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Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Cruel and Unusual Punishment

cruel and unusual punishment: Both phrases were telling. As Justice Mactavish of course knew, Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms reads that "Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment." These exact words -- "cruel and unusual punishment" -- resonate in history. They were written into the English Bill of Rights in 1689 and were then repeated in the 8th amendment to the United States Constitution: "Cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted." These are not words used loosely, according to Rabble. If a policy is cruel and unusual, if it outrages our standards of decency, what do we make of those promoting it? It not as if the policy to deny health care is unique in the annals of Harperland. On the contrary, just in the past weeks at least two other government positions seem to reflect some pretty unusual cruelty and indecency: one related to Omar Khadr, the other to prostitution. But nor is the refugee health care issue yet over and When Justice Anne Mactavish of the Federal Court struck down the Harper government policy to slash medical care for refugees earlier this month, she described it as "cruel and unusual treatment" that "shocks the conscience and outrages our standards of decency." The concept of decency also plays a signal role in American history, though whether the judge was aware of this is not known. It was the very word that launched the final fall of Senator Joe McCarthy and the shameful "Communist" witch hunts known as McCarthyism, when lawyer Joseph Welch attacked McCarthy for his latest smear of a perfectly innocent American: "Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator; you've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada Immigration and Michael Mvogo

Michael Mvogo: This opinion was in response to demands that Canada immediately free Michael Mvogo , a man who has been imprisoned in Ontario for eight years because of immigration violations. The Toronto Star reports that officials cannot determine who Mvogo is, where he comes from or how to deport him, according to Rabble. However, the Canadian government is not bound to the opinion released by the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Right Working Group on Arbitrary detentions and Canada immigration detention system is under fire after a United Nations human rights monitoring body released its first opinion stating "detention should be the last resort and permissible only for the shortest period of time." The UN stated in their opinion that Canada official policy of indefinite incarnation is a human rights violation and urged Canada to adopt the 90-day limit on detentions that is common among numerous other nations. Activist group Ending Immigration Detention states "Now, the UN has spoken out in support. The tide on immigration detention is turning" and continues to push to change Canada immigration detention policy. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Palestine and Mahmood Abbas

Mahmood Abbas: But before delving into that, let contemplate what might happen once the violence subsides and there is a return to the status quo of continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, according to Rabble. As a result of the 2012 elevation of membership status for Palestine at the UN, PA president Mahmood Abbas has no choice but go the legal route of drawing public attention to Israel violations of its legal obligations in war under international law re: war crimes before the International Criminal Court ICC and The war in Gaza is really about Israel stopping a fledgling Palestinian unity government of Fatah and Hamas that might have paved way for a two-state solution in Israel Palestine. The Palestinian Authority PA in Israel occupied West Bank and a bystander during the hostilities in Gaza, has "one last ace in the hole," says Michael Lynk, a labour law professor and writer on international legal issues with the Israel-Palestine dispute. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada and Michael Mvogo

Michael Mvogo: Canada would clearly not welcome Mvogo if that is his real name under normal circumstances. He arrived here in 2005 with a fraudulent American passport and only revealed what he now claims to be his true identity in 2011. The U.S., Haiti and Guinea have all refused to receive him. And the reliability of even his most recent story is dubious. He now claims to hail from Cameroon, but that country denies having any record of him, according to The Star. Mvogo is among the longest-serving of the roughly 600 people living in similar extra-legal limbo in this country on any given day. These cases are not simple. Immigration officials must be given the time to investigate thoroughly each case. And the policy should deter others from trying to short-circuit the immigration and refugee system and thus compromise security and undermine the fairness of the process and Living in a free and democratic society entails some degree of uncomfortable risk and unsettling ambiguity. That is the implicit assumption underlying the United Nations call for the immediate release of Michael Mvogo, a man who has been held in an Ontario jail for eight years because immigration officials cannot determine who he is or where he comes from and therefore how to deport him. The problem, as the UN points out, is that the alternative to releasing him Canadas official policy of indefinite incarceration amounts to a human rights violation. The inability of a state party to carry out the expulsion of an individual . . . under no circumstances justifies indefinite detention, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, before urging Canada to join several other countries in establishing a 90-day limit on such lock-ups. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Hamas and Israel

Israel: On Thursday at least 15 people who were seeking safety in a UN-run schoolhouse died in an attack Gazan authorities and eye witnesses described as Israeli shelling. Israels military said that Hamas rockets could have been responsible, and that we do not target UN facilities, according to The Star. But the toll of Israels assault on Gaza has caused a growing outcry, as numbers of Palestinian dead rose to more than 750 in the past 17 days, while Israel has lost at least 32 soldiers in clashes with Hamas, whose fighters have also tunneled their way beneath the closed border into Israel and It was a scene of panic, bloodshed and death that sent shock waves through the international community. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, saying many have been killed including women and children as well as UN staff, and adding that circumstances are still unclear. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Human Trafficking and Janos Acs

Janos Acs: The 60-year-old suicide, near Emerald Street North, ended a troubled life that authorities thought they had saved. , according to Hamilton Spectator. The now infamous Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization was dismantled in 2010 and stands as the largest human trafficking case in Canadian history. Twenty-three members of the extended family were convicted of various charges between 2012 and 2013. "I feel very much betrayed and I'm pretty frustrated," Janos Acs told the Spectator In the early evening hours of June 10, Janos Acs walked onto train tracks in central Hamilton and lay down to die. Acs was among more than 20 people rescued in 2009 by from the hands of human traffickers who lured them from their native Hungary on the false promise of work. Despite the successful prosecution of his abusers and that he and other victims were given safe haven in Canada, Acs lived out his free days moving in and out of shelters, struggling to find work and drinking heavily. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Immigration Debate and Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick: It something to think about, in light of Massachusett current role in the immigration debate, when appeals for compassion collide with pronouncements about the law. Here where we stand: Governor Deval Patrick makes a passionate pitch for sheltering undocumented children who fled violence in Central America. Four major gubernatorial candidates rush to agree, which says something about Massachusetts character. , according to Hamilton Spectator. One thing they weren't called, though, was "illegal," because that term hadn't been conceived yet. What if the Irish potato famine had happened today? But public sentiment is split, resistance is vocal and strong, and the language the opponents use is telling. In the 19th century, Irish immigrants were called many of the things you hear hurled at Central American immigrants today: a scourge on public health, a drain on the economy, a threat to American culture. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Bernard Etkin and Lunar Module

lunar module: The explosion had crippled the service module where water, food and oxygen were stored, but luckily some additional supplies were available in the lunar module, which became the crews life raft. The lunar module was needed as long as possible, but then had to be jettisoned. But how?, according to Globe and Mail. That a tragedy was averted was in large part due to a team of engineers at the university led by Bernard Etkin as the senior scientist who stepped in at the crucial moment with nothing more than their slide rules and powerful brains and It was not supposed to happen. When Apollo 13, the third manned mission intended to land on the moon, took off from the Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, no one imagined that after minutely detailed planning, testing and preparation it would have to be aborted just two days later because of an exploding oxygen tank. The U.S. contractor Grumman Aerospace Corp., which had built the lunar module for put in a call for help to the University of Toronto, where they knew there was a wide range of engineering expertise. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Degree Realty Income Fund and MacNicol Associates Asset Management

MacNicol Associates Asset Management: We tend to look at it from 40,000 feet, according to Globe and Mail. Mr. Baker, a senior vice-president with Toronto-based MacNicol Associates Asset Management, manages several alternative asset pools. One of those is the MacNicol 360 Degree Realty Income Fund. More Related to this Story Scott Baker has a rarefied view of Torontos real estate market. Indeed, as the manager of a private pool of real estate assets, he looks at the broader housing picture in North America from that height. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Thornhill and Jaffari Community Centre

Jaffari Community Centre: On July 21, police were called to the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill. The words Arab go home and other vulgarities referencing the current Gaza conflict were spray-painted in several places surrounding the community centre , which also serves as a local mosque. Two days later, hate graffiti against Israel was scrawled on a Thornhill bus shelter . I was as offended by that heinous act as I am to hear about it happening to my own community, according to The Star. Immigrants come to Canada in search of a better life, to escape this kind of conflict and to leave hateful discourse behind. We are as interested as any other segment of the population in having a peaceful society here. The notion that this is something only one segment of Canadian society should find outrageous enough to respond to is an affront to everyone who wishes for peace and My own son, born and raised in Canada, which makes him as Canadian as Wayne Gretzky, was told to go back to his country when stepping off of a school bus at the age of 8. It broke my heart to have to explain to him the concept of intolerance at such a young age. I was as offended by these ignorant words as I am to hear about what is currently happening in my community. I realize that this hate comes from a fear of the unknown; people are always uncomfortable with the unknown. If police determine that those acts were motivated by hate, it could lead to charges under the Criminal Code, which prohibits hate propaganda. Surveillance video taken from the community centre has been provided to police. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Subtle Difference and Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge: Its a subtle difference few backyard gardeners would recognize even if they stumbled on the European oaks hidden in a Scarborough woodlot, a living tribute to Canadian soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge nearly a century ago, according to The Star. His friend Monty McDonald, 69, who spent his summers on the farm as a boy, wants Millers legacy repatriated to somewhere near the Vimy monument in France and The leaves are shaped a little differently than the white and red oaks commonly planted in Ontario. The trees were grown near McNicoll Ave. and Kennedy Rd., from acorns gathered at Vimy by a late Canadian war hero. Leslie Miller planted the seeds when he returned from the First World War on his farm at what is now a bustling corner of Scarborough. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Gaza and Israel

Israel: That photo has been burning a hole in my inbox ever since. I feel helpless in the face of all the carnage raining down on Gaza. I, too, want Israel to stop killing babies in Gaza. I want Israel to end its indiscriminate killing of all Palestinian civilians full stop, according to Rabble. But it gave me an opportunity to reflect on the horrific events happening in the Middle East under the full glare of the lights of International Justice Day. As of this writing, the death toll in Gaza has surpassed the 350 mark. The UN pronounced that 80 perc ent of those killed have been civilians. Under the Geneva Conventions, this is known as a war crime -- the deliberate targeting and killing of civilians. And now, at 60,000 Gazans have had to seek shelter at UN camps and Shortly after Israel began its bombing campaign of Gaza, a fellow Jew emailed me a photo of a guy holding a large sign that read: "I am a Jew. Stop Killing Babies in Gaza." The subject line in my friend email stated, "the photo says it all." Last week was International Justice Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute -- the treaty that established the International Criminal Court ICC . The Court is a mechanism for bringing to justice those who commit war crimes, and people around the world use the day to promote awareness of international criminal justice and highlight related issues such as genocide in Darfur and sexual violence in the Congo. Not a day most people would mark on their calendars but an event nonetheless. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Immigration Detention and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Working Group

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Working Group: The inability of a state party to carry out the expulsion of an individual does not justify detention beyond the shortest period of time or where there are alternatives to detention, and under no circumstances indefinite detention, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, according to The Star. Although the Canadian government is not bound by the UN opinion to release Mvogo, the End Immigration Detention Network hopes it can pressure Ottawa to change its current immigration detention policy and align with other countries by limiting the detention to 90 days and Canada should immediately release a man who has been imprisoned for eight years over immigration violations, says a United Nations human rights monitoring body. The opinion, released this week, is in response to a complaint by advocates on behalf of the immigration detainee, Michael Mvogo, who has been held since his arrest in 2006 at a Toronto homeless shelter. It is the first such opinion issued in a case involving Canada since 1994, when records started. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Vladimir Putin

Putin: Now that several months have elapsed since Putin unleashed his "hybrid" war on Ukraine -- first annexing Crimea and then destabilizing eastern Ukraine -- it worthwhile examining Putin objectives and the degree to which they have been realized, according to Rabble. In military campaigns against Georgia to occupy Abhkazia and South Ossetia in 2008, Vladimir Putin introduced elements of a what Russian analyst Julia Latynina has called a strategy of " new war ." In truth, little of this is actually new, although the constellation of irregular conflict elements are a Putin innovation and A dark horse is stalking the Eurasian continent, casting a shadow over all that crosses its path. For 16 years Vladimir Putin was a career officer in the KGB, the infamous Soviet security agency created in 1917 as the Cheka and once headed by Polish aristocrat turned Marxist, Felix Dzerzhinsky before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel to take up a political career, Putin has blazed a trail across the Russian political landscape like no one since Joseph Stalin. Hybrid War: Feints, subterfuge and disinformation (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Criminal Organization and Human Trafficking

human trafficking: Public safety minister Steven Blaney announced Canada has deported 20 criminals convicted in the country largest human trafficking case. He took the unusual step of releasing the names of nine convicted of the most serious of crimes. , according to Hamilton Spectator. The Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization is made up of an extended Hungarian Roma family who recruited their countrymen on the promise of work in their family construction businesses. The families lived in lavish Ancaster homes, where they forced their victims to live in their basements, work for free and eat scraps. The federal government wants the world to know the names of Hamilton human traffickers they've deported to send a message that Canada will not tolerate modern day slavery. "There is no room in Canada" for this type of criminal organization, he said in Hamilton Tuesday morning. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

The Tartan Club of Hamilton and Best Wee Club

Best Wee Club: The Scottish social group that bills itself as the Best Wee Club in the city has been struggling in recent years with a declining and aging membership. , according to Hamilton Spectator. The club has 280 members, down from more than 600 decades ago. Most are well over the age of 60. Members of the Tartan Club of Hamilton are wondering where all their "auld acquaintances" have gone. "Our membership is getting older, people are moving on and we are trying to attract new people," says Terry McGurk, a member who is heading up a "task force" to bring in new members. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Israel Defense Forces and Guillermo Rishchynski

Guillermo Rishchynski: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there can be no justification, Guillermo Rishchynski, Canadas representative to the UN, said in a debate before the Security Council, according to The Star. The Israel Defense Forces have continued to demonstrate a commitment to minimize civilian casualties in response to the relentless rocket attacks, he added. Rishchynskis comments were in contrast to remarks by a number of countries that expressed dire concerns about the mounting civilian casualties from Israels offensive in Gaza and pressed Israel to do more to lessen the carnage. The United Nations Security Council debated the crisis in Gaza on Tuesday as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pressed on with a mission to secure a ceasefire and Canada used a chance to speak at the United Nations to issue a strong defence of Israel in the Israeli-Hamas conflict and blamed militants in the Gaza Strip for a death toll that has now climbed above 600. Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, has sought to deliberately put civilians, from both sides, in mortal danger. We mourn the resulting death and suffering , Rishchynski said during Canadas turn in a day of national statements on the Middle East crisis. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Prime Minister Stephen Harpers

Prime Minister Stephen Harpers: Bolstered by a Federal Court decision earlier this month that said Prime Minister Stephen Harpers cuts to coverage were cruel and unusual, the province is stepping up its fight with the federal government, according to The Star. This isnt about better care for our refugees, this is about the most basic services, he said, noting pregnant claimants have suffered because of Ottawas move two years ago to slash medical benefits for newcomers and Ontario is sending Ottawa the bill for the $2 million the province will spend this year on basic medical services for refugees, says Health Minister Eric Hoskins. We have a responsibility to care for all those that reside here particularly those that are the most vulnerable, Hoskins said Wednesday at the Crossroads Clinic at Womens College Hospital, which serves about 1,200 refugee patients a year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Lorne Waldman and Oscar Vigil

Oscar Vigil: I think its very helpful, said Lorne Waldman, a Toronto immigration lawyer representing Oscar Vigil , the former executive director of the Canadian Hispanic Congress. Vigil has been declared inadmissible to Canada over his ties to the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front that now governs El Salvador, according to The Star. Mosley aimed some harsh language at Karine Roy-Tremblay, a senior bureaucrat in the Immigration Ministry, who in March 2013 denied an application by Jose Luis Figueroa of Vancouver to be allowed to remain in Canada on compassionate grounds and A recent Federal Court ruling spells potential good news for two men who face deportation from Canada as terrorists because they once supported a rebel organization that is now the democratically elected government of their former land. Waldman was referring to a ruling handed down this month by Federal Court Justice Richard G. Mosley, ordering the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to take a second look at a case involving another Salvadoran man who has also been deemed inadmissible to Canada, for reasons very similar to those affecting Vigil. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Boeing Co. and Su Bin

Su Bin: Su Bin, 48, a Beijing businessman with a home in Vancouver, will find out in a B.C. court on Wednesday whether he will get bail. U.S. officials allege he gave instructions to hackers in China that helped them zero in on which secrets to steal from the computers of Boeing Co. and other firms for the benefit of Chinese aviation companies. More Related to this Story, according to Globe and Mail. China takes anger over spying claims out on U.S. firms A Chinese man accused of being the directing mind behind a corporate-espionage conspiracy to steal jet-fighter secrets from Pentagon contractors is a Canadian immigrant who is being stripped of his residency status. Read the 50-page FBI criminal complaint against Su Bin (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Electronic Notices and Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency: The Canada Border Services Agency discovered the old notices earlier this year following the review of about 117,000 active lookouts to ensure each contained up-to-date information, says a new federal report, according to The Star. An outdated or inaccurate lookout could also mean a traveller is stopped at the border and subjected to unnecessary scrutiny and An internal review has revealed that Canadas border agency had more than 19,000 outdated electronic notices warning officers to be on the lookout for suspicious travellers. Accuracy and timeliness are vital because the border agency is supposed to use lookouts to intercept suspected terrorists, organized criminals and others of concern attempting to enter Canada . (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Federal Report and Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency: The Canada Border Services Agency discovered the old notices earlier this year following the review of approximately 117,000 active lookouts to ensure each contained up-to-date information, says a new federal report. , according to Winnipeg Free Press. An outdated or inaccurate lookout could also mean a traveller is stopped at the border and subjected to unnecessary scrutiny. An internal review has revealed that Canada border agency had more than 19,000 outdated electronic notices warning officers to be on the lookout for suspicious travellers. Accuracy and timeliness are vital because the border agency is supposed to use lookouts to intercept suspected terrorists, organized criminals and others of concern attempting to enter Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Deplorable Conditions and Human Trafficking

human trafficking: He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without adequate food, and were intimidated or attacked repeatedly. More Related to this Story, according to Globe and Mail. Ottawa man sought in human-trafficking probe Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. 8 arrested on human trafficking charges (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Deplorable Conditions and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney: He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without adequate food and were intimidated or attacked repeatedly, according to The Star. The has previously said the victims were mostly poor Hungarians who were duped into coming to Canada and forced to work for free in a case of modern-day slavery and Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. The removal of these foreign criminals convicted of human trafficking demonstrates how our government is keeping Canadians safe, Blaney said during a news conference in Hamilton, where the gang had operated. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Federal Election and Chris Sorio

Chris Sorio: Critics of the governments approach, including some Conservative loyalists, warn that the growing Filipino Canadian vote could also be at stake in next years federal election if the government removes access to immigration from the live-in caregiver program LCP 90 per cent of those participating are from the Philippines, according to The Star. This is a defining issue for the Filipino Canadian community, said Chris Sorio of Migrante Canada, an international advocacy group for Filipino migrants and Ottawas recent rhetoric about an out-of-control live-in caregiver program has prompted outrage in some quarters and fear that the days of a pathway to permanent residency for foreign nannies are numbered. Family separation, lost skills the biggest challenges for immigrant nannies (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Steven Blaney and Human Trafficking

human trafficking: The Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization brought as many as 19 victims from Hungary to the Hamilton area, forced them to work against their will from dawn to dusk, held them in basements and fed them food scraps. 'We are sending a clear signal that there is no room in Canada for those who are committing the heinous and despicable crime of human trafficking.' Steven Blaney, public safety minister , according to CBC. "We are sending a clear signal that there is no room in Canada for those who are committing the heinous and despicable crime of human trafficking." Hamilton human trafficking kingpin sentenced to 9 years Hamilton human-trafficking investigators arrest 3 Twenty members of what has been called the largest human trafficking ring in Canadian history are being sent back to Hungary, after the minister of public safety announced Tuesday in Hamilton the deportation of all but two convicted in the case. "These individuals were part of the extended Domotor-Kolompar criminal ring, and were convicted under the Criminal Code of Canada of one of the most despicable crimes human trafficking," said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney at Tuesday morning deportation announcement. "This flagrant abuse of persons in our immigration system demanded a strong response." (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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