Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he intends to ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper to enact Canada immigration laws which will banish convicted gang members from the country's largest city...read more.
Strip clubs in Canada are reportedly looking to recruit strippers from Canadian high schools and colleges after the government preventing companies related to sex industry from bringing in foreign workers on a Canada visa...read more.
Toronto asks for Canada immigration laws to clampdown on gangs
Toronto wants to deal with its
crime problems by removing
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he intends to ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper to enact Canada immigration laws which will banish convicted gang members from the country's largest city.
Mayor Ford has said that government-funded outreach programmes have had little effect on tackling the harmful effects of gang culture in the city and that Canada immigration laws would offer a better solution.
"It's a proven fact that when we had the most murders in the city, it was the same time we had the most [outreach] grants. I think we handed out over CA$50 million [£31.5 million] that year in grants," said the mayor.
"Throwing money at the problem and having these, I call 'hug-a-thug programmes'; they just do not work."
Mayor Ford said that he does not know the specifics of how he could keep foreign nationals convicted of gang-related crimes out of Toronto, but that he would speak with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "find out how our immigration laws work".
Critics of the mayor's proposal have laughed off suggestions that simply moving the problem from one location to another would stop the problem.
"If there is a significant risk, aren't we just shifting it to other places?" said Bruce Ryder, a constitutional lawyer professor from Toronto's York University.
"Will gangs just decide to no longer engage in criminal activity if they can't be in certain places, or will they just shift to smaller centres?
"I mean, is this a kind of urban NIMBYism [Not In My Back Yard] on a grand scale?"
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Strip clubs look to schools after Canada visa ban
Adult entertainment businesses
are looking to schools and
colleges for new talent.
Strip clubs in Canada are reportedly looking to recruit strippers from Canadian high schools and colleges after the government preventing companies related to sex industry from bringing in foreign workers on a Canada visa.
The ban was announced by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney who said the Canada visa ban was to prevent exploitation of foreign workers in the country.
The minister's move prompted an outcry of protest from those within the industry who claim their businesses will suffer if domestic workers have to perform exotic dances.
"This is nothing more than political brownie points for their western, ultraconservative base," said the executive director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, Tim Lambrinos.
Further criticism was levelled at Mr Kenney from researchers who said that if the prevention of exploitation was the intention, Mr Kenney would be better served bringing the industry 'out of the shadows'.
"This is creating more of an illicit market, closing the legal door is just going to make the [illegal] door more attractive," said Chris Bruckert, a sex industry researcher from the University of Ottawa.
But Mr Kenney said the government "cannot in good conscience continue to admit temporary foreign workers to work in businesses in sectors where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation".
Mr Lambrinos' promise to 'challenge this is in some way' was most likely expected but it is unlikely Mr Kenney expected the adult entertainment industry to begin advertising in Canadian high schools and colleges.
'If you are visually appealing and comfortable with your naked body and are comfortable about taking all your clothes off, you can be working right now as an exotic dancer and earn your tuition fees for university or college,' read one flyer obtained by the QMI Agency.
"We already doing some outreach work in some areas," said Mr Lambrinos, "we will be taking a strippers' dance pole with us to the schools."
Whether Mr Lambrinos' move is simply retaliation in the hope of having Mr Kenney reinstate the policy or not remains to be seen but it is likely to enrage both government and education institutions.
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- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Canada Visa Bureau.
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