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No easy way home for seafarers delivering goods to Canadian ports during pandemic

MONTREAL — Resig Calanog’s walk around Montreal’s port is only the second time in nine months he’s been on solid ground. Even for a career ship worker, it’s a lot of time at sea. As for when he’ll be able to walk in his homeland in the Philippines and see his three children, that remains uncertain. “Soon, I hope,”...

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City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement

2-May-2020: The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Residents are reminded of the importance of reducing all contact with others as much as possible and staying home except for essential outings to help stop the community spread of the deadly virus. As of this afternoon, there are 5,967 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto....

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Canada to continue immigration increases, Mendicino announces

OTTAWA — The federal government is continuing with slight increases to the number of immigrants Canada will accept over the next three years. Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino released the planned immigration levels from this year until 2022 today. He says Canada will admit 341,000 people in 2020, 351,000 next year and 361,000 in 2022....

Scheer takes Conservative campaign close to notorious Quebec border crossing
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Scheer takes Conservative campaign close to notorious Quebec border crossing

OTTAWA — The Conservatives aren’t saying whether they’re talking about immigration and the border on the federal campaign trail today, but leader Andrew Scheer is gathering reporters for a field trip starting just a couple of kilometres from the spot in Quebec where thousands of irregular migrants have crossed into Canada. His election tour is...

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen talks about success of provincial pilot programs and waiving Canadian citizenship fees
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Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen talks about success of provincial pilot programs and waiving Canadian citizenship fees

2019 October 3, Toronto: In a privileged one-on-one interview on October 3, 2019, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Hon. Ahmed Hussen, of the Liberal Party, presented priorities should Canadian voters return them to power on October 21. The priorities are: Launching of “Municipal Nominee Program;” Proposal for making Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent; and Waiving...

Phil Department of Affairs (DFA)  launches Facebook page to help distressed OFWs
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Phil Department of Affairs (DFA) launches Facebook page to help distressed OFWs

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday launched the official “OFW Help” page on Facebook to provide distressed overseas Filipino workers with a new system to reach the government and request for emergency assistance. The “OFW Help” Facebook page, managed by the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), seeks to assist undocumented or irregular...