#OrganizationforEconomicCo-operationandDevelopment; #Canada'sEconomicNeeds; #CanadaForeignWorkersRecruitment
Ottawa, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): A study by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that Canada's system of recruitment of foreign workers though good, is not always aligned to the economical needs of country, media reports said.
Founded in 1961, OECD, an intergovernmental economic organisation with 36 member countries has a mission to promote economic progress and world trade.
About 85,000 economic immigrants a year settle in Canada but their integration into the country falls short of Canada's economical expectations.
Newcomers recruitment and settlement directly by individual provinces often are more responsive to labour market needs than the federal programs.
The OECD study suggested that Global Skills Strategy be used as a template speed up temporary labour programs for other categories.
Global Skills Strategy was recently launched in Canada with an aim to promote its global investment and to speed up entry for individuals with specific skills and top international talents.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 4 (Canadian-Media): Long-time Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai died Friday night of liver cancer at age 69, media reports said.
Obhrai, the representative from Calgary Forest Lawn was an MP for 22 years, and the Dean of the Conservative caucus and ran for the party's leadership in 2017. He was the first person of colour to lead the party.
#Canada BorderServicesAgency; #OttawaInternationalAirportAuthority;
#biometricallyenrolled; #foreignnationals; #permanentresidents; #PrimaryInspectionKiosks; #ShawnHoag
Ottawa, Apr 5 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made jointly by The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Ottawa International Airport Authority (OIAA) that fingerprint verification for biometrically enrolled foreign nationals and permanent residents are being implemented by Ottawa International Airport (OIA) using Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK), media reports said.
Use of using fingerprint verification technology is being done by the Government of Canada through its tool: PIK which establishes that the identity of a person seeking entry into Canada is the same as the person that had issued their visa, permit or permanent residence documentation.
Primary Inspection Kiosks/Facebook
Biometric-enabled PIK, the next generation technology that offer self-service options for international air travellers arriving in Canada and it is hoped that by the end of 2019, PIK would be available in all major Canadian airports.
There are at present 21 PIK at OIA both strengthen border security and simplify the border experience.
“The expansion of primary inspection kiosks to include biometric processing is another example of the CBSA working to enhance border security while also streamlining the traveller experience...reliable method of identification,” said Shawn Hoag, Regional Director General, CBSA Northern Ontario Region.
Biometric-enabled PIK prevents individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit on their attempt to enter Canada and strengthens border security while also simplifying the border experience.
Completion of fingerprint verification procedure is not required by Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants, as well as U.S. citizens while seeking entry to Canada.
All temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. Citizens) and all permanent resident applicants are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and digital photograph) when submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or to the CBSA.
#JodyWilson-Raybould; #Jane Philpott; #JustinTrudeau; #Canada; #LiberalCaucus; #conservative; #AndrewScheer
Ottawa, Apr 3 (Canadian-Media): Jody Wilson-Raybould, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville & Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Jane Philpott, the former health minister, treasury board president and member of parliament (MP) for Markham-Stouffville have both been kicked out of the Liberal caucus, media reports said.
"We've taken every effort to address their concerns, and ultimately, if they can't honestly say that they have confidence in this team ... then they cannot be part of this team,'' said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada,
"Canadians will view the removal of Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus for exactly what it is: A betrayal of justice,'' Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said.
Catherine Cano, the first woman in history to become International Organisation of La Francophonie administrator
#CatherineCano; #InternationalOrganisationofLaFrancophonie; #IOF; #MélanieJoly; #NadineGirault; #StratégiedelaFrancophonie; #Canada, #empowerment, #French; #HumanRights,#Tunis, #Tunisia
Ottawa, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): Catherine Cano became the first woman in history to take the highest position at the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), as administrator, media reports said.
This nomination was highlighted by Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, and Nadine Girault, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, during a joint press conference with Cano.
Melanie Joly (left/Twitter Nadine Girault/Twitter
The Government of Quebec which had been a member of the IOF since 1971, was the first federal state to obtain full membership.
Working in conjunction with the governments of Canada, Quebec, New-Brunswick, and with other IOF members, Cano would work towards promoting the French language, including in the digital space to carry out the organization’s mission, and economic growth in the francophone area.
The governments of Quebec and Canada would encourage greater deployment of La Francophonie’s economic strategy toward rigorous and transparent management of IOF resources.
“With her diverse management experience as well as her extensive knowledge of the media...Cano will be a valuable asset to the IOF..as the organization prepares to hold the Tunis Summit in Tunisia in 2020, which will mark its 50th anniversary. The appointment of Ms. Cano is a recognition of Canadian leadership in La Francophonie when it comes to promoting the values of democracy and transparency, and respect for human rights,” said Joly.
“I am very proud that Quebec is well represented at the highest levels of the IOF... Cano will be able to use her experience and expertise to further modernize the IOF’s governance,” said Girault.
Canada has worked actively within La Francophonie since its inception and with the support of its provincial partners, was one of the first countries to promote La Francophonie and supported the creation of its institution
#50thanniversaryofCanada'sOfficialLanguagesAct, #promotingcultureandbilingualism; #MélanieJoly; #Moncton, #NewBrunswick; #Canada
Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Our Official Languages Act, Canada has initiated review of the Act after it announced in June 2018 its intention to modernize it, media reports said.
The Official Languages Act is reportedly a Canadian law that came into force in 1969, which gives French and English equal status in the government of Canada. This makes them "official" languages, having preferred status in law over all other languages. It requires all federal institutions to provide services in English or French on request.
The last major reform of the law was in 1988 and recent calls to update the same, including from a Senate committee that late last month said the act needs to be applied more effectively and consistently.
Government of Canada is conducting national discussions on promoting culture and bilingualism in the digital age, federal institutions that embody official languages, and Canada’s place of Official languages in the world, as well as mobilization, development and importance of official-language minority communities to meet the new challenges they face.
“The Prime Minister has tasked me with reviewing the Official Languages Act...to reflect the changes in our society... 50 years after its adoption...our approach is based on open dialogue and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders. I am grateful to everyone who joined the conversation in Moncton on the promotion of culture and bilingualism,” said Mélanie Joly, Federal Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.
Mélanie Joly (left)/Twitter
As part of a Canada-wide tour, the Joly visited Moncton (New Brunswick) today to lead a forum on cultural and bilingualism promotion.
Many ideas and suggestions were made by elected officials from various stakeholders present from the English- and French-language communities.
The Moncton forum is one of a series of meetings in several cities across Canada designed to provide Minister Joly with food for thought on the main issues and on the best approaches for modernizing the Official Languages Act.
All Canadians have been invited to to take part in the forums to share their thoughts and comments on the role of English and French in Canadian society to complement the consultations and reviews already conducted by other bodies concerning the language of government communication, work of federal public servants and the promotion of official languages.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnMcCallumFired; #Canada'sAmbassadortoChina, #NationalPolitics; GlobalPolitics, #Canada, #China, #JustinTrudeau
Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Last night, Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister, had asked and accepted the resignation of John McCallum, as Canada's Ambassador to China, media reports said.
Trudeau had confirmed that he had delivered the news to McCallum himself, although the reason for his removal that time, which came in the middle of a diplomatic crisis with China, was not clear.
McCallum had controversially requested dropping Meng Wanzhou extraditation, which he thought be great for Canada.
He also said if the U.S. and China make a deal on Meng's case, it should include the release of the two Canadian men detained in China.
At the time Trudeau was more concerned about his government's focus on getting detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor released from China.
"This decision should have been made days ago. Instead [Trudeau has] shown weakness on this file and damaged Canada's reputation and our ability to handle this very important issue where Canadians' treatment in China is being affected by this," Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters Saturday.
"Firing someone that they could actually trust, I think we need to do some explanation to the Chinese authorities. We also need to be tough but at the same time assertive to the United States that they really need to jump in here to help us get out of the situation to secure the release of the two Canadians," Scheer said.
"I think we need to play it very delicately with the Chinese," Lynette Ong, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
In his statement, Trudeau thanked McCallum for his years of service, including his time as immigration and refugees minister.
"For almost two decades, John McCallum has served Canadians honourably and with distinction," he wrote.
"His work as minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in bringing in over 39,500 Syrian refugees remains an inspiration to Canadians and an example to the world. I thank him and his family for his service over the past many years."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#BillCosby; #StevenO'Neill; #AndreaConstand; ##MeTooera
Ottawa, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): Accused Bill Cosby was sentenced yesterday to three to 10 years for sexually assault led to his groundbreaking fall from an iconic celebrity to convicted sexually violent predator, media reports said.
The 81-year-old entertainer, Cosby once known as America's Dad, was labelled a sexually violent predator by Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill, who then sentenced him Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars.
Cosby had been accused by more than 60 women of sexual misconduct or assault, but his act of for drugging and sexually assaulting Canadian woman Andrea Constand in 2004 led to criminal charges, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go to prison.
Official reports confirmed that a lot of celebrities had fallen from scandal but "Cosby was up in the stratosphere and the distance from his stratosphere to the hell he ended up in is a long, long fall."
Robert Thompson, the founding director of Syracuse University's Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture, said that although it was impossible to watch The Cosby Show without being overwhelmed by all the accusations against the star, but Thompson continued that it did not mean his body of work should disappear and added,
"If we erase Cosby in television history we erase a lot of really important stuff that we don't want to erase."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#CityofToronto; #Toronto municipal election; #technicalInformation; #LiveResultsInformationforMedia
Toronto, Sep 21 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto would provide technical information for media outlets that plan to download and access election results for Toronto municipal election to be held on Oct 22, media reports said.
Technical and/or production staff would be able to access this information on the City's election webpage at http://ow.ly/qcVO30lTU1K.
As new information becomes available, it would be posted under the Live Results Information for Media tile on the webpage.
More details are available on the website.
The information would highlight how media representatives can access election night results in a machine-readable format for their websites and broadcasts.
A testing session for media outlets will be held on October 9, from 8 to 9 pm.
Official reports also said that on the election night no technical support would be provided.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#NationalDefence; #CanadianArmedForces; #GregoryLick; #Ombudsperson; #HarjitS.Sajjan; #GaryWalbourne
Ottawa, Sept 21 (Canadian-Media): National Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today welcomed the appointment of Gregory Lick as the interim Ombudsperson for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, media reports said.
Gregory Lick on the right/Facebook
I welcome Mr. Lick as the interim Ombudsperson. Mr. Lick’s extensive experience in the Government of Canada and leadership in the Canadian Coast Guard will serve DND employees and CAF members well. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mr. Walbourne for his service as DND/CAF Ombudsperson,” said Sajjan.
Harjit S. Sajjan/Facebook
Sajjan also thanked Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsperson since 2014.
The Ombudsperson is responsible for investigates complaints and serves as a neutral third party on matters related to the Department and the Canadian Armed Forces and the welfare of its members and employees.
Reporting directly to the Minister of National Defence, the Ombudsperson acts independently of the chain of command and managers.
Apart from Lick's service onboard Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreakers and search and rescue vessels for 30 year, he had also worked to develop the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies.
Effective November 1, 2018 Lick will serve as the interim Ombudsperson for a term of up to eight months or until a new Ombudsperson is appointed.
A selection process is underway to select a new Ombudsperson for a term of five years.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)