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Rogers Warehouse and Rogers Cable

Rogers Cable: You see, for the past three months I worked as a temp agency worker at a Rogers Cable warehouse in Toronto, one of the largest in Canada, with a distribution network throughout Eastern Canada. For eight-to-twelve hours a day my coworkers and I sorted, tested, cleaned, and packaged television/PVR boxes and modems for distribution, according to Rabble. At this Rogers warehouse, temp agency workers outnumbered the unionized Roger employees at least 6 to 1, a testament of the urgent need for unions to find new ways to organize workers in precarious employment and the necessity of legislations that make such organizing feasible and These days, whenever I enter a home I notice things I never did before. What once sat invisibly next to the television sets and computers, has become intimately familiar and immediately recognizable. Just like the TV boxes and Internet modems which sustain the communication infrastructure upon which we all rely, those I worked with at the warehouse are part of the largely invisible, proletarian pillars of this celebrated Information Revolution . Some of my coworkers used to work in decent-paying and protected labour jobs and are now left behind by the waves of deindustrialization. Many others were new immigrants: engineers and teachers who were now experiencing that celebrated Canadian generosity in the form of systematic deskilling. They were all present at this warehouse, trapped in the precarious world of temp agency employment. Temp agency employment is an arrangement that provides corporations like Rogers with a cheap and flexible read: easily exploitable workforce, while the agencies who rented out these workers earn handsome margins on every hour that we worked. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Armed Forces: A study commissioned by the Department of National Defence reached out to black, Filipino and Latin American Canadians to find out why they are underrepresented in uniform. It found that military service is considered the least desirable career choice for more than a fifth of participants with other jobs like policing or retail service being distant seconds as careers least likely to be pursued. , according to CBC. Stress and mental health issues were also cited as deterrents. The Canadian Armed Forces remains far short of its goals for recruiting more women, aboriginals and visible minorities and concerns about sexual assault, racism and mental health are dissuading some from a career in the military, according to a sweeping new survey of targeted groups. Using a combination of focus groups and online surveys, the research by Ipsos Reid found that while some see service in the Canadian Armed Forces CAF as a stable job with good pay and benefits, others believe the drawbacks like danger, separation from family and having to follow orders outweigh the pros. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Goat Meat and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Goats are big business at the annual farm show in Regina, with a large barn, pens to hold hundreds of the animals, a show area and more farmers attending every year. , according to CBC. Producers say the demand for goat meat is skyrocketing, partly because many new Canadians want to eat it. Demand for goat meat is on the rise, and there lots of evidence of that this week at Agribition. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, there were approximately 225,000 goats on 9,000 farms in Canada in 2011. The number of goats in Canada has almost doubled since 1996. Goats at Agribition . Anna-May Zeviar/ (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Immigrant Youth and Canada

Canada: Some statistics mirror broader studies into homeless youth across Canada, but immigrant youth often face additional concerns such as acclimatizing to new culture and value systems, language barriers, family issues and sometimes mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder linked to witnessing or participating in war. , according to NOW. The most common reason for participants leaving home is familial conflict. Many become homeless around the age of 17 and over half cited family conflict as the reason. The report numbers were similar to broader studies, with around 45 per cent of participants citing physical abuse and 33 per cent citing sexual abuse. Examples of conflict include arranged marriages and differing values between generations. The report, led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Children Aid Society Toronto looks at 74 people new to Canada within the last 10 years. The researchers focus on youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in the GTA who have no permanent, safe, affordable, and adequate home. On top of that, a quarter are parents with about half of those the primary care taker of the child or children. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian Forces and Foreign Affairs Department

Foreign Affairs Department: Funding delays of more than a year plagued two major Canada humanitarian assistance projects in Syria, while the military water purification system didn't measure up during last year typhoon in the Philippines. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. The audit focused mainly on the Foreign Affairs Department, but included an assessment of how the Canadian Forces responded to Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which left 6,300 dead and forced more than four million people from their homes. Water trickles from the mouth of a youth as he samples water purified by the Canadian Military in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka on Jan. 14, 2005. THE Adrian Wyld Related Items Articles Vets needing benefits face dizzying paperwork, eight-month wait: auditor So says auditor general Michael Ferguson in his latest report, which explores, among other things, how well the federal government has been responding to humanitarian crises around the world. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Christina Hendricks and John Slattery

John Slattery: The highlight of Monday night awards gala at the Hilton New York came when Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner, who preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in spring 2015, according to 660 News. It has been a privilege and lesson to behold seeing him put together this incredibly specific, emotionally complicated, intelligent and funny world of unpredictable characters in a historical context we all knew or thought we knew, said Slattery and NEW N.Y. British TV productions took three trophies Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards, including best actor for Stephen Dillane and best drama for the thriller Utopia. Slattery praised his friend and boss for creating one of the most internationally acclaimed and impactful shows in the history of the medium. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Typhoon in the Philippines and Foreign Affairs Department

Foreign Affairs Department: Funding delays of more than a year plagued two major Canada humanitarian assistance projects in Syria, while the military water purification system didn t measure up during last year typhoon in the Philippines, according to The Chronicle Herald. The audit focused mainly on the Foreign Affairs Department, but included an assessment of how the Canadian Forces responded to Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which left 6,300 dead and forced more than four million people from their homes and So says auditor general Michael Ferguson in his latest report, which explores, among other things, how well the federal government has been responding to humanitarian crises around the world. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Sexual Exploitation and Rene Roberge

Rene Roberge: A two-week jury trial has been scheduled for Rene Roberge beginning on Jan. 12. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, travelling to the U.S. with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and transporting material involving sexual exploitation of minors. Fla. - A Quebec man accused of travelling to the U.S. to have sex with someone he thought was an underage boy is set to go on trial in Florida in January. Roberge, 47, was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale airport earlier this month after a flight from Montreal. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Confidential Details and Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency: The highly confidential details, including home addresses of taxpayers and the value of tax credits they were granted, are contained in a copy of a Canada Revenue Agency spreadsheet covering the years 2008 to 2013. , according to CBC. "Letting confidential figures slip that way, is very sloppy I'm sure they didn't do it on purpose," Atwood told on Tuesday. Detailed tax information about the private lives of hundreds of Canadians many of them rich and famous was sent to News by Canada tax agency in a major privacy breach. The 18 pages include information on donations made by such Canadian luminaries as author Margaret Atwood, former prime minister Jean Chr tien, grocery magnate Frank Sobey, cartoonist Lynn Johnston, pollster Allan Gregg, financier Stephen Bronfman, former executive Richard Stursberg, Olympics chief Richard Pound and many others. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

John Slattery and Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane: NEW British TV productions took three trophies Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards, including best actor for Stephen Dillane and best drama for the thriller Utopia, according to The Chronicle Herald. Slattery praised his friend and boss for creating one of the most internationally acclaimed and impactful shows in the history of the medium and The highlight of Monday night awards gala at the Hilton New York came when Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner, who preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in spring 2015. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Michael Ferguson and Humanitarian Crises

humanitarian crises: So says auditor general Michael Ferguson in his latest report, which explores, among other things, how well the federal government has been responding to humanitarian crises around the world, according to 660 News. The report examined 42 Foreign Affairs projects totalling $172 million in response to eight global crises between April 2011 and the December 2013, including African drought and famine, floods in Pakistan and Central America, an earthquake in Guatemala and Hurricane Sandy and Funding delays of more than a year plagued two major Canada humanitarian assistance projects in Syria, while the military water purification system didn t measure up during last year typhoon in the Philippines. The audit focused mainly on the Foreign Affairs Department, but included an assessment of how the Canadian Forces responded to Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which left 6,300 dead and forced more than four million people from their homes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Cape Breton and Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia: About 32.6 per cent of children in Cape Breton live in poverty, compared with 22.2 per cent in Nova Scotia and 19 per cent across the country, according to The Chronicle Herald. The figures were released in two reports: the 2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Nova Scotia and the 2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada by Campaign 2000 and Cape Breton has one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada, according to figures released Monday. Cape Breton child poverty rate is just below that of Nunavut, where 33.5 per cent of kids live in poverty. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Family Poverty and Child Poverty

child poverty: This remains true despite a pledge in Ottawa, made exactly 25 years ago today , to eliminate child poverty by 2000 and the province promise in 2008 to reduce poverty by 25 per cent by 2013, according to The Star. More than 1.3 million children across the country 550,000 of them in Ontario live this way, according to authors of the 2014 report card on child and family poverty and One in five Ontario children still faces life in poverty, according to a new study. The national problem has not just lingered. It is worse than it was in 1989. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Holocaust Memorial and Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney: Holocaust memorial in need of new home, Nov. 18, according to The Star. During the 2011 ceremony Jason Kenney, then minister of immigration, regretted our country failure to open its doors of refuge to these souls who should otherwise have become citizens and Re: Holocaust memorial in need of new home, Nov. 18 In 2011, the Wheel of Conscience memorial was unveiled to commemorate Canada infamous 1939 denial of sanctuary to 620 Jewish men, women and children fleeing Nazi oppression. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

House of Commons and Child Poverty

child poverty: On Nov. 24, 1989, all parties in the House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Ed Broadbent, the leader of the federal NDP who sponsored the motion, called child poverty our national shame. , according to Hamilton Spectator. One in five children in Canada, and 40 per cent of indigenous children living off-reserve, are living in poverty. In Hamilton alone, there are enough kids relying on food banks every month to fill 270 classrooms. Twenty-five years have passed since Canadian leaders made a landmark commitment to this country most vulnerable residents its children. Canada is now 14 years overdue on its pledge to eliminate child poverty, and the situation has developed from a national shame into a national crisis. Not only did Canada fail to meet the target, many believe that as a country we've fallen back. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Sabrina

Sabrina: Sabrina stepfather was jailed, but only for a month; over the next 17 years, he continued to emotionally and physically abuse her. She reported the boy to police, too, but they just told her to go home. By the time she discovered her neighbour climbing in her window, Sabrina had lost faith in the local authorities. , according to Hamilton Spectator. "Here" is St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean country of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters a vacationer paradise. But according to a new report spearheaded by Quebec researchers, the sun-dappled island has a dark side: a "cultural epidemic" of violence against girls and women. Sabrina was 7 when her stepfather raped her. She was in high school when a boy she had turned down threatened to kill her. In her early 20s, she caught a man crawling through her bedroom window the same neighbour who tried to rape her years earlier. She attempted suicide but ultimately chose to live and her only chance at safety, she decided, was to flee. "I had my mind made up," said Sabrina, who asked that her surname not be published. "I was going to try anything just to get out of here." (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

TD Economics and Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander: Rising income inequality in the United States is a clear and present danger to Canada because there are pressures on our economy to go in the same direction, Craig Alexander, chief economist at TD Economics, said in an interview, according to The Star. As a result of those pressures, governments must take added precautions to ensure that new policies don t make the current gulf between high and low-income earners even wider, Alexander said and The increasing gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is a danger to Canada economy, according to a new report from TD Economics. We will probably never reach U.S.-type inequality because Canadians would never accept it, but I think there are pressures that could push us in that direction. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Environment Canada

Environment Canada: Toronto is off to a cold start Saturday with temperatures hovering around -3 C -8 C with wind chill in the early morning hours but will warm up to above freezing by noon and hit a high of 8 C at night. Environment Canada is forecasting scattered showers throughout the day. Winds will be coming from the southwest between 20 km/h and 30 km/h, according to The Star. The TTC Dufferin Station will be closed this weekend to complete various upgrades. Shuttle buses will run between Lansdowne and Ossington stations and Weather and traffic: Environment Canada has issued freezing rain warnings for several regions in southern Ontario , including Halton-Peel. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Children Aid Society of Toronto and Cheyanne Ratnam

Cheyanne Ratnam: My mother had multiple jobs to support the two of us. I grew up in the Canadian culture and there was a difference between cultures. My mom did not approve of the choices I made. I was well adjusted, and I didn t understand why mom could not, said Ratnam, now 27, according to The Star. In her eyes, I was rebellious. And I just wanted to run away from home and get away and At age 12, Cheyanne Ratnam began couch-surfing to keep herself housed. By 14, she was a ward of the Children Aid Society of Toronto. After she grew out of care, the young immigrant still faced the prospect of becoming homeless. She describes a family life filled with emotional conflicts. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Donna Quan and Chris Spence

Chris Spence: At 56, Donna Quan has charted a career path far from the limelight, from principal to superintendent to the top of the most headline-grabbing school board in Canada, according to The Star. Reserved when speaking in public, Quan seemed to sell a brand of bland that many at the board welcomed after the embarrassment of Spence plagiarism scandal and She is an unlikely soul to be at the eye of a political storm. Even when thrown centre stage by the sudden fall of her boss, Chris Spence, it was all staff at the Toronto District School Board could do to persuade their new director of education to greet the media. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Civil Suit and Nevsun Resources Ltd.

Nevsun Resources Ltd.: Nevsun Resources Ltd. TSX:NSU says it will "vigorously" defend itself from the civil suit filed Thursday by a lawyer representing three former employees. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. The three former employees, who are not in Canada at this time, allege in a statement of claim they worked under threat of "physical punishment, torture and imprisonment." A Vancouver-based mining company says allegations of human rights violations at the Bisha open pit mine in northeastern Africa are unfounded and it will defend itself from a civil suit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. The suit alleges forced labour and other crimes against humanity were perpetrated by the company and its local sub-contractor in the Bisha Mine in the East African country of Eritrea. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Federal Government

federal government: Feds padding home-care wait list, according to The Chronicle Herald. The federal government cannot be let off the hook on the wait times for home care and long-term care and (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian Construction Association and Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Under the new online express entry system, skilled immigrants will be matched with vacant jobs in at least 50 occupations based on "scores that reflect their human capital and ability to succeed in the Canadian economy." , according to CBC. The nine-member group being consulted includes the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, the Canadian Construction Association and the Information and Communication Technology Council . The federal government consultations on a new immigration system to give skilled workers "express entry" into Canada starting Jan. 1 included a nine-member group representing some of Canada biggest employers and at least two of those groups say they are taking a wait-and-see approach on the new system. Skilled immigrants recruited in 50 occupations ahead of 'express entry' launch Skilled immigrants under 'express entry' to fill labour market needs Only the "highest ranking candidates" will be invited to apply for permanent residency and applications will be processed in six months or less. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Federal Government and Passport Fees

passport fees: Recently released figures show Canadians paid $462.5 million in passport fees last year, but it cost the government only $256.5 million to produce the necessary documents. , according to Hamilton Spectator. "We are not forecasting any change to passport fees to cover revolving fund requirements at this time," Caron said. A hike in passport fees has turned out to be a cash cow for the federal government, but Canadians won't be getting any cash back as a result. The way Passport Canada funds are managed allows it to simply bank the rest, Citizenship and Immigration spokesperson Nancy Caron said in an email. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Mohawk College and Daniel Levinter

Daniel Levinter: "In my eyes, when he first walked up on the stage, he was a hero," recalls Daniel Levinter, an 18-year-old student and former cadet with a keen eye for military hardware. , according to Hamilton Spectator. But Donald Lemmond wasn't what he seemed. When the highly decorated war veteran took the stage at Mohawk College for Remembrance Day, the sight inspired awe in at least one student participating in the solemn ceremony. The array of U.S. medals on his chest and around the small man neck including a Silver Star, Bronze Star, POW medal, Purple Heart and Joint Service Commendation Medal commanded enormous respect. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

High Blood Pressure and Mary Sinclair

Mary Sinclair: Now 76, she confined to a wheelchair, has diabetes and high blood pressure and is slowly losing her vision. , according to Hamilton Spectator. Sinclair told her story to a Friday conference in advance of National Housing Day, using her experience to plead for more housing designed for the special needs of Canada growing population of seniors. Every day is a new challenge for Mary Sinclair. Despite all of that, she wants to stay in her Hamilton apartment, even though it doesn't suit her growing list of needs. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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