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family member.article: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 45-year-old Victor Santos-Ochoa pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry after his latest arrest, on charges of assault and battery of a 5-year-old family member.article continues below Trending Stories Cancer a factor in Raymond Louie's decision not to seek re-election Vision Vancouver's Raymond Louie not seeking re-election Hector Bremner says his new party will launch at the end of the month Pedestrian killed in early morning accident on Cambie StreetU.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson told Sanchez-Ochoa on Thursday that he's the type of individual U.S. immigration policy is intended to keep out of the United States, according to Vancouver Courier. Prosecutors say Santos-Ochoa has 18 misdemeanour convictions in California, Georgia and Virginia and spent eight years in state and federal prisons. A federal judge has sentenced a Mexican citizen to eight years in prison for an immigration conviction more than double the recommended term citing his lengthy criminal history and the fact that he's already been deported three times. Information from Richmond Times-Dispatch, Related Topics var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul 2018 Vancouver Courier (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

bmo field: That's tough talk for a team that is the reigning Grey Cup champion, but let's face it, the Argos are an organization that's used to tough talk, according to Toronto Star. To being ignored and dismissed. Probably putting an end to their status as Toronto's only pro sports team that can't draw a crowd would be an appealing one. To being written off as a team that has no chance to get anywhere close to the status it once had in the city. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star file photo The Argos would love the talk to be about their players, their chances of repeating and any newcomers that fans should be looking forward to seeing at BMO Field. Winning it all, as the Argos did in 2017, doesn't hurt the bottom line, but it takes much more to sell CFL tickets in Toronto, Damien Cox writes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

islamic armies: From Greece to Egypt, this was the eastern half of Christendom, according to The Chronicle Herald. When the first Islamic armies arrived from the Arabian Peninsula during the 7th century, the Assyrian Church of the East was sending missionaries to China, India and Mongolia. The Fuehrer asked Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians The quote is now inscribed on one of the walls of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Most Canadians do not realize that, despite the fact that Christianity originated in today's Israel, Christians for centuries following the introduction of Islam in the region still constituted a majority of the population in the Middle East. The shift from Christianity to Islam happened gradually. Catholics included Melkites and Maronites, as well as followers of the Latin rite. In the lands of the Fertile Crescent, Eastern Orthodox Christians were divided between Jacobites and Greek Orthodox. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

fort wayne: On Wednesday, a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church said that separating mothers from their babies was immoral, according to CTV. Sessions said many of the recent criticisms were not fair or logical and some are contrary to law. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back against criticism he had received over the policy. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order, he said. Last month, the attorney general announced a zero tolerance policy that any adult who enters the country illegally is criminally prosecuted. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

harvard university: The Johnston Gate at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass, according to Toronto Star. Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like positive personality, likability, courage and kindness, according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed as part of a lawsuit against the university. But the students' personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found. HADLEY GREEN / The New York Times file photo The court documents, filed in federal court in Boston, also showed that Harvard conducted an internal investigation into its admissions policies in 2013 and found a bias against Asian-American applicants. The documents came out as part of a lawsuit charging Harvard with systematically discriminating against Asian-Americans, in violation of civil rights law. But Harvard never made the findings public or acted on them. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

marijuana plants: Her reference to Mexicans came as she was arguing that legalization will actually be a boon for the illicit black market in cannabis - contrary to the government's contention that it will displace organized crime, according to CTV. She said legal pot will be more expensive than the going price of 7 per gram on the black market. Sarnia, Ont., MP Marilyn Gladu made the suggestion Wednesday during debate on the Trudeau government's bill to legalize recreational marijuana. And she slammed the government for allowing individuals to grow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling, arguing that organized crime has increased in Colorado because it allows home-grown weed. Then Gladu added By the way, the government also eliminated the visa requirements for people coming in from Mexico, so lots of experienced people could just move in and take over the whole thing. We can see how profitable organized crime has been there, she told the House of Commons. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

safety critic: Scheer says he went to the site to witness first-hand the epicentre of the crisis at our borders, according to CTV. In his letter, Scheer says he also met this week with other immigrants and refugees who say friends and family who've applied to enter Canada through the regular channels are now waiting longer for their files to be processed due to those jumping the line illegally. Last week, Scheer and his Public Safety critic, Pierre Paul-Hus, visited Que., where the vast majority of irregular migrants have arrived this year after crossing the Canada-U.S. border through the now well-worn path at Roxham Road. He calls on Trudeau to table a plan to immediately stop what he calls the queue-jumping and public safety crisis at our borders. A copy of the letter was provided to The Canadian Press. Canadians are concerned, both about the safety issues this crisis has caused and with the unreasonable delays for those seeking to move to Canada who have followed the rules and now must wait longer, he wrote to Trudeau on Friday. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

isla: Check out the highlights below, and don't forget to follow our always-updating NOWplaying playlist on Spotify, according to NOW Magazine. Isla Craig There Is A Hole Isla Craig's latest taste of her upcoming album The Becoming out on Pleasence on June 22 opens in a stunning acapella, focusing our attention on her bewitching voice that you may have heard backing up Jennifer Castle, and with the Cosmic Range and U.S. Girls . Then percussionist Evan Cartwright Tasseomancy bassist Bram Gielen Weaves, DIANA and synth player Johnny Spence Tasseomancy join in to lay down a spiralling, utterly hypnotic groove that's incredibly easy to lose yourself in. We've rounded up some of the best recent Toronto releases here, including a pair of premieres for Isla Craig and Tony Price. Craig describes the track as a song about the devouring aspects of desire, sex, and the internet. Ambition burns a wildfire. With each click, a hit. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

marginalized communities: The report includes 86 recommendations to government for changes, including a call for immediate implementation of federal pay equity legislation and for the government to request that all provincial and territorial labour ministers do the same.A number of recommendations also addressed the many factors that contribute to the wage gap between men and women, according to National Observer. Measures that would help close the gap include more support for child care, especially in rural, remote and marginalized communities, the report said. The standing committee on the status of women tabled its report Thursday following a 15-month study of women's economic security. ; It found women's employment and wage potential are being undermined in Canada by a wide variety of systemic and structural barriers, including bias, gender-based violence, the wage gap and a lack of adequate access to child care. It also maintained that more flexible child care options are needed for single parents and parents who work irregular hours and shift work. Allowing women to have high quality, affordable child care that suits their needs, which is something we've recommended ... will allow them to continue to work and advance in their workplace. Child care is a huge issue for women in being able to maintain their salaries as they're working, said Liberal MP Pam Damoff, one of the vice-chairs of the committee. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

roxham road: In his letter, Scheer says he also met this week with other immigrants and refugees who say friends and family who've applied to enter Canada through the regular channels are now waiting longer for their files to be processed due to those jumping the line illegally, according to Vancouver Courier. He calls on Trudeau to table a plan to immediately stop what he calls the queue-jumping and public safety crisis at our borders. Last week, Scheer and his Public Safety critic, Pierre Paul-Hus, visited Que., where the vast majority of irregular migrants have arrived this year after crossing the Canada-U.S. border through the now well-worn path at Roxham Road.article continues below Trending Stories Cancer a factor in Raymond Louie's decision not to seek re-election Vision Vancouver's Raymond Louie not seeking re-election Hector Bremner says his new party will launch at the end of the month Pedestrian killed in early morning accident on Cambie Street Scheer says he went to the site to witness first-hand the epicentre of the crisis at our borders. Canadians are concerned, both about the safety issues this crisis has caused and with the unreasonable delays for those seeking to move to Canada who have followed the rules and now must wait longer, he wrote to Trudeau on Friday.A copy of the letter was provided to The Canadian Press. But Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen's office did not mince words in its response to Scheer's assertions. An official in the prime minister's office said they had not yet received the letter and could not comment. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

surprise: Yet, he also threw down the gauntlet for those who will continue to serve in Parliament and all Canadians by emphasizing the need to continue defending the values and principles that define this country, according to National Observer. We have a lot more in common than anything that divides, Mulcair told the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 2007 after scoring a surprise byelection victory in the traditionally Liberal riding of Outremont. More than a decade after his surprise election in a Montreal riding, which paved the way for the orange wave that swept through Quebec in 2011, the former NDP leader delivered his final address before leaving federal politics later this summer. ; Much of Mulcair's speech was spent thanking his family, particularly wife Catherine, as well as employees on Parliament Hill, while reflecting on the unlikely, hopeful, slightly mad political adventure that was his career in the federal arena. While we can and should celebrate and cherish our democracy, our liberties, our rights and our institutions, we're all keenly aware that no one can take anything for granted in today's world. Mulcair also underscored the importance of relations with the country's Indigenous People, saying all Canadians have a lot to learn from those who were here first, in particular our obligation to leave things better for generations to come. Democracy needs champions and Canada should be one of those champions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ymca event: Their marriage ended in July 2012, when the woman announced she wanted to separate after she had moved, without her husband, into their recently bought family home on Halley Avenue with their one-year-old son, according to Vancouver Courier. During their 18-day divorce trial, the woman's credibility was seriously undermined, according to a decision by Justice Lance Bernard, when an order halfway through the trial authorized her bank to provide her records directly to her ex-husband's lawyers. The woman, a landed immigrant from Mainland China identified only as Y.S., and her ex-husband, J.C., a Canadian of Chinese descent who grew up in Vancouver, met at a YMCA event in 2008.article continues below Trending Stories Vision Vancouver's Raymond Louie not seeking re-election Hector Bremner says his new party will launch at the end of the month Pedestrian killed in early morning accident on Cambie Street The Sellution is moving back to Main Street They were married for two years and together owned two Burnaby properties, a condo on Hazel Street and a half-duplex on Halley Avenue. The new records, along with testimony from a T.D. Canada Trust bank manager, revealed the documents she had originally provided had been doctored. Bernard said he was satisfied Y.S., who has a master's degree in accountancy and works as a senior accountant for a private equity firm, had the necessary skills to alter the records convincingly and no one but her or someone acting at her behest would have had a reason to make the changes. The woman had strenuously opposed the order, according to court documents. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

apple juice: Just come out and see! Looking for something refreshing Take a sip of the cider festival, according to The Chronicle Herald. Sip slowly and enjoy the more than 23 participating brewers of the best apple juice. Don't judge. Need to dance off the juice Pop into Lion and Bright and into a time machine to the '90s for some amazing jams. With nearly one in two Canadians being affected by cancer, you can walk for a friend, family member or colleague. Want to move for a cause You have two opportunities to make a difference with your presence The ISANS Walk with Refugees, an event to celebrate World Refugee Day; and Relay for Life. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

armstrong victor: He said two security guards followed him from the bank to his place of work and accosted him in front of his co-workers. 'Come with me, come back with me, come give back what you took from the bank,' said Victor, according to CTV. At that point, I was real confused It was quite embarrassing because it was in front of my coworkers and boss. Armstrong Victor said he stopped at the National Bank in Brossard's Dix-Trente Shopping Complex on his way to work last October. The stamp was found in the bank later that day. I honestly think it happened to me because I'm black, he said. Victor said he believes he was singled out because of the colour of his skin. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

charles: Originally from India, Charles Govindaswamy, left, Poornima Lokaraju, right, and their 5-year-old daughter Neha Charles took the oath of Canadian citizenship on Thursday at Pier 21 in Halifax, according to Toronto Star. Taryn Grant / For Star Metro A member of the RCMP and officials from all levels of government congratulate Charles Govindaswamy, Poornima Lokaraju, and their 5-year-old daughter Neha Charles as they become new Canadian citizens Thursday at Pier 21 in Halifax. At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 the seaport-turned-museum that welcomed around one million immigrants to Canada between 1928 and 1971 147 newcomers stood and took an oath Thursday morning to become Canadian citizens. Taryn Grant/For Star Metro Among those new Canadians were Charles Govindaswamy and Poornima Lokaraju, a young couple from Chennai, India, who have lived in Halifax for the last five years. Govindaswamy said it felt wonderful to be naturalized into a country that supports unity and diversity, and treats everybody equally. I feel so proud of being a Canadian, Lokaraju said after the ceremony. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

david stringer: David Stringer, a Republican from Prescott, spoke Monday at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum, according to CTV. His speech was livestreamed on Facebook and saved to his campaign page. Rep. It was later removed. Sixty per cent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities. But a clip widely circulated on social media by a Democrat showed Stringer talking about how immigration is changing the demographic makeup of the country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

nicodeme mugisho-demu: Chris Hallett, left, who runs Community Matters, chats with Nicodeme Mugisho-Demu, who was physician in the Congo and now helps people find work in their new homeland, according to Toronto Star. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star But after he arrived in Canada in 2008, Mugisho-Demu was faced with a new problem he couldn't practice medicine. I came from a struggling middle-class family and my father sold a camera that was given as a gift to him so I could write my medical exams, he said. Although he tried to apply for the exams required to enter residency training in Canada, he ended up frustrated and emotionally drained. But thanks to an innovative program in his downtown St. He had little choice but to take work as a security guard to keep a roof over his head. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

oil prices: It says in a report that 17 per cent of the sector's workers were 55 or older in 2016, up from 10 per cent in 2006, while the number of workers under 25 fell from 15 per cent to seven per cent, according to The Chronicle Herald. The proportion of visible minorities nearly doubled, from seven per cent in 2006 to 13 per cent in 2016, but still well short of the overall Canadian proportion of 21 per cent. PetroLMI says the number of people directly employed in oil and gas grew by about 25,000 to almost 190,000 over a tumultuous decade that included booming growth due to record high oil prices and thousands of layoffs when prices crashed. The report says one thing that hasn't changed much is the number of women in oil and gas, still at about 22 per cent, with most of those people working at office jobs in finance and administration. The number of energy workers with a university degree increased from 19 to 26 per cent. PetroLMI says the proportion of Indigenous people in the industry grew slowly over the 10-year period from 5.6 per cent to 6.3 per cent that's higher than the 3.9 per cent in the overall Canadian workforce. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trademark logo: But behind the sliding doors is a bustling city unto itself, equipped with classrooms, recreation centres and medical examination rooms, according to Toronto Star. Casa Padre now houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys, dozens of them forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration zero-tolerance policy. In place of the supercenter's trademark logo hangs a curious sign Casa Padre. Children can play pool and foosball in a rec room at Casa Padre. Inside, in what used to be a McDonald's, shelter employees served scores of mostly teenage boys chicken, vegetables and plastic fruit cups. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services On Wednesday, for the first time since that policy was announced, and amid intense national interest after a U.S. senator was turned away, federal authorities allowed a small group of reporters to tour the secretive shelter, the largest of its kind in the nation. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

surprise: Yet, he also threw down the gauntlet for those who will continue to serve in Parliament and all Canadians by emphasizing the need to continue defending the values and principles that define this country, according to Vancouver Courier. We have a lot more in common than anything that divides, Mulcair told the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 2007 after scoring a surprise byelection victory in the traditionally Liberal riding of Outremont. More than a decade after his surprise election in a Montreal riding, which paved the way for the orange wave that swept through Quebec in 2011, the former NDP leader delivered his final address before leaving federal politics later this summer.article continues below Trending Stories Gang activity on the rise in Vancouver Mason bees build mud walls in their nests Cancer a factor in Raymond Louie's decision not to seek re-election Vancouver police investigating third case of virtual kidnapping Much of Mulcair's speech was spent thanking his family, particularly wife Catherine, as well as employees on Parliament Hill, while reflecting on the unlikely, hopeful, slightly mad political adventure that was his career in the federal arena. While we can and should celebrate and cherish our democracy, our liberties, our rights and our institutions, we're all keenly aware that no one can take anything for granted in today's world. Mulcair also underscored the importance of relations with the country's Indigenous People, saying all Canadians have a lot to learn from those who were here first, in particular our obligation to leave things better for generations to come. Democracy needs champions and Canada should be one of those champions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

african country: They contend construction of the mine flouted international legal provisions against forced labour, slavery and torture accusations that have not been tested in court, according to Vancouver Courier. Nevsun denies that the company or a subsidiary enlisted the Eritrean military to build the mine or supply labour, and says the refugees behind the court action were not mistreated.B.C. courts have dismissed Nevsun's attempts to make Eritrea the forum for any proceedings. The high court has agreed to hear an appeal by B.C.-based Nevsun Resources NSU which argues the East African country would be the more appropriate forum.article continues below Trending Stories Gang activity on the rise in Vancouver Mason bees build mud walls in their nests Cancer a factor in Raymond Louie's decision not to seek re-election Heavily armed police presence at Vancouver's Italian Day triggers public debate Refugees from Eritrea allege they were forced to work at a gold mine controlled by subsidiaries of Nevsun and Eritrean state companies. An appeal court upheld a judge's ruling that there was a real risk of corruption and unfairness in the Eritrean legal system, while acknowledging the considerable practical difficulties of hearing the claims in British Columbia. Read Related Topics var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul 2018 Vancouver Courier (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canadian collection: The exhibition draws from the TMC's rich Canadian collection of historic artifacts, and features the work of contemporary artists as well as loans from private and public collections, according to NOW Magazine. Features artwork by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Brenda Lee, Meghann O'Brien, Amanda Rataj, Ovilu Tunnillie. Works include hooked rugs, blankets, quilts, beadwork, basketry and other iconic objects. Curator Roxane Shaughnessy. June 27, 2018 to March 31, 2019; opening reception 6-7 30 pm June 27. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ndp operatives: For those of us living in the bubble known as downtown Toronto, last Thursday's majority win for Ford's PCs was a shock to values we thought we shared with other Ontarians, according to NOW Magazine. Welcome to the new normal in politics. Fordian slip welcome to the new normal in politics So Doug Ford it is. A lot of effort was expended by NDP operatives and a few Liberals, too teasing out PC leader Doug Ford's not-so-well known connections to social conservatives and other questionable characters who occupy the fringes of the PC party. It didn't work. Members of the media were sent emails throughout the campaign encouraging them to follow stories highlighting everything from Ford's remarks about his Jewish doctor, lawyer and dentist, to his alleged support for teaching creationism in schools. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

wayne millard: She also criticized President Donald Trump, without naming him, during an acceptance speech for Foreign Policy magazine's diplomat of the year award, according to Vancouver Courier. RECONSTRUCTION COP TO TESTIFY AT MILLARD TRIALA Toronto police crime scene reconstruction expert is expected to testify at the murder trial of a twice-convicted murderer accused of killing his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide. Freeland met yesterday with members of the influential US Senate foreign relations committee, where she received some support for the Canadian government's position on the tariffs. Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, has pleaded not guilty to killing his 71-year-old father, Wayne Millard, on Nov. 29, 2012. POILIEVREConservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre says he plans to make life really uncomfortable for the governing Liberals until they finally give in and produce their analysis on how much a carbon price of 50 a tonne is going to cost the average Canadian family. The trial has heard that Millard bought the handgun found beside his father's body from a weapons dealer months earlier, and court documents show his DNA was found on the handle of the gun. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

energy sector: As the price of oil fell below 40 a barrel in 2015, it became increasingly to difficult to find a job not just in the once-booming oilpatch, but even outside the energy sector in Edmonton and Calgary, according to Toronto Star. Christian Karasira immigrated from Rwanda to Edmonton and found a job with Alberta Health Services. Armed with a degree in public policy, Azimi moved to Edmonton from Iran following in the footsteps of her sister, who settled here a decade ago. He praised the province's welcoming work culture. That was very difficult, she said, recalling her first few months in Edmonton. Kevin Tuong / For Star Metro Determined to stay in Alberta, Azimi doubled down on her efforts to find work. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

deputy machar: Machar fled South Sudan after new fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, in July 2016, ending a brief attempt at peace in which Machar had returned to his role as Kiir's deputy, according to CTV. Machar, who later was put under house arrest in South Africa, hasn't met with Kiir since then. An opposition statement on Wednesday welcomed the invitation by Ethiopia's prime minister for Riek Machar to meet with President Salva Kiir on June 20 and called it a prudent and timely decision. While South Sudan's government hasn't said whether the president will attend next week's proposed meeting, spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny called the invitation significant and told The Associated Press that anything that brings peace in South Sudan is wanted. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development last month called for a meeting of Kiir and Machar ahead of an African Union summit on July 1 in Mauritania, saying it would inform a final decision on Machar's participation in the South Sudan peace process. The meeting would be mediated by the East African regional bloc that has led several rounds of failed peace talks. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.