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Immigration & Refugees

Border agency to use technology to reduce immigration detention

Canada’s border agency will start using voice reporting and electronic tracking tools to keep tabs on some foreign nationals suspected of immigration violations as an alternative to detaining them, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Tuesday. Under Canada’s immigration rules, the federal government» 

Politics

Trudeau announces new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named an 11-member watchdog committee of parliamentarians to oversee the activities of Canada’s national security and intelligence agencies. Ontario Liberal MP David McGuinty will chair the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which includes senators and» 

Immigration & Refugees, 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 & Refugees

UPDATE: Canadian Red Cross to monitor immigration detention centres

The federal government has signed a contract with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) for the monitoring of Canada’s immigration detention centres to ensure they comply with domestic and international standards, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Thursday. The two-year contract» 

International

UPDATE: Border agents seize $18M worth of cocaine in Port of Montreal

Officials with the Canadian Border Services Agency confirmed Friday that they have intercepted 370kg of cocaine in the Port of Montreal worth about $18 million on the street. The seizure, which occurred on Tuesday, could be one of the largest» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Border union head says reinforcements are needed to stem unguarded entries

Comparing parts of the Canada-U.S. border to “Swiss Cheeze,” the head of the union that represents Canada’s border officers says more help is needed. Jean-Pierre Fortin is calling for a 300-person mobile force led by the Canada Border Services Agency–something» 

Immigration & Refugees

Immigration detainees in Ontario go on third hunger strike this year

About a dozen immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, have been on a hunger strike for eight days to protest Canada’s immigration detention system, says a migrants’ rights advocacy group. The immigration detainees, who are» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Canada to upgrade its immigration detention system

The federal government will invest $138 million into the country’s immigration detention system, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced today. Speaking during a visit to one of the country’s three immigration detention centres in Laval, north of Montreal, Goodale» 

International, Society

Tighter security measures at Canada’s border entry points

In the past few months controls for people entering Canada have been tightened up. This began last last year when a new system was instituted in Canada which follows an American system for screening air passengers. The new system uses» 

International, Society

Illegal goods get through Canada’s border: auditor

“The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) did not fully have what it needed to carry out its enforcement priorities in 2015,” says a report from Canada’s auditor general. As a result, illegal goods left the country. The audit applied to»