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Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Citizenship oath may be changed to reference Indigenous rights

The Canadian government has tabled legislation that would change the oath of citizenship to include a reference to the rights of Indigenous peoples. It’s not clear whether the government will have time to pass the bill into law before the» 

International, Politics, Society

History Canada: Jan 3, 1947- The very first Canadian citizen

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Canada is still a relatively young country. After achieving an outstanding reputation in the First World War, where Canadians were widely recognised as the best of the Allied troops, and after equally remarkable achievements» 

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Citizenship Week includes unique Montreal ceremony

Twenty-four candidates will be sworn in as Canadian citizens in a special ceremony today at the tallest inclined tower in the world situated in Montreal. The event is the last of three citizenship ceremonies held at elevated Canadian landmarks during» 

Immigration & Refugees, Society

70 years of Canadian Citizenship

Prime Minister Mackenzie King was the first Canadian citizen. On January 3rd 1947, at Canada’s Supreme Court in Ottawa, he took the oath. Yesterday, 26 new Canadians did the same, also in the Supreme Court. 70 years, and a couple of» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Minister may suspend revocations of citizenship

Immigration Minister John McCallum told the Senate he would consider putting a moratorium on the process whereby Canadians have their citizenship revoked if they are found to have misrepresented themselves on their applications. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

People whose citizenship is revoked deserve a hearing, advocates argue

Canada may stop stripping citizenship from people who misrepresented themselves on citizenship, permanent residency or refugee applications, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper. The issue commanded attention when news broke that Member of Parliament and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam» 

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Former immigration officer not surprised at fraud

Canada’s auditor general has noted several inadequacies in the immigration department’s detection and prevention of citizenship fraud. Michael Ferguson found the most common reasons for stripping someone of Canadian citizenship were identity fraud, not meeting residency requirements and not reporting» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canada won’t grant citizenship to jailed blogger

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi will not be granted Canadian citizenship, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper, because Canada’s foreign affairs minister does not believe that would help free him from a prison in Saudi Arabia. Minister Stephane Dion told the» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Liberals introduce ‘sea change’ to Canada’s refugee system

Canada’s refugee system has undergone “a sea change” since the arrival of the new Liberal government, says a prominent refugee rights advocate. Mitchell Goldberg, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, says numbers speak for themselves as the government» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ottawa drops controversial niqab appeal

The federal government has formally withdrawn a controversial court challenge involving the Muslim face covering veil, Canada’s newly minted attorney general and justice minister announced Monday. The Conservatives had asked the Supreme Court of Canada to hear a request for an appeal of»