Canadian woman living in the UK with African partner wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

Canadian woman wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

By Video Journalist  Global News

WATCH ABOVE: A New Brunswick woman says Canada must revisit its travel restrictions on visitors from western Africa after her and her partner from Sierra Leone were denied entry into Canada. Global’s Alex Abdelwahab reports.

MONCTON – A Canadian woman, originally from New Brunswick, is upset her partner was not able to join her and their daughter this summer in Canada.

Rachael Borlase, who now lives in the UK, said her partner, Amara Bangura, was told his visitor visa to Canada would not be processed because he had recently been to Sierra Leone.

Borlase, who is visiting her parents in Pointe-du-Chene, NB, said the plan had been for Bangura to join them Thursday evening for her brother’s “typically East Coast” wedding this weekend.

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“We’re going on a lobster boat, and then out for dinner,” Borlase said. “Then having a massive, about 100-person, pig roast tomorrow, as part of the whole wedding weekend.”

Borlase and Bangura live together with their daughter, six-month-old Ruby Borlase Bangura, in Norwich, England, where Bangura is completing his Master’s at the University of East Anglia.

But Bangura has a Sierra Leone passport, which means he requires a visa to visit Canada.

Chinese millionaire migration to Canada is in a state of flux

Chinese millionaire migration to Canada is in a state of flux

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iip_applications_and_approvalsSCMP For the first time in recent years, wealth migration applications to Canada fell below approvals in 2014. However, a backlog of Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme applications will likely help maintain approval levels for a few years. Figures shown here include only principal applicants, not dependents.
Larry Wang has quietly helped shape modern Vancouver, though few in the city have probably heard of him – unless they used his services to get here.

As the president of one of China’s top immigration consultancies, Well Trend United, Wang has helped thousands of rich Chinese move to Canada. He says his company, which employs hundreds of consultants around China, has enjoyed two decades of success, having “risen to become one of the largest, most influential immigration consulting firms in China on the back of … Canadian immigration programmes”.

Canada’s new Immigrant Investor Program a failure

Canada: Canada’s New Immigrant Investor Program A Failure

Last Updated: July 27 2015

Article by Green and Spiegel LLP

July 24, 2015 – Canada’s new program aimed at attracting high net-worth immigrants is a failure, according to documents obtained through an access-to-information request. The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Program (IIVCP) was launched to much self-congratulation in January 2015 and billed as a replacement for theImmigrant Investor Program (IIP), which had been cancelled by the Conservative Government in 2014. Documents show that the IIVCP has received only six applications, a far cry from the 60 spots allocated to the program and the 500 applications that had been anticipated.

That might have something to do with new program requirements, according to Eren Sari, Business Development Manager at Green and Spiegel LLP. The IIP provided Permanent Residence to investors and their dependents in exchange for a 5-year, non-interest bearing $800,000 investment in Canada. When cancelled, the program had a backlog of about 60,000 applicants. In contrast, the IIVCP requires a 15-year investment of $2,000,000, with whole investment being “at-risk” – meaning investors risk losing their entire investment.

“The program looks as though it was designed in a vacuum” says Eren Sari. “Not only did they not consider the nature of the program it was replacing, they completely ignored the market for these kinds of “Citizenship-by-Investment Programs” offered by other countries. I wouldn’t even call it a failure – it never had any hope of success”.

A cursory examination of competing international programs shows that IIVCP requirements are outliers in the global competition for immigrant investors. Eren Sari asks “why would an investor risk $2,000,000 to come to Canada, when they can risk far less – as little as US$500,000 – to secure a US Green Card? With a broad array of international programs to choose from, I’m amazed that they received as many applications as they did.”

Competition for immigrant investors is fierce, with many countries offering residency and eventual citizenship in exchange for investments in their economies. In Europe, for example, investors may obtain residency in Spain or Portugal in exchange for maintaining a €500,000 5-year investment in real-estate. Residency in Antigua and Barbuda can be had for as little as $250,000. By comparison, Canada’s 15-year commitment of $2,000,000 is simply too rich, even for high net-worth international investors.

Despite a lacklustre program at the Federal level, immigrant investors hoping to call Canada home have options by way of a provincial program in Quebec. The Quebec program closely resembles the now-cancelled IIP. Qualified investors may obtain Permanent Residence in Canada in exchange for a 5-year non-interest bearing investment of $800,000 (an amount that may be financed) and an undertaking that they intend to reside in Quebec.

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Sheila Lemaitre says her husband was used as scapegoat by Mounties after death of Polish immigrant at Vancouver airport in 2007

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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Jul 31 2015

Pierre Lemaitre leaving the Braidwood inquiry, where he testified in 2009. ((CBC))

VANCOUVER — The wife of an RCMP officer who killed himself two years ago claims that her husband was used by the Mounties as a scapegoat in the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007.

In a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Sheila Lemaitre said her husband, Pierre, was told he would lose his job if he tried to correct misinformation given to the media about the night Dziekanski died.

The sergeant was the media relations officer who released information about the incident where the Polish immigrant was jolted with a police Taser and died on the floor of the arrivals area.

The lawsuit claimed Lemaitre wanted to correct the information, but was ordered not to say anything.

“As a result of this incorrect information, his immediate removal as RCMP spokesman, the subsequent public release of the private video . . . he was brought into public contempt where he was accused in the public of being the ‘RCMP liar’ and/or the RCMP spin doctor,” the statement said.

The bystander video released after the Dziekanski confrontation with police was much different that the original version of events given to media by RCMP.

In fact, the four officers involved were later charged with perjury for testimony they gave at the public inquiry looking into the death.

The officers were all tried separately and two were convicted, while two were acquitted.




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Foreign visitors to Canada to face electronic screening

Foreign visitors to Canada to face electronic screening

Starting Saturday, Ottawa will start accepting applications for electronic travel authorization from foreign travellers who wish to visit Canada by air.

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Foreign visitors flying into Canada from visa-exempt countries will soon have to submit their biographic, passport and other personal information through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website for pre-screening or face being denied entry when the border enforcement kicks in next March.
By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jul 28 2015

Millions of travellers will soon face another layer of red tape when they try to visit Canada.

Starting Saturday, Ottawa will start accepting applications for electronic travel authorization (eTA) from people who wish to travel to Canada by air.

Prospective travellers have until March 15 to submit their biographic, passport and other personal information through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website for pre-screening or face being denied entry when the border enforcement kicks in.

The new measure — part of the harmonization with the United States’ travel security system — will apply to most air passengers, including all applicants for study and work permits, as well as those who come from countries that currently do not require a visa to come to Canada.


Halifax woman asked to move from her seat to accommodate ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on plane

Airline says seating changes for religious reasons are very rare

By Susan Bradley, CBC News Posted: Jul 29, 2015 8:04 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015 11:32 AM AT

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A former Halifax chef wants an apology from Porter Airlines, alleging she was asked to move from her seat to accommodate a man who did not want to sit beside a woman for religious reasons.

Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached.

Christine Flynn believes she was asked to move from her assigned seat on a Porter Airlines flight because the man sitting next to her, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, did not want to sit next to a woman. She said the man did not speak to her directly or make eye contact. (CBC)

“He came down the aisle, he didn’t actually look at me … or make eye contact. He turned to the gentleman across the aisle and said, ‘Change.’”

Flynn said she was confused at first, wondering why the man was speaking to the other passenger and gesturing toward her. The man didn’t speak to her directly, but Flynn said it’s clear to her that he didn’t want to sit next to her because she’s a woman.

Muslim sisters planning to file formal complaint after being stopped by police officer for cycling topless

Sisters plan to file formal complaint with police watchdog

By Albert Delitala, CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:02 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 6:04 PM ET

Three Kitchener, Ont., sisters are planning to file a formal complaint after they say they were stopped by a police officer for cycling topless.

Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed took off their shirts while riding their bikes in downtown Kitchener on Friday evening because of the heat. They say they received mostly positive reaction, until a police officer stopped them on Shanley Street.

Tameera MohamedTameera Mohamed and her sisters say they were stopped by a Waterloo Regional police officer for cycling downtown while topless. (Submitted by: Tameera Mohamed)

“He said, ‘Ladies, you need to put on some shirts,’” said Tameera Mohamed. ”We said, ‘No we don’t … it’s our legal right in Ontario to be topless as women.’”

The officer said there had been complaints, according to Mohamed. She said the officer began backtracking once her sister, Alysha, began recording with her smartphone. The officer then denied having pulled them over for riding topless, before letting them continue their ride, Mohamed said.

“We went on our way and went straight to the police station to report it,” she said.

  • Waterloo regional police acknowledge there was an incident involving three topless female cyclists and a police officer, but would not discuss the incident in detail.

“We’re doing an internal review on the situation,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner. “It is a current law that if a female chooses to go topless, that is their right.”

Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song wins international competition for high school students

Alex Song, 18, now ranks first on the Olympiad’s Hall of Fame

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:32 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 5:28 PM ET

Left to right: Jinhao (Hunter) Xu, James Rickards (Observer), Kevin Sun, Jacob Tsimerman (Leader), Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song, Lindsey Shorser (Deputy Leader), Alexander Whatley, Michael Pang, Yan (Bill) Huang are shown at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand on July 16, 2015.

Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song (Perfect Score) HALL OF FAME “IMO” Ranking No. 1

Left to right: Jinhao (Hunter) Xu, James Rickards (Observer), Kevin Sun, Jacob Tsimerman (Leader), Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song, Lindsey Shorser (Deputy Leader), Alexander Whatley, Michael Pang, Yan (Bill) Huang are shown at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand on July 16, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Mathematical Society)

The name Alex Song is spoken in reverential tones in Canadian mathematical circles.

The 18-year-old won the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand in mid-July, achieving the rare perfect score in the two-day competition against more than 600 high school competitors from 104 countries.

Song has had an incredible run over the past six years, finishing with five gold medals and one bronze against the best in the world. Now he sits atop the all-time leaderboard, ranking first on the Olympiad’s Hall of Fame.

The Olympiad is a big deal in math. Previous participants have gone on to win prestigious international awards such as the Fields Medal, given out to a few mathematicians under 40 years old, every four years. It’s considered by many as the highest honour in mathematics.

For Song, the Olympiad win wasn’t that big of a deal.

“I was definitely very happy at the same time,” he says. “But, I mean, it was just whatever happened.”