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Opinion: New Citizenship Act weakens Canada

August 24, 2015

By Efrat Arbel, Vancouver Sun Another aspect of the Harper government’s law reform agenda is now on trial. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers have filed a legal challenge to the new Citizenship Act, which the groups say is not only unconstitutional, but also anti-immigrant, anti-democratic, and anti-Canadian. The new law introduces sweeping reforms. It has already garnered enormous criticism. When the law was...

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U.S. and Canadian Immigration Policies: A Comparison

August 20, 2015

| Link to Article The immigration landscape of North America is constantly changing. Canada and the United States, to a large extent, followed parallel trajectories in the earlier parts of their immigration histories. Both countries initially drew principally on migrants from the British Isles and Europe, before expanding their catchment area to other regions of the world. Over time, however, Canadian and U.S. immigration policies have diverged in significant ways....

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Why Canada’s politicians fixate on the ethnic vote

August 19, 2015

By Michael Adams and Andrew Griffith, Globe and Mail | Michael Adams is president of the Environics Institute. Andrew Griffith is a former director-general of Citizenship and Multiculturalism and is the author of Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote. Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau notoriously blamed the separatists’ defeat in the 1995 Quebec referendum on money and the ethnic vote. When it comes to money, the Harper Conservatives have a...

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Shopping for Surrey: three-way fights make this B.C. city central to campaigns

August 19, 2015

By Stephanie Levitz, Globe and Mail | For 45 minutes on a recent rainy Friday afternoon in Surrey, B.C, the flow of shoppers in and out of the grocery store never stopped. Women in bright floral Indian suits, turban-clad husbands walking alongside, jostling against retired seniors clutching coupons, while four kids and their mother jumped out of a navy blue luxury SUV, parked next to a dirt-encrusted 70s-era Ford pick...

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Millionaire Migration to Canada Increases Despite Ending of Federal IIP

August 14, 2015

By Investment Immigration | According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), investor immigrant approvals in 2014 rose by 7.2 per cent to reach a total of 8,762 approvals, the most since 2011. This is despite federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) migrant arrivals falling by 42 per cent when the program was terminated. Last year’s cancellation of the Canadian Immigrant Investor Program (CIIP), highly popular among Chinese investors, was expected to...

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Whistler tourism soars, but crackdown on foreign labour hurts business

August 14, 2015

By CBC News | It’s been the best summer in years for tourism in Whistler, but the worst in terms of staffing as the resort town struggles with a crackdown on foreign workers. It’s so bad that some businesses like Avalanche Pizza have had to close. The problem started about eight months ago, said Rick Hale, the owner of two Avalanche Pizza restaurants. He closed one of his restaurants a...

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