The amazing Owse is my go to guy for a delicious rolex, two fried eggs on warm chapati with fresh tomato and onion. Owse has become a fast friend, seeking to learn about Canada as much as he can. In the past couple of weeks he has expressed his desire to come to Canada to find new opportunities. He asked me to find out what I could for him. So I set myself to finding opportunities and it wasn’t long before I realized it was more than a long shot, it’s next to impossible. As it is now, our temporary foreign workers program allows workers to stay in Canada for 4 consecutive years with no chance of going home. When the 4 years are up they have to leave Canada for another 4 years. After 4 years, they could come back with some luck but still have no better chance at becoming a permanent resident. Under our current government, we offer permanent residency to economic immigrants who have a net worth of at least $10 million. It’s telling that we, in one of the world’s richest least-populated countries, accept super rich immigrants while having allowed less than 1,000 Syrian refugees fleeing a brutal civil war. Given this completely unequal system, what hope could Owse, the 18 year old rolex cook with a grade 3 education, ever have?
In Dahab, on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, restaurants and cafes hug the shore of the Red Sea. The small dive town plays host to travellers from around the world, who have come to explore the crystal clear waters and local culture. While enjoying breakfast and coffee, a local man comes riding up the beach on his camel and stops to say hello.
- Dahab City (dahabian.wordpress.com)
- Red Sea holidaymakers confined to hotel (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Festival of Eid al-Fitr (jessesharratt.wordpress.com)
- Sinai to Saudi (jessesharratt.wordpress.com)
- Bedouin Hospitality (becauseilovesand.com)
- Nuweiba Breaks Egypt (martinrienhart637jtripp6679.wordpress.com)