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Robert Kagan: If only he would mouth the party conservative principles, all would be well, according to Toronto Star. But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. By Robert Kagan Sun., May 22, 2016 The Republican Party attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada Border Services Agency: Morris came to Canada herself as a live-in caregiver in 1998, according to a column in the Edmonton Journal, and went on to build two businesses, a restaurant, Smokey Joe Hickory Smoke House and Demot Cleaning Inc., which provided cleaning and kitchen staff to hotels, according to Huffington Post Canada. In addition, Morris also lent her Demot staffers out to Webco Printing to operate printing presses and insert flyers into newspapers, according to the Edmonton Journal. Jennilyn Morris, 46, pleaded guilty to two labour trafficking charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in February, making her the first person to be charged under the act in the province. It was after a Canada Border Services Agency raid on Webco that Morris' worker exploitation was discovered, Global News reports. "If you can stand, you can work." Under her management, Morris had her employees work up to 14 to 16 hours a day for less than minimum wage at $9 per hour and $8 per hour if they worked overtime, meanwhile, she was paid up to $20 per hour for staff, according to an Edmonton Journal column by Paula Simmons. Morris also provided rental housing for her victims where up to five people shared one bed or slept on the floor. One victim, single mother Teodora Bautista, was brought over to Edmonton from the Philippines, where she worked to support her five children back home. "When Bautista questioned Morris about the hours, Morris responded by saying, 'If you can stand, you can work.'" according to court documents obtained by CBC News. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jamaican food: Being a Muslim you have to eat halal and what I find is that there no halal Jamaican food really, he said, according to Toronto Star. Halal meat must be slaughtered in a specific way, by a Muslim, and if Johnson didn't cook it at home he had to do without. Order this photo By May Warren Staff Reporter Sun., May 22, 2016 When Scarborough Shawn Johnson converted to Islam about seven years ago, there was one thing he really missed: Jamaican jerk chicken. But with some help from his mom Rosemarie, he decided to fill a niche himself. Article Continued Below We decided, might as well do a business out of it and let everybody get a taste of my cooking, she added, standing beside drum barbecue and a tent full of family members, busy serving up steaming plates of chicken and corn on the cob. It catching on you know said Rosemarie, who came to Canada from Jamaica in 1975 and has been cooking ever since. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Syrian refugee crisis: That caller was a stark reminder that millions of Canadians remain highly critical of federal Syrian refugee programs. "I say scrap the whole stupid program," another reader wrote, according to Hamilton Spectator. Others argued the refugees aren't war refugees at all, but rather economic migrants who cannot or will not be assimilated into what one termed "mainstream Canadian society." Indeed, a new Nanos Research poll released May 9 indicates that while most Canadians support Ottawa handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, a significant 30 per cent of those surveyed oppose or somewhat oppose it. Don't I know that ISIS terrorists may be hiding among the innocent refugees, the caller asked in responding to a recent column I wrote about how Ottawa has mishandled the Syrian refugee private sponsorship program Don't I care about the safety of women and children on our streets And don't I know that if Canada is so eager to bring refugees here, then a good move would be to stick them in remote, abandoned outports in Newfoundland until we can fully screen them. These findings are little changed from findings in similar surveys conducted months ago. That important because such concerns should not be ignored or simply dismissed as irrational, bigoted or self-centred. Such lingering levels of opposition should be a wake-up call to Canadians who support the refugee plan, especially those who are volunteering their time and donating money to help sponsor a refugee family, that little has been done to ease the fears — and in some cases the loathing — of many of their neighbours, friends and even family members toward Syrian refugees. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Bob Hepburn Politics: Order this photo By Bob Hepburn Politics Sun., May 22, 2016 The caller from Hamilton was clearly upset and declared that I must be incredibly naïve to believe that welcoming more Syrian refugees into Canada is a good idea, according to Toronto Star. Don't I know that ISIS terrorists may be hiding among the innocent refugees, the caller asked in responding to a recent column I wrote about how Ottawa has mishandled the Syrian refugee private sponsorship program Don't I care about the safety of women and children on our streets And don't I know that if Canada is so eager to bring refugees here, then a good move would be to stick them in remote, abandoned outports in Newfoundland until we can fully screen them. The federal government is squandernig a great opportunity to allay a fear of refugees held by some Canadians by delaying the private sponsorship program, writes Bob Hepburn. That caller was a stark reminder that millions of Canadians remain highly critical of federal Syrian refugee programs. Others argued the refugees aren't war refugees at all, but rather economic migrants who cannot or will not be assimilated into what one termed mainstream Canadian society. Article Continued Below I say scrap the whole stupid program, another reader wrote. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

CBC Our Toronto: Everyone been Anarkali at one point in their life, and I think that why everyone relates to her." Rai herself has a huge social media following, with more than one million views of her video blogs and 37,000 Instagram followers, according to CBC. Kiran Rai, star of Anarkali, tells CBC Our Toronto she didn't think she would ever have a starring role in a series. That because the eponymous Youtube series follows a young South Asian woman navigating the complex world of dating, while trying to balance — or ignore — her cultural and familial expectations. "We don't get to see what it like to be dating on-screen in the diaspora," Rai told CBC Our Toronto. "So I think for me, Anarkali is basically everyone I know, it their story. Anarkali is produced by a small team in Brampton, but has a massive worldwide following online. But one fan group support is particularly special for the show creator, Rakhi Mutta: parents. "I guess the more open-minded or modern ones have come up and said, 'thank you so much for creating this kind of content because as an immigrant I have no idea what my child is going through over here, so now I have an understanding and can kind of speak to them,'" Mutta told Our Toronto. "And I think that the best compliment that we could ever receive as content creators." The series began with the young woman getting dumped by her fiancé, which kicked off a story that part romantic comedy and part cultural study on South Asian immigrants in North America. The series' two seasons have more than 650,000 views and 20,000 subscribers as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian Red Cross: This has just been phenomenal . . . we're at just over $100 million that been donated by Canadians, Smith said from her Dartmouth office, according to The Chronicle Herald. A concert at the Maritime Atlantic Canadian Forces junior ranks' mess in Halifax, the Fleet Club, was one of the latest event-based fund-raising efforts in Nova Scotia, Smith said. Response has exceeded the outpouring made for the victims of the Alberta floods, said Elizabeth Smith, Atlantic region senior manager of corporate and community engagement for the Canadian Red Cross. They raised just over $21,000, and TD matched it up to $10,000. It ends up being over $51,000, when you tack on that government match, she said. The nice part is that $21,000 is individual donations, which will be matched by the federal government. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

indoor version: It not a cold-climate sport like hockey, but it is a winter sport, at least in its indoor version, according to Globe and Mail. Its popularity overseas, from Asia to South America to Africa and Europe mirrors our country increasingly worldly outlook, nurtured by an immigrant population that at 50 per cent in this city, 20 per cent across the country, and growing by a million people every four years. Oddly enough, this burgeoning global game – one invented by a Canadian no less – remains something of a niche interest in this country. In two of Canada top immigration source countries, China and the Philippines, basketball is hugely popular. As Raptors forward Patrick Patterson, who grew up in West Virginia, wrote in April, even the players are impressed by the diversity of their fans. Anyone who has watched images of Jurassic Park, the raucous pen outside the Air Canada Centre where the devoted gather, can see instantly that its denizens are younger and more multicultural than the audience for other pro sports. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

physical alteration: Liberal MPs applaud after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada May 19, 2016 following a physical alteration the previous day, according to Huffington Post Canada. The drama managed to drown out or throw off course several other developments that affect everyday lives. The Trudeau government apologized no fewer than six times over a 24-hour period for transgressions past and present, and had to walk back a contentious proposal to impose stricter controls over debate in the House of Commons. Here are three other developments in practical politics this week that will touch Canadians after the din of "Elbowgate'' dies down. First, serious discussion was delayed by last year federal election. The law that would allow some Canadians access to medically assisted death has been knocked about by politics yet again. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

abusive relationships: Now, representatives from the Arab Community Centre of Toronto say many are speaking up to say they are living in abusive relationships, according to CBC. Federal spending spiked during final scramble to meet Syrian refugee deadline5 things to know about Canada Syrian refugee program Lubna Shaban, a settlement counsellor at the centre, said many of the women are scared to come forward, especially because their language skills are limited and they're unsure of the potential repercussions — including a concern that they may be deported. "Many try to stay silent, as in many cultures," Shaban told CBC News. "Even in Canadian society many stay in abusive relationships before deciding to disclose." Shaban and others working at the centre hope the federal government, which has set aside nearly $1 billion in funding to help settle the refugees, will allow some of that money to be spent on social issues like helping families deal with and prevent abuse. More than 25,000 refugees from Syria have fled the civil war in that country and settled in Canada, with many arriving during the winter months. In some cases, Shaban said, the main issue is education as the men need to learn that they don't control every aspect of their wife life, such as when they're allowed to leave the house. In Canada, one in five women experience some form of abuse in their intimate relationship, figures from the Battered Women Support Services group show. The issue of domestic violence isn't limited to Syrians. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

House of Commons: The drama managed to drown out or throw off course several other developments that affect everyday lives, according to Hamilton Spectator. Here are three other developments in practical politics this week that will touch Canadians after the din of "Elbowgate" dies down. The Trudeau government apologized no fewer than six times over a 24-hour period for transgressions past and present, and had to walk back a contentious proposal to impose stricter controls over debate in the House of Commons. The law that would allow some Canadians access to medically assisted death has been knocked about by politics yet again. Then, the new government took time to set up a committee and consult, asking the court for an extension to comply with its order to allow access. First, serious discussion was delayed by last year federal election. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

bike lanes: Order this photo Sat., May 21, 2016 Re: Put bike plan in the fast lane, Editorial May 11Re: Toronto cringeworthy bike lanes debate, Opinion May 10Put bike plan in the fast lane, Editorial May 11Perhaps it is time to declare a truce in the car vs bike war in Toronto, according to Toronto Star. What is needed here is a combination of compromise, conciliation and a reality check. As the weather heats up, so does the debate between Toronto cyclists and drivers. Our streets have been here since the city was founded. There is no debate that removing space to make room for bike lanes reduces traffic flow. Once clogged with horses, buggies, the odd car and pedestrians, they are now just clogged. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Komagata Maru incident: So as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded his formal apology Wednesday for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, who had travelled from outside Toronto to watch the event, could not restrain himself, according to Toronto Star. With a turban proudly on his head and a chest full of medals for his Canadian community service, he rose to his feet in the public gallery of the House of Commons and shouted the phrase for all to hear. By Stephanie Levitz The Canadian Press Fri., May 20, 2016 OTTAWA—There a Punjabi phrase shouted to give thanks for victories: the truth will always prevail. And the hundreds of Indo-Canadians in attendance Wednesday for the historic moment roared back their thanks in union. Article Continued Below It wasn't always that way. This is a country for people who bring prosperity to be part of the mainstream, work together, play together, pray together, Sidhu said afterwards. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jesse Rayan: From cooking, to ice cream making and even tailoring, they want Calgarians to try their services, according to Metro News. In Syria, Mery Makhoul and husband Antoine Rayan were a teacher and civil engineer respectively, but now, in a new country where they don't speak the language, the couple is hoping their traditional Syrian cuisine can wow Calgarians. Metro met with four Syrian refugees who are looking to make a name for themselves in their new homes by opening their own businesses. In their home kitchen business, Aleppo Kitchen, Makhoul cooks traditional Aleppo dishes while Rayan helps in the kitchen and delivers the food. My mom is a very good cook, especially traditional Aleppo food, said Jesse. Speaking through their daughter Jesse Rayan, who translated, the couple said they want only to be able to support themselves—and introduce others to their delicious cuisine. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Likud Party: Netanyahu reportedly intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post of defence minister, according to Toronto Star. The 57-year-old Lieberman is one of Israel most polarizing politicians. The departure of Moshe Yaalon — one of the last moderate voices in the Likud Party — deepens the rift in the Cabinet between the security establishment and the hard-line politicians. Over three decades, he has at times been Netanyahu closest ally and at other times a fierce rival. Lieberman limited military experience raises further questions about the appointment. If Yaalon is replaced as expected by Lieberman, command of the Defence Ministry will transition from a general who led one of Israel most elite commando units — and later was its chief of staff — to a politician who held the rank of corporal, almost the lowest military rank. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: He thought she'd just taken them to school and so waited until the end of the day, according to CTV. But when they didn't return, he went to the police, where he was promptly arrested: his wife had accused him of abuse. He told refugee settlement workers he'd come home to find his wife and two children missing. Centre staff say they don't know what happened to her. But on average, at least one Syrian woman a week is disclosing to them they are a victim of domestic violence. "This is not something that is prevalent within this particular group, it is prevalent within all refugee and newcomer populations," Huda Bukhari, the centre executive director, said Wednesday in an interview. "But because this particular group has come in all at once, then we see a lot more." Close to $1 billion in federal funds has been set aside for the Syrian refugee program, although a breakdown of how it being spent hasn't been released. Rumour has it she fled to Vancouver. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

House of Commons: The drama managed to drown out or throw off course several other developments that affect everyday lives, according to Metro News. Here are three other developments in practical politics this week that will touch Canadians after the din of "Elbowgate" dies down. The Trudeau government apologized no fewer than six times over a 24-hour period for transgressions past and present, and had to walk back a contentious proposal to impose stricter controls over debate in the House of Commons. The law that would allow some Canadians access to medically assisted death has been knocked about by politics yet again. Then, the new government took time to set up a committee and consult, asking the court for an extension to comply with its order to allow access. First, serious discussion was delayed by last year federal election. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: Your commute will be long and interrupted living outside the city and if you need daycare, senior care or if you even care then your time here in Toronto is going to be difficult, according to Toronto Star. Our dollar is so low, which makes all that sweet real estate such a bargain for those not living in our country. For recent immigrants, those working in the health and service or the arts industries for minimum wage, rent is painful enough, never mind trying to own something. There are no rules in place to protect the working poor still living here. Article Continued Below Those that can are laughing and loving it as their sweet dollar signs grow and grow. We are being pushed out of a city we love. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Italian accent: You speak with an Italian accent, according to CBC. So forget it." Then she told the high school students, "all people who speak to a child like she spoke to me should be killed, massacred, thrown away, I don't know where or I can't say." The comments elicited giggles from the crowd. She said her teacher told her, "dear, you're never going to succeed in life. She later apologized via Twitter, saying in French "this morning, my words went beyond my thoughts and I apologize, I strongly condemn violence in all its forms." 1/3 Ce matin, mes mots ont largement dépassé mes pensées et je m'en excuse, je condamne fermement la violence sous toutes ses formes— @R_de_Santis She also tweeted that as a minister, she should be setting a better example. 3/3 on ne devrait jamais empêcher les enfants de rêver, mais en tant que ministre, je dois donner l'exemple. However, she did not back away from the heart of her comments. "I want us to encourage children. Je regrette mes propos.— @R_de_Santis After the event, the MNA for Bourassa-Sauvé said she an "emotional person" but shouldn't have used such strong language. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

The Chronicle Herald: Four of these women shared their story with The Chronicle Herald at the start of the War Brides Reunion, according to The Chronicle Herald. Joan Reichardt, president of Canadian War Brides Wartime England was a damned hungry, place for the young Joan, a land scarred by food shortages, ration cards, and growling stomachs as people struggled to survive. On Friday, these now-elderly wives reunited in the very city that was their gateway to a new life, bringing their children and grandchildren to an emotional gathering in Halifax. During the war it was total deprivation. She grew up in Richmond, just outside London and took the train to work downtown, when German bombs, V-1 'doodlebug' rockets, and V-2 missiles levelled entire streets and killed thousands. If it wasn't rationed it was unobtainable It was just a constant struggle to get food, said Reichardt. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Komagata Maru incident: So as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded his formal apology Wednesday for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, who had travelled from outside Toronto to watch the event, could not restrain himself, according to Brandon Sun. With a turban proudly on his head and a chest full of medals for his Canadian community service, he rose to his feet in the public gallery of the House of Commons and shouted the phrase for all to hear. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA - There a Punjabi phrase shouted to give thanks for victories: the truth will always prevail. And the hundreds of Indo-Canadians in attendance Wednesday for the historic moment roared back their thanks in union. "This is a country for people who bring prosperity to be part of the mainstream, work together, play together, pray together," Sidhu said afterwards. In 1914, the Canadian government turned away most of the passengers of the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru, nearly all Sikhs, who'd hoped to start a new life in Canada. It wasn't always that way. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Guelph: He was responding to an inquiry about why refugee families don't seem to be arriving in Guelph as quickly as they were expected, according to Guelph Mercury. Concerns were raised by Danby CEO Jim Estill, who late last year pledged a significant sum of money to bring 50 refugee families to Guelph and has been working with local volunteers and community benefit organizations to get the job done. The speed and generosity of Guelph stepping forward was underestimated, as was the number of communities across Canada offering volunteers and foods to help with resettlement efforts, Longfield said in an email. Earlier this month, Estill said only about a dozen of those 50 families have arrived, and not knowing when more will be coming has been taxing on those who have volunteered time and resources to settle them. Sayyed said another family is expected to arrive before the end of May and three more are expected in the first week of June, but beyond that he unsure when more will be arriving. We'd like to see them coming faster, said Muhammed Sayyed, president of the Muslim Society of Guelph, which has taken a lead role in the process to bring those 50 families and settle them in the city. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Victoria Park: Part of the purpose was to serve as a way to "celebrate the stories of this historic building in downtown Kitchener, and the community it has served for a century and more." The following year this festival of was presented in conjunction with the K-W Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park on the weekend before Canada Day, according to The Waterloo Record. This proved to be a winning combination. After a long gestation period, the event was first held in 2006 as part of the 100th anniversary of Trinity United Church. The theme — "tales from around the world" told through spoken word, music, dance, drama and visual art — was compatible with the region premier celebration of diversity. Latitudes regulars could find their way to the special storytelling programming, while others from among the many thousands attracted to sounds, smells and flavours of the K-W Multicultural Festival came upon it by chance as they made through the park over the course of the weekend. It also helped build an audience. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

House of Commons: The drama managed to drown out or throw off course several other developments that affect everyday lives, according to Brandon Sun. Here are three other developments in practical politics this week that will touch Canadians after the din of "Elbowgate" dies down. The Trudeau government apologized no fewer than six times over a 24-hour period for transgressions past and present, and had to walk back a contentious proposal to impose stricter controls over debate in the House of Commons. The law that would allow some Canadians access to medically assisted death has been knocked about by politics yet again. Then, the new government took time to set up a committee and consult, asking the court for an extension to comply with its order to allow access. First, serious discussion was delayed by last year federal election. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: Based on a scale of 0 to 100, Globe Scan, the consulting firm commissioned for the study, came up with the Refugees Welcome Index based on responses to standard questions to measure participants' attitudes toward refugees, according to Metro News. China topped the ranking with a score of 85, followed by Germany , the U.K. and Canada , with Australia rounding off the top five. The survey by Amnesty International found that 80 per cent of 27,000 respondents would welcome refugees with open arms and take them into their own homes. These figures speak for themselves. Governments must heed these results, which clearly show the vast majority of people ready and willing to make refugees welcome in their country. People are ready to make refugees welcome, but governments' inhumane responses to the refugee crisis are badly out of touch with the views of their own citizens, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said in a statement. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: The survey by Amnesty International found that 80 per cent of 27,000 respondents would welcome refugees with open arms and take them into their own homes, according to Toronto Star. Based on a scale of 0 to 100, Globe Scan, the consulting firm commissioned for the study, came up with the Refugees Welcome Index based on responses to standard questions to measure participants' attitudes toward refugees. By Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter Thu., May 19, 2016 A survey of citizens in 27 countries ranks Canada fourth among the world most welcoming countries for refugees after China, Germany and the United Kingdom. China topped the ranking with a score of 85, followed by Germany , the U.K. and Canada , with Australia rounding off the top five. People are ready to make refugees welcome, but governments' inhumane responses to the refugee crisis are badly out of touch with the views of their own citizens, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said in a statement. These figures speak for themselves. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.