Time: February 20, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Maple Ridge Municipal Hall (Council Chambers)
Street: 11995 Haney Pl
City/Town: Maple Ridge, BC
Phone: 604 466-3144
Event Type: cinema, politica, ridge, meadows, film, presentation
Organized By: Oosha Ramsoondar
Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2014
“The End of Immigration?” looks at the regressive immigration policies of the Canadian State and how this affects workers: foreign and Canadian. In Canada, when we think of ‘temporary foreign workers’ (TFWs) the image that comes to mind is the seasonal agricultural workers who have been working in our fields for the past 40 years or the live-in nannies and maids from the Philippines. But these days, temporary foreign workers are found in all sectors from fast food restaurants to service stations, construction, mining, and city-bus drivers. Canada appears to be taking its cue from places like Hong Kong, Dubai and Saudi Arabia: “Use 'em and toss 'em out!” This film focuses on a trend which is having a profound impact on the society in which we live, where there will be citizens with full rights and ‘rent-a-workers’ with few or none. Is this the kind of society we want to build? What impact does this increasing dependence on TFWs have on wages and working conditions for Canadian workers? In fact in 2012 TFWs entering Canada outnumbered landed immigrants by 80,674.
By comparing the situation of these temporary workers with that of earlier generations who came as unskilled immigrants, this film uncovers a hidden world that’s as close as the Tim Horton's on the corner. And they ask the crucial question: is this the kind of society we want to build?
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