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Old Feb 5th 2002, 2:07 am
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From CBC online: Immigration officers warn Bill C-11 deadline will cause problems
Last Updated Tue, 05 Feb 2002 07:47:03

OTTAWA - Immigration officers in Canada are warning Ottawa that unless implementation
of Bill C-11 is slowed down, the department will face errors and morale problems.

The proposed regulations for Bill C-11 constitute the biggest change to Canada's
immigration law in more than 25 years.

Under the bill, anyone considered a security risk will not have the right to a
refugee hearing, officials can bar anyone from entering Canada and deny them
refugee status.

But the union that represents the 4,000 immigration officers says the government is
rushing the deadline to implement the amendments.

The Canadian Employment and Immigration Union says it will be impossible to adjust
the regulations by June 28, their second busiest time of year. It comes days before
Canada Day and the fourth of July, and also when 25 per cent of the staff is
comprised of summer students.

Janina Lebon, the national vice-president for the union, told the House of Commons
immigration committee that the deadline will create a lot of unnecessary pressure.

"Annual leave could be denied which will cause greater morale issues with the staff.
You'll have to train the staff, the current staff, on the new regulations, the new
act. You're going to have to train the students on the old act, and the new act,"
said Lebon.

Lebon also believes the deadline will cause delays at border points and processing
centres while staff adjust to new procedures for handling immigration and refugee
applications.

"The newest employees will probably be able to adapt easily. I'm talking about our
20-25-year veterans who were around last time. There's going to be resistance and
they're going to say this is what we used to do, and there's going to be that
psychological barrier in the training, as well," said Lebon.

The union may not be alone in its call to slow things down. Immigration Committee
Chair Joe Fontana said he's not sold on the deadline and may recommend a new one.

But support from the government may not come as easily. Immigration Minister
Denis Coderre told the committee last week that he thinks the government deadline
can be met.

Written by CBC News Online staff <http://cbc.ca/bios.html>

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<html> <head> </head> <body> From CBC online: <br> <font face="Verdana, Arial,
Helvetica"><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="5"
color="#00366f"><span class="xldarkbluebold"> Immigration officers warn Bill C-11
deadline will cause problems </span></font><br> <font size="2"><i>Last Updated Tue,
05 Feb 2002 07:47:03 </i></font></font>
<p><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2"> OTTAWA - Immigration
officers in Canada are warning Ottawa that unless implementation of Bill C-11 is
slowed down, the department will face errors and morale problems.
</font></font></p>
<q><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">The proposed regulations for
Bill C-11 constitute the biggest change to Canada's immigration law in more than
25 years. </font></font></p>
<r><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">Under the bill, anyone
considered a security risk will not have the right to a refugee hearing, officials
can bar anyone from entering Canada and deny them refugee status.
</font></font></p>
<s><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">But the union that
represents the 4,000 immigration officers says the government is rushing the
deadline to implement the amendments. </font></font></p>
<t><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">The Canadian Employment and
Immigration Union says it will be impossible to adjust the regulations by June 28,
their second busiest time of year. It comes days before Canada Day and the fourth
of July, and also when 25 per cent of the staff is comprised of summer students.
</font></font></p>
<u><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">Janina Lebon, the national
vice-president for the union, told the House of Commons immigration committee that
the deadline will create a lot of unnecessary pressure. </font></font></p>
<v><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">"Annual leave could be
denied which will cause greater morale issues with the staff. You'll have to train
the staff, the current staff, on the new regulations, the new act. You're going to
have to train the students on the old act, and the new act," said Lebon.
</font></font></p>
<w><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">Lebon also believes the
deadline will cause delays at border points and processing centres while staff
adjust to new procedures for handling immigration and refugee applications.
</font></font></p>
<x><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">"The newest employees will
probably be able to adapt easily. I'm talking about our 20-25-year veterans who
were around last time. There's going to be resistance and they're going to say
this is what we used to do, and there's going to be that psychological barrier in
the training, as well," said Lebon. </font></font></p>
<y><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">The union may not be alone
in its call to slow things down. Immigration Committee Chair Joe Fontana said he's
not sold on the deadline and may recommend a new one. </font></font></p>
<z><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2">But support from the
government may not come as easily. Immigration Minister Denis Coderre told the
committee last week that he thinks the government deadline can be met.
</font></font></p>
<z><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"><font size="2"><font face="Verdana,Arial"
size="1"> Written by CBC News Online <a href="http://cbc.ca/bios.html">staff</a>
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