Four seeking asylum, make refugee claims

Four people who entered Canada as Olympic spectators have sought to stay in the country as refugees, Canadian immigration officials said yesterday. Just who the asylum seekers are and where they came from has not yet been made public. But Johanne Nadeau, spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, said the four arrived from countries whose […]

The Canadian Century?

In 1904 Canadian Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier made this prediction: “The 19th century was the century of the United States. I think we can claim that it is Canada that shall fill the 20th century.” Maybe Laurier was just a man 100 years before his time. As the world assembles in Vancouver for the Winter […]

Iqaluit handles summit without a hitch

Iqaluit pulled it off, with ease. The financial world’s biggest power brokers – from World Bank President Robert Zoellick to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner – came and went during the two-day G7 finance ministers’ summit without a hitch. Other than a slight slowdown in their Internet speed, most of the residents in this small […]

Jason Kenney: The ‘Smiling Buddha’ and his multicultural charms

A roast pig, resplendent from hoof to snout, is being paraded for auction by a phalanx of young men. Beer glasses overflow and dancers in traditional white dress twirl for several hundred guests. The church hall, alive with the clatter of plates and Slavic speech, evokes a corner of old Skopje. It’s Saturday night and […]

New rules help draw foreign students

Until nine months ago, prospective students from India had to wait up to eight months for a visa to study in Canada – with many of them being rejected after a long delay or missing the course deadlines. But a pilot program to fast-track applicants by Citizenship and Immigration Canada has dramatically reduced the visa-processing […]

Be wary of Haiti immigration scams: officials

Canadian immigration officials are warning members of Montreal’s Haitian community to be wary of companies promising to help accelerate the immigration process for their loved ones affected by last week’s earthquake. For a second day in a row, hundreds of Montrealers have queued in front of the Montreal offices of immigration consulting firm Immigration International […]