Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 2, 2013


Canadas new immigration law will tear families apart (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Lourdes Octaviano Tolentinos eyes welled up with tears when she learned about Ottawas plan to change the definition of dependent child in immigration law. The live-in caregiver left her only son behind in the Philippines to look after other peoples children so she could give him a better life and eventually have him join her in Canada. All her hard work will be futile, however, if the federal government goes ahead with its plan to narrow the definition of a dependent child to someone younger than 19, rather than the current 22, and remove an exception for older children who study full time.

Canada’s immigration system lacks heart, critics say (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
To many of the worlds refugees Canada represents a place of safety and asylum. But closer to home, some critics say the compassion and humanitarianism that once undergirded Canadas refugee system no longer exists. In 1986, Canada and its citizens were awarded the United Nations Nansen Refugee Award for its collective work for the cause of refugees. Other winners have included Eleanor Roosevelt and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Would Canada win that same award today?

Canadian dream a mirage for immigrants (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
The showdown ended when a court ruled in favour of the company, allowing it to remove the picketing workers 97 per cent of them immigrants from its property. The one good thing to come out the protest was that the union movement rallied behind the unorganized workers. The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) took the lead working with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide retraining and support. On the fifth of anniversary of the companys closing, Winnie Ng, who spearheaded the union effort to get the workers back on their feet, has written a comprehensive report about the lessons learned and the challenges that lie ahead as more racialized workers face outsourcing, downsizing and restructuring. The longtime labour activist and educator, who currently holds the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice at Ryerson University, calls her 87-page post-mortem a tribute to the resilience and resistance of the former PMP (Progressive Moulded Products) workers who were robbed of their jobs, severance compensation and sense of security and pride as contributing members of the community.

Canadians stories: Doctor chronicles story of immigration to making history (Carmen Chai, Global News)
Retired Surgeon General Commodore Dr. Hans Jung remembers his first breath of Canadian air it was cold. Very cold. He still recalls the very date he stepped onto Canadian soil Jan. 18, 1970. He and his family had just flown to Winnipeg from South Korea. I remember very distinctly because it left such a searing memory, he told Global News. From that initial breath to present day, Dr. Jung has become a celebrated Canadian who has broken down barriers, motivated by a dedication to serving his new country.

Munira Ravji: Celebrating Canadian Citizenship Beyond Canada Day (Samuel Getachew, Huffington Post)
Munira Ravji is an independent strategic consultant and project manager with a focus on diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and leadership. A seasoned community builder and communications strategist – Ravji has celebrated her Canadian citizenship on a regular basis by helping organize citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians via the Institute of Canadian Citizenship. With a vast career spanning over 12 years as an entrepreneur, community animator and partnerships expert, Ravji has also worked within the private, public and not-for profit sectors in the areas of communications, community development, marketing, partnerships, social media, strategic planning, research, fundraising, publicity and events. I caught up with her as she reflects on citizenship, activism and diversity.

Feds allow millions in multiculturalism funding to go unspent each year (City News)
Millions of federal dollars earmarked for multiculturalism programming are going unspent, resulting in what the government calls responsible cuts to program budgets but what critics consider a sign of a worrisome shift. Figures from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration suggest at least $5 million a year hasnt been disbursed since 2007, and the departments marquee funding program has seen nearly 40 per cent of available funds go unused. So the department is scaling back the amount of money it sets aside for community multiculturalism projects, despite the fact that an internal government audit suggests demand for the cash remains high and that the government itself is partly to blame for the fact it isnt being spent.

Harper Government Takes Action in Vancouver to End Violence Committed in the Name of So-Called “Honour” (Gov of Canada News)
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced support to MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities) for a project in Vancouver that addresses the issue of violence against women and girls committed in the name of so-called”honour”. “Our Government is committed to protecting women, girls and other vulnerable persons from all forms of violence, and to holding offenders accountable for their acts,” said Minister Ambrose.”We are pleased to partner with MOSAIC on their new project to address acts of violence committed in the name of so-called honour’.”

Pakistan Christian girl accused of blasphemy moves to Canada over security fears (Stephanie Levitz, Ottawa Citizen)
A Christian family has been spirited out of Pakistan and into Canada after spending months in hiding following false accusations that their daughter had burned Islam’s holy book. Rimsha Masih’s case attracted international attention on Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws following her arrest in August in Islamabad. She was accused of burning pages of the Qur’an as fuel for cooking, but a Muslim cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence.

How Other Countries Handle Immigration (Cate Gillon, National Geographic)
Eleven million undocumented immigrants live in the United States, but not everyone who leaves their native country for a better life aims to settle in America. Countries across the globe have had to decide who to let inside their borders. As immigration reform comes to a head, we take a look at how other countriesthose that have been recognized for having some of the most open, or the most restrictive, immigration policiesare dealing with their huddled masses.

Citizenship test guide now available as an audio eBook (Times of India)
Starting today, the popular citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, is available as an integrated audio eBook download, minister of citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced today. “I’m pleased to launch the audio eBook version of Discover Canada just in time for Canada Day,” said minister Kenney. “This is yet another way those studying for the citizenship test can learn about Canada’s history, values, symbols and important institutions.” The audio eBook allows people to conveniently hear the text of the guide being read aloud as they follow along on their e-readers, smart phones and tablets.

NL Needs to Improve Immigration: Pollster (VOCM)
Don Mills says Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the worst provinces in the country when it comes to immigration. The CRA pollster was speaking to the St. John’s Board of Trade this week where he called a provincial policy goal of 300 immigrants ‘ridiculous’ – the number he says should be more in the range of 5,000. Mills says as a region, Atlantic Canada is not very accepting of immigrants. With more people dying than are being born, Mills says if those people go unreplaced, doing business will become very hard.

Canada Day — time to consider who we are and what we value (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
There have been several quiet amendments to citizenship, immigration and refugee laws and the administration of those laws over the past few years. Among them: A change that denies citizenship to the second generation of Canadians born abroad; expansion of the temporary workers program; denial of refugee claims for those who have come from or through so-called safe countries; and, the increasing number of new immigrants who live in poverty placing greater demands on the social safety net. What better weekend than this Canada Day holiday to consider those changes and their impacts. Lets start with the stripping of citizenship from expatriates children.

Canada Set to Launch Phase II of Entry/Exit Initiative (WSJ)
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it will begin implementing Phase II of the Entry/Exit Initiative with the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 30, 2013, as outlined in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Under Phase II, the CBSA and DHS will exchange entry data collected on third-country nationals (those who are neither citizens of Canada nor of the U.S.), permanent residents of Canada who are not U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. who are not Canadian citizens, at all automated land ports of entry along the common border, including all major land border crossings. This exchange will begin on June 30. No effects on regular operations are anticipated.

Canadian Film-Maker In Punjab To Trace Roots Of Sikh Immigrants (The Link)
Biologist-turned film maker David R Gray of Victoria (Canada) is in Punjab to trace descendants of some early Sikh settlers in his country, including those who fought in the World War I and worked in British Columbia forests to make them habitable. Gray, who is here for four days in his first visit to India, says his interest in Sikh immigration to Canada stemmed from his chance tracking of some artifacts and leftovers of some Chinese and Indian immigrants in Victoria. The film maker has been working in Canada for the past last 50 years, tracing some of the first Sikh settlers in British Columbia.

Operational Bulletin 534 June 28, 2013 – Guidelines for Individuals Affected by the June 2013 Flooding in Alberta (CIC)
This Operational Bulletin provides operational instructions to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on the public policy and procedures for temporary and permanent residents affected by the massive flooding in June 2013 in Alberta.

Red Baraat celebrates diversity (Alexander Varty,
According to bandleader Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is all about integration. But its not so much that the Brooklyn-based brass bands members come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, although they do: more that the octet offers its leader a way to unite both sides of his own personal history. I was born and raised here in America, in upstate New York, says the percussionist and singer, reached at home. My parents emigrated here in 1970. I grew up with a very strong Indian background, and an American background as well. But the two worlds never intertwined, for whatever reason, for me. I always had conflicts of reconciling differences when I was growing uplike playing basketball or baseball with my friends versus every Sunday going to Jain pujas, or prayer ceremonies.

Statement Minister Kenney issues statement to celebrate Multiculturalism Day (CIC)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. Today is an opportunity to celebrate one of the great strengths of Canadian society, and to recognize the contributions that people from so many different backgrounds have made in shaping our country. I am proud of Canadas multiculturalism program for helping to nurture inter-faith and cross-cultural dialogue, ensuring that the history of Canadas many communities is better understood, and fostering the better integration of newcomers by promoting core civic democratic values.

Well-attended Canada Day parade celebrates cultural diversity (CTV Montreal)
The local Canada Day parade tradition began in earnest in 1979 when Dr. Roopnarine Singh, who moved to Canada from Trinidad in 1955, organized the event, which has become an annual staple since. Festivities continued at the Old Port after the parade.

CCLA Welcomes Repeal of Hate Speech Provision (CCLA)
The CCLA is pleased that Parliament has passed into law Bill C-304, a private members bill that repealed section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The section made it a discriminatory practice to communicate messages that would likely expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt on the basis of certain personal characteristics (including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, etc.). While the sections purpose was intended to help minority groups combat discrimination and achieve equality, the difficulty in defining hatred in precise terms resulted in placing a chill on expression that was controversial, but did not incite violence or necessarily result in discrimination. Over the years, CCLA has been involved in a number of cases where it was argued that this section, and others like it in provincial human rights laws, were unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of Canada recently upheld a similar provision from the Saskatchewan legislation, finding that while it did restrict freedom of expression, it did so in a manner that was reasonably justified in a free and democratic society.

Canada Day: Strong and free (Jillian Page, Montreal Gazette)
The news last week that Canadian Immigration minister Jason Kenney personally intervened (according to CTV) to help a Pakistini teenager who was being persecuted in her native country and her family settle in Canada serves as another reminder of what makes this country great. Bravo for Mr. Kenney and the Canadian government. Bravo for all those who have been helping the family. Says Peter Bhatti, chairman of International Christian Voice, in an article on the Hamilton Spectator site: She is wonderful. She is going to school and getting better every day. She is feeling better because she feels she has freedom.

New Canadian citizens sworn in at Halifaxs Pier 21 (Julia Wong, Global News)
Canada Day marks a new beginning for a group of new citizens. On Monday, in Halifax, 47 people from 23 different countries took an oath and were officially sworn in as Canadian citizens. The ceremony took place inside Pier 21 in downtown Halifax, a port where thousands of immigrants landed in the past. Ghanshyam Rajpurohit, his wife and 10-year-old son immigrated to Canada from India about five years ago. This is a wonderful day. Its an important milestone in our life, he said. he said.=X&q=

Study shows growing poverty amongst immigrants to Canada (Emigrate UK)
A government study of immigrants to Canada is expressing concern that increasing poverty amongst incomers may explode into street protests. According to figures released in the latest Canadian Labour Market Report, over 36 per cent of recent immigrants are living in poverty. The report noted that the figure, related to those living in the country for up to five years, shows an 11 per cent increase over the 1980s figures. The study, run by the University of Torontos Morley Gunderson and Peter Dumgan and York Universitys Tony Fang, states that poverty amongst recent immigrants may ultimately lead to major social discontent. The problem, they say, is that those attracted to Canada by the points system for education and skills are increasingly resentful that their credentials are not being recognised by employers.

S.A.M.E. activists bring migrant awareness to thousands of students (UFCW)
In many regards the 2012-2013 school year was an historic milestone for S.A.M.E. (Students Against Migrant Exploitation). Among the many accomplishments for the organization, now in its fourth year, was the total number of students that were engaged through presentations and online campaigns: more than 7,500 students altogether! This incredible feat was reached over the year through a series of presentations and events held at over 50 different schools, campuses, and communities across Ontario. June marked the end of the school year presentations for S.A.M.E, whose activists visited Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Grimsby, Ontario where they had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of interested students at the schools annual Multicultural Week assembly.

A Country Called Canada (T. Sher Singh, Huffington Post)
While mulling over the idea, my parents decided to travel around the globe and check out the options. Over the course of seven months, they headed westwards and completed a full circle, visiting more than 40 countries, mostly in the northern hemisphere. Soon after they returned, our extended family — including close relatives such as my father’s brothers and their families — made a quick decision. It was time to move! They chose Canada. I had completed my two-year M.A. English program by now, but couldn’t sink my teeth in to get my degree: the university exams were being postponed, over and over again, weeks and months at a time, due to street protests and mob rule. Not a problem. My siblings and I could pick up on our education in our new homeland! A number of countries had looked appealing and were initially considered. Japan won the top grade amongst all the lands my parents had visited. But there were language issues. And it was not conducive to immigration. The U.S. was equally appealing, but its crime-rate was bothersome. They had even considered Australia and Brazil as possible options, but each lost out for one reason or the other. Europe was attractive, but language and racial barriers were a turn-off. Canada? Everything about it was marveilleaux!

Canada day festivities pay tribute to the ever evolving face of Canadian multiculturalism (Kelowna Daily Courier)
The constantly evolving face of Kelowna was embraced and celebrated Monday at Canada Day festivities held downtown. A steady addition of newcomers from around the world has transformed the look and feel of the city over the past few decades, Mayor Walter Gray told thousands of people attending the 40th annual Folkfest at Prospera Place. “This city at one time was not very diverse,” said the 72-year-old Gray, who has lived in Kelowna nearly his entire life. “Now it is very diverse, and that has made us a better community.”

Eric Li left Hong Kong for a hopeful future in Toronto (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
Latest chapter in the From There to Here series, profiling Eric Li who came to Canada from Hong Kong in 1979

Surgeon Fahima Osman leaves her underdog status behind (Globe and Mail)
Not an easy conclusion because, if anyone can claim to have heart, its Fahima Osman. She first appeared in The Globe and Mail a decade ago as part of The New Canada, a series that explored the rise in interracial marriage, the shift in gay rights and the goals of young aboriginal Canadians in an attempt to see a changing nation from the perspective of the diverse, educated 20-somethings who define the next generation. About to become the first Canadian-trained doctor in Torontos Somali community, Dr. Osman was a remarkable example of an immigrant success story. A refugee to Canada at the age of 11, she had been raised by loving parents with no formal schooling in a large family where money was always tight.

Little Portugal pioneer has 60th anniversary in Canada (Eric Andrew-Gee, Toronto Star)
Manuel Arruda blazed a trail for Portuguese immigration to Canada sixty years ago this summer

Rimsha Masihs story is just one part of a much larger and more dangerous drama (Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen)
Until the Canada Day weekend, it was a closely-guarded secret in Ontarios Pakistani émigré community that Rimsha Masih, the Christian girl whose entrapment in Pakistans barbaric blasphemy laws captured headlines around the world last year, was living incognito with her family in Canada. While much of Rimshas harrowing saga can now be told, her story is just one small drama in a much larger and necessarily untold story involving scores sometimes hundreds of people who are secreted into Canada every year.


Ottawa accused of making frivolous appeals against successful refugees (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Refugee lawyers say Ottawa is abusing the court system by launching frivolous appeals of refugee board decisions to grant protection to Tamil asylum seekers who arrived en masse by boat three years ago. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who has complained about failed refugees abusing their rights to appeal, is being criticized by lawyers for asking the federal court to reverse positive decisions granted to some of the MV Ocean Lady and Sun Sea passengers, who arrived here in 2009 and 2010. The concern is this is an enormous waste of resources. Some of these appeals seem to be frivolous, said Toronto refugee lawyer Angus Grant.

New policy benefits temporary immigrant trade workers (Jocelyn Turner, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune)
A lack of local workers skilled in the trades has left some business owners having to look outside of Alberta and Canada to find employees to fill the gap. Theres not enough to fill the positions that are there so we have to bring workers from anywhere. There arent enough Canadians, said Paul Holtz, owner of Millwright Machines Corp, a company that specializes in the repair of heavy equipment in Grande Prairie and has relied on immigrant workers in the past. In past, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program meant foreign workers had to rely heavily on their employer to be nominated for permanent residency past their four-year temporary stay. If the employer had more than one immigrant on staff, sometimes they would have to choose one employee over another, as the program only approves so many immigrants for permanent status per year.

Refugee resettlement: 2012 and beyond (PDF) (UNHCR)
As will be discussed below, the use of resettlement as a protection tool and/or for any of the other functions outlined above has been heavily influenced over time by a variety of factors. While conflict and displacement create the need for resettlement places, they are not the principle determinants of its use. A complex interplay of geopolitical, economic and social factors has, at various times over the decades, dictated who is resettled, in what numbers and from where.

Family flees persecution to Canada’s safe embrace (Dax Melmer, Windsor Star)
First, the pastor of their underground church was arrested. Then, they heard secret police had asked about them, too. So Daniel Arya and his wife Nosrat Shahin, decided to leave Iran along with their infant daughter Ayrin. They spent the next three months wandering the streets of Tehran by day and sleeping at friends’ houses at night. Their “crime” was not illegal, however, just something some strict Muslims argue should be punishable by death. Arya, 44, and Shahin, 45, had committed apostasy, converting from Islam to Christianity. “It was so horrible,” Shahin said during a recent interview at their modest apartment in Windsor.


Canadian Social Research Newsletter : June 30, 2013 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Media and Policy News for June 28, 2013 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. [British Columbia] 2012-2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Ombudsperson – June 2013
3. Mayors of Canada’s biggest cities calling on government partners to address growing housing crisis (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) – May 30
4. Poverty Costs 2.0 : Investing in Albertans — A Blueprint for Reducing Poverty in Alberta (Vibrant Communities Calgary and Action to End Poverty in Alberta) – June 26
5. Canada positioned to create more jobs and growth with Royal Assent of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act (Finance Canada) – June 26
6. Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Housing Call for Sustainable Federal Funding Partnership – June 25
7. [New Brunswick] Third Progress report on poverty reduction plan released (Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation) – June 14
8. 2013 Call for Nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award : deadline for nominations extended to midnight on Sunday July 7 (Health Nexus )
9. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2013 – June 27
— Income of Canadians, 2011 – June 27
— Low Income Lines, 2011-2012 – June 27
— The Increase in Food Prices Between 2007 and 2012 – June 27
— 2011 National Household Survey: Portrait of Canada’s labour force – June 26
— 2011 National Household Survey: Education in Canada: Attainment, field of and location of study – June 26
— Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2011 – June 25
10. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Crushing poverty: Manitoba pilot project blazed trail (Hugh Segal, Chronicle Herald)
For over 40 years, starting at a Tory policy conference under Robert Stanfields federal leadership, I have been campaigning for the kind of economic framework that deals with the worst scourge and most serious social and economic threat the plague of poverty. Poverty is what makes a strong community weak or a coherent society divided. And here in Canada, we can do much better than we have. Since the Second World War, we have seen pensions for veterans and seniors, universal free primary and secondary education, universal health insurance, financial assistance for university or college, workplace safety assistance for job injuries, crop insurance for farm families, minimum wage laws, insurance for the unemployed.

York Region seeing rising affluence and deepening poverty (Rachel Mendleson, Toronto Star)
A trip through the sprawl that has galloped north across York Region to the border of East Gwillimbury has increasingly become a tour of monster homes, luxury car dealerships and exclusive golf clubs. But just beyond the edge of development, tucked between farm fields along the Yonge St. corridor, a shelter for homeless families is a stark reminder that amid rising affluence in Torontos northern suburb, poverty is increasing, too. Most people are unaware of the issue, said Patti Bell, executive director of Blue Door Shelters. Theres a huge, growing gap.

The World’s Most Reputable Countries, 2013 (Susan Adams, Forbes)
Which countries have the best reputations? What does that even mean? The Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, has just released its fourth annual list of 50 countries, ranked according to what it says is peoples trust, admiration, respect and affinity for those countries. Topping the list for the third year in a row: Canada. Sweden comes in second, one place up from last year and Switzerland is third, up from fourth last year. (Australia slipped from second to fourth place.)


Diversity Innovation Awards (Profiles in Diversity Journal)
Each year in the July/August issue, Profiles in Diversity Journal looks to honor individuals and teams working in organizations and institutions anywhere in the world that have developed innovative solutions offering measurable outcomes in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. Our objective is to encourage and increase the number of businesses and institutions implementing innovative programs, projects, or practices that will help to improve workforce diversity/inclusion excellence. These awards will recognize innovations within the organization that have been launched within the past five years, and have had an influence and delivered a positive outcome on diversity management, staff recruitment, and/or toward inclusiveness and improved equity in the workplace. Any one idea or project qualifies as long as the results are already making a greater impact on diversity management and/or business and institutional diversity/inclusion excellence than anything prior.
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Migrant Workers Death Deserves a Coroners Inquest (Workers’ Action Centre)
On Friday June 28, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal will hold the last hearing on Mr. Ned Livingston Pearts case. Mr. Peart, a migrant worker who came to Canada through the Commonwealth Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), was crushed to death in 2002 while working on a tobacco farm near Brantford. When the Peart family requested a coroners inquest into his death their request was denied.–jgVIAlgAYgVlbi1DQQ&cd=TZokbBHyfog&usg=AFQjCNFBMR9cKIbupUMqY4cuz49kUegX6Q

Mis amigos (Rick Conroy, Wellington Times)
For the migrant workersmen and women it is a hard choice, yet a way of life to forsake their native countries in search of income. The alternative is to stay behind and work as Luis and his wife do from their home, assembling garments as paid piecework: or like Artemio, to find hourly work on an auto parts assembly line or in a cardboard manufacturing plant. Work for meagre pesos. Gone for two-thirds of the year, many like Luis and Artemio arrive in Canada for what they see as an opportunity to better their families chances. If the rain prevents them from working on the land on certain days, as in our recent weather, they dont get paid. The workers will attempt to make up the shortfall of income with indoor work or extra hours or wait for work in the corn harvest on their return to Mexico in the fall. The number of migrant workers in Canada has increased by 70 per cent in the last five years. Under the Migrant Farm Workers Project, close to 18,000 workers from Mexico and the Caribbean, 90 per cent of total migrant farm workers in Canada, will fill the labour gap in the food economy of Ontario. Many of the workers are supplied by private recruiters. As production from the soil increases here in Prince Edward so will the demand for dependable labour.

Christmas wish of Hampstead crash widow is for survivor to get visa extended so he can visit sick wife (Natalie Alcoba, Sarah Boesveld, National Post)
All I want is for Juan to be reunited with his family and for him to be able to come back here to Canada to rehabilitate himself so that he can provide for his family for the rest of his life. Because otherwise, everything is lost. Mr. Arizas advocates, which include the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) are preparing an application to Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) to ask for a visa extension on compassionate grounds. They will submit it once they get a clear prognosis from a doctor that Mr. Ariza needs continued care in Canada.

Migrant worker advocates call for changes to coroners inquest system (Jeff Mackey, Global News)
Advocates hope the case of a Jamaican father of six crushed to death in an Ontario farm will prompt changes to the way agriculture migrant workers deaths are investigated. More than 30,000 temporary workers come each year from countries such as Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico to work on farms in Canada most of them in Ontario. Last year, 20 of those workers died, but the Agricultural Workers Alliance says a coroners inquest has never been held into any of those deaths.

Migrant workers protest for inquest into worker’s death (CHCH)
Supporters of migrant farm workers in Ontario, and across Canada, are hoping to make history. Theyre hoping to force a coroner to call an inquest into the death of a farm worker, and other migrants killed after coming to Canada to produce food.

Wife of B.C. man found guilty of enslaving nanny speaks out (CBC)
The wife of a Vancouver man potentially facing life in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking and enslaving their Filipina nanny says their lives have been ruined by the trial and the “shocking” verdict. Franco Orr, 50, and Nicole Huen, 36, were accused of bringing live-in nanny Leticia Sarmiento from Hong Kong to Canada illegally in 2008 and forcing her to work in domestic servitude for several years until she called the police in June 2010. In B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Orr was found guilty on all charges, including human trafficking, after 2½ days of deliberations by the jury. His wife was found not guilty on all charges.

Alberta Canada needs 110,000 Skilled Workers to cover shortage (Migration Expert)
Employment and immigration statistics indicate that Alberta will soon face a shortage of 110,000 workers in the next decade. Employment Minister Hector Goudreau explained that unless government and industry start finding new ways to attract workers, the statistical predictions of a 110,000 worker shortage in the province will become a reality. “Because of the aging workforce, even if we do all the right things – inform, attract, develop, retain – we still will not have enough workers,” said Goudreau. The province is currently between 30,000 to 40,000 workers short in all fields of employment, Goudreau said.,000_skilled_workers_to_cover_shortage

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