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Asked in Canada
What human rights are ignored in Canada?
Freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of association, and property rights, just to name a few. __ While Canada is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, Human Rights are pretty much protected here. We do have Freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of association, and property rights. You aren't jailed for speaking your mind or believing any particular faith. You can own property (which is not a human right by the way). Canada is protected by its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Plus we have Toques and Poutine, eh. ______ Compared to most countries Canada does not ignore any Human Rights but we do have many on going Human Rights issues, hence the various friendus. Freedom of Speech is one. We do have significant censorship but we also have many language laws and they create Human Right problems. The Federal Government, Canada, is Bilingual. A compromise was taken by the British in the 1700's to address issues with what was at the time a large population of French, large enough to be a majority in some areas of North America controlled by the British. That compromise allowed the use of the French language, giving it official status, and eventually making Canada officially bilingual. Today French speaking people are a small minority outside of the area that was the original colony called Canada. In many areas and Nations of Canada they are less than 5% of the population. That does not change the language laws which result in jobs, particularly federal jobs, being reserved for people from that small minority of residents. It also results in business and governments having to spend money on everything from French Language services to French signs and labeling. If you are French you would of course see nothing wrong with such discrimination but if you are in an area where the top spoken languages are English, Chinese, Punjabi, German and Tagalog with French not even in the top three, you will reasonably have some questions. Canadians should be concerned about the special status given to one tiny minority over other much larger minorities. It seems, at least in some cases, to be a clear violation of many articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Which leads to Canada's handling of groups called Aboriginals. The British did not see these groups as British and so entered into Treaties with them. Canada inherited these race based treaties and has failed to end the treaties, or bring these racial defined groups into Canada as equal citizens. Aboriginals resist such changes because the treaties give them special status, special access to resources, special access to government money and forms of revenue. Many call themselves, accurately I think, as Canadians Plus. They can have all the rights of a Canadian plus extra rights via treaties. The problem with the treaties and the special status is that it is based on race. A person from a different race cannot achieve that special status, regardless of how hard they work or how long their family lives in the land and it is the government that makes that so. The other problem is the Aboriginals themselves feel that there are human rights being violated by Canada and feel very strongly that race based policies are a requirement when dealing with Aboriginal issues. There are also issues around freedom of conscience, freedom of association, freedom of religion and property rights. Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes property rights and most Canadians wanted that right to be affirmed in our Constitution. But the Canadian Constitution is not one created by the people. The government of the day did not feel particularly bound by the wishes of the people so left property rights out and race based rights in. The government has since made changes to that Constitution practically impossible so it cannot be updated as Canada and the Nations that make up the Confederation change. With all that said Canada stands head and shoulders above most counties when it comes to human rights.
Asked in Canada, Elizabeth II
Does the Queen control Canada?
Queen Elizabeth II is the Monarch of Canada, which operates courtesy of the Canadian Parliament and Canada's governmental officers. Properly, according to Wikipedia: "The monarchy of Canada is the core of both Canada's federalism and its Westminster-style parliamentary democracy, being the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Canadian government and each provincial government." ---------- Practically from experience: Not at all. The role of the Queen is purely ceremonial and represented by the Governor General, another completely ceremonial role. The GG is selected by the Prime Minister who is the leader of the political party with the most seats in the house. Canadians get to vote on the people and party that fills those seats. If the Queen or GG was to even make a comment about Canadian politics it would create a scandal. If they were to take any political action at all, even that which appears to be allowed, it would create a Constitutional Crisis and backlash that would likely see such ceremonial roles ended in Canada. Canada does not have a Queen or a monarch of any kind except in a ceremonial role to have consistency in our political systems.
What is the color of the New Democratic Party of Canada?
How much does it cost to mail a letter to Canada from the US?
The price of postage for a one-ounce ordinary size non-rigid first class letter to Canada is 75 cents. First-Class Mail® International Letter Maximum Value for Contents: $400.00 Max. length 11-1/2", height 6-1/8" or thickness 1/4" $0.75 The USPS online Postage Price Calculator for Domestic and International Retail Prices is at the Related Link.
Asked in Canada
Can a Canadian citizen be deported from Canada?
In a word No. If born here absolutely not. However, should one lie on their application for Citizenship, and a Judge determines that they did, then the application is fraudulent . Thus any Citizenship from that application is null and void and does not exist, ergo you can be deported. (But you are not a Citizen at this point)
Asked in Time Zones, Canada, Sunrise and Sunset Times
What time does the sunrise in ca?
The time of sunrise and sunset is very dependent on the date and exact location. A difference of 15 miles can change the time of sunrise or sunset by a minute. Please re-post your question with a city name or zip code. You can easily calculate the time of sunrise or sunset by visiting the web site of the U.S. Naval Observatory at http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/rs-one-day-us.
Asked in Citizenship and Marriage, Immigration, Canada
Is it difficult for US citizens to relocate and seek employment in Canada?
American Immigrants to Canada This info is from the citizenship and immigration Canada website. If you want to be a permanent resident, there's a point system where you have to score high enough. Having a college education is a lot of points; grad school is more. There are points for speaking English and French. There are also points for having job skills, and a chart tells you what skills are worth how many points. There's also a skilled worker program where you can get into Canada to work indefinitely. You have to have $9,500 for one person (that's Canadian dollars) and $12,000 for two people - there's a chart. This is to prove you can support yourself for six months, and I think you don't have to have the money if you have a job offer. You'd also have to qualify in terms of job skills. My granddaughter has lived in Whistler BC for several years now. She has worked as a waitress, etc. but was not allowed to work long because she had no work visa. She finally married a Canadian citizen and got a visa. You can "visit" Canada for six months without working. I would use the time to look for employment. Once you have a job offer, you can apply for immigrant status as a "skilled worker." See the official Canadian immigration site, www.cic.gc.ca I strongly suggest that you contact a Canadian Immigration office for official and ACCURATE information regarding emigrating to Canada. I am an American who lived in Canada for 11 years. Because I am married to a Canadian, my immigration situation was a bit different, but I can say without a doubt that "landed immigrant" does NOT denote someone who owns land...it is simply a formal designation of immigrant status, much like our "alien" status here in the U.S. You are not required to own land to be granted permanent residence status in Canada. However, what with NAFTA and probable subsequent rulings on immigration, I am sure that the requirements change frequently. Therefore, do not rely on possible internet misinformation, contact either the Canadian Embassy here or an Immigration office in any major Canadian city for accurate current information and requirements. Bottom line, it's not hard for a US Citizen to relocate to Canada if a) They have a job there. b) They are highly qualified in a desirable field. c) They have family members or friends in Canada willing to sponsor them. or d) They have spent at least 2 years attending a secondary or post-secondary school in CA, or working there. Canada welcomes hardworking immigrants especially if they are skilled and speak one (or both) of the official languages - English and French. Permanent resident status can lead to citizenship after 3 years. There are basically four ways to become a permanent resident: The Business-class Immigrant owns or plans to own a business in Canada. They have capital of at least $800,000CAD and will invest at least $400,000 CAD in a business once they arrive. There is also a self-employed individual program, which applies primarily to professional athletes and artists with works of cultural significance. The Skilled Worker program is probably your best bet. It extends permanent residence to people who have a job in CA. It also extends PR status to some people in highly skilled occupations that are in demand, to look for work. Skilled occupations include farming, high tech, and hospitality industry positions, among others. You must have at least $10,000 CAD per person to support yourself while you relocate. See the official Canadian Immigration website below for details, and an online quiz to qualify. The Family-class Immigrant has family members willing to sponsor them in Canada. Before you spend money on an expensive immigration lawyer, check out the official Canadian Govt. immigration website at www.cic.gc.ca, and spend a few weeks -- or months-- in the Province of your choice as a visitor. Who knows, you may even find a job while you're visiting. Congratulations for a most accurate and concise answer about Americans coming to Canada to live and work. I can't think of anything to add to your post, except that I wish more Americans would FOLLOW your advice, instead of simply assuming that they can "drop in and get a job " in Canada without any kind of Canadian Government paperwork or investigation of their background or education, as if they were moving from Ohio to Michigan.
Asked in Parenting and Children, Jobs, Canada, Education
What day in Canada is Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day?
Asked in Canada
What does Canada mean in native Canadian language?
Canada, or 'Kanata' means village/settlement. That is the meaning of the word in the Saint-Lawrence Iroquoian language (which is just one of the languages that was spoken by Canadian natives). Kanata is not an Iroquoian word but an Algonquin one. The two language groups are separated only by the Saint Lawrance River but they are of greatly distinct language groups. On the order of that between Sweden and Finland (Indo-European and Uralic). The actual meaning of Kanata would be either 'this place' or 'that place' depending on the context. It could also be taken to mean 'over there'.
Which province or territory has the smallest land mass in Canada?
Asked in Canada, History of Canada, Quebec
Who are Canada's two founding nations?
Great Britain and France. --------------------------------------------- France had little or nothing to do with the Founding of the Canadian Confederation other than abandoning it's people when it lost a war to Britain. Even Britain played a minor, rubber stamp, role. When used in this context the term "Nations" refers to groups of people, most specifically "Founding Peoples". Founding Peoples is the term used in the Constitution though Founding Nations is used elsewhere. Canada has many Nations, of which three claim special status over the others as Founding Peoples. These three are Aboriginal, French, and British. Originally there were only two founding Nations or Peoples, the British and the French. This makes the answer to the Question: Who are Canada's two founding nations? English or British and French. Though it should be pointed out that most of the Fathers of Confederation were not "British" any more than the French in Quebec were. Many of those most active in the creation of the Confederation were not England British. John A MacDonald born in Scotland, Thomas D'Arcy McGee (Ireland), Louis Riel (Ruperts Land), Alexander Mackenzie (Scotland), George Brown (Scotland) and many or most were born in North America, not England. But like the French in Quebec their forefathers had lost wars to Britain and as such were "British". The dominate mother tongue of the Founding Fathers would almost certainly be Gaelic not English, though English was the common language, again thanks to domination by an English speaking superpower.
Asked in Law & Legal Issues, Criminal Law, Canada
How do you drop sexual assault charges Canada?
Although not a Canadian - I believe the laws of both our countries are similar enoogh to say that YOU, as an individual, can neither bring nor drop sex assault charges. Once the assault report has been made to law enforcement it wouild be up to the prosecutor, not the victim, to determine if there were sufficient information to proceed with the case or not.