I’m grieving the loss of my best friend – my father – who died 10 days ago. Dad had congestive heart failure and weak kidneys. In the past few months, his mobility also changed for the worse.
As a family, we rallied around our beloved 92-year old father. He was also helped by compassionate caregivers at a Vancouver nursing home, Point Grey Private Hospital. Most of his nursing and care aides were Filipinos who immigrated to Canada.
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.”
Women pass by election placards , poster in center is for a stop of immigration, and posters at left and at right are for a yes to immigration, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP / Anja Niedringhaus) Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/swiss-nationalists-want-swift-action-on-immigration-limits-1.1688841#ixzz2tXpiMMV3
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:30AM EST
GENEVA — The nationalist Swiss People’s Party called Sunday for swift action to prevent a mass influx of foreigners to Switzerland this summer, when a temporary limit on immigration from eight Eastern European countries expires.
The demand comes a week after Swiss voters narrowly backed the party’s plan to cap immigration for all types of foreigners, including those from the European Union, within three years.
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.
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.
Birth tourism is a common practice even in Hong Kong. According to official statistics, 95,337 babies were born in Hong Kong in 2011 and as much as 40% of babies’ parents are birth tourists from Mainland China.
Citizenship reforms don’t deal with the phenomenon where a mother comes here to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.
By:Debra Black Immigration Reporter, Published on Thu Feb 06 2014
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander plans to consult with the provinces and territories to find an “appropriate way” to deal with birth tourism.
Many had expected Alexander to include it in the package of citizenship reforms introduced in Parliament on Thursday. But there was nothing in the legislation that dealt with the phenomenon of passport babies — where a mother comes to Canada to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.
“We want to address the issue of people who have absolutely no strong connection to Canada and have no desire to live here, coming solely for the purpose of giving birth and then leaving,” Alexander told a news conference in Toronto after Bill C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, was tabled. (…)
Ottawa’s proposed citizenship reform will punish good immigrants by putting more hurdles for them to become full-fledged members of society, many newcomers say.
They say restricting citizenship won’t strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship — an argument Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made Thursday — but discourage newcomers from full civic participation. Some even wonder if Canada is still a welcoming country to immigrants.
Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, February 7, 2014 8:28AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 9:30AM EST
When do a doctor’s personal beliefs trump medical care?
That’s the question being asked after a woman went to an Ottawa-area walk-in clinic for birth control, but was told the doctor refused to dispense such medications. The woman was handed a letter explaining the doctor’s position, which she then posted to Facebook.
In the note, the doctor, Dr. Edmond Kyrillos, wrote that he did not provide “artificial” contraception due to “ethical concerns.” In full, the note read:
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 7, 2014 8:24PM EST
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta’s oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that’s not the case and it points to a broken temporary foreign worker system.
Earlier this week, the government announced it was investigating whether the 65 workers at Imperial Oil’s (TSX:IMO) Kearl project had been replaced with workers from Croatia at half the pay.
An official with the Employment and Social Development Department said Friday all of the laid-off workers have received job offers on “other projects in the area.”
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