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Monday, August 6th, 2012

Strippers or Students ? The new SPP.

I had always considering the Student Partner Program rather dubious. The SPP which was first launched in India after years of pressure applied by Canadian community colleges and local politicians on the Federal government, has resulted in the huge jump of students at Canadian colleges in the last three years. Most of these “students” are in the Toronto area. Some Toronto colleges have a purported 2,000 students from India on the campus. How many are studying is a real question, as it is how well the colleges have been with self-reporting no-shows and the Federal government assessing the ‘risk-management’ which was supposed to regulate this program.

But now, this time an initiative of the Federal government might end up being a further boon to these college bound students and create more ways for those on SPP to get work in Canada. It’s a new SPP. How about the Stripper Partner Program ?

Canada’s strip-club industry says it will recruit international students in an effort to replace hundreds of foreign dancers who are to be kicked out of the country under new federal immigration rules.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley recently announced that hundreds of foreign strippers will lose their immigration permits this year in a what they call a crackdown on human trafficking. Wonderfully ironic, since the SPP for students was born after the commotion in the Fall of 2007 when a visa officer at Canada’s High Commission in Delhi called the student recruitment which BC community colleges had been engaged in – facilitating human trafficking.

Now, these foreign students who are recruited by those same agents via SPP, will be allowed to work part-time off campus, as a “legal dancer”.

“The word exotic means foreign, and that’s what people want to see,” said Tim Lambrinos of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada. He sees international students covering up for the labour shortage of strippers.

Source: “Ottawa brings down curtain on foreign strippers.”
The Globe and Mail, July 4, 2012


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Mel has consulted universities, colleges, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of international education since 1997. He is co-founder of Higher-Edge, the parent of Overseas, Overwhelmed, and a director of the Canadian University Application Centre. He is a former award-winning CBC reporter and holds a Masters degree from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.

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