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Asmaa Ahmed and National Council Canadian Muslims

Firas Al-Rawi: The family had taken numerous trips to the United States by air and car without incident, according to Guelph Mercury. Insert into DNN Social Conversation: "My kids were so excited, and they were counting down the days for the trip," said Al-Rawi, 48, an Iraqi who immigrated to Canada with his family in 2006 via Qatar, where he and his wife, Asmaa Ahmed, both worked as physicians. Firas Al-Rawi, an emergency room doctor at Toronto General Hospital, said he booked the Family Day holiday trip in early December so his wife and children could join him at a professional conference in Orlando that week. They and their children are all citizens who hold Canadian passports. According to the National Council of Canadian Muslims, 14 per cent of the 182 human rights complaints it received between 2011 and 2013 involved travel restrictions to the U.S. On Feb. 13, the family arrived at Pearson International Airport three hours ahead of their 5 p.m. flight. The Al-Rawis became part of the 330 or more travellers a day who are refused entry to the United States under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives border officials the right to refuse admission of non-Americans — including Canadian citizens. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Craig Stephen Hicks and Gay Rights

warm feelings: According to his Facebook page, Craig Stephen Hicks, the alleged murderer was a supporter of gay rights, but didn't seem to extend the same warm feelings towards Muslims and Islam, according to Huffington Post Canada. Why tolerance is higher for one minority group and not another has complex roots. Others are calling it a parking dispute, a sort of road rage over space. But I wonder if popular culture played a role in how Mr. After all, as little as 15 years ago, LGBTQ individuals were also highly maligned as a group without a lot of positive representation in popular culture. Hicks viewed these two groups. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Franco Orr and Oi Long Nicole Huen

Yvon Dandurand: He was charged along with his wife, Oi Long Nicole Huen, who was acquitted after the couple jury trial, according to Huffington Post Canada. Orr appealed, and the province top court sided with him Tuesday on one of four grounds — that the trial judge was wrong to allow the testimony of an expert witness — and ordered a new trial. Franco Orr was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 18 months in jail for human trafficking, illegally employing a foreign national and lying to immigration officials. Yvon Dandurand was called by the Crown to testify about "victimology," a discipline focusing on how victims react to situations they face, and was asked a series of hypothetical questions in front of the jury. They also dismissed Orr claim that he suffered a "miscarriage of justice" because the jury should have heard statements made by the complainant to an officer that were inconsistent with her testimony during the trial. Justice Peter Willcock, writing for the three-member B.C. Court of Appeal panel, said the jury should have never heard Dandurand testimony because his qualifications had not been tested. "There was insufficient evidence of the probative value of the expert opinion to justify its admission," wrote Willcock. "There was a clear risk that its admission would be wrongly relied upon as oath-helping." The judges dismissed Orr other arguments that it was unreasonable for the jury to convict him while acquitting his wife, and the judge erred in instructing the jury on one of the counts. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

House Representatives and Seat Senate

vote: One senator didn’t vote, according to Globe and Mail. A two-thirds majority would also be required in the House of Representatives, where the chances are even less likely. The 62-37 vote fell five short of the 67 votes needed – the two-thirds majority in the 100-seat Senate – required to override a presidential veto. More Related to this StoryThe Keystone XL pipeline is not Canada, Mr. Gavino Garay reports. BuffettGehman and Lounsbury On big resource projects, when does ‘no’ mean ‘no’ COLIN ROBERTSON Keystone XL has sucked up too much energy; let move on President Barack Obama vetoes a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Industrial Espionage and Canada Border Services Agency

state secrets: It not clear whether the espionage was by foreign government agents or whether it was industrial espionage — that is, spying to obtain state secrets or spying that targeted intellectual property or corporate secrets, according to Guelph Mercury. A document released under the Access to Information law shows the suspected spies were permanent residents or foreign nationals deemed inadmissible on security grounds, but does not break down them down by citizenship. From 2004 to 2014 Ottawa sent back to the U.S. five of a total of 21 of those barred from Canada "on security grounds for engaging in an act of espionage that is against Canada or that is contrary to Canada interests," according to a document produced by Canada Border Services Agency. Rather, it indicates the country to which the spies were sent back to. The U.S. actually tops this list, followed by China, India and Sweden with two expulsions each in 10 years. Still, the fact that the U.S. is the origin of the most espionage cases is surprising, especially given the emphasis put by federal politicians — including two former CSIS directors, one of whom is now national security advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — on China as a suspected source of espionage. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Leadership Lab and Extended Families

Globe Careers: Find all Leadership Lab stories at one of those good problems, according to Globe and Mail. Global life expectancy has been climbing steadily for generations. Follow us at @Globe_Careers. Many of us have been fortunate to see evidence of this in our own extended families. More Related to this StoryLEADERSHIP LAB Five ways to take the helm when your leader abandons shipLEADERSHIP LAB Why managers should embrace a mobile work forceLEADERSHIP LAB Take a page from Hemingway for your next meeting The Globe and Mail VideoVideo: Meet the CEO who made hiring employees with autism a priority Eldorado Gold, battling to develop a mine in Greece in the face of government opposition, said it was blocked from completing construction of a processing plant at the site. Many of us are seeing our parents outlive their parents, who themselves outlived theirs. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Pantic Tufani and Automation Company

mechanical designer: But Pantic, who has a background in the electrical and programming side of automation, and Tufani, who is a mechanical designer, also saw an opportunity, according to Guelph Mercury. The plant closings meant there were a lot of unfinished projects. "So we decided to approach former customers and see if we could finish the projects for them as private contractors," Pantic says. One by one, plants were shutting down, including the Milton-based automation company that Pantic and Tufani worked for. That was the beginning of TriTed Innovation Inc., a company that provides "complete solutions" to all kinds of industries that need robotics and automation. The team includes mechanical and electrical designers and builders, robotic and programmable logic controller programmers, as well as the machinists and millwrights who make components that attach to the robotic arms or automation solutions for entire assembly lines. It employs 20 people in 10,000 square feet of rented space in a building on Shearson Crescent in Cambridge. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Permanent Residents and Pledge Allegiance

British colony: Indeed, it time Parliament revised the Immigration Act to toss out this relic oath from our days as a British colony and replace it with a modern pledge of allegiance to Canada.I say this after reading some nasty attacks last week against newcomers and permanent residents who feel exactly the same as I do, according to Toronto Star. Go home! Don’t come here. Surely, this country that champions itself as being a multicultural nation and an international leader in diversity should no longer require our new citizens to bow and scrap to a foreign monarch, even the current Queen who I and millions of other Canadians respect. This may not be the place for you. The trio had launched the constitutional challenge several years ago to the citizenship requirement that forces new citizens aged 14 and over to repeat and sign the mandatory oath to the Queen. Those insulting comments came in the wake of the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear an appeal in a case brought by three permanent residents who sought citizenship but didn’t want to swear an oath to the Queen. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Safwan Choudhry and Campaign Organizers

Muslim Family: The gathering was part of a two-week campaign called Meet a Muslim Family, in which Muslim families throughout Canada invited community members into their home for the purpose of uniting Canadian families and dispelling misconceptions about Muslims and Islam, according to Toronto Star. There one way to learn about Muslims — which is turn on CNN, and you’ll see people on fire and buildings blowing up and bombs being dropped — or, you can actually see real Muslims in your neighbourhood who have been living here for decades, said Safwan Choudhry, one of the campaign organizers. On Sunday, the family invited 14 non-Muslim Canadians to join them for a casual late lunch. Choudhry, 26, and two friends came up with the campaign after witnessing a spate of negative attention on, or negative treatment of, Muslims in the media. Choudhry said he hopes the initiative draws attention to similarities between non-Muslims and Muslims — he mentioned his family interest in skiing and snowboarding and love for Tim Hortons coffee. He pointed to a Quebec judge recent refusal to hear a woman case because she was wearing a hijab and to terror charges laid against Canadians with alleged ties to ISIS. I think any non-Muslim Canadian, hearing all this chatter, surely has to be concerned, if not worried, that like, ‘What is going on ’ he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

TransCanada Corp. and White House

Canada oilsands Gulf Coast refineries: Already, the White House has issued more than a dozen veto threats on legislation, according to Huffington Post Canada. The $8 billion project from Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. would connect Canada oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries. The 62-37 vote is expected to be one of many veto showdowns between Republicans, who control Congress, and Obama in his final term. Proponents of the Keystone bill have said since its introduction that they didn't have the two-thirds of the Senate vote needed to override Obama veto. But they've already been discussing other ways to force the pipeline approval, either by attaching it onto must-pass spending bills or other, broader, energy legislation. "If we don't win the battle today, we will win the war because we will find another bill to attach this pipeline to," said Sen. They fell four votes short. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Vancouver Desi and Manbir Randhawa

Discovery Community College Surrey: Coming from a fast-rising career as a manager at an IT company in India, Randhawa wanted to stay within her field when she moved in 2013, according to Vancouver Desi. I knew it wouldn’t be easy … I knew I would have to study, she told Vancouver Desi. Submitted/Vancouver Desi LARISSA CAHUTEVANCOUVER DESI When Manbir Randhawa immigrated from India to B.C., she knew she’d have to start from scratch in order to land a good job. While she already had a master degree in IT, she wanted an MBA in business, but realized the time and cost in Canada were too much, so she searched for shorter and less costly options. It was a learning experience, she said, adding that those odd jobs also gave her Canadian experience. She ended up applying for the accounting and finance program at Discovery Community College in Surrey, and while she studied she worked full time at a gas station, at Tim Horton and another restaurant. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Asmaa Ahmed and National Council Canadian Muslims

Firas Al-Rawi: The family had taken numerous trips to the United States by air and car without incident, according to The Waterloo Record. Insert into DNN Social Conversation: "My kids were so excited, and they were counting down the days for the trip," said Al-Rawi, 48, an Iraqi who immigrated to Canada with his family in 2006 via Qatar, where he and his wife, Asmaa Ahmed, both worked as physicians. Firas Al-Rawi, an emergency room doctor at Toronto General Hospital, said he booked the Family Day holiday trip in early December so his wife and children could join him at a professional conference in Orlando that week. They and their children are all citizens who hold Canadian passports. According to the National Council of Canadian Muslims, 14 per cent of the 182 human rights complaints it received between 2011 and 2013 involved travel restrictions to the U.S. On Feb. 13, the family arrived at Pearson International Airport three hours ahead of their 5 p.m. flight. The Al-Rawis became part of the 330 or more travellers a day who are refused entry to the United States under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives border officials the right to refuse admission of non-Americans — including Canadian citizens. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Pantic Tufani and Automation Company

mechanical designer: But Pantic, who has a background in the electrical and programming side of automation, and Tufani, who is a mechanical designer, also saw an opportunity, according to The Waterloo Record. The plant closings meant there were a lot of unfinished projects. "So we decided to approach former customers and see if we could finish the projects for them as private contractors," Pantic says. One by one, plants were shutting down, including the Milton-based automation company that Pantic and Tufani worked for. That was the beginning of TriTed Innovation Inc., a company that provides "complete solutions" to all kinds of industries that need robotics and automation. The team includes mechanical and electrical designers and builders, robotic and programmable logic controller programmers, as well as the machinists and millwrights who make components that attach to the robotic arms or automation solutions for entire assembly lines. It employs 20 people in 10,000 square feet of rented space in a building on Shearson Crescent in Cambridge. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada and Real Estate Agents

luxury goods services: But was the patient worth saving in the first place Wealth migration has drawn tens of thousands of rich Chinese to Canada recently and it has plenty of supporters here in Vancouver - real estate agents, some segments of the immigration industry, and those in the business of selling luxury goods and services spring to mind, according to Huffington Post Canada. The arguments in favour of such programmes generally run thus: Millionaire migrants, by definition, are economically successful individuals who bring talent and money-making expertise with them to Canada. Authorities were last week forced to extend the application window after failing to fill a very modest quota of 500 applications worldwide. Their children are likely to be well-educated and similarly successful, long-term boons to the Canadian economy. Logic would dictate that big-earning millionaires continue to earn big after settling in Canada. But the numbers do not stack up. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Domestic Extremism and Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Islamic State: CSIS flagged well-known warnings of the persistent menace posed by terrorist groups al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the more violent and radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, say notes obtained through the Access to Information Act, according to Huffington Post Canada. But under the heading Domestic Extremism, the spy service also underscored what might be the flip side of that coin — the recent development "of a Canadian online anti-Islam movement, similar to ones in Europe." CSIS characterized it as an "ongoing risk, particularly as its proponents advocate violence." The Sept. 18 briefing for Blaney office came a little more than a month before soldiers were killed in Canadian attacks just two days apart — murders committed by young men that authorities say were motivated by Islamic extremism. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service advised the office of Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney of its concerns during a secret September briefing. Shortly after the killings, there was vandalism of mosques in Ottawa and Cold Lake, Alta., threats against the B.C. Muslim Association, and a general increase in reports of public bullying and harassment of Muslims. So if any chance it starting to take wings in Canada, then you can see why they're concerned," he said. "I suspect they're just seeking due diligence to be on top of this at the earliest possible moment in light of Breivik." A Norwegian official briefed CSIS shortly before the release of an inquiry report that found the Scandinavian country security services could have prevented Breivik attack. However, CSIS is likely more interested in the kind of anti-immigrant, anti-Islam sentiment that has taken root in some parts of northern Europe, even among the middle class, said Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo sociology professor and co-director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. "They're just not used to dealing with immigrants at all, let alone immigrants that are quite different," Dawson said of Europe. "We have a much longer track record of immigration in general — waves and waves of immigrants that have come for decades." Dawson suspects CSIS is motivated by the horrific July 2011 slaughter of 77 people in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who penned a manifesto outlining his far-right ideology, including an extreme anti-Muslim outlook. "In Europe, it tends to attract violent individuals. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Giuseppe Nardella and Self-Awareness

: When I juggle a soccer ball, I sometimes come close to a Zen-like state, feeling, just for a fraction of a second, that total self-awareness in space, effortless balance, kinetic poise, according to Globe and Mail. More Related to this StorySubmit a Facts and Arguments EssayBut sometimes, all that really matters is to put the ball in the net.I once found a photo of my grandfather, Giuseppe Nardella, as a young man on a horse. It poetry in motion, partners executing choreographed moves with strength and grace. Or more precisely, a photo of him hovering over a horse, defying gravity in a parallel dismount worthy of an Olympic gymnast. As far as I could remember back to my childhood, my grandfather had always been ill. At 21, he was in complete control of his body, strong and agile, with enough gumption to spare to look right into the camera with the cocky assurance of youth. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

National Academy Sciences and Islamic State

Canadian Security Intelligence Service: Yet as a new study suggests, the two are inexorably linked, according to Toronto Star. More specifically, the study — published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — concludes that man-made climate change aggravated the four-year drought that spawned Syria civil war. Climate change is not. That the civil war, incidentally, that produced the Islamic State, a militant movement that the Conservative government calls a grievous threat to not just Canada but civilization itself. It is pushing through a bill that, among other things, would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service extraordinary authority to break the law during its pursuit of perceived villains. Certainly, the Harper government is keen on national security. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Oi Long Nicole Huen and Human Trafficking

Franco Orr: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER - An appeal court has ordered a new trial for a British Columbia man who is alleged to have lied to get his Filipino nanny into Canada and then treated her like a slave, according to Brandon Sun. Franco Orr was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 18 months in jail for human trafficking, illegally employing a foreign national and lying to immigration officials. A B.C. man convicted of human trafficking over the alleged treatment of his Filipino nanny has been awarded a new trial after winning an appeal. He was charged along with his wife, Oi Long Nicole Huen, who was acquitted after the couple jury trial. Yvon Dandurand was called by the Crown to testify about "victimology," a discipline focusing on how victims react to situations they face, and was asked a series of hypothetical questions in front of the jury. Orr appealed, and the province top court sided with him Tuesday on one of four grounds — that the trial judge was wrong to allow the testimony of an expert witness — and ordered a new trial. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Safwan Choudhry and Campaign Organizers

Muslim Family: The gathering was part of a two-week campaign called Meet a Muslim Family, in which Muslim families throughout Canada invited community members into their home for the purpose of uniting Canadian families and dispelling misconceptions about Muslims and Islam, according to Toronto Star. There one way to learn about Muslims — which is turn on CNN, and you’ll see people on fire and buildings blowing up and bombs being dropped — or, you can actually see real Muslims in your neighbourhood who have been living here for decades, said Safwan Choudhry, one of the campaign organizers. On Sunday, the family invited 14 non-Muslim Canadians to join them for a casual late lunch. Choudhry, 26, and two friends came up with the campaign after witnessing a spate of negative attention on, or negative treatment of, Muslims in the media. Choudhry said he hopes the initiative draws attention to similarities between non-Muslims and Muslims — he mentioned his family interest in skiing and snowboarding and love for Tim Hortons coffee. He pointed to a Quebec judge recent refusal to hear a woman case because she was wearing a hijab and to terror charges laid against Canadians with alleged ties to ISIS. I think any non-Muslim Canadian, hearing all this chatter, surely has to be concerned, if not worried, that like, ‘What is going on ’ he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Young Drivers Canada and James Hinchcliffe

Angelo DiCicco: Darren Calabrese pollPoll: How long do you warm up your car for when it is really cold outside Under the law in Ontario, there no signal for Get the hell out of my way, according to Globe and Mail. The Drivers Handbook doesn’t say you can flash your lights to get other drivers to clear a path for you, said Angelo DiCicco, General Manager with Greater Toronto Area section of Young Drivers of Canada. VideoVideo: Inside the Morgan factory where they still make cars by hand We ride along with Canadian IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe on his way to work in Indianapolis to see how he drives on regular roads and ask why he drives a Mini Globe DriveVideo: Celebrity cars: What Canadian IndyCar star likes more about his Mini than his race car A woman clears snow from a car as a storm hits with strong winds and heavy snow in Toronto on Monday, February 2, 2015. When you’re following somebody who going too slow for you, you could get close or you could flash your high beams because you want to teach them a lesson — but does that actually work on the road There no law that says a slower driver has to get out of the way if you’re going faster than they are, whether you’re flashing high beams or not. You can’t force someone to go faster then they’re prepared to go by punishing them with your high beams. Yes, the law says slower traffic should keep right, DiCicco said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Chartered Accountant and Deloitte LLP

Vancouver: Linda began her career at Deloitte LLP, where she spent four years in its Toronto and Vancouver offices, most recently working in mergers and acquisitions, according to Globe and Mail. She is a chartered accountant and a CFA charterholder. Originally from Vancouver, she is a graduate of the commerce program at Queen University in Kingston. This is the fifth entry in a series on her MBA experience. AP InvestingVideo: Bull vs. bear: Are Warren Buffett best days behind him Market ViewVideo: Market View: Considering an MBA Get the most bang for your buck For some students, a two-year MBA has an advantage over shorter-duration programs despite a higher price, says Michelle Sparkman Renz, director of research communication for GMAC. iStockphoto VideoVideo: Canadian business school tops international listsThis past weekend was one of the best of this year – and possibly of my B-school experience. More Related to this StoryMBA Diary African safari the ultimate field trip for Columbia MBAMBA DIARY Vancouverite makes summer connections in Silicon ValleyMBA DIARY In some MBA classes, women still need to speak up Charlie and I favour repurchases when … its stock is selling at a material discount to the company intrinsic business value, Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffett says. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Claims and Acceptance Rate

federal government: The Immigration and Refugee Board has been running two systems side by side, processing the legacy claims filed prior to December 2012 under the old rules by government-appointed adjudicators and post-2012 claims adjudicated by civil servants under the new regulations, according to Toronto Star. What is interesting, observers say, is that the acceptance rate for new claims is significantly higher than for the backlog claims: 61 per cent versus 34 per cent. According to the latest data obtained by the Star, almost half of the 19,960 claims processed in 2014 were granted, compared to just 38 per cent in 2013, despite measures the federal government introduced in late 2012 to restrict access by fast-tracking claims from the 42 so-called safe countries. The high acceptance rates of claims from the safe countries contravene the government rhetoric that these countries are safe, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Their high acceptance rates are noteworthy. The new system was set up to be more difficult so claimants have a shorter amount of time to prepare for their case and collect the documents they need, Dench said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Joe Preston and the Commons

Confederation: The Commons hopes to be accepting digital petitions after the next federal election, part of an effort to update the archaic paper-only petition system that been in place since Confederation. "I think we'll look back 10 years from now and say, 'You know, that was wise, that was one of the good things we did,'" said Conservative MP Joe Preston, who heads up the committee recommending the change, which was originally proposed by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, according to Guelph Mercury. Currently, petitions have to be presented by MPs — an eye-glazing bit of procedure that occasionally raises eyebrows, such as when Green party Leader Elizabeth May introduced one last year from conspiracy theorists seeking the "truth" behind the 9/11 attacks. And while it won't mean Canadians will be able to easily solicit the federal government thoughts on a made-in-Canada Death Star, the House of Commons will also soon acknowledge grassroots entreaties in electronic form. May said she didn't support the cause, but believed in the organization right to have their voices heard. Members of Parliament will have to decide whether they'll follow May lead and support petitions on principle, or only back the causes they support, said digital public affairs strategist Mark Blevis of the proposed rules. "They are trying to avoid noise and they want to make sure people are doing things, providing productive input," Blevis said. "Unfortunately, you lose out on things like the Death Star, which gives the opportunity to engage with the public in a fun way." To get an answer — it turned out to be no — on building a Death Star, the petition to the White House had to amass 25,000 signatures. Under the new system, a person would have to find an MP to back their petition even before they began gathering signatures. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Minister Chris Alexander and Viktor Hohots

complainants: Hohots failed to assume complete professional responsibility for his practice and that he failed to directly and effectively supervise the non-lawyer staff of his law office to whom he delegated the preparation of refugee claims, he said in his submission, according to Toronto Star. Supporters of the complainants — most who were denied asylum and been deported — hope Immigration Minister Chris Alexander can reopen their files, given Hohots’ admission. At a disciplinary hearing Monday, Viktor Hohots filed an agreed statement of facts with a Law Society of Upper Canada panel relating to allegations made by 13 complainants, all Roma refugees from Hungary, between August 2009 and February 2012. They include a Roma family who sought sanctuary in a Toronto church for three years, hoping their claim would finally be accepted. Hohots could face suspension, supervised practice or lose his licence. Both Hohots and Mitchell Worsoff, his lawyer, said they would reserve their comments until his penalty hearing on May 11. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Pierre Trudeau and Canada

judicial systems: At that time, Canada enjoyed world-wide respect and trust as a peacekeeping nation of people who welcomed and valued immigrants from every culture on earth, according to Toronto Star. We were united behind our governing and judicial systems in opening our hearts and minds to diversity. We can thank Pierre Trudeau for that. We were excited to learn from, and incorporate, the wealth of ideas and beliefs that were disseminating throughout Canada. What happened to the respect and trust we had earned on the world stage How have we, the Canadian people, so complacently accepted the insidious devolution of the respectful and honourable values upon which our nation has been built How is it that our Prime Minister feels entitled to challenge a court decision granting acceptance to a woman who, because of her cultural beliefs, feels the need to cover her face when she takes the oath of Canadian citizenship How is it that a Quebec judge feels entitled to refuse testimony from a woman who, because of her cultural beliefs, feels the need to cover her hair Just as we Canadians accept the notion that a woman mammary glands must be covered in the name of modesty should we not respect the modesty standards of women from other cultures whom we welcome into our Canadian family Is that not what Pierre Trudeau would have expected from a just society Had we, as a nation, not abandoned the principles that earned us trust and respect from the world community just a few short years ago, our prime minister would never have gotten away with the provocative, disrespectful, arrogant, warmongering and dishonourable behaviour that has turned so many, throughout the world, against our country. We believed it was inclusiveness and diversity which helped make our nation great. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Russian Air Force and International Politics

Russia: Russia, the proverbial bear of international politics, growls nearby, according to Globe and Mail. More Related to this StoryRussia Putin can ill afford an energy war with the EUBoris Nemtsov companion says she didn’t see the gunmanFear envelops Russia after killing of Putin criticLast month, the Russian military sent 3,000 troops to reopen an airbase in Murmansk Oblast, just a two-hour drive east of Rovaniemi, a city of 60,000 people. In Lapland, Finland, many citizens sleep with rifles ready. The Russian Air Force conducts daily exercises along the Russian-Finnish border, occasionally penetrating its neighbour airspace. Most of Russia nuclear weapons are deployed on submarines based north of Lapland on the Kola Peninsula. Although most of these exercises involve aged Tupolev ‘bear’ bombers, Russia capabilities have been boosted by the recent arrival of a new generation of highly manoeuvrable Sukhoi fighter jets. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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