Toronto Events dec 22 , 2011

Events

Write A Letter To Santa Claus Write with old-fashioned pen and ink on stationery made on an 1845 printing press. Tue to Fri noon-4 pm, Sat & Sun noon-5 pm. Nov 22 to Dec 24. Free w/ admission. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond, 416-392-6915.

Readings With Santa Kids can gather to hear Santa read classic holiday stories. Saturdays and Sundays 9 am. Nov 20 to Dec 24. Free (RSVP required). Eaton Centre, 250 Yonge, 416-598-8560.

Sourcefire Winter Solstice All-ages solstice celebration. 7:30 pm. Free. Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga, 84 South Service, 905-278-5622.

A Victorian Christmas In Toronto Experience a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row house. Tue-Fri from noon-4 pm, Sat-Sun noon-5 pm. Nov 22 to Jan 8. $3-$6. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond, 416-392-6915.

Super visa immigration program launched on December 1 2011 , Thursday.

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa” a program allowing Canadians to apply for so-called super visas launched on December 1 2011 , Thursday, but the NDP immigration critic is worried that the new 10-year visa for parents and grandparents may be hard to obtain. Backlog of about 165,000 parents and grandparents remain , who are trying to join family in Canada. Super visa will be good for 10 years, but will have to be renewed every two years.

“I have cases in my office in Vancouver where someone’s sponsoring their parents, say from New Delhi, and their application is in the lineup for 10 years,” Davies said.

“So they apply for a visitor visa to come and they’re turned down because they have a permanent resident application in the queue and the officials think that they won’t leave.”

“The department informs me that they’re confident that the approval rate for these parent super visas will actually be very high,” Kenney said last week at an appearance before a parliamentary committee.