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While our immigration system values technical skills more than anything, success in Canada’s workforce demands more than just being technically strong — it also demands a crucial set of “soft skills.” Criticism through praise, which Canadians do reflexively and often, is a big one: “The average Canadian can’t read the emotions of the average Japanese or native Canadians and that has a major impact on their careers,” advises immigration consultant and author Lionel Laroche. “We have to judge by their emotional thermometer, not ours.”
While Canadians excel at compliment sandwiches (criticism between two compliments), we might need to work on the blatant racism underpinning our immigration policy. During a discussion concerning the “controversial” Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Jason Kenney insisted that his “immigration crackdown” isn’t driven by xenophobia or racism: “Canada is the only developed democracy in the world in which there is no serious or organized anti-immigrant or xenophobic sentiment in our public discourse.” We’re talking absout immigrants coming here, people of colour exploited for labour, being sent out of the country, denied status, who cannot have their spouses come over, who can’t have access to health care. I’m curious to know how that’s not xenophobic,” argues Lee Williams of No One Is Illegal. Zing.
Why do immigration consultants get a bad rap? How much do they charge? With the second installment of our ongoing “How-To…? An Infographic Series,” Orange LLP focuses on crucial differences between immigration consultants and immigration lawyers, and discusses the pros and cons of both:
This is very good and very important: the Canadian Bar Association has stated the proposed changes to Bill C-43, The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, are unnecessary and unjustified. “We see little evidence of abuse to justify the amendments in Bill C-43,” says Michael Greene of Calgary, member of the CBA’s National Immigration Section. “The law goes farther than needed, extending to areas that are not justified by the harm it is seeking to address. We urge the government to withdraw or substantially amend the legislation.”