Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Chinese migrant workers and illegal recruitment fees - Tyee Journalist
A decision earlier this month to allow as many as two thousand temporary foreign workers to dig the mines of British Columbia surprised -- and disturbed -- many people in B.C. But the latest allegations surrounding the Chinese migrants set off a provincial investigation.
We aired some audio of a Chinese recruiter informing a prospective miner that he would have to pay more than 15 thousand dollars in order to get a job in Canada. It was recorded by a journalist posing as a worker to investigate a recruiting company.
B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training was disturbed by Nuttall's report. Pat Bell promises an investigation.
Naomi Alboim is the co-author of a new report on Canada's immigration system called Shaping the future: Canada's rapidly changing immigration policies. She's a senior fellow at the Maytree Foundation and teaches public policy at Queens University. She was in our Toronto studio.
Chinese migrant workers and illegal recruitment fees - Immigration Laywer
No one from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - the federal department that oversees the migrant worker program - was available for an interview with us this morning.
As we mentioned, the program to bring in temporary foreign workers is federal while the enforcement of labour standards is a provincial responsibility. Manitoba has some of Canada's strongest legislation concerning migrant workers.
Ken Zaifman is an immigration lawyer with a Winnipeg law firm that also does recruitment for Canadian companies overseas.
This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Liz Hoath.
Last Word - Debate Vote & Jerusalem cookbook promo
Now we've talked about the U.S. Presidential debates this week and we asked you to weigh in on the debate over debates. Be it resolved that the U.S. presidential debates are no longer a useful forum for questioning candidates on important issues. That's the resolution - you can still vote today and we'll let you know which argument wins the debate, tomorrow on Checking In.
And Friday on The Current -- two Israelis, an Arab and a Jew find something they can agree on -- food. Their new cookbook may not be a recipe for lasting peace, but it might get the right people sitting down at the same table. On today's Last Word, a little of the flavour of Friday's interview.
Other segments from today's show: