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american side: Clair River over the weekend, pushing nearly 1,500 participants in dinghies over the border and onto the shores of Sarnia, Ont, according to CTV. Most of the unintentional border-crossers arrived without passports, phones or arrangements to get back home, creating a major headache for law enforcement and emergency responders on both sides of the river. "They were pushed over pretty quickly, and because they had no control over these dinghies and the wind was basically directing them and the current, they ended up over here," Sarnia Police Const. Strong winds disrupted the annual Port Huron Float Down on the American side of the St. John Sottosanti told CTVNews.ca. Emergency response crews from several Sarnia chemical plants also helped with the situation, as a number of boaters landed near their facilities. "It was pretty much a spontaneous reaction," Sottosanti said. He added that while some had paddles to keep themselves on course, "others tied numerous dinghies together to try and keep together and hopefully move as one, but they were not successful at all." Police, border security and coast guard agencies from both sides of the border stepped into to help round up the wayward Americans and return them to Port Huron. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

application forms: Officers say the callers have used a phone number that is close to the one for the police force, according to CTV. Citizenship and Immigration Canada, meantime, has issued a statement saying it does not phone people to collect money. They say the callers told people that if they didn't pay them a certain amount of money, they'd be arrested by Charlottetown Police Services. The department also says it doesn't ask clients to confirm basic personal information that has already been provided on application forms. Police say anyone who receives a suspicious call should hang up and contact them. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

beef plant: Ontario rival King Cole Ducks also plans to increase its output to stay competitive, according to CBC. Canada three largest producers, which also include B.C. supplier Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, expect overall annual production to double from the current level of 5.5 million ducks. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que., that will double its annual production capacity in five years to four million birds. A popular delicacy in Asian communities, duck is increasingly being sampled by new consumers. "The young generation is trying more and more different products and duck is one of them," said Claude Trottier, president of Brome Lake, founded in 1912. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que Brome Lake hopes to begin production in November, four months after a fire destroyed its processing operations, offices, distribution facilities and a retail store in Knowlton, Que. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

duck: Ontario rival King Cole Ducks also plans to increase its output to stay competitive, according to Metro News. Canada three largest producers, which also include B.C. supplier Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, expect overall annual production to double from the current level of 5.5 million ducks.A popular delicacy in Asian communities, duck is increasingly being sampled by new consumers."The young generation is trying more and more different products and duck is one of them," said Claude Trottier, president of Brome Lake, founded in 1912. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que., that will double its annual production capacity in five years to four million birds. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. Processing has temporarily been shifted to a co-owner operations in Indiana. Brome Lake hopes to begin production in November, four months after a fire destroyed its processing operations, offices, distribution facilities and a retail store in Knowlton, Que. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

class valedictorian: By the time I hit middle school, I was bringing home more As than a family-sized box of Alphabet cereal, according to Huffington Post Canada. I graduated with honours throughout high school. Shortly before turning 11, I made class valedictorian. I threw down a repeat performance during university between scoring scholarships and awards. I made curfew like my life depended on it. I was clueless when it came to drugs. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

pekin duck: Ontario rival King Cole Ducks also plans to increase its output to stay competitive, according to The Chronicle Herald. Canada three largest producers, which also includes B.C. supplier Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, expect overall annual production to double from the current level of 5.5-million ducks. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que., that will double its annual production capacity in five years to four-million birds. A popular delicacy in Asian communities, duck is increasingly being sampled by new consumers. "The young generation is trying more and more different products and duck is one of them," said Claude Trottier, president of Brome Lake, founded in 1912. Brome Lake hopes to begin production in November, four months after a fire destroyed its processing operations, offices, distribution facilities and a retail store in Knowlton, Que. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

democrats people: Carter, considered a worldwide ambassador for Habitat for Humanity, said he doesn't like to advocate for particular issues because he works equally with Republicans, Democrats and people of many religious beliefs in his role with the home building charity, according to CTV. But he did say that "everybody knows that I'm a Democrat, and I'll be voting Democratic." Clinton, a former first lady and Secretary of State, is running against Republican billionaire businessman Donald Trump. The 91-year-old Carter spoke with The Associated Press on the site of a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis. Polls have shown that Clinton is unpopular with voters, Trump even more so. "It been an exciting and unprecedented kind of campaign this year, and unfortunately, the way it turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular," Carter said. "But I don't have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other." Carter, who has battled cancer in the past year, is being joined by about 1,500 volunteers during a weeklong effort to build 19 homes in a low-income neighbourhood near the city downtown. Moving amid the skeleton framing of the house, Carter appeared energetic and sure-footed as he talked with workers and used a level to make sure wooden beams were installed correctly. The former president wore blue jeans, a hard hat, a tool belt and a red bandanna around his neck as he hammered nails into the wooden frame of a house under construction. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

penny oleksiak: Sprinter Andre De Grasse took the bronze in the men 100 meter run, according to Huffington Post Canada. With 22 total medals Canada ranked tenth among nations in its medal performance. Sixteen-year-old Penny Oleksiak hauled in four medals including tying for gold in the women 100 meter free-style swim. But, up total medals can be misleading. In terms of population, for example, the U.S., is nearly almost 10 times the size of Canada. Some nations are much bigger and richer than others and field bigger teams that compete for more medals. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

refugees: The centre settlement manager said the OCCSC has widened its focus to helping all new Canadians since it was founded in 1971, but the influx of refugees from Syria deserves special attention, according to CBC. Ottawa hosts welcome party for Syrian refugees at Lansdowne Park Surge in Syrian refugees has school backpack program seeking donations "They need a lot of services because many of them have spent years in refugee camps where the kids didn't have any opportunity to go to school," said Rupert Yeung. "Among the newcomers they're a very high-needs group. The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre held a party at the Boys and Girls Club on McArthur Avenue in Ottawa Sunday afternoon to spread awareness of its new programs, which include language, job and technology workshops. This is why we wanted to do something about it." Rupert Yeung of the OCCSC says half the people in their language and job programs aren't from China. He said it helped around 100 Syrians who have been to one of its workshops so far. "The most important need for them is the language ... this is what we are trying to help them with," he said. "We've started offering them special workshops in computer literacy and smartphone applications literacy. English lessons important In June the centre moved Hassan Ezdahmad, an Arabic-speaking IT worker who they hired after he finished one of their job programs, to a new job as manager of its Syrian refugee services. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

school supplies: O'Donnell said the demand last year was 27 per cent more than the previous year, according to CBC. After the first week of the three-week school supply drive this year, more than 450 children were helped. But going forward to start this year, we knew we were going to start the year with a smaller level of inventory, including donations of cash, which helps us to kind of fill the need," said Mary O'Donnell, executive director of Moncton Headstart. "It always regrettable that we have to reach out and ask for donations, but that the type of work that we do," she said. 450 children helped in one week According to Moncton Headstart website, in 2015, more than 700 children were provided school supplies. O'Donnell said the list of needed supplies is long and, depending on the child grade, can vary. "I would just say everything," she said, adding that cash donations also help fill a particular need, such as backpacks. MAGMA also provided Moncton Headstart with information about family sizes to help fill the school supply need, said O'Donnell. Newcomers Moncton Headstart is working with the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area MAGMA to help serve newcomers to the Greater Moncton Area, especially in cases when a translator is needed. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

duck: Ontario rival King Cole Ducks also plans to increase its output to stay competitive, according to Brandon Sun. Canada three largest producers, which also include B.C. supplier Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, expect overall annual production to double from the current level of 5.5 million ducks.A popular delicacy in Asian communities, duck is increasingly being sampled by new consumers."The young generation is trying more and more different products and duck is one of them," said Claude Trottier, president of Brome Lake, founded in 1912. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que., that will double its annual production capacity in five years to four million birds. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. Processing has temporarily been shifted to a co-owner operations in Indiana. Brome Lake hopes to begin production in November, four months after a fire destroyed its processing operations, offices, distribution facilities and a retail store in Knowlton, Que. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

pekin duck: Ontario rival King Cole Ducks also plans to increase its output to stay competitive, according to The Waterloo Record. Canada three largest producers, which also include B.C. supplier Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, expect overall annual production to double from the current level of 5.5 million ducks. Brome Lake, the country oldest processor of domestic Pekin duck, is spending $30 million to build a facility in a former beef plant in Asbestos, Que., that will double its annual production capacity in five years to four million birds. A popular delicacy in Asian communities, duck is increasingly being sampled by new consumers. "The young generation is trying more and more different products and duck is one of them," said Claude Trottier, president of Brome Lake, founded in 1912. Brome Lake hopes to begin production in November, four months after a fire destroyed its processing operations, offices, distribution facilities and a retail store in Knowlton, Que. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

french-language drama: Until October 4 at the Studio Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford, according to Toronto Star. Stratfordfestival.ca and 1-800-567-1600. By Karen Fricker Theatre Critic Sun., Aug. 21, 2016 The Aeneid Written by Olivier Kemeid, translated by Maureen Labonté, directed by Keira Loughran. Olivier Kemeid play is loosely based on Virgil epic about the hero Aeneas search for a new home after the Trojan War — a quest that led to the founding of Rome and the extension of Western civilization. The play was nominated for a Governor General Award for French-language drama and has been translated into four languages since it was first produced in Montreal in 2007 . In the intervening years its story — inspired by the mythic figure referred to in a program note as the most famous of all refugees — has only become more topical. A parallel stimulus was the story of Kemeid own grandfather, who left revolutionary Egypt in 1952 on a journey that led his family to Quebec. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ice cream: In Newfoundland, he took scores of selfies in the Cornerbrook area and had a celebrity moment with comedian Mark Critch in St, according to The Chronicle Herald. John's. In Prince Edward Island, the PM served ice cream. In Bridgetown, he was greeted by either hundreds or thousands of Nova Scotians and announced funding for infrastructure and public transportation. Trudeau is a man of style, so much so that he faces criticism that his government lacks substance. Make no mistake about it, Mr. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

jesse billauer: More than 40 people with disabilities, including 14 recent immigrants from Syria and Iraq, signed up for the event at Martinique Beach near Halifax on Saturday, according to Toronto Star. Organizers say it is the only Canadian stop for Life Rolls On, which sets up similar events in cities across the continent. By The Canadian Press Sun., Aug. 21, 2016 MARTINIQUE BEACH, N.S. — Surfers of all abilities hit the water at a Nova Scotia beach this weekend for They Will Surf Again, an event that allows people with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of riding the waves. Jesse Billauer, who founded the U.S.-based organization after a surfing accident rendered him quadriplegic around 20 years ago, flew in from California to support the roughly 115 volunteers assisting with the event. By being able to get out into the ocean, have that freedom and independence they might have lost. It makes you feel weightless ... A lot of people in wheelchairs don't get that sensation, Billauer says. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ukrainian: Until then, histories of Ukraine, especially those officially permitted by Moscow, tended to paint a provincial picture, placing Ukraine squarely within a Soviet context, according to Globe and Mail. Ukraine was the cradle of Slavic peoples and the breadbasket of the USSR, so the clichés went. Subtelny book did in the country it examined. There were no books on Ukrainian history that were objective being used in Ukraine, noted Dr. In 1982, York history department partnered with the Canadian-Ukrainian community to fund a three-year professorship to teach courses in Ukrainian history and Soviet nationalities. Jurij Darewych, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre and a former physics professor at Toronto York University. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

alonzo: Guatemalan prosecutor Hilda Pineda said Lopez Alonzo was a truck driver for the elite Guatemalan army unit that carried out the killings in Las Dos Erres, according to Metro News. She said he guarded women and children being held inside a church while other soldiers interrogated and killed the men, who were accused for stealing missing guns. Victims' relatives hope Santos Lopez Alonzo will be held accountable for the onslaught that wiped out the small village of Las Dos Erres in 1982. Pineda, who presented the charges before a judge, said Lopez Alonzo is accused of murder and crimes against humanity. The now-64-year-old Lopez is among four former soldiers accused in the massacre who were arrested after heading to the United States. During the hearing, Lopez Alonso listened closely as they read out the names of the more than 200 people killed. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

bikes: As demand for bike donations grew, Gilles Remillard, a retired farmer, began buying bikes off of Kijiji, according to CTV. He then turned their garage into a bike shop to polish up rusty bikes and fix broken ones in order to donate them. Gilles and Huguette Remillard decided to donate bicycles to the Refugee and Immigration Community Organization of Manitoba after they met a refugee family in their community from the Ivory Coast. There are really no words to express their faces, Huguette Remillard told CTV Winnipeg. According to Gilles Remillard, they like to deliver them so they can see the children faces when they see their new bikes for the first time. The Remillard not only buy and fix up the bikes but all deliver them to the recipients. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

community leaders: There is a weariness in the room; they have been here before explaining what they do to journalists, researchers, other police officers, community leaders, social workers, parents, according to Toronto Star. The list goes on. Three members of the East Jutland Police department sit around the table. A lot of this isn't rocket science, I guess . . . . Supt. Article Continued Below I said that. Allan Aarslev, the designated spokesman, cuts me off. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

facts: But recent attacks in Europe have shown it getting even faster, according to CBC. In one recent case, involving a migrant to Germany, as fast as 48 hours. For Western jihadis who have carried out attacks, that transition has always been quick, frequently as short as six weeks. And yet the overwhelming majority of those who adopt extremist ideology will never put their thoughts into action. Those two facts combine to make it extremely difficult to identify potential dangerous extremists and turn them from their path. The person who is truly threatening is a needle concealed in a haystack of passive couch-jihadis and Twitter warriors. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

fight government: As Syria death toll grows, so does indifference He says he faced a terrible choice: the government demanded he join the army to fight the rebels, while the rebels insisted he fight the government. "And in both sides, we are killing each other, we are Syrians," he says. "So I choose not to kill anybody and I leave the country." But where to go Most of his friends ended up in European or Middle Eastern refugee camps — safe, but essentially imprisoned. "Canada and Brazil, they are the only two countries they are giving Syrians a safe way to make a new life," Abjada says, according to CBC. Alex Cuelho, a priest who runs the shelter for refugees at Sao Joao Batista church, says the tide of public opinion seems to be turning against them. He spends most of his days in a dusty church courtyard perched over his Portuguese phrase book. "How did I get here Ya!" he laughs. "It was a little bit … complicated." When Syria civil war tore apart his city of Aleppo three years ago, he says, his brother was arrested and tortured. "Fifteen days, horrifying, torturing, abusing, and he did not see the sunlight," Abjada says. Abjada is one of more than 2,200 Syrians who have settled in this country of 200 million. The church has become a way station for close to 30 refugees. Brazil has accepted the third-most Syrians in the Americas behind Canada and the U.S. He arrived this year via Turkey, and has been staying at Sao Joao Batista, a small church in the Botafogo neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ilhan erdem: He has been accused in Turkish media reports of having ties to Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the coup, according to Huffington Post Canada. Gulen, a former ally-turned-critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has denied any involvement. John McCallum addresses a news conference in Vancouver, Aug. 17. Another Turkish Canadian, Ilhan Erdem, was also arrested last month at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. More than 17,000 of them — including soldiers, police, judges and journalists — have been formally arrested to face trial. Since a state of emergency was declared in the failed coup aftermath, some 35,000 people have been detained for questioning. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

omran daqneesh: It how you stay attached to the person in charge of your safety, according to Hamilton Spectator. Adults are adults; children are children. His right arm had been wrapped around his rescuer back, the way children small hands always cling to the shoulder blades of adults. Adults protect children. Omran Daqneesh, five years old but small for his age, looked old and grey. That the way it is, and that why what follows should bring a wave of help and protection from Canadians. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

re condos: By Linda Givetash The Canadian Press Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 VANCOUVER—The transformation of Vancouver Chinatown, fuelled by a changing population, crisis of affordability and ripe potential for new development, has left some locals calling it either a dying neighbourhood or one under threat of gentrification, according to Toronto Star. As the city begins to review the impact of its economic revitalization strategy for the neighbourhood, which ended last year, community members are at odds whether Chinatown direction is what they want. Vancouver Chinatown grapples with growing pains of affordability and development. With all the developments that are happening in the area, they're condos for the most part and they're not being catered to the residents that live there right now, said Yuly Chan, a member of the Chinatown Action Group. Article Continued Below While the area has grown with waves of immigration and development over the decades, it remains one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Just because people are poor, or are income assistance, it doesn't mean they can be pushed out of their own Chinatown is one of the oldest in the country, established in the late 1880s when early Chinese immigrants, many of them railway workers, settled in the area near what is now the downtown core. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

revitalization strategy: While the area has grown with waves of immigration and development over the decades, it remains one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Vancouver, according to The Chronicle Herald. According to 2006 census data, the median income for the area was $17,658 compared with $47,299 for the city as a whole. As the city begins to review the impact of its economic revitalization strategy for the neighbourhood, which ended last year, community members are at odds whether Chinatown direction is what they want. "With all the developments that are happening in the area, they're condos for the most part and they're not being catered to the residents that live there right now," said Yuly Chan, a member of the Chinatown Action Group. "Just because people are poor, or are income assistance, it doesn't mean they can be pushed out of their own neighbourhood." Vancouver Chinatown is one of the oldest in the country, established in the late 1880s when early Chinese immigrants, many of them railway workers, settled in the area near what is now the downtown core. A more recent report by First Call B.C. found that the child poverty rate in Chinatown in 2013 was a staggering 59 per cent. The strategies allowed for taller buildings in select areas of Chinatown to bring more residents into the neighbourhood, with the catch of requiring developers to contribute new amenities like community centres in return for the extra height on new construction. A three-year economic plan, in conjunction with a longer term neighbourhood plan, was introduced by the city in 2012 to address concerns about the growing number of closing storefronts in Chinatown, city planner Karen Hoese said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rodeo: The rocker new role involves fundraising, expanding library services and overseeing a new digital media studio planned for the library, according to CBC. Egan–also a new dad with a 14-month-old son–jokes that he "clean-shaven and wearing slacks for the first time in 25 years." The Minnesota-born transplant has been with Blue Rodeo for more than 17 years and, before that, with the band Wilco. The 60-year-old says it wasn't an easy decision but that he couldn't refuse an offer to help build up the community in his southern Ontario home. Egan last gig with Blue Rodeo is set for Saturday in Toronto at the CNE, but he doesn't rule out performing with them again one day. "It takes a lot for somebody to leave Rodeo," Egan said Friday from his new office at the Kitchener library. It almost like the mob -- this is your second family. Dream job' "As you can imagine, it the dream job and after 17 1/2 years it almost impossible to leave. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.