Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was in Burnaby, B.C. this week. The minister told the crowd gathered at the Executive Hotel that his immigration crackdown — from marriage fraud to human smuggling and what he called the “abuse of Canada’s generosity” — is not driven by ideology or racism.
by David P. Ball
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was in Burnaby, B.C. yesterday to explain changes to how would-be newcomers connect with employers in Canada, and to answer questions about the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which has come under scrutiny this week over 200 Chinese coal mine workers in B.C.
by Janet Dench
New immigration rules mean some sponsored spouses will have “conditional permanent residence” for two years – and will be subject to deportation if they don’t live with their spouse for the full two years.
The change is designed to combat “marriage fraud” – people getting married in order to obtain permanent residence.
But the new rule seems to assume that a marriage is either fraudulent or destined for eternal bliss.
Life is more complicated.
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Sanctuary Health: United for Refugee and Migrant Health is coordinating with our friends in the Latin American community to celebrate the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is an event open to all members of our communities to honour our friends and family who have died. We will also be noting the death of Interim Federal Health benefits for most refugees in Canada and recent changes in Canadian law and government policy that threaten the lives and wellbeing of refugees and migrants in our communities. Please join us outside First United Church (Hastings and Gore) for a procession through the neighbourhood.
Where: Meet near First United Church at Hastings and Gore, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
When: 6:00pm Thursday November 1
By Karl Nerenberg
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a tweet can be worth at least a 100 carefully crafted news releases.
Take the following tweet, for example: “…now get them the f — outta here cuz most are false asylum seekers. They had their free vacay, now it’s time to go!”
Jonathan Woodward, CTV British Columbia
Canada’s Federal Court has upheld a ruling that warns tough talk by the Harper government against Tamil migrants is putting them in more danger back in Sri Lanka – and making it harder to send them back.
By Sunil Narula
Indo Canadian Workers Association (ICWA) will be holding a massive forum in Surrey next month to highlight the ‘anti-immigration policies of the Government of Canada’. More than a thousand people are expected to attend this forum which will be held on September 9 at Bear Creek Hall.
by Yolande Cole
Medical workers and members of the public concerned about recent cuts to refugee health-care services stood outside St. Paul’s Hospital Thursday (August 2) evening in the first of what they say will be bi-weekly vigils against the changes.
By members of No One Is Illegal – Toronto
Recently there has been a flurry of words and tweets regarding the issuing of a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) to Conrad Black by the Minister for Deportations, Jason Kenney. Except when some lawyers said that Kenney was involved, his office went ahead and tried to get them disciplined. Now a bevy of lawyers have written an open letter saying that they don’t believe Kenney when he says he wasn’t involved, something the Globe and Mail is calling it an “uprising”.
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Steven Chase — The Globe and Mail
More than 80 lawyers have signed an open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney challenging his insistence he played no role in granting Conrad Black a permit to live in this country even before the U.K. citizen had finished his jail time in Florida.