Immigration

Russia upset over Canadian visa denials for delegates to space conference

Canada’s refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian embassy on Tuesday called Ottawa’s decision to deny visas for the …

Mexican woman who hanged herself showed no distress over deportation: inquest

BURNABY, B.C. — A Mexican woman willingly signed travel documents for her deportation and was calm and showed no distress in the days before she hanged herself, a Canada Border Services Agency officer told an inquest into the death. Lucia Vega Jimenez seemed to accept the fact that she was being deported and that her …

Coroner’s inquest into suicide could peel back curtain on B.C. deportations

VANCOUVER — A coroner’s inquest starting Monday into the death of a Mexican national who hanged herself inside a Vancouver airport holding cell offers a rare chance to examine the secretive deportation process encountered by many migrants, says an advocacy group with ties to Lucia Vega Jimenez’s family. The group “Mexicans Living in Vancouver” was …

Kenney: Foreign workers overhaul a success as applications plummet

OTTAWA — Employment Minister Jason Kenney says there’s been a significant decrease in applications for temporary foreign workers since the government announced an overhaul of the troubled program earlier this year. “We announced a fundamental suite of reforms to the temporary foreign worker program earlier this year to ensure that it is used only as …

Study: New immigrants to Canada not sold on upcoming express entry system

OTTAWA — A newly released government study suggests newcomers to the country have misgivings about Ottawa’s intention to ensure would-be immigrants possess skills that are in demand in Canada. The respondents to the study wondered why Ottawa isn’t doing more to find jobs for qualified immigrants already here but who “have been frustrated by the …

Naturalized Canadians, dual citizens possible targets of new bill redefining citizenship

VANCOUVER – Canada’s long-enjoyed reputation as an immigrant’s Promised Land is now under serious fire.  It seems that the days of the Great White North being a melting pot for cultures the world over are coming to an end, as the Harper administration  continues to implement sweeping reforms to many programs bearing significant impact on …

Canada accredits first female Philippine ambassador

Presiding over the presentation of credentials of six (6) newly-arrived Ambassadors to Canada, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, warmly received today Her Excellency, Philippine Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia in a stately ceremony at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Ambassador Garcia handed over to Governor General Johnston her letter of credence and the letter …

Fil-Cans dread the end of live-in caregiver program

Many Filipinos are dreading the seemingly imminent end of Canada’s live-in caregiver program (LCP) wherein 90% of participants are from the Philippines. The live-in caregiver program provides caregivers an automatic permanent resident (PR) status after completing the minimum full-time live-in employment requirement of two years. Being a permanent resident of Canada translates into having the …

Ontario accused ‘racial profiling blitz’ against undocumented migrants

“Is Premier Kathleen Wynne going to stand with the federal government’s racist agenda or is she going to stand with immigrants?” asked Syed Hussan. Hussan is part of the organization No One Is Illegal, which held a protest Monday by Queen’s Park. Recently, provincial authorities have been accused of “racial profiling” after approving a series …

Surrey family fears for life of Osman Fernando de León Reyes if deported to Guatemala

VANCOUVER — Osman Fernando de León Reyes, a 29-year old Guatemalan man, is facing deportation from Surrey next week. His lawyer is seeking a judicial stay order from the Federal Court of Canada to urgently stop his deportation so that Mr. Reyes is not separated from his family and not deported back to imminent danger in Guatemala. Mr. Reyes has …