Atrasos no Processo Federal de Imigração

Apenas um update para o pessoal do processo FSW Ministerial Instructions 1.

* O consulado está analisando os processos que chegaram para eles em Março/Abril 2010, ou seja, antes de chegar em São Paulo eles foram para Sidney, então devem ser processos abertos no final de 2009.

* O consulado estará enviando dentro de alguns meses uma carta informando sobre a demora e os próximos passos a serem tomados. Me lembro que isso já ocorreu em 2008 também.

Se alguém tiver mais alguma informação me avise !

Economia de Alberta em busca de mais imigrantes

De acordo com a reportagem abaixo, os relatórios do último Census revelam que a Economia de Alberta continuará liderando no Canada, mas para se manter mais sustentável, a província precisa de mais trabalhadores qualificados. Para isso estão até pensando em criar um programa de imigração exclusivo para Alberta, similar ao processo do Quebec.

Editorial: Census reveals challenges facing Alberta

Although there are larger metropolitan areas, Calgary has become the third largest Canadian city after Toronto and Montreal.

In a world rattled by economic uncertainty, new national census figures released Wednesday are enough to give anyone a serious dose of Alberta envy. Calgary is the fastest growing major city in the fastest growing province in the fastest growing G8 nation. Edmonton is the fastest growing metropolitan region. And, Alberta has eight of the 10 fastest growing mid-sized urban centres in the nation, led by Okotoks, which grew an amazing 42.9 per cent since 2006.

Jurisdictions around the world would die for similar statistics. Yet, with success comes enormous challenge, as anyone who was in Alberta in the frenetic period of 2005 to early 2008 can attest. Despite the influx of people into Alberta as shown in the new census, the critical issue facing the province in the coming decade will be people. Last year, the Alberta government estimated a labour shortage of approximately 114,000 workers through 2021.

The census data is certain to frame debate around issues ranging from electoral reform to immigration. On the latter, there are strong arguments that Alberta should assume greater control of its own immigration, similar to Quebec, to ensure we meet the economic needs of the province.

A case in point is Balwin Villa, an Edmonton facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients that was recently caught short-staffed when Ottawa refused to extend the one-year work visas of 13 nurses from the Philippines. The nurses had been recruited as temporary workers with the goal of earning provincial LPN certification. The denial of visa extensions means the nurses have 90 days to apply for alternate reasons to remain in the country.

In 2007, Alberta and Ottawa reached a new agreement to give Alberta more control over its own immigration file. The government that is closest to the people is best equipped to determine its own needs, yet the Balwin Villa case shows that issues remain.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program under which they arrived has been plagued by its share of issues, forcing the province to bring in new regulations last year. There are now more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of job offers and a two-year foreign worker hiring prohibition for employers who have failed to meet commitments to workers on wages and working conditions.

As the census data shows, Alberta is under unique pressure on the job front. Saskatchewan, now a full partner in the resource boom, is also competing with Alberta for labour. With Newfoundland’s resource development also on the rise, Alberta can no longer rely on that province as a labour pool, and Newfoundlanders certainly deserve the opportunity to work close to home. Given all these factors, more collaborative work needs to be done with Ottawa on the immigration file.

The census data also reaffirms that Alberta is deserving of six additional Commons seats under a democratic reform plan recently announced by the Conservative government. For the first time in Canadian history, the proportion of the population living west of Ontario, 30.7 per cent, is greater than the number of people living to the east (30.6 per cent).

Although there are larger metropolitan areas, Calgary has become the third largest Canadian city after Toronto and Montreal.

The West is now truly in. The challenge is to see it remains that way, with enough people to keep us ticking.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald


Inverno menos frio da história de Calgary

Este ano estamos tendo o inverno menos frio da história de Calgary. As temperaturas durante o dia estão variando entre +5c e +10c, as vezes sobe um pouco mais. No dia que partir para o Brasil, 30 de Dezembro, estava fazendo +15c ! E por ser a cidade mais ensolarada do Canada, com temperaturas nesta média a neve já derreteu, e quando cai derrete em poucas horas, com isso já tem gente até jogando bobear este ano Calgary está melhor que Vancouver, que chove muito no inverno !

Obs: Antes do inverno começar estavam prevendo o pior inverno dos últimos tempos para Calgary...mas todo ano eles falam isso e nunca acontece...

It’s official: Calgarians are basking in one of the warmest winters ever

By Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald February 1, 2012 6:08 PM

Murray Dougherty, left, and John Queen take advantage of the mild weather at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Calgary Tuesday, February 1, 2012.

Photograph by: Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald

As Calgary’s balmy winter moves from January into February, Calgarians across the city are swapping ice skates and skis for golf clubs and tennis rackets, celebrating what is officially one of the warmest winters in almost a century and a half.

Save for a few chilly days two weeks ago, Calgary and much of southern Alberta have been blessed with above-average temperatures for all of December, most of January and now the first two weeks of February are forecast to hover between 3 C and 11 C daily highs.

And while we haven’t hit any actual records, Environment Canada says this past December and January were among the top 10 warmest since 1884.

“It’s significant. In fact, most of the Prairies have been above-normal temperatures, below-normal precipitation and we’re looking at a continuation of that into February,” said Bill McMurtry, Calgary-based meteorologist with Environment Canada. “But if you live here in Calgary, you know not to ever expect winter to be over.”

For Calgarians enjoying the outdoors, with a high of 8 C Wednesday under varied sprinklings of sunshine, winter was the last thing on their mind.

John McQueen teed up for a round of golf at the Fox Hollow course, joking that he’d just returned from Cuba but never managed to swing a club there.

“I just didn’t think to. But who needs to golf in Cuba, when you can golf in Calgary,” he said with a smile.

Paired up with McQueen, Murray Dougherty admitted while he grew up in Calgary, he’s never actually golfed as early as February. “We really have had a mild winter. It’s been amazing.”

Waiting to follow the two-some was Dwight Essex.

“Who would have thought there’d be a lineup at the tee box in February,” he quipped.

Fox Hollow assistant pro Doug Repp spent the day fielding hundreds of phone calls from prospective golfers anxious to book a tee time after word that the course, just west of Deerfoot Trail at 32nd Avenue N.E., opened for its first day Wednesday.

“We’ve opened for warm days here and there in past winters, when it’s been nice.

“But this could be the longest we actually stay open with the forecast being so warm over the next two weeks.”

Lunchtime joggers along the Bow River also made the most of Wednesday’s warmth in shorts and T-shirts for their midday workouts.

“The warm weather just keeps going, and going and going this year,” said oilpatch engineer Frank Meier in summer running wear.

“Usually I like to ski, but I haven’t been this year. It’s just so nice and warm in the city. I think I might golf a little on the weekend.”

But stay-at-home mom Janis Dixon says her two boys, both Timbits hockey players, have been lamenting the warmth and the way it messes with the community outdoor rink.

“Believe or not, we are a family that hopes for cold,” she said with a laugh.

“When it gets this mild, the outdoor ice just melts and they can’t play as much hockey.”

Her boys, Mitchell, 5, and Bryce, 4, spent a few minutes swatting balls at the backboard of the Crescent Heights community tennis courts while their beloved rink sparkled in the sun only a few feet away, the edges giving way to slush.

Compared to the warmest December and January in history, 1930-31, this season was actually fairly brisk.

Temperatures for December 1930 and January 1931 averaged 0.2 C and 0.6 C respectively, while this year’s average temperatures were –7.4 C in December 2011 and –8.9 C for January 2012.

“I think this winter might just seem really mild to a lot of people because last year’s was so bad in terms of snow and cold,” said McMurtry.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald


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