Canadian Security Intelligence Service: Bill C-51: the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act was tabled Friday, according to CTV. Under the new laws, anyone who posts a video or blog on the Internet urging others to commit a terrorist act will risk arrest, said Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Anyone who urges others to commit a terror act could face up to five years in prison, under new legislation introduced by the federal government as a response to growing terror concerns here in Canada. The Act amends the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other bills in an attempt to crack down on homegrown extremists in the wake of attacks last fall in Ottawa and Quebec. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Canada spy agency could soon have the power to derail terrorist plots not just gather and analyze information about them as the government moves to confront radical threats with an array of new legal tools. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. The plan to boost the spy service ability to counter terrorism flows from a review of fatal attacks on two Canadian soldiers last October incidents the government believes were fuelled by Islamic extremism. Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an announcement in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. THE Frank Gunn Legislation tabled Friday would allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to thwart a suspected extremist travel plans, disrupt bank transactions and covertly meddle with jihadist websites. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
award recipients: Find out more about the four award recipients by clicking on the video in the player above. , according to CBC and The city on Thursday recognized four immigrant entrepreneurs who achieved personal and business success in 2014 since moving to Ottawa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport: A U.S. citizen of Albanian descent pleaded guilty to an immigration charge Friday in Dartmouth provincial court, according to The Chronicle Herald. Batska was charged with violating the Immigration Refugee Protection Act by helping an Albanian man on the same flight try to enter Canada illegally and Bledar Alex Batska, 38, was arrested at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Oct. 13 after arriving on an Oct. 13 flight from Iceland. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Robert Johnstone: Book jackets, record covers, newspapers "even a Playboy cover," all of these beguiling bits of type, painstakingly crafted, came to Toronto from around the world, for the prestigious Typomundus 20 competition. , according to Hamilton Spectator. "And the only collection of its scope ever attempted went to the incinerator in a truck marked, "Bill Pick Up," wrote Star reporter Robert Johnstone in 1965. It was said to be the greatest collection of 20th century typography ever assembled. How it wound up in the trash near Bloor Street is a forgotten bit of Toronto history. After the judging, the collection of 10,000 items was stored in a "dingy" Bloor St. East rooming house, and when someone forgot to pay the rent, the items were thrown out by the landlord, who mistook the boxes for junk. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Immigrant Women Centre: The noise traces back to a small room in the centre where 20 or so immigrant women are hovered over a stack of two-by-fours, measuring out and sawing the wood. , according to Hamilton Spectator. Tait has been doing home repairs for more than 20 years. With a lull in her renovation schedule, she sent off a one-line pitch to the local Immigrant Women Centre for a workshop series why not teach other women to tackle these projects? The sound of hammering echoes through the halls of the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre. "Put the saw down a bit try a long stroke," coaches Sandi Tait. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Theresa Oswald: "It incredibly difficult to make the transition into a new country and simply join the age appropriate Manitoba classroom," Oswald told reporters today. "Many of these individuals have faced significant disruptions in their learning, and oftentimes have lived through unspeakably horrific situations. Without the right supports, these transitions can be almost impossible." Related Items Articles Oswald says it may be time for province to step in for First Nations Ashton vows action to end sexual violence against women , according to Winnipeg Free Press. Meanwhile, she said, she would also maintain a second pilot project Recognition Counts! that offers small loans to immigrants to help get their overseas credentials recognized so they can practice their profession in Canada. NDP leadership candidate Theresa Oswald says a government she leads would increase supports for new Canadians, including a new pilot project to help school-age kids adjust to Manitoba classrooms. Oswald is proposing a three-year pilot program that would ease the transition for school-aged refugees by offering personalized learning as well as comprehensive counselling services and health care. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Steve Ashton: NDP leadership candidate Steve Ashton pledged today that if he becomes the province next premier he would bring in new actions to end sexual violence against women. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. "We need to ensure that right from an early age that our kids know what consent is," Ashton said, his daughter Churchill MP Niki Ashton beside him. "Yes means yes, no means no. To my mind that where you start shifting the culture." Inside a Wolseley home surrounded by women, leadership candidate Steve Ashton pledged to take action to end sexual violence. Photo Store Ashton said that includes making the issue of consent part of the school curriculum and at post-secondary institutions. Related Items Articles Oswald proposes three-year pilot program for new immigrants (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service: The new bill, C-51, is only 62 pages long but contains a variety of increased powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service , according to CBC. Despite the strength of the proposed new powers, however, officials at a briefing weren't able to say which measures would have prevented the attacks. Harper would only say the police would have had "more and better" tools had they had these measures. Canada government today introduced its new anti-terror legislation, a sweeping range of measures that would allow suspects to be detained based on less evidence and let actively interfere with suspect travel plans and finances. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other cabinet ministers have repeatedly tied the bill to the fallout of the attacks on two soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and in Ottawa at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill in October. Harper makes his case for new powers to combat terror Terrorism: What other countries have done to combat the threat (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Canada: Canada is widely renowned for being a 'diverse mosaic'. However, a newly released study by Kai Chan concludes that Canada current Conservative government and cabinet are not an accurate reflection of our population and Like this article? Chip in to keep stories likes these coming. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
House of Commons: Although the bill itself will, of course, must be tabled in the House of Commons, which is expected to take place shortly after noon, the advisory for today event makes it clear that, as far as the government is concerned, that little more than a bit of parliamentary paperwork, as the two ministers to be charged with shepherding the bill through the House Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Justice Minister Peter MacKay are slated to join the prime minister at the Toronto-area event. , according to CBC. A few blocks away from Parliament Hill, Canada provincial and territorial premiers except, that is, for Alberta Jim Prentice , who claimed to be too busy planning to the budget to join his counterparts in Ottawa, and Saskatchewan Brad Wall, who will be attending via teleconference will convene behind closed doors at a downtown Ottawa hotel, where they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues pertinent to their respective and collective interests, including energy, infrastructure and internal trade barriers. Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne say Ottawa needs to be involved in greenhouse gas reduction Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Richmond Hill for the much-anticipated unveiling of his government latest bid to boost the powers of Canada law enforcement and intelligence agencies to monitor, track, and, as reported by News last night, even preemptively disrupt the activities of suspected terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. to be given 'power to disrupt,' not arrest, in new anti-terror bill Back in Ottawa, MPs will spend one final day debating the pros and cons of the previous anti-terror bill, which was introduced last fall just weeks after the Oct. 22 shootings, and will expand the reach of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to conduct operations outside Canada. Premiers meet (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Elliot Anderson Costner: Black or White may be the title, but there are plenty of grey areas tackled in this good ol fashioned family dramedy from standup comic turned filmmaker Mike Binder Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger , according to The Chronicle Herald. A somewhat clumsy opening scene introduces us to California attorney Elliot Anderson Costner , whose wife has just died in a car accident, leaving the man with little consolation outside a home bar fully stocked with Scotch. But he does have one remaining hope in life: his mixed-race 7-year-old granddaughter, Eloise newcomer Jillian Estell , who been living with him ever since the girl mother died at childbirth and her drug addicted father, Reggie Andre Holland , landed in jail and Pitting a binge-drinking Kevin Costner against a butt-whopping Octavia Spencer in a battle for custody over their beloved granddaughter, this well-performed and occasionally amusing affair has a distinctively 90s feel to it, laying on the sauce rather thick at times, although it still creates a believable story raising questions about parenthood and racial prejudice in modern-day Los Angeles. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: The Conservative government will redefine free speech Friday as it tables a new bill to criminalize the promotion of terrorism, according to The Chronicle Herald. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday the bill will criminalize the promotion of terrorism and prevent terrorists from travelling and recruiting others and The bill was drawn up after the attacks against soldiers in Quebec and Ottawa last fall. It is widely expected to grant police new powers to arrest people who are suspected of supporting terrorist organizations but have not made explicit threats. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS: But ten days later, when he tried to board a flight home from Ireland to Canada, he was detained and interrogated multiple times by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS , according to Rabble. Their goal is to restore Irish national sovereignty, promote the revolutionary ideals of republicanism, resist all forms of colonialism and imperialism and the immediate and unconditional release of all Irish republican prisoners and Julian Ichim made his second trip to Ireland last November to gather information for his blog and radio show as well as attend the Ar Fhies of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement 32CSM as an international guest. The 32CSM, an Irish republican group, is a pressure group with branches throughout the traditional counties of Ireland. Republicans want to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Jason Kenney: In an August 2013 briefing note for Employment Minister Jason Kenney, department officials warned that industries which commonly employ young Canadians are also among the highest employers of temporary foreign workers. , according to Hamilton Spectator. Critics of the temporary foreign worker program have raised concerns that employers were hiring lower-paid foreign workers, rather than Canadian workers. Kenney office says reforms made in June 2014, almost one year after the internal briefing, have specifically addressed the issue. The Conservative government knew the temporary foreign worker program was causing pressures on youth employment almost a year before reforming the program, documents show. "Five of the top six industries that employ the most youth were also in the top half of temporary foreign worker program users," reads the document, prepared shortly after Kenney was appointed to the department. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
federal government: Data tabled in the House of Commons this week shows a variety of tax changes and the elimination of old tax credits will rake in $3.4 billion more for the federal government in 2015-2016, according to CTV. The $3.4 billion figure comes from data in an answer to a question on the order paper by deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale and - As Canadians begin to look forward to a series of new federal tax measures kicking in soon, newly-released figures show changes to taxes and tariffs are also helping bolster the government bottom line. And those numbers don't include what the government is making on user fees for services like passports and citizenship or recent new tariffs on imports. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
federal tax measures: Many Canadians may be looking forward to new federal tax measures helping their finances, but newly released figures show the government own bottom line is getting a boost, thanks to a number of quiet tax and tariff changes. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. And those numbers don't include what the government is making on recently increased user fees for services like passports and immigration. Finance MinisterJoe Oliver answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Many Canadians may be looking forward to new federal tax measures helping their finances, but newly released figures show the government own bottom line is getting a boost, thanks to a number of quiet tax and tariff changes. THE Sean Kilpatrick Data introduced in the House of Commons this week shows the government will make an additional $3.4 billion in 2015-16 as a result of various tax changes it has implemented. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Minister Rob Nicholson: On the witness list for today 90-minute session: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson , as well as their respective seconds-in-command: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Jean and Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson . , according to CBC. Back in the Chamber, Liberal MPs will spend the day making their respective and collective case for the party first opposition day motion of the new year, which would, if passed, see the House express its non-binding view that the Prime Minister of Canada "should hold annual First Minister Conferences." The swirl of confusion over the nature and scope of Canada ongoing military operations in Iraq will take centre stage on the Hill this morning, where a special joint meeting of the House foreign affairs and defence committees will at least in theory provide the first official briefing on the mission since the House broke for the holidays in December. fight: NDP says Stephen Harper misled the House on combat role Canadian advisers guiding airstrikes, U.S. barred Canadian special forces returned fire 2 more times Canadian special forces returned fire in last week Likely to be at the top of the agenda, at least for those on the opposition side of the table, will almost certainly be what they see as a growing list of still unanswered questions arising from recent revelations on the extent of Canadian activities near the front lines, which have resulted in Canadian Forces coming under enemy fire on at least three occasions in the last two weeks. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
University of Windsor: The Institute for Border Logistics is a collaboration of the University of Windsor and Windsor Airport. , according to CBC. The idea is to make Windsor an international cargo hub. Laurie Tannous is the new CEO of the Institute for Border Logistics at the Windsor International Airport property. The $20-million institute, which is under construction, will include a facility on the University of Windsor campus dedicated to research and development support for businesses, and a facility at the Windsor International Airport aimed at providing real-world testing for new technologies in the logistics sector. Tannous has practised Canadian trade and immigration law since 2004, following seven years with the Canada Border Services Agency as a customs and immigration officer. University of Windsor (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
students: The provincial outcomes for our Grade 3, 6, 9 and 12 students have been blown away by the high-tech world many will be working in. With education slipping badly, our P-12 outcomes now rank closer to the bottom than the top in Canada, resulting in dropouts and higher level science, technology, engineering and math grads who have left the province during the last 20 years. They aren t being replaced by newborns or immigrants. Why?, according to The Chronicle Herald. Collectively, teachers have not met their basic teaching obligations. Recent generations of students have been hobbled by too many long-outmoded teachers with overgenerous contracts. But this won t change until our young parents develop the sense of urgency required to ensure their children get a fresh start in a revitalized P-12 education system and (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
David Morley: Last year, the aid agency raised only 52 per cent of its $2 billion target, forcing cuts to programs for Syrian refugees and other children in crisis, according to CTV. The UN says it needs to help 62 million children in 71 countries who are at risk in humanitarian crises and - The United Nations Children Fund is launching a $3.1-billion appeal for funds, saying a record number of children face threats from armed conflicts around the world. David Morley, the Canada president, says the four-year-old Syrian civil war and other crises in Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are straining resources to an unprecedented extent. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
United Nations Children Fund: The United Nations Children Fund is launching a $3.1-billion appeal for funds, saying a record number of children face threats from armed conflicts around the world. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. David Morley, the Canada president, says the four-year-old Syrian civil war and other crises in Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are straining resources to an unprecedented extent. David Morley, president and CEO of Canada, is pictured in a recent handout photo.The United Nations Children Fund is launching a $3.1-billion appeal for funds, saying a record number of children face threats from armed conflicts around the world. THE HO, Canada Last year, the aid agency raised only 52 per cent of its $2 billion target, forcing cuts to programs for Syrian refugees and other children in crisis. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Elaine Smith: Greg and Elaine Smith fight to bring surrogate-born twins home from Mexico , according to CBC. For parents who do decide to use an international surrogate, here are three things Busby says they should do before starting the process: Greg and Elaine Smith of Maple Ridge, B.C., are facing mounting medical bills and a complicated bureaucratic system after their their twins were born prematurely by surrogate in Mexico. University of Manitoba law professor Karen Busby says international surrogacy is a complicated process, and one she doesn't recommend. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Grant Campbell: In his ruling last month, Justice Grant Campbell ordered that the girls must return to Egypt, the country of origin of their parents and the place where the girls have lived most of their lives. , according to Hamilton Spectator. "Parents should not be encouraged to choose Canada as a 'relocation option' after abducting their child from any country whose divorce laws are different from Canada, with an exception that they can claim jurisdiction here. The courts cannot support this type of quasi-criminal activity," Campbell said in his Dec. 31 statement. Engy and Rawan Mekawi were born here but they are being ordered to leave their home and live in Egypt. The judge said their divorced mother "abducted" the girls from their father when she came to Canada in 2012 without telling her ex-husband. A court order outlining custody and access rights already existed in Egypt, and those proceedings were still before the courts. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: In an impassioned op-ed published in Wednesday New York Times, the 39-year-old actress, filmmaker and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, gave a dramatic retelling of her weekend tour of the Khanke refugee camp in northern Iraq, and how it has changed since her last visit in 2012. , according to CBC. "For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless." Angelina Jolie is calling for more assistance and global action in the Middle East after she visited displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees on Sunday. 'Angelina Jolie effect' on breast cancer screening endures Angelina Jolie meets the Pope, screens Unbroken at the Vatican "I have seen nothing like the suffering I'm witnessing now," wrote Jolie, who has visited Iraq on four previous occasions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
Kristyn Wong-Tam: A signature initiative of progressive mayor Bill de Blasio, the cards are designed to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to rent an apartment, open a bank account, interact with police or anything else that can be difficult without proper identification. The program should also benefit other marginalized groups like the homeless. , according to NOW Magazine. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam believes Toronto needs to seriously consider a municipal I.D. program if it to live up to its Sanctuary City title. Instead, for much of the past three weeks, thousands of New Yorkers have been lining up for hours to get their hands on a new city I.D. card. In Toronto, where half of residents were born outside the country, a municipal ID is also on the radar after council voted in 2013 to declare Toronto a "Sanctuary City" and guarantee undocumented immigrants "access without fear" to municipal services. A report is expected this spring or summer. But the mayor seems lukewarm. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.