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Canada Border Services Agency and Canada Revenue Agency

police officers: They say the callers demand payment on overdue bills, fines or taxes, according to CBC. Police say they demand payment by wire transfer or the purchase of pre-paid credit cards. Toronto police say phone calls appear to come from official numbers related to police officers, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, Immigration Canada and Hydro One. This is just the latest scam police are warning the public about, and officers say hang up and call the appropriate agency to verify claims and never give money to a stranger. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canadian Government

: Not long ago, the Canadian government launched a major effort to improve relations with Brazil, the pivotal South American power, according to Globe and Mail. The Prime Minister visited the country in 2012, the Governor-General went there the following year, and a full-court press of ministerial visits was launched. Who speaks for Canada abroad Is the ambassador still in charge of the embassy and all Canadian government operations in his/her country of accreditation, as the statutory authorities of the Foreign Affairs Act clearly state Or do CSIS, the RCMP and other security agencies now have carte blanche overseas Those who think these concerns are exaggerated should think again. Meanwhile, in another part of the rain forest, CSEC, Canada electronic spy agency, not only turned its considerable, intrusive talents onto the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, it also described its operations in a document that was eventually leaked as part of the Snowden treasure trove in 2013. Relations with Brazil have yet to recover. Result With the CSEC document public, years of diplomatic time, effort and commitment went up in smoke. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Egypt and Young Daughter

: I hear their voices talking in Arabic, I don't need to understand their conversation but I am wrought with concern, according to Huffington Post Canada. I don't usually pay attention to who in a toilet stall next to me in Canada, but in Egypt, a thought gnaws at me as I sit there with my legs draped over the seat. There is a woman and likely her young daughter huddled in a stall on the left of me; I can see the bottom of a black niqab pooling around black shoes and small purple running shoes being directed, scurrying around, and doing what they're told. Are they victims of female genital mutilation Egypt has more women affected by FGM than any country in the world -- tens of millions of women are walking around in that country with cut and sewn vaginas. My younger self personifies Egypt as a strong, beautiful, and sexualized Cleopatra. And their offenders usually target them before the green age of puberty, somewhere between seven to 12 years old but anywhere from birth onward. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Family Fare and Cineplex Theatres Mainland Nova Scotia

: For more on other new movies -- or a sneak peek at what still playing in theatres -- keep reading below, according to The Chronicle Herald. You'll find reviews, snapshots and trailers. If you're looking for a sure thing this week, that would be it. Find showtimes for Cineplex theatres in mainland Nova Scotia here and in Sydney here. This time, however, there are a few surprisingly violent twists that take this out of the realm of usual family fare, as we follow a military dog who gets adopted by his handler family after the soldier is killed in action. NEW RELEASES Max There an enduring pull to the story of a boy and a dog and Max predictably tugs at the heartstrings. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Jim Phillips and Canadian Pride

Maple Leaf flag: Made from rayon, the stamp features a three-dimensional image of the Canadian flag and provides $5 in postage, according to CTV. While the stamps can be used as regular postage, they are aimed at collectors and those looking for a unique souvenir to showcase Canadian pride. Canada Post created the large, nine by 14 centimetre stamp as the Maple Leaf flag marked its 50th anniversary earlier this year. Jim Phillips, director of stamp services, said the plan was to create something similar to a patch that a person might wear while travelling in a foreign country. You just wouldn't do a cloth stamp for a series of flower stamps or something like that." Phillips said the stamps make a "statement" and are being received very well by collectors. "Sales have been very strong, lots of interest," he said. "I don't expect they'll be around past the summer season," Stamp designer Kostas Tsetsekas said printing the image of the flag on rayon was a unique technical challenge. "There a real coarseness to the material, so ink doesn't quite behave the way that we're used to," Tsetsekas said from Vancouver. Phillips and his team had wanted to develop a fabric stamp for a number of years but waited for the right opportunity. "The flag for Canada first fabric stamp was the perfect subject and the 50th anniversary of the flag was a great time," Phillips said from Ottawa. "It just seemed to be a natural for us on this one. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Maple Leaf Flag and Confederate Flag

white supremacist: A fluke Or was Parliament far-sighted enough in 1965 to imagine our diversity in 2015 Certainly it rejected an unsightly runner-up: the same Maple Leaf flag flanked by a French Fleur-de-lys and a British Union Jack, according to The Chronicle Herald. We repudiated that historical baggage. It a beautifully inclusive ensign, one all Canadians can wave. Other places, unfortunately, wrap themselves in schisms of the past. Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who reportedly confessed to the shootings, posed with the slave-owners’ flag on Facebook. Following the massacre of nine black people in Charleston, S.C., the Confederate flag has become a flashpoint across the United States. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Ruth Goldbloom and Ottawa

: It fitting that Ottawa is helping fulfill the dream of the late Ruth Goldbloom and other volunteers who worked hard to ensure it would be preserved to tell the unvarnished story of immigration, according to The Chronicle Herald. That story embraces hardships people endured to get here, dreams they pursued, horrors they fled. Pier 21 can fairly claim to be Canada gateway to hope for generations of immigrants. It includes the good and the bad of immigration policies which welcomed some and excluded others, were marred by racism and were not always humane, fair or worthy of pride. If Pier 21 were right up to date, it would have an exhibit honouring those who have fought Ottawa shameful efforts to remove basic health coverage for many refugee claimants waiting for cases to be decided. And not all those failures are buried in the past. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Social Justice

: While turtles and teamsters have marched together in the past, it has usually been with a focus on social justice, against corporate globalization and trade deals, according to Rabble. This is not only the first time climate change is a focus in a march co-sponsored by the labour movement, it the first time that the links are being made to the struggles of Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and people of colour and the first time our cross-sector movement is not just saying what we are against but what we are for. To my knowledge it the first action in Canada that has linked jobs with the battle for climate change in a context of social justice. Check out the video promoting the march. A movement where Indigenous Peoples, the first defenders of the land, are in the lead. In May I attended a cross-country meeting called by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis to begin the work of building a broad movement to fight climate change by presenting a new vision where reversing climate change can be done in the context of increasing social justice and good jobs. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Stephen Harper

: The political engineering on this comes from the Prime Minister Office, according to Rabble. This is Stephen Harper building yet another monument to himself. The discovery that Parks Canada has furnished $100,000 to the project -- after swearing that the statue in Cape Breton Highlands Park was a purely private project -- blows the lid off the scheme. It not just the money. No use hollering at Parks Canada bureaucrats. The fact that the rules governing national parks have been casually trashed to accommodate the project has the PMO fingerprints all over it. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Stephen Harper and Political Engineering

political engineering: The political engineering on this comes from the Prime Minister Office, according to Rabble. This is Stephen Harper building yet another monument to himself. The discovery that Parks Canada has furnished $100,000 to the project -- after swearing that the statue in Cape Breton Highlands Park was a purely private project -- blows the lid off the scheme. It not just the money. No use hollering at Parks Canada bureaucrats. The fact that the rules governing national parks have been casually trashed to accommodate the project has the PMO fingerprints all over it. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Vicky Scouras

: She said the issues affecting Greece are complicated even for someone who has been following the news out of Europe very closely. "It going to be a tough ride, according to CBC. Very disappointed, very disheartened. Greek banks to remain closed, withdrawals to be restricted Greece still deadlocked with creditors as Tuesday deadline looms In the Winnipeg area alone, there are about 5,000 Greek immigrants, Vicky Scouras told CBC News. I feel for the people, I feel for the country and for the whole world to be honest with you. Nobody is isolated," she said. We're all involved. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Collins and Cyprian

Cyprian: For the grieving family inside, it a reminder that the violence the Ghanaian immigrants had hoped to leave behind instead found them in their new home, according to Metro News. Gunfire had erupted directly outside the porch as Collins, his younger brother Cyprian and one of their friends stood outside, free-styling to music blasting from Cyprian car. The trio was ambushed in the dark by one or more shooters, who killed Collins on the spot and shot Cyprian in the arm before making a swift getaway, possibly in a car waiting nearby and Steps from the front stoop of the Kwarteng home in a quiet north Brampton suburb, the concrete walkway leading to the backyard is still stained with blood, even after months of snow and ice. Just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2014, Asare Bediako Kwarteng heard a pop, pop, pop he initially thought was fireworks. Moments later, he was holding the bloodied body of his 22-year-old son, Collins. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada Post and Canadian Flag

Canada: The stamp is a flapping Canadian flag and will sell for five dollars, according to Brandon Sun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canada Post TORONTO - The post office is celebrating Canada Day by highlighting its first stamp made from fabric, depicting a flapping Canadian flag. They say it is the first stamp in Canada to be made of cloth. Canada Post created the large, nine by 14 centimetre stamp as the Maple Leaf flag marked its 50th anniversary earlier this year. While the stamps can be used as regular postage, they are aimed at collectors and those looking for a unique souvenir to showcase Canadian pride. Made from rayon, the stamp features a three-dimensional image of the Canadian flag and provides $5 in postage. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Juan Hernandez and Lenin Yanes

Honduras: As a result, there have been protests in Honduras calling for Hernandez to resign, according to Brandon Sun. There a lot of corruption right now in Honduras, and people are trying to stop that like for a very long time now, said 15-year-old Lenin Yanes, who attended the Brandon demonstration with his family last night. Honduran news reports suggest that President Juan Hernandez National Party stole more than $350 million from the national health-care system in order to fund his 2013 election campaign. Though Yanes’ family came to Brandon five years ago, they still have relatives in Honduras. Honduran immigrants held posters and signs at the demonstration with messages calling for the end to the corruption and for Hernandez to be taken out of office. While the situation is difficult, they want the end of corruption not just for their family, but for the whole country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Lenin Yanes

: As a result, there have been protests in Honduras calling for Hernandez to resign, according to Brandon Sun. There a lot of corruption right now in Honduras, and people are trying to stop that like for a very long time now, said 15-year-old Lenin Yanes, who attended the Brandon demonstration with his family last night. Honduran news reports suggest that President Juan Hernandez National Party stole more than $350 million from the national health-care system in order to fund his 2013 election campaign. Though Yanes’ family came to Brandon five years ago, they still have relatives in Honduras. Honduran immigrants held posters and signs at the demonstration with messages calling for the end to the corruption and for Hernandez to be taken out of office. While the situation is difficult, they want the end of corruption not just for their family, but for the whole country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Birgitte Nyborg and Borgen

Canada TVOntario: Borgen only recently hit the air in Canada – TVOntario is currently showing the first season – but it already has a devoted Canadian following, according to CBC. The show revolves around an accidental prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg. Come on, a television drama about well-meaning politicians trying to do the right thing in a Danish coalition government But the series Borgen, named for Denmark parliamentary buildings, has aired in 80 countries and has become an obsession in Britain. She leads a smallish centre-left party, but after scandals and political mishaps befall the leaders of the main left and right parties on the eve of an election, she given the opportunity to fashion a national coalition. Borgen is full of political intrigue, ambition and betrayals, of course, and also explores the tangled relationship between government and the media. Adam Price, left, Sidse Babett Knudsen, second left, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, second right, and Jeppe Gjervig Gram after winning the International Award for Borgen at the British Academy Television Awards in London, May 27, 2012. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Borgen and Canada TVOntario

Canada TVOntario: Borgen only recently hit the air in Canada – TVOntario is currently showing the first season – but it already has a devoted Canadian following, according to CBC. The show revolves around an accidental prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg. Come on, a television drama about well-meaning politicians trying to do the right thing in a Danish coalition government But the series Borgen, named for Denmark parliamentary buildings, has aired in 80 countries and has become an obsession in Britain. She leads a smallish centre-left party, but after scandals and political mishaps befall the leaders of the main left and right parties on the eve of an election, she given the opportunity to fashion a national coalition. Borgen is full of political intrigue, ambition and betrayals, of course, and also explores the tangled relationship between government and the media. Adam Price, left, Sidse Babett Knudsen, second left, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, second right, and Jeppe Gjervig Gram after winning the International Award for Borgen at the British Academy Television Awards in London, May 27, 2012. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Israel and Military Blockade

civilian population: To make matters worse, the Gaza Strip has been subject to a total military blockade for eight years that has crippled the local economy, and exacerbated massive health and infrastructural crises, according to Rabble. After Hamas was elected in a free and fair election, Israel imposed a blockade on the territory by land, air and sea . What this means in practice is that an entire civilian population of 1.8 million is prevented from exporting its goods, and has very minimal access to goods from abroad. Roughly eighty percent of the population are considered refugees by the UN, and live in refugee camps, as they have always been barred by Israel from returning to their homes and traditional lands, and denied any form of compensation to this day or even an apology. Israel fully controls everything that is able to enter into Gaza, allowing Israel to monopolize, quite lucratively, the foreign market. The need to lift the blockade has become even more urgent in the aftermath of Israel massive 2014 military assaults on the besieged territory. According to a recent World Bank report— which describes Gaza economy as being on the verge of collapse — the blockade has created the world highest unemployment rate at 43%. The punishment that the Palestinians of Gaza have endured is incomprehensible. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Serbia and Peter Szijjarto

illegal immigrants: Szijjarto rationale for resorting to such a drastic measure results from a months-long flood of asylum seekers pouring into southern Hungary, according to The Chronicle Herald. While tens of thousands of these desperate illegal immigrants have been caught, detained and returned into Serbia, the vast majority have used the processing time for their asylum applications to simply disappear into other western European countries. On June 17, Peter Szijjarto, foreign minister of Hungary centre-right government, made the startling declaration that his national security forces will erect a four-metre wall along the entire 175 kilometres of shared border with Serbia. This, of course, explains why there is no public outcry from other members of the European Union over Hungary decision to fence out this wave of desperate humanity. I thought the Berlin Wall had fallen, but now new walls are being constructed, stated Serbia foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, referring to the Cold War barrier that stood from 1961 until 1991. For impoverished Serbia, staunching the flow of these refugees at its northern border has generated the opposite reaction. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Washington New American Foundation and Groundbreaking Research

Al Qaeda Islamic State: Washington New American Foundation released a study last week showing that nearly twice as many people were killed in the U.S. by non-Muslim perpetrators, according to Toronto Star. According to groundbreaking research now being done in Canada, similar patterns can be seen here, with a consistent level of right-wing extremism throughout the country history. Translation: the threat not posed by Al Qaeda or Islamic State extremists, which dominate today headlines and political agenda. That wouldn’t come as a surprise to security and law enforcement officials on either side of the border, especially when it comes to so-called lone wolf attacks, such as the June 17 murders of nine black congregants at the South Carolina church. However, when thinking of lone wolf attacks today, what comes to mind is Ottawa Parliament Hill shooting in October that killed Cpl. These types of attacks are often cited as the most pressing concern, due to the difficulty in detecting or preventing them. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Rainbow Railroad and Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor: The men, three of them HIV-positive, are desperate to get out of their home country, where people often live in constant fear of physical and sexual violence that commonly overlooked by law enforcement, according to Metro News. The money, says Rainbow Railroad executive director Justin Taylor, would go toward airfare and other related costs, including travel documents, clothes, luggage and local travel and After they were all kicked out of their respective homes and lost their jobs, five gay men in Jamaica took shelter underground in a storm sewer. But soon the police discovered their temporary home, and a grate was put over it, leaving them to wander the streets. It will cost $34,000 to get the men to safety. Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based charity that helps people in countries where it illegal to be gay to flee from violent persecution or imprisonment, has taken up their cause. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Islamic State and Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda: Translation: the threat not posed by Al Qaeda or Islamic State extremists, which dominate today headlines and political agenda, according to Metro News. According to groundbreaking research now being done in Canada, similar patterns can be seen here, with a consistent level of right-wing extremism throughout the country history and The Charleston massacre at a historic black church served as a wake-up call in the U.S. to what some have dubbed the other terror the threat posed by white supremacists, right-wing extremists and anti-government zealots. Washington New American Foundation released a study last week showing that nearly twice as many people were killed in the U.S. by non-Muslim perpetrators. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Canada and Gracious God

maple syrup: She likes the fact that her name — which in the original Hebrew means "gracious" or "God gift to the world" — is spelled the same forward and back, according to Hamilton Spectator. Canada is cool too. She laughs more than I do, often from a deep and hearty place. It makes fine maple syrup and, as far as countries go, laughs more than many. Canada, for the most part, has always been more unassuming than that. Of course, Canada would never consider itself anything like God gift to the world even if the evidence suggests it actually might be. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Gracious God and Maple Syrup

maple syrup: She likes the fact that her name — which in the original Hebrew means "gracious" or "God gift to the world" — is spelled the same forward and back, according to Hamilton Spectator. Canada is cool too. She laughs more than I do, often from a deep and hearty place. It makes fine maple syrup and, as far as countries go, laughs more than many. Canada, for the most part, has always been more unassuming than that. Of course, Canada would never consider itself anything like God gift to the world even if the evidence suggests it actually might be. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Immigration Applications and Canadian Visa Offices

temporary visa: Also, to immediately provide additional resources to Canadian visa offices in the region so that all immigration applications can be processed in as timely a manner as possible, respond affirmatively to Syrians who meet all the conditions of a temporary visa such as students and/or parents or grandparents on super-visas, expedite family linked sponsorship applications, and consider an expanded definition of family and suspend the return of all Syrians to Syria and neighbouring countries until human rights situation has sufficiently improved to permit safe, dignified and sustainable return, according to Hamilton Spectator. The United Churches in Hamilton have responded positively by accepting to sponsor a large family of Muslim refugees and we urge other organizations to take similar initiatives and individuals to write to Chris Alexander, minister of citizenship and immigration, House of Commons to urge the federal government to increase the number of government sponsored refugees. In its campaign on behalf of Syrian Refugees, Group 1 Hamilton has joined with Amnesty Canada in its campaign Open to Syria and has asked the minister of citizenship and immigration to significantly increase the number of government sponsored refugees from Syria, giving priority to the most vulnerable. Jeanne Mayo, Group 1 Hamilton Amnesty International Canada (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

Rainbow Railroad and Sexual Violence

constant fear: The men, three of them HIV-positive, are desperate to get out of their home country, where LGBT people often live in constant fear of physical and sexual violence that commonly overlooked by law enforcement, according to Toronto Star. It will cost $34,000 to get the men to safety. But soon the police discovered their temporary home, and a grate was put over it, leaving them to wander the streets. Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based charity that helps people in countries where it illegal to be gay to flee from violent persecution or imprisonment, has taken up their cause. The organization has enough money to rescue one of the men and is currently working on the strategy. The money, says Rainbow Railroad executive director Justin Taylor, would go toward airfare and other related costs, including travel documents, clothes, luggage and local travel. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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