Celebrating 24 Years of Culture, Talent and Glamour

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24th Miss INDIA-CANADA Event on August 16: Applications Available

By A Correspondent

Chevrolet presents the 24th Annual MISS INDIA-CANADA Event on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto.  The Miss India-Canada event has become very popular and a well-known event in Canada.  With the continuous support from the business community and the positive feedback from contestants and their parents, the Miss India-Canada event continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. The show is proudly supported by several corporate and community business. Other sponsors include: Sears, Bigen Speedy Hair Colour and Om Financial, to name a few.

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The Three Key Moments in Canada’s Neoliberal Transformation - II

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Part I

By Jim Stanford *

Transition #2: Free Trade 

In contrast to the unelected, stealthy transformation of monetary policy, the second key transition point in the history of neoliberalism in Canada was a visible, highly politicized event.  The Trudeau government appointed former Finance Minister Donald Macdonald to lead a wide-ranging commission into Canada’s economic prospects; despite Trudeau’s own interventionist leanings, the Macdonald Commission ushered in a highly neoliberal and globalized vision of economic policy.  Its report, issued in 1985 (by which time Trudeau had already been replaced by Mulroney) recommended a comprehensive free trade agreement with the U.S. (and the effective abandonment of previous sector-specific industrial and trade strategies, such as the highly successful Auto Pact).  Mulroney endorsed that goal with gusto (despite never having mentioned free trade during his 1984 election), and kicked off talks at the infamous Shamrock Summit with Ronald Reagan in 1985.

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How NOT to Create A Million Jobs

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By Jim Stanford *

 It was almost too painful to watch: Tim Hudak and top Conservative luminaries kicked off their campaign for the 2014 Ontario election in a Toronto music recording studio. Problem: that studio (like others in the business) is supported in part by recording and production industry grants from the provincial government — exactly the kind of “corporate welfare” that Mr. Hudak routinely rails against.

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Marauding Elephants: Not Built for Democracy

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By Ralph Goodale
Member of Parliament for Wascana

In a most abusive way, Stephen Harper is trying to discredit the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

His government has been rebuked by several Courts multiple times now -- and rightly so -- for behaviour that was illegal or even unconstitutional.  Hard-line right-wingers are aggravated that they cannot just ignore the law and get their own way on everything they want.  The latest spat is over their bungled attempt to appoint someone to the bench who clearly failed to meet explicit statutory requirements.

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REACH Extended to Fight Global Child Hunger and Under-nutrition

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By A Correspondent

On May 13, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular Services), announced an additional $5 million for the Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Under-nutrition (REACH) project which will enable REACH to work in more developing countries that have high rates of under-nutrition.  

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National Conservation Plan Launched

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By A Correspondent

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on May 15 launched the National Conservation Plan (NCP), which will provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters in and around their communities, and making it easier for citizens living in cities to connect with nature. The Prime Minister was joined by Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, and Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton. 

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Highlighting the Success of Canada’s Multiple-entry Visa

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By A Correspondent

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, announced on May 12 that in April 2014 approximately 95 percent of the visitor visas issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada were Multiple-Entry Visas (MEVs). MEVs are a fast and convenient option allowing qualified visitors to enter and exit Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years. Last month alone, Canada issued more than 95,000 MEVs to individuals coming to Canada on vacation or to spend time with family.

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How to Fix the Broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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The Liberal leader says the program must be scaled back and refocused on its original purpose: to fill jobs on a limited basis when no Canadian workers can be found.

By Justin Trudeau *

Throughout our history, Canada’s immigration policy has brought people here who had a pathway to citizenship. They were — and are — nation builders. It has been supported by political parties of all stripes, and promoted by successive governments over generations.

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Bungled Temporary Foreign Workers Program

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Hurts Employers, Employees Alike

By Ralph Goodale
Member of Parliament for Wascana

For more than 30 years -- before the arrival of the Harper government -- Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program functioned successfully, fulfilling the legitimate purpose for which it was intended.  It enabled qualified employers to bring small numbers of foreign workers into Canada on a limited basis to fill certain jobs when no Canadian employees could be found.

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Foreign Worker Issue Was Damaging Fragile Conservative Coalition

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By Jim Stanford *

How do we explain dramatic about-face by Employment Minister Jason Kenney on the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program?  After years of extolling the program’s virtues, invoking dire fears of a labour shortage, Mr. Kenney suddenly slammed the door in the face of the program’s biggest user: the hospitality industry.

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Federal Government’s Actions Are Repeating Racist Past

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Moratorium will have far reaching negative consequences on migrant workers. 

By A Correspondent

Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW), a migrant workers advocacy group, is raising concerns that the recent moratorium against the restaurant industry will impact tens of thousands of migrant workers. While the Federal government has responded to abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program by employers, no consideration was given to the effects the moratorium will have on migrant workers, including the impacts of racism.

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JUNE 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 11










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