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    April 2005

    April 12, 2005 –Global Calgary
    Minority Report II: Skilled immigrants face job hurdles in Canada
    Our economy depends a lot on immigration – and politicians spend a lot of time making sure we attract skilled new Canadians. The problem is once they arrive many can’t find work in their respective fields.

    April 15, 2005 –Ottawa Citizen
    Cabbie lived ‘national embarrassment’ of many immigrants
    There’s the dreadful thought that the cash stolen by those who killed Hassan Yusuf was part of the money he’d saved to fly his now devastated wife Farhia and seven children from Ottawa to Edmonton where they were supposed to start a new life with a better income.

    April 15, 2005 –Ottawa Citizen
    Cabbie stabbed, left for dead
    Man may have been alive when put in trunk; Edmonton police arrest man, seek 2 other suspects. A former Ottawa man found dead on Tuesday in Edmonton was stabbed five times or more, and robbed of up to $2,000 before being jammed into the trunk of his taxi cab, police say.

    April 16, 2005 –Ottawa Citizen
    Friends lament educated immigrant forced into unsafe cabbie job
    Members of Ottawa’s Somali community were relieved to hear yesterday two more people have been arrested and charged with first- degree murder in the death of Hassan Yusuf, 41, a former Ottawa cabbie found stabbed, robbed and stuffed in the trunk of his taxi in Edmonton earlier this week.

    April 18, 2005 –Vancouver Province
    Ottawa to relax rules for parents of immigrants
    Ottawa – Eyes firmly on the immigrant vote, the minority Liberal government will announce today long-sought changes to immigration rules to make it easier for parents and grandparents of immigrants to come to Canada.

    April 18, 2005 –Edmonton Journal
    Ottawa to fast-track 110,000 immigrant ‘wage earners’: Mayor applauds surprise announcement
    Edmonton – The federal government will accelerate the admission of foreign workers into Canada in a plan to be announced this week in Ottawa, Federal Immigration Minister Joe Volpe revealed Saturday.

    April 19, 2005 –Edmonton Journal
    Volpe’s reforms only a beginning
    In Edmonton this past weekend, Immigration Minister Joe Volpe seemed to understand the need for more immigration if Canada is going to meet the acute labour shortage looming, especially in Alberta’s full-speed-ahead economy.

    April 19, 2005 –Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    System overhaul cynical attempt to help Liberals
    There’s no doubt that our immigration and refugee system badly needs an overhaul, but the «reforms» announced Monday by Ottawa have more to do with saving the hide of the Liberal party than with addressing Canada’s needs.

    April 19, 2005 –Ottawa Citizen
    Professional dithering
    There’s an old joke that the safest place in Canada to have a heart attack is in the back of a taxi, because the driver is likely to be a foreign-trained doctor. But for many under-employed immigrants, it’s no laughing matter.

    April 19, 2005 –Vancouver Sun
    Minister confirms immigration changes
    Ottawa is streamlining the Canadian citizenship process, making it easier to bring immigrant parents and grandparents to Canada and loosening employment rules for foreign students, Immigration Minister Joe Volpe confirmed Monday.

    April 19, 2005 –Canwest
    Civilians who patrol U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants plan to begin monitoring Canadian border
    Members of the controversial Minuteman Project, a group of American civilians patrolling the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants, said Monday they are eyeing plans to begin monitoring the Canadian border for smugglers and terrorists.

    April 19, 2005 –National Post
    Playing the immigration card
    With a spring election looking increasingly likely, the federal Liberals are suddenly making policy announcements left and right. If the possibility of losing power is what it takes for the governing party to generate fresh ideas, we’re all for it. Unfortunately, a major plan announced this week appears to be motivated as much by political interests as policy considerations.

    April 21, 2005
    P.E.I. has trouble attracting immigrants
    Members of Parliament looking for insights into Prince Edward Island’s shortage of immigrants, found one example of an attitude problem in the hotel lobby where they stayed.

    April 22, 2005 –Canadian Press
    Immigrants needed; deaths to outpace births in N.S. next year: minister
    Halifax (CP) – For the first time in its history as a province, Nova Scotia’s death rate is expected to exceed its birth rate in 2006 and the seemingly dry statistic has huge social and economic implications, says the province’s new immigration minister.

    April 23, 2005 –Vancouver Sun
    Court upholds jail term: FRAUD I Immigration consultant Vince Lam stole $250,000
    Vancouver I The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a one-year prison sentence for a man who stole more than $250,000 from two clients while working as an immigration consultant in the mid-1990s.

    April 26, 2005 –The Times Colonist
    $75-million initiative aims to clear obstacles to foreign-trained doctors
    Vancouver – The federal government announced a $75-million initiative Monday to get more foreign-trained doctors and other medical workers into Canada’s health care system.

    April 26, 2005 –Canadian Press
    Liberals pledge $269 million to help immigrants with foreign credentials
    Toronto (CP) – The Liberal government unveiled a multi-million-dollar package Monday to help immigrants whose foreign credentials aren’t recognized in Canada, a move dismissed by critics as a desperate bid to win voters before the minority government crumbles.

    Source: CanWest Interactive. April, 2005.

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