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tranquility bay: She said her brother was raised in Abbotsford, which is also where he was trained as a pilot, according to CTV. He had been splitting time between B.C. and Honduras, where his parents own a small hotel called Tranquility Bay. In a phone interview on Sunday, Jenna Forseth confirmed her brother Patrick was killed in the crash in the Roatan area, a popular island destination for tourists to the Central American country. The family is highly involved in charitable efforts in the area around the hotel, and Jenna Forseth said her brother's death will leave a hole in the local community. He'll be so, so very missed. He was a really good pilot and a really good person, she said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

endometriosis i: His wife, Jenny Morrison, suffered endometriosis, according to CTV. I have always believed in miracles, Morrison, 51, told a jubilant Sydney crowd as he claimed victory. Prime Minister Scott Morrison compared his Liberal Party's victory for a third three-year term to the births of his daughters, Abbey, 11, and Lily, 9, who were conceived naturally after 14 years of in vitro fertilization had failed. I'm standing with the three biggest miracles in my life here tonight, and tonight we've been delivered another one, he said, embraced by his wife and daughters. Vote counting was to continue on Sunday. Opposition leader Bill Shorten had earlier conceded defeat as the coalition came close to a majority in the 151-seat House of Representatives, where parties need a majority to form a government. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

european: Standing before journalists and TV cameras, Strache announced his resignation without taking questions, according to CTV. He said he was set up in a political assassination but added that his behaviour in the video was stupid, irresponsible and a mistake. The resignation was a black eye for populist and nationalist forces who favour tighter European immigration policies and comes only a few days before the May 23-26 elections in 28 European Union nations to fill the European parliament. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel on Friday published extracts of a covert video purportedly showing Strache offering government contracts to a Russian woman allegedly interested in investing large amounts of money in Austria. He said he had had no further contact with the woman and she gave no contributions to his party. The 49-year-old politician said had been in a state of increasing alcohol intoxication and had behaved like a teenager in an attempt to impress the attractive host at an Ibiza villa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

process: So you couldn't call this podcast Left-wing . By the process of elimination, doesn't.., according to Rabble. On the other hand, the Left has gone, as one of my interlocutors put it, bat-s--- and the two comedians are especially concerned with the protection of free speech, a cause the Left has all but abandoned. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

beijing pei: Born in southern China, he migrated to the United States and was one of the first overseas architects to visit China during its initial period of opening up, said Tan Xin, a garden designer who worked with him in the early 1980s on the Fragrant Hill Hotel, which still stands on the outskirts of Beijing, according to CTV. Pei was highly influential in helping Chinese architects and landscapers imagine how Chinese architecture could be modernized while retaining its traditional elements. Pei, who died earlier this week at the age of 102, added elegance to landscapes worldwide with powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces, from a trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the giant glass pyramid at the Louvre. He was so modest and unassuming, Tan said in an interview Friday at her Beijing office. In our architectural and cultural worlds at the time, he was a pioneer. Even though he was Chinese American, he loved China and traditional Chinese culture. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

claims process: The Conservatives enacted it in 2012 as a way to deter abuse of Canada's refugee system by people who come from countries that do not normally produce refugees and respect human rights and offer state protection, according to CTV. Asylum-seekers from a list of 42 countries deemed safe -- such as the United States and most of Europe-- they were put through an expedited claims process. The policy divided refugee claimants into different categories, depending on where they were from. They were subject to a six-month bar on work permits and had limited access to the federal health program for refugees. The premise was that people from those countries were less likely to be genuine victims of persecution. If their asylum claims were rejected, they could not appeal the decision to the refugee appeal division, as is the case for claimants from countries that aren't on the list. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

self-rule front: The Socialist Network Inside DSA's struggle to move into the political mainstream The audience was mainly academics and graduate students, with a few journalists thrown in for good measure; the atmosphere decidedly more rarefied than rabble-rousing, according to Rabble. The two-day confab had opened with a screening of my new film, What Is Democracy a philosophical documentary that put one of the conference's main themes democracy understood as collective self-rule front and center. We had all made our way to the New School for the closing panel of Liberalism and Democracy Past, Present, Prospects, a conference organized by professors James Miller and Helena Rosenblatt, authors of two recently published books, Can Democracy Work and The Lost History of Liberalism, respectively. But where the film makes the case for democracy's deepening and expansion beyond electoral politics into areas such as workplaces, schools, the health sector, the economy, and the home, the majority of the event's presenters went on to emphasize the mandate to contain democracy's growth within the bounds circumscribed by the conference's other organizing idea, liberalism. Elegantly breaking down the distinction between the two intertwined terms, he paraphrased Alexis de Tocqueville a democratic people rule as God reigns in the universe. After the credits rolled, the esteemed historian Ira Katznelson took the podium. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

treasure seekers: Read more on the hunt from CTV News Calgary In each hunt, treasure seekers will have a chance to find 100,000 worth of treasure buried in a secret location, according to CTV. It's almost like getting to experience the Goonies in real life, said spokesperson Chris Cromwell. Gold Hunt has launched three treasure hunts across three Canadian cities Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Or like an Indiana Jones-style adventure. Maps, which are sold individually for 25 and in a package with the clues for 45, will be released to those who have signed up on June 1 at 12 01 a.m. The company is selling maps and a series of five clues to guide you to where X marks the spot. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

conditioning coach: The former world No. 1 and owner of a career Grand Slam -- who dropped out of the French Open on Wednesday to give her more time to rehab for the grass-court season and Wimbledon -- has always tried to surround herself with the best, according to CTV. In the micro-universe occupied by the world's elite athletes, Goszczynski came highly recommended. Calgary's Marcin Goszczynski -- a strength and conditioning coach and massage therapist rolled into one -- will be a key ingredient in coaxing Sharapova's problematic right shoulder through what could be her final run. He started working with Sharapova on an occasional basis in 2017. The former national team speedskater has worked with hockey star Sidney Crosby and has been to the Olympics with the Canadian speedskating and bobsled teams. Goszczynski, 36, keeps a low profile despite his sterling resume. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

abortion clinics: Kay Ivey signed a bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison, with the only exception being for cases when a woman's life is in danger, according to CTV. The ban would go into effect in six months if it's not legally challenged something abortion rights advocates have already vowed to do. On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. As women across the U.S. took to the streets and social media to voice their opposition to the legislation this week, Carolyn Egan of the Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics, says the debate is far from over in Canada. I think it's most difficult in rural areas, areas outside of the major cities, she told CTV's Your Morning on Thursday. Although abortion has been legally unrestricted in Canada since 1988, Egan said there are many women who still don't have adequate access to the procedure because of a shortage of hospitals and clinics offering the service. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

publication ban: Her father and stepmother were charged in the case, according to CTV. Visit CTV News Montreal for more coverage on this story Her father and stepmother have both been charged with forcible confinement, and the stepmother was also charged with aggravated assault. Two weeks ago, a seven-year-old girl from Granby, Que. was found dead. None of the allegations against them has been proven in court. After the girl's death, her grandmother and cousin set up a GoFund Me page which has raised just under 12,000. The girl's name is subject to a publication ban because she was a minor. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canadians: Thoughts and prayers in response to a tragedy must be complemented by more concrete action, he said. ; I believe that when 51 people are murdered, and the whole world can watch it happen in real time, that's exactly the time to talk policy, according to National Observer. In his speech, the prime minister also spoke about the need to fight misinformation in the lead up the federal elections this year. He likened the current digital landscape to the Wild West and said that the livestreamed murder of 51 citizens in two mosques in New Zealand on March 15 was the final straw. Canadians, and only Canadians, will choose their next government. In his speech, the prime minister pointed the blame squarely at digital content providers for poorly policing online disinformation. We'll make sure of that, he said, pointing to the federal task force set up in February to mitigate foreign interference in the elections. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

video referencing: In 2018, he ran for mayor of Mississauga, Canada's sixth largest city, and finished in second place with 13.5 percent of the vote, according to National Observer. He has also created videos targeting Muslim leaders in government including Liberal MP Iqra Khalid and worked with Rebel Media. Kevin Johnston is a 47-year-old man who runs the Freedom Report a network of sites that frequently shared anti-Muslim views. Full disclosure he has also made a video referencing this reporter. That same year he was charged with a hate crime after a lengthy investigation into numerous incidents reported to police involving him and the information he spreads on his social media. In 2017, he offered a 1,000 prize to anyone who could send him a video of Muslim students praying in high schools, so he could put a stop to it. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

child soldier: There was a situation when I became a child soldier where I was tempted to eat my own comrade, he said Wednesday on CTV's Your Morning, according to CTV. Kids are not safe. Emmanuel Jal was conscripted into the Sudanese civil war at the age of seven, sparking a four-year period where he was subjected to starvation and other horrors. Some die of starvation. Some die of just basic things. Some die of diseases. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

square: Peter's Square with them in the backseat, according to CTV. Some waved, others gave a thumbs up before bidding Francis goodbye with hugs and a selfie. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience and zoomed around St. The Vatican said some of the children had arrived in Italy on a migrant boat a few months ago, while others arrived April 29 with their families via a humanitarian corridor. Francis has clashed with Italy's hard-line government about the need to welcome and integrate migrants, and his gesture followed mounting tensions with right-wing politicians ahead of European Parliament elections May 26. They were being cared for by a humanitarian group in Rome. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

strike success: Dupuis said the strike was organized by labour leaders with fresh memories of strike success after a 1918 general strike in Winnipeg lasted four weeks, according to CTV. Because the war was on, the federal government sort of forced the employers to agree to the terms of the strikers, said Dupuis. On the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, author and historian Michael Dupuis tells CTV News what prompted the strike and how what appeared to be a failure at the time served as an important lesson in the labour movement which helped it gain power and traction afterward. And that emboldened labour, they figured that if that tactic worked, a year later, it also would work. Because the war was over and now the city fathers were not going to be as easily persuaded to agree. But they were misguided, said Dupuis. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

tuesday plante: What I want is to influence the bill at this point, according to CTV. How about we see it differently How about we begin with the principle that Quebec is a secular state and that it is okay this way and that all the institutions and laws are so strong that we don't have to go against individual freedoms and liberties and rights said Plante. Mayor Valerie Plante knows the CAQ government will plow ahead with Bill 21, but said the legislation will target Montreal and its residents much more than other regions of the province Before testifying in front of MNAs on Tuesday Plante published an open letter opposing Bill 21 pointing out that Quebec's laws are already secular. She warned the CAQ government that its proposal risks destroying the social fabric of the province by pitting the fears of the majority against the rights of the minority because it will exclude citizens from exercising their constitutional rights and participating fully in society. I strongly believe that diversity, in whatever form, contributes to our society, wrote Plante. Ultimately, I consider it our duty to protect the minorities of which our society is made, whether they are sexual, linguistic, cultural or religious. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

climate change: That is only one sign that the war of words over global warming is getting hotter, according to Rabble. In that war, the side seems to have gotten the jump on the pro-environment side. Jagmeet Singh's party will make some sweeping and bold policy proposals. The Doug Ford government of Ontario will soon be airing blatantly one-sided ads with a simple and simplistic message carbon taxes make everything more expensive. But their list of those better ways is bizarre hold the biggest polluters accountable, reduce trash, and keep Ontario's lakes clean. The ads devote a few seconds to say there are better ways than taxation to deal with climate change. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

questions need: Police now investigate these cases far differently than they did when serial killer Robert Pickton was preying on vulnerable women, he said, according to CTV. A lot of good things can come of them, but before governments establish inquiries, they should first of all ask themselves What questions need to be answered Did something go wrong And what are the powers that we're going to give to an inquiry commissioner Oppal said. Wally Oppal said he believes his inquiry had an impact after it wrapped in 2012. The other thing is you have to have a definite end line, otherwise it can go on forever. One report estimated 7.4 billion was laundered in B.C. last year, of which 5 billion was funnelled through real estate and drove up home prices five per cent. Calls for an inquiry have been mounting since the provincial government released two reports on money laundering last week. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rezoning application: But the building may soon be demolished, along with a few others to the west of it, according to CBC. Developer Onni Group has filed a rezoning application. The building, located prominently on the southwest corner of East Hastings and Clark Drive, was later repainted a sandstone colour, which, with the columns, was designed to evoke the Parthenon.article continues below Trending Stories Elderly Vancouver driver crashes car through Mac's convenience store entrance Northern Lights might be visible over Metro Vancouver this week Teenie Bikini Bistro servers in swimsuits coming to B.C.BC Ferries adds 92 extra sailings on popular routes for May long weekendrelated East Hastings development could replace former Yolks and Brave Bull building Both colour schemes made sense as it was home to the Greek Village a restaurant run by the Cavadas family between 1960 and 1985, although their association with the property dates back many more decades. If approved, it would produce a three-building, 207-unit condo and social housing project designed by Yamamoto Architecture on five lots between 1220 and 1298 East Hastings. Photo Courtesy of Linda Shirley While the building at 1298 East Hastings has more recently been home to Brave Bull's House of Steaks and, briefly, Yolks, news of the proposed redevelopment sparked a flood of memories for Linda Shirley n e Cavadas since her family's association with the property was the longest almost 60 years. This photo of the Greek Village at Clark and East Hastings was taken sometime in the 1970s. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

whats app: A spokesman for the Facebook subsidiary later said We're certainly not refuting any of the coverage you've seen, according to CTV. The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the app's voice calling function, the spokesman said. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and Whats App all but confirmed the identification, describing hackers as a private company that has been known to work with governments to deliver spyware. An unknown number of people -- an amount in the dozens at least would not be inaccurate -- were infected with the malware, which the company discovered in early May, said the spokesman, who was not authorized to be quoted by name. There's nothing a user could have done here, short of not having the app, he said. John Scott-Railton, a researcher with the internet watchdog Citizen Lab, called the hack a very scary vulnerability. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

montrealers: Plante acknowledged during her presentation that some Montrealers agree with the provincial government's plans to restrict people's religious freedoms.article continues below Trending Stories Elderly Vancouver driver crashes car through Mac's convenience store entrance Proposed redevelopment stirs up family memories of Vancouver's Greek Village Northern Lights might be visible over Metro Vancouver this week Anti-Olympic protester cops plea bargain in Vancouver court The Coalition Avenir Quebec government's Bill 21 would prohibit public sector workers in positions of authority, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols on the job, according to Vancouver Courier. Premier Francois Legault's government has also invoked a clause in the Constitution that would block people from challenging the law the over rights violations. Montreal's mayor was firm in her criticism of the bill, but she was also careful not to come off as confrontational. Plante told the legislature committee that the city supports the government's desire to enshrine into law the secular nature of the state. The bill targets minorities, she said, and affects women more than it does men. But she says Montreal has many problems with the government's approach. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

costume party: While conservation scientists have sounded the alarm for decades, for many politicians and many voters the concept of climate change remains too abstract and too obscure a possibility, for political strategists and corporations focused on short-term goals and actions that increase electability and/or profitability -- to take on with any real gusto, according to National Observer. Support the Election Integrity Reporting Project! Fight disinformation with facts. Perhaps nothing can better illustrate the mass denial that climate change seems to engender in the West than so much focus on a costume party for the rich while the world around us is burning. We did it! Help us make our stretch goal of 80,000 by midnight Wednesday!Goal 75,000 77,632Donate And yet, even if countries don't appear prepared to tackle global warning, it hasn't stopped many of them from actively preparing for one of its major and dire consequences climate refugees. Instead of coming together, the world is tragically turning more inward. And according to author and journalist Todd Miller they're preparing for it in the worst way possible not by attempting to mitigate and tackle the root causes, but with increased militarization and tougher immigration policies. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sandstone colour: But the building may soon be demolished, along with a few others to the west of it, according to Vancouver Courier. Developer Onni Group has filed a rezoning application. The building, located prominently on the southwest corner of East Hastings and Clark Drive, was later repainted a sandstone colour, which, with the columns, was designed to evoke the Parthenon.article continues below Trending Stories Elderly Vancouver driver crashes car through Mac's convenience store entrance Anti-Olympic protester cops plea bargain in Vancouver court Northern Lights might be visible over Metro Vancouver this week Belcarra park has turned into a parking zoo on hot summer weekends, mayor saysrelated East Hastings development could replace former Yolks and Brave Bull building Both colour schemes made sense as it was home to the Greek Village a restaurant run by the Cavadas family between 1960 and 1985, although their association with the property dates back many more decades. If approved, it would produce a three-building, 207-unit condo and social housing project designed by Yamamoto Architecture on five lots between 1220 and 1298 East Hastings. Photo Courtesy of Linda Shirley While the building at 1298 East Hastings has more recently been home to Brave Bull's House of Steaks and, briefly, Yolks, news of the proposed redevelopment sparked a flood of memories for Linda Shirley n e Cavadas since her family's association with the property was the longest almost 60 years. This photo of the Greek Village at Clark and East Hastings was taken sometime in the 1970s. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

love story: Ajit Solanki/AP, File Tom Blackwell May 13, 20198 06 AM EDTFiled Share this story Canadian passport sparks controversy for Modi-supporting 'Brad Pitt of Bollywood' Tumblr Pinterest Google Linked InAs a Bollywood super-star, Akshay Kumar has had one patriotic role after another in recent years, according to CBC. He's played Indian military men, a sports star and even an advocate for the current government's hygiene campaign in a film called Toilet A Love Story. After I retire from this industry, I'm going to come back here and stay here. The growth of Kumar's India-first persona has conveniently paralleled the 2014 election of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party BJP with its Hindu nationalist overtones. But then an inconvenient fact challenged the star's nationalist credentials under pressure, Kumar admitted that he had traded in his Indian citizenship for a Canadian passport. The actor's ties to the party were cemented last month when he conducted a televised, softball interview with Modi himself, the prime minister being in the thick of a hard-fought election campaign. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

mexican side: In this April 29, 2019, photo, Cuban migrants are escorted by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border, according to Toronto Star. Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened travel restrictions in Central America and deteriorating living conditions in Cuba. Christian Torres / AP Photo In this April 26, 2019, photo, a man holds his baby while he waits his turn to enter Nicaragua's embassy to apply for travel visas for him and his son to Nicaragua, in Havana, Cuba. Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo In this April 26, 2019, photo, Cubans wait their turn to enter Panama's embassy to apply for travel visas to Panama, in Havana, Cuba. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened traveled restrictions in Central America and deteriorating living conditions in Cuba. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.