February 20, 2018

Settlement finally paid in Canada Line foreign workers case: union

A B.C. trades union is expected to announce tomorrow details of a settlement that has finally been paid in a human rights case involving temporary foreign workers who helped build the Canada Line. The b-c human rights tribunal ruled back in 2008 that SELI Canada and SNC Lavalin discriminated against Latin American workers toiling on the Skytrain … [Read more...]

Updated: Jobs Minister changes stance on temporary foreign worker controversy

  BC's Jobs Minister is admitting people have lost confidence in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program after the HD Mining controversy.  Pat Bell says it is clear the company fell short in looking for qualified Canadian miners before bringing in Chinese workers. "The public needs to have confidence that any jobs that are allowed to be … [Read more...]

Unions win another battle in Temporary Foreign Worker fight

Trades unions say they have won another court battle in their efforts to get documents from HD Mining in the Temporary Foreign Worker Controversy.  Union lawyer Charles Gordon says a judge has told Human Resources Minister Diane Finley she has the power to compel HD Mining to release the documents. "So the documents that we are talking about … [Read more...]

Nine Films Vie For Foreign Language Oscar

Nine films have made it to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards®. This shortlist will be shrunk down to the five nominees to be announced with the rest of this year's nominees on Thursday, January 10th 2013. Those that made the cut include: "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke … [Read more...]

BC Energy minister welcomes foreign take over of Canadian oil and gas companies

BC's Energy minister is welcoming news the federal government has allowed the sale of two Canadian gas and oil giants to Asian state owned companies. Rich Coleman says the Petronas takeover of Progress Energy Resources is great for BC as they have a stake in a liquified natural gas plant proposal in Prince Rupert.  Colemans ays the company had … [Read more...]

Feds to review temporary foreign worker program

A key labour leader in BC is pleased the federal government is reviewing a controversial program aimed at hiring foreigners to fill local jobs. "We're slowly peeling the layers back on this and we're going to get there." Steve Hunt is the Western Canada director of the  United Steelworkers Union, which has been critical of plans to hire … [Read more...]

Body found in North Vancouver was that of missing foreign exchange student

The BC Coroner's Service says the man found dead near a hiking trail in North Vancouver yesterday was missing hiker Jasper Houben. The 22-year-old German exchange student was reported missing a few days ago. His family had flown in from Germany to help find him. Foul play is not suspected. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]