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Michael Douglas and QEW

: Those memories, and more, will be embraced Wednesday as Waxman family gathers to say the Mourner Prayer at his graveside in Burlington to mark the end of a 90-year life that included tremendous success and a heart-wrenching betrayal, according to Hamilton Spectator. Waxman died Monday evening at St. Whether it was enfolding daughter Karen in a bear hug after she wrecked her car on the QEW, teaching sons Michael and Douglas how to be a man, or the loving way he joined his wife Shirley to clean up their kitchen every night, nothing else gave him more happiness. Joseph hospital. He was a loving and devoted partner," he wrote. "He was the true measure of a man. In a tribute, oldest son Michael recalled his father as the model of what a man, and husband, should be. "He honoured his parents, loved his wife, raised his children, doted on his grandchildren and adored his great-granddaughter. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Minister Tony Abbott and Tara Nettleton

John Kerry: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the image as "one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed." Fairfax Media newspapers reported Wednesday that the Australian family of Sharrouf Muslim convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her and her five children return to Sydney, according to CTV. Asked about the family, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said if the children had committed a crime, they would be treated by the Australian courts the same way as other juvenile offenders. "But the point I want to stress is that criminals will be punished whether they're young, whether they're old, whether they're male, whether they're female, whether they're criminals abroad or criminals at home," Abbott told reporters. "Criminals will be punished and to participate in the kind of barbarism that we have seen so often in the Middle East is just wrong. Sydney-born convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf horrified the world last year by posting on his Twitter account from Syria a photograph of his 7-year-old son clutching the severed head. It morally wrong and it a crime under Australian law and it will be punished," he said. Police have confirmed he faces an arrest warrant in Australia on terrorism offences. There is no evidence that Sharoouf, who slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother passport because his own had been cancelled, wanted to return to Australia, the newspapers reported. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Saint John

Saint John: The refugees were escaped and liberated slaves who were fleeing the United States at the end of the War of 1812 after seeking protection from the British army during the war, according to CBC. Many of the former slaves who came aboard the HMS Regulus settled around Saint John in places, such as Willow Grove, where they struggled to find food, employment, housing and acquire the land they'd been promised. The ship HMS Regulus arrived in Saint John in 1815 with 371 black men, women and children. The New Brunswick Black History Society has spent years piecing the story together and is now sharing it. But they struggled with disease, political rights, employment and acquiring the land they had been promised. "And what they were met with was they had no housing, they had no financial money to barter or wares to barter," said McCarthy. "So they were looking for land and a place to support their family." The society has been working on the story since forming five years ago and has now launched its own website where the group will post and update their findings. "So we're hoping with the website that we're going to reach more people," said McCarthy. Mary Louise McCarthy, the society president, says many of the refugees settled in communities, such as Willow Grove outside of Saint John. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Wally Oppal and Indian Government Sponsors

Komagata Maru: The eldest of her sons was Wally Oppal, B.C. former attorney general, according to CBC. Komagata Maru 100 years later: Indian government sponsors events "She an example of the resilience and ambition that most of our immigrants had," Oppal told CBC. "We didn't grow up wealthy or well-to-do by any stretch, but at the same time we were never found wanting for anything because we were accepted and my mom worked hard." Soon after her husband passed away, Gurdial took a job as a house-keeper where she made 50 cents an hour. The 100-year-old moved to Duncan, B.C., from India in 1934, but soon found herself widowed and responsible for raising her young family on her own. She also bought a cow and sold its milk to the community in order to make ends meet for her family. "She taught us the work ethic," her son said. "From that perspective, she taught us that nothing was easy, so we worked hard." Wally Oppal is the second Indo-Canadian to serve as Attorney General of B.C. Oppal used that work ethic to pursue a career in law — a decision made in part because of his skin colour. "I faced the reality that people who are South Asian were not going to be presidents of large national corporations. To hear more, click the audio labelled: Wally Oppal 100-year-old mother a symbol for B.C. South Asian community. We had to work harder." "So many of us went into the professions where we needed to be independent and where our work ethic would result in some type of reward and acceptability." Gurdial Oppal now lives in New Westminster where her 100-year long journey continues. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Timea Daroczi and Minister Chris Alexander

Minister Chris Alexander: In a recent ruling, the court ordered Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to reopen the case of Jozsef Pusuma, his wife Timea Daroczi and their daughter Viktoria, who were forced to leave Canada in December after they spent three years in sanctuary in a Toronto church, according to Metro News. I agree with the applicants that there are numerous problems with the immigration officer analysis of the applicant H C application and that the decision cannot stand, wrote Justice Anne L. Mactavish in her 28-page decision, referring to the refusal to grant the family permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and The Federal Court of Canada has thrown a lifeline to a deported Roma refugee family, whose former lawyer was suspended by the law society for professional misconduct. Immigration officials must now reconsider the humanitarian application and risk assessment of the family. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Access to Information and Shared Services Canada

Shared Services Canada: Departments struggling to deal with surges in the number of access to information requests are bringing in outside help to deal with the resulting backlog, internal Treasury Board documents show, according to Metro News. On the note of the critical shortage of analysts, most offices cannot staff their vacant positions, which only exacerbates the influx situation, wrote Monique McCulloch, the access to information director at Shared Services Canada. The community needs to come together to administer a huge recruitment and development process . . . to rebuild the permanent capacity within the federal community and The federal government is using students and temp workers to bolster overwhelmed access to information offices, Torstar News Service has learned. The situation is the result of a critical shortage of access to information analysts, according to one director, leading to hundreds of casual workers that move from office to office. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Apartment Construction and Census Metropolitan Area

federal agency spring: It says starts will remain relatively stable at 2,875 units in 2016, according to The Waterloo Record. Last year surge in construction was fuelled by record apartment construction. The federal agency spring housing market outlook calls for 2,925 housing starts in the census metropolitan area this year, down from 4,450 in 2014. Work started on buildings containing 3,057 condo and rental units last year, up from 807 in 2013 when housing starts totalled 1,840. It said demand from students, immigrants, young households and seniors means apartment starts will remain above the average of the past decade. The housing corporation is forecasting construction of 1,500 apartment units this year, a level it expects to be maintained in 2016. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Minister Tony Abbott and Tara Nettleton

John Kerry: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the image as "one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed." Fairfax Media newspapers reported Wednesday that the Australian family of Sharrouf Muslim convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her and her five children return to Sydney, according to Brandon Sun. Asked about the family, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said if the children had committed a crime, they would be treated by the Australian courts the same way as other juvenile offenders. "But the point I want to stress is that criminals will be punished whether they're young, whether they're old, whether they're male, whether they're female, whether they're criminals abroad or criminals at home," Abbott told reporters. "Criminals will be punished and to participate in the kind of barbarism that we have seen so often in the Middle East is just wrong. Sydney-born convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf horrified the world last year by posting on his Twitter account from Syria a photograph of his 7-year-old son clutching the severed head. It morally wrong and it a crime under Australian law and it will be punished," he said. Police have confirmed he faces an arrest warrant in Australia on terrorism offences. There is no evidence that Sharoouf, who slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother passport because his own had been cancelled, wanted to return to Australia, the newspapers reported. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Tara Nettleton and John Kerry

John Kerry: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the image as "one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed." Fairfax Media newspapers reported Wednesday that the Australian family of Sharrouf Muslim convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her and her five children return to Sydney, according to Brandon Sun. Asked about the family, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said if the children had committed a crime, they would be treated by the Australian courts the same way as other juvenile offenders. "But the point I want to stress is that criminals will be punished whether they're young, whether they're old, whether they're male, whether they're female, whether they're criminals abroad or criminals at home," Abbott told reporters. "Criminals will be punished and to participate in the kind of barbarism that we have seen so often in the Middle East is just wrong. Sydney-born convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf horrified the world last year by posting on his Twitter account from Syria a photograph of his 7-year-old son clutching the severed head. It morally wrong and it a crime under Australian law and it will be punished," he said. Police have confirmed he faces an arrest warrant in Australia on terrorism offences. There is no evidence that Sharoouf, who slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother passport because his own had been cancelled, wanted to return to Australia, the newspapers reported. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

University Guelph and Growing Community

Guelph: One such example is Guelph Muslim community, according to Guelph Mercury. Guelph Muslim population has been growing steadily since the 1970s. While there has at times been friction as different groups attempt to live side by side, there have been many positive illustrations of multiculturalism. The first formal place of worship for Guelph Muslims was secured when a Muslim faculty member of the University of Guelph, Dr. In 1995, the steadily growing community obtained a property on Marlborough Road to accommodate its increasing population. D.B. Irving, obtained permission from the university to use a chapel in the university centre to hold services. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Anti-Semitism Malm and Church Sweden Malm

anti-Semitism: He has become a champion in the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, a town a little smaller than Halifax perched on the southern tip of Sweden, according to CBC. Muslim immigrants, most with roots in the Middle East, make up nearly a third of Malmö population. The 23-year-old Muslim is the child of Iranian parents, refugees of the Iran-Iraq war. Listen to Karin Wells' full documentary on tensions in Malmö, "Safe is not enough." Cultural tension in the town has been building for years, much of it directed against the new immigrants, but anti-Semitism has also been rising. Derakhti gets hate mail from the far-right and death threats from fellow Muslims. "When we have let the world into our town, we have the political controversy you have in the Middle East," says Anders Ekelm, vicar of the Church of Sweden in Malmö. "Among those people you will find anti-Semitism. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a travel advisory to Jews in 2010 – don't go to Malmö. It reissued the warning last year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada Border Services Agency

Mark Brian Abramenko: Abramenko entered Canada at the Carway border crossing where CBSA officers found a female passenger concealed inside his vehicle, according to CTV. She was huddled on the floor hidden under a blanket. The Canada Border Services Agency says Mark Brian Abramenko was found guilty of one count of attempted human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The woman had been previously refused entry into Canada due to her criminal past. Abramenko was sentenced to 60 days in jail and issued a $5,000 fine by a Fort Macleod provincial court judge. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Citizenship Immigration Canada and Maple Leaf Card

Permanent residents: Some 5,550 were refused and the rest were withdrawn, according to Hamilton Spectator. The federal government introduced the Maple Leaf Card in 2002 to replace the old landing document as a means of enforcing residency requirements for immigrants. But only 13,211, or 70 per cent were approved. Permanent residents must carry the ID when they travel if they want to be readmitted to Canada. Not getting a renewed card well ahead of travelling abroad can leave immigrants out in the cold. "The expiry date on a PR card does not mean that a person status as a permanent resident expires," said immigration department spokesperson Sonia Lesage. "It is up to the applicant to prove to Citizenship and Immigration Canada that they have and plan to continue to live in Canada." The largest single group requesting one-time documents were immigrants who wanted to return from China , followed by India , the Philippines , France , the United Kingdom and Abu Dhabi . While refused applicants can appeal the decision to an Immigration and Refugee Board tribunal, so as to re-enter Canada and renew their residency here, less than one fifth are successful. The wallet-sized plastic card expires every five years, and cardholders must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period to qualify for renewal. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Haiti Earthquake

political instability: Haitian-Montrealers worried about deportation deadline Quebec wants Haiti earthquake victims to stay in Canada Special report Haiti earthquake Because of political instability and then the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, deportations to the country have been suspended for a decade, according to CBC. Ottawa announced its decision to lift the moratorium last December, saying the political situation and living conditions in Haiti had improved. Haitians have until June 1 to get their papers in order — or risk being deported from Canada. Many at the demonstration were Haitian-Canadians who have lived here for more than a generation. Johny St. Others in the crowd have no status in Canada and arrived after the devastating earthquake. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

King City Municipal Council

: We have been exploring the concept of relocating all of our Magna Global & Canadian family corporate and group office operations under one roof, Fuerst wrote, according to Toronto Star. We have progressed to the point where we made a formal rezoning application submission to King City Municipal Council. The move severs another link with Magna high-flying founder and former chairman, Frank Stronach, who left with a $1 billion payout in 2011, and raises questions about the future of the unique property Magna International plans to move into a new facility in nearby King City, spokesperson Tracy Fuerst wrote in an email response to a request for information from The Star. The company is proposing to build a 200,000-sq.-ft. office building, which will also contain research and development facilities. About 400 will come from the Aurora headquarters. The building will initially house more than 625 employees. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Ryerson University

: But new data shows this long-established wisdom may no longer hold true, according to Toronto Star. The new data from the Migrant Integration Policy Index, or MIPEX, which will be officially released at Ryerson University on Wednesday, reveal that Canada performance has declined. It a proud part of our national narrative. Yes, our score dropped by only one point, but this is Canada first dip since it was added to the index in 2008. And it is likely only the start. The one-point drop marks a turning point in our trajectory as a leader among countries that welcome newcomers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Ryerson University and National Narrative

: But new data shows this long-established wisdom may no longer hold true, according to Toronto Star. The new data from the Migrant Integration Policy Index, or MIPEX, which will be officially released at Ryerson University on Wednesday, reveal that Canada performance has declined. It a proud part of our national narrative. Yes, our score dropped by only one point, but this is Canada first dip since it was added to the index in 2008. And it is likely only the start. The one-point drop marks a turning point in our trajectory as a leader among countries that welcome newcomers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jordan Banks and Facebook

Facebook: The posts will appear on Facebook news feeds in the first hours after a child has gone missing, and will be available to users in the designated search area determined by local law enforcement officials, according to Metro News. We know that when a child is abducted, the most valuable thing we can do is get information out to the public as fast as possible, said Jordan Banks, global head of vertical strategy and managing director at Facebook Canada, in a statement and Facebook has unveiled an Amber Alert service that will allow users in provinces across Canada to share information and help locate children who have gone missing in their areas. The alerts will include a photograph and description of the missing child and other information that is available, for instance a picture of a suspect. They will be shareable across the platform. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Business Consulting and Rachel Notley

Rachel Notley: The newly elected NDP politician from the province northwest touts education, administration and business consulting in her bio, but nothing related to oil and gas, according to Metro News. He said he was happy to see Premier Rachel Notley reach out to energy industry leaders immediately after the election, but he concerned about what signal the choice for energy minister sends and News that Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be Alberta new energy minister was greeted by the oilpatch with a collective, Who? The name didn t ring a bell for Martin Pelletier, portfolio manager at Calgary-based investment firm TriVest Wealth Counsel. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Martin Haulena and Gastrointestinal Disorder

gastrointestinal disorder: The mammal named Hana died at the Vancouver Aquarium on Sunday night, just days after surgery for a gastrointestinal disorder, according to Metro News. When she survived it, we had a glimmer of hope that aggressive post-operative treatment and her own strength might just pull her through, Haulena said in a news release and A white-sided dolphin that overcame injuries from a fishing net entanglement 12 years ago pushed through an unprecedented miracle surgery last week, but this time didn t survive. Aquarium head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena said the procedure last Thursday on the 21-year-old dolphin had never been successfully completed before. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Apartment Construction and Census Metropolitan Area

federal agency spring: It says starts will remain relatively stable at 2,875 units in 2016, according to The Waterloo Record. Last year surge in construction was fuelled by record apartment construction. The federal agency spring housing market outlook calls for 2,925 housing starts in the census metropolitan area this year, down from 4,450 in 2014. Work started on buildings containing 3,057 condo and rental units last year, up from 807 in 2013 when housing starts totalled 1,840. It said demand from students, immigrants, young households and seniors means apartment starts will remain above the average of the past decade. The housing corporation is forecasting construction of 1,500 apartment units this year, a level it expects to be maintained in 2016. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Anti-Semitism and Karin Wells

anti-Semitism: He has become a champion in the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, a town a little smaller than Halifax perched on the southern tip of Sweden, according to CBC. Muslim immigrants, most with roots in the Middle East, make up nearly a third of Malmö population. The 23-year-old Muslim is the child of Iranian parents, refugees of the Iran-Iraq war. Listen to Karin Wells' full documentary on tensions in Malmö, "Safe is not enough." Cultural tension in the town has been building for years, much of it directed against the new immigrants, but anti-Semitism has also been rising. Derakhti gets hate mail from the far-right and death threats from fellow Muslims. "When we have let the world into our town, we have the political controversy you have in the Middle East," says Anders Ekelm, vicar of the Church of Sweden in Malmö. "Among those people you will find anti-Semitism. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a travel advisory to Jews in 2010 – don't go to Malmö. It reissued the warning last year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Anti-Semitism Malm and Church Sweden Malm

anti-Semitism: He has become a champion in the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, a town a little smaller than Halifax perched on the southern tip of Sweden, according to CBC. Muslim immigrants, most with roots in the Middle East, make up nearly a third of Malmö population. The 23-year-old Muslim is the child of Iranian parents, refugees of the Iran-Iraq war. Listen to Karin Wells' full documentary on tensions in Malmö, "Safe is not enough." Cultural tension in the town has been building for years, much of it directed against the new immigrants, but anti-Semitism has also been rising. Derakhti gets hate mail from the far-right and death threats from fellow Muslims. "When we have let the world into our town, we have the political controversy you have in the Middle East," says Anders Ekelm, vicar of the Church of Sweden in Malmö. "Among those people you will find anti-Semitism. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a travel advisory to Jews in 2010 – don't go to Malmö. It reissued the warning last year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Church Sweden Malm and Anti-Semitism

anti-Semitism: He has become a champion in the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, a town a little smaller than Halifax perched on the southern tip of Sweden, according to CBC. Muslim immigrants, most with roots in the Middle East, make up nearly a third of Malmö population. The 23-year-old Muslim is the child of Iranian parents, refugees of the Iran-Iraq war. Listen to Karin Wells' full documentary on tensions in Malmö, "Safe is not enough." Cultural tension in the town has been building for years, much of it directed against the new immigrants, but anti-Semitism has also been rising. Derakhti gets hate mail from the far-right and death threats from fellow Muslims. "When we have let the world into our town, we have the political controversy you have in the Middle East," says Anders Ekelm, vicar of the Church of Sweden in Malmö. "Among those people you will find anti-Semitism. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a travel advisory to Jews in 2010 – don't go to Malmö. It reissued the warning last year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Pacific Mall and the Ward

College West: Before espresso bars on College West, according to Toronto Star. And long before the Pacific Mall. Before Kensington synagogues. Before all of these, there was The Ward. It was home to our city first go at multiculturalism — where African-Canadian, Chinese, Jewish, Italian and other newcomers set up businesses, homes and a community. The Ward was Toronto first immigrant neighbourhood, an area that spanned between College St. to the north, Queen St. to the south, Yonge St. to the east and University Ave. to the west. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Bob Rennie and Urban Development Institute

Vancouver: And the condo marketer thought grants for first time buyers could encourage them into the market, according to Vancouver Observer. International capital flowing into Vancouver received has received more attention than usual since last month when Laurence Fink—the head of Blackrock Inc., the world largest asset manager—told investors to abandon gold for Vancouver condos. In a speech to the Urban Development Institute on Friday, Bob Rennie suggested a speculation tax that would penalize flippers for quick buy and sell transactions, an idea that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has received extensive support from Rennie, endorsed in a news release shortly after the talk. Rennie said that while this movement away from the precious metal would be a big win for rental supply, it would exert added pressure to Vancouver. Unreasonable demands for detached homes Aside from speculation, the address—titled Can we solve affordability without density —focused primarily on what Rennie characterized as unreasonable consumer demands in the face of a dwindling supply that needed to be replenished with more densely developed housing. Rennie disregarded recent calls for taxes on foreign investment in housing as something that he feared would scare off needed capital in other sectors. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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