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Trudeau Accused of Exploiting International Students

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International students in Canada accused the Trudeau government of exploiting them as cheap labour and discarding them when they were no longer needed.

Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government permitted approximately 50,000 international students to stay in Canada for 18 months after graduation to seek jobs when the economy was reopening following Covid shutdowns and businesses needed to hire.

The administration marketed the permit extension as a way to “assist more graduates in meeting pressing requirements” in important areas and earn the work experience required for permanent immigration.

However, a year and a half later, some of these prospective permanent residents still needed help to work or remain in the country due to an Immigration backlog.

“I’m just sitting at home and surviving off of my own money, Daniel D’Souza, an accountant and former Seneca College student near Toronto, said in an interview.

“I’m sorry I chose Canada to immigrate to, study and live in.” Canada should value foreign students more than only as a source of cheap labour.”

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Liberals Failing on Promises to International Student

The department of Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has stated that it is looking into methods to better support foreign students who want to stay in the country permanently.

International students contribute “tremendous social, cultural, and economic benefits,” according to government spokesperson Jeffrey MacDonald in an emailed statement.

D’Souza’s career, like many other graduates in the 2021 program, has been halted, and his future is uncertain.

These former students, many of whom were from India and the Philippines, were forced to abandon their occupations when their work permits expired, with no certainty of obtaining permanent status.

Even if their applications are eventually approved, they will be without a job, income, or health and social benefits for months.

“They took advantage of us when they needed us.” But when we need their assistance, nobody shows up,” said Anshdeep Bindra, a former Ernst & Young consultant in Toronto.

“We pay fees and taxes but receive nothing in return.” You don’t acknowledge us assisting you in resolving the labour shortage.”


Canada’s Aging Workforce

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which plans to allow a huge number of new immigrants over the next 3 years to counter an aging workforce, is slated to reveal updated targets in Toronto on Tuesday morning.

“Those who benefit from these public measures have the same or, in many cases, better opportunity to gain competent work experience than graduates did before the pandemic,” MacDonald said.

The International student grads hoped that the permission extension would offer them more time to gather Canadian job experience and improve their scores in the country’s skilled worker immigration ranking system.

However, these graduates became entangled in a backlog of applications, resulting in a 10-month shutdown of the government system to process them.

When the system was reopened, the students found themselves competing against pools of immigrants with far higher-than-average scores, lowering their prospects of obtaining permanent status.

The short delay allowed the system to catch up, according to the immigration department, and “limiting or pausing invitations to apply to manage expanding inventories is precisely what the system was designed to do.”

According to the agency, approximately 40% of all permanent residents received in 2021 were former international students, a record.


Permanent residency backlog

According to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, 26,250 invitations to apply for permanent residency have been granted since July of this year, with 10,212 going to international students or graduates.

But that’s no consolation for those who are still waiting – or for their former bosses. “Now the company will have to locate another individual to replace me when I’m already here,” said Leovilee Dustin, a real estate agent in Caledonia, Ontario.

“It appears they simply want us to work here to collect our taxes and get rid of us.”

According to the government, international students contribute more than C$21 billion ($15.3 billion) annually to the economy. Also, tens of thousands of graduates who choose to immigrate permanently become a source of young, educated workers.

According to Royal Bank of Canada economists in a paper released last month, they can also play an important role in addressing the current labour shortage and future job-market demands.

According to Amira Ali, a leasing consultant for a property management company in Calgary, the government should “prioritize people who paid for college or university in Canada, have experience here and are connected with employers here.”

“They’re putting us in a bind and leaving us with no options.”

Source: CTN News, VOR News


India, At UN, Is Mum About Dispute With Canada Over Sikh Separatist Leader’s Killing

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UNITED NATIONS — As he addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader. However, he indirectly criticized how other nations respond to “terrorism.”

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar devoted most of his speech to praising India’s rising global stature and aspirations for leadership, highlighting its recent tenure as chair of the Group of 20 industrialized nations and presiding over a substantial summit meeting last month.

However, he also stated that the international community must not “allow political expediency to determine responses to terrorism, extremism, and violence.”

India has frequently attacked Pakistan at the United Nations over what New Delhi perceives as Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism. This time, however, the remark could be interpreted as an attack on Canada, whose representative is scheduled to speak at the United Nations later on Tuesday.

As a result of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement last week that India may have been involved in the June murder of a Canadian citizen in a Vancouver suburb, relations between the two countries have reached their lowest point in years.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was murdered by masked assailants, but Canada has not yet provided any public evidence of Indian involvement in the murder. India had designated him as a terrorist because he led the remnants of a once-powerful movement to establish an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan.


India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader.

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the allegation as “absurd” and accused Canada of harboring “terrorists and extremists.” It also asserted that the allegations were politically motivated, indicating that Trudeau sought domestic support from the Sikh diaspora.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to divert attention away from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have found refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry said in a statement released last week.

However, they have long accused Canada of allowing Sikh separatists, including Nijjar, unfettered reign.

Even though the active insurgency ended decades ago, the Modi administration has warned that Sikh separatists are attempting a comeback. New Delhi has urged nations such as Canada, where Sikhs account for more than 2% of the population, to do more to prevent a separatist revival.

After the G20 summit, Canada’s allegation obscured India’s diplomatic moment. Jaishankar sought to refocus attention on his country’s ambitions in the international arena, noting that India is the world’s most populous nation and a growing economic superpower.

“When we aspire to be a leading power, it is not for self-promotion, but to assume more responsibility and make more contributions,” he explained. “The goals we have set for ourselves will distinguish us from those who rose before us.”


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Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.

Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.

According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.


Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.

Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.

Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.

Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”

Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.

In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.


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Toymaker Lego Will Stick To Its Quest To Find Sustainable Materials Despite Failed Recycle Attempt In 2023

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Lego stated on Monday that it remains committed to its quest to find sustainable materials to reduce carbon emissions despite the failure of an experiment to use recycled bottles. Lego is the world’s largest toy manufacturer.

After more than two years of testing, Lego “decided not to proceed” with producing its trademark colorful bricks from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles because “the material did not reduce carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

Two years ago, the private company that manufactures bricks from oil-derived plastic began researching a potential transition to recycled plastic bottles made of PET plastic, which does not degrade in quality when recycled.

The company stated that it had invested “more than $1.2 billion in sustainability initiatives” to transition to more sustainable materials and reduce carbon emissions by 37% by 2032.

The company reported that it was “currently testing and developing Lego bricks made from a range of alternative sustainable materials, including other recycled plastics and plastics made from alternative sources such as e-methanol.”


Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

E-methanol, also known as green methanol, is composed of residual carbon dioxide and hydrogen and is produced by splitting water molecules using renewable energy.

The company said it would continue to use bio-polypropylene, the sustainable and biological variant of polyethylene — a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires — for elements in Lego sets such as leaves, trees and other accessories.

Long-term, “we believe that this will encourage increased production of more sustainable raw materials, such as recycled oils, and help support our transition to sustainable materials,” the report stated.

The company was founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932. The name comprises the Danish words leg and godt, meaning “play well.” The brand name was created without knowledge of the Latin Lego, meaning “I assemble.”


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