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Entries Tagged as 'Immigrants & refugees'

BC’s Workers Need a Human Rights Commission

December 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees

Let me explain BC’s strategy for addressing discrimination. First, we ask someone to experience it. Then we ask that person to understand a complex area of law, investigate the facts and engage in a legal proceeding against their employer / landlord / service provider to enforce their rights. We ask many people to do this […]

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program changes – who do they help?

July 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Immigrants & refugees

The Conservative Government’s Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, announced on June 20th 2014 a draft of changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The program has attracted controversy since at least 2006, most recently when the CBC reported that MacDonald’s outlets in Victoria were favouring temporary foreign workers over Canadians […]

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Reducing the space for democracy – one speaker from the CCPA’s 30th anniversary

November 21st, 2010 · · Comments Off · Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Transparency & accountability

Last week I was lucky enough to join 250 people in Ottawa for a daylong conference to honour the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  Nine different speakers and two intelligent moderators focused the audience on the democratic and economic challenges we face as a Canadians and some solutions we need to […]

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Reaction to the Tamil boat: curious comparisons

August 21st, 2010 · · 20 Comments · Immigrants & refugees

If the 492 Tamil asylum-seekers who recently arrived by boat on BC’s shores are “queue-jumpers”, then I guess my parents were too. See, they came as Vietnam War draft dodgers from the US in 1967. Like a couple of the Tamil women just arrived, my mom was pregnant with me. My parents did not seek […]

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