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| April 29, 2013
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Arrests of undocumented workers not entertainment

April 24, 2013
| On March 13, Canada Border Services agents brought a TV crew with them when they raided a construction site in Vancouver and arrested several undocumented workers.
Length: 12:53 minutes (11.8 MB)
April 12, 2013 |
The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada.

Of 'illegal immigrants' and 'democratic socialism'

It's been an interesting couple of weeks in the world of political phraseology. Now, if by some miracle you didn’t slip directly into a coma after reading that first sentence, I'll explain what I mean.

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Don't believe the hype! RBC layoffs not about foreigners vs. Canadians

Photo: oknidius / flickr

Once again the temporary foreign worker program has erupted in controversy where it is being used to pit workers against each other. 

News reports point out that the Royal Bank of Canada has decided to move its information technology department abroad. To do so, it has brought in temporary workers from India that will learn the ropes from their Canadian counterparts. Following this training, the Canadian workers will be laid off, and the Indian workers will transition the IT department to India and return there. 

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| April 5, 2013
Redeye

Canada Border Services raid highlights risks for undocumented migrants

March 25, 2013
| There are thousands of undocumented workers in Canada. Their stories are mostly hidden from view. But a recent raid on a construction site in Vancouver put migrant workers in the spotlight.
Length: 16:28 minutes (15.08 MB)

Civil liberties watchdog files formal complaint against CBSA's use of Reality TV

BCCLA Executive Director Josh Paterson.

Opposition to the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) partnership with a Reality TV series, 'Border Security: Canada's Front Line,' continues to grow in the wake of last week's raids targeting migrant workers at construction sites in the Lower Mainland. 

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association issued the following statement at a press conference in Vancouver Thursday. 

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| March 15, 2013

More changes to refugee system from Jason Kenney: Mexico added to 'safe countries' list

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney. (Photo: michael_swan)

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced on February 14, 2013 that the list of Designated Countries of Origin is being expanded to include an additional eight countries. The Designation came into force on February 15, 2013.

The Designated Country of Origin (DCO) is part of the new refugee system that came into effect in Canada on December 15, 2012. The Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act gives the authority for the Minister to designate countries of origin for fast tracking of refugee claims. The designation also restricts the rights refugees to obtain work permits who come from the DCO's that generally "offer state protection, have active human rights and civil society organizations, and do not normally produce refugees."

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