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Global talent shortages deepen: Manpower Group

June 4, 2015

By IEC BC | The highest proportion of global employers since before the recession cannot find the talent they need: 38% of 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries and territories, Manpower Group 2015 Talent Shortage Survey report. More than one in five employers is still not pursuing any strategy to overcome talent shortages, despite the negative impact on their business; Only 1 in 10 is adopting recruitment strategies to utilize...

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Biometric data collection change in budget bill raises privacy concerns

June 3, 2015

By Susanna Mas, CBC News | The federal government’s move to expand its power to collect biometric information on visitors to Canada is giving rise to privacy concerns and calls for closer scrutiny. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper is defending the budget bill provisions, saying “all privacy and legal standards” will be respected. The government currently collects a digital photograph and 10 fingerprints to verify the identity of foreign nationals...

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Pete McMartin: We don’t have enough facts about foreign ownership of real estate

June 1, 2015

By Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun | How great, I have wondered, would our concern about foreign ownership of real estate be if the majority of buyers were, say, white Americans? Less? As great? Would it cause the angst it does now? Would it be as visible to us if the buyers were not from a visible minority? (And surely the term “visible minority” has lost its relevance in Metro Vancouver...

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Start-up Visa Program starting to gain traction

May 29, 2015

By Brenda Bouw, Globe and Mail | The federal government’s Start-up Visa Program, launched two years ago to lure immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada, is finally picking up steam. Citizenship and Immigration Canada said Friday that 16 applicants have been approved for permanent residency. They’re behind a total of eight companies, two of which have already been snapped up by larger technology companies. The government says there...

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Canada slips out of top-five countries in integrating immigrants

May 27, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star | Canada has dropped out of the top five nations when it comes to integrating immigrants, due to policy changes by Ottawa that restrict family reunification and citizenship. According to the latest world ranking by a Brussels-based think tank, Canada has slipped from third to sixth place among 38 developed countries in providing migrants access to equal rights, support and opportunity. Although Canada is still...

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Temporary foreign workers’ vulnerability noted in sexual harassment case

May 27, 2015

By CBC News | An Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling has highlighted the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers in a case where two women worked in what the tribunal called a “sexually poisoned work environment.” The women had their work permits revoked and were sent back to Mexico after resisting the sexual overtures of their employer at Presteve Foods, a fish processor in Wheatley, Ont. One woman was forced to...

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