Harper Government announces more help for new Canadians to get into job market faster

April 13, 2015

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, pledged to carefully study the Panel’s recommendations, which include the need to:

  • require each regulated occupation to develop a single national standard and point of contact and insist that skilled immigrants take the initiative to have their qualifications assessed prior to arriving in Canada;
  • develop a broader strategy for alternative careers, with a more prominent role for regulators, that will support newcomers as part of the licensing process;
  • produce better, more coordinated labour market information targeted at newcomers; and
  • create a sense of shared responsibility among all stakeholders for helping immigrants find jobs that match their skills, with a focus on engaging employers.

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Better genetics puts tastier beef on plate

April 9, 2015

Heavy culling due to drought, combined with better genetic information have improved beef flavour

The quality of Canadian beef is rising, and that bodes well for consumers’ continued willingness to pay for it, says beef expert Larry Corah.

Corah, the vice-president of supply development for Certified Angus Beef, said grade information in Canada and the United States shows that more beef is grading prime and triple A.

“We’ve seen a little less of a trend in Canada, but the first two or three months in 2015, we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick in both the amount of prime as well as triple A beef produced in Canada,” he said.

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Vancouver’s leading immigration lawyer on new rules of temporary foreign workers program

April 2, 2015

Advocacy groups estimate that as many as 70,000 workers nationwide are affected by the deadline.

Zool Suleman, a prominent immigration lawyer, believes that by changing the rules the federal government is trying to have better control over the new inventory of workers who will arrive into Canada. He also believes that the government might be trying to improve their public perception with the new rules.

“I think they felt that they needed to be seen to be hard,” said Suleman. “It was a very blunt way to reach certain policy objectives.”

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SCA supports mandatory premises ID

April 1, 2015

“Having just come through one of the most profitable years in the cattle industry, that really did encompass all segments from the primary producer to the packer, it will be nice to not have to manage by crisis,” says chair Bill Jameson. “Now is the time to put in place our goals for the future to make sure we are able to continue to produce beef for a world protein demand that will continue to grow.”

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