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Immigration & Refuge, International, Society

Diwali celebrations begin across Canada

Diwali preparations are almost finished on this eve of the five-day festival of light. Beginning tomorrow, Canadians of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Bhuddist tradiitons will join the communities around the world celebrating the new year. The word Diwali, which comes» 

Immigration & Refuge, International, Society

“Islamophobia” motion under review at hearings in Ottawa

“Islamophobia”, is a term that was coined in the wake of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and it’s the use of this word specifically, that Dr. Sherif Emil objects to in Motion-103. It» 

Immigration & Refuge, Politics, Society

Contentious law on face covering passed in Quebec

A controversial law was passed in the Quebec provincial legislature today. Known as Bill 62, the law will ban face coverings when people receive government services, and prohibit  public workers from covering their faces. A photo posted online in November» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, Immigration & Refuge, Society

Oktoberfest a treasured tradition in Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest, in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of southern Ontario, is the biggest Bavarian festival outside Germany It was created following the celebration of Canada’s Centennial year in 1967. Largest “Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Canada Alfred Lowrick is the executive director of» 

Immigration & Refuge, International, Lifestyle, Society

Canadian terror suspect awaits sentencing in NYC jail

If anyone needed further proof that Canada is not immune to the growing global reach of terrorist networks following last weekend’s attack in Edmonton that saw a police officer stabbed and four pedestrians injured in a high-speed police chase, a» 

Immigration & Refuge, International

ISIS supporter acquitted, but still detained as a threat

A man living in Fort St John, British Columbia was acquitted in September of charges of counselling acts of violence on behalf of a terrorist organisation, encouraging murder, assault and mischief for terrorist purposes. Othman Hamdan  had been posting pro-Daesh» 

Immigration & Refuge, International, Politics, Society

Fewer than 1% of asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada have a serious criminal background, border official

There have been large pockets filled with consternation about who is getting into getting into Canada these days–certainly since last weekend’s so-called terror attack in Edmonton that saw a police officer stabbed and four pedestrians injured during a high-speed police» 

Immigration & Refuge, International, Society

Hussen says 1200 Yazidis will be in Canada by year’s end

The government says it has settled nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others fleeing atrocities committed by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen shared the figures in the House of Commons» 

Immigration & Refuge, Society

Canadian government reviewing refugee claims process

In the wake of last weekend’s violent attack in Edmonton that saw five people, including a police officer injured, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has begun a review of its handling of refugee claims. “We are looking» 

History, Immigration & Refuge, International, Politics, Society

Something important missing at Holocaust Monument ceremony last week

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially dedicated Canada’s National Holocaust Memorial last week in Ottawa, it has now been confirmed that something was missing. The plaque that the prime minister used for the inauguration did not mention Jewish people by»