By Fatima Syed Staff Reporter Fri., May 4, 2018 In a packed commercial district outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, there’s a large, rectangular plot of land overgrown with bushes and weeds amid several tall but decrepit industrial buildings — an eerie reminder of a structure that’s no longer there. On a visit two years ago, when the plot was just a muddy pond, fish were swimming amid floating scraps of clothing, some with brand labels still attached. Joel Rochon, a Toronto lawyer, spotted some in a familiar orange: “Joe Fresh.” Rana Plaza, a nine-storey clothing factory and commercial building, collapsed into that space on April 24, 2013. The death toll reached 1,130, alongside 2,500 injured, in one of history’s deadliest industrial disasters. A day earlier, cracks had appeared in the structure. Despite warnings from local authorities to keep the building empty, an investigation into the collapse revealed garment workers were ordered … [Read more...] about An Ontario court will decide: what does Loblaw owe the workers who died making its clothes in Bangladesh?
2 year degree jobs in demand
By Andrea Gordon Education Reporter Sun., April 22, 2018 Ashley Brunette spent her first decade as a certified Ontario teacher moving to wherever the jobs were. And that meant far from her Kitchener home. Brunette, 39, taught phys. ed and special education in small-town Manitoba, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and at a Montessori school in Toronto. She coached sports and volunteered and like many in her cohort, travelled the globe to find work amid a teacher surplus in Ontario. After a year back home supply teaching and with no prospects of a full-time position, she wondered whether it was time for a new career. “It’s incredibly frustrating for me as a qualified teacher with 10 years experience,” she says. So it was a big relief Friday when Brunette found herself in demand — by British Columbia school boards who descended on Toronto hoping to lure Ontario teachers west. Article Continued Below Facing a teacher shortage, 19 B.C. … [Read more...] about B.C. school boards target Toronto in hopes of wooing Ontario teachers
By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Thu., April 19, 2018 A popular immigration program that allows provinces to hand-pick immigrants to meet local labour market needs has successfully attracted newcomers to places other than Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, but retaining them is still a challenge, especially for the Atlantic Provinces. A federal review of the Provincial Nominee Program, better known as PNP, found that 76 per cent of the newcomers admitted through the program between 2010 and 2015 were destined for locations outside those three provinces. Today, more than a quarter of economic immigrants come through the provincial program, up from just 10 per cent a decade ago. The rest come through federal programs. “There is a continued need for the PNP,” said the evaluation by the Immigration Department. “The program spreads the benefits of immigration beyond major cities and helps fill local employment gaps.” The nominee … [Read more...] about Program succeeding in luring immigrants away from Ontario, B.C. and Quebec
Indonesia will have its next presidential election in April next year, which will also mark the end of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term. While there’s still one year left before the next election, political debates have dominated talks in the nation. Climate talks, however, remain tragically absent as policymakers are busy trying to hold on to their powers through political maneuvers, despite the fact that Indonesia is one of the largest greenhouse gas-producing countries in the world, largely due to deforestation, peatland degradation and forest fires. What politicians, including Jokowi, forget is that the fate of the people they’re supposed to be serving depends on whether we manage to mitigate the impact of climate change. Indonesia is among the countries with the highest risk of being affected by climate change as many of its islands could disappear from rising sea levels. A government official last year said … [Read more...] about What will Jokowi’s legacy be in climate change?
Impact of foreign reactions to coup on tourism, investment & relations, free flow of nurses with English skills in Asean & Loei villagers beaten up by thugs hired by mine owner. Uplifting: Filipino nurse educator Maria Avestruz is sharing her expertise in dealing with foreign patients with Thai nurses. PHOTOS: Pornprom Satrabhaya INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Foreign reactions to coup and their impact on tourism, foreign investment & international relations 22/05/2014 Foreign reaction to the military coup poured in overnight in Bangkok, and it was virtually all negative. Southeast Asian neighbours urged caution with Malaysia warning its nationals to defer non-essential travel to Thailand. The Singapore government issued a warning to its citizens planning to visit Thailand: "Singaporeans should seriously reconsider visiting Thailand at the moment. The situation is unpredictable and volatile, and may evolve quite rapidly." Japan, Thailand's biggest foreign investor, … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: May 23, 2014