberta to be charged and convicted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Teodora Bautista was one of her victims.

The single mother wanted to provide a better life for her five children in the Philippines.

To do that, she came to Canada because she believed she could make as much working one day here as working three days back home.

On April 22, 2009, Bautista arrived in Edmonton as a foreign national, sponsored by Morris.

She signed a contract with Morris that promised her a 44-hour work week doing residential and commercial cleaning for $11.44 an hour.  

Reality was much different.

CALGARY: Support drying up for some Syrian migrants

Calgary advocates fear support drying up for some Syrian newcomers
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Dec. 28 Syrian refugees arrive Calgary

Siblings Maryam, Ines, Shirin and Malak hold up welcome signs for newly-arrived Syrian refugees at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Ab., on Monday December 28, 2015. (Mike Drew/Calgary Sun)

Some Syrian newcomers to Calgary are struggling to get by after support from private sponsors has dried up, say local advocates.

Sam Nammoura has helped Syrian newcomers who’ve alleged abuse, manipulation and a complete lack of financial or emotional support from the relatives that sponsored their journey to Calgary and whom they now rely on for housing, food and assistance as they adjust to a new life in Canada.

“They’re isolated. They have zero help,” he said.

“They’re really suffering tremendously.”

Nammoura, who works closely with newcomers as co-founder of the Syrian Refugee Support Group, said these refugees are terrified of speaking up about their struggles and in desperate need of jobs.

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Other immigrants should be accepted but not at expense of employed, settled newcomers, immigration lawyer says

Canada’s immigration plan needs to keep economic focus, Reis Pagtakhan says

Other immigrants should be accepted but not at expense of employed, settled newcomers, immigration lawyer says

By Reis Pagtakhan, for CBC News Posted: Mar 04, 2016 7:00 PM CT Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 7:00 PM CT

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum provides an update on the plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. (CBC News)

The Canadian government will soon set out the types of immigrants the country wants to attract and how large that number will be.

Over the last 10 years, Canadian immigration policy has focused predominantly on bringing in economic immigrants. When the 2016 plan is released, Canadians will find out whether the Liberal government will continue the focus on economic immigrants or whether it will now focus on family immigrants and refugees.

So, why is the overall immigration plan important? This plan is about Canada’s future. Not only will tell us who will be our future neighbours, colleagues, classmates and citizens in 2016, it will also help shape Canada for the generations to come.

The recent announcements by the government that it will accept twice as many parent and grandparent immigration applications and as many as 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016 seem to indicate the new government’s focus is shifting to family immigrants and refugees.

Syrian refugee arrivals could affect intake of other immigrants: Ottawa

Syrian refugee arrivals could affect intake of other immigrants: Ottawa

The federal government will increase the total number of immigrants it welcomes this year, but the arrival of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees could still lead to cutbacks for other immigration streams, according to Immigration Minister John McCallum.

Mr. McCallum’s comments come as the government prepares to table its 2016 immigration targets by March 9, outlining the anticipated number of new permanent residents Canada will welcome this year.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail last week, the minister said the government will be “expanding the pie” to accommodate its ambitious Syrian refugee resettlement plan, which recently saw the arrival of the 25,000th Syrian since December. However, he said that “there are limits to how much we can expand the pie, so there will always be trade-offs.”

42% of Canadians don’t want Syrian “refugees”

42% of Canadians want government to stop taking in refugees now: poll

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

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More than 40 per cent of Canadians want the government to stop taking in Syrian refugees immediately, according to a new poll.

As the federal government’s self-imposed deadline of resettling some 25,000 Syrian refugees nears, 42 per cent of Canadians say the country should stop the intake immediately, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.

The Liberals vowed to reach theresettlement target by February 29, and as of Tuesday, 21,672 refugees have arrived in Canada.

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However, 29 per cent of the poll respondents said Canada should accept more refugees while another 29 per cent said the government should stop at its target of 25,000. According to the government’s website, Canada has already surpassed its target and has finalized applications for 26,233 refugees (4,561 have yet to travel).

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