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basilica: Peter's Basilica on Sunday, a day the Catholic Church dedicated to the issues and contributions of those who leave homelands in hope of a better life, according to Metro News. New arrivals must know and respect the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in, he said. At his invitation, several thousand migrants, refugees and immigrants from 49 countries joined Francis at Mass in St. Local communities must open themselves without prejudices to their rich diversity, to understand the hopes and potential of the newly arrived as well as their fears and vulnerabilities. As a result, we often refuse to encounter the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves. It is not easy to enter into another culture, to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us, to understand their thoughts and their experiences, Francis said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

holmes: The inference is spot on The Sunshine Eaters, taken literally, is a nod to the plant nourishment, sustained as they are by those nurturing rays, according to Toronto Star. But there are heavy politics to be found in the ground from which they grow, and you don't have to dig deep to uncover them. Nearby and behind glass, delicate watercolours of native plants, painted around the turn of the last century by longtime OCAD University faculty member Robert Holmes, sit quietly arrayed on easels, suggesting, maybe, something not quite finished. Land, simply put, is power, and he because it's always been he who has it, holds it. If you worried what would happen to the fiery tenor of the art world's Canada 150 rebuke once the calendar turned, then this will come as welcome assurance. Between Obasawim and Holmes lies a chasm of difference From the blithe privilege of a delicate visual taxonomy to an urgent plea to return what was taken, The Sunshine Eaters sets up as a have and have-not polemic that defies its poetic title. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

child refugee: Abdi came to Canada as a child refugee from Somalia in 2000 with his sister and aunts, according to Toronto Star. His mother died in a refugee camp while awaiting the three-year process that eventually landed his family here. Abdi's is a tragic story that highlights the gaps in Canadian institutions and systems that disproportionately and negatively impact Black Canadians. Under uncertain circumstances, of which his family continues to seek clarification due to language barriers at the time, the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services removed a 7-year-old Abdi and his sister from the care of their aunt. Article Continued Below Abdi's aunt never stopped fighting for guardianship, and while she obtained her own citizenship she was denied the opportunity to apply for citizenship on behalf of her niece and nephew. Over the next decade the siblings were separated and Abdi was shuffled between 31 homes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

gendered approach: For women in Ontario, it's likely they're being paid marginally or significantly less than their male counterparts, according to Toronto Star. Currently, half the workers in Ontario earning less than 15 per hour are between the ages of 25 and 64, the majority of which are women. However, both our discussions of the potential implications of this change, and the policy itself, fail to adopt a gendered approach. The pay gap between men and women in Ontario sits at 30 per cent as it has for virtually 30 years worsening considerably for immigrant women 39 per cent and Indigenous women 57 per cent . Visible minorities, once protected by Ontario's Employment Equity Act, repealed in 1995, now stand as the province's most under-represented population in the labour market. Women still have to work over 15 months to earn what men earn on average in a year. The statistics are there, as are the barriers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

people: There is so much help that is needed out there, as Powley puts it, according to Metro News. And yet despite how outspoken she is, if you sit with Powley for an hour to chat, as Metro did last week, you will have to take a little extra time to lean in and hear what she has to say. Regarding the causes she cares about which are many, ranging from sustainable urban planning, to supporting refugees, to the rights of people with disabilities she is an ardent campaigner, constantly out engaging the community to instigate positive change. Powley has multiple sclerosis MS an incurable autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. For Powley it began in her teens with slowly losing the balance she needed for ballet. Essentially, if the nerves in our bodies are wires, then MS strips off the insulation and the nerves gradually short out. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

soap store: So, when he and his family came to Canada as refugees from Syria two years ago, he knew he wanted to keep doing what he does best, according to CBC. I can work 20 hours a day. It's what his family has been doing for generations. I don't get tired about that, because I love my job, Sabouni told CBC News Saturday at the grand opening of his new soap store, Aleppo Savon. 4th generation Syrian soap maker to launch Calgary retail outlet The southeast Calgary store, which Sabouni opened along with business partners Husny Hadry and Walid Balsha, was swarmed with customers, excited to get their hands on the artisanal products, which are made with olive and coconut oil. When I begin, yes, but not now. Sabouni said the huge crowd made him a little less nervous about starting a business. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

post: The Sony Pictures release is now approaching 300 million domestically and, after grossing 40 million in China this weekend, a worldwide total of 667 million, according to The Chronicle Herald. Coming closest was Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama The Post, starring Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. Jumanji easily remained the no. 1 film in North America despite an onslaught of new challengers, according to studio estimates Sunday. Twentieth Century Fox is forecasting 18.6 million for the weekend and 22.2 million for the four-day holiday. Made for about 50 million and fast-tracked after the election of President Donald Trump, The Post is considered by many a timely commentary on the power of the press, and a rebuke of Trump from some of Hollywood's biggest names. It's a solid result for The Post in its nationwide expansion following several weeks of limited release. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trump denigrated: For African-Americans in particular, this latest insult from Trump felt like whiplash, according to CTV. Barely a year ago, America's first black president, Barack Obama, marked his final King Day in office with his usual community service; now, his successor is presiding over a racial backlash the country has hardly seen in more than a generation. In the same week that he honoured King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist. Trump has denied being racist, labeling himself the least racist person there is during his 2016 campaign. He began last week by designating the historic site around King's Atlanta birth home as a national park. Some of his actions leading up to this year's federal holiday honouring King's birth seemed to be an attempt to live up to that. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trump: Trump, who has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, announced last year that he will end the program unless Congress comes up with a solution by March, according to CTV. I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! AMERICA FIRST Donald J. Trump real Donald Trump January 14, 2018 DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military, the Republican president tweeted. At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as Dreamers, from deportation. I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! .AMERICA FIRST. Republicans and Democrats were already at odds over funding the government, and the negotiations became more complicated after Democrats -- whose votes are needed to pass a government funding bill -- insisted immigration be included. Further roiling the talks are comments by Trump during an Oval Office meeting in which he questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S., along with Africans from shithole countries, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly. Government funding expires midnight Friday without a deal in place, and some government functions will begin to go dark. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ice: Virtue and Moir won their eighth Canadian ice dance title Saturday, with a program to music from Moulin Rouge! that was both passionate and provocative, according to The Chronicle Herald. In one particularly steamy lift that prompted questions from reporters, Virtue sticks a toe pick in the ice to propel herself up backwards so that she's straddling Moir's shoulders, her hands clasping the back of his head. So when they returned to the competitive arena last season after a two-year hiatus, the three-time world champions weren't content with being the same skaters that left the sport after their silver medal performance at the Sochi Olympics. Moir called it suggestive. We knew taking the ice at the Olympic Games again meant that we had to have a different style, and we wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished I guess. I think 'edgy' would probably summarize most of the program quite well, and that's what we were going for, Virtue said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

works agency: Future contributions would require the agency, facing heavy Israeli criticism, to demonstrate significant changes in operations, they said, adding that one suggestion under consideration would require the Palestinians to first re-enter peace talks with Israel, according to CTV. The State Department said Sunday that the decision is under review. U.S. President Donald Trump hasn't made a final decision, but appears more likely to send only 60 million of the planned 125 million first installment to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. There are still deliberations taking place. The administration could announce its decision as early as Tuesday, the officials said. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the matter. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

african ambassadors: I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States, according to CTV. The African ambassadors issued the statement late Friday following an emergency meeting after Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the U.S. would take in more people from Haiti and shithole countries in Africa. Former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying Whoa. Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did. Meanwhile, at least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday. The new statement expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa and people of colour. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

buddhist villagers: But Rohingya Muslim insurgents said Saturday that the 10 Rohingya, found in a mass grave, were 'innocent civilians.' Simon Lewis/Reuters Rohingya Muslim insurgents said Saturday that 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were innocent civilians, and not members of their group, according to CBC. Myanmar's military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim terrorists during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug. Earlier this week, the military said its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim 'terrorists' during insurgent attacks in September. It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the military in Myanmar, also known as Burma, during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. We hereby declare that these 10 innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA the group said in a statement on Twitter. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army ARSA whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it wholeheartedly welcomes the admission of war crimes by the Burmese terrorist army. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

african nations: Tariro Hicks, 34, originally from Zimbabwe, came to Newfoundland in May 2010, to work as a nurse for Eastern Health, according to CBC. Upon hearing Trump's reported remarks that he questioned the need for Haitian immigrants as well as wondering why the U.S. would bring in immigrants from African nations, which he reportedly called shithole countries her response was, It's Donald Trump. John's residents, U.S. President Donald Trump's reported comments disparaging immigration from developing nations were upsetting but not necessarily surprising. Trump asks why U.S. would want immigrants from 'shithole countries' That was my first thought. I would be surprised if I heard something nice come out of his mouth. I laugh at stuff like that, because I think people should really know that's Donald Trump, she said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

border security: The agreement between three Republican and three Democratic senators would prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, who were brought to this country as children and are here illegally, according to Metro News. President Donald Trump and some GOP congressional leaders have said the bipartisan deal is insufficient. The Associated Press on Saturday obtained details of the deal that includes 1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security. Its proponents led by Sens. Political battle lines intensified following Trump's vulgar description of African nations and derogatory comments about Haiti at a White House meeting last Thursday, and its fate is uncertain.A showdown was expected by Friday, the deadline for Congress approving a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown the following day. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. say they are continuing to round up supporters in hopes of building momentum for their plan. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

countries critics: Trump spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation, according to CTV. Trump wasn't apologetic about the inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe. Critics of the president, including some Republicans, on Friday blasted the vulgar comments made in the Oval Office. The comments revived charges that Trump is racist and roiled already tenuous immigration talks that included discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, Trump insisted in early tweets Friday, pushing back on some depictions of the meeting. In a meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and shithole countries in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable conversation. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

country: And although it's pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth, according to The Chronicle Herald. President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way The country of 5.2 million people that seldom makes global headlines awoke Friday to the news that Trump wanted to have more immigrants from Norway, rather than Haiti and countries in Africa that he disparaged with a vulgar term. There's a generous safety net of health care and pensions. The comments came after Trump met Wednesday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Washington. This says a lot about what Trump thinks it means to be an American. His remarks were seen in Oslo as racially charged and sharply at odds with Norwegian values of inclusivity. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

d-ill .,: The agreement between three Republican and three Democratic senators would prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, who were brought to this country as children and are here illegally, according to CTV. President Donald Trump and some GOP congressional leaders have said the bipartisan deal is insufficient. The Associated Press on Saturday obtained details of the deal that includes 1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security. Its proponents -- led by Sens. Political battle lines intensified following Trump's vulgar description of African nations and derogatory comments about Haiti at a White House meeting last Thursday, and its fate is uncertain. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. -- say they are continuing to round up supporters in hopes of building momentum for their plan. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

delmas district: In the Delmas district in the north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Camp Caradeux sprang up as a temporary home for 20,000 displaced people, according to The Chronicle Herald. Promises of new permanent homes have failed to materialize and Haiti's economy remains weak, leaving camp residents with nowhere to go. For many of those left homeless, life hasn't yet returned to normal. As a result, the camp is transforming into a village as people build cinderblock homes and try to create more normal lives. For many, the anniversary of the quake was made more painful by President Donald Trump's reported remarks questioning why the U.S. would accept more people from Haiti and shithole countries in Africa rather than places like Norway. Associated Press photographer Chery Dieu-Nalio visited Caradeux on the approach of the quake anniversary to document the life of its residents, who are selling charcoal, cutting hair and pursuing other jobs so they can slowly accumulate the money to build houses. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

donald: And although it's pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth.U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way The country of 5.2 million people that seldom makes global headlines awoke Friday to the news that Trump wanted to have more immigrants from Norway, rather than Haiti and countries in Africa that he disparaged with a vulgar term, according to Toronto Star. Read more African UN ambassadors blast Trump's s---hole' remark as outrageous, racist and xenophobic' Article Continued Below Analysis Daniel Dale Donald Trump tried to show you he's sane and stable. There's a generous safety net of health care and pensions. His week became a running fiasco Analysis Mitch Potter Naturally, Trump won't apologize for his s---holes' slur. His remarks were seen in Oslo as racially charged and sharply at odds with Norwegian values of inclusivity. react-empty 163 This says a lot about what Trump thinks it means to be an American. So America is doing it for him The comments came after Trump met Wednesday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Washington. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

job performance: Your pro-life argument rings hollow if you don't have an issue with this xenophobic bigotry, tweeted pastor Earon James of Relevant Life Church in Pace, Florida, according to Metro News. Trump won 80 per cent of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election. While some of his evangelical backers expressed support for his leadership, other conservative Christians are calling the president racist and say church leaders had a moral imperative to condemn him. But recent polls show some weakening in that support, with 61 per cent approving of his job performance, compared with 78 per cent last February, according to the Pew Research Center. Many evangelical leaders who defended him in the past would not comment on Trump's remarks to a group of senators. Still, conservative Christians remain as polarized as ever over his leadership. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

pedro rocha: A message which translated as see how the chocolates melt in the sun accompanied the video, followed by three emojis of a smiley face, according to Metro News. The same phrase is heard during the video, apparently spoken by Spartak and Russia defender Georgy Dzhikiya. A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates. Spartak earlier said Dzhikiya would take control of its Twitter feed for the day. We are a friendly family. Spartak later posted a video in which Fernando says At Spartak there is no racism. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

placards reading: Some protesters carried placards reading Never Again, according to Toronto Star. Others chanted slogans such as Refugees should stay, drive out the Nazis. Police in the capital said about 20,000 people were attending the march on Saturday. The new governing coalition made up of the conservative Austrian People's Party and the nationalist Freedom Party has taken a hard line against migration. Not anymore Do you want to help shapethe Toronto Star's future Join our team of readers who are passionate about journalism and share your views. Read more Article Continued Below Vienna's New Year's baby' met with hate, then hearts Opinion Shree Paradkhar Massive fascist rally in Poland shows how the far right has perverted the word patriotism'Analysis A year ago, Trump was the hero of Europe's far right. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rights act: Among the landmarks of his activism are the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, ending segregation in public transportation; leading the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech; the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and marching with sanitation workers in Memphis, where he declared in his last speech, delivered on the eve of his death, I've been to the mountaintop, according to Rabble. Often overlooked are the increasingly radical policy positions King took in his last years, from speaking out against the Vietnam War to forging a multiracial Poor People's Campaign that sought, as King said, a radical redistribution of economic and political power. Assassinated at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968, his much-too-short life forever changed America. Now, 50 years later, a coalition has formed anew to organize poor people in the United States into what King called a new and unsettling force to fight poverty and forge meaningful change. At the forefront is the Rev. This renewal, called The Poor People's Campaign A National Call for Moral Revival, has an audacious agenda to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sun sea: While Sun Sea's arrival made international news, few details were shared about the refugees' identities because of a court-ordered publication ban, according to Toronto Star. And so in 2013, when Sharon Bala, a Sri Lankan-Canadian writer living in St. Starving and exhausted, the asylum-seekers believed they had found freedom in Canada only to be arrested by armed border guards and the RCMP. A year later, history repeated when a second group of 492 Sri Lankans aboard the ship MV Sun Sea were detained in suspicion of their ties to the Tamil Tigers, a militant organization that had been banned in Canada as a violent terrorist group. John's, began researching for The Boat People her debut novel inspired by the real-world events she was forced to play detective by piecing together snippets of their backgrounds and experiences while imprisoned. I looked for everything I could find, says Bala. The boat was a bit of a black box. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trump: Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation, according to The Chronicle Herald. Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe. However, critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, spent Friday blasting the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors. The comments revived charges that the president is racist and roiled immigration talks that were already on tenuous footing. In his meeting with a group of senators, he had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and shithole countries in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.