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The B.C. Employment Requirements Tribunal has ordered an Indian restaurant in Surrey, B.C., to pay $ 32,702 in unpaid wages and curiosity to a cook dinner delivered to Canada as a brief overseas employee.

Advocates for migrant employees and unbiased companies say the case factors to inadequacies in Canada’s immigration system, which they are saying offers extra benefits to high-income earners over employees from decrease socio-economic backgrounds.

In its choice, the tribunal mentioned that from November 2016 to February 2017, Brijesh Mohan labored 12-hour days six days per week on the restaurant as a Tandoori cook dinner.

The choice says Mohan claimed the restaurant did not pay him common and extra time wages, statutory vacation pay and annual trip pay.

Together with curiosity, the restaurant has been ordered to pay Mohan $ 32,702 plus $ three,000 in administrative charges.

The restaurant appealed the choice, claiming B.C.’s Employment Requirements Department disregarded a few of the proof it offered and was biased towards the employer.

The attraction was dismissed in Could. 

CBC Information reached out to restaurant director Shailendra Bitton, however he refused to touch upon the choice, solely saying: “It is a nice injustice.”

Program ‘treats individuals as commodities’

Canada’s non permanent overseas employees program is designed to permit employers to “rent overseas employees to fill non permanent labour and talent shortages,” in keeping with a federal authorities web site.

Sometimes, employers need to submit a labour market influence evaluation to point out they can’t discover a Canadian or everlasting resident to do the job. 

“This system is designed to permit for the exploitation of individuals,” mentioned Syed Hassan, co-ordinator with the Migrant Staff Alliance for Change. “It treats individuals as commodities.”

Hassan says some non permanent employees pay as much as two years wages in charges to personal recruiters to get into the Canadian work market. Consequently, these employees are sometimes reluctant to complain about their jobs for concern they might be despatched residence in debt.

He mentioned Ontario has banned recruitment charges, and that Manitoba and Nova Scotia have sturdy legal guidelines governing them, however B.C. doesn’t.

Additional complicating issues, employees’ visas are tied on to their employer. In the event that they need to change jobs, they need to discover a enterprise prepared to pay as much as $ 1,000 for a labour market influence evaluation, Hassan mentioned.

The non permanent overseas employee program unfairly targets low-wage employees, he mentioned.

“It’s important that we now have a system that permits individuals in these industries that permits individuals to come back to Canada completely.”

All talent ranges wanted

Richard Truscott, vp for the B.C. and Alberta chapter of the Canadian Federation for Unbiased Enterprise, agreed. 

He mentioned most employers deal with non permanent overseas employees pretty, though he admits there are a number of “dangerous apples” on the market. 

However most employers solely use the non permanent overseas employee program “as a final resort,” as a result of the paperwork is onerous and costly, Truscott mentioned.

Most companies would fairly rent individuals already in Canada, he mentioned. 

“Our system has turn out to be biased towards anyone coming to Canada except you are … some extremely expert particular person,” he mentioned.

“We’d like individuals to be immigrating to the nation that may fill jobs in any respect talent ranges, together with and particularly these lower-skilled jobs. That is how the nation was constructed.”

In a written assertion, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada mentioned some pathways do exist to assist non permanent employees come to Canada on a everlasting foundation.

The ministry additionally mentioned the Canadian authorities is reviewing the pathway to everlasting residence for non permanent employees who’re already well-established in Canada.

“That assessment is ongoing and any coverage modifications could be introduced at an acceptable time,” the ministry mentioned.

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With diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Canada rocked by current feedback about commerce by President Donald Trump and his advisers, some People are discovering methods to acknowledge Canada’s different exports in fashionable tradition.

From Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell to poutine and northern hospitality, a lot of Canada’s internationally recognized emblems grew to become fodder for compliments on social media utilizing the hashtags, #ThankCanada and #ThanksCanada.

The gestures of assist got here after Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a conflict of phrases following the G7 leaders summit over the weekend in La Malbaie, Que.

After Trump left the occasion, he launched a scathing assault on Canada’s tariffs, whereas Trudeau referred to as the U.S. president’s metal and aluminum imports tax “form of insulting,” and insisted that Canadians “won’t be pushed round” in the case of additional talks.

Music critic David Wild reacted to the battle on Sunday by encouraging others to contemplate what Canada has given its U.S. neighbours.

“My Fellow People, let’s all #ThankCanada for issues we love they’ve dropped at our lives,” he wrote, naming numerous folks, together with Drake, Leonard Cohen and comedy sequence SCTV.

“Additionally hockey is cool,” he added.

Discovering methods to face in unity

When Shaun Kelly noticed the tweets he began fascinated by how the dialog may very well be expanded into the bodily world, which is why he referred to as on his fellow People to plant a tiny flag on their garden in assist of Canada.

The English and historical past instructor from Greenwich, Conn., wished to discover a solution to stand in unity along with his northern neighbours. So he logged onto net retailer Amazon and looked for the Canadian flag.

“I believed, ‘Nicely that might tick off Trump loads as a result of he hates Jeff Bezos,”‘ Kelly stated, pointing to the feud launched by the president towards Amazon’s founder.

“I discovered just a little $ 5 Canadian flag that is very modest, kind of like Canadians are, that you may put by your entrance door — possibly in a backyard.”

Kelly, who’s married to a girl from Montreal, stated he is happy by how many individuals have responded positively to his suggestion.

“It was merely just a little tweet,” he stated. “However virtually everyone has stated both they’ll do it, or they assist it.”

Kelly stated he feels the response of others on social media speaks extra symbolically in regards to the relationship between the 2 nations. It is an emotion he revisits every morning when he places on Joni Mitchell’s music for his every day stroll.

“She changed into this excellent antecedent to Donald Trump — somebody who’s in the identical age vary however has a lot extra to say,” he stated.

Kelly supposes that emotional connection is why so many different messages of assist for Canada are specializing in the affect of tradition somewhat than commerce coverage.

“What lasts after we’re all gone, is de facto artwork, music, poetry and portray,” he stated.

“The artwork we depart behind touches on the hemline of immortality.”

‘Means higher’ than the U.S.

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier added her voice by mentioning that her profession brings her to Canada a number of occasions a yr.

“The Canadian authorities actively helps the humanities. They do that WAY higher than the US gov’t, and I’m ceaselessly grateful,” she tweeted.

Others famous moments in historical past the place the Canada-U.S. relationship was at its strongest, together with when officers helped People escape in the course of the Iran hostage disaster, or when planes have been diverted to Gander, N.L., after U.S. air area was closed within the aftermath of the Sept. 11 assaults.

Twitter consumer @GoogieBaba recalled a go to to Toronto in 2005 earlier than homosexual marriage was authorized in the US.

“We had a stunning time, and I’ll always remember your pleasant, trendy metropolis,” they wrote.

Some targeted on materials items that may very well be affected by modifications within the commerce settlement, resembling maple syrup and cars, whereas others took a lighter strategy to reflecting on tariffs.

“Nobody likes to be stereotyped, whilst ‘good.’ However are you able to all export your manners?” tweeted a consumer named Karine Jegalian.

Costume to indicate extra cleavage. Clean up hair and make-up on the job. Line up for a bodily critique. These are simply a number of the directions Air Canada flight attendants got in a bid to enhance customer support, their union alleges in a criticism to the Canadian Human Rights Fee.

CUPE filed the criticism this month, claiming that Air Canada flight attendants face rampant sexual harassment and discrimination, and that the airline has accomplished little to handle the issue.

The criticism comes as flight attendants throughout North America have gotten extra vocal about harassment of their trade.

Air Canada employs eight,500 flight attendants. The airline says it has zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination, and that the union by no means shared its claims of a systemic downside earlier than submitting the criticism.

‘Strut their stuff’

CUPE’s criticism follows latest modifications at Air Canada together with fashionable new uniforms for employees.

The union claims Air Canada ran coaching classes the place flight attendants needed to mannequin the brand new uniform, and have been instructed to “strut their stuff” down a makeshift runway — full with a spin on the finish — in what the union known as “a sexualized style present.”

“These people have been critiqued and judged by administration on a go/fail foundation on their capability to placed on this ‘present’ for his or her colleagues and administration,” says the criticism.

It claims one attendant failed as a result of he was “prancing” an excessive amount of on the catwalk. The worker — who’s homosexual — discovered the remark upsetting.

Air Canada workers exhibit new uniforms unveiled in 2017. How flight attendants have been requested to mannequin the uniforms is a part of a human rights criticism filed by the workers’ union. (Air Canada)

The criticism additionally claims flight attendants confronted scrutiny off the runway: Managers lined them up within the hallway of their new uniforms and graded how they seemed. They even assessed their make-up and nails, the union stated.

“They have been subjected to degrading and discriminatory feedback,” stated the criticism, together with critiques corresponding to “eyes have been too small” and pores and skin color was “too white.”

The assertion additionally says a supervisor instructed feminine flight attendants they need to put on the non-obligatory gown uniform extra typically “with the intention to ‘present extra cleavage’ to clients.”

The criticism additionally referenced an up to date handbook for flight attendants that dictates what color and kind of undergarment to put on, and dedicates three pages to make-up recommendation for feminine staff. Suggestions embrace one of the best ways to use lipstick and the best way to accent eyebrows with a highlighter.

Sexual harassment allegations

The criticism additionally contains particular person sexual harassment allegations that CUPE claims stem from a lately launched effort to enhance customer support by having managers coach crew members whereas on the aircraft. 

The union claims some managers are taking liberties with the flight attendants.

In a single allegation, a male supervisor observing an on-board crew made origami breasts with the linen napkins and positioned an oxygen masks over his groin throughout a security demonstration.

In one other, a male supervisor sexually harassed a male flight attendant throughout a flight by sitting “uncomfortably shut” to him and making sexually suggestive feedback.

That supervisor additionally allegedly watched the worker at a resort health club in the course of the flight layover.

The human rights criticism says the difficulty was introduced earlier than Air Canada and was “stunningly dismissed” by the corporate. CUPE additionally claims different comparable complaints to the airline have been ignored.

Air Canada’s new service model handbook for flight workers contains three pages of make-up suggestions for feminine staff. (Air Canada)

The union says it needs the continued harassment to cease and for Air Canada to finish its new coaching program.

Air Canada says this system is essential, as a result of it has helped enhance customer support on flights. The airline additionally says it takes all harassment and discrimination claims critically.

“[We] have established processes in place to take care of any such complaints and to behave upon them,” spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick stated in an e-mail to CBC Information.

Allegations towards WestJet

The allegations come at a time when flight attendants are talking out about an trade they declare is rife with harassment.

Former WestJet flight attendant, Mandalena Lewis alleges she was sexually assaulted by a WestJet pilot in 2010.

In 2016, she filed a proposed class motion lawsuit, claiming WestJet has did not create a secure work surroundings for feminine flight attendants.

WestJet has stated it will not remark whereas the matter is earlier than the courts. When Lewis first went public together with her allegations, the airline stated it adopted correct process in her case.

Mandalena Lewis, a former WestJet flight attendant, is suing the airline, alleging it didn’t correctly examine her sexual assault allegation towards a pilot. (Ioanna Roumeliotis/CBC)

In the meantime, within the U.S. final week, the pinnacle of the union representing 50,000 flight attendants testified earlier than Congress, claiming flight attendants are ongoing victims of sexual harassment and assault.

“Even at present, we’re known as pet names, patted on the rear… and subjected to incidents not match for print,” testified Sara Nelson, president of the Affiliation of Flight Attendants, in a written assertion.  

“We name on the trade to take this concern critically.”