Immigration minister predicts two-year timeline to fulfill promise to get 40,000 Afghans to Canada

December 9, 2021

By Globe and Mail The minister said the government is facing challenges in Afghanistan and other countries where refugees have fled but insisted it is urgently trying to get them to Canada. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Fraser said the two-year timeline is an estimate and that hundreds of Afghan refugees are arriving in Canada weekly. “To the extent that we have the ability to move anybody faster than what’s...

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Government launches second phase of skilled refugee pilot program

December 8, 2021

By Vancouver is Awesome | The government has expanded a pilot that allows refugees to apply for permanent residency through conventional economic immigration streams by removing some of the barriers that would traditionally have precluded them. The minister hopes to see only a six-month window between the date a successful candidate submits their application and the day they can start working in Canada. The pilot is an expansion of a...

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Minority professor denied grants because he hires on merit: ‘People are afraid to think’

December 5, 2021

By National Post An award-winning Canadian scientist said he has been refused two federal government grants for his research on the grounds of “lack of diversity” — even though he is originally from India and has repeatedly suffered racism. Patanjali Kambhampati, a professor in the chemistry department at Montreal’s McGill University, believes the death knell for the latest grant was a line in the application form where he was asked...

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Generous Canada now the No. 1 destination for foreign students

December 5, 2021

By Vancouver Sun Canada has become the most popular country in the world for international students, says a survey conducted in more than 50 countries. Two in five international students rate Canada as their first choice for higher education, according to IDP Connect’s fall poll of 3,600 study-visa holders. That’s more than double the proportion that picked the next highest-ranked nations — Britain, the U.S. or Australia. A majority of students who...

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Canada job gains blow past expectations, almost four times forecast

December 5, 2021

By Financial Post | Canadian employers added 154,000 jobs in November and the jobless rate plunged to six per cent, further evidence the economy is on track to complete the comeback from the COVID-19 recession by early next year. Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey put the number of working Canadians at 19.3 million, a one per cent increase from February 2020 and effectively the level of employment the economy was on...

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‘Disturbing’ pattern of discrimination alleged among B.C. police services

December 5, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | A new report reveals a ‘disturbing’ pattern of discrimination among the province’s police forces, says the office of B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner. The report was funded by commissioner Kasari Govender and collected race-based data from five police jurisdictions — the Vancouver police, the Nelson police, and the RCMP in Surrey, Prince George and Duncan/North Cowichan. It’s part of a presentation by the commissioner to a provincial...

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