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Stephen Harper vows foreign workers will not become ‘permanent underclass’

May 8, 2015

By Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star | Canada will not allow the creation of a “permanent underclass” of foreign workers filling jobs here for long periods with no hope of citizenship, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. Harper made the comments Friday during an appearance with Philippine President Benigno Aquino as he justified a clampdown on the temporary foreign worker program in Canada. Because of a four-year limit imposed on how long...

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LGBTQ immigrants’ needs unmet: report

May 6, 2015

By Stefania Seccia, Vancouver 24 Hours | A pilot project to understand the LGBTQ experience for newcomers — with the bonus of providing support services — has lost its funding. MOSAIC’s I Belong project in Burnaby and New Westminster was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. But as the funding has ended, its two paid positions – project facilitator and coordinator – have gone with it, leaving the organization relying...

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600 victims in immigrant worker fraud: Cops

May 5, 2015

By Toronto Sun | A 46-year-old woman who ran a recruiting agency in North York faces more than 70 fraud charges for allegedly ripping off hundreds of prospective immigrant workers to the tune of $2.3 million. Toronto Police launched a fraud investigation last fall into GoWest Jobs International — a recruiting agency on Finch Ave. W., east of Keele St., that primarily deals with immigrant workers. The company allegedly recruited...

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The foreign worker dilemma: Band-Aid solution or long-term investment?

May 5, 2015

By Sharaz Khan, Globe and Mail | For nearly two decades, Woodcraft Kitchen Cabinets has been building and installing high-end kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The Calgary-based company, prides itself on delivering quality craftsmanship, with customer engagement being an integral part of their success. A stable workforce is important, particularly during periods of high demand. But a staff that reflects the population is also important to the company, which is why...

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Pharmacist donates drugs to help injured temporary foreign worker

May 4, 2015

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News | A Fort McMurray pharmacist has offered to provide a year’s worth of free medication for an injured temporary foreign worker he has never met. “I felt bad that a worker came to Canada and wanted to improve her life and give more to Canada and make more for herself,” said Osama Beniameen. “Now, she cannot do what she dreamed, and she is not able...

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B.C. adult education students now forced to pay course-upgrade costs

April 30, 2015

By Mary Beach, Globe and Mail | B.C. adults needing to upgrade or supplement their high school credits to get into a postsecondary institution are going to have to pay for their courses after provincial cuts to adult education go into effect Friday. Students and teachers say the change requiring students to pay $550 per credit could have damaging ripple effects. In 2013-2014, 25,000 students got adult-upgrading courses from 28...

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