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: I think the DNA of this police force has always been community-based, says Jones, who donned the EPS uniform—joining his uncle, brother and cousin—the year before his father retired, according to Metro News. In general, I think policing has fallen away from that in certain places, but I think we’ve been really lucky here," he said. Dan Jones’ keeps a decades-old newspaper clipping of his dad, then a police offer, lighting a cigarette for a homeless man while walking his Boyle Street beat. But if the philosophy is the same, the execution has gotten tougher. But in his almost 20-year career Jones has become a voice for helping the police—not a profession known for diversity—build relationships. Edmonton is more diverse than ever: One in three are a visible minority, and the city also has one of the largest indigenous populations in Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Toronto Gardiner Expressway: Right now, in an industrial plaza tucked in the shadow of Toronto Gardiner Expressway, there is another story breaking that exposes the legislative shortcomings that are failing workers even further down the food chain.A group of 12 Tibetan produce pickers, working for Fresh Taste Produce out of the Ontario Food Terminal, are one week into a strike as they fight for their very first collective agreement, according to Toronto Star. Almost every one of them is a refugee, who came to Canada after a decades-long flight from persecution that left their families stateless. The story revealed the seedy underbelly of a food service industry that many of us take for granted when we treat the family to a night out, but what do we know about the workers who bring us the food we put on our tables at home At nearly every stage of food production, from picking to packing to plating, there are appalling stories of vulnerable and precarious employees who barely earn enough to buy the food they serve. They are not people who are accustomed to having the law on their side but their stories are similar to many people who seek asylum and new opportunities in Canada. Some have worked there for 19 years. These immigrant workers start their warehouse shifts while the city sleeps, sorting the produce you find at your local big box grocery store for wages that range from $14 to $17 an hour. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: As part of it, Trudeau was asked to answer, in 10 seconds or less, what advice he would give men to become better feminists. "There lots of things you can do to be a better feminist as a man but here a simple one: don't interrupt women, and notice every time women get interrupted in conversation," the PM said in a Snapchat video, according to Huffington Post Canada. He got a point. On Saturday, he met the four millennial men behind Generation Y Not for an interview on feminism, and specifically how men can be more effective at it. Studies show that women are interrupted at higher rates than men. Round 2...A photo posted by Generation Y Not on Apr 30, 2016 at 11:50am PDT Generation Y Not first caught Trudeau eye in Ottawa last winter, not the least because they were wearing bright Christmas sweaters, said the prime minister press secretary Cameron Ahmad. Until it is met with a shrug' Trudeau introduced a gender-balanced cabinet last year, and has stated he would prefer there was actually no response to the fact that he a feminist. "I'm going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug," he said during a discussion on gender equality at the United Nations in New York last month. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Diego Matamoros: Their 2008 production of Neil Simon The Odd Couple, directed by Stuart Hughes and starring Diego Matamoros as Felix and artistic director Albert Schultz as Oscar begins its remount this week, according to Toronto Star. Last time around, the Star called it a bases-loaded homer of a hit, so let see if this Couple still has its spark. Just after Soulpepper Theatre announced huge plans for a new building, over $1 million in new play commissions and a New York City residency, they’re bringing back an old favourite to remind audiences how they got here. May 5-June 11, Young Centre for the Performing ArtsEND, 50 Tank House Lanerock.paper.sistahz Festival Watch this if: You’re tired of the theatre status quo. The pieces included this year are inspired by issues like Black Lives Matter and the inquest into Canada missing and murdered indigenous women. The b current theatre company is celebrating 25 years of showcasing artists from indigenous, black, LGBTQ and multicultural backgrounds, and the 14th annual rock.paper.sistahz Festival continues in this tradition with the theme Higher Power. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

census officials: Statistics Canada says more than 15 million households will receive census letters over eight days, along with reminders to either fill the form out by hand or online, which half of Canadians did five years ago, according to Toronto Star. Every home will receive a short-form questionnaire. Monday marks the start of mailings from Statistics Canada of census surveys, including the return of the mandatory, long-form questionnaire that was replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago. One in every four homes will receive the long-form census. And census officials have visited more than 60 per cent of First Nations communities since the start of April to help residents fill out the questionnaire. So far this year, about 1,700 Canadians have subscribed to an online reminder from Statistics Canada to fill out their form, which the agency says requires no registration or lengthy download processes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

moving to Canada: Back in the early 2000s some talked the talk when Dubya won, according to NOW Magazine. My family had a yard sale, packed up the Volvo, and got the hell out. Threatening, joking about and even seriously thinking about moving to Canada has become a tradition among Americans in the lead up to U.S. elections. Unfortunately, for those genuinely seeking to avoid the Donald, sorry y’all, it too late. My parents were always civic-minded. Immigrating to Canada takes almost four years. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jonathan Nicola: It isn’t clear who speaking, but they’re right, according to Globe and Mail. The Windsor office of the Canada Border Services Agency isn’t used to holding international media events. That the first thing you hear when the video link flickers to life. But now they have When it come to Jonathan Nicola in custody. It Tuesday; this is Nicola second hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board, and his first since becoming famous everywhere with an Internet connection. This is a catch-all ASF view; only displays when an unsupported article type is put in an ASF drop zone Extra chairs are secured for the reporters. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: I treasure the family privacy too much, the Czech-born former model told a Palm Beach Post reporter visiting her elegant office, but he makes the decisions, according to Toronto Star. He being Ivana then-husband of 10 years, Donald, who years later said his current run for the presidency had its roots that fall in a GOP activist Draft Trump movement. I wouldn’t like it. I never say never, Ivana said at the time about her husband political aspirations. Who can say in 10 years what he will do It took 28 years, not 10, for Trump to decide to run. He is 41 now. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: What interesting about it today is how it has filled the vacuum once occupied by other big-picture ideologies, according to Globe and Mail. That is both its threat and the key to countering it: It appears that a lot of people voting for racial nationalists are not single-issue bigots, but rather people searching for satisfying large-scale answers, and racial resentment is the only one on offer. It certainly not a new idea. Oxford professor Sudhir Hazareesingh, in his writings on the crisis of politics and thought in France, has documented what he calls the turn toward ethnic nationalism, in which all of the big political ideas have withered on the vine, while resurrection of ethnic-French identity, and a turn against immigration and Islam and a disregard for anti-Semitism, has become central to mainstream politics. Donald Trump is, at the moment, offering the most prominent version of this ideology in the English-speaking world. Most European countries now have a racial-nationalist third party; as French sociologist Emmanuel Todd has documented, these parties seem to have filled the spaces where the old hard left and right, and notably the Catholic church, once resided. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Minister Bill Morneau: The last government organized flights landed on Feb. 29, according to The Chronicle Herald. Ottawa confirmed that it will cover transportation costs for privately sponsored refugees who had already been approved or had their interview completed by March 1, 2016, and that the 10,500 ceiling on the number of refugees from all countries will not apply to privately sponsored applications for Syrians submitted up to March 31. Has the Trudeau government lost interest in the file Between Jan. 1 and March 1, an average of more than 300 per day were arriving, of which close to 100 were privately sponsored. In his budget speech on March 22, Finance Minister Bill Morneau confirmed the commitment to bring in 10,000 more government-assisted refugees in the balance of the year. During the same period, 463 privately sponsored refugees also arrived. That would require 1,000 arrivals per month, but in the eight-week period from March 1 to April 24 there were only 306. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian-Syrian: The facility was closed for the weekend during the time of the attack, according to Dr, according to Huffington Post Canada. Anas Al Kassem, a Canadian-Syrian surgeon with UOSSM-Canada. No doctors, aid workers, or patients were on site at the time. The Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations says the Al Marjeh Primary Health Centre in Aleppo was struck by bombs dropped by Syrian regime and Russian planes. Al Marjeh Primary Health Centre damage. A man examines the damage at Al Marjeh Primary Health Centre in Aleppo. Al Marjeh Primary Health Centre damage. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Foreign Worker Program: Application: Applicants should specify the exemption, but also bear in mind that several of the criteria for this category are unclear, according to The Chronicle Herald. Definition: For purposes of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, an owner/operator is a foreign national with equity in a business in Canada and classified under a National Occupation Classification type 0, A or B occupation. Here are practical tips to use the owner/operator exemption: OWNER / OPERATOR This is a great option for self-employed temporary foreign workers who don’t yet meet the narrow requirements for self-employed applicants or the streams several provinces offer. Beyond this, Employment and Social Development Canada provides little guidance: applicants must demonstrate they are integral to the business day-to-day operations and will be actively involved in business processes/service delivery in Canada. Ownership share: While updated ESDC guidelines may clarify this, ESDC officers and lawyers currently refer to a 2012 Bulletin indicating the owner/operator can be a 100 per cent owner, principal owner , co-owner , or one of multiple owners. ESDC will seriously consider whether Canadian jobs will be created or retained: give the officer a clear picture of how Canadians will benefit and how jobs or skills will be transferred. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

University of Alberta: Didn't Cardinal know indigenous actors like himself never got roles for non-aboriginal characters "He was right, according to Huffington Post Canada. For years I was only ever asked to do parts for Native people. An older actor chuckled at his ambition. I didn't get to be King Lear," says Cardinal. The first aboriginal graduate of the University of Alberta theatre arts program, Cardinal has spent 25 years struggling with the lack of diversity in Canada entertainment industry. Canadians know Cardinal as the amiable Sergeant Davis Quinton from the wildly popular TV comedy Corner Gas. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

resource sectors: We've seen this kind of labour mobility reversal before and will likely see it again as the resource sectors continue to go through boom-and-bust cycles, changing the patterns of labour market mobility within Canada. But this kind of high-profile migration obscures the fact that localized and regionalized labour market shortages are in still in play in many locations across the country, including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, according to Huffington Post Canada. Employers continue to struggle to match open positions with qualified job candidates. We know there has been an exodus of workers beating a path towards the Fort McMurray airport as the battered oil patch bleeds jobs and sends workers back to their home provinces. A 2014 report by Miner Management Consultants estimates a labour force shortage of close to 2 million workers in Canada by 2031. It is also important to note that many positions continue to sit vacant today in semi- or lower-skilled occupational job categories in which Canadians are not lining up to work. That an entire major city worth of workers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

climate change: National parks, migratory species, climate change and Arctic adaptation - and an urban hike in the spring sunshine - were on their agenda, according to CTV. They also met Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, who has become a go-to sounding board for the new Liberal government on the matter of climate adaptation and mitigation in the Far North. But Sally Jewell, the U.S. secretary of the interior, has a much blunter assessment, arguing climate impacts are already underway, can't be turned around and that moving some Arctic communities may be the only solution. "We will have climate refugees," Jewell said Thursday after meeting McKenna at the Museum of History across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. McKenna, not quite six months into her job leading the environment ministry in the climate-focused Trudeau government, was her usual cautious self in describing the daunting challenges of climate change in the fast-warming Arctic. Jewell, who has only months left in her post before the Obama administration is replaced, was far less circumspect. "We need to provide support for adaptation and build communities that are resilient in the face of what happening in the Arctic," the secretary said flatly. "You're not going to be able to turn this around." "We can stem the increase in temperature, we can stem some of the effects, perhaps, if we act on climate as we are committed to do through the Paris accords. She stressed the importance of co-operation and dialogue when asked to name the single most important measure government can take to address climate change in the region. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

: Nammoura said whereas the SRSG was previously focused on making sure the newcomers had all the things they needed, including housing, clothes, appliances and other necessities such as that, they’re now concentrated on these two priorities, according to Metro News. The SRSG is now using the connections and community they fostered at the warehouse to facilitate volunteer led English as a second language classes . We can see the system is overloaded with all the newcomers and trying to accommodate them all at the same time so the wait list was super long—too long, he said. There are only two ways to integrate, only two ways we can guarantee the success of the Syrian refugee resettlement in Canada—language and jobs, he said. Nammoura said many of the volunteers from the SRSG are now trying to set up ESL group classes to bridge this gap. Anytime we post something about any job opportunities they jump on it, and it not necessarily because they want to make more money, he said. He said finding jobs is not only important for the newcomers to begin making money, but also as a way to socialize and integrate. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian Jews: He further contends that the term anti-Semitism "is now primarily invoked to uphold Jewish/white privilege."Then Engler really goes off the rails."Despite widespread discussion of 'anti-Semitism,' there is little discussion of Canadian Jewry actual place in Canadian society," he continues. "Among elite business, political and professional circles Jewish representation far surpasses their slim 1.3% of the Canadian population, according to Huffington Post Canada. Studies demonstrate that Canadian Jews are more likely than the general population to hold a bachelors degree, earn above $75,000, or be part of the billionaire class." Is the implication that anti-Semitism must not be a problem since Canadian Jews are rich If so, he might be interested to learn that poverty is on the rise in the Canadian Jewish community. Engler opens by attempting to explain away pro-Hamas demonstrations at l'Université du Québec à Montréal and anti-Semitism at Concordia University, as well as York University mural controversy and its student government divestment campaign. Engler also notes "while Canadian Jews faced discriminatory property, university and immigration restrictions into the 1950s, even the history of structural anti-Jewish prejudice should be put into proper context. Engler also disapproves of Jewish day schools and Jewish-majority neighbourhoods - "cloistering children by ethnicity/religion," he calls it. "Inward looking and affluent," he adds, "the Jewish community is quick to claim victimhood," before ending with an ominous warning: "Without an intervention of some sort, the Jewish community risks having future dictionaries defining 'anti-Semitism' as 'a movement for justice and for Engler, the facts belie his position. Blacks, Japanese and other People of Colour have been subjected to far worse structural racism and abuse."There more. "Prejudice against Arabs and Muslims appears rampant in the Jewish community," he claims, though he cites no statistical evidence to back it up, and the many contributions of the Jewish community toward Syrian refugees contradict his argument. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Nadya Pisarevski: Thousands of Torontonians turned out for the first massive Canada Blooms show in 1997 as an estimated 80 per cent of Canadians were thought to have been bitten by the gardening bug, according to Toronto Star. RICHARD LAUTENSGroom Slav Istomine and his bride, Nadya Pisarevski pose for pictures on a popular bridge at Edwards on June 9, 2009. Indeed, the city has always been keen on green, whether it treasured trees or cabbages for the supper table. It a back-to-nature kind of thing, commented Janet Rowley, one of the organizers. Hogtown horticulturalists put down official roots exactly 182 years ago when professionals and amateurs formed a group that shared a common interest in nurturing fruits, flowers and vegetables. I love getting dirty fingernails. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Conference Board of Canada: The aerospace giant is slated to start delivering the aircraft to Delta in 2018, according to The Chronicle Herald. Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare calls it a "big win." The news comes after a series of tough times for Bombardier, which announced earlier this year it is cutting 7,000 jobs over two years. The American carrier has placed an order for 75 CS100 aircraft. The Quebec government has promised a US$1 billion bailout for the financially troubled company and the federal government is considering a similar sized financial package. ____ Two new forecasts show little good news for Canada oil and gas sector. And a new report from the Conference Board of Canada says the oil and gas industry is expected to be in the red for a second straight year. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada predicts drilling activity will be 36 per cent lower than what it anticipated just six months ago. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Frank Miller: Nicola was detained in mid-April, by the Canada Border Services Agency, according to CTV. The CBSA alleges Nicola was posing as a 17-year-old, but they say his previous visa applications put him at 29 years of age. Lawyer Frank Miller represents Jonathan Nicola. He currently being held at the South West Detention Centre. Miller says his client doesn't pose any danger to society and shouldn't be behind bars. Miller says members of the local South Sudanese community are willing to pose as surety for Nicola, should he be released from custody. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigrants: I've also taken notice of the entrepreneurial drive that newcomers to Canada have, according to Huffington Post Canada. I recently read that immigrants are officially leading Canadians in entrepreneurship, according to a newly released Stats Can study. I've always been impressed by their spirit, drive and willingness to take risks. It the first to look at the business-ownership activities of immigrants and, among the findings, it shows that of those who arrived to Canada in 2000, 5.3 per cent of immigrant tax-filers owned a private business by 2010, versus 4.8 per cent in the non-immigrant comparison group. Small business owners assume many roles -- from manager of sales and marketing to finance, HR and more. The challenge can be finding time to manage these day-to-day operations and grow the business. Getting a business off the ground takes many long hours and hard work -- but as any entrepreneur knows, it doesn't end there. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

St phane Dion: At the end of May, the Trudeau team and, specifically, its piffle of a global affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, will likely fail two significant foreign policy tests that will challenge their ability to comply with domestic and international law, according to Rabble. One deals with an individual war criminal, while the other is a massive terrorism and torture trade show coming to Ottawa. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. On May 26, a man responsible for complicity in horrific war crimes, Henry Kissinger, will arrive in Toronto, along with another similarly shady character, Shimon Peres, to speak at the incredibly named Spirit of Hope gathering of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. The ball is now in Stéphane Dion court: he has an opportunity to prevent Kissinger from entering the country given the very reasonable suspicion that the former U.S. Secretary of State is complicit in war crimes. Apparently, the folks at the Wiesenthal Centre -- who built a reputation on hunting down Nazis -- are willing to overlook Kissinger bloody past, including collusion with ex-Nazis to discuss the potential overthrow of the West German government in the 1970s. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Highlights from the news file for Thursday, April 28: Montreal-based Bombardier has landed a US$5.6 billion order from Delta airlines, according to Brandon Sun. The American carrier has placed an order for 75 CS100 aircraft. Delta has signed a deal to purchase 75 CS100 aircraft. The aerospace giant is slated to start delivering the aircraft to Delta in 2018. The Quebec government has promised a US$1 billion bailout for the financially troubled company and the federal government is considering a similar sized financial package. ____ Two new forecasts show little good news for Canada oil and gas sector. Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare calls it a "big win." The news comes after a series of tough times for Bombardier, which announced earlier this year it is cutting 7,000 jobs over two years. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: They also met Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, who has become a go−to sounding board for the new Liberal government on the matter of climate adaptation and mitigation in the Far North, according to National Observer. McKenna, not quite six months into her job leading the environment ministry in the climate−focused Trudeau government, was her usual cautious self in describing the daunting challenges of climate change in the fast−warming Arctic. National parks, migratory species, climate change and Arctic adaptation — and an urban hike in the spring sunshine — were on their agenda. She stressed the importance of co−operation and dialogue when asked to name the single most important measure government can take to address climate change in the region. But the changes are underway and they are very rapid. Jewell, who has only months left in her post before the Obama administration is replaced, was far less circumspect."We need to provide support for adaptation and build communities that are resilient in the face of what happening in the Arctic," the secretary said flatly. "You’re not going to be able to turn this around.""We can stem the increase in temperature, we can stem some of the effects, perhaps, if we act on climate as we are committed to do through the Paris accords. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Catholic Central Secondary School: This is a catch-all ASF view; only displays when an unsupported article type is put in an ASF drop zone I am not a liar person, Nicola recently told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing via video conference, according to Globe and Mail. I did not come here to harm any people or do something bad. For the time being, however, Jonathan Nicola will remain behind bars after an immigration official ruled that he cannot be trusted. Nicola arrived in Canada on Nov. 23, 2015, and was issued a study permit to attend Catholic Central Secondary School in Windsor, Ont., which had offered him an athletic scholarship, according to board documents. However, the fiction unravelled after he applied in December for an American visa so he could travel to the States to play basketball with his high school team, government lawyer Kelly Cutting told the April 19 detention review. Both his passport and study-permit application state his date of birth as Nov. 25, 1998, meaning he would be 17 years old. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

American visa: However, the fiction unravelled after he applied in December for an American visa so he could travel to the States to play basketball with his high school team, government lawyer Kelly Cutting told the April 19 detention review, according to Huffington Post Canada. Information from U.S. authorities showed Nicola had applied unsuccessfully for refugee status in 2007 and had given his date of birth as Nov. 1, 1986, which would now make him 29 years old, not 17. For the time being, however, Jonathan Nicola will remain behind bars after an immigration official ruled that he cannot be trusted. "I am not a liar person,'' Nicola recently told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing via video conference. "I did not come here to harm any people or do something bad.'' Nicola arrived in Canada on Nov. 23, 2015, and was issued a study permit to attend Catholic Central Secondary School in Windsor, Ont., which had offered him an athletic scholarship, according to board documents. "I did not come here to harm any people or do something bad.'' Both his passport and study-permit application state his date of birth as Nov. 25, 1998, meaning he would be 17 years old. A South Sudanese student accused of passing himself off as a teenager will likely face a hearing on whether he should be kicked out of Canada, immigration officials said Wednesday. After an interview at the Toronto consulate in January, U.S. authorities turned him down on the grounds he had lied about his age and that he was, in fact, trying to immigrate to the U.S. rather than visit. He had also applied for a U.S. student visa in April 2015, where he hoped to go to become a student on a full scholarship and gave his date of birth as 1998, Cutting said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.