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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 16, 2014


Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Gord Nixon,
Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC, was a featured speaker in the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s “Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian” series on March 27, 2014. In his speech, Mr. Nixon talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths. He gives practical advice for business leaders, governments, agencies that support immigrants, and immigrants themselves. “Those of us in leadership positions have an obligation and responsibility to get involved. The business case is clear – diversity and inclusion are both the smart thing, and the right thing, to do,” says Nixon, who chairs the diversity council at RBC.

Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (IRPP)
Jelena Atanackovic and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault find that major changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program are required in order to improve the economic and social integration of these migrant workers before and after their participation in the program, notably, ending the live-in requirement.

Innovative research project gives immigrant women a voice (Colleen Toms, Brant News)
When you go to work in the morning, how do you feel? Do you feel marginalized or excited? Do you feel scared? Are you happy or are you afraid of being bullied? Those were questions put forth by PhD candidate Bharati Sethi when she presented the findings of her community-based participatory research project to local dignitaries, media, teaching professionals and community organizations on April 4.

Newcomers get fused (Michelle Ruby,
Little could spare Tehreem and Anosh Jamal from a big dose of culture shock when they emigrated to Brantford from their native Pakistan in 2012.Lahore, where the teens grew up, has a semi-arid climate and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with about 10 million residents.

National 4-H conference held in P.E.I. (Saah Seeley, The Guardian)
Prince Edward Island is hosting a national 4-H conference on citizenship this week. Fifty-five members, aged 16 to 21, are spending the week learning more about the birthplace of Confederation. This is the first time the Canadian 4-H citizenship seminar has been held outside of Ottawa.

Last call for submissions for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award (Charity Village)
Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Ten organizations from around the world with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. A total of $100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which $40,000 USD goes to the winning project. The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. To be considered, organizations must apply online by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. New York City time


Refugee claim acceptance in Canada appears to be ‘luck of the draw’ despite reforms, analysis shows (Adrian Humphreys,
Despite sweeping changes to the Immigration & Refugee Board that shifted decisions from political appointees to civil servants, a new analysis of who became a refugee in Canada shows massive discrepancy between decision makers, with one adjudicator rejecting every claim coming before her and others accepting all of them.

Refugee set on life in Canada fights lingering suspicions from 9/11-era arrest (Jim Bronskill,
A Syrian refugee says his efforts to build a new life in Canada are being stymied by the federal government’s lingering — but long discredited — suspicions about his past.

A quiet and unnecessary deportation (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Roland is gay. There are no gay rights where he was born. He came here. We deported him.

Constructing the Bogus Refugee (Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement)
A Dialogue on Discourse and Refugees in Canada


Tip Sheet 3: How to Conduct a Culturally-Sensitive Job Interview (IEC-BC)
Screen-in top talent and conduct culturally sensitive interviews using information from this Tip Sheet.

Low wages, not poor work ethic, behind surge of foreign labour (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Small business sector accuses Canadian job seekers of being unreliable and unmotivated to defend their hiring of foreign guest workers, ignoring their own addiction to low-wage foreign employees.

Minister mulls barring foreign worker program for some fast-food jobs (Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail)
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says it may be time to bar the use of the temporary foreign worker program in filling some fast-food job needs because there should be enough Canadians to handle the work.

Legal battle brewing over temporary foreign worker program (
Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up.

Complaints about temporary foreign worker program spread (Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun)
B.C. workers ranging from seasoned professionals to teenage fast-food employees are complaining about being dumped in favour of non-residents as Ottawa scrutinizes employers who abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Foreign workers filling gaps in N.S. kitchens, says group (
Nova Scotia’s food industry will need to rely on more temporary foreign workers if the system isn’t fixed soon, says the executive director of the province’s restaurant association, responding to criticism that some Canadian McDonald’s restaurants favour foreign workers on their staff.

Critics say Ottawa missing critical opportunity to bolster apprenticeships (
Stakeholders are disappointed that the Conservative government has declared its massive new federal-provincial infrastructure project open for business — with nary a mention of apprenticeships.

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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 15, 2014


Indo-Canadian immigration continues to grow (
Today Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, along with Member of Parliament for Brampton–Springdale, Parm Gill, affirmed that Canada remains a destination of choice for visitors, students and business travellers from India.

Ontario Liberals to target ethnic voters with demographic database software (Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail)
The Ontario Liberals are stepping up their efforts to target voters by ethno-cultural group ahead of a spring election, banking on off-the-shelf software to map the electorate’s demographics down to the address.

Hamilton mom gives Barbies a multicultural makeover (CBC News)
It was about a year ago that Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a doll that looked like her daughter and had a revelation – there weren’t any. Robinson had seen black Barbie dolls before. Most of them wore bikinis, and they all had long, straight hair. And they all looked the same — sidekicks to the white dolls, or as Robinson describes them, “Barbie’s token black friend.”

Is the Diversity Self-ID really mandatory? (Ryerson University)
This month we’re asking all employees to complete the Diversity Self-Identification. At Ryerson, we believe that having faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of our students and our city makes us a better university. It is critical to Ryerson’s success to remove barriers and promote inclusion of equity seeking groups.


2013 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (CCR)
Data obtained from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) through an Access to Information Request reveals vast disparities in refugee claim recognition rates across decision-makers in 2013.


Ontario’s Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of gender income gap (Laurie Monsebraaten,
Ontario declares its first Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the 31 per cent gender income gap.

Video: Soul of the City 9 – Diversity is Good Business: Highlights ( – Calgary Economic Development)
It’s no secret that Calgary employers are facing a talent shortage. Smart organizations are identifying ways to diversify their workforce in an effort to meet some of these shortages. Our ninth Soul of the City event: Diversity is good business; explores how a more inclusive workforce can ease Calgary’s talent shortage and make us a better city.

Canada needs more immigrant future citizens, fewer guest workers (Globe and Mail)
The evidence is mounting that, whatever the Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be accomplishing, it is not the alleviation of temporary labour shortages, its ostensible purpose. There are no widespread labour shortages in Canada. But since the 21st century began, the number of workers in the program has nearly tripled to around half a million.

Temporary foreign workers being approved too easily, expert warns (CBC News)
Federal government expands investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers after CBC report

Video: Foreign worker program fight (CBC News)
Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, is pitted against Richard Truscott of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Questions build around foreign worker program (Tara Carman,
Ottawa expanded its investigation into claims McDonald’s discriminated against Canadian employees in favour of temporary foreign workers on the same day two unions filed a court action challenging the program in another case.

Canadians: No appetite for the jobs that temporary foreign workers fill? (
Amid the uproar of yet another temporary foreign worker scandal, some observers insist that many Canadians in various regions of the country simply won’t work the jobs coveted by those eager to start a new life in Canada.

1-M jobs seen to open in British Columbia by 2020 (Rowena Papasin, ABS-CBN Canada)
One million jobs will open in British Columbia by 2020 once projects lined up by the province’s resource industries start. Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, said the economic push will come from growth in liquefied natural gas, mining, forestry and other key sectors within the next 10 years.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 14, 2014


’Unreasonable hurdles’ block some immigrants from getting OAS, critics say (Diana Mehta, Toronto Star)
Government’s demand for decades-old travel documents keeping people like Branko Sucic, 78, from getting Old Age Security pension, his daughter says.

Immigrants face ‘unreasonable’ hurdles with Old Age Security, critics say (CBC)
Branko Sucic has been waiting a long time for his Old Age Security pension. His daughter says the 78-year-old has been faced with a barrage of government demands for decades-old documents ever since first applying for the payments in 2004, but 10 years later she feels he’s no closer to getting what he deserves.

Happy times, hard times: Two sides of the Canadian immigrant coin (Mike Donachie, Metro News)
Priscilla Bunke has come a long way, in more ways than one.Her route to Canada was via Germany, where she spent 11 years. She then worked through a process of requalifying as a lawyer in Alberta, completing that in May 2012.It’s been 18 years since Bunke left her native Nigeria, and she’s now a successful specialist in securities and derivatives regulatory law, as well as the energy and oil industries, with Dentons law firm in Calgary.

CBC Saskatchewan wins RTDNA diversity award (CBC)
CBC’s Merelda Fiddler wins Adrienne Clarkson Diversity award for story on Regina’s Huda School

Chinese leaders urge community to support Toronto’s first high-profile mayoral candidate of a visible minority (Natalie Alcoba,
The deep-fried aroma of dim sum hung over tables dressed in canary yellow at the Very Fair Chinese Seafood Restaurant on a day that would have been ordinary, except for the appearance of Olivia Chow.

Citizens in Action (Institute for Canadian Citizenship)
Citizens in Action is an interactive exhibition showcasing the stories of new citizen volunteers from across the country – real life examples of how we can be active, engaged citizens. It encourages all Canadians to join in by learning about these inspiring individuals and sharing their own volunteer story. Each new citizen is introduced through video, photographic portrait and a short story in an effort to create a better, broader and different understanding of volunteerism, community engagement and citizenship.

CERIS-OCASI Panel Discussion on Bill 161: Implications for Immigration and Labour in Ontario – April 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CERIS)
Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the province’s first-ever immigration legislation on February 19, 2014. Currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly, Bill 161, An Act with respect to immigration to Ontario and a related amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, recognizes the ongoing nation-building role of immigration in forming Ontario’s social, economic and cultural values, also introducing measures for temporary labour migration such as employer registry. This panel will discuss the implications of Bill 161 for immigration and labour in the province from the perspectives of policy, research, labour, and the community.

Immigrant Employment Week – April 28 – May 2, 2014(Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership)
From April 28 – May 2, 2014, we are celebrating Immigrant Employment Week, a week full of activities that will showcase the skills, talents and achievements of newcomers and highlight the resources available that assist employers in leveraging immigrant talent.

Video – 10 Signs You’re a Canadian Immigrant (Canadian Immigrant)
Canadian Immigrant magazine celebrates its 10 year anniversary!

Pier 21 April Newsletter
"Our dream was coming true—to live in a place we had chosen." | Lights, Camera, Action! Immigration Story Shorts | Digest Our Podcast on ‘Food for Thought’ | Join Our Team of Volunteers | Not Your Average Easter Egg


The Refugee Claim Process (Refugee Rights in Ontario – A project of CLEO)
Refugee claim flowhart explains claim process

Refugee Lawyer Laura Best (I Channel)
Lawyer Laura Best explains the legal case being made made against the federal government’s cuts to IFH, the Interim Federal Health plan.

Surrey councillor lobbying for changes to federal refugee program (
A Surrey city councillor says the federal government refuses to change it’s refugee program, which charges a fee for those coming here.


Profiting from the precarious (Ranjit Bhaskar, Maytree)
Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should pay for it.As the money Alma paid to the recruiter was more than three years’ earnings in the Philippines, Alma borrowed it at an exorbitant rate of interest. Given the minimum wage she earns here in Toronto, it would take at least three years to pay back the debt.

Minding the skills gap in British Columbia ( – IEC-BC)

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) launched a new campaign at to introduce employers and hiring mangers across British Columbia to an online library of employer tools and resources that assist with hiring immigrant talent.

Connector Program (ERIEC)
ERIEC Connector Program is a simple yet highly effective networking program that helps local businesses and organizations connect with talented immigrants who want to build a career in Edmonton.

Looking for the root causes of inequality in all the wrong places (Macleans)
Why the wage-productivity ‘disconnect’ does not explain increased inequality

Government of Canada takes action to create jobs and address skills shortages in the manufacturing sector (
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced a number of government initiatives that support the manufacturing industry in Canada during a roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).The Government of Canada is partnering with the CME to help internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists obtain jobs in their fields faster by connecting with Canadian employers facing labour shortages in manufacturing. The CME will also work with internationally trained workers to find alternate careers that match their skills set.

Ottawa funds plan to employ skilled immigrants (Terry Davidson,
Ottawa will partner with the country’s manufacturing sector to reach out to skilled newcomers who have been trained elsewhere, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Saturday.

Ottawa doubles number of Irish workers allowed on two-year visas (Tara Carman ,
The federal government Has quietly doubled the number of Irish workers allowed to enter the country without the usual check to Ensure Canadians Are not being displaced.

Has Canada’s foreign labour program outgrown its usefulness? (Barrie McKenna,
From pickers to pipe-fitters and burger-flippers, Canadian businesses have become hopelessly hooked on short-term foreign workers.The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite persistent unemployment and scant evidence of widespread labour shortages.

McDonald’s foreign worker practices face growing scrutiny (CBC)
The federal investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foregn workers Has Widened to several other locations, as more local workers speak out about feeling sidelined and shortchanged.

Fast-food worker from Kuwait lives in fear of losing her job (Sandra Mcculloch ,
A Kuwaiti woman is one of the 26 temporary foreign workers in Victoria who have been caught in a controversy over fair hiring practices.

Caution needed with foreign worker program (
Arecent CBC report on the dangers of abuse of the temporary foreign workers’ program – and Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s reaction to it – are a reminder of the dangers inherent in a program to bring outsiders to do work deemed too trivial for Canadians.

Job fair attracts 10 temporary Francophone immigrants (The Guardian)
Following its participation in the 10th Destination Canada Job Fair, the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) has announced the arrival of 10 new French-speaking immigrants in the province.

Migrant worker injured in deadly Ontario crash fights for residency (CBC, Laura Lynch)
Peruvian migrant worker broke pelvis, ribs in 2012 crash that killed 11 people

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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 11, 2014


Toronto launches cricket tournament with the support of CIBC and CIMA Canada (

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Toronto, becoming the biggest rival of basketball in some schools. Played in more than 100 countries around the world, it is part of the cultural heritage of thousands of Torontonians and is increasingly popular with school-age children and youth across the city. Cricket is played at several local schools and more than 50 school teams take part annually in Toronto tournaments.

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan reacts to racist Kijiji ad (Aaron Stuckel,

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has some concerns following news of a racist and homophobic Kijiji ad posted by a landlord in Swift Current. In the ad, the landlord said he or she would not allow people of African descent or homosexuals to rent out a room, but used derogatory terms to describe them.
Urban centres hold key to future (Gerry Klein,

his is the case even though, as the report points out, 60 per cent of Saskatchewan residents live in urban centres, and almost all newcomers, the vast majority of whom are immigrants, are moving into the two major cities. Even at this level, Saskatchewan is still more rural than most of Canada, where 80 per cent of the populations live in cities. But it hasn’t been the rural focus of elected members, or even the rural-centric myopia of provincial governments that have been forced to disproportionately cater to rural needs in order to win re-election, that has held back the province. Saskatchewan’s challenge comes from a couple of factors deeply rooted in our history.

Immigrants with degrees find it harder to find professional jobs in Canada (Ray Clancy,

Highly educated immigrants to Canada are facing more difficulties in accessing professional and management occupations than in the middle of the 1990s, according to researchers. A team from the University of Toronto analysed trends in the success of immigrants with university degrees in census data from 1996, 2001, and 2006 and have identified a ‘brain waste’ trend.

Saskatchewan licenses immigration consultants, recruiters to protect newcomers (

The Saskatchewan government says it’s trying to protect newcomers to Canada from scams by licensing immigration consultants and recruiters. The province has published a list of those who can provide services to employers, potential immigrants and foreign workers under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act.

Why the kids of Asian immigrants excel – and what it teaches us about stereotypes (Erin Anderssen,

In Canada, statistics show that second-generation children of immigrants outperform their native-born peers. But that’s not the full story. Some ethnic groups do very well when it comes to education attainment and professional occupations, while others struggle. Why do kids with parents from places such as China often top the achievement lists? The simple answer: because their parents expect them too. But that’s only the simple answer, according to a fascinating new paper published in the Journal of Race and Social Problems which takes a deep dive on these questions, and comes up with a much more nuanced answer than the cultural-superiority argument put forth by Yale professor and ‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua.

History, identity and values (Stéphane Lévesque,

The election of the Liberal party has put a full stop to the Parti Québécois’s values charter — at least in its original form. But we should not dismiss the PQ’s Bill 60 so quickly, which, before the election, had garnered the support of a clear majority of francophone Québécois. For months, the PQ claimed publicly that its charter was meant to promote secularism and equality, and protect Québécois values in the face of potentially threatening cases of accommodating practices for immigrants or ethnocultural groups.

Chinese groups on opposite sides of immigration fence (

Chinese groups are at odds with each other over the federal government’s move to kill off the wealthy immigrant fast-track program. A group of around 50 ethnic Chinese community members — calling themselves the The Alliance of the Guard of Canadian Values — held a meeting last Saturday at the West Richmond Community Centre to back the government’s move to close the investor-class program, which would expedite wealthy, would-be immigrants through the residency process.

VCC continues to provide language services with new funding (Matt Kieltyka,

Newcomers to Canada can continue to access free English training at Vancouver Community College now that funding has been secured. VCC and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the signing of a two-year $9.4 million agreement that will see the school continue to deliver settlement language training through Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).

Video: Liberal spin doctors (Brian Lilley,

At what point does ‘reasonable accomodation’ become unreasonable?

Meet one of Surrey’s ‘champion’ volunteers (Warren Jane,

Hemanshu Hora immigrated to Canada from India with the hope of pursuing a better life and education for his children – an 11-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son – but adjusting to life in a foreign country wasn’t easy. “It was totally different. People are much more friendly, much more polite,” says Hora with a smile. “But we had to learn a lot of new things. It was kind of tough for my kids, my wife and myself also.”

Northumberland immigrant women struggle with jobs, language (Karen Longwell,
As the stereo blasts pumping dance beats, fitness instructor and Filipino immigrant Thelma Dillon easily communicates the moves to her participants. However communication wasn’t always so easy. Ms. Dillon, who is one of many women Northumberland United Way and Northumberland County are seeking input from for a needs assessment study, found communicating in her new country was difficult at first.

Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010 (

The range of arts offerings in Canada – from art galleries, classical concerts, and theatre performances to pop concerts and cultural festivals – manages to attract most Canadians to at least one type of activity. Overall, 71% of Canadians attended at least one of the five key arts activities in 2010. This is one of the key findings of Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010, the 41st report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research.

Immigrant students new challenge for P.E.I. schools (
With almost one in 20 students in P.E.I. schools now coming from other countries, the Island’s education system is continuing to adjust. Many Island school populations have been transformed in the past decade. Of the approximately 20,000 enrolled in elementary and secondary schools on P.E.I., nearly 1,000 are international students. More than a third of those are from China. The Department of Education only began to recognize the need to adjust to that influx in 2006.

Metropolis Professional Development (

Metropolis has mobilized the best Canadian and international expertise on migration and integration to offer a first class training programme intended to provide information, analysis and tools on the management of migration and the integration of migrants and refugees. It will assist participants in gaining an enhanced understanding of how policy and programmes can influence these effects to the advantage of the receiving societies, the migrants themselves, and their homelands.

RBC Conference April 28 – The Immigrant Experience in Canada: New Policies, New Economy, New Realities (
Citizenship Reform and the Unsettling of Canada

Immigrant Settlement and Integration in a Context of Increasing Inequality and Austerity
Socio-spatial Polarization, Neighbourhood Change, and the Changing Context of Immigrant Settlement in Canadian Cities
Shaping the Future: Canada’s Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies

Maternal health care for newcomers exceeds expectations (Kate Toogood,

Defying all expectations, new research from the University of Alberta shows that newcomer women are very satisfied with the maternal care they receive in Canada’s Prairie provinces. A study led by Zubia Mumtaz, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, revealed that newcomer women were just as able to navigate the health-care system and received the same information regarding what to expect during pregnancy and childbirth as Canadian-born women. In addition, they were equally likely to have timely prenatal visits and contact with public health nurses following birth. The research was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Immigrants: Canada’s 150th anniversary and beyond (Scott Taylor,

What will Canada look like in 2017 as it becomes 150-years old? What will it look like beyond that? Surely, the tide of immigration will continue, but some think the flow will become more of a trickle as the years pass. “I think it’s a fair assumption to think that there will be a lower level of immigration than the current level,” said Western University sociology professor Dr. Roderic Beaujot. “All the political parties have to posture themselves in favour of immigration, especially at election time, but people say we need immigration from a demographic and economic point of view.


National News: Canada must honour commitment to help Syrian refugees (
With the situation in Syria worsening daily, the NDP is calling for the Conservative government to honour its promise to accept more Syrian refugees, and respond generously to the UN’s recent appeals.


Making Paid Internships Work For You (
Learn more about effectively using internships by joining us on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon EST for a free webinar. You will hear from Nagiub Gouda, who heads Career Edge, Mark Appleton of RBC, and Maryam Rezaie of C&T Reinforcing Steel Co on how to successfully use internships to benefit your business. The session will be moderated Peter Paul of Maytree.

Recruitment or Human Trafficking? (Community,
On Sunday, April 13th, Radyo Migrante will discuss the recent migrants’ report written by Fay Faraday, and released by the Metcalf Foundation. “Over the past decade, Canadian employers have increasingly demanded access to a “flexible” workforce of transnational migrant workers. Canadian laws and policies have responded, speeding the flow of workers to Canada with precarious temporary immigration status. Since 2000, the population of temporary migrant workers in Canada has more than tripled to 338,213 in 2012. Their population has more than doubled since 2006 alone.

Former Burnaby MLA Harry Bloy’s business recruiting temporary Asian workers for Canadian jobs (
Former Liberal Burnaby MLA Harry Bloy is running a third-party recruiting business that brings in Asian temporary foreign workers to fill Canadian jobs. Bloy is listed as the president and CEO of Global Business Canada, according to his new website, but it’s unclear how he’s earning money, as the services he offers are free.

A better work ethic? CBC readers weigh in on debate over temporary foreign workers (Devon Goodsell,
Judging by the thousands of comments on our website and on social media, CBC’s audience is divided on the issue. Some readers say there might be some truth to the idea that foreign workers have a better work ethic than Canadians. But others point the finger at the employers.

Slaw: Ontario’s Ministry of Labour targets employers using unpaid internships (Yosie Saint-cyr,

From April to June 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Labour is conducting an employment standards inspection blitz targeting organizations that employ unpaid interns. The goal is to ensure worker rights are protected and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities.

Les Leyne: Foreign-worker fuss means trouble for B.C. (Les Leyne,
“There’s no doubt we’ve seen some abuses that really tick me off,” federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney said a few weeks ago. He was referring to the temporary foreign workers program and his irritation about the perceived abuses by that point had been growing for some time. So when the situation at three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants was made public by the CBC, he was more than ready to respond.

There are enough employees in the workforce: training them is key (Chad Gaffield And Brent Herbert-copley,

When it comes to the current debate on skills and employment in Canada, however, it may be the “unknown knowns” that are most important. We have oceans of reports and statistics but if their findings are not synthesized, research can’t guide policy and won’t tell new graduates much about the labour market of today, or how to prepare for the future. So what happened when 16 teams of researchers working across the country took a look at the existing research on skills and labour markets? Here is some of what they discovered.

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