Thousands of TFWs to lose jobs

Members of Migrante Canada demonstrate at Citizenship and Immigration Canada headquarters in Toronto, March 29, 2015, during the event dubbed Cross-Canada Day of Action: No 4 and 4! Immigration Not Deportation!
Photo by Jesson Reyes

TORONTOAs of April 1, 2015, thousands of migrant workers under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program will be sent back to their own countries as the federal government’s “4-in-4-out” rule comes into effect. Migrant workers who have worked in Canada for over four years will be barred from returning to Canada under the same program for another four years.

It is estimated that as many as 70,000 workers will be forced to leave according to the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change. Workers in managerial and professional occupations, or under international agreements such as NAFTA and those who have already received approval letters for their permanent residence applications are exempt.

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Shirley Camia launches new book in Winnipeg

   Shirley Camia
Author Shirley Camia

WINNIPEG – Former Winnipegger Shirley Camia will launch her book of poetry, The Significance of Moths, at McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Camia is a broadcast journalist now based in Toronto who has covered stories of local, national and international interest to Canadians for CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Toronto, Iqaluit and central Newfoundland.

Born in Winnipeg’s West End, Camia’s poetry describes her experiences as a child of Filipino immigrants in a strict Catholic household where she found her freedom in books. Her published work is the culmination of her dogged childhood determination, interactions with everyday life and the support of talented poets who believed in her imagination.