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May 8, 2013

One in five Canadians are born abroad, survey shows

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is more than ever a nation of immigrants, with one in five Canadians born outside the country, according to a 2011 survey released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

That 20.6 percent proportion of people born abroad, up from 19.8 percent five years previously, is far bigger than in most other rich industrialized countries.

May 2, 2013

Surprise Bank of Canada chief stands ready to nurture economy

OTTAWA, May 2 (Reuters) – Canada tapped an outsider on
Thursday to head its central bank, bringing in the
well-respected head of the Canadian export credit agency, who
immediately stressed the need to nurture a choppy economic
recovery.

Incoming Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, 57, worked
at the central bank for 14 years earlier in his career. But he
has spent the last 14 years at Export Development Canada.

Apr 29, 2013

Canada tightens rules for temporary foreign workers

OTTAWA, April 29 (Reuters) – The Canadian government
announced tighter rules on Monday to prevent employers from
using its temporary foreign worker program to squeeze Canadians
out of jobs, acting after two high-profile cases tarnished the
program’s reputation.

The new rules will prevent employers from paying foreign
workers less than Canadians, and will ensure that employers who
rely on temporary foreign workers have a “firm plan” in place to
transition to a Canadian labor force.

Apr 29, 2013

Canada to clamp down on temporary foreign worker program

OTTAWA, April 29 (Reuters) – The Canadian government was set
to announce tighter rules on Monday to prevent employers from
using its temporary foreign worker program to squeeze Canadians
out of jobs, acting after two high-profile cases tarnished the
program’s reputation.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Human
Resources Minister Diane Finley have scheduled a news conference
for Monday afternoon to announce reforms to the program, which
the Conservative government was expected to present to
Parliament in its budget implementation bill on Monday
afternoon.

Apr 26, 2013

Canada minister wants deportation review after train plot arrests

OTTAWA, April 26 (Reuters) – Canada must review its
deportation policy in light of a pardon that was granted to a
Canadian resident once threatened with deportation and now
accused in an alleged al Qaeda plot to derail a passenger train,
a government minister said on Friday.

Raed Jaser, one of two men charged in connection with the
suspected plot, argued in a 2004 deportation hearing that Canada
should not deport him because he was stateless and no country
would take him in.

Apr 25, 2013

Canadian train plot suspects caused unease with extreme views

MONTREAL/TORONTO (Reuters) – Chiheb Esseghaier, a Tunisian doctoral student in Quebec, ran afoul of his research institute’s administration two years ago when he tore down posters for the charity United Way showing naked men and women with the slogan “Underneath, we are all equal.”

“We met with him to discuss with him and to try to understand why he did that. We explained that we don’t do that here,” said Julie Martineau, a spokeswoman at the INRS research center at Varennes, south of Montreal.

Apr 24, 2013

Canada train plot suspects in court; to fight charges

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Two men charged with an alleged al Qaeda-backed plot to derail a Canadian passenger train made their first court appearances on Tuesday, and the lawyer for one said his client would fight the charges vigorously.

Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal face charges that include conspiring with each other “to murder unknown persons … for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.”

Apr 23, 2013

Canadian passenger train plot suspects in court

TORONTO/MONTREAL, April 23 (Reuters) – Two men charged in
Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train appeared in
separate courts on Tuesday while Iran reacted angrily to police
accusations that the plotters were backed by al Qaeda elements
in Iran.

Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of
Montreal were arrested in separate raids and charged on Monday,
sparking worries of a Canadian attack just one week after the
Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured more
than 200.

Apr 23, 2013

Canadian passenger train attack suspects set for court hearings

TORONTO/MONTREAL, April 23 (Reuters) – Two men charged in
Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train will appear
in court for bail hearings on Tuesday, while questions swirl
about their background and reported links to al Qaeda elements
in Iran.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal and Raed Jaser, 35, were
arrested and charged by Canadian police on Monday, sparking
worries of a Canadian terror attack just one week after the
Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured more
than 200.

Apr 17, 2013

Bank of Canada cuts growth forecast, warns again of higher rates

OTTAWA, April 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada on Wednesday
chopped its economic growth forecast for the country and left
interest rates unchanged but still insisted the next move in
interest rates would likely be a hike.

It cut its prediction for 2013 economic growth to 1.5
percent — matching this week’s International Monetary Fund
forecast — from the 2.0 percent it saw in January, and hopes
for 2.8 percent growth in 2014.