#JustinTrudeau; Canada; #studentvisaapplications; #India
Ottawa, June 19 (Canadian-Media): The Justin Trudeau government in Canada has announced important changes to shorten the processing time for student visa application in order to allow more international students to study at post-secondary Canadian institutions, media reports said.
Starting from June 8, the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Programme has replaced the Student Partnership Programme (SPP) in India and other existing facilitation programmes for students in China, Philippines and Vietnam.
The existing SPP in India is restricted to international students intending to study at one of approximately 40 post-secondary institutions in Canada. The new SDS will be open to all international students going to any Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, including both publicly-funded and private post-secondary institutions, announced the government.
SDS is aimed at offering faster and simpler visa processing to international high calibre students, who could be potential permanent residents of Canada.
Canada has quickly become the preferred destination for Indian students looking for a high quality international education. It provides a world-class education in a safe and welcoming environment at a competitive and affordable cost, said Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner to India.
For SDS study permit applications, the processing time will be an expedited 45 days or less. For non-SDS applications, normal processing times continue. The new SDS will provide for students aspiring to go to Canada with an even faster and more streamlined visa application process, added Patel.
To be part of SDS, international students will need to provide proof of acceptance by an eligible post-secondary DLI and payment of their tuition fees for the first year. A minimum-required IELTS level of English language ability of 6.0 in all categories (listening, reading, writing and speaking) is also mandatory among other rules.
#EuropeanUnion’sGeneralDataProtectionRegulation, #(GPDR), #DavidMartinRuiz; #KirstenThompson
May 26, (Canadian-Media): European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), which came into effect on Friday, as a defining moment for the digital economy, are a complex set of laws, said Data-privacy advocates, which empowers users more control over their personal information and check Big Tech companies to track users across the web, media reports said.
But others warn that the rules would reportedly would help social-media giants Facebook and Google to consolidate their digital power even further.
Privacy critics said GDPR also required companies to get consent from users before they gather their data and also explain them in plain language what they plan to do with that information.
The GDPR had thus made it harder for companies to collect personal data, such as names and e-mail addresses, to browser cookies, IP addresses and location information.
The new law can fine companies up to 4 percent of global revenues, or €20-million ($30-million), for the most serious privacy breaches.
Companies must also notify authorities of a data breach within 72 hours.
“There is no doubt for us that the GDPR is a game-changer, and that it will require companies to change their mindset and put the privacy of their users first,” said David Martin Ruiz, senior legal officer for the European Consumer Organisation, an umbrella group of consumer watchdogs.
While the GDPR only applies in the 28 EU member states, the laws have implications for any company that collects data on European residents, even if they are headquartered abroad.
Foreign companies that offer services or collect data on users in the EU who don’t comply with the new laws could potentially face the same steep financial penalties as businesses based in Europe.
Canadians clients failed to understand what the rules meant for them.
Much of the public attention has focused on tech companies, but the law applies to a wide array of firms that operate in Europe. “I have everything from regulated professional colleges, right through to construction companies,” Kirsten Thompson, a lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault who specializes in data issues said.
Some Canadian firms wrongly assumed they were outside the reach of the European laws, she said.
Canadians believed that existing federal privacy laws were already in line with some aspects of the GDPR.
But the federal government would reportedly have to overhaul its legislation to avoid Canadians firms blocked from accessing customers in Europe.
“One of the criticisms of GDPR is it imposes another state’s laws outside its own borders,” Ms. Thompson said. “I expect there will be litigation around that.”
#Tampa, #Florida, #US, #FloridaStatehouse, #NationalRifleAssociation, #PaulNBlake, #DonaldTrump, #WhiteHouse
Tampa,FL, Feb 22 (Canadian-Media): A week after a shooter killed 17 people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers swarmed the Florida Capitol on Wednesday calling for changes to gun laws, and improved care for the mentally ill, media reports said.
Among the students that gathered in Florida Statehouse there were reportedly more than 100 survivors of the Feb. 14 attack who burst into lawmakers’ offices holding signs and chanting slogans and demandied to be heard.
Many protesters reportedly complained that lawmakers were not serious about reform, and they said they would oppose in future elections any legislator who accepts campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
According to official reports, a larger protest is being planned for Washington DC on 24 March.
Paul N Blake, Journalist for BBC World in North America had tweeted as follows:.
'And they’re off. 100 students from Parkland, Florida are headed to Tallahassee (state capital) to demand action on gun control and mental health. It’s a 7 hour journey, and several I’ve spoken to have never been to the capital, much less met their lawmakers.'
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday had reportedly called for a ban on rapid-fire "bump stock" devices.
Hundreds of teenagers from the Washington DC suburbs rallied outside at the time, some voicing support for arming teachers.
Trump listened to pleas for gun reform on Wednesday from about 40 students, teachers and families in the executive mansion's state dining room.
Teachers carrying a concealed gun could end attacks "very quickly", Trump was reported to state..
"It's not going to be talk like it's been in the past," he said.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in last week's attack was reported to say "We, as a country, failed our children."
"It should've been one school shooting and we should've fixed it. And I'm pissed. It's my daughter I'm not going to see again," he went on to say.
At his White House event, Trump promised to look "very strongly" at calls for educators to be armed with guns.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms," Trump said, "they could very well end the attack very quickly."
"Where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them," he said, while acknowledging the plan was controversial, "they would go for special training and they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.
Trump tweeted to state: 'I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!'
Throughout his presidential campaign he endorsed the idea of an armed citizenry as a defence against attacks.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#Toronto-DominionBank, #G7countries #CanadianImperialBankofCommerce, #DonaldTrump, #U.S.Taxreformpackage, #taxcutsandjobsact, #TCJA, #NAFTA, #Bill Morneau, #Toronto, #Canada
Washington, Feb 14 (Canadian-Media): This week's report by analysts from both Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) highlighted that U.S. recent tax reform package has caused Canadian businesses to lose their competitive advantage to their U.S. peers, media reports said.
"Canada's formerly favourable position in corporate taxation has eroded considerably, with the U.S. now holding the edge," said economists at TD.
"[Tax reforms] along with growing NAFTA uncertainties, increases the likelihood of a slow bleed of investment from Canada to south of the border," they said.
It was also pointed out by strategists at CIBC that a lower tax rate in the U.S. could negatively impact Canada's economy by making U.S. peers more competitive on mergers and acquisitions.
"With a revitalized tax code, CEOs have another reason to locate in, or worse yet, relocate to the US," Ian de Verteuil of CIBC was reported to state.
U.S. tax reform bill worth $1.5-trillion, known as the tax cuts and jobs act (TCJA), had reduced the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent - the biggest change to the U.S. tax code in over 30 years and other business owners get a 20 percent deduction on business income.
U.S. reportedly had one of the highest business tax rates among G7 countries, prior to this law, which had not declined over the past 20 years.
Canada, on the other hand, had one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the group and rates had been declining consistently for several years.
"For Canadian companies, the focus has so far been on companies that win from the lower overall level – because they have large U.S. operations and were accruing taxes at a higher rate," Verteuil was reported to state.
Derek Burleton, economist at TD reportedly said that present circumstances has necessitated Canadian government to take action in the upcoming budget.
"We do not believe that a tit-for-tat reduction in tax rates is necessary to guard against these risks, since taxes form only one part of the competitiveness equation," Burleton was reported to state.
"Maintaining longer term fiscal sustainability, increasing the efficiency of tax systems through revenue-neutral tax reforms and well-thought-out investment in human capital and skills training can achieve the similar aim of improving competitiveness," he added.
Bill Morneau, Canada's Finance Minister would reportedly meet with leading economists in Toronto on Friday for a pre-budget consultation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)