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Simcoe Day and John Graves Simcoe

John Graves Simcoe: Here in Toronto, it known as Simcoe Day, in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, according to Metro News. John Graves Simcoe Whether you call it Natal Day, Heritage Day, or even just Civic Holiday, it all amounts to the same: a day off in the middle of summer. If you re curious who Simcoe was, or why we get a day off because of him, or even if you just want to know what you can get up to this long weekend, Metro has you covered. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Mohawk College and Citizenship Ceremony

teachable moment: Earlier this month, Donald Lemmond was convicted of wearing medals he didn't earn during a Mohawk College Remembrance Day keynote speech and a downtown citizenship ceremony last year, according to The Waterloo Record. It was a teachable moment for Mohawk and one that we're not going to repeat. The procedures include liaising with veteran associations to identify participants, verifying veterans' identification numbers, and preventing those who were dishonourably discharged from taking part. "The steps above will ensure that CAF members and veterans may continue to play an important role in welcoming new citizens to the Canadian family, while ensuring that incidents such as the one referenced does not happen again," Nancy Caron, spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, wrote in an email Wednesday. Jay Robb The 67-year-old received a suspended sentence and was placed on 12 months of probation during his July 9 court appearance. "I'd only like to say that I'm extremely sorry that I took and purchased the medals, but I thought it would give me a little more authority in the job that I was performing for the legion that I was in," he told court. In his Nov. 11 college speech, he wore several U.S. service medals, including a Silver Star, Prisoner of War medal and Purple Heart. "My name is Don Lemmond. Lemmond pleaded guilty to two counts of wearing medals without lawful excuse that would likely be mistaken for authentic service honours. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Young Women and Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf: This whole vocal-fry thing is not about holding women down, according to Metro News. Last week Wolf penned a misguided address to young women in North America and Britain: To be successful, she wrote, we must change our voices and It my great pleasure today to disagree with both Naomi Wolf and her critics. Or rather, it about so much more. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Heritage Festival and Delores Sorensen

Delores Sorensen: It very special for people like myself that participated from day one it has become part of me, Dolores, who 78, said, according to Metro News. But as the Heritage Festival draws near for 2015, the super-volunteer couple have decided that this will be their final year volunteering Dolores said they re a little too old for the commitment now and Ever since the first Heritage Festival, which opens for its 40th year this weekend in Hawrelak Park, Delores Sorensen has been there as a volunteer. In 1976, the festival second year, her husband Carl, who now 86, joined her. And like her, he been there volunteering ever since, too. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Martha Muzychka and Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald: Martha Muzychka A tip of the hat to a true pioneer, according to The Telegram. In 1975, the first International Year for Women, I was a teenager, and had become aware enough of equity issues to begin looking at my world critically. Flora MacDonald is promoted as a companion in the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc in Ottawa in this April 14, 1999 file photo. MacDonald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party leadership in 1976, has died. Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press Published on February 23, 2015 In 1972, when Flora MacDonald was first elected to represent Kingston and the Islands, I was growing up, and not at all the politically aware or engaged person I am today. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada Prior

: They choose Canada, according to NOW Magazine. Prior to 1967, their chances of success would have depended on who they were. Despite the need to abandon everything they have and everything they know, they decide to risk migration to another country. Asian No. Eastern European A few. African Not them either. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Federal Government and Vicky Venancio

Vicky Venancio: Vicky Venancio has been granted a two-year work permit by the federal government, which gives her the legal status to remain in Canada, according to Metro News. She could no longer work, so her visa was not renewed and she no longer qualified for health care and A Filipino woman who was employed as a temporary foreign worker in Edmonton when she was paralyzed and ordered deported doesn t have to leave after all. Venancio was knocked off her bike three years ago by a truck while she was riding to her job at a fast-food restaurant. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Fred Mac Donald and Flora Isabel Mac Donald Flora Millions

Flora: She was 89 and had suffered from multiple illnesses, including Alzheimer's, in recent years, according to The Waterloo Record. Flora and I worked together to write her memoirs, which for a variety of reasons we were not quite able to finish. Flora Isabel Mac Donald — "Flora" to millions of Canadians even if they had never met her — died Sunday in Ottawa. Hers is quite a story — quite a life. There was no money to send Flora to university, so after high school she went to business college. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Flora was the daughter of a Western Union telegrapher, Fred Mac Donald, who decoded top-secret messages sent by cable between London and Washington during the Second World War. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Vicky Venancio and Federal Government

Minister Chris Alexander: Venancio was knocked off her bike three years ago by a truck while she was riding to her job at a fast-food restaurant, according to Canadian HR Reporter. She could no longer work, so her visa was not renewed and she no longer qualified for health care. Vicky Venancio has been granted a two-year work permit by the federal government, which gives her the legal status to remain in Canada. The federal government ordered her deported in February. Edmonton MP Tim Uppal told Venancio on Friday night that federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander had granted her the permit. ``I am very happy to receive this wonderful news,'' Venancio said in a release. ``This is like a dream. Venancio had been pleading her case, most recently with Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, and has received word that she is being allowed to stay. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Barjeel Art Foundation and United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates: As founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Qassemi is more than comfortable in that world. In fact, cosmopolitan and fluent in several languages, educated in Paris, he comfortable in many cultures, according to Metro News. What brings him to Toronto is his touring exhibit of contemporary Arab art, the field that been a passion since his student days haunting the galleries and museums of Paris. To this day, the 37-year-old laughed in an interview, he still has the ticket stubs from those visits during his teens and Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi arrived at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto one morning this week slim build, in black jeans, open-necked shirt, neat beard, glasses looking every bit the hipster Manhattan art maven. What brought Qassemi to international celebrity was his live-tweeting during the Arab Spring of 2011, which made him a major explainer of the Arab world to the West, a role that remains a point of considerable pride. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Flora MacDonald and Iranian Hostage Crisis

Iranian hostage crisis: MacDonald long-time executive assistant Margit Herrman says MacDonald died in Ottawa the cause of death was not immediately available, according to Metro News. She headed the department during the Iranian hostage crisis when Canadian diplomats gave shelter to six Americans who escaped capture when their embassy was overrun by student demonstrators and Flora MacDonald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party leadership in 1976, died Sunday. She was 89. MacDonald was the first woman to hold the foreign affairs portfolio, handling the job in Joe Clark short-lived government in 1979 and early 1980. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Joe Clark

Joe Clark: MacDonald longtime executive assistant Margit Herrman says Mac Donald died in Ottawa Sunday morning — the cause of death was not immediately available, according to The Waterloo Record. MacDonald was the first woman to hold the foreign affairs portfolio, handling the job in Joe Clark short-lived government in 1979 and early 1980. She was 89. She headed the department during the Iranian hostage crisis when Canadian diplomats gave shelter to six Americans who escaped capture when their embassy was overrun by student demonstrators. MacDonald pulled Clark out of the House of Commons to brief him. She was among the first to hear that Canada ambassador in Iran, Ken Taylor, was hiding the diplomats. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Mac Donald and Cabinet Member

party leadership: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward OTTAWA - Flora Mac Donald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party leadership in 1976, died Sunday, according to Brandon Sun. She was 89. MacDonald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party leadership in 1976, has died. MacDonald long-time executive assistant Margit Herrman says Mac Donald died in Ottawa _ the cause of death was not immediately available. She headed the department during the Iranian hostage crisis when Canadian diplomats gave shelter to six Americans who escaped capture when their embassy was overrun by student demonstrators. MacDonald was the first woman to hold the foreign affairs portfolio, handling the job in Joe Clark short-lived government in 1979 and early 1980. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Benjamin Monty Robinson and Robert Dziekanski

Robert Dziekanski: Justice Nathan Smith sentenced former corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson to two years less a day, one year of probation and 240 hours of community service for lying to the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski, according to Metro News. He was the senior officer in charge on Oct. 14, 2007, when Dziekanski was jolted with a Taser and died at Vancouver airport and The lies a former Mountie told a public inquiry damaged the reputation of the and undermined confidence in the once-trusted institution, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Friday. Late Friday, his lawyer David Crossin said in an email that an appeal of the conviction has been filed, citing a number of errors by the trial judge. Robinson was released from custody pending the appeal. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Joanna Beaven-Desjardins

Joanna Beaven-Desjardins: The victim was asleep when she was sexually assaulted, Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins told a press conference, according to Metro News. He allegedly went home with a 22-year-old woman and assaulted her in her bedroom in the downtown core after she had gone to sleep, Beaven-Desjardins said and The substitute goalkeeper of the silver-medal Brazilian Pan Am water polo team is wanted on a warrant for sexual assault, Toronto police said Friday. Police identified the suspect as Thye Mattos Ventura Bezerra, 27, who has left the country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Senate and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Harper said the moratorium will save taxpayer money and force the provinces to come up with a plan to reform or abolish the discredited, unelected, upper chamber, according to Metro News. It will be our policy to formalize that. We will have a moratorium on further Senate appointments and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday a moratorium on Senate appointments formalizing his practice over the past two and a half years of refusing to fill vacancies in the scandal-plagued upper house. The government is not going to take any actions going forward that would do anything to further entrench that unelected, unaccountable Senate, he said Friday at a news conference in Regina alongside Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, a champion of Senate abolition. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Benjamin Monty Robinson and Robert Dziekanski

Vancouver Airport: Robinson, a former Mountie who was the senior officer in charge the night Robert Dziekanski was jolted with a Taser and died, has been given a two-year jail term for lying to an inquiry into the death, according to Brandon Sun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Enlarge Image Robert Dziekanski holds a small table at the Vancouver Airport before he was tasered by police in this image from video. Benjamin "Monty" Robinson is shown arriving at the Braidwood inquiry in Vancouver Monday, March 23, 2009. VANCOUVER - The lies a former Mountie told a public inquiry damaged the reputation of the RCMP and undermined confidence in the once-trusted institution, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Friday. Late Friday, his lawyer David Crossin said in an email that an appeal of the conviction has been filed, citing a number of errors by the trial judge. Justice Nathan Smith sentenced former corporal Benjamin "Monty" Robinson to two years less a day, one year of probation and 240 hours of community service for lying to the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Minister Chris Alexander and Government Request

European Union: Boswell refused the government request to stay his ruling for 12 months, saying every day the policy is in force is a day that claimants are not equal before or under the law, according to Brandon Sun. A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says the government will ask again for a stay, because it intends to appeal the decision. "We remain committed to putting the interests of Canadians and the most vulnerable refugees first," Alexandra Day said in an email. "Asylum seekers from developed countries such as the European Union or the United States should not benefit from endless appeal processes." The Conservatives established the designated countries of origin program in 2012. By denying applicants from designated countries of origin the right to appeal when their claims are rejected, the government violates equality rights enshrined in the charter, Justice Keith Boswell said. "The distinction drawn between the procedural advantage now accorded to non-DCO refugee claimants and the disadvantage suffered by DCO refugee claimants under is discriminatory on its face," Boswell wrote. "It also serves to further marginalize, prejudice, and stereotype refugee claimants from DCO countries which are generally considered safe and 'non-refugee producing.'" But Boswell stopped short of declaring the program unconstitutional, agreeing with the government that such a determination was beyond the scope of the case at hand. The new policy was in response to what they said was a flood of applications from countries respecting human rights and offering state protection, so they shouldn't be sources of refugees. They cannot apply for work permits, nor appeal if their applications are rejected. So, countries that met certain criteria were declared safe, and refugee applicants from there now have their applications heard faster — in order for the government to deport failed claimants faster. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

National Border Patrol Council and Donald Trump

Local Trump: Patrol agents had planned to accompany Trump to the border and hold a meeting with him but cancelled after consultations with their national union, the National Border Patrol Council, said Hector Garza, president of Local 2455, according to Brandon Sun. Trump stepped off his plane in Laredo and said the union members backed out because they were "petrified and they're afraid of saying what happening" at the border. LAREDO, Texas - A local border patrol union pulled out of events involving Donald Trump on Thursday as the Republican presidential contender charged ahead with his visit at the Mexican border to highlight his hardline stance on illegal immigration. Dozens of people were on hand, a mix of protesters and supporters. The businessman and reality TV host planned multiple appearances in Laredo, including an afternoon news conference. Some chanted "fuera," telling him to get out; a supporter waved a sign, "no era insulto," meaning his remarks about immigrants that touched off a feud with Republican rivals were not an insult. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Republican Field and Donald Trump

Donald Trump: The candidate will travel to Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, where he will hold a press conference at the border, meet members of the union that represents border control agents and speak to law enforcement officers, his campaign said, according to Metro News. Trump had shot to the top of recent polls of the crowded Republican field, but these were taken before the flare up over his comments about McCain and N.J. Donald Trump plans to go the Mexican border, a flashpoint in the Republican presidential primary contest ever since the billionaire businessman and TV personality declared that immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers. The plan signalled no backing down indeed, a possible further escalation in a feud with presidential rivals and other top Republicans. The fight was sparked by his comments about immigrants last month but accelerated when he mocked John McCain experience as a tortured prisoner in the Vietnam war, then slammed the Arizona senator record on veterans issues. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Elaine Tan and Fine China

: According to the Philippines News Agency, Chris was allegedly booked to perform a show last New Year Eve but never made the appearance, so the promoters of the gig were granted an order to bar the 'Fine China' singer from leaving the country in order to get him to pay back money they say they are owed, according to Guelph Mercury. Immigration bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan insisted Chris and his promoter must obtain an emigration clearance certificate to leave the country but added they will not be barred from leaving as long as the justice department does not raise objections. The 'Loyal' hitmaker performed a gig in Manila last night but when he tried to fly out to Hong Kong this morning for his next show, he was blocked from doing so by the Philippine Department of Justice due to a dispute with a concert promoter. This is not the first travel problem Chris has encountered this year. Breaking the news in tweets, which have since been deleted, he wrote at the time: "Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto." Tour promoter Live Nation subsequently released a statement confirming "immigration issues" were responsible for the cancellations. In February, the 26-year-old star was forced to cancel shows in Canada after being refused entry to the country due to previous criminal convictions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Elaine Tan and Philippine Department Justice

leaving country: According to the Philippines News Agency, Chris was allegedly booked to perform a show last New Year Eve but never made the appearance, so the promoters of the gig were granted an order to bar the 'Fine China' singer from leaving the country in order to get him to pay back money they say they are owed, according to The Waterloo Record. Immigration bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan insisted Chris and his promoter must obtain an emigration clearance certificate to leave the country but added they will not be barred from leaving as long as the justice department does not raise objections. The 'Loyal' hitmaker performed a gig in Manila last night but when he tried to fly out to Hong Kong this morning for his next show, he was blocked from doing so by the Philippine Department of Justice due to a dispute with a concert promoter. This is not the first travel problem Chris has encountered this year. Breaking the news in tweets, which have since been deleted, he wrote at the time: "Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto." Tour promoter Live Nation subsequently released a statement confirming "immigration issues" were responsible for the cancellations. In February, the 26-year-old star was forced to cancel shows in Canada after being refused entry to the country due to previous criminal convictions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

History Buffs

History buffs: Some of our oldest monuments to Brandon past are laid out, plot by plot, in the oldest section of the Brandon Municipal Cemetery, which was established soon after the city was created in 1882, according to Brandon Sun. History buffs can even follow a cemetery walking tour on the City of Brandon website that offers the history of well-known former residents who now reside six feet under. As such, cemeteries are weighted with the emotions of our citizens and the history of our communities. Our thirst for a connection to our past serves as a strong explanation for the popularity of the annual two-hour interactive walking tour, Gossip in the Graveyard. As a city, we should therefore expect our eternal resting spot to reflect the broader character and ultimate needs of our community. It not surprising that the trappings of our life — our ways and means, and beliefs and heritage — are strongly reflected in the choices we and our families make when we have shuffled off our mortal coil. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jason Brophy and Children Hospital Eastern Ontario Ottawa

: Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say, according to Brandon Sun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO - Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say. Jason Brophy, an infectious disease specialist at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, is shown in a handout photo. In 2014, there was only one case of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Canada, continuing a decade-long downward trend, said Dr. The finding was among data from three studies by CPARG perinatal HIV surveillance program presented Wednesday at the 8th International AIDS Society conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver. Jason Brophy, chair of the Canadian Pediatric and Perinatal AIDS Research Group , which has been tracking cases since 1990. "The World Health Organization definition of elimination is less than two per cent transmission, and that where we are right now," said Brophy, an infectious disease specialist at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jason Brophy and Drug Treatment

drug treatment: Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say, according to Brandon Sun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO - Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say. Jason Brophy, an infectious disease specialist at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, is shown in a handout photo. In 2014, there was only one case of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Canada, continuing a decade-long downward trend, said Dr. The finding was among data from three studies by CPARG perinatal HIV surveillance program presented Wednesday at the 8th International AIDS Society conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver. Jason Brophy, chair of the Canadian Pediatric and Perinatal AIDS Research Group , which has been tracking cases since 1990. "The World Health Organization definition of elimination is less than two per cent transmission, and that where we are right now," said Brophy, an infectious disease specialist at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

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