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page judgment: It depends on the facts and circumstances of the case, according to Metro News. Lawyers representing former immigration detainee Alvin Brown who spent five years in a maximum-security jail before the government was able to deport him to Jamaica last September had argued that Canada's entire immigration detention regime was unfair and unconstitutional. The question of when detention for immigration purposes is no longer reasonable does not have a single, simple answer, Justice Simon Fothergill wrote in his 58-page judgment. They called upon the court to set a maximum length of time the government could detain non-citizens while trying to deport them, as is the case in some other countries. function set Cookie related path / ; Related Report Canadian border agency's lack of oversight 'deeply disturbing'Indefinite immigration detention in Canada under fire in Federal Court Ex-detainees Detention centre's practices border on slavery Fothergill dismissed their application, writing that the system's shortcomings were due to the misapplication of the law, not the law itself. Jared Will, Brown's lawyer, said the fact the law can be misapplied and does not protect detainees against its misapplication is the problem. When properly interpreted and applied, he wrote, existing regulations comply with the charter. ( As reported in the news.

police shootings: This includes 235 whites, 121 blacks, 89 Hispanics and 114 other or unknown individuals, according to Globe and Mail. While it is well documented that black people are 2.5 times more likely to get shot than white people, the numbers of white people and for that matter any other group of people especially unarmed, who are shot and killed by police is higher than we should be comfortable with. To date, there have been 559 people shot and killed by police in the United States in 2017. Related Implicit bias against black people linked to police use of lethal force, study suggests The shooting of Justine Damond provides low-hanging fruit for debates about racial bias in police shootings. Damond's death presents a dilemma among white people, in that they have to decide whether the blue life of black Mr. One cynical writer observed that Ms. ( As reported in the news.

trump: We could be next, according to Globe and Mail. Having fun at Trump's expense is a booming industry now for comedians, particularly for late-night hosts. He's trying to delegitimize the press and who knows if that will lead further down to delegitimizing those who make a living because of free speech. Well, I used to say in America, we get an annual event where we make fun of our president, at the Correspondents' Dinner. We're getting closer to a Middle Eastern dictatorship than we've ever been. And now, this year, he pulled out. ( As reported in the news.

view islam: Sixty-two per cent say Americans do not view Islam as part of the mainstream after a presidential election that saw a surge in hostility toward Muslims and immigrants, according to The Chronicle Herald. At the same time, nearly half of Muslims said they had received expressions of encouragement from non-Muslims in the past year, an increase over past polls. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Muslims view Trump as unfriendly to them, according to a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday. And Muslims remain optimistic about their future. There's a sense among the American Muslim population that others are beginning to understand them and beginning to sympathize with them,' said Amaney Jamal, a Princeton University political scientist and adviser to Pew researchers. Seventy per cent believe hard work can bring success in America, a figure largely unchanged for a decade. ( As reported in the news.

yolngu language: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, whose is now referred to by local media as Dr, according to CTV. G. Yunupingu because of cultural sensitivities among northern Australian Aborigines around naming the dead, died Tuesday after a long illness in a Darwin Hospital, west of his ancestral country known as Arnhem Land, Darwin-based Skinnyfish Music said in a statement. He was 46. Yunupingu is remembered today as one of the most important figures in Australian music history, blind from birth and emerging from the remote Galiwin'ku community on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land to sell over half a million copies of his albums across the world, singing in his native Yolngu language, the statement said. He released another two top-five studio albums -- Rrakala and The Gospel Album -- and performed around the world for audiences including former President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted that Yunupingu was a remarkable Australian sharing Yolngu language with the world through music. His debut album Gurrumul released in 2008 hit triple platinum in Australia, silver in Britain and topped charts in other countries. ( As reported in the news.

challenge: In a decision released Tuesday, Fothergill said that if those standards are sometimes not met, this is a problem of maladministration, not an indication that the statutory scheme is itself unconstitutional, according to Metro News. The constitutional challenge was filed by Alvin Brown, a Jamaican man who was detained for five years before being deported last year. Judge Simon Fothergill says there are mechanisms built into the law to allow detainees to challenge their detention and the conditions in which they are held, which is enough to make the system constitutional. The father of six and his supporters argued that foreigners who cannot be deported for various reasons are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in that they may spend years behind bars never knowing when they might be released. But Fothergill suggested a higher court should weigh in on whether the Charter of Rights and Freedoms requires a time limit on detention for immigration purposes after which release is mandatory, and certified the issue for appeal. Brown sought to have the court declare that holding someone for more than six months before deportation is presumptively unconstitutional, and asked it to impose a hard cap of 18 months of pre-removal detention. ( As reported in the news.

chinese community: The ads, which were published in several Chinese-language daily newspapers throughout the Greater Toronto Area, were directed towards the Chinese community, Const, according to CBC. Mark Fischer told CBC Toronto on Tuesday. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, Peel police said in a release Tuesday. Fischer declined to name the specific newspapers where the ads appeared, saying the publications were not responsible for the alleged scams. According to investigators, the company does not exist but the name has been used by culprits in the past. It may go unnoticed' Why Canada is ripe for immigration scams Undercover investigation unmasks cash-for-jobs Chinese immigration scheme Police say a fictitious company called Gao Sheng Investment Corporation advertised for visitor visas, work permits and immigration documents to foreign residents. ( As reported in the news.

government employees: Plumes of black smoke were seen billowing skyward outside the entrance to a private high school, according to CTV. Students in nearby dormitories were injured by flying glass. Another 42 people were injured in the attack that took place during morning rush hour as government employees and students made their way to work and school. Several cars were destroyed and small shops that lined the busy street were decimated and many of the occupants within killed. In a statement to the media the Taliban took responsibility for the bombing saying the target was the employees of the intelligence services. The suicide bomber had rammed his explosive laden car into a minibus carrying employees of the mines and petroleum ministry, said Kabul police chief spokesman Basir Mujahed. ( As reported in the news.

body: Andrino says Frank Guisseppe Fuentes' fingerprints were in the system because he'd previously been deported, according to Metro News. The diplomat says that's how they knew who the body belonged to so fast. Guatemalan diplomat Cristy Andrino says that among the dead was a 19-year-old Guatemalan who had been deported and was on his way back to Maryland to rejoin his family. Andrino says Fuentes was born in Guatemala but immigrated to the United States as a child. She says they may fear ICE agents could come after them if they claim the body. His parents are in the U.S. illegally, and hadn't yet given her instructions on what to do with the body. ( As reported in the news.

u.s: The 34-page order was released Monday just hours before an earlier ruling was set to expire, according to The Chronicle Herald. Roughly 230 people are in custody. The injunction by U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit will allow the Iraqis, many of whom are Christian, to stay in the U.S. while they try to persuade immigration courts to overturn the deportations based on risks back in their native country. The remaining 1,200 are not locked up but could be arrested at any time. Many will also face persecution as a result of a particular religious affiliation, the judge said. Each petitioner faces the risk of torture or death on the basis of residence in America and publicized criminal records. ( As reported in the news.

immigration status: The announcement came as questions swirled about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' future as the nation's top law enforcement officer following days of blistering criticism from President Donald over his performance, according to Metro News. Sessions and Trump had bonded during the campaign, largely over their hardline views on illegal immigration. Under old rules, cities seeking grant money needed only to show they were not preventing local law enforcement from communicating with federal authorities about the immigration status of people they have detained. And Trump's campaign promises included slashing federal grants for cities that refuse to comply with federal efforts to detain and deport those living in the country illegally. These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law. ... We must encourage these 'sanctuary' jurisdictions to change their policies and partner with federal law enforcement to remove criminals. So-called 'sanctuary' policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes, Sessions said in a statement. ( As reported in the news.

parliament canavan: Australia's constitution states that a citizen of a foreign power is not eligible to be elected to Parliament, according to CTV. Canavan said his mother contacted him last week with news that he might be Italian after publicity surrounding the resignations of the minor Greens party's co-deputy leaders Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters. Resources Minister Matt Canavan's shock announcement that the Italian government lists him a citizen followed the resignations this month of two senators who discovered days apart that they had technically never been elected because there were dual citizens. Ludlam was born in New Zealand and Waters was born in Canada, but they had not realized that they had retained the citizenship of those countries, which they had left as young children. It also amplifies calls for changes to a section of the constitution penned in the 19th century that has ousted four senators since the last election a year ago and threatens two other parliamentary careers. Canavan's predicament is embarrassing for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had ridiculed the Greens over their bungled screening of candidates and could force a Cabinet reshuffle. ( As reported in the news.

recommendations: The premier said government's plan is to start implementing the recommendations in 2018, according to CBC. Other recommendations in the report deal with issues around early learning, multicultural education, co-operative education, Indigenous education, and teacher education and professional development. Premier Dwight Ball released his Task Force Report on Improving Educational Outcomes on Tuesday in Deer lake, an effort that was part of the government's The Way Forward plan. Read all the recommendations here. Part of that would include bringing back the Individual Student Support Program ISSP model for students receiving services from multiple government departments. Inclusive education With regards to inclusive education, the task force suggests government rescind the 1996 Special Education Policy and replace it with a new Student Support Services policy, which would bring in a model of student support that is independent of a philosophy of inclusion. ( As reported in the news.

boj board: It was no surprise the two newcomers sounded supportive of the current policy given that they were picked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, said Naomi Muguruma, senior market economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, according to Globe and Mail. The BOJ board is on course for a unanimous vote for the time being as long as the current policy continues. They replaced Takahide Kiuchi and Takehiro Sato, whose five-year terms ended on July 23. But the unity will be put to the test when the time comes to shift policy in either direction. The appointment of Kataoka could tip the balance more in favour of aggressive stimulus just as the central bank quietly retreats from its monetary experiments. The departure of Kiuchi and Sato, who both disagreed with most of Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's money-printing steps, means the BOJ may lose a counter-balance to the leader's radical policies. ( As reported in the news.

nazi: Oberlander, 93, of Waterloo, Ont., was an interpreter for the Nazis and served in Einsatzkommando 10a, which has been described as a group of mobile killing squads that targeted Jewish people in the former Soviet Union, according to CBC. Oberlander is not accused of taking part in any executions. And for the fourth time, Oberlander will fight it, having won three previous court challenges against the government. Accused Nazi interpreter Helmut Oberlander wins citizenship victory in Supreme Court Ontario men lose citizenship for lying about alleged Nazi pasts Review case of ex-Nazi, government told Oberlander has said he was forced into service and he never subscribed to Nazi ideology. The decision meant it was up to federal cabinet to decide the retired Waterloo developer's fate in Canada. In July 2016, the Supreme Court ruled it would not hear the government's appeal of a lower court's decision which told the government to reconsider the decision to revoke Oberlander's citizenship. ( As reported in the news.

david kattenburg: After David Kattenburg repeatedly complained about inacurate labels on two wines sold in Ontario, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA notified the Liquor Control Board of Ontario LCBO that it would not be acceptable and would be considered misleading to declare Israel as the country of origin for wines produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, according to Rabble. Quoting from official Canadian policy, CFIA noted that the government of Canada does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967. Surprisingly, there has been almost no reaction from the political parties, unions, and other organizations that warned these agreements would be used to undermine Canadian law, even though this is exactly what happened. On July 11 the LCBO sent out a letter to all sacramental wine vendors that stated CFIA's conclusion that products from two wineries contained grapes grown, fermented, processed, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory and should no longer be sold until accurately labelled. On July 14 the government announced that it was all a mistake made by a low level CFIA official and that the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement FTA governed the labelling of such wine, not CFIA rules. But, in response to pressure from the Israeli embassy, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and B'nai Brith, CFIA quickly reversed its decision. ( As reported in the news.

death penalty: Two more victims died later at hospitals, officials said, according to CBC. Bradley Jr. from Clearwater was charged with knowingly transporting illegal aliens for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain. James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after authorities found eight men dead in the back of his truck parked outside a Walmart supermarket in San Antonio. He could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. The complaint says Bradley told investigators the trailer had been sold and he was transporting it from Iowa to Brownsville, Texas. A federal criminal complaint said the driver told investigators that he was unaware that there were people inside until he parked and got out to urinate. ( As reported in the news.

deputy leader: Bernier is still smarting from narrowly losing the leadership race; making him deputy leader would have prevented internal sniping from Bernier loyalists, according to Globe and Mail. But the Beauce MP is strongly libertarian, not particularly loyal and has a tendency toward bad judgment. Mr. Mr. Related As Conservative Party deputy leader, Lisa Raitt hopes women will 'see themselves' in her Let's remember how Conservatives win. Scheer was wise to go with Milton MP Lisa Raitt, who is a more attractive choice personally and politically. ( As reported in the news.

groups: The organization and similar groups around the U.S. who could be hindered by such a rule said they don't have the resources to do so, and that the order would force them to give up preparing motions and other documents on behalf of immigrants who represent themselves, according to Metro News. The DOJ's decision meant that thousands of immigrants facing deportation, who aren't entitled to a lawyer the way criminal defendants are, would have to go through the process without legal help, the groups said.U.S. District Judge Richard Jones issued a temporary order blocking the Justice Department's restrictions in May. In April, the Justice Department told the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project that it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court. On Monday, he issued a more formal preliminary injunction, saying the restrictions would violate the groups' rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Today's victory grants them a better opportunity to seek justice. During this unprecedented time of increased immigration detention and deportation of immigrants by the Trump Administration, thousands of immigrants who cannot afford an attorney rely on legal advice to help them as they face deportation, Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said in a written statement. ( As reported in the news.

human-trafficking crime: Police discover deadly immigrant smuggling case in Texas Reuters We're looking at a human-trafficking crime, said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it a horrific tragedy, according to Globe and Mail. One U.S. official said Sunday evening that 17 of those rescued were being treated for injuries that were considered life-threatening. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information has not been publicly released. A ninth victim died at the hospital, said Liz Johnson, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Authorities were called to the San Antonio parking lot late Saturday or early Sunday and found eight people dead inside the truck. ( As reported in the news.

kevin j: The investigation took place over a five-month period, said Sgt, according to CBC. Josh Colley, and wasn't tied to one specific incident but rather multiple incidents that the investigators were looking at. Kevin J. Johnston, 45, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of wilful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group under the Criminal Code Section 319 2 . The charge follows concerns over information published on various social media sites, police said. Video offering 1K for recordings of Muslim students ignites fears Why this Mississauga mom fears for her son's safety at school It's not a private message that he was conveying, it was a public message ... Anyone could hear, understand the messaging, so that's where the communicating hateful messages comes into play, Colley told CBC Toronto. Earlier this year, Johnston, who runs an online publication called Freedom Report, posted a You Tube video offering a 1,000 reward for recordings of Muslim students at Peel Region schools spewing hate speech during Friday prayers. The group that was targeted was the Muslim community, he said, adding the incident affects us all. ( As reported in the news.

oven-like heat: Children whimpered, according to CTV. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall. It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water. They pounded on the sides of the truck and yelled to try to get the driver's attention. By the time police showed up at a Walmart in San Antonio around 12 30 a.m. Then they began passing out. ( As reported in the news.

ovenlike heat: Children whimpered, according to Toronto Star. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall. It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising ovenlike heat, started crying and pleading for water. They pounded on the sides of the truck and yelled to try to get the driver's attention. By the time police showed up at a Walmart in San Antonio around 12 30 a.m. Then they began passing out. ( As reported in the news.

polygamy trial: Human smuggling, according to CTV. At least nine people died inside a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in Texas, victims of what authorities called an immigrant-smuggling attempt. 2. We've also got a story about a growing online campaign calling for a boycott of Sears Canada as the company liquidates dozens of stores across the country. 1. Polygamy verdict.A verdict is expected Monday in the polygamy trial of two former leaders of a British Columbia fundamentalist church. 3. Sears Canada is facing boycott calls for planning to pay millions in bonuses to executives, while not offering severance to laid-off workers. 4. Boycott Sears Canada. ( As reported in the news.

refugee claimants: Steve Russell / Toronto Star By Ainslie Cruickshank Staff Reporter Sun., July 23, 2017 The year Sebastian Commock spent waiting for his refugee hearing was the most agonizing, frustrating year of his life, according to Toronto Star. I'm still not fully recovered from that year, and that was just one year, he said. He has started an advocacy group to help support refugee claimants who have waited years to have their claims heard. With his own experience of being in limbo behind him, Commock has turned his attention to refugee claimants who've been waiting five years or in some cases more for hearings to decide whether they can remain in Canada. Their claims were filed before Dec. 15, 2012, which means they aren't subject to tighter timelines established by the former Conservative government. As of March, there were 5,514 so-called legacy refugee claimants whose cases haven't been decided. ( As reported in the news.

ryan remiorz: Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO By Gail Vaz-Oxlade Special to the Star Mon., July 24, 2017 According to the Stats Man, the average Canadian will spend 420 a month on food in 2017, according to Toronto Star. This is one of the biggest categories in most families' budgets. Too little time and you'll be all stressed out and less likely to miss best-by dates. And it's one that can jump even higher if you don't watch your spending carefully. Discount supermarket shopping can knock 15-30 per cent off the cost of a basket of groceries. Some choices seem obvious; others, not so much.1 Shop in a less-expensive stores. ( As reported in the news.