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 […]

Harper tours Canada’s relief operation in Haiti

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today got a primer from Canadian troops on what they’re doing in earthquake-shattered Haiti. What he saw in the small city of 40,000, on the south coast of the country, was an area largely stabilized by the work of Canadian soldiers and medics. Harper, wearing khakis and a long-sleeve shirt, appeared […]

Observance of Family Day in Canada

Canadians in much of the country are enjoying a day off today and streets that are normally bustling are quiet. It’s Family Day in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan while it’s Louis Riel Day in Manitoba and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island. It’s the second straight year for the holiday in Ontario, where schools, grocery […]

Opening celebration remains a secret

The 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony will include local pop stars Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan, a performer ski jumping through Olympic rings and hundreds of performers dressed in red toques and white sweaters, according to QMI sources. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean will formally open the Games on Friday night at B.C. Place Stadium while […]

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 […]

Solid growth predicted for T.O.'s economy in 2010

Toronto is poised to have one of the fastest-growing city economies in 2010, says a new study from the Conference Board of Canada. In a report released Wednesday, the private think tank projected 3.5 per cent growth in Toronto’s economy, mainly led by a rebound in construction and manufacturing. “Manufacturing output is expected to increase […]