National Post- Liberals plan for huge influx of refugees, immigrant spouses at expense of skilled foreign workers

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen | March 8, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 9 8:49 AM ET OTTAWA — The Liberal government has cut the number of skilled foreign workers it will allow into Canada this year to make room for a huge influx of Syrian refugees, immigrant spouses and children. Immigration Minister John McCallum says the reduction in economic immigrants is a “temporary pause” that will have minimal impact on Canada’s well-being and prosperity. But the move has nonetheless raised concerns from business groups about the Liberals’ long-term plans for immigration. At the same time, the government could face a backlash from some ethnic communities for not letting more immigrant parents and grandparents into Canada to be reunited with their families. Continue reading

Toronto Star- Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters

Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters Sikh community delivers cupcakes, chocolates and cards made by children, just to ‘say someone cares.’  CHRIS SO / TORONTO STAR Order this photo Sarpreet Kaur, a volunteer with the World Sikh Organization, delivers boxes of cupcakes, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards made by children from the Sikh community, to a women's shelter. By: Michael Robinson Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Feb 14 2016 There were no bouquets of red roses, but on Valentine’s Day dozens of pink boxes wrapped with white ribbons showed up at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter instead.  Each care package included chocolates and cupcakes, topped with handmade cards authored by elementary school children.  “You are great,” reads one Valentine. “You are beautiful,” said another.  All were addressed to the same recipients: Women and children who call the downtown shelter home, many of whom are victims of violence, poverty and homelessness.   Continue reading

Ottawa Citizen- Faith groups call on Liberals to keep Office of Religious Freedom

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/faith-groups-call-on-liberals-to-keep-office-of-religious-freedom The Liberal government is facing pressure to keep the Office of Religious Freedom open, after representatives from three influential faith groups wrote Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on Friday asking him not to scrap it. The open letter from organizations representing Jewish, Sikh and Ahmadiyya Muslim Canadians underscores the potential political cost of shuttering the three-year-old office, which the previous Conservative government established with much fanfare.   Continue reading

Rabble: Advocacy groups ramp up campaign to repeal Bill C-51

BY CORY COLLINS| NOVEMBER 19, 2015 A campaign to repeal Bill C-51 has continued to gain support in recent weeks. Over 300,000 Canadians have signed apetition seeking the repeal of C-51 and public consultations. Bill C-51 became law in June and gives vastly expanded powers to the police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Continue reading

Globe & Mail: New Defence Minister leads Sikhs’ rise to prominence in Parliament

IAN BAILEY - VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Published Saturday, Nov. 07, 2015 10:23AM EST Last updated Monday, Nov. 09, 2015 4:04PM EST Canada’s “badass” new Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan is getting particular attention as the star of a new wave of Sikh MPs elected to Parliament – a demographic shift that community leaders note has made Punjabi the third-most spoken language after French in the House of Commons.   Continue reading

Mississauga News: Peel board provides guide to revised sex ed curriculum

By Mileena Sobreira-Yousufy The Peel District School Board is providing a “factual” guide for parents regarding the controversial sex education curriculum. Continue reading

Toronto Star: Peel board’s sex-ed guide gets help from faith, community groups

By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published on Tue Nov 03 2015 It was created to counter the misinformation about sex-ed, and has the blessing of local faith and community groups. Continue reading

Toronto Sun: Punjab violence worries GTA Sikhs

BY MARYAM SHAH, TORONTO SUN FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 08:40 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 08:42 PM EDT Sikhs in the Greater Toronto Area are worried about the violence now rocking Punjab, the northern Indian state many of their family members call home. Continue reading

Globe and Mail: Raitt says airport security has ‘non-discriminatory’ tools to maintain safety

OTTAWA — The Canadian PressPublished Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 2:10PM EDTLast updated Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 2:27PM EDT The federal transport minister says there’s no need to re-impose a rule that required passengers to remove religious headgear when going through airport security. Continue reading

CBC: Policy reversed on head covering searches at airports

By Chris Brown, CBC News Posted: Jun 17, 2015 12:41 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 1:43 PM PT The Harper government has swiftly reversed a new policy at Canadian airports that required turbaned Sikhs and others in head coverings to automatically submit to a secondary search for explosive residue. Continue reading