News

Migration issues will test Liberals

October 30, 2015

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | The federal election will be remembered for the way it ignited over an issue that directly affects a handful of migrant women — those who feel it necessary to wear the niqab during Canada’s citizenship ceremony. The symbolic controversy — which decimated the NDP but left the Liberals unscathed despite their shared defence of religious freedom — was one of many hot migration-related subjects...

Read More

Immigrant groups ask for more time to settle Syrian refugees

October 28, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | A national association of immigrant and refugee service providers is asking prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau to extend the timeline on his pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada to the end of 2016, rather than the end of this year. Two months is not enough time to adequately support and settle this number of refugees, which would be over and above the thousands...

Read More

West end schools band together to bring Syrian refugees to Canada

October 28, 2015

By CBC News | During the Vietnamese refugee crisis, church congregations had an enormous impact, as they sponsored the majority of the 60,000 refugees who arrived in Canada. An educator in Toronto hopes in the Syrian refugee crisis, schools can play the role churches did in that crisis decades ago. Kelly Gallagher-MacKay is a mother of two school-aged children and an education researcher. She wants to teach young people what...

Read More

Advocacy group urges Trudeau to protect temporary foreign workers

October 28, 2015

By Mike Hager, Globe and Mail | A national group of unions and migrant-worker advocates is calling on Justin Trudeau to protect Canada’s temporary foreign workers by giving them permanent residency upon arrival and letting them ditch the employer who sponsors them. Buoyed by the prime-minister-designate’s previous promise to reform the Conservative federal government’s “broken” system and give these “vulnerable” workers a clear path to citizenship, the Coalition for Migrant...

Read More

Nova Scotia to ask Ottawa to axe immigration cap

October 26, 2015

By Shaina Luck, CBC News | Provincial Immigration Minister Lena Diab plans to ask the new federal government to remove restrictions that cap the number of immigrants the province can take in under provincial programs. “I will ask for it to be eliminated. Not just raised, so we’ll see,” she told reporters after a Monday summit where 175 Nova Scotian leaders discussed immigration. Diab says she is looking forward to...

Read More

Punjabi Canadians won 18 seats in the recent election in Canada

October 26, 2015

By Ishani Duttagupta, The Economic Times | In Canada’s newly elected Liberal government, under prime minister designate Justin Trudeau, Indian Canadians have notched up a record number of 19 seats. That’s more than double the seats they held in the previous government of eight. Of those 19, 18 are of Punjabi origin — five more than the 13 MPs elected from Punjab in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While many...

Read More