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times newspaper: In this file photo taken on April 7, 2010, Rwandan United Democratic Forces FDU-Inkingi Chairperson Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza poses at her home in Kigali, in Rwanda, according to Toronto Star. Opposition leader Ingabire, who was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in jail, was unexpectedly freed from jail on September 15, after President Paul Kagame permitted her early release. Supporters of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and the state-run The New Times newspaper posted photos of the opposition leader leaving Nyarugenge prison hours after the justice ministry's announcement. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP/GETTY IMAGES Ingabire's release surprised many in the capital, Kigali, because it is unusual for longtime Rwandan President Paul Kagame to pardon potential challengers. The ministry statement said both had made their most recent requests for clemency in June. Also approved for early release was musician Kizito Mihigo, convicted on charges of conspiring against the government, who along with Ingabire received a presidential commutation. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

negro invasion: In response, the Canadian government instructed medical personnel at the border to heavily scrutinize the newcomers and offered doctors bonuses for every Black person they rejected, according to National Observer. Inspectors were told to make sure African Americans had at least 200 when they arrived, an amount they could waive in the case of white settlers. Their arrival sparked a backlash among some Albertans who condemned what they termed a negro invasion and a flood. Canada's history of welcoming millions of migrants from around the world has been tainted by unjust exclusions. However, these and other measures were ultimately successful, with the one major wave of Black settlers ending in 1914. Initially, the Black settlers were able to overcome these barriers and about 1,000 settled in Alberta. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

facebook page: There was an audible gasp from some in the public gallery when Ali appeared, according to CTV. The alleged killer sported a full beard and looked disheveled a noticeable change from the image of a smiling man in a tuxedo posted on his Facebook page. Dozens of people gathered at provincial court on Main Street for the hearing, during which the accused, 28-year-old Ibrahim Ali, sat expressionless in the dock as an interpreter translated the judge's remarks. When asked after the hearing if Ali's family had any comment, his lawyer, Danny Markovitz, told reporters they were puzzled and horrified by the allegations. Markovitz said. I can't offer any comments except to say we all feel horrible for that child. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ford: Indeed, Belobaba's ruling is, to many, a startling judicial decision, and it would be possible to craft a nuanced, constitutionally coherent case against it, according to Rabble. But that is not what Doug Ford is doing. Those experts are surprised Judge Belobaba believes the negative impact of Bill 5 on the right of free expression in Toronto would be so severe he is compelled to strike down the legislation in its entirety. As they hastily reintroduce Bill 5, this time invoking the notwithstanding clause, Ford and his acolytes do not offer reasoned legal or constitutional arguments. Ford says he was elected while Judge Belobaba was not. Instead, they engage in ad hominem attacks, simplistic and illogical arguments, and non-sequiturs. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rape gangs: The message said rape gangs - coming to a neighbourhood near you, according to CTV. Fearing for her safety, Valadka hurried into her apartment and called police. Some man tapped me on the shoulder, handed me a piece of paper and said 'this is for you'. I opened it and it said some truly vile things in there, Laura Valadka said. Officers say theincident is concerning, but there's not enough information yet. John Mac Leod. Distributing information itself isn't a crime, depending on the information, including the materials and the intention of it, said Cst. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

task force-iraq: But Brig.-Gen, according to CTV. Colin Keiver, the commander of Joint Task Force-Iraq, said the Iraqi government will continue to rely on Canada and other international partners for the foreseeable future despite the Islamic State's defeat last year. The mission, which includes hundreds of special forces soldiers, transport and refuelling aircraft, a military hospital and counter-explosive experts, recently entered its fifth year and is currently set to expire at the end of March. They recognize they need continued assistance in order to ensure security and work on stability and prosperity in Iraq, Keiver said on a call with reporters on Friday. But military planners have started working on proposals for an extension to the rest of Canada's mission beyond March, which Keiver expects will be presented to cabinet ministers for a decision sometime this fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in June that Canada would contribute 250 soldiers to lead an expanded NATO training mission in Iraq whose focus will be helping local forces bring peace and stability to the country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

women-friendly policies: The Hot Pink Paper was prepared by Women Transforming Cities, together with self-identified women and girls, and community allies, according to Rabble. Candidates have an option to opt in by filling out the commitment form. The Hot Pink Paper, first introduced during the 2014 Vancouver election campaign, seeks to encourage municipal candidates to commit to women-friendly policies, and ensuring all platform issues to reflect a women-friendly and intersectional lens. Members of the public can view the Hot Pink Paper online and better acquaint themselves with how issues of housing, health care, child care, the environment -- and many more -- impact self-identified women specifically, with special attention to Indigenous and immigrant women, and all women facing marginalization. Members of Women Transforming Cities, including longtime activist and former city councillor, Ellen Woodsworth, took turns speaking on issues of the environment, immigrant women, youth, and Indigenous women and girls. Despite the grey drizzle that morning, the 2018 Hot Pink Paper launch attracted the likes of candidates from COPE Vancouver, Vision Vancouver, One City, The Green Party, Coalition Vancouver, as well as independent mayoral candidate Shauna Sylvester. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news conference: But I think that's it, he told reporters in Ottawa on Friday, who asked him how he stacked up against the U.S. president and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, according to National Observer. We're using these networks to draw attention to what we're saying. But he says he believes that's where the similarities stop. ; If you want to compare me with Donald Trump, maybe what I'm doing with social media, that can be a comparison. The exchange was part of a news conference staged by the Quebec MP to unveil the name, logo and website of his new party the People's Party of Canada. Maxime Bernier said he wants to have a debate on immigration figures at a press conference in Ottawa on Sept. 14, 2018. The ex-Harper government minister and failed Conservative Party leadership candidate first announced Aug. 23 that he was quitting the Conservatives because they had become too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

selection certificates: Those who fail would see their selection certificates revoked, leaving the federal government free to remove them from the country, according to Vancouver Courier. Legault said it is very unlikely that immigrants would fail after taking three years of free French classes offered by a Coalition government. Legault tried to strike a reassuring tone Friday, a day after Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard accused him of scaring immigrants away from Quebec amid fears of being kicked out if they don't speak French well enough to meet the standards of a Coalition government test.article continues below Trending Stories Canucks camp 'Brock! Will you sign my... forehead 'Residential Tenancy Branch knocks down Olympic Village resident's complaint Vancouver weather Rainbows appear as rainy days settle in Voters have 21 choices for next Vancouver mayor The Coalition has promised to impose a values test and a French test on new arrivals after three years if it is elected on Oct. 1. Anyone acting in good faith will pass the French test and values test, said Legault, who promised leniency for the elderly or those with learning difficulties. Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Legault was clearly in damage control. But if it ever happens that someone is not acting in good faith, we will advise the federal government, as we do in the case of workers whose work permit has expired, and it will be up to the federal government to decide what they will do with this person who is in Quebec illegally. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

thursday debate: Legault pressed Couillard to apologize for Barhone accusing the CAQ of being a racist party after the Liberal candidate had suggested that Legault was trying to conduct a cleaning of immigrants, according to National Observer. You know why people react like, this Mr. Couillard's comments were in response to a pointed attack from Legault about comments made by Quebec Liberal candidate Mohammed Barhone, who is running in the suburban riding of Taillon, on the south shore of Montreal. Legault Because you scare them, Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard said, during Thursday night's debate, reports cecilia keating PolQC Qc2018 Elections2018 Quebec2018But instead of apologizing, Couillard, the leader of the Quebec Liberals, fired back at Legault. Legault Because you scare them, Couillard said, the families, the men, the women, the children that are listening you scare them, ; The testy exchange was among the highlights of the evening in what is the first of three debates scheduled before Quebec residents go to the polls in a general election on Oct. 1. You know why people react like, this Mr. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

vancouver: But one of his first orders of business was to defend his new party in the wake of support from a fringe political group.article continues below Trending Stories Canucks camp 'Brock! Will you sign my... forehead 'Residential Tenancy Branch knocks down Olympic Village resident's complaint Vancouver weather Rainbows appear as rainy days settle in Voters have 21 choices for next Vancouver mayor They don't have a place in our party, according to Vancouver Courier. I don't share these values, said Bernier. Bernier held a news conference Friday to unveil the name and logo of his new political venture the People's Party of Canada. He also said he would screen potential candidates interested in running for his party and that xenophobic individuals will not be allowed to run. Earlier this week Bernier tweeted in response to a story about the surge in asylum seekers at the U.S.-Canada border, If you can buy a plane ticket from Nigeria to NY, you're not a real refugee. Bernier himself was heavily criticized in August for a series of tweets which argued too much diversity erodes Canada's identity and destroys what makes it great and that immigration shouldn't be open to those who don't share Canadian values of freedom and equality. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

west van: As quickly as it started, the appearance was over and Ali was taken away, according to Vancouver Courier. Outside the courthouse, Ali's lawyer Danny Markovitz said he had not yet had a chance to review the particulars of his client's case. Standing in the prisoner's box wearing an orange T-shirt and pants, 28-year-old Ibrahim Ali listened intently to the proceedings with the help of an Arabic interpreter.article continues below Trending Stories Clark Walk explores changing face of Vancouver's dwindling industrial corridorICBC rolls out new driver's licence testing for seniors over 80West Van short-term rental used for underage Dunda-rave party Seventy sinful years of the Penthouse 28-yr-old man charged with murder of Marrisa Shen Ali's case was adjourned until Oct. 12 to allow the Crown to disclose its evidence to his lawyer. I can't offer any comments except to say we all feel horrible for that child, he told reporters. They're puzzled and they're horrified by the allegations. He added that he had spoken to Ali's family. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

clause chris: Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau joined 23 other Toronto-area Liberal MPs who urged Ontario MPPs to reject Premier Doug Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause, according to Toronto Star. Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS We believe MPPs elected in Toronto have a responsibility to defend the city, its democratic institutions, and the rights of citizens to a free and fair municipal election. In a statement obtained by the Star, all 25 federal MPs from the city of Toronto called on all provincial MPPs to defeat Ford's legislation tabled Wednesday at Queen's Park, calling the premier's resort to s. 33 the notwithstanding clause never before invoked by Ontario heavy-handed and disrespectful. The people of Toronto deserve nothing less. The correct response to a court decision one disagrees with is to appeal. They quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's declaration that the Liberal party will always defend the Charter and said but this is not a partisan issue noting former prime minister Brian Mulroney, premiers and municipal leaders of all political stripes have denounced Ford's triggering of the notwithstanding clause. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

community group: Ibrahim Ali, 28, was publicly identified Monday as the man accused of killing her, according to CTV. He has been charged with first-degree murder. Shen was found dead in a park in Burnaby, B.C., in July 2017, 90 minutes after her mother reported her missing. Who is Ibrahim Ali Ali arrived in Canada with relatives in early 2017 as a Syrian refugee. Andrew's-Wesley United Church in Vancouver. He was sponsored by a community group and the St. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

expulsion test: Couillard told Legault his expulsion test is making people across the province afraid of you, according to CTV. Quebecers are tired of you giving them lessons, Legault responded. Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault defended his controversial position, telling his opponents, why should someone fail a test if they can take French classes for free While the debate earlier saw Philippe Couillard have to defend his government's cuts to education and health care, the Liberal leader went on the attack on the politically charged immigration issue. Couillard said he would maintain annual immigration levels at about 50,000 people, saying Quebec needs workers due to labour shortages across the province. If they can't pass the test after three years, they will have to leave, Legault said. Legault wants to reduce immigration to the province by 20 per cent year, or by roughly 10,000 people, in order to better integrate them and to ensure there are enough services to help them learn to speak French. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

latin: For years newcomers tended to be from Latin America, but a Brookings Institution analysis of that data shows that 41 per cent of the people who said they arrived since 2010 came from Asia, while 39 per cent were from Latin America, according to Toronto Star. About 45 per cent were college educated, the analysis found, compared with about 30 per cent of those who came between 2000 and 2009. The Census Bureau's figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the United States. An envelope containing a 2018 census letter. We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers from Latin America, but for recent arrivals that's much less the case. Michelle R. Smith/Associated Pre / Michelle R. Smith/Associated Pre This is quite different from what we had thought, said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution who conducted the analysis. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

minority group: In this image made from video, a suspect is arrested by policemen after he allegedly drove an SUV into a crowd in Hengyang, China, according to Toronto Star. AP That appeared to rule out terrorism, although vehicles have previously been used in attacks blamed on militant Muslim separatists from the Uighur ethnic minority group. The Hengyang city government said the suspect in the case had previous convictions for crimes including drug trafficking, theft and assault and, acting alone, had sought to get revenge on society. Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Yang Zanyun from Hengyang's Hengdong county in the largely agricultural province of Hunan. The SUV apparently appeared without warning, jumping the curb before plowing into the crowd. Tuesday night's attack happened in a public square where Chinese typically gather to dance in groups or enjoy the cool evening breezes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

cooker: But they can relate to each other this season, according to Vancouver Courier. Coming off challenging seasons, Tatar and Alzner both are in the same pressure cooker that is the Montreal Canadiens dressing room.article continues below Trending Stories It's official Metro Vancouver has the sorriest bus stop in North America Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Measles warning issued in Vancouver for Skookum, Sky Train, restaurant and more Poll NPA's Ken Sim and independent Kennedy Stewart neck-and-neck in Vancouver mayoral race Alzner was part of last year's team in Montreal that fell well short of the playoffs, while Tatar failed to make much of an impact with Vegas after getting dealt to the Western Conference champs from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline. Tomas Tatar and Karl Alzner are two different players one a scoring winger, the other a bruising defenceman. A few times last year we just said, 'You know what Bad game, let's get over it,' instead of actually getting to the root of the problem, Alzner said as the Canadiens reported for medicals on Thursday. Tatar was acquired by the Canadiens in the Max Pacioretty trade earlier this week. Hoping we can really set a good base right from day one here and figure it out. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

hengdong county: Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Yang Zanyun from Hengyang's Hengdong county in the largely agricultural province of Hunan, according to Vancouver Courier. Tuesday night's attack happened in a public square where Chinese typically gather to dance in groups or enjoy the cool evening breezes. The Hengyang city government said the suspect in the case had previous convictions for crimes including drug trafficking, theft and assault and, acting alone, had sought to get revenge on society. article continues below Trending Stories It's official Metro Vancouver has the sorriest bus stop in North America Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Measles warning issued in Vancouver for Skookum, Sky Train, restaurant and more Poll NPA's Ken Sim and independent Kennedy Stewart neck-and-neck in Vancouver mayoral race That appeared to rule out terrorism, although vehicles have previously been used in attacks blamed on militant Muslim separatists from the Uighur ethnic minority group. The SUV apparently appeared without warning, jumping the curb before plowing into the crowd. Occasionally, the attacks are attributed to militant separatists, though such incidents have become less common in recent years amid a stifling security crackdown. China has experienced violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson of buses and buildings. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

hollywood blockbuster: In the wake of the unprecedented success of Crazy Rich Asians and the discussions that it engendered around representation, these two films offer interesting viewpoints on our way to reaching new heights of visibility for Asian peoples here, according to NOW Magazine. As two tiny, independently produced films from outside North America, they cannot hold a candle to the Hollywood blockbuster that is Crazy Rich Asians. The fact that this year's TIFF is screening, perhaps for the first time in the festival's history, two feature films directed by Tibetan filmmakers one from inside Tibet and the other from the exile community is noteworthy. But they do shine a light on the question of what representation means for those of us who are minorities within minorities. It's during a flashback of the main character Dolkar Tenzin Dolker as an infant among a group of Tibetans attempting to cross a Himalayan pass to enter India from Tibet. There is a scene midway through the The Sweet Requiem, produced in India by the filmmaker duo Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, that stayed with me long after the credits. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

michelle blanc: Blanc, who is transgender, upset that the Bell employee had called her 'monsieur' over the phone because of her masculine voice, went on to say you sound African, but I don't call you mon petit negre or my little negro, according to National Observer. Will the Parti Qu b cois keep Michelle Blanc with her racist comments, if so, it will make it obvious what they stand for. Here was someone who proudly referred to herself as a social media expert who had committed an unacceptable offense over a minor dispute with a Bell customer service agent. Exclusive Controversial PQ candidate wrote 'mon petit negre' in deleted tweet https //t.co/2Qi7Y4BUvY Will Prosper Will Prosper August 30, 2018While the Quebec election campaign has been a passionless humdrum affair so far, with a large percentage of Quebec voters uninterested in or undecided about the Oct. 1 vote, there have been plenty of candidate scandals. She had exposed herself at best incapable of controlling her temper and lacking judgment, and at worst a racist or someone without qualms about using racist language over a misunderstanding. Though she later removed the evidence, the damage was done. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

gunfire complaint: Abdi Ladif Hirsi, 27, was found dead in a car with multiple gunshot wounds on Aug. 19 in what police believe was a targeted attack, according to Toronto Star. Kevin Tuong / For Star Metro Edmonton When they arrived, officers found Abdi Ladif Hirsi, 27, dead inside a car. According to Edmonton police, officers were called to a gunfire complaint around 10 45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, near 162 Ave. and 51 St. He had been shot multiple times.A grey or silver Nissan Sentra with multiple people inside was seen fleeing the scene after the shooting. We would like to thank the citizens of Edmonton, as well as the local media for their assistance with this investigation, said Staff Sgt. Article Continued Below Police have since charged Hashim Abdulkadir Mohamed, 24, Samatar Mohiadin, 20, Amiir Hussen, 20, and Mohamod Mohamod, with first-degree murder in connection to the incident. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

charter rights: First-past-the-post didn't stop Doug Ford from coming into power in Ontario, Singh said, to laughs and applause from NDP members of Parliament, according to CTV. It didn't stop him from using the notwithstanding clause to continue a petty vendetta against the City of Toronto, to abrogate our charter rights to continue this vendetta. Singh told his caucus during a retreat in Surrey, B.C., that Trudeau's explanation for disavowing the promise was that he was worried a new electoral system might facilitate the rise of far-right, fringe parties. Ford invoked the rarely used clause on Wednesday to overrule a court decision and reduce the size of Toronto's city council from 47 councillors to 25. Singh, a former NDP member of Ontario's legislature, also noted first-past-the-post didn't stop Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer from appointing a former Rebel Media news director as his campaign head. Protesters and most of the Opposition were ejected from a chaotic legislature as Ford reintroduced the council-cutting bill. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

island government: The immigration program has faced criticism for granting permanent residency status -- a coveted step towards full citizenship -- before businesses were set up and people actually moved to P.E.I. Under the program, the applicants provide the Island government with a 200,000 refundable deposit, and commit to invest 150,000 and manage a firm, according to CTV. A spokesman for the Office of Immigration says in 2016-17 over half of all the 269 applicants who had completed their agreements forfeited their deposit and never opened a business, raising 18 million for the small province. The provincial government said Wednesday it will no longer accept applications from immigrants looking to set up a business on the Island in the entrepreneur stream of the Provincial Nominee Program. In addition, last year The Canadian Press reported on how three international students were asked by owners of businesses created under the program to return a portion of their wages to the business immigrants. Progressive Conservative Leader James Aylward said Wednesday the program bred public distrust and should have been cancelled years ago. In one case, a student said he was fired when he refused, and in two other cases, the students said they agreed to give back a portion of their income in cash. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ontario legislature: Only the legislature can fuel that tank, however, requiring MPPs to stiffen their spine and rise to the occasion, according to Toronto Star. Premier Doug Ford speaks during Question Period on Wednesday, The Ontario Legislature was recalled so Ford can reintroduce Bill 5 and override a court ruling with the notwithstanding clause. The premier's invocation of the never-used in Ontario notwithstanding clause comes across as reckless and dangerous to our fundamental freedoms, like an angry child who has found the keys to a tank. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star The notwithstanding clause in the Constitution permits one branch of the state legislatures to override another judges where the latter has ruled that the former breached the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It must be legislated, and that doesn't happen overnight.A majority of the legislature needs to pass it after two rounds of debate and voting. In other words, the override power is not exercised by executive fiat. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

fear: Edmonton's community and public services committee approved the Access Without Fear to Municipal Services policy on Wednesday, according to Toronto Star. Kevin Tuong / For Star Metro On Wednesday, the community and public services committee moved a policy called the Access Without Fear to Municipal Services forward to council. According to city administration, undocumented individuals living in Edmonton don't often access basic services because they fear deportation. The policy states that Edmontonians, whether documented or not, do not need to produce certain documents, such as a driver's licence, as proof of residency when accessing city services. Article Continued Below It sends a message that this is who we are as a community, that people here for various reasons have lost their immigration status for various reasons and we are not going to put unnecessary, excessive stress on them as they figure out how to kind of land permanently. It's a symbolic gesture, said Erick Ambtman, executive director for Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.