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celebration: This year, it marked the 56th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from British rule, according to The Chronicle Herald. The celebration included traditional drumming, dancing, food and more. It was all part of the fifth Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration, an event hosted by the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia. Darrell Oake photos (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

father kamal: The 18-year-old jumped from the car and pounded on the door of the King St, according to Toronto Star. E. home. Alone. When no one answered, he pushed aside a window screen and wormed his way in. Khalid broke into a home in central Hamilton last week to rescue a baby boy wearing only a diaper who was standing alone on a first-floor rooftop. Khalid Tabateb, 18, right, and his father Kamal stand outside their home on the east Mountain. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

hussen: MacLeod and Hussen seemed to get off to a rough start shortly after the Ontario election when Mac Leod expressed anger over how Hussen characterized the new government's language around those who cross the border between official points of entry, according to CTV. I just feel that it became more of a matter of rhetoric and who's Canadian, who's not; irregular, illegal, Mac Leod told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa. Ontario cabinet minister Lisa Mac Leod says replacing Hussen on the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on irregular migration is a move in the right direction. The words around that became far more important than actually fixing the problem. MacLeod says she's already had a wonderful chat with newly named Border Security Minister Bill Blair, and that they could each understand the other's point of view, rather than the sort of divisive rhetoric that was happening. I do think that the federal government started off on the wrong foot with our new administration with some of the stunts by the minister of immigration, so I'm glad to see that he's been removed. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

omarosa trump: He tweeted that he had received a call from the producer of The Apprentice assuring him there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa, according to CTV. Trump insisted, I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. Late Monday, Trump tackled Manigault Newman's claim that she had heard an audiotape of him using the N-word. He said Manigault Newman had called him a true Champion of Civil Rights until she was fired. She said Sunday that she had listened to one after the book closed. Manigault Newman, the former White House liaison to black voters, writes in her new memoir that she'd heard such tapes existed. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

state regulator: But a top state regulator conceded in an interview that investigators did not attempt to determine whether serious allegations of past abuse at the locally run facility are true, according to The Chronicle Herald. Democratic Gov. Investigators concluded the current treatment of detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state's legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and obtained by The Associated Press. Ralph Northam ordered the review in June, hours after the AP published first-person accounts by children as young as 14 who said they were handcuffed, shackled and beaten at the facility. The incidents are described in sworn statements from six Latino teens included in a class-action lawsuit filed in November and are alleged to have occurred from 2015 to 2018, under both the Obama and Trump administrations. They also described being stripped of their clothes and locked in solitary confinement, sometimes strapped to chairs with bags over their heads. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

shenandoah valley: Virginia investigators say they've found no evidence of abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Va., after immigrant teens described being strapped to chairs with their heads covered with bags, according to Toronto Star. Zachary Wajsgras / The Associated Press file photo The regulators did make several recommendations to improve conditions inside the facility, including hiring more bilingual staff and better screening to provide care for detainees who suffer from mental health issues. But investigators concluded the harsh treatment described by detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state's legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and obtained by The Associated Press. Virginia Gov. They also described being stripped of their clothes and locked in solitary confinement, sometimes strapped to chairs with bags over their heads. Ralph Northam ordered the review in June hours after the AP published first-person accounts by children as young as 14 who said they were handcuffed, shackled and beaten at the facility, located near Staunton, Virginia. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

syrian government: He added that the country would welcome any foreign assistance, provided it comes with no preconditions, according to CTV. Public Administration Minister Hussein Makhlouf said authorities are working to rebuild hospitals, schools and other infrastructure to help accommodate refugees. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees' return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that the Syrian government will facilitate their return by all means. President Bashar Assad's forces, with Russian air support, have won a series of victories in recent months against opposition fighters, who are now mainly confined to the northern Idlib province. Others have nowhere to go after their homes and businesses were destroyed. The fighting is over in much of the country, but many of the more than 5 million refugees fear mandatory conscription or reprisal from government forces if they return. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

task force: Lisa Mac Leod, Ontario's minister of children, community and social services, said she was encouraged that Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was removed from the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration, according to Toronto Star. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS Blair was named to the new position of minister of border security and organized crime reduction, with responsibility for the issue of refugees who have been crossing into Canada from the U.S., mostly into Quebec. Lisa Mac Leod, Ontario's minister of children, community and social services, said she was encouraged that Hussen was removed from the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration and replaced by former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who was recently promoted to cabinet. New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc was confirmed Monday as the new chair of the task force, replacing Transport Minister Marc Garneau. MacLeod welcomed the change, suggesting it was a chance to reset relationships on the file between Ottawa and Queen's Park. LeBlanc became minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade in the July cabinet shuffle. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

world war: He just doesn't want it to feel too on-the-nose with its critique, according to The Chronicle Herald. It's been quite illuminating to see how timeless Brecht's insights were, Collett said of the production, which is being workshopped in front of audiences Tuesday and Thursday as part of the Summer Works theatre festival in Toronto. The new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's The Private Life of the Master Race, originally written shortly before the Second World War began, remains as potent a social commentary today as it was 80 years ago, the musician said. We're living through a very similar cycle that he was identifying in 1930s Germany. The stage play is one of a number of Canadian productions taking a stab at timely conversations over issues like racism, immigration and authoritarianism in an era defined by President Donald Trump and the rise of a white nationalist movement. And the conditions that created that atmosphere are what is most startling to me. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

n.c .,: I think the arena's within walking distance of where he lives, Duke's Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski said, according to Vancouver Courier. Or his walking distance maybe, not my walking distance. article continues below Trending Stories Dear johns Vancouver restaurant in the running for Canada's Best Restroom Vancouver's construction community rallies behind business destroyed by fire Internationally renowned forestry expert succumbs to cancer Trinity Western University students no longer need to make pledge to heterosexual abstinenceA month after Barrett departed for his new campus in Durham, N.C., the 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., arrived home with his new teammates in tow. It's fitting that when they finally did, it's virtually in R.J. Barrett's backyard. Duke will play a three-game exhibition series, facing the Ryerson Rams on Wednesday and the University of Toronto on Friday in a pair of sold-out games at Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga. And if Barrett has anything to do with the itinerary I think we have to see the CN Tower, he said. They'll travel to Montreal to play McGill on Sunday to wrap up the tour. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

northam: Democratic Gov, according to Vancouver Courier. Ralph Northam ordered the review in June, hours after the AP published first-person accounts by children as young as 14 who said they were handcuffed, shackled and beaten at the facility. Investigators concluded the current treatment of detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state's legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and obtained by The Associated Press.article continues below Trending Stories Dear johns Vancouver restaurant in the running for Canada's Best Restroom Vancouver's construction community rallies behind business destroyed by fire Trinity Western University students no longer need to make pledge to heterosexual abstinence Air quality advisory back in effect as Vancouver blanketed by wildfire smoke But a top state regulator conceded in an interview that investigators did not attempt to determine whether serious allegations of past abuse at the locally run facility are true. They also described being stripped of their clothes and locked in solitary confinement, sometimes strapped to chairs with bags over their heads. The teens who made those initial complaints were subsequently transferred by federal authorities to other facilities or deported to their home countries. The incidents are described in sworn statements from six Latino teens included in a class-action lawsuit filed in November and are alleged to have occurred from 2015 to 2018, under both the Obama and Trump administrations. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

syrian refugees: Raymond is facing four counts of first-degree murder in deaths of police officers Robb Costello and Sara Burns, as well as Bobbie Lee Wright and her boyfriend, Donnie Robichaud, according to Vancouver Courier. EXPERTSFour years after Justin Bourque's Moncton shooting rampage that killed three Mounties, police in New Brunswick are facing a new traumatic event that may have long-lasting psychological consequences. Brendan Doyle, former owner of recently closed Read's Newsstand & Cafe, says he asked Matthew Raymond to stop coming to his coffee shop after he allegedly expressed Islamophobic views and shared his dislike for Syrian refugees with patrons. On Friday morning in Fredericton, two city police officers were shot and killed while responding to a call. TWELVE-YEAR-OLD RECORDS TRIBUTE FOR SHOOTING VICTIMSAs 12-year-old Josh Cochrane of Yarmouth, N.S., watched the news of the shooting in Fredericton, he thought of the fear the responding officers must have felt, and the children of the victims whose parents wouldn't be there to tuck them in at night. One expert says that in the aftermath of such traumatic events, police officers can develop operational stress injuries, especially those who've seen both colleagues and friends killed in the line of duty. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

newsstand cafe: He'd been coming in on almost daily for a coffee since 2010 and often stayed for an hour or two on the patio in the evenings, Doyle said in a Facebook message Sunday evening to The Canadian Press, according to The Chronicle Herald. He was the kind of lonely person who would talk your ear off if you let him. Brendan Doyle, the former owner of recently closed Read's Newsstand & Cafe in Fredericton, said he also asked Matthew Vincent Raymond to stop frequenting his coffee shop after he allegedly expressed Islamophobic views and shared his dislike for Syrian refugees with patrons. Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder after a shooting Friday in New Brunswick's capital that claimed the lives of police officers Robb Costello and Sara Burns, as well as Bobbie Lee Wright and her boyfriend, Donnie Robichaud. He expressed an interest in owning the various high-end bikes in the magazines, but his interest in guns seemed to be related to his video games. While in the cafe, Matt also looked at magazines about bikes and about guns, Doyle said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

elena vavilova: Alexander, 24, and Timothy, 28, were born in Canada to parents using the aliases Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley, according to National Observer. The parents were arrested eight years ago in the United States and indicted on charges of conspiring to act as secret agents on behalf of Russia's SVR, a successor to the notorious Soviet KGB. Heathfield and Foley admitted to being Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova. In a newly filed court submission, the government argues the Toronto-born son of Russian intelligence agents should be denied Canadian citizenship, the same exception that applies to any child born in Canada to a foreign diplomat. ; Ottawa is fighting a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that effectively affirmed the Canadian citizenship of Alexander Vavilov and, through a related case, his older brother. They were sent back to Moscow as part of a swap for prisoners in Russia. But he ran into a snag at the passport office and in August 2014 the citizenship registrar said the government no longer recognized him as a Canadian citizen. Alexander, who finished high school in Russia, changed his surname to Vavilov on the advice of Canadian officials in a bid to obtain a Canadian passport. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

soumaila ciss: Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the incumbent, came in first, but failed to secure enough votes to win a second term in office outright, according to preliminary figures, according to The Chronicle Herald. Keita won 41.4 per cent of the vote, while his main rival, Soumaila Ciss came in second with 17.8 per cent. On July 29, Mali held a presidential election, with 24 candidates on the ballot. A candidate needed to obtain more than 50 per cent of the votes to win outright. Keita has been president since 2013. The two, who also went to a runoff vote in 2013, will contest the second round of voting on Aug. 12. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

arab protesters: Israel's 1948 declaration of independence defined the country as a Jewish and democratic state and the government says the recently passed bill merely enshrines the country's existing character, according to CTV. But critics say it undercuts Israel's democratic values and sidelines the country's non-Jewish population, namely the Arab community that makes up 20 per cent of the country. The rally marked further fallout from the explosive Nation-State law and came a week after thousands of Druze, also members of the Arab minority, packed the same city square last week. One clause downgrades the Arabic language from official to special standing. Some Arab protesters waved Palestinian flags and others held signs reading equality. Israeli media reported tens of thousands of Jews and Arabs attended the protest. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

barrington street: The Memorial Tower, on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, was dedicated on Aug. 14, 1912. 14 August, 1912 Memorial Tower, Northwest Arm, was dedicated. . . . Halifax welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, the first royal Governor General of Canada, to officially dedicate the Memorial Tower . . . Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915 ceremoniously delivered the 1908 title deeds for Sir Sandford Fleming Park to Mayor F.P. Bligh Halifax.ca/Archives . On April 16, 1908, an act of government had established the Sir Sanford Fleming Park. 15 August, 1844 St, according to The Chronicle Herald. Paul's Church Cemetery, known as the Old Burying Ground at the corner of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road, Halifax, is closed to internment. She became the first African Nova Scotian to receive an appointment to the judiciary and the first African Canadian female to serve on the bench 1987 . Within African Nova Scotian history, Justice Sparks traces her ancestors from the events of the resettlement of the Black Loyalists around 1783 and the black refugees after 1812. It was founded in 1749 as the town's first burial ground. In 1793 it was turned over to the Anglican St. Originally it was non-denominational and for several decades was the only burial place for all Haligonians. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canada: Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi, according to The Chronicle Herald. Chrystia Freeland cafreeland August 2, 2018 I'm proud to see Canada address a human rights violation committed by Saudi Arabia against a female Saudi-American activist and her brother whose family was granted asylum here. Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi's sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. I'm even more impressed by the fact Canada is standing firm, despite the Saudis' decision to immediately cut off diplomatic ties in response. The Saudis have faced harsher criticism before regarding their failure to accept refugees or to help fellow Muslim countries in their time of need, and so much more. I'm equally perplexed by Saudi Arabia's further escalation of this dispute with economic measures such as selling off Canadian securities, halting all Canadian grain purchases, stopping all medical treatment programs in Canada and relocating Saudi scholarship recipients to other countries. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

wife smash: But it was always going to be her ship more than his; buying the cruise company was Madame Pinault's idea, after all, according to Toronto Star. The Viking Sea, an ocean-going cruise ship operated by Viking River Cruises, passes along the River Thames in London. French billionaire and Kering SA chairperson Fran ois Pinault wasn't there to watch his wife smash a bottle of Champagne against the ship's hull in the time-honoured nautical tradition. Company head Torstein Hagen's pitch to passengers involves doing away with the upcharges the industry is notorious for. Now the cruise line, which reports annual revenues of about 182 million U.S. is part of a luxury portfolio that also includes Gucci, Christie's auction house, and famed vineyard Ch teau Latour. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg In 2015, Pinault's holding company, Groupe Artemis, acquired Ponant from Bridgepoint Capital for an undisclosed sum. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

theatre students: See listing, according to NOW Magazine. Rating NNNNAt turns funny, sad and poetic, Lion Womxn brings together a group of young women and non-binary youth who share personal stories about coming out, fitting in, relationships, body image and contending with racism and sexism. Aug 11 at noon, Aug 13 at 6 30 pm. The result is an often raw and very moving mix of monologues, scenes, movement and songs that showcases honesty and strength. The bond that has developed between them is profound. The participants range from stage newcomers to theatre students brought together by The AMY Project, a program that pairs young people with professional artistic mentors. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

buddhist temples: People are in a lot of pain, said Ma Sengming, a 72-year-old man who was at the protest from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon, according to The Chronicle Herald. Many people were crying. A large crowd of Hui people, a Muslim ethnic minority, began congregating at the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou on Thursday, local Hui residents told The Associated Press by phone. We can't understand why this is happening. Islamic crescents and domes have been stripped from mosques, Christian churches have been shut down and Bibles seized, and Tibetan children have been moved from Buddhist temples to schools. Ma said the group shouted Protect faith in China! and Love the country, love the faith! The protest comes as faith groups that were largely tolerated in the past have seen their freedoms shrink as the government seeks to Sinicize religions by making the faithful prioritize allegiance to the officially atheist ruling Communist Party. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

fuel industry: But as Naomi Klein detailed in her acerbic takedown of the piece in The Intercept, blaming diffuse behavioural change instead of institutional power for failing to confront climate change isn't just shoddy analysis, it's dangerous, according to Rabble. Not only does this line of argument free the fossil fuel industry, neoliberal policies, and pipeline-loving politicians from responsibility, but it also undermines the very real grassroots effort organizing in opposition to the very real capitalist, extractivist apparatus. Released to a fanfare of adjacent videos, live events, and educational tools, the article argued that in the late 1980s, we had our chance to deal with climate change, and we blew it. So, what happens when we're all equally to blame for climate change What happens when mainstream media cobbles together a history of climate change policy that ignores the neoliberal explosion of the late 1980s The murky logic of these arguments opens up all sorts of bizarre possibilities. This, of course, is patently false. Including the one where, as Justin Trudeau's government pretends, the wholesale destruction of our environment is compatible with reconciliation efforts with Indigenous communities and First Nations. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

abdul mannan: But what can you say when the authorities suddenly insist one of your five children isn't an Indian What do you do when your wife and daughter-in-law are suddenly viewed as illegal immigrants We are genuine Indians, according to The Chronicle Herald. We are not foreigners, said Mannan, 50, adding his family has lived in India's northeastern Assam state since the 1930s. Abdul Mannan just knows a mistake was made somewhere. I can't understand where the mistake is. Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. Neither can nearly 4 million other people who insist they are Indian but who now must prove their nationality as the politics of citizenship overlaid with questions of religion, ethnicity and illegal immigration swirls in a state where such questions have a long and bloody past. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

facebook stock: All figures in U.S. dollars, according to Toronto Star. Even Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of Facebook, believes regulation of his industry is inevitable. Even at its knocked-down share price of 185.18, Facebook stock is not the bargain many investors believe it to be. TOM BRENNER / NYT FILE PHOTO True, Facebook's user base of 1.4 billion accounts for close to one-sixth of humanity. And having shed 147 billion worth of shareholder value on July 25, or more than 19 per cent, the temptation is there to buy the stock on a dip. The company's profits have continued to grow. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

fulani: Other residents confirmed the attack, according to CTV. The violence comes days before Mali's runoff presidential election on Sunday. Idrissa Bamoye Maiga, a resident in Sofara, said Friday that a number of Fulani people came to the local market to sell their cattle on Tuesday and were gunned down by members of the Dozo militia. The region faces deadly communal clashes along ethnic lines amid suspicions of villagers being recruited by extremist groups. The Dogon and Bambara communities, whose members make up the Dozo militia, accuse the Fulani of being extremist members or sympathizers. Many from the majority Fulani community have been targeted. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

beer: Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday the province would decrease the lowest legal price to allow brewers to sell 355ml cans or bottles for a dollar a beer, according to CTV. The current minimum is 1.25. Ont. Dominion City Brewing Co., an Ottawa brewery, said on Instagram Wednesday morning that it will soon offer a Buck-a-Beer blonde ale. As an independently-owned brewery, we can tell you unequivocally that it is impossible to sell a beer for a dollar without compromising quality, Dominion City wrote. The beer will cost 3.55 for a 355ml can, but the company will donate 1 from each sale to support refugee integration efforts in Ottawa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.