Canadian immigrants getting fleeced by money transfer services: ACORN

Posted by admin on Jul 27th, 2011

By Ben Christopher July 27, 2011 11:57 am,

Canadian residents who use commercial money transfer services to send funds to family members back home are paying unreasonably high fees, says a non-profit that represents low-income families. According to ACORN Canada spokesperson Pascal Apuwa, fees levied on international money transfers can be as high as 20 to 25 per cent. “We are demanding that these agencies reduce their charges and we are asking the government to regulate them,” says Apuwa.

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Caregiver sues former employer, claiming $162,000 in lost wages

Posted by admin on May 29th, 2011

Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star, May 29 2011

At 21, Lilliane Namukasa left Uganda to make a new life in Canada as a live-in caregiver for two small children. But after working full-time for two years, she was paid just $2,100 by her Brampton employer and then fired without cause, forcing her into a homeless shelter, Namukasa says in a claim filed in Ontario Superior Court. This is despite an employment contract that entitled Namukasa to receive approximately $22,000 a year, before taxes, minus $2,860 for room and board, she says in the claim.

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Waive immigrant fees, court rules

Posted by admin on May 12th, 2011

Adrian Humphreys, National Post, May 12 2011

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The Federal Court of Appeal has opened the doors to indigent immigrants by forcing the government to consider requests to waive application fees from would-be immigrants who claim they can’t afford to pay. The case challenges a long-held tenet that immigration requires an economic component to help stimulate the Canadian economy rather than deplete social assistance.

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Many low-wage workers not being paid at all: report

Posted by admin on May 12th, 2011

By Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star, May 12 2011

About one in three low-wage workers in Ontario is a victim of “wage theft,” according to a report being released at Queen’s Park on Thursday. The report, based on a survey of 520 casual, temporary and non-standard workers in the Greater Toronto Area and Windsor, is among the first attempts in Canada to document how often vulnerable workers go unpaid or suffer other violations of employment standards.

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Federal MP Ruby Dhalla charged by her nanny

Posted by admin on Apr 20th, 2011

Published On Wed Apr 20 2011, MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS Dale Brazao Staff Reporter

The high-profile case involving Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla and a former nanny who alleged abuse in the family household is on hold until after the election. The case was adjourned to June 9 after Dhalla’s lawyer, Michael Mazzuca, argued that the Brampton MP and her family were working round the clock trying to get her re-elected. Mazzuca said Ruby Dhalla, her mother Tavinder and her brother Neil couldn’t come to court and instruct him on how to proceed with their motion against their former nanny, who claimed she was exploited while working for the family at their Mississauga home three years ago.

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