Canadian citizenship for sale: $2 million

Canada seeks 50 millionaire immigrant investors under pilot program

Immigration officials also set to launch pilot program to help Canadians sponsor their spouses

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:21 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 10:01 PM ET

The Canadian government will give permanent residency to approximately 50 millionaire immigrant investors and their families under a pilot program set to begin in the new year.

Under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program announced Tuesday, each investor will be required to make a non-guaranteed investment of $2 million over 15 years and have a net worth of $10 million. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Ethics committee resumes hearing into police actions in 2010 murder of Maria Altagracia Dorval by estranged husband, Edens Kenol

Ethics committee resumes hearing into police actions in 2010 murder

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Maria Altagracia Dorval, a 28-year-old mother of three, was killed in her Montreal North apartment a week after she went to police for help.

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The highest-ranking police officer of the five cited for breach of ethics in the Montreal police department’s handling of the late Maria Altagracia Dorval’s complaint against her abusive husband testified Monday at the Police Ethics Committee hearings into the case.

Dorval, a 28-year-old mother of three, was killed in her Montreal North apartment a week after she went to police for help. Her case has become a symbol of the justice system’s inadequate response to conjugal violence victims, and has already resulted in some changes to police procedures when dealing with spousal abuse cases.

The hearing, ordered back in August of 2011, has been delayed by the appointment of a new committee chair and by the illness of at least one of the officers cited.

Dorval was murdered on Oct. 17, 2010, six days after she reported to police that her estranged husband, Edens Kenol, had threatened to kill her and their three children two months earlier. She reported that more recently he had been following her, banging on her apartment door and harassing her by phone.

No police detective had responded to Dorval’s complaint by the time of her murder. Kenol was convicted of first degree murder in the spring of 2013, and is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole until 2038.

On Monday, Sgt. Det. Marcel Thifault testified that he was handed the Dorval file at about 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, the day after Dorval had made her report. The controller, who assigns cases at the eastern Montreal investigation centre, told Thifault this was an “urgent” case. Thifault said he quickly skimmed the file, and when he saw it contained allegations of death threats against the woman and her three children, he quickly handed it to a detective on duty.

That detective, who is not cited in the ethics breach, came back moments later to tell Thifault that the incident regarding the death threats had taken place two months earlier, on Aug. 16.

“At that moment, I asked myself why this victim waited from Aug. 16 until Oct. 11 to report this,” Thifault testified. “I decided to read the whole file. … I thought if she was really afraid for her life that day, as soon as (Kenol) left she would have called the police. I noticed that since Aug. 16, the suspect had not posed any similar gestures.” Continue reading

Dario Bartoli, 15, killed in group assault in Surrey

Dario Bartoli homicide: grief counsellors brought in as friends grieve

Integrated Homicide InvestigationTeam asks witnesses to come forward

CBC News Posted: Dec 14, 2014 5:20 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 14, 2014 6:39 PM PT

Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli's name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward.Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli’s name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward. (CBC)http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dario-bartoli-homicide-grief-counsellors-brought-in-as-friends-grieve-1.2873043

Friends are in disbelief and a community is in shock as the impact of 15-year-old Dario Bartoli’s death Saturday in South Surrey begins to sink in.

The Integrated Homicide Team called for witnesses to come forward, and Earl Marriott Secondary School, where Bartoli was a student, prepared to bring in grief counsellors. Continue reading

BRADFORD, ON: Simcoe Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios created to serve more than 4,000 migrant farm workers

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic's primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic’s primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Dec 14 2014

Migrant farm workers have been lining up at Simcoe Town Centre every Thursday or Friday evening since May for a free shuttle bus to the Real Canadian Superstore three kilometres away.

Their focus isn’t groceries so much as a unique health office, Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios, or Agricultural Seasonal Worker Clinic, housed in the food chain’s extra space. The clinic was created to serve the more than 4,000 migrant farm workers toiling at farms and greenhouses in the region south of Brantford.

Designed to eliminate some of the systemic barriers migrant workers face in getting basic health care, the pilot project has been a resounding success — reducing visits by such workers to the Norfolk General Hospital by 80 per cent. Continue reading

Ratna Omidvar: “The people who sit in boardrooms and hold corporate power look like Old Canada; they don’t look like New Canada.”

Ratna Omidvar on growth through diversity: ‘The people who … hold corporate power look like Old Canada’

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with increasing the innovativeness of our economy.

Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, was interviewed on Oct. 16 by Elizabeth Pinnington, a consultant with Reos Partners. Continue reading

TORONTO: Racism is cause of so many black children in foster and group homes, claim advocates

Why are so many black children in foster and group homes?

A disproportionate number of Toronto-area children in foster and group-home care are black. Advocates are blaming poverty, cultural misunderstanding and racism.

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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth "struggle" while in care. "They kind of lose themselves," he says.
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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth “struggle” while in care. “They kind of lose themselves,” he says.

By:  News, Insight , Social justice reporter ,Published on Thu Dec 11 2014

In the Toronto area, black children are being taken from their families and placed into foster and group-home care at much higher rates than white children.

Numbers obtained by the Star indicate that 41 per cent of the children and youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black. Yet only 8.2 per cent of Toronto’s population under the age of 18 is black. Continue reading

MONTREAL: New photos of the four black men who robbed jewelry store released

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Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:26AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:29AM EST

Montreal police have released surveillance photos from a smash and grab robbery in hopes someone will recognize the thieves.

On Wednesday, November 12 four men entered the Birks jewelry store at the Fairview mall in Pointe Claire and smashed the display case, pepper-sprayed employees, and then fled with their loot.

Several witnesses took pictures and video of the men as they fled the scene, but these photos appear to be from mall surveillance video.

 The four Fairview jewelry thieves

The four men who robbed a Birks jewelry store at Fairview Pointe Claire in November 2014

The photos show four black men, in their twenties, wearing hooded sweatshirts.

One man was carrying a red gym bag.

Police say the thieves ran out of the mall using the doors between Sears and the Bank of Montreal and fled in a dark Nissan sedan, probably a Sentra with an ‘E’ in the license plate.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the photos is asked to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/new-photos-of-fairview-jewelry-thieves-1.2143265#ixzz3Ld7YNJmc

TORONTO: Frantz St. Fleur claims he was racially profiled by Scotiabank

Fan-Yee Suen, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:08AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:09AM EST

A Toronto man is suing a bank, his real estate broker and police for nearly $250,000 after he claims he was racially profiled when he was falsely accused of trying to deposit a fraudulent $9,000 cheque.

Frantz St. Fleur, who was a customer of Scotiabank for nearly 10 years, says he walked into a Toronto-area branch on a Saturday morning in April. St. Fleur says he wanted to deposit a cheque issued by RE/MAX into his tax-free savings account. Continue reading

TORONTO: Musa Yusuf killed by Guled Yusuf, his nephew

Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:12AM EST

A 22-year-old has been charged with second degree murder after his uncle was found dead in an apartment building.

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Toronto police were called to an apartment building at 100 High Park Ave., near Bloor and Keele Streets.

Police found a 52-year-old man suffering serious stab wounds, and were told by witnesses that an assault had taken place on the sixth floor of the building.

The man, identified on Thursday as Musa Yusuf, was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A suspect was located and arrested a few kilometres from the scene, police said.

In a statement on Thursday, police said that Guled Yusuf, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder. Guled was Musa’s nephew, police said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Read more: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/nephew-charged-in-fatal-high-park-stabbing-1.2143160#ixzz3LbY62rim

VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme

Police uncover mail fraud scheme

  • 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
KEVIN CONNOR | QMI AGENCY
VAUGHAN, Ontario – More than 60 people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars in a diverted mail delivery scheme, according to police.
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.

York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.

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“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.

“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”

Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.

Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.

Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

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