A couple of recent cases have highlighted some heartbreaking situations with respect to the Caregiver Program (formerly the Live-in Caregiver Program). Families trying to hire overseas caregivers are frustrated at having to pay $1,000 along with the application and wait months for a response, only to have the application rejected by visa officers who don’t believe the person will leave Canada at the end of the work term.
It’s a sad situation. Read More »
When the previous government of Canada was pitching the benefits that the new Express Entry immigration selection system would bring, the phrase ‘attracting the cream of the crop’ was heard often. As Conservative Ministers criss-crossed the country, reassuring stakeholders about the new system, this particular line was trotted out time and again. Read More »
A recent article in the Toronto Star highlighted the case of Marcelina Gilles, a Filipino-Canadian who has been waiting 17 years to reunite with her husband and three children in Canada.
Seventeen years. Do you remember what was going on in 1999? It was the year of Y2K fear and a long time before your first smart phone. It was the year when Bill Clinton, still president of our neighbour to the south, came to Ottawa to dedicate the new Embassy of the United States in Canada.
In short, it was a long, long time ago. Read More »
Next year Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday, and, as we enter what is hopefully a positive new era with a new federal government, we have the opportunity to grow the country. Read More »
If you visit the government of Canada’s website and search for current processing times under the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for immigration to Canada, you are informed that they are working on applications received on or before November 4, 2011. Read More »
Whatever might be said about Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (don’t you just love that title?), nobody can deny that he has so far rolled up his sleeves. Read More »
If you were to consider the question ‘who are the foremost statesmen in Canadian history?’, you might well end up with a handful of household names, among them Macdonald, Laurier, St. Laurent, Pearson, Trudeau (Senior), and Mulroney. These were the individuals who were ambitious enough to grow the country, not to mention fortunate enough to be surrounded by a team capable of doing so and a population urging them on. Read More »
When it comes to helping international refugees in desperate need, it is the Canadian people who are leading the charge. We could be doing more, but some recent news gives grounds to be hopeful that that will soon be case. Read More »
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In 1979, as thousands of Vietnamese were attempting to flee a region in disarray and a totalitarian regime, deputy Canadian immigration minister John Manion brought the manuscript of None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948, to Ron Atkey, the immigration minister. This document catalogued how Canada had largely rejected Jewish refugees from Europe over the course of, and even after, the period of Nazi rule in central Europe. ‘This should not be you,’ Mr. Manion reportedly told Mr. Atkey. Read More »
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At exactly this time last year, I wrote an open letter on this blog titled ‘Children Belong in School’. In this letter, addressed to the Quebec Cabinet Ministers of Immigration and Education, Kathleen Weil and Yves Bolduc, I lamented Quebec’s wayward policy whereby only legal residents and certain categories of immigrants could receive free public education. Read More »
Opening a copy of the Montreal Gazette yesterday morning, I was drawn to an article in the Opinion section titled ‘Becoming Canadian’. It was a superb piece of writing by an American, or rather American-Canadian, writer by the name of Elizabeth Adams. Read More »
When I was growing up in Montreal, Canada Day, then called Dominion Day, truly meant something to my family. My grandfather landed on Canadian shores in 1906 and, as the children and grandchildren of immigrants, our family loved the spirit and essence of the day. It is our country’s birthday, after all. Read More »