Immigration

Harper Government brings in stiff new penalties for those who abuse foreign worker programs

Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced stiff new consequences for employers who break the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP). The Government initially announced that penalties would be enhanced for employers that break the rules of the programs in …

PH embassy to help OFWs in Greece, prepare for worst-case scenario

MANILA – With Greece facing economic crisis, the Philippine Embassy in Athens vows to help Filipinos in need in the country. Philippine presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte has earlier said that the embassy is ready to act whatever the outcome of the bailout reform proposals will be as Greece recently asked its residents whether they will …

The End: Ottawa officially cancels Live-In Caregiver Program

Almost all private daycares in Ottawa are all fully booked and job ads looking for nannies and caregivers only yield slim-pickings. Clients looking for a competent guardian for their loved ones are now having an even harder time finding a fit candidate after the local government of Ottawa officially put an end to the Live-In …

Minister Nicholson Offers Condolences Following Ferry Capsize in Philippines

OTTAWA, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the capsizing of a ferry near the port of Ormoc City in the Philippines: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the sinking of a …

NDP pleased to see CIC reversal for Talosig’s daughter

VANCOUVER – After public outcry, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is reversing its decision to deny Karen Talosig’s daughter’s application to join her mom in Canada on the basis that the young woman was deaf. New Democrats, who fought on the Talosigs’ behalf, welcome this news and vow to keep fighting for other families in similar …

Wealthy Vancouver businessman in Winnipeg court, fights to stay in Canada

WINNIPEG — A wealthy Vancouver real estate developer should not be returned to China on corruption charges because he is the victim of political persecution, his lawyer told a Federal Court judge Tuesday. Mo Yeung Ching was denied a refugee claim last year. His lawyer, David Matas, is seeking to overturn that decision on the …

Canada’s ‘paramilitaristic’ border agency locking up more foreigners: Report

TORONTO — Canada’s rising detention of non-criminal foreigners in maximum-security prisons amounts to arbitrary, cruel and inhumane treatment that violates international obligations, a disturbing new report concludes. The report by the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program finds that Canada Border Services Agency has become more heavy handed in dealing with migrants with little …

Nograles ready to defend regulation of employment of foreign nationals

MANILA — Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles expressed readiness in defending the proposed amendment to the Labor Code to enhance the regulation of employment of foreign nationals by requiring them to secure a working permit from the labor department and raising penalties for law breakers once they resume session on July 27. Nograles, the principal …

Refugee who died in immigration custody IDed as Somali with mental health issues

A man who died last week under mysterious circumstances while detained by Canadian immigration authorities has been identified as a mentally ill Somali refugee who had spent three years in prison with little prospect for release. Canada Border Services Agency had refused to name 39-year-old Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, but his family andimmigration watchdog groups have …

Secrecy shrouds death of ‘agitated’ man in Canadian immigration custody

TORONTO — A cloak of secrecy shrouded the death of a man in the custody of Canada’s immigration authorities Friday, with details sketchy and his identity and nationality withheld. However, an activist group that works with detainees said the man died from a lack of effective medical care for his diabetic condition and said it …

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