Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experiment

It would be foolish to ignore the growing public unease that has followed increased levels of immigration

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experimentNot long ago, Quebec was among the most intensely Catholic jurisdictions in the world. The church played a huge role in the province’s politics and social life; attendance at mass was extremely high; and large families (heeding the church’s mandate against birth control) contributed sons to the priesthood and daughters to the nunnery. The Quiet…

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunch

Due to its aging population and low fertility rate, Canada needs new sources of talent: Conference Board of Canada

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunchImmigration is central to countering the impending labour market crunch in Canada, says a report released on Friday by the Conference Board of Canada. The report, Can’t Go It Alone, said that by 2030 all 9.2 million of Canada's baby boomers will have reached retirement age – placing Canada under economic and fiscal pressure. “Can't…

Immigration is crucial to Canada’s future

Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla talks about the role immigrants have played historically and why Canada needs them more than ever

Immigration is crucial to Canada’s futureJenny Gulamani-Abdulla, a member of the International Bar Association, is founder of Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting. Tell me what your company is and does? Gulamani-Abdulla: Gulamani-Abdulla & Co. is an immigration consulting firm based in Calgary. It’s in its 25th year and was established by myself. The firm is focused on the client and…

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusions

Canada is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door.

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusionsBy Jamie Liew University of Ottawa and Shauna Labman University of Manitoba Canada is celebrating a milestone – the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime that has resettled 327,000 refugees. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door. Canadians most recently helped resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Indeed,…

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrants

Windmill Microlending increasing the amount of funds available by 50 per cent

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrantsWindmill Microlending, Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees, is increasing the amount of funds available to skilled immigrants and refugees by 50 per cent. It is now offering low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees obtain the credentials they need to continue their careers…

More needs to be done to help refugees find work

By 2034, newcomers to Canada will account for 100% of our population growth and an increasing proportion of our workforce

More needs to be done to help refugees find workIKEA Canada’s recent commitment to hiring 250 refugees in the next three years is welcome news indeed. Newcomer unemployment in Canada overall was at its lowest rate in more than a decade in 2017, but refugees continue to face real challenges finding work. The unemployment rate for refugees has consistently been the highest among all…

Canada, a land of immigrants, should continue to welcome newcomers

As a backdrop to the disheartening anti-immigration rhetoric, let’s reflect on the enormous contribution of newcomers to Canada

Canada, a land of immigrants, should continue to welcome newcomersHaving observed the jarring debates over immigrants in Brexit Britain and border walls in the United States, I found myself reflecting on how differently Canadians are responding to their own border crisis. Is there a crisis? It depends who you talk to, but yes, even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges there's a difficulty, particularly…

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beer

James and Deborah Fallows hopscotched across America to understand what makes the best of Our Towns thrive

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beerMy son, the thoughtful curator of my must-reads non-fiction list, has done it again. For Christmas, he gave me the American bestseller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. The book, published in 2018, was written by award-winning The Atlantic Monthly journalists James and Deborah Fallows. The Fallows have made significant public…

There’s a place for religion in common and public life

At a time of heightened social divisions and isolation, not to mention divisive politics, religious illiteracy is costly

There’s a place for religion in common and public lifeChristmas often brings out the best in Canadians. We dig into our pockets for charity a little more. We volunteer more. And we make more time for friends and family than at other times of the year. But the holiday sometimes brings out our weirder side, too – especially when it comes to Canadian hang-ups…

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?

As with many new technologies, there are limits as to when this software can and should be used

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?Omar Cruz-Zamora was pulled over by police while driving in Kansas City in October 2017. The police officer used Google Translate to ask if he could search the car. Cruz-Zamora said yes, the officer found drugs and Cruz-Zamora was arrested. This officer is just one of the more than half a billion people worldwide who…