Foreign Skilled Workers Struggle To Find Jobs In Their Professions

William Lin sits on a stool behind the counter reading about hope. It’s early Saturday evening in April 2011, and he has printed a copy of Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural address. The white papers with alternating paragraphs of English words and Chinese characters are splayed out in front of him between a container of 10 cent caramels and box of pepperoni sticks. Lin’s Toronto convenience store is quiet around dinnertime, save for the fridges in the back that buzz like an empty stomach. He reads under the fluorescent light through wire framed glasses atop his freckled nose:

In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

Lin wasn’t able to watch the president’s speech at that historic January event because he was working, giving people their smokes to get through the night and eggs for the morning. At the time, the prospect of sweeping change to America greatly inspired him. Lin had always meant to study the president’s message, though now, two years later, he does so skeptically. Obama’s refrain of « hope and change » worked better as a rallying cry than a means of influencing policy.

When Lin moved to Canada in 1999 from Gutian county, in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian, he was full of hope. He had almost 10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer and a bachelor’s degree from one of the most prestigious schools in China. He had a master’s degree from a university in Japan and had worked in the country, a place more racist toward other Asians than he thought Canada could ever be. Lin estimated it would take him a few months to find professional work. Instead, after sending out 150 rsums over the course of six months, he didn’t receive one call.

A group of three young people interrupt the silence in his store, permeating it with the faint smell of liquor. One sits down on the stool in front of the bright blue lottery kiosk on the back wall that faces Lin’s counter. The man, wearing an army patterned hood over his head, slumps over a brown paper bag from the liquor store on his lap.

« Porno! » he says loudly, pointing to a small collection of titles such as « Underground Asian Girls » and « Plastic in his Ass » on a shelf beside Lin. The man laughs uncontrollably. His two friends, who walk through the fluorescent lit aisles filled with junk food, dusty canned goods, and random products such as Chinese insecticide, try to stifle their laughter, like kids in a classroom.

Lin shakes his head and says nothing.

« You have a lot of porno! » the guy says with wide eyes, looking past Lin at the DVDs. « You have no other movies! Just porno! » Lin shakes his head again and looks down, avoiding eye contact. Humiliated.

Once flush with hope, Lin is now filled mostly with regret. What career would he now have had he stayed in Asia? Why did he uproot his family for this life in Canada?

Lin is one of many skilled immigrants asking themselves the same questions.

In January, the government will overhaul Canada’s economic immigration system, making changes that will have a drastic effect on future skilled workers. On Dec. 12, the government announced a new stream for skilled immigrants who work in trades, and there will be significant changes to which criteria are most valued during the selection process under the Federal Skilled Workers program. While the new system will likely help curb the overeducated and under or unemployed phenomenon that currently plagues immigrants such as Lin, they also carry a serious consequence: Canada, a nation that prides itself on its multiculturalism, is turning its back on desperately needed diversity. Just as the economy is becoming more global, our government will make it harder for ethnically diverse immigrants to enter.


Canada is known internationally as the poster country for multiculturalism. We have the highest level of immigration per capita of any country, about 250,000 immigrants a year. Almost 20 per cent of our residents are foreign born.

In about 20 years, Statistics Canada predicts that about a quarter of our population will be foreign born. While many Canadians enjoy being able to choose between samosas and spring rolls, they conveniently ignore a dark reality: Though this country excels at adopting immigrants, it too often fails at integrating them into the Canadian workforce.

Economic immigrants those who are supposed to strengthen our labour force account for about 60 per cent of all newcomers. The most significant stream is the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) program, designed to attract professionals who, based on their human capital, will succeed in the Canadian workplace. A 2008 parliamentary report revealed that 60 per cent of skilled immigrants work at a lower occupational level than they did before moving to this country

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Although recent immigrants are more educated than their Canadian born counterparts three times as many have undergraduate degrees, according to Statistics Canada only 24 per cent work in their fields, less than half the rate for those native to Canada.

Immigrants also earn less. In 2007, the unemployment rate for newcomers with a university degree was four times that of their Canadian born counterparts. And the problem has only worsened with time.

Canada is sitting on an underused gold mine of diverse talent. As Western nations look to do business with prospering countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, employees from these nations could be invaluable assets.

« My concern is that exactly at a time where we need more natural ambassadors to China and Brazil, we’ll get less immigrants from there, » said Ratna Omidvar, president of the Maytree Foundation, an organization that develops immigrant related policy ideas. « And I worry about the implications for multiculturalism. »

Our main sources of newcomers are China (14 per cent), India (12 per cent) and the Philippines (7 per cent). Employers who embrace hiring diverse candidates will have access to an additional 1.6 million Canadians, says a recent study from RBC. That’s good news for a country that is reportedly expected to see over one million jobs go unfilled in sectors such as mining, oil, and health care over the next few decades.

So why aren’t we using them?

« Employers have a built in bias and prejudice (against ethnic minorities), » said Montreal based immigration lawyer David Cohen. « We don’t recognize their language, and we don’t recognize their skill set or education. »


Lin has seen better times.

Working in his native China on water turbines, he was a celebrated mechanical engineer, so much so that the government hand picked him to help develop a turbine for export to Thailand. He moved to Japan with his wife to earn a master’s in mechanical design, then worked at a company manufacturing optical glass for fax machines produced by big companies such as Canon and Xerox.

In the points system that Canada uses to determine eligible skilled immigrants, Lin scored above average, and Canada listed his profession as in demand. After finding out he was accepted, Lin went online and adidas obuv 2015 received his certification from the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) to ensure that his credentials transferred to a new market.

If he did everything right, what went wrong?

Rather than fix the fact that more than capable immigrants such as Lin often sink in the Canadian labour market, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney’s changes kowtow to employer stereotypes.

Michael Keaton celebrate at producer pre

Call it what you want this was a « Spotlight » celebration.

Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, with wife Sunrise Coigney, all made it to « Spotlight » producer Michael Sugar’s pre Oscar party just hours after the film took four Independent Spirit Awards, including best feature.

The event, co hosted by Sugar’s Anonymous Content colleagues Steve Golin (also a « Spotlight » producer) and Doug Wald, started late Saturday and ran over into Sunday morning high atop Sunset Tower in West Hollywood.

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Olivia Wilde rocked a casual, natural look early in the evening as she chatted with friends near the bar, topping black jeans and chunky platform shoes with a satin bomber jacket emblazoned with palm tree silhouettes against sunset colors.

Patrick Stewart, with wife Sunny Ozell, connected with Meg Ryan for a lengthy conversation near some reserved for VIPs seating, while Tim Robbins, fresh off his Camera Award honor at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, passed by them flying solo.

Eddie Redmayne, James Corden lead a celebration of British Oscar nominees at Film Is Great party Christie D Outside Fig Olive in West Hollywood on Friday night, the team from the Oscar nominated « Shaun the Sheep Movie » were reviewing their snapshots from the evening and by that measure, it was a smashing success.

« My kid doesn’t care if we win, » producer Julie Lockhart said with a laugh, « as long.

Outside Fig Olive in West Hollywood on Friday night, the team from the Oscar nominated « Shaun the Sheep Movie » were reviewing their snapshots from the evening and by that measure, it was a smashing success.

« My kid doesn’t care if we win, » producer Julie Lockhart said with a laugh, « as long.

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Dancing broke out more than once not always a given at a Hollywood affair near the main bar inside, adidas originals as DJ Spider mixed this year’s Grammy nominated hits with classic dance riffs and old school tunes.

Near the impromptu dance space, Keegan Michael Key casually held court, easily moving from conversation to conversation. Also spotted: Alexander Skarsgard, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Jessica Szohr, Nina Dobrev, Jessica Stam, Zach Braff, Famke Janssen, Matt McGorry, Chace Crawford and 2012 Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

What time are the Oscars? Everything you need to know to watch the 88th Academy Awards Alexandra Le Tellier

It’s Oscars Sunday, Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s everything you need to know for tuning into the 88th Academy Awards and red carpet taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


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It’s Oscars Sunday, Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s everything you need to know for tuning into the 88th Academy Awards and red carpet taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


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The evening’s biggest logistical challenge was navigating the bottleneck at the handful of stairs that lead from the indoor part of Sunset Tower’s rooftop space out to the pool area though on this night, the pool was cleverly covered to allow more room for to 400 or so guests and another bar, with the lights of Los Angeles spreading out to the south as a backdrop.

How challenging was the bottleneck? Even 6 foot 3 Schreiber, who can cut through a crowd like a knife, got hung up at the stairs.

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1) Soak foot in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes as warm as possible without becoming hot. Note: Be careful with children, not to make the water too hot. Test the water prior to soaking childs foot.

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patch with thick pad which helps to keep some pressure off wart when standing or walking, Use a patch such as those commonly found in pharmacy. (there are many products, but the one used in this method was the one that has been around for many years.

The acid will deteriorate and render the healthy skin tender, this is

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4) Cover the salicylic acid pad

with duct tape cut to size. The duct tape should be cut just enough to

cover the wart with salicylic patch, with enough tape left around the

edges so it can stick to the unaffected skin. Use this for the first 48 hours and then remove the duct tape and acid patch. During this 48 hours, the acid will begin to kill the virus and the duct tape will keep air out. After this 48 hours, soak the foot in warm soapy water, rub the dead skin off wart with emery board, keep bandage and tape off overnight that night. Use either an emery board or pumice stone to gently

rub the dead skin off the top of the wart. With

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direction if the child does not demonstrate pain, continue until dead skin is gone. Approx 3 minutes of gentle rubbing.

5) Apply the duct tape now without the salicylic acid patch. Press the

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the virus will sufficate and not be able to continue growth. Since the acid has started the deterioration of the wart, the duct tape will

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Manage your account settings. EST February 6, 2014Members of Jamaican Olympic team, including bobsled brakeman Marvin Dixon, third from left, and coach Paul Skog, second from left, pose with the Choir of Siberia after a welcome ceremony at the Mountain Olympic Village.(Photo: Jae C. Hong AP)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia On Wednesday, Jamaican pilot Winston Watts told reporters the team’s runners (blades for the sled), bobsled shoes and other equipment had not made it from New York to Sochi.Late Wednesday night, a Twitter account dedicated to the Jamaican bobsled team posted photos of their equipment at Sochi International Airport.FROM EARLIER: Jamaican team’s equipment missingWatts confirmed the gear arrived just before midnight Wednesday, adidas tenisky and the Jamaicans were at the track early Thursday for two practice runs. »The first run was a little bit shaky, but when you go on a new track that’s how you feel, » Watts said. « You’re going to feel butterflies, but you have to overcome that. »There was an additional luggage snafu, though. »We got our clothes, but it was full of protein powder. (Security) opened the protein powder containers, and never closed the tins, » Watts said. « The containers were sealed. And they left them open. Would love to see them win. Had the equipment not arrived, he was prepared to borrow gear from another country, and the Jamaicans have a close relationship with the Canadian bobsled federation. »There’s no such word to explain how I felt being here, » Watts said. « The atmosphere, the fans, the friends, you the media, it’s pretty exciting. Every moment is positive. We always keep the guys smiling. That’s our motto. »While they are not medal hopefuls, Jamaican bobsledders have routinely captured attention, starting with their first Olympics in 1988 and the movie Cool Runnings, loosely based on their story and starring John Candy.This year the Jamaicans, who are based in Wyoming, were underfunded and needed an aggressive crowdfunding campaign to make the trip. They raised nearly $130,000 and will compete in bobsled at the Olympics for the sixth time.

Naomie Harris puts her BAFTA snub to one side as she dazzles in a multi

She was unceremoniously snubbed by BAFTA for adidas supravy her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom.

But Naomie Harris proved she certainly has a bright future as she dazzled in an eye catching multi coloured dress as she attended the Charles Finch and Chanel pre BAFTA Dinner at Annabel’s in London on Saturday night.

Mingling with an A list crowd at the star studded event, the 37 year old actress positively oozed effortless glamour in her geometric print dress with an unusual asymmetric neckline.

Positively radiant: The Cambridge educated actress wore her raven locks poker straight and accentuated her naturally striking features with sexy smouldering make up

Idris also failed to receive a nomination for his portrayal of the great Nelson Mandela and while he didn’t seem too upset by his own lack of acceptance, he sprung to Naomie’s defence via his Twitter page.

Gravity leads the nominations with an impressive 11 nods for Leading Actress, Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director for Alfonso Cuarn, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

12 Years a Slave and American Hustle follow closely behind and are each nominated in ten categories, while Captain Phillips has nine nods.

American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity and Philomena will battle it out in the hotly contested Best Film category. Daughter Khloe Kardashian is also seen looking very worried and supporting her mom near the driver\’s side of the car.

Triangle brides with a vision choose custom gowns

You are a bride to be going to your first wedding dress consultation. You drive to a studio, sit down to talk with the designer and then leave, all without trying on or even looking at a single dress. That might sound scary, adidas obuv velkosti but this is the first of many steps brides take when they go with custom bridal designers over off the rack dresses.

Two Triangle custom gown designers, Brooks Ann Camper and Marie Cordella, specialize in bringing ideas to life while staying focused on the nucleus of any wedding: The bride and adidas obuv vypredaj her dress.

Gown designers are masters of design, custom tailoring and sewing. They build one of a kind pieces that capture the spirit of a bride who isn’t wowed by the selections in stores or who might have a specific look in mind.

Cordella, owner and designer at in Raleigh, says she loves consulting with brides and guiding them through every step of the process.

« Every woman is beautiful, » Cordella says. « I work to make my clients dresses that fit them and make them feel beautiful. I’m always fine tuning a gown. I ask, ‘Are we done?’ instead of stating, ‘We are done.’ I think this is one of the ways working with me is different than buying your dress from a large retailer. »

Cordella opened her studio in 2009 and was selected as a featured designer for the Charleston Weddings’ Spring Bridal Show that took place in March. She specializes in lace and adidas obuv pánska custom beading and has the ability to unite modern and classic bridal styles.

Cordella believes commitment is an important quality for a custom gown designer. « I really care about my work, and the whole process is an emotional one, » she says. « I want my brides to feel heard, and I don’t let them leave until I feel that the energy at the end of the meeting is great. »

Camper, who began creating custom couture bridal gowns in 2009, uses her experience in costume construction to build a portfolio of dresses spanning from whimsical to traditional: a plain cotton damask dress covered by an unexpected vine patterned jacket; an heirloom quality lace gown inspired by Grace Kelly; and a pink, orange and neon green gown with a hidden « space bustle. »

She doesn’t see herself as part of the bridal industry because she doesn’t build trendy pieces or gather inspiration from top designers. « The brides that hire me can’t find what they want in a store, » Camper says. « They either have an unusual figure or an unusual sense of style. »

Custom gowns can take up to six months or longer to finish. The process includes concept design, sketching, pattern making, multiple consultations and fittings up to the wedding day. Camper and Cordella recommend that brides contemplating custom gowns contact a designer as early as possible. Camper focuses on one custom gown at a time, and usually will only complete one per season. Cordella tackles six to 10 custom gowns a year, on top of gown modifications and alteration projects that she either oversees or completes herself.

« It is a very personal experience, and I really get to know my brides and their families, » says Cordella. « I even get invited to some of the weddings! »Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Camper’s studio is in the Eno River Mill (437 Dimmocks Mill Road) near the historic district in Hillsborough.

Prices: Custom wedding dresses and bridal ensembles start at $3,000. Custom accessories range from $50 to $600.

Prices: Custom gowns start at $2,400. Alterations start at $400, and modifications start at $300. Custom boleros start at $350 plus materials.


Simpson is worth $15.7 million. Simpson’s lawyers say the football star is beyond broke $9.6 million in debt.

The jurors who found Simpson liable this week in the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman may have to crunch the numbers themselves in the battle over Simpson’s bottom line.

As the football star’s wrongful death trial moved to the punitive phase Thursday, lawyers for the victims’ parents began efforts to strip Simpson of his current and future wealth as punishment for the 1994 slayings.

Chief defense lawyer Robert Baker, insisting that Simpson has been punished enough by an $8.5 million judgment awarded Tuesday to Goldman’s family, urged jurors not to assess anything in punitive damages.

He has no ability to earn a living, » Baker said.

But the plaintiffs strongly disagreed. They put experts on the witness stand who estimate that Simpson could earn $2 million to $3 million a year on his name, likeness and trademarks even with his tarnished image.

Forensic accountant Neill W. Freeman told jurors that Simpson earned more than $2.8 million as a result of the slayings, for which he was acquitted after a criminal trial in October 1995.

He pocketed $991,743 from his jailhouse memoir, I Want to Tell You »; $303,500 from his post acquittal video, and about $1.01 million from autographs and memorabilia since his arrest.

Simpson, who was not in court Thursday, also made about $434,000 selling photos of his homecoming party to a tabloid and adidas tenisky $75,300 for media interviews since his release from jail.

His asset column includes two pensions worth about $4.1 million; a $250,000 San Francisco condominium purchased for his mother, Eunice; and a $175,000 NFL pension.

Freeman suggested that Simpson was hiding about $3 million in proceeds from insurance payoffs and sales of his interest in HoneyBaked Ham franchises.

Sports and celebrity agent Mark Roesler, who represents the images of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and who once represented Elvis Presley’s estate, testified that Simpson could earn $2 million to $3 million until his death through marketing his name and likeness.

If sold today, rights to Simpson’s name and likeness far into the future would sell for nearly $25 million, Freeman said.

Roesler said Simpson easily could sign 25,000 autographs a year, earning him $1 million to $1.5 million annually.

An autographed photo of Simpson goes for $60, Roesler said. Only five athletes among them Mike Tyson, who served time in prison for rape get more, Roesler said. Tyson’s photos list for adidas tenisky $100.

Roesler said much Simpson memorabilia have tripled in value since the slayings.

The agent said Simpson also could be expected to earn a one time $4 million to $5 million in book and audio tape deals, up to $1.5 million a year in product licensing and memorabilia sales, up to $500,000 a year in endorsements and advertising, and as much as $250,000 a year in media interviews.

Simpson also could sell his furniture and other personal possessions at a premium, Roesler said. A pair of his tennis shoes went for $805 at auction, he said. Justice for All, » to be used on jewelry, toys, clothing and other items, Roesler said.

But Baker insisted that Simpson, 49, is broke. He said his client’s debts include $2.9 million still owed lawyers in both his trials. He has no equity in his Rockingham Avenue estate and no savings, and he can’t access his pension plans until he turns 55, Baker said.

Baker claimed that Simpson memorabilia are worthless, and his ability to cash in on his fame and notoriety is zilch.

Pointing a finger at Roesler, Baker offered to make you a deal right now » and sell him Simpson’s image for $25 million. Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki sustained an objection to the question.

Nike Wins Lawsuits Over Fake Chinese Shoes

Caption: BEIJING, CHINA: In this file photo dated 17 October 1997, a vendor smiles at the prospect of making a sale of fake Nike Air shoes for the bargain price of 25 yuan (3 USD) at a Beijing street market. China is amid an all out effort to temporarily clear the Beijing streets of hawkers, small time criminals, prostitutes and beggars ahead of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s communist regime. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Nike has won lawsuits against two Chinese shoemakers and the local operations of a French supermarket chain over alleged illegal copying of its Air Jordan logo, a court official said Tuesday.

The Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate Court awarded Nike Inc., the world’s largest sports apparel company, a total of 350,000 yuan ($46,100) in damages from Jinjiang Longzhibu Shoe Co., Jinjiang Kangwei Shoe Co. and retailer Auchan, the official Xinhua News Agency and other reports said.

A court official reached by phone confirmed the reports. The official, who would not give his name, said he did not know if the local companies planned to appeal and would not provide any other information.

There was no immediate response to requests for comment from Beaverton, Ore. based Nike after business hours. Regardless of laws against commercial piracy, counterfeit copies of most products can be easily found in Chinese stores and markets.

Nike said its employees found shoes made by the companies being sold for about 100 yuan ($13) a pair in outlets operated by the Auchan chain in Shanghai and adidas supercolor the nearby city of Ningbo.