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alexander avenue: The intersection, which currently has a pedestrian corridor with overhead signs and flashing lights, is near another pedestrian corridor at Isabel Street and Alexander Avenue, where on Monday at around 12 p.m. a four-year-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle, according to CTV. IRCOM executive director Dorota Blumczynska said the organization expressed concerns to the city about the Isabel Street and Ross Avenue crossing a year and a half ago. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba and a Winnipeg city councillor want a traffic signal light to be installed at the intersection of Isabel Street and Ross Avenue. In a letter about the crossing dated Sept.1, 2017, Blumczynska said children use it to attend school and community programand they face speeding vehicles and motorists who don't stop. At any given point these crosswalks are activated dozens of times a day and, regrettably, they don't provide the community with the safety that they have a right to so that they can cross the road, said Blumczynska. In an interview on Friday, Blumczynska said she's disappointed nothing has changed. ( As reported in the news.

brexit deal: We are prepared for the worst but hope for the best, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday, according to CTV. As you know, hope dies last. Almost three years after Britons voted to walk away from the EU, the bloc's leaders seized control of the Brexit timetable from May to avert a chaotic departure at the end of this month that would be disruptive for the world's biggest trading bloc and deeply damaging for Britain. May's mantra since Britain's EU membership referendum in 2016 has always been about taking back control of U.K. affairs from the EU. But the process has seen her lose control -- of the U.K. Parliament, which has twice rejected her Brexit deal, and now of Britain's date of departure. At marathon late night talks Thursday in Brussels, they rejected May's request to extend the Brexit deadline from March 29 until June 30. In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in May, EU leaders set two deadlines for Britain to leave the bloc of nearly half a billion people or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future. ( As reported in the news.

court case: Erika Horvath, 30, and son Ferenc Tibor Sallai, 11, arrived in Canada in October 2011, according to Toronto Star. They were among the Roma litigants in the Federal Court case and were granted permanent residence on humanitarian grounds in 2017. On Wednesday, Justice Keith Boswell declared it is unconstitutional for Ottawa to treat refugees from so-called safe countries differently from other refugees when it comes to being assessed to determine if deporting them would put them in danger. SUPPLIED PHOTO The ruling followed two previous court decisions that saw some of the other key elements of reforms enacted by the then-Conservative government knocked down and dismantled. It was ill-conceived, ill-thought out. The system they created is a total failure, a flop, said veteran refugee lawyer Lorne Waldman, who was not involved in the court challenge. ( As reported in the news.

ice: Pence's visit Thursday, March 21, 2019, to Atlanta included a stop at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's field office and a conversation about the broader mission of border security, according to Toronto Star. He also blasted Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over her decision last year to bar the city jail from holding federal immigration detainees and thanked the men and women who work for ICE. Andrew Harnik, File / AP Photo Pence highlighted some of the ICE arrests made in the area, including one Wednesday night in Riverdale, Georgia, news outlets reported. He also blasted Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over her decision last year to bar the city jail from holding federal immigration detainees and thanked the men and women who work for ICE. File-This March 13, 2019, file photo shows Vice President Mike Pence speaking to Customs and Border Patrol agents and agents-in-training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Atlanta and Georgia are safer today because of the outstanding work of the men and women of ICE in Georgia, Pence said. Trump has vetoed Congress' move. The visit also comes amid President Donald Trump's declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to get more than 8 billion for a border wall a move Congress tried to block last week. ( As reported in the news.

staff metroland: The new 26-member council elected last October started afresh Dec. 1, according to Toronto Star. Jim Karygiannis was the top spender among Toronto city councillors in 2018. Office expenses released Friday cover Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, the end of the term for Mayor John Tory and 44 councillors. David Rider Toronto city councillor Michael Ford spent the least amount of money on expenses last year. The expenses do not include salaries for council office staff, some travel expenses or spending related to extra duties such as TTC chair. Staff/Metroland file photo Top council spenders were Jim Karygiannis 55.554.98 ; Neethan Shan 51,457.17 ; Ana Bail o 49,652.06 ; Anthony Perruzza 47,536.56 ; and Giorgio Mammoliti 46,819.79 . Shan and Mammoliti both lost their re-election bids. ( As reported in the news.

jewish groups: During Friday afternoon prayer tomorrow, several Jewish groups are planning to show their solidarity with the city's Muslim community by circling several mosques in a gesture of support for those who grieve, according to CTV. This is very much from the heart, Rabbi Cory Weiss, a rabbi with the Temple Har Zion in Thornhill, Ont., told CTV News Channel on Thursday. Last week, a gunman entered a pair of mosques in Christchurch, N.Z., killing 50 worshippers and injuring dozens more. We're paying respect and we're grieving together. Daryoush Kari, chair of the board of trustees for the Imam Mahdi Mosque in Markham, Ont., said the support is certainly welcome. We understand the pain the community is feeling and we want them to know that we're there with them. ( As reported in the news.

asylum seekers: Two men, both of Honduras, walk with attorneys as they cross into the United States to begin their asylum cases, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico, according to Toronto Star. A group of about five men were on their way to report for their first hearing under a new policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case winds through U.S. immigration court. The judge's refusal was a setback for the administration's highly touted initiative to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. Gregory Bull / AP Photo Two men, both of Honduras, gather with attorneys to pray before crossing into the United States to begin their asylum cases after being returned to Mexico, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. Gregory Bull / AP Photo In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019 file photo, a van carrying asylum seekers from the border is escorted by security personnel as it arrives to immigration court, in San Diego. A group of about five men were on their way to report for their first hearing under a new policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case winds through U.S. immigration court. ( As reported in the news.

bottom line: Ahmad Zeina, centre, 5, swings with his siblings Mohammad, left, 11, and Noor, 7, at the Syrian refugees' family home in Queensland, N.S., in 2016, according to Toronto Star. Darren Calabrese / The Canadian Press The bottom line We want more newcomers to make Halifax home, he told a large crowd of academics, policy-makers and front line workers from the field of immigration settlement. Savage highlighted his position on the matter at the National Metropolis Conference hosted at the Halifax Convention Centre on Thursday, involving talks on national immigration trends, policies and other issues. But as Savage put it, he and other municipal leaders often feel like the kids at the table when it comes to making policy decisions that affect the attraction and retention of immigrants. It hasn't happened because the province hasn't granted permission. One example In 2014, Halifax council voted in favour of a motion from Savage to allow permanent residents to vote in elections. ( As reported in the news.

poll: The winners, in turn, will elect the members of the Dutch parliament's upper house in May, according to CTV. Results from an IPSOS exit poll published by national broadcaster NOS showed the euroskeptic, anti-immigration Forum for Democracy party winning 10 seats after fielding candidates in provincial races for the first time. The elections held Wednesday were for 570 legislators in provincial governments. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy dropped from 13 to 12 seats, the poll found. The IPSOS poll had a one-seat margin of error. The Forum for Democracy, led by flamboyant populist Thierry Baudet, 36, is battling the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy to become the biggest party in the national Senate. ( As reported in the news.

driver: The boy's father immigrated in 2001 and Ramy was born in Italy, according to CTV. He is credited with helping save his classmates by calling authorities on a phone that was missed when the driver collected their devices. Luigi Di Maio said Thursday that Ramy Shehata put his life at risk to save that of his classmates, and that he would ask Italy's premier to confer citizenship for special merit. Law enforcement officers stopped the bus near Milan, and freed the 51 children and their chaperones before the driver set it on fire. ( As reported in the news.

european union: In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, a migrant from Syria rests at a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus, according to Toronto Star. Cyprus interior minister says he has asked the European Union for access to its security intelligence network in order to better screen arriving migrants. Rising numbers of migrants enter ethnically divided Cyprus on its breakaway Turkish side to seek asylum in the internationally recognized Greek side in the south, creating a situation that Interior Minister called more disconcerting and very difficult to manage. Constantinos Petrides said Thursday, March 21, 2019 that rising migrant arrival numbers - especially via the ethnically split island s breakaway north - have made the situation very difficult to manage. According to Cyprus' Asylum Service, one-quarter of arriving migrants are from Syria, but significant numbers come from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Cameroon. Petros Karadjias, file / AP Photo Petrides said monthly asylum applications have surpassed 1,000 so far this year. ( As reported in the news.

faculty: A spokesperson for the school confirmed the information contained in the tweet to, according to CTV. Jordan Peterson requested a visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity, and an initial offer has been rescinded after a further review. The university's faculty of divinity tweeted Wednesday that it had rescinded a previous offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, who it says requested the position. Faculty of Divinity Cam Divinity March 20, 2019 Peterson responded with a blog post in which he said he had not been formally notified about the offer being rescinded. I think the Faculty of Divinity made a serious error of judgement in rescinding their offer to me, he said. He also took issue with the faculty making its revocation public when it had not publicized the initial offer. ( As reported in the news.

canadian location: She apologies profusely but she has a good reason, according to Toronto Star. She reaches into her bag and pulls out a sealed cup of fresh taro milk from Hey Sugar, a Chinese bubble tea chain that opened its first Canadian location last year in North York. Joanna Luo is a few minutes late to our first meeting at Cuppa Tea, a Hong Kong-style tea shop at Yonge and Carlton Sts. WeChat influencer Joanna Luo shoots photos of Deer Cake's pineapple cakes. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star You have to try this. She has more than 100,000 followers, mainly female international Chinese students. ( As reported in the news.

mediterranean sea: The driver was apprehended and treated for burns, according to CTV. Prosecutors described him as a 47-year-old Italian citizen of Senegalese origin and said he told authorities he wanted to vindicate Europe-bound migrants who have died in the Mediterranean Sea but did not plan to hurt anyone. Officers from the national police force broke windows at the back of the bus to reach the passengers and got all of them out without serious injuries before flames destroyed the vehicle, authorities said. However, prosecutors said the suspect, identified as Ousseynou Sy, made preparations that showed his actions were premediated, such as buying a canister of gasoline and restraints on Tuesday. Sy was being investigated on suspicion of kidnapping, intention to commit a massacre, arson and resisting law enforcement, with terrorism as an aggravating circumstance since the event caused panic. He also sent a video to friends in Italy and Senegal indicating plans for a bold action and with the message, Africa, Rise up, they said. ( As reported in the news.

property owners: One man is hoping to turn things around by working with landlords and property owners, and a resident said the project is making a big difference, according to CTV. Sober for more than seven months, former methamphetamine user Haley Harrington, 21, has found hope in a new apartment. Many of the suites have been left in shambles due to drugs and crime. She recently moved into her own suite in a building on Jarvis Avenue a place where she feels safe and comfortable. She lives in one of 20 suites in the building rented out by Chris D'Souza, who started the program he calls 'multicultural addictions recovery and supports.' He teamed up with a property management company and the owner of the building to create clean and safe living options and community volunteer opportunities for people, once they've completed addictions treatment. I jumped on the opportunity because I was looking for a new place to live and learn and grow in my recovery, said Harrington. ( As reported in the news.

refugee: Richard Wex is the first chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board ever granted a car and chauffeur at a cost of 78,562 a year, according to Toronto Star. IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE BOARD PHOTO Critics suggest the money could be better used to hire another refugee judge. Richard Wex, who was appointed chair of the beleaguered Immigration and Refugee Board in July, is the first person in charge of the tribunal to be afforded the benefit at a cost of 78,562 a year. A judge's current starting salary is 94,121 a year. This is problematic when the board is struggling to find resources and innovative ways to improve efficiency to deal with the growing backlog. At a time when we need more adjudicators to have refugee claims processed faster, how is this going to have a positive impact on the processing time asked Francisco Rico-Martinez, of Toronto's FCJ Refugee Centre and past chair of the Canadian Council for Refugees. ( As reported in the news.

mass horror: Anders Breivik saw these youth as a threat to the White Europe that he wished for, according to National Observer. Cultural Marxism, he explained in detail, was a political theory pushed by Jews and feminists to destroy Western Civilization. ; We knew in 2011 that violent rhetoric begets violence. It was published after the author, a Norwegian far-right terrorist, killed 77 people in Utoya, Norway, the majority of whom were youth attending a left-wing political summer camp. We knew in 2018 that a Canadian mass murderer was radicalized online by softer right-wing forces. It was code for the racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, violently sexist worldview that drove Breivik to commit such a mass horror. And we know, again, that the organized global forces of white nationalism feed one another. ( As reported in the news.

edmonton mother: Among the victims were Naeem Rashid, 50, and his son Talha Rashid, 21, who Gul remembered fondly as gentlemen who loved helping others in their community, according to Toronto Star. New Zealand mosque shooting victim Naeem Rashid, 50, has been hailed as a hero by the Pakistani government for trying to stop the shooter during Friday's attack. Gul, an Edmonton mother of three who is originally from Pakistan, lost her uncle and her cousin in last week's attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which claimed the lives of 51 people. His niece, who lives in Edmonton, remembers him for his humbleness. Naeem was very famous in our family because of his polite nature, his kindness, his humbleness, Gul said of her uncle, a father of three who recently completed his PhD in Islamic finance at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Supplied/Shaukat Khan Her uncle is now being heralded as a hero for his attempts to save others before being fatally wounded. ( As reported in the news.

facebook: This week, the independent non-profit newsroom, Press Progress, published an online story alleging that Ford argued that white supremacist terrorists are not treated the same as Islamic terrorists, according to CTV. It is alleged the comments were made in a series of Facebook posts about a 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where a white supremacist rammed his car into the crowd, killing a woman and injuring several others. Caylan Ford was a candidate in the riding of Calgary-Mountain View and made the announcement on her Facebook page on Tuesday morning. In her Facebook post, Ford said she strives to treat all people with compassion and understanding' and that the comments posted by Press Progress are distortions' and not reflective of her views. If you look at Ford herself, she was being raised as a star candidate. Political Science Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University, Duane Bratt, says there has been a series of other people who have run for the UCP and have been removed because of ties to white supremacy. ( As reported in the news.

health care: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement on the terrorist attack in New Zealand following Question Period in the House of Commons on Monday, according to Toronto Star. He will release the highly anticipated federal budget on Tuesday. When respondents were asked earlier this month to choose the two most important national issues, health care was the most common answer at 23 per cent, followed by the environment, income inequality, corruption, government spending, housing affordability, the economy, energy, immigration and finally taxes, which polled at 10 per cent. Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press When a similar poll was conducted in early 2016, as the federal Liberals prepared their first budget, Canadians ruled the economy the most important issue. But that doesn't indicate an end to Canadians' anxiety. Jobs ranked second. ( As reported in the news.

hospital: The investigation showed the hospital had more incidents but less security than comparable institutions, scaled back proposed training to deal with such incidents, and that such acts of violence were far from rare, according to Hamilton Spectator. It is quite an honour to receive this recognition, Derfel said. Called Hospital In security, the four-part series published starting in January 2018 chronicled a 2017 incident in which a nurse in the psychiatric emergency room was violently attacked and almost killed by a patient at 3 35 a.m., and a security guard was not present because the hospital had determined that one was not necessary. I'd like to thank my sources in the health network who showed great courage in speaking out about such an important matter of public interest. Zane Schwartz was nominated in the prestigious Project of the Year category for Follow The Money, an 18-month-long investigative project he worked on as the recipient of Postmedia's 2017 Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism. Derfel's nomination in the investigations category is among 14 for Postmedia's journalists for the awards recognizing excellence in daily newspaper work in Canada. ( As reported in the news.

news story: On the CBC's website, the top story the morning after the massacre was about corruption in American college admissions, and two days later about three Montrealers who choose to wash dishes for a living, according to Rabble. What a marked and devastating contrast to the wall-to-wall coverage dedicated to far less fatal acts of violence committed by Muslims abroad. Initially, the mass killings barely made the front page of The Globe and Mail the news was relegated to page four the first day after the atrocity, and the day following confined to a small black box at the top of the front page which was dominated by a picture of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, not connected to any pressing news story . Even the car advertisement at the bottom was given more space on the front page than the planned and targeted gunning down of Muslims in prayer the death toll at the time was 49 and has since risen to 50 . While the shootings were allocated greater prominence in the paper following widespread criticism of The Globe's coverage, they have primarily been framed as a problem of gun control -- not the white supremacist ideology of the man wielding the weapon. By three days after the mosque attacks, they had already virtually disappeared from the online homepages of Canada's two national mainstream newspapers, The Globe and Mail and National Post. To state the facts, however, and then to bury them in a mass of other information is to say to the reader with a certain infectious calm yes, mass murder took place, but it's not that important. While the Boston Marathon bombing which killed three people was memorialized in Canadian media on its one-year anniversary, will anyone in Canada remember the carnage at Christchurch one year from now As the eminent American historian Howard Zinn observed in A People's History of the United States Outright lying or quiet omission takes the risk of discovery which, when made, might arouse the reader to rebel against the writer. ( As reported in the news.

philip alpers: The country's gun roots run deep, going back centuries to when European explorers first sought to conquer the territory as well as to its thriving hunting, farming and sports shooting culture, according to CTV. It's that culture that has meant fewer restrictions on rifles or shotguns, while handguns are more tightly controlled. While that rate pales in comparison to the United States and more than a dozen other countries, it's an eye-popping amount for a country that rarely encounters gun violence. And while many other countries -- most notably the United States -- have experienced high rates of gun homicides, New Zealand has been largely immune. It already has shaken the country to the core, said Philip Alpers, the founding director of Gun, which examines gun laws around the world. Friday's mass shooting at two mosques, claiming the lives of at least 49 people, could change all that. ( As reported in the news.

trudeau airport: Passengers line up at an Air Canada check-in desk at Trudeau Airport in Montreal last week, according to Toronto Star. Canada is poised to begin collecting data on travellers leaving the country. The new measures, expected to take effect later this year, aim to strengthen border security, enforce residency requirements for permanent residents and pinpoint those who fail to leave the country as required. Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO It is not known how many visitors who've overstayed their welcome, failed asylum seekers and criminals the new exit system will catch, but both Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, which will have access to the data, are expected to nab many Canadians who are outside of the country and ineligible to receive further benefit payments. The Canadian Snowbird Association has been following the exit control changes closely and warns its 100,000 members against breaking U.S. immigration law by overstaying beyond the six-month limit and risking the loss of their federal benefits such as old age security and guaranteed income supplements. The estimated savings for the government in employment insurance and old age security over 10 years could add up to 206 million, plus another 151 million in family and child tax credits and other benefits, according to an analysis of the proposed changes to the Customs Act published Saturday. ( As reported in the news.

tuesday afternoon: Officers say the two then got in a taxi minivan and were dropped off at a nearby business complex, where they then took another vehicle, according to CTV. Police say the father and daughter were found near the school, but the exact location has not been identified. Police say the girl's father took her from her classroom at Armadale Public School in Markham, Ont., north of Toronto, on Tuesday afternoon. She was safe, she was unharmed and she was okay and the father was taken into custody, Const. Nicolle said a concerned citizen called police after seeing the Amber Alert and noticing two people who resembled the description. Laura Nicolle, spokesperson with the York Regional Police Service, told CP24. ( As reported in the news.

girls club: Last week, I was back home in Toronto where I had a chance to visit with some young people at the Boys and Girls Club in Regent Park.article continues below Trending Stories Richmond anti-racism award nominee accused of 'discriminating' against LGBTQ community Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Missing the snow Relive Vancouver's fleeting moment as a winter wonderland VIDEO Canada's Most Dangerous Places Whistler's rankings don't paint full picture It was March Break last week, so they were pretty focused on having fun, like kids their age should be, according to Vancouver Courier. But it was also clear to me from their questions, from their simple interactions, how much they cared about each other. Speaker. About their community, and the world beyond it. Today, I am happy to share our Government's fourth budget Investing in the Middle Class. It was a good reminder of what's at stake and of who is counting on us to get the big things right. ( As reported in the news.