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albertans teachers: This means people's climate change perceptions are being increasingly driven by divisive political agendas rather than science and concern for our collective welfare, according to Rabble. Over the past year, the Alberta Narratives Project gathered input from a broad range of Albertans teachers, faith groups, health professionals, farmers, artists, industry, environmentalists, etc. to better understand how they feel about public discourse on global warming. The greatest predictor of people's outlook is political affiliation. Participants said they want less blame and a more open, balanced and respectful conversation. No one is speaking to them, using language that reflects their values and identity. Many don't see themselves in the conversation at all. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

bangladesh governments: A Rohingya refugee in the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, in June, according to Toronto Star. About 2,200 Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Burma last year are set to be repatriated on Nov. 15. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau say they are deeply concerned about a proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Burma this month. It is a process that has been repeatedly delayed, and one that few, apart from the Burma and Bangladesh governments, seem to think is a good idea. Freeland and Bibeau say repatriation must not be rushed, and they're urging Burma's government to ensure refugees that do return are protected and their human rights are upheld. REBECCA CONWAY / New York Times United Nations officials and international organizations have said such a return is unsafe due to ongoing violence and conditions that continue to force refugees to flee the country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

broadcasting act: It is a sign that two parallel processes aimed at a long overdue modernization of laws governing the entire spectrum of communications from over-the-air television to the internet could face a rocky road, according to Rabble. Both processes are reviewing the Broadcasting Act and other key pieces of legislation governing communications, but only the Senate Transport and Communications Committee hearings are public. That, however, is what happened. The other process is behind closed doors. The group incudes five lawyers and a former Telus corporation vice-president, Janet Yule, who is the chair. Last June, the Trudeau government named a seven-member panel of experts to look at how communications legislation could be updated. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

christian democrats: Those opposing the coalition said it would give influence to the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats -- the third-largest party but considered a pariah by many -- because the government would be dependent on that party's support in parliament, according to CTV. Wednesday's vote was the first of a possible four before Speaker Andreas Norlen must call new elections. Parliament voted by 195 votes to 154 to reject the Speaker's plan for a coalition of the centre-right Moderates and the small Christian Democrats, with Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister. It was the first time that a candidate for prime minister has ever been rejected by the 349-seat Riksdagen. The September election produced a hung parliament with the left-leaning side and the centre-right bloc securing about 40 per cent of the vote each, leaving neither with a majority and paving the way for months of uncertainty and complex coalition talks. Norlen said he would continue talks with party leaders on Thursday, without giving details. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

criticism: There's been no shortage of Albertans demanding that Kenney, leader of the Conservative opposition in the legislature, revoke Carpay's membership in the United Conservative Party for his odious comparison of the rainbow pride flag to the banners of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, according to Rabble. Kenney's even had a Postmedia political columnist -- a breed not usually associated with criticism of the UCP -- gently suggest that now might be an excellent time to advise Carpay his assistance is no longer required. Since the story broke over the long weekend, Carpay and his old comrade in social conservatism, Jason Kenney, have been subjected to a ferocious barrage of criticism, and not just on social media. Columnist Don Braid called Carpay's comment a dark, ugly slur, and reminded readers that the jackboot march to real totalitarianism always starts by demonizing minorities. That was said at a fundraiser for Carpay's so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which earlier this year tried to get a court injunction to halt enforcement of the Alberta law preventing schools from informing parents when students join gay-straight alliances. Carpay's inadvisable commentary also reminded folks of the kind of things Kenney says when he's among friends, like that time last year when he compared Carpay to Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist best known for her role in the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

dentistry schools: Vince Talotta / Toronto Star The payoff is especially high for immigrants facing greater barriers to employment refugees and family class immigrants who may arrive in this country without specific credentials to work here, according to Toronto Star. Family class immigrants with post-secondary education experience earned an average income 10,000 greater than those without post-secondary experience, eight years after arriving in Canada. Two years after their arrival in Canada, Tibetan refugee brothers Khamsum Wangdu right and Kunsang Namgyal were admitted to dentistry schools at U of T and Dalhousie University. For refugees, post-secondary education gave them an advantage of 9,000. Article Continued Below That may make all the difference for people belonging to those categories, including the 46,700 refugees who settled in Canada in 2016 alone. Post-secondary experience gives a bigger pay boost to women belonging to one of those categories than to men. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

force refugees: United Nations officials and international organizations have said such a return is unsafe due to ongoing violence and conditions that continue to force refugees to flee the country, according to CTV. Freeland and Bibeau say repatriation must not be rushed and they're urging Myanmar's government to ensure refugees that do return are protected and their human rights are upheld. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau say they are deeply concerned about a proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar this month. Canada is also calling on Myanmar to grant full access to UN and international observers to monitor any repatriation efforts. In September, Parliament voted unanimously to strip Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship for failing to stop the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people. More than 900,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

pakistani man: Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review, according to CTV. The case was brought by Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, a Pakistani man who sought refugee protection in Canada in 2006, but was later detained after authorities learned he had a criminal record. The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Wednesday on a case asking for immigration detainees to be given access to habeas corpus -- a legal provision allowing anyone being held in custody the right to challenge their detention before a judge. The Immigration and Review Board held 12 reviews of his detention and each time ordered that he remain incarcerated. A long list of interveners have also signed on, including Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian and B.C. Civil Liberties Associations, the Canadian Prison Law Association and Community and Legal Aid Services Programme. He has since been deported back to Pakistan, but his lawyers have continued to pursue the case. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rohingya people: Vice President Mike Pence told Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday that the violence the Rohingya people have experienced is without excuse, according to Toronto Star. Suu Kyi said Myanmar's leaders are in a better position to explain the situation. In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a violent military crackdown in Burma's Rakhine state that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse, Pence said. Pence also said Burma's arrest and conviction of two Reuters journalists was deeply troubling to millions of Americans. He added that he was eager to hear about how Burma will enable the Rohingya to voluntarily return home. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

care: Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham's vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress, according to Vancouver Courier. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in California's Central Valley.article continues below Trending StoriesNPA councillor blasts colleagues for failing to rescind duplex vote Long arm of the law sticks it to pair of Vancouver butter bandits Vancouver company set to dive into the biggest underwater sinkhole in the world Canada's oldest air cadet squadron celebrates 80th birthday on Vancouver's West Side Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over country. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. I pledge that I will always put this community before anything in Washington, Harder said in a statement. In the 45th District in Orange County, Democrat Katie Porter jumped into a 261-vote lead over Republican Rep. As ballot-counting continued, Democrats gained ground in two undecided House races in Orange County, California, raising the possibility of a Democratic sweep of four closely contested congressional races in the one-time Republican stronghold. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigration detainees: The case was brought by Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, a Pakistani man who sought refugee protection in Canada in 2006, but was later detained after authorities learned he had a criminal record, according to Vancouver Courier. The Immigration and Review Board held 12 reviews of his detention and each time ordered that he remain incarcerated. The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Wednesday on a case asking for immigration detainees to be given access to habeas corpus a legal provision allowing anyone being held in custody the right to challenge their detention before a judge.article continues below Trending StoriesNPA councillor blasts colleagues for failing to rescind duplex vote Long arm of the law sticks it to pair of Vancouver butter bandits Vancouver company set to dive into the biggest underwater sinkhole in the world Canada's oldest air cadet squadron celebrates 80th birthday on Vancouver's West Side Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review. He has since been deported back to Pakistan, but his lawyers have continued to pursue the case.A long list of interveners have also signed on, including Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian and B.C. Civil Liberties Associations, the Canadian Prison Law Association and Community and Legal Aid Services Programme. The onus is on the detainee to actually prove why they should be released, said Swathi Sekhar of End Immigration Detention Network, another intervener in the case. They argue migrant detainees do not always receive a fair hearing by these methods, and sometimes end up incarcerated indefinitely. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

jobs duncan: Last year, she told universities they need to up their game in nominating more women to existing jobs, according to National Observer. Duncan said that over the last decade young researchers have been hit hardest by budget cuts to science programs. Duncan is on a cross-country tour of universities this week to promote 210 million worth of funding promised in last winter's federal budget for the creation of 285 Canada Research Chair jobs. ; She told The Canadian Press that she's calling on universities to find scientists in the early stages of their careers to nominate for most of the new positions. If I don't address this issue of underfunding for our early career researchers, where are we going to be in 10 to 15 years she said. Canada Research Chairs are funded for five to seven years, with grants of either 100,000 or 200,000 a year, to push the envelope on research in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. Duncan wants up to 250 of the 285 new jobs to go to early career researchers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

omarosa i: Trump has denied the existence of such tapes, tweeting that the show's producer told 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 Vancouver Courier. I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have, Trump said. Lawyers for Civil Rights, which sued Trump in February, has issued subpoenas to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions LLC demanding any footage shot during the production of the show in which Trump uses racial and/or ethnic slurs or makes remarks concerning race, nationality and/or ethnic background. article continues below Trending StoriesNPA councillor blasts colleagues for failing to rescind duplex vote Long arm of the law sticks it to pair of Vancouver butter bandits Vancouver company set to dive into the biggest underwater sinkhole in the world Canada's oldest air cadet squadron celebrates 80th birthday on Vancouver's West Side Former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed without evidence in a book released in August, Unhinged, that a tape exists of the president using the N-word on the reality show's set. The case filed in Boston's federal court centres on the Trump administration's decision to end temporary protected status for thousands of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. Lawyers for Civil Rights says in the lawsuit that Trump's move to rescind the program was rooted in animus against immigrants of colour, citing comments he made on the campaign trial and in office. Temporary protected status provides safe havens for people from countries experiencing armed conflicts, natural disasters and other challenges. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

ray gun: Soon after the tragic news of Lee's passing, LA Times entertainment journalist Jen Yamato tweeted out one of Lee's old columns, Stan's Soapbox, which he would include at the end of his comics between 1965 and 2001, according to CTV. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today, an excerpt from Lee's column read. While characters he had a hand in creating -- including like Black Panther, X-Men and Spider-Man -- all overtly tackled bigotry, prejudices and racism, it was not uncommon for Lee himself to take a stand publicly. But, unlike, a team of costumed super-villains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. His column added that, a story without a message, however subliminal, is like a man without a soul. The only way to destroy them is to expose them to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

duncan: She told The Canadian Press that she's calling on universities to find scientists in the early stages of their careers to nominate for most of the new positions, according to CTV. Last year, she told universities they need to up their game in nominating more women to existing jobs. Duncan is on a cross-country tour of universities this week to promote 210 million worth of funding promised in last winter's federal budget for the creation of 285 Canada Research Chair jobs. Duncan said that over the last decade young researchers have been hit hardest by budget cuts to science programs. Duncan wants up to 250 of the 285 new jobs to go to early career researchers. If I don't address this issue of underfunding for our early career researchers, where are we going to be in 10 to 15 years she said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

star metro: Star Metro file Some of the big, most exciting changes are going to be in the kitchen, said Danielle Dungey, the librarian in charge of facilities and technology at the Halifax Central Library, according to Toronto Star. Since the branch opened in 2014, the space has held a small sink, two microwaves and a fridge nestled among cabinets spanning its back wall. While libraries of old wouldn't even let you eat a snack among the stacks, the Halifax Central Library is taking a different approach. The kitchen setup has proven to be too meagre. Article Continued Below While libraries of old wouldn't even let you eat a snack among the stacks, now they're taking a different approach. This winter they'll add a second, deeper sink big enough to clean a stock pot an oven and eight portable induction burners that can be arranged in a circle for group cooking classes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

supreme court: He is seen here greeted by friend Gebere Mageraga, after his release, according to Toronto Star. In a case that opens on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada is being asked to clarify if immigration detainees are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and can access habeas corpus. Ebrahim Toure right who had been held in detention pending deportation for 5 1/2 years, was released in September after his lawyer successfully asked an Ontario court to rule his detention unlawful under habeas corpus. Rick Madonik / Toronto Star File Photo While Canadian citizens serving a jail sentence are entitled to argue their case before a judge, foreign nationals held for immigration violations must appear before a federal tribunal, which has been criticized for rubber-stamping their continued incarceration. Until now, immigration detention has been a murky area of law between two levels of authority the federal government, which is responsible for immigration matters and runs the tribunal, and the provinces, which are in charge of detention facilities. Canada's highest court is being asked to clarify if immigration detainees are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and can access what is legally known as habeas corpus a legal recourse that allows anyone held by the state to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

cross-country tour: Last year, she told universities they need to up their game in nominating more women to existing jobs, according to Vancouver Courier. Duncan said that over the last decade young researchers have been hit hardest by budget cuts to science programs. Duncan is on a cross-country tour of universities this week to promote 210 million worth of funding promised in last winter's federal budget for the creation of 285 Canada Research Chair jobs.article continues below Trending Stories Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Update Innocent teen caught in crossfire of Saturday's shooting has died Vancouver keeps its standing on world's most liveable city podium Thermal imaging pilot project heats up She told The Canadian Press that she's calling on universities to find scientists in the early stages of their careers to nominate for most of the new positions. If I don't address this issue of underfunding for our early career researchers, where are we going to be in 10 to 15 years she said. Canada Research Chairs are funded for five to seven years, with grants of either 100,000 or 200,000 a year, to push the envelope on research in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. Duncan wants up to 250 of the 285 new jobs to go to early career researchers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

power vacuum: Sarvanamuttu said the no-confidence vote leaves Sirisena with two options either to reinstate Ranil Wickremesinghe, whom he replaced with Rajapaksa on Oct. 26, as prime minister, or await the decision of the Supreme Court, which is due to issue a ruling on the ouster and subsequent government appointments on Dec. 7, according to Vancouver Courier. Lawmakers supporting Wickremesinghe had a visible majority in the chamber on Wednesday, with many wearing shawls emblazoned with the words For democracy. The motion brought by the head of an opposition party could mean that Rajapaksa will have to resign his post but does not necessarily mean the leader whose ousting set off the crisis will be reinstated, creating a power vacuum in the South Asian island nation.article continues below Trending Stories Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Update Innocent teen caught in crossfire of Saturday's shooting has died Vancouver keeps its standing on world's most liveable city podium Thermal imaging pilot project heats up Rajapaksa's government will fall, said Paikiasothy Sarvanamuttu, executive director of the Colombo-based nonpartisan Centre for Policy Alternatives civil society group, and among the petitioners who challenged the constitutionality of President Maithripala Sirisena's recent actions. As Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya prepared to let the no-confidence motion be debated, the chamber descended into chaos, with lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa filing into the centre of the room shouting political slogans and accusing Jayasuriya of betraying the people's mandate. Before the results were announced, Rajapaksa walked out of the chamber. Jayasuriya then said he had no choice but to bypass the debate and take an oral vote, with those in favour clearly voicing more support for the motion than those against it. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

water-cooler conversations: The Indian-American comedian, who rose to prominence as a correspondent on The Daily Show, tackles politics and culture in ways that suits both his progressive point of view and Netflix's format, according to NOW Magazine. Minhaj doesn't just cycle through the latest breaking news and water-cooler conversations. Rating NNNPatriot Act is not your typical talk show and that's not just because Hasan Minhaj is not your typical host. Instead, he picks a timely topic and deep dives in 20-minute segments that scour history and stats, giving you just enough background before he works his way toward what should be done going forward. The format gives Netflix a show that is both current for audiences hoping to brush up on recent news and then discuss it with some authority and evergreen. He jokingly refers to the format as a woke TED talk, which is more accurate than anything I could come up with. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

clark moran: The couple then travelled to Ghana to complete the adoption process, according to CTV. The last step before bringing their two-and-a-half-year-old son home to Abbotsford, B.C., was submitting the second part of a citizenship application, which must be approved by the Canadian government. Kim and Clark Moran recently adopted a young boy named Ayo from Nigeria. Since we submitted that part of the application it's been more than seven weeks, Kim told CTV's Your Morning on Monday. It's very unsatisfying. They're giving us no explanation for why, we've just been stuck here waiting for them to process paperwork. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

eritrean children: A screengrab from video shows two Eritrean children reacting gleefully to their first Canadian snowfall, according to Toronto Star. A woman who shared a video says the overwhelming reaction to the clip is reaffirming her faith in the country as a welcoming place for newcomers. Rebecca Davies shot the video on Saturday, 48 hours after the children shown in it arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings as privately sponsored refugees. HO Rebecca Davies / THE CANADIAN PRESS In the video, the seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy twirl, dance and revel in the snow shower in the backyard of Davies' Toronto-area home. Davies, who helped sponsor the Eritrean family through the private Ripple Refugee Project, says the video's reception gives her hope. The clip has since garnered nearly 2 million views and been shared thousands of times on Twitter, often with accompanying hashtags and messages welcoming refugees in general and the children in particular. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

legault: The shift that has received the most attention so far deals with religious symbols, a matter that Legault said he will handle himself, according to Rabble. The new government aims to restrict all public employees in a position of authority -- judges, law enforcement officers, correctional employees and teachers -- from wearing religious symbols. These changes were outlined during the campaign. The move is based, Legault has said, on the need to separate religion and the state. But the current numbers of Quebec judges, police and correctional officers wearing religious symbols is practically nil and there are very few teachers who were such symbols. On October 3, new deputy premier Genevi ve Guilbault announced that public officials would have a choice of removing their religious symbols or finding another job elsewhere in the public service. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

los angelesc: Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, according to Toronto Star. Stan Lee, creator of the Spiderman and Incredible Hulk comic-book franchises, has died. He was 95. He was 95. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy. REED SAXON / Associated Press As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

snow shower: In the video, the seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy twirl, dance and revel in the snow shower in the backyard of Davies' Toronto-area home, according to CTV. The clip has since garnered nearly 2 million views and been shared thousands of times on Twitter, often with accompanying hashtags and messages welcoming refugees in general and the children in particular. Rebecca Davies shot the video on Saturday, 48 hours after the children shown in it arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings as privately sponsored refugees. Davies, who helped sponsor the Eritrean family through the private Ripple Refugee Project, says the video's reception gives her hope. When a universal, lovely little vignette of kids playing in snow gets this kind of response, it gives me some hope for humanity, she said in a telephone interview. She says she encounters racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in her work on behalf of refugees, but says the positive responses to the clip have left her feeling more confident about the society the family is eager to join. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

classes tuesday.article: One says, F--- Muslims, man, they're all terrorists, according to Vancouver Courier. News reports indicated the women had claimed they were joking, but Claude Boutin, head of student life and spokeswoman for the CEGEP de Ste-Foy, said intent is not the issue. The school suspended four players last week and will require them to perform 30 hours of community service following their return to classes Tuesday.article continues below Trending Stories West End residents rally against rezoning Developing Story International Village school passes another test Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's historyB.C. study sheds light on opioid victims in effort to create better interventionsA video circulating on Twitter shows the young women in their team dressing room making derogatory comments about immigrants. Regardless of their intention, the comments are unacceptable and disrespectful, she said in an interview Monday. Boutin added she does not think the school's actions were too harsh. Regardless of the context, we acted on what was said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.