Following M. M. Afrah’s recent Talking Points on the plight of the newcomers to Canada and Child Spanking Policy, the big-selling Toronto Star newspaper on Friday, May 6 published the following articles on the same subjects:



Highly skilled new citizens find few helpful programs: Parliamentary Committee.


“OTTAWA-- Canada recruits more and more highly skilled immigrants and then leaves many to virtually fend for themselves, a parliamentary committee reported yesterday.


In a report on the federal government’s settlement program for new immigrants, the House of Commons immigration committee said newcomers are increasingly falling through the cracks because of a policy that recruits highly educated and skilled immigrants, but lacks adequate program to help them adapt.


The Committee lamented the situation of immigrants who don’t enough about Canada and its job market before they get here and sometimes see their dreams of a new life fade.


And it said the contradiction of recruiting highly skilled and educated professionals who sometimes end up driving taxis because they can’t get professional accreditation to work in this country in a colossal waste of human resources.


The report cites testimony from one witness that who said the accreditation barriers that stand in the way of foreign-born professionals make a mockery of the immigration program’s emphasis on education and work experience.

The chair of the immigration committee, Liberal Joe Fontana (London North Centre) held a press conference with Canadian Alliance committee member Diane Ablonyczy (Calgary-Nose Hill) to call on the department to devote more resources to immigrants settlement programs.


The Conference Board of Canada has reported that more than 500.000 Canadians would earn and additional $4.1 billion to $5.9 annually if their experience and credentials were recognized in the workplace.”





“OTTAWA-- Both sides in the spanking case that goes to the Supreme Court of Canada today agree it’s wrong for parents to spank their children and that no parent or teacher should be arrested or persecuted for mildly hitting a child. Disagreement comes over whether the law permitting corporal punishment of children should stand.


Under the Criminal Code, force used against another person without his or her consent is considered assault. One example is Section 43, under the title “Correction of Child by force.”


It states parents/guardians and teachers are justified in using physical force against a child, if the intention is to correct behaviour and if the force is “reasonable under the circumstances.”


In pushing to abolish the law, the Toronto Advocacy group Justice for Children and Youth argues essentially that Section 43 violates a child’s right guaranteed under the three main sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the rights to security, the right not to be subject to “cruel and unusual treatment or punishment,” and the right to equality under the law.


In defending the law, the Justice Department argues the law does not infringe on the security of the person, the force permitted cannot be called “cruel and unusual,” and the distinction based on age does not amount to stereotyping or inequality.”



Courtesy Torstar

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