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opioid overdose: His death from opioid overdose 'wasn't supposed to be'There's a Vancouver connection to Elon Musk smoking weed with Joe Rogan Why this woman walked nine hours straight in Downtown Vancouver The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election, according to Vancouver Courier. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per cent. After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote 28.4 per cent as the count neared completion yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.article continues below Trending Stories Ian Campbell drops out of Vancouver mayoral race He loved kiteboarding, biking and hiking. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party's leader telling supporters, We won. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden's next government. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

dozen countries: Only 34 countries grant the automatic acquisition of citizenship through birthplace regardless of parents' nationality or status, according to National Observer. This practice is not consistent and uniform enough to ground a rule of customary international law. Canada is one of fewer than three dozen countries that follow the practice of citizenship based on birthplace and some including Australia and Britain have modified or ended automatic birthright in recent years, the government says in a case that will determine whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens. ; Indeed, no European countries, for example, grant an unqualified automatic citizenship by birth and they have no obligation to do so, the federal submission says. The federal Liberals adopted a decidedly different tone recently after the Conservatives passed a policy resolution calling on the government to enact legislation to end birthright citizenship unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Refugee and human rights advocates have objected, saying there is no evidence of a birth tourism problem to solve and that the Conservative policy would open the door to stateless children being born in Canada. Conservative Leader Andrew says one of the goals is to end the practice of women coming to Canada simply to give birth to a child that will automatically attain Canadian citizenship. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

richard e: See review, according to NOW Magazine. Sep 9, 6 pm, Roy Thomson Hall; Sep 9, 7 30 pm, Elgin; Sep 10, 8 45 am, TBLB 2. Highly recommendedA Star Is Born Lady Gaga is incandescent as the musical prodigy discovered by an industry burnout played by Bradley Cooper . The fourth iteration of the Hollywood melodrama leans heavily on the Babs version. Can You Ever Forgive Me This film about early 90s literary fraudster Lee Israel is a definite highlight of the festival's Hollywood offerings. See review. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant have a disreputable chemistry that works like cognac on a winter's night. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

roman senate: They represent the phrase Senatus Populusque Romanus, which is Latin for The Roman Senate and People or more loosely in English, The Senate and The People of Rome, according to NOW Magazine. We are just as great a city and require a similar political arrangement The Province and the People of Toronto. When in Rome, you see the letters SPQR inscribed on public works buildings. Given the current Ontario government's ideological distaste for central Toronto's tendency to prefer liberals and social democrats to rightists, it's time that the economic engine of Canada and the cultural capital of English Canada claim the rights and powers of a province. When the Big Daddies of Confederation dreamt up the Dominion of Canada, they imagined it as a sub-empire of the British Empire, a deputy British Empire of the Americas. This gambit is vital now that we have a provincial government, led by Doug Ford, that is all too willing to run roughshod over our local democracy by singling out the city in the middle of a municipal election to order the size of council cut in half. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

half men: Stacy L. Smith, actress Amanda Brugel and actress and . After MeToo co-founder Mia Kirshner issued a clarion call to directors, producers, writers, financiers and executives to support female voices, according to CTV. Davis expressed delight at looking into an audience that appeared to be half men before detailing how the early viewing choices of her daughter inspired the work she does through her research-based group, the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media. Speakers including actress and activist Geena Davis, inclusion expert Dr. The Thelma and Louise star told the Share Her Journey rally that she began pushing for gender-balanced representation in media for little kids because of the dearth of female characters when her daughter was a toddler. Why are we training them to have unconscious gender bias from the beginning when we know that it is so hard to get rid of While there are many instances of gender inequity, Davis said the one area that can be fixed overnight is onscreen representation. This is the easiest fix -- it's the lowest hanging fruit in all the panoply of problems that we have and it's also the most urgent because why are we teaching kids something that we try so hard to get rid of later on she said to applause and hoots from a crowd that included veteran Canadian indie director Ingrid Veninger. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

silver linings: But for now I have to deepen your gloom with another pending piece of trouble, this being one we're trying not to talk about, according to The Chronicle Herald. In muted whisperings, economists are warning that we're due for another recession, maybe a big one, of the type that blows governments away, among other things, and it could happen any time. Now there's a screwup . We'll look for silver linings farther down. It's been 10 years since the huge recession of 2008, and 10 years is the normal downturn schedule. The stock markets are yo-yoing and economists who read the entrails of bond markets, fiscal policy and the like are brooding darkly. The signs are all around. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

dozen countries: Indeed, no European countries, for example, grant an unqualified automatic citizenship by birth and they have no obligation to do so, the federal submission says, according to CTV. Only 34 countries grant the automatic acquisition of citizenship through birthplace regardless of parents' nationality or status. Canada is one of fewer than three dozen countries that follow the practice of citizenship based on birthplace and some -- including Australia and Britain -- have modified or ended automatic birthright in recent years, the government says in a case that will determine whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens. This practice is not consistent and uniform enough to ground a rule of customary international law. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says one of the goals is to end the practice of women coming to Canada simply to give birth to a child that will automatically attain Canadian citizenship. The federal Liberals adopted a decidedly different tone recently after the Conservatives passed a policy resolution calling on the government to enact legislation to end birthright citizenship unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

everybody duck: This was the last intersection before leaving the city, according to The Chronicle Herald. After that, it was clear sailing to the Syria-Jordan border. They were approaching an intersection where people had been getting shot during the week. Everybody duck your heads, and cross your fingers, says Mihyar, recalling the last minute advice their driver gave before crossing. Maybe he was eating lunch or taking the day off. The sniper didn't shoot them in the slow city traffic. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

u.s .,: Most are still waiting for their asylum claims to be heard, according to Toronto Star. A family from Haiti prepares to cross the border at Que., from Champlain, N.Y., in August 2017. That number is a small fraction of the 32,173 so-called irregular migrants who came through unguarded land borders from the United States during the period ending in late August. More than 32,000 so-called irregular migrants have illegally crossed into Canada through unguarded land borders. Charles Krupa / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Of the 398 failed refugee claimants Canada has deported, 146 were sent back to the U.S., where 116 of them have citizenship, according to data provided to the Star by the Canada Border Services Agency. Almost 400 have been deported as of the end of August. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

downtown vancouver: Stacy L. Smith, actress Amanda Brugel and actress and After MeToo co-founder Mia Kirshner issued a clarion call to directors, producers, writers, financiers and executives to support female voices.article continues below Trending Stories Why this woman walked nine hours straight in Downtown Vancouver He loved kiteboarding, biking and hiking, according to Vancouver Courier. His death from opioid overdose 'wasn't supposed to be'Man charged over East Vancouver fire that caused 100k in damage Tenants fear renovictions' coming to Mount Pleasant building listed for 10.5 million Davis expressed delight at looking into an audience that appeared to be half men before detailing how the early viewing choices of her daughter inspired the work she does through her research-based group, the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media. Speakers including actress and activist Geena Davis, inclusion expert Dr. The Thelma and Louise star told the Share Her Journey rally that she began pushing for gender-balanced representation in media for little kids because of the dearth of female characters when her daughter was a toddler. Why are we training them to have unconscious gender bias from the beginning when we know that it is so hard to get rid of While there are many instances of gender inequity, Davis said the one area that can be fixed overnight is onscreen representation. This is the easiest fix it's the lowest hanging fruit in all the panoply of problems that we have and it's also the most urgent because why are we teaching kids something that we try so hard to get rid of later on she said to applause and hoots from a crowd that included veteran Canadian indie director Ingrid Veninger. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

film industry: Over the past 12 months, women have been a central part of the conversation in the news and we've made much needed noise, said TIFF executive director Mich le Maheux in her opening remarks, according to NOW Magazine. It's not been without pain, but the sisterhood that has emerged as a result reminds us all that we are in it together and that we're not alone. Two days after TIFF's opening night, hundreds assembled near John and King for the Share Her Journey rally, the festival's five-year commitment to strengthen opportunities for women in the film industry. The event featured a line-up of nine speakers including Oscar winner Geena Davis, director Amma Asante and the After MeToo co-founder and Canadian actor Mia Kirshner. The first speaker was Geena Davis, who spoke about founding her research institute more than a decade ago after realizing that so many of the TV shows her young daughter watched featured very few female characters. Each speaker talked about their own experiences of gender inequality working in film, which touched on issues like representation on screen and the lack of support for sexual assault survivors. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

church shelter: His death from opioid overdose 'wasn't supposed to be'Skookum Festival Prepare to be singing in the rain Pastors quit First United Church shelter Indeed, no European countries, for example, grant an unqualified automatic citizenship by birth and they have no obligation to do so, the federal submission says, according to Vancouver Courier. Only 34 countries grant the automatic acquisition of citizenship through birthplace regardless of parents' nationality or status. Canada is one of fewer than three dozen countries that follow the practice of citizenship based on birthplace and some including Australia and Britain have modified or ended automatic birthright in recent years, the government says in a case that will determine whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens.article continues below Trending Stories Why this woman walked nine hours straight in Downtown Vancouver He loved kiteboarding, biking and hiking. This practice is not consistent and uniform enough to ground a rule of customary international law. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says one of the goals is to end the practice of women coming to Canada simply to give birth to a child that will automatically attain Canadian citizenship. The federal Liberals adopted a decidedly different tone recently after the Conservatives passed a policy resolution calling on the government to enact legislation to end birthright citizenship unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

case: His death from opioid overdose 'wasn't supposed to be'Skookum Festival Prepare to be singing in the rain Measles case reported on B.C. ferry sailing linked to Metro Vancouver high school Countries with automatic birthright citizenship that have one or more explicit exceptions Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, according to Vancouver Courier. Source Minister of Citizenship and Immigration's filing in the current Supreme Court case of Alexander Vavilov, who along with his brother Timothy was born in Canada to parents who were Russian spies Read Related Topics var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul var related Url var related Link Class relatedlink-processed ; if related Url && ! -1 var related UrlFrags related Url.split '/' ; related Url './' -1 ; related Link Class ul 2018 Vancouver Courier Examples of countries that have ended or modified automatic birthright citizenship in recent decades Thailand 1972 Portugal 1981 United Kingdom 1983 Australia 1986 India 1987 Malta 1989 Ireland 2005 New Zealand 2006 Dominican Republic 2010 .article continues below Trending Stories Why this woman walked nine hours straight in Downtown Vancouver He loved kiteboarding, biking and hiking. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

child: Canada treats children as expendable based on the status of their parents, the report states, according to The Chronicle Herald. If Canada is truly committed to fighting child poverty it must reverse this discriminatory approach and take steps to ensure that all children in Canada can thrive and succeed. A new report published Friday, entitled Every Child Counts, is calling on the federal government to allow families who do not yet have permanent status in Canada to be able access to the child benefit. The report was authored by a coalition of poverty and immigration advocacy groups who say impoverished children and women living in precarious situations after arriving in Canada are being made more vulnerable by being denied access to this financial help. To see this exclusion from this poverty-fighting benefit is a real equity issue and one we wanted to highlight in hopes of change in lowering child poverty rates for families. Children who are in families who have immigrated to Canada recently have various other barriers related to race and language ... and poverty rates are higher and disproportionate among immigrant families, said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, an advocacy organization dedicated to ending child poverty in Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

flemingdon: Miyadah Subrati was a civil engineer in Yemen and now volunteers, assisting fellow newcomers at the Flemingdon Park Community Legal Services office, according to Toronto Star. Richard Lautens / TORONTO STAR Miyadah Subrati, a volunteer at Flemingdon Park Community Legal Services, chats with her mentor, paralegal Catherine Manson. I know that I cannot vote, but they can vote, and they can raise their voting and their voice as well, said Subrati, who worked as a civil engineer in Yemen before moving to Canada in April 2017 to join her sister who was already here. Subrati, who was a civil engineer in Yemen, came to Canada last year. In the meantime, she has spent much of the past year and a half volunteering with Flemingdon Community Legal Services. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star Subrati, who is not yet a Canadian citizen, is still waiting to get the proper certification to find a job in her field. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

government-delegated time: It's a matter of time before the majority comes non-French speaking, Legault said, according to CTV. So I think it's important for us that in the next one, two, three, four generations that we still speak French. Legault explained that newcomers would be issued a temporary certificate, and would then have three years to take free French classes and pass a basic test. Those who fail, Legault added, would find themselves in the same position as a student or temporary worker who has to leave once their government-delegated time is up. People who don't take the initiative to follow these French courses, he said, can't be very serious about immigrating to Quebec. However, Legault was clear on the fact that this was not an expulsion plan. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

idlib region: It left the chance, however slim, for further diplomacy to try to separate civilians and rebels from the Islamic militants in Idlib, according to CTV. While Putin called for the total annihilation of terrorists in Syria, he left open the possibility of a cease-fire. The trilateral summit in Tehran involving Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts further pressure on the rebel forces still operating in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, including about 10,000 hard-core jihadists and al-Qaida-linked fighters. Rouhani as well spoke of cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists, while also noting the need of protecting civilians. Ankara also has hundreds of troops manning 12 observation posts in Idlib. Turkey, which backed opposition forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad, fears a military offensive will touch off a flood of refugees and destabilize areas it now holds in Syria. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

need workers: The BCIT ironworkers' centre is one facility aiming to train more people for available jobs in the construction industry, according to Toronto Star. Alex McKeen / Star Metro Vancouver The bottom line is you need workers to do the jobs, and when you don't have workers to do the jobs, the jobs don't get done, said Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry in an interview. The unemployment rate in B.C. has remained below 6 per cent for 19 months, leaving employers scrambling to find employees of all skill levels. We need to address that, and the only way to address it is labour force immigration. But the numbers illustrated a different state of affairs in British Columbia, where the unemployment rate remained lower than any other province, at 5.3 per cent. Statistics Canada's latest monthly labour market survey, released Friday, showed an overall reduction in jobs in Canada for the first time in three months and the worst decline for Ontario since 2009. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

party leaders: Speaking early Friday, Legault said new immigrants would be given a temporary permit upon entry and then have three years to take free language courses and pass a basic French-language test, according to The Chronicle Herald. Those who fail would not be granted permission to stay and would be considered to be in the country illegally, he said. After two weeks of campaigning nearly devoid of language talk, the issue jumped into the spotlight on Day 16 as party leaders responded to Francois Legault's proposals with differing visions on how best to integrate immigrants into French-speaking Quebec. Legault said most people should pass easily, but he's open to offering an extension or exemption to seniors or those with learning disabilities. Of course we won't ask them for the same. I will be open to accommodations, if someone has learning difficulties, he told reporters. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

party leaders: Fran ois Legault said most people should pass easily, but he's open to offering an extension or exemption to seniors or those with learning disabilities, according to Toronto Star. Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS Speaking early Friday, Legault said new immigrants would be given a temporary permit upon entry and then have three years to take free language courses and pass a basic French-language test. After two weeks of campaigning nearly devoid of language talk, the issue jumped into the spotlight on Day 16 as party leaders responded to Fran ois Legault's proposals with differing visions on how best to integrate immigrants into French-speaking Quebec. Those who fail would not be granted permission to stay and would be considered to be in the country illegally, he said. Article Continued Below I will be open to accommodations, if someone has learning difficulties, he told reporters. Legault said most people should pass easily, but he's open to offering an extension or exemption to seniors or those with learning disabilities. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

regions face: But the differing cultures, religions even social classes sometimes mask some of the human elements that make the heart-wrenching migration universal, according to The Chronicle Herald. Three new documentaries set to air this month on PBS hope to make this connection as part of the third season of Doc World, a PBS/WORLD Channel series focusing on international issues. Refugees in both regions face similar challenges they are often fleeing violence and political upheaval and share similar journeys in crossing heavily armed borders with no certain future. It begins Sunday with Sky and Ground, a full-length documentary about a large, extended Syrian-Kurdish family fleeing war-ravaged Aleppo for Germany. Los Comandos follows 16-year-old Mimi, a volunteer emergency medic in El Salvador, who is forced to leave the country after getting caught in the crosshairs of violent gangs. Following that film are two short documentaries set to air Sept. 16 examining the journeys of Central Americans. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

travel hubs: In the past week, officials also targeted travel hubs including Heathrow, JKF airport and Eurostar stations, approaching people travelling from countries where the practice is common and encouraging them to report any concerns, according to CTV. The mutilation of girls' external genitals for non-medical reasons, sometimes known as female circumcision, is practiced in some two dozen African countries and parts of the Middle East and Asia. Police and border security agencies on both sides of the Atlantic signed a new agreement to share intelligence about when and where victims may be taken for the procedure, known as FGM, and help identify perpetrators. It also affects many immigrant and refugee communities in Europe and the U.S., where some families avoid detection by taking girls abroad for the cutting, often during school holidays. It is still legal in much of the United States, and there are half a million victims in the United States. It's not just in Africa and Asia ... The fact is FGM is also happening in the U.S., it's happening here in the U.K, and is still happening to our young girls when they travel abroad, said Lew Lukens, Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

anita khanna: The report was authored by a coalition of poverty and immigration advocacy groups who say impoverished children and women living in precarious situations after arriving in Canada are being made more vulnerable by being denied access to this financial help, according to Vancouver Courier. Children who are in families who have immigrated to Canada recently have various other barriers related to race and language ... and poverty rates are higher and disproportionate among immigrant families, said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, an advocacy organization dedicated to ending child poverty in Canada. If Canada is truly committed to fighting child poverty it must reverse this discriminatory approach and take steps to ensure that all children in Canada can thrive and succeed. To see this exclusion from this poverty-fighting benefit is a real equity issue and one we wanted to highlight in hopes of change in lowering child poverty rates for families. Expanding access to these families would cost government an additional 30 million a year in a program that pays out more than 20 billion annually, the coalition estimates. Rough estimates based on preliminary data suggest about 3,000 families are excluded from the Canada Child Benefit based on their immigration status. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

cease-fire rouhani: While Putin called for the total annihilation of terrorists in Syria, he left open the possibility of a cease-fire, according to Vancouver Courier. Rouhani as well spoke of cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists, while also noting the need of protecting civilians. The trilateral summit in Tehran involving Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts further pressure on the rebel forces still operating in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, including about 10,000 hard-core jihadists and al-Qaida-linked fighters.article continues below Trending Stories It left the chance, however slim, for further diplomacy to try to separate civilians and rebels from the Islamic militants in Idlib. Turkey, which backed opposition forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad, fears a military offensive will touch off a flood of refugees and destabilize areas it now holds in Syria. Idlib isn't just important for Syria's future; it is of importance for our national security and for the future of the region, Erdogan said. Ankara also has hundreds of troops manning 12 observation posts in Idlib. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigration status: The program provides tax-free monthly payments of 541 for children under six and 457 per child aged six to 17, according to National Observer. Avvy Go says it doesn't make sense to deny assistance on the basis of immigration status of parents. The report titled Every Child Counts says eligibility requirements for the Canada Child Benefit are discriminatory. It estimates that as many as 3,000 families are ineligible because they await refugee status or have had temporary resident status in Canada for fewer than 18 months. Despite the federal government's poverty reduction efforts, many families stay suspended in poverty while they wait for the residency status required by the Canada Revenue Agency, the report says. Among them are parents who are working and paying taxes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

movie bonanza: September 7 with Boniface, Odetta Hartman at the Garrison 1197 Dundas West . Doors 7 pm. 15. ticketfly, rotate, International Film Festival The 43rd annual movie bonanza is underway and NOW is all over it, according to NOW Magazine. Check out this week's cover story on Riz Ahmed here, our directory of reviews here and our dedicated TIFF 2018 page here. Their catchy tunes are both punchy and sprawling, evoking a wildly exciting time of self-discovery and travel with sharp and smart lyrics. September 6-16. Pluralist Citizenship And Its Enemies John Ralston Saul talks up citizenship in the era of populism & ethnic nationalism. Various venues. 18- 82. tiff.net. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.