Canada lifts work limit for international students to help with labour shortages

WATCH: Canada temporarily extends international student work permits to address labour shortage

International students studying in Canada are now eligible to work more hours off campus as the country continues to grapple with labour shortages, according to the country’s immigration minister.

Starting Nov. 15, a previous limit of 20 hours per week that eligible students enrolled in full-time studies are allowed to work off campus will no longer apply, Sean Fraser said during a news briefing in Ottawa Friday.

The temporary measures will remain in place until the end of 2023, he said.

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“Through this change, the cap has been lifted. There’s not an upper limit,” Fraser told reporters at a coffee shop near the University of Ottawa campus.

This will help sustain Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic growth and provide a boost to employers in sectors that are facing severe labour shortages, Fraser said.

In addition, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is also rolling out a new pilot program to help automate the processing of applications to extend study permits.

“This pilot is actually going to free up our officers to focus their efforts on more complex applications and continue to help reduce immigration backlogs,” Fraser said.

More to come…

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Kawartha Wildlife Centre is helping animals you can't take to your usual vet

On this edition of Out & About Caley Bedore visits Kawartha Wildlife Centre, in Ennismore Ont., a charity organization that is helping the animals you can't take to your typical veterinarian office.

Kawartha Wildlife Centre is a charity organization, in Ennismore Ont., that takes in and cares for injured animals.

“This incarnation has been around since 2019,” said centre executive director, Lorna Wilson.

“We have a small little facility. There is less than 350 sq. ft. of space for the animals, but we are still able to help small animals and birds and a large variety of species.”

She said if they aren’t able to help a particular animal, they will do their best to direct people to the right organization.

“In the last couple of weeks, we have had anything from deer mice to herons, to gulls, a Tennessee warbler,” Wilson said.

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She said birds and bunnies are their most common patients and, at the time of our visit, the centre was housing a rabbit and a young great blue heron.

The bunny was recovering from a run-in with a dog.

“A dog grabbed him, brought him to the back door, and they didn’t know where he came from,” Wilson said.

She said keeping an eye on cats and dogs and treating windows to make them visible to birds, goes a long way toward keeping small mammals and birds safe.

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Wilson said the heron came in with a foot injury and is now recovering at the centre so she can make her migration window.

“If we don’t keep the toes bandaged, they still curl up,” Wilson said. “She has nerve damage, so she can’t keep them extended yet on her own.”

That impacts her ability to hunt, Wilson said. But that’s where the public comes in. Local anglers have been stepping up to put dinner on the table for her (or in this case — in the bucket).

“She eats about a pound of fresh fish a day,” Wilson said.

“Locally caught fish has been very helpful because it is a better source of nutrition for her. It is what she would be eating in the wild and it keeps her very happy.”

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She just asks that you call ahead before you cast a line to organize a drop-off plan and be sure to follow all of the fishing rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, others that have come through the doors include everything from a juvenile osprey that was too weak to hunt, an opossum that was saved from his mom’s pouch after she was struck by a vehicle, and a young owl who collided with a car window.

Wilson added the centre has partnerships with nearby vets for when an extra hand is needed.

She said the centre doesn’t have the space to treat large animals just yet and it isn’t authorized to look after some species, who may be more susceptible to rabies. But the centre is hoping to expand in the future.

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“Because our space is limited, we try to keep each area as versatile as possible,” Wilson said.

But at least one spot in the facility has opened up. The bunny we met has now healed and is back in the wild.

For more information on education programs or to make a donation, you can find Kawartha Wildlife Centre online.

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Port Hope police use stun gun in arrest of man

Police in Port Hope, Ont., say an officer used a stun gun to assist in the arrest of a man last weekend.

According to the Port Hope Police Service, on Oct. 2, officers responded to a mischief complaint at a business on Henderson Street. Upon arrival, they found a man laying in the middle of the road.

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Police say officers approached the man and advised he was under arrest for mischief. Police allege the man became aggressive and challenged officers to fight.

One officer drew and deployed a conducted energy weapon. The man was arrested without further incident.

The 33-year-old man from Beaverton, Ont., was charged with mischief.

He was released and will appear in court in Cobourg in November.

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  • A tractor-trailer that had been stolen from a business on Ward Street on Sept. 26 was located by Toronto Police Service abandoned in a parking lot.  The vehicle was recovered and forensic identification was performed by the Toronto police the following day. No arrests have been made.

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Bank robbery suspect in custody after police standoff in Vancouver taxi

A bank robbery suspect is in custody following a nearly two-hour standoff with Vancouver police.

Police said around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, staff at a bank near Main Street and East Pender Street called 911 to report a robbery.

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When officers arrived, they spotted the suspect attempting to take off in a cab.

Police stopped the taxi near Main Street and National Avenue, allowing the driver and a second passenger to escape while the suspect barricaded himself inside the vehicle.

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Members of VPD’s Emergency Response Team used a police dog and a stun gun to eventually arrest the suspect, who was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2022.

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Fire Marshal to investigate residential fire that injured 2 people in Burlington

Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal will be checking out a residential fire in Burlington’s north west end that seriously injured two people Thursday night.

Burlington Fire say the blaze started in a garage sometime around 9 p.m. on Bell School Line Road and required the dispatch of nine emergency vehicles to the scene.

Twenty-seven firefighters doused the fire in just under three hours.

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Two of three occupants at the residence were reported to have been injured in what’s initially believed to be a blaze caused by an electrical failure.

The estimated damage to the property is about $100,000, according to the fire chief.

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ANALYSIS: Time for some Jets games that mean something

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The Jets finish their pre-season tonight in Calgary, and it’s not a moment too soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that the NHL is back and we will soon be immersed in more than 1,200 regular season hockey games — hockey games that mean something, that have some relevance. For these past few weeks, the Jets and the 31 other teams have been practising and playing games — games that for the most part have been played to fill two, maybe three, positions.

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You see, management and coaches have known (for the most part) who should be on the 23-man roster for a long time … for months!

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So what’s the purpose of these pre-season games, when truly just two or three games are relevant and entertaining?

The NHL and its member clubs need to look at training camp and pre-season games. Twenty years ago, players came to camp to get in shape. Now, with this generation of players, they are never out of shape. Camp should be for coaches to implement systems and build team loyalty, not play inconsequential games in half-empty buildings.

The prospects get seen in the rookie tournaments. The veterans want the season to begin, simple as that.

And if managers are adamant to play games, put them in Brandon, Dauphin and Flin Flon to reach more fans who can’t see games regularly. Make them cornerstones to outreach.

When you consider it will take a team more than 100 games to win the Stanley Cup, in a season that runs from October to June, it’s not unreasonable to limit the pre-season, and ensure that when the Jets and the other teams are playing, it really means something.


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Police investigate suspicious multi-unit fire near downtown London, Ont.

London, Ont., police are investigating a suspicious fire that broke out near the city’s downtown early Friday.

At 2:40 a.m., a working fire was reported in a multi-unit building in the 400-block of Queens Avenue.

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Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze and one person was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Officials do not yet have a damage estimate.

The fire has been deemed suspicious in nature and the investigation is ongoing.

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London and St. Thomas area adds 2,300 jobs in September: Statistics Canada

Heading into autumn as temperatures cooled from the summer, so did the London-St. Thomas jobless rate, which fell to 6.3 per cent in September.

The September figure is down from 6.6 per cent in August.

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According to Statistics Canada, London added 2,300 jobs that were counterbalanced by 1,700 people entering the labour market with around 600 fewer people claiming unemployment.

The participation rate, which measures the size of the working-age population that is currently working or seeking employment, ticked up slightly to 66 per cent in September from 65.8 per cent in August.

In total, 295,000 people were employed across the city in September, compared with 292,000 in August.

On the national level, the Canadian economy posted a modest gain of 21,000 jobs in September, according to the latest labour force survey.

The country’s unemployment rate for September fell to 5.2 per cent as fewer people looked for work, down from 5.4 per cent the previous month.

The September gain in employment comes after three consecutive months of job losses in the Canadian economy.

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Hamilton Police investigate shots fired at vehicle, home on West Mountain

Hamilton Police are seeking assistance from residents in the West Mountain neighbourhood after confirming shots were fired late Thursday.

Investigators say officers were called about a shooting around 11 p.m. near Garth Street and Rymal Road West.

Police spokesperson Indy Bharaj said a residence and an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway were struck by the gunfire.

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“The home was occupied at the time of the shooting but fortunately no injuries were sustained,” Bharaj said in an email.

Detectives believe the incident is “targeted” and are appealing to residents of the area to check their surveillance cameras for any suspicious activity around the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information can reach out to Hamilton Police or Crime Stoppers.

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New Brunswick driver dies after hitting moose, crashes into garage

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A man from New Brunswick has died after a collision with a moose earlier this week.

In a release, police say members of the Saint-Léonard RCMP, along with Ambulance New Brunswick and members of the Saint-Léonard Fire Department, responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a garage on Route 144 in Saint-Léonard around 11 p.m. on Monday.

“The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to hospital with what were believed to be life-threatening injuries,” the release said. “On October 5, the man died in hospital as a result of his injuries.”

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The man was 60 and was from Saint-Léonard, the release said.

RCMP say through the investigation, police learned the collision had happened shortly after 9 p.m. that night, when the driver, who was travelling westbound on Route 144, is believed to have struck a moose.

“The driver then lost control of the vehicle, which continued its course through a ditch, and into the garage of a nearby residence, where it struck a second vehicle that was parked,” the release said.
A member of the New Brunswick coroner’s office is assisting with the investigation, it said.

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