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bazar district: Bangladesh Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam said the identities of the refugees have been confirmed by Myanmar and they could go back there if they want, according to CTV. Speaking in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, he said the government had ordered local officials in Cox's Bazar district to locate those on the list in the four refugee camps there, but their repatriation would only happen if they want to return voluntarily. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay, speaking in his country's capital, Naypyitaw, said the parties concerned had agreed that the process would begin next Thursday. He said Bangladesh is ready to provide support to any refugees who wish to return home, but also would not use force to make them go back. She said the list was whittled down from 22,000 names that Bangladesh had sent to Myanmar for verification. Caroline Gluck, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told The Associated Press that the Bangladesh government has asked for its help in verifying 3,450 people who signed up for voluntary repatriation. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

borders bids: A group of employees called Googlers for Human Rights posted a public petition urging the company not to bid on a cloud computing contract for CBP, the federal agency that oversees law enforcement for the country's borders, according to CTV. Bids for the contract were due Aug. 1. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. It is not clear if Google expressed interest. More than 700 Google employees had signed the petition by Tuesday afternoon. The company did not return a request for comment. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rights violations: Asylum seekers are still fleeing Turkey for Canada and other western countries, Kaplan said, according to CTV. There's at least 14 families in my neighbourhood in Ottawa . I mean ladies with kids . All their husbands have been arrested in Turkey, he said. More than 3,000 Turkish families have landed in Canada seeking asylum during the last three years, said Vaner Kaplan, who represents a group called Advocates of Silenced Turkey in Canada that documents human rights violations in the eastern European country and presses for change from abroad. The women are not comfortable speaking out publicly for fear it could imperil their husbands behind bars in Turkey, he added. Before that, he used to work in a non-for-profit organization in the United States. Kaplan brought his wife and three kids to Canada more than two years ago. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

people: We know that trades are a great career that offers professional development, continued advancement, and a level of satisfaction that is remarkable, he said, according to Vancouver Courier. The Liberal government announced 6 million over two years in the 2019 budget to create a national campaign to promote skilled trades to young people. Trudeau made the announcement prior to a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at a Nova Scotia Community College campus in Dartmouth, N.S.article continues below Trending Stories Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver hits 3KVancouver lawyer censured for 'bullying' articling student who he fired, sued Canada Line marks 10 years of transit in Vancouver Baby food recalled after bugs found inside jars In brief opening remarks before the closed-door session, Trudeau said trades should be seen as a viable option at a time when there's a lot of uncertainty about where the jobs of the future will come from. However, Trudeau acknowledged that breaking into trades isn't an easy proposition for many in the job market. That's why talking about how important trades are is important . . . for everyone. There can be challenges for certain people to get into trades, particularly minority groups, or women, or marginalized communities. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

norges bank: The caveat is that this will apply only to companies that are exclusively in the business of upstream oil and gas production and some coal sector investments, according to National Observer. The GPGF is Norway's sovereign fund derived from oil industry revenues to assure Norway has a steady source of revenues in the post-oil world. In June 2019, Norway's parliament unanimously voted in favour of directing its 1.06 trillion Government Pension Global Fund GPGF the Norges Bank, to divest more than 13 billion from fossil fuels while dedicating more investments to clean technologies. Shell has expressed concern that the growing fossil fuel divestment movement could impact on the company's performance. The Business Development Bank has a minimalist allotment in Budget 2017 through to fiscal year 2021-22 for clean technologies without opportunities to Canadian citizens to enhance the BDC clean tech activity. Here in Canada, Export Development Canada has issued more than 2 billion in Green Bonds in the last half decade, however this option is only available to institutional investors. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trudeau: We know that trades are a great career that offers professional development, continued advancement, and a level of satisfaction that is remarkable, he said, according to National Observer. The Liberal government announced 6 million over two years in the 2019 budget to create a national campaign to promote skilled trades to young people. Trudeau made the announcement prior to a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at a Nova Scotia Community College campus in Dartmouth, N.S. In brief opening remarks before the closed-door session, Trudeau said trades should be seen as a viable option at a time when there's a lot of uncertainty about where the jobs of the future will come from. However, Trudeau acknowledged that breaking into trades isn't an easy proposition for many in the job market. ; There can be challenges for certain people to get into trades, particularly minority groups, or women, or marginalized communities. The advisory committee is to lay the groundwork for a national campaign to encourage apprenticeships and promote the skilled trades as a career. That's why talking about how important trades are is important . . . for everyone. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ilhan omar: Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting appeared to be unprecedented, according to CTV. It marked a deep foray by Israel into America's bitterly polarized politics and a sharp escalation of Israel's campaign against the international boycott movement. The move to bar Reps. The two newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and have repeatedly sparred with Trump over a range of issues. They had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian organization aimed at highlighting the plight of the Palestinians. Tlaib's family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank, where she still has close relatives. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

circuit court: The government argued that authorities weren't required to provide specific accommodations, such as soap, under the settlement's requirement that facilities be safe and sanitary and asked the panel to weigh in, according to CTV. The appellate judges disagreed. A three-judge panel for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco tossed out the U.S. government's challenge to a lower court's findings that authorities had failed to provide safe and sanitary conditions for the children in line with a 1997 settlement agreement. Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety, the panel wrote. Requiring these items, the government said, would be a change in the agreement. The ruling followed a June hearing where a U.S. government lawyer said the agreement was vague and might not require that a toothbrush and soap be provided to children during brief stays in custody. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

poem: Lazarus wrote The New Colossus in 1883, one year after Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned labourers from China, according to CTV. The poem is best known for its line about welcoming your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. A biographer of poet Emma Lazarus on Wednesday challenged the comment by the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, explaining that Lazarus' words were her way of urging Americans to embrace the poor and destitute of all places and origins. Beginning in the 1930s, supporters of immigration began using the poem to bolster their cause. Ken Cuccinelli suggested Tuesday in an interview with NPR that the line should be changed to give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge. Biographer Esther Schor said Lazarus was deeply involved in refugee causes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

housing project: In June, Vancouver city council voted down the rezoning of a single-family lot in the exclusive Shaughnessy neighbourhood for a 21-unit rental project, citing local residents' objections, though the project would have offered lower-than-market rents and had the support of the planning department.A proposed 35-unit rental housing project in the Grandview-Woodlands area, where the first rezoning request was presented to the city in May 2018, is now into its fourth design change, according to Vancouver Courier. The rental units have already been scaled back and city council recently referred the rezoning application to Sept. 12 18 months after it first introduced. The term is CAVE people, which is an acronym for citizens against virtually everything in relation to the difficulty in getting new market rentals built, bought or renovated in a city where the bulk of the purpose-built rental stock was completed when baby boomers were toddlers.article continues below Trending Stories Swimmer rescued from Vancouver's Killarney pool last weekend not dead Lululemon founder Chip Wilson has the most expensive property in B.C. again Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Here's why Vancourier was judged Canada's best community newspaper website The CAVE, rental developers say, extends from the streets to city halls. Yet there is no guarantee the project, being stick-handled by Stuart Howard Architects Inc. for Brittania Ridge Developments, will ever be built. If the project is ever approved, Britannia Ridge could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in compensation to tenants displaced by the new rentals. Locals opposed to the building said it fails to conform to the neighbourhood's character during a series of public consultations. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

industry groups: The premier says he's making good on his election promise, but Legault is now facing pressure from industry groups saying the policy risks aggravating labour shortages and hurting economic growth, according to National Observer. Business lobbies have been telling a legislature committee holding public consultations this week on Quebec's immigration policy the government needs to significantly boost the annual rate of immigration.A major business federation is asking for 60,000 immigrants a year 20,000 more than the government plans on accepting in 2019. Legault campaigned last October on reducing annual immigration amid concerns that newcomers weren't integrating properly. The immigration minister announced in June Quebec would aim to accept about 52,000 immigrants annually by 2022. But the premier told reporters before entering a cabinet meeting the vast majority of unfilled jobs in Quebec are low-paying. ; If you ask a Quebecer if they prefer a job at 15 an hour or 30 an hour it's clear they would prefer a job at 30 an hour, he said. The Federation des chambres de commerce du Quebec says in a report presented Wednesday the province has 120,000 jobs that need to be filled, at a time when Quebec has never had a smaller number of people available for a job since 1976. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

kurdish parents: In the 1990s, Babakar and her Kurdish parents had fled their home in Iraq during the Gulf War, according to CTV. An arduous journey had taken them through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia before they ended up in a refugee camp in Zwolle, Netherlands. For months, the 29-year-old U.K. tech worker, had been reflecting on her childhood in a Dutch refugee camp when she stumbled upon a photo of a mysterious man. When she was five years old, the man in the photo had gifted her with a shiny new red bike at a time when her parents weren't able to. On Monday, with only scant details, Babakar tweeted the photo to her followers hoping to reunite with the generous stranger. The family eventually moved to London, where Babakar currently works. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

pension: The result for the quarter ended June 30 came as its net assets grew to 400.6 billion, up from 392.0 billion at the end of the previous quarter, according to CTV. The increase included 4.1 billion in net income after expenses and 4.5 billion in net Canada Pension Plan contributions. Chief executive Mark Machin says the investments achieved solid net income in local-dollar terms, but the Canadian dollar strengthened in June and dampened the returns. The fund, which includes the base CPP and additional CPP accounts, earned 10-year and five-year annualized net nominal returns of 10.5 per cent each. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board invests the money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

jody wilson-raybould: Wilson-Raybould, who won the seat for the Liberals as a star candidate with about 44 per cent of the vote in 2015, rocked the Trudeau government earlier this year with allegations that she had been improperly pressured to end a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, according to CTV. The controversy, which saw her resign from cabinet and ousted from the Liberal caucus, sent the party into a tailspin, from which its fortunes have not fully recovered. Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42-year-old tech entrepreneur, has been acclaimed as the Liberal vying to unseat Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister now seeking re-election as an Independent candidate. Trudeau has maintained that no one did anything wrong in exploring a deferred prosecution agreement, as allowed by law, for the Montreal-based engineering firm. I think that most people are focused on the future, he says. Noormohamed says he wants to focus his campaign on local issues such as housing, transit and climate change, which he says he is hearing about a lot more than SNC-Lavalin. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ring finger: I try to keepcount how many times I drag my hand across the bristledhemispheres, but grow weary of chasinga history that swallowed me, according to Rabble. For every hundred people who werecaptured & enslaved, forty died before theyever reached the New World. I walk over to the globe & move my finger back & forth betweenthe fragile continents. I pull my index finger from Angolato Brazil & feel the bodies jumping fromthe ship. I slide my ring finger from Senegalto South Carolina & feel the oceanseparate a million families. I drag my thumb from Ghanato Jamaica & feel the weight of dysenterymake an anvil of my touch. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sign reading: Davidson made headlines when a video of her holding a sign reading, Vote Andrew Scheer was posted to the website Reddit, according to NOW Magazine. In the video Davidson is seen spitting on the person recording the incident and making racist statements. Justice Cathy Mocha ordered that Talya Davidson, 28, be assessed and appear in court again on September 12. VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGEA woman was just caught on camera screaming racial slurs outside Toronto City Hall u/farhanrana https //t.co/g0g1ZBVqsK blogTO blogTO August 12, 2019 This is a place of men, Davidson is heard saying in the video several times. You don't belong here. This is a beautiful country and you can't f it up, you savages, she said, before spitting on the man recording her. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

redacted documents: Earth and that this information was being shared with the NEB and the petroleum industry, according to Vancouver Observer. In 2017, the SIRC, which oversees CSIS, rejected the complaint. In its complaint, the BCCLA specifically claimed that CSIS and the RCMP were monitoring the activities of Sierra Club BC, Leadnow.ca, the Dogwood Initiative now named Dogwood BC and Forest Ethics now named Stand. The BCCLA is now going to federal court to have that decision overturned. Subsequently, on July 6, the BCCLA released over 8,000 pages of heavily redacted documents, which it has referred to as the Protest Papers. ; These documents offer rare insight into the thinking of CSIS agents, as well as concerns among civil society groups that their organizations may be spied on, and even infiltrated, by government security forces. Despite the SIRC ruling, the BCCLA won an appeal to the Federal Court allowing for release of testimony from the secret hearings, as well as documents used in support of the BCCLA's submission. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

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ford government: His Progressive Conservative government maintained that Ottawa should pay those costs because immigration is a federal responsibility, according to CTV. Sign up for our Election Dispatch newsletter for a daily update on the campaign, once the federal election is underway Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said responsibility for legal aid for immigration and refugee cases has long been a joint federal-provincial responsibility, but the Ford government decided to step away from that. Premier Doug Ford's spring budget slashed Legal Aid Ontario's budget by 30 per cent, including eliminating funding for refugee and immigration law services. The fact that we have to be here today to recognize that yet another Conservative government, the government of Doug Ford, is walking away from services to the most vulnerable is really frustrating for me and I think for all Canadians, Trudeau said. There are many other cuts that the Conservative government is making that the federal government will not be able to compensate for, Trudeau said. Trudeau has increasingly been slamming Ford ahead of the October election, and his Liberal government also previously stepped in to fund a provincial tree planting program after it was cut by Ontario. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

results: Big picture the results are hopeful and indicate a high level of support for bold and ambitious climate action, according to Rabble. Canadians support systemic solutions that go well beyond what our governments have so far been willing to undertake. The full results of the poll can be found on the Abacus website here.I share highlights and my analysis below. First, a little background on why I commissioned this poll. While carbon pricing is an important tool, it alone is not going to get us where we need to go, and the topic has distracted us from the scale of action needed. For years, far too much of the political oxygen and polling on climate change has been consumed by the carbon tax/pricing debate. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

washington post: Host Brandon Recor told The Washington Post the exchange happened Sunday at a bar in Shelter Island, New York, after a man approached Cuomo for a picture, according to CTV. The man made the video. The video appeared Monday on a conservative You Tube channel. It doesn't show the Fredo reference but depicts Cuomo's profanity-laced reaction as he characterizes the comment as an anti-Italian slur. CNN spokesman Matt Dornic tweeted that Cuomo defended himself after being slurred in what Dornic calls an orchestrated setup. The man says he thought Fredo was Cuomo's name. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ad astra: Neither film looks to be making its way up north for the festival, though Ad Astra is slated to open in Toronto the following week, according to NOW Magazine. But here's what is coming the festival's final remaining gala slots will be filled by The Aeronauts, in which Wild Rose director Tom Harper reunites The Theory Of Everything's Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as a scientist and a pilot attempting to measure the earth's atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, and Giuseppe Capotondi's Venice closer The Burnt Orange Heresy, an adaptation of Charles Willeford's art-heist novel starring Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger. If you had been holding out hope that James Gray's Ad Astra and Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women would be announced in TIFF's final wave of title announcements well, sorry about that. Among the 17 additional special presentations, we find new work from French veterans Olivier Assayas's Wasp Network is a thriller about dissidents in 90s Cuba starring Edgar Ramirez, Pen lope Cruz and Gael Garc a Bernal; Justine Triet's Sibyl is a psychodrama starring Virginie Efira as a therapist and writer who uses one of her patients Ad le Exarchopoulos as a source of story material, and Quentin Dupieux's Deerskin promises to be another of that filmmaker's idiosyncratic experiments, with The Artist's Jean Dujardin as a man who develops an intense attachment to a deerskin jacket. And Waves, the new drama from Trey Edward Shults Krisha, It Comes At Night starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell and Sterling K. Brown. And there's a promising lineup of American cinema Noah Hawley's Lucy In The Sky, which stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut who has trouble readjusting to life back on Earth; Kenny Leon's American Son, a Netflix adaptation of Christopher Demos-Brown's stage play performed by its Broadway cast Kerry Washington, Jeremy Jordan, Steven Pasquale and Eugene Lee. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

buswell street: The Alfa development on Anderson Road at Buswell Street was recently halted, according to Vancouver Courier. Photo Maria Rantanen/Richmond News The market is totally in the dumps right now, said Holborn Group of Cos. Pre-sale homebuyers at Richmond's Alfa condominium project were left in the lurch in July when developer Anderson Square Holdings Ltd. sent them notices to say that it was cancelling their contracts for units in the under-construction building because the developer was facing serious and significant circumstances beyond its reasonable control. article continues below Trending StoriesBMX rider dies performing stunt on Vancouver seawall Perogie King Hunky Bill' passes away just days before PNE start Strathcona businesses urge action on Oppenheimer Park tent city Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Anderson's executives were not available to comment on the decision to halt the Alfa project, but developers across the region are grappling with a sluggish housing market. CEO Joo Kim Tiah. The B.C. economy is headed for tough times. I don't think people are aware or have a full grasp of what is going on. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

redacted documents: Earth and that this information was being shared with the NEB and the petroleum industry, according to National Observer. In 2017, the SIRC, which oversees CSIS, rejected the complaint. In its complaint, the BCCLA specifically claimed that CSIS and the RCMP were monitoring the activities of Sierra Club BC, Leadnow.ca, the Dogwood Initiative now named Dogwood BC and Forest Ethics now named Stand. The BCCLA is now going to federal court to have that decision overturned. Subsequently, on July 6, the BCCLA released over 8,000 pages of heavily redacted documents, which it has referred to as the Protest Papers. ; These documents offer rare insight into the thinking of CSIS agents, as well as concerns among civil society groups that their organizations may be spied on, and even infiltrated, by government security forces. Despite the SIRC ruling, the BCCLA won an appeal to the Federal Court allowing for release of testimony from the secret hearings, as well as documents used in support of the BCCLA's submission. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

garci-crespo santalo: I felt frightened because of the things that have been happening in the United States with the El Paso shooting, he said, according to CTV. He said this wasn't his first brush with xenophobia since living in B.C. and that's why he felt compelled to share his story. Fernando Garci-Crespo Santalo, 20, says he was busking and singing a song in Spanish when the man claimed he was an off-duty immigration worker and demanded to see his documentation and his busking licence. There are things that have been overlooked -- that are just seen as bullying or a weird guy who's telling you something that is not nice -- but I think the accumulation of those events leads to hatred to things like what happened in El Paso, Garci-Crespo Santalo said. I'm very disturbed that Canadians are trying to emulate what's going on in the United States. Alan Dutton, the founder of Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society, said he found the incident troubling. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.