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QUEBEC: Politicians denounce PEGIDA presence in the province (French)

Dénoncé par les élus, l’homme derrière Pegida Québec se justifie

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Manifestation anti-islam

Exclusif - Une manifestation prévue samedi par le groupe controversé Pegida Québec a été vivement dénoncée à Montréal, à Québec et à Ottawa. Mais le porte-parole de Pegida Québec affirme que le rassemblement sera pacifique et que son groupe veut tout d’abord stopper « l’islamisation de l’Occident ».

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En entrevue téléphonique avec Radio-Canada, Jean-François Asgard indique que le SPVM a été informé du trajet de la manifestation. M. Asgard dit que son groupe compte se réunir dans le secteur du « Petit Maghreb », au nord-est de Montréal. Le cortège passerait ainsi devant le Centre Communautaire Islamique de l’Est de Montréal.

« Ça va de soi que, d’après l’itinéraire qu’on a déposé, sur notre chemin, il y aura la mosquée d’Adil Charkaoui. On a l’intention de faire un arrêt là pour pouvoir dénoncer, lancer un message », dit-il.

M. Asgard estime qu’il est important de dénoncer « l’islamisation » de l’Occident en général et du Québec en particulier. « L’islam doit se réformer ou quitter l’Occident », dit M. Asgard, qui se décrit comme un « patriote ».

Le conseiller municipal de Projet Montréal, Sylvain Ouellet, a dénoncé la tenue de l’événement. Après avoir reconnu que le « droit de manifester est garanti par la Charte des droits et libertés », M. Ouellet a poursuivi en faisant valoir que « l’incitation à la haine est non seulement illégale, mais inacceptable ».

Leader of PEGIDA Quebec received threats on Facebook

Leader of PEGIDA Quebec Not Attending Protest After Facebook Threats

NEWS by Noelle Didierjean — Published March 28, 2015 | Updated March 28, 2015 | Comment

  • On Facebook, a demonstration organized by PEGIDA listed 181 potential participants an hour before the start time, comparably, the anti-PEGIDA protest Facebook event had 440 participants three days before the protest.

The leader of a Quebec-based Islamophobic group told a reporter he will not be attending the group’s planned protest against the “Islamization” of the west after receiving threats on Facebook, according to counter-protest organizer Jaggi Singh.

The Quebec chapter of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), a German right-wing anti-Islamic group, had a protest planned for 4 p.m. in Montreal’s “Little Maghreb” neighbourhood.

Singh said La Presse reporter Laura Julie-Perreault told him the group’s leader, Jean-Francois Asgard, would not be going while interviewing him.

Singh told The Link that Asgard is using the threats as an excuse not to show up.

“Everybody gets Facebook threats. That’s just a reason not to show up,” he said, adding that “the people who get the worst kind of Facebook threats are the Muslim community, who are directly victimized by this climate of Islamophobia.”

Members of the Quebec National Assembly have denounced the group.

Though the group plans to march from a supermarket parking lot on Pie-IX Street towards a local mosque at 4 p.m. today, Singh said the counter-protest plans to block PEGIDA’s march entirely.

“We’re going to be festive, and we’re going to be engaged in reaching out to members of the community,” he told The Link. “From our sheer numbers, they won’t be able to march.”

According to a post made by PEGIDA Quebec on their official protest page, the action’s goal is to “gather a maximum of people of any political and ethnic origins and which want to protect our democratic values in the face of the Islamization [and the] introduction of the sharia in our country.”

MONTREAL: PEGIDA Quebec cancels rally as Revolutionary Communist Party puts on counter-rally

Anti-Islam group with European roots and National Front sympathies organizes in Quebec

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 5:21 PM ET

Two women at the anti-PEGIDA protest share a laugh together while waiting to see whether members of the pro-nationalist group, anti-Islam group would show up.Two women at the anti-PEGIDA protest share a laugh together while waiting to see whether members of the pro-nationalist group, anti-Islam group would show up. (Radio-Canada)

A march organized by sympathizers of a Europe-based anti-Islam, anti-immigration group called PEGIDA was cancelled on Saturday after hundreds of people showed up to protest against PEGIDA itself.

The self-described leader of the relatively new PEGIDA Québec chapter, Jean-François Asgard, told Radio-Canada that ”Islam needs to reform itself or leave the West.”

Jaggi Singh March 28 2015Well-known activist Jaggi Singh said PEGIDA is a collection of neo-Nazis, Islamophobes and internet trolls. (Radio-Canada)

Jaggi Singh of the No One Is Illegal activist group helped organize Saturday’s counter-protest.

Hundreds of people toting signs denouncing racism and Islamophobia arrived 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the PEGIDA march, set to take place in a largely Muslim community in Montreal called Little Maghreb.

Just over 100 people had RSVP’d to PEGIDA Québec’s march, while nearly 900 members of Antifa (anti-fascism) and other anti-racist groups said they would attend the counter-demonstration.

“There’s no way that their demonstration will be able to go where they want to go. They won’t be able to pass. The police have given them permission to march, but that doesn’t mean people in the neighbourhood or anti-racist groups are giving them permission to march,” he said.

The anti-Islam group had submitted its march itinerary to Montreal police. A number of officers were on the scene to keep an eye on any violence.

What is PEGIDA?

The organization is popular with neo-Nazis and other nationalists and is often spoken about favourably on white supremacist online forums such as Stormfront and National Front.

PEGIDA, which in German stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, first popped up in October 2014. The relatively new group began in Dresden, Germany and uses Facebook as a main organizing tool.

MONTREAL: PEGIDA Quebec rally set for March 28

Anti-Islam group with European roots and National Front sympathies organizes in Quebec

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET

Sympathizers of a Europe-based anti-Islam, anti-immigration group called PEGIDA have set up a local chapter in Quebec and are planning on demonstrating in Montreal on Saturday.

The self-described leader of the PEGIDA Québec chapter, Jean-François Asgard, told Radio-Canada his beliefs are closely aligned to those espoused by the National Front, a British political party exclusive to white people that advocates for repatriation of all non-white people to their countries of origin.

“Islam needs to reform itself or leave the West,” Asgard said.

Anti-racist protesters, meanwhile, are also planning a counter-demonstration for the same place and time.

Jaggi Singh of the No One Is Illegal activist group said the intention of the counter-protest is to surround the PEGIDA marchers and prevent them from walking into Little Maghreb, a largely Muslim community in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Michel.

“Neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, internet trolls — they all sort of congregate around this thing called PEGIDA,” Singh said.

Team of Calgary doctors stepping up to make sure refugee claimants have healthy start in new country

Everyday Hero: Giving refugees a healthy start in Canada

ReidBy  Global National Alberta Correspondent  Global News

WATCH: A team of Calgary doctors is stepping up to make sure refugee claimants have a healthy start in a new country. Reid Fiest has the story.

Going for a yearly check-up at the doctor’s office is something many Canadians take for granted. But for refugees, it may be one of the first times receiving quality medical care since fleeing in their home countries.

Dr. Annalee Coakley and 11 other doctors deliver it at the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic in Calgary, saying the need is great.

“They often come to Canada with complex medical problems,” Coakley told Global News.

With the help of translators, social workers and other staff, they are the first point of healthcare contact for hundreds of patients who are new to this country.

Many come from refugee camps, where the number of patients needing care is great.

Interactive maps: Here’s what 3.9 million Syrian refugees looks like

Coakley worked at the Kakuma camp in Kenya earlier this year, where about 40 refugees there end up coming to Calgary each year.

TORONTO: Fatally shot Trevor Seraphine was from St. Lucia

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Mar 21 2015

A 16-year-old boy shot dead in front of an Etobicoke apartment building early Saturday morning is, according to a cousin, one of six siblings from St. Lucia whose parents are still in their island homeland.

Saturday morning, the glass entrance to 44 Willowridge Dr., the public housing building where Trevor Seraphine was fatally shot, was left riddled with four bullet holes.

Residents of the building recalled being awakened by the sound of gunshots, followed later by police sirens.

Police said the high school student was found shortly after 2 a.m. with life-threatening gunshot wounds, taken to hospital and later pronounced dead there.

Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16,  was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

 Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16, was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

Seraphine’s cousin Xabie Adjodha, 30, told the Star the boy was visiting an old girlfriend who lived in the building. He was supposed to sleep over at a nearby friend’s that night, but was unexpectedly kicked out.

Adjodha said she lived with Seraphine and his siblings across the street from the building he was shot outside for years, but they moved away recently because the area was getting “too dangerous.”

Their move came nearly eight years after Adjodha brought the siblings to Canada for a better life and to help raise Seraphine as one of her own.

“I was the one helping feed him and bringing him to school. I love this kid,” she said, before breaking down in tears. “I took them from their house and one of them died.”

As soon as she heard of his death, she said, she called Seraphine’s parents in St. Lucia. The news shook Seraphine’s mother, who “ran out of the house screaming and no one knew where she went.”

Adjodha said she is helping to arrange visas for the family to come to Canada to honour Seraphine at a funeral, for which she has started a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com.

She said she can’t believe someone would try to hurt her cousin, a boy she described as “always smiling.”

“He would give you that shy smirk,” she recalled, noting that he often made videos of himself rapping, but was too shy to show them off in person. “Everyone knew Trevor could make you happy or make you laugh.”

Most of his days were spent at North Albion Collegiate Institute, where Adjodha said he was a “quiet” student, who had big dreams of becoming an engineer.

International graduates from Canadian universities and colleges say Ottawa’s new skilled immigration system actually hinders their access to permanent residency instead of promoting it

Foreign students left behind in new Express Entry immigration program

Their once prized assets — Canadian education credentials and post-graduation work experience — mean little under the program’s points system.

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Martyna Krezel, an international graduate from Poland, could only score a maximum 444 points without the out-of-reach labour market assessment certificate, a fact that puts foreign graduates like her at a disadvantage in the new immigration system.

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Martyna Krezel, an international graduate from Poland, could only score a maximum 444 points without the out-of-reach labour market assessment certificate, a fact that puts foreign graduates like her at a disadvantage in the new immigration system.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sat Mar 21 2015

International graduates from Canadian universities and colleges say Ottawa’s new skilled immigration system actually hinders their access to permanent residency instead of promoting it.

The scholars say their once-prized assets — Canadian education credentials and post-graduate work experience — have little to no value under the new Express Entry program, which came into effect Jan. 1.

The problem, which the federal government denies, lies in the significance given to a certificate called the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). It is issued by Ottawa to ensure a candidate’s skills are sufficiently in demand to warrant hiring an immigrant.

Ottawa says applicants for Express Entry, such as international graduates, do not need an LMIA to qualify. But Express Entry acceptance is based on a point system and it’s not possible to earn enough points without an LMIA, immigration experts say.

Former citizenship director-general Andrew Griffith claims that new version of citizenship test affects applicants from visible minorities more than those with European roots

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Former citizenship director general Andrew Griffith, who oversaw the early days of the citizenship reforms, retired in 2013.

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Former citizenship director general Andrew Griffith, who oversaw the early days of the citizenship reforms, retired in 2013.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Mar 24 2015

The percentage of immigrants who become citizens has been dropping dramatically in recent years — from 79 per cent to 26 per cent among people who arrived between 2000 and 2008.

Sounding the alarm is former citizenship director-general Andrew Griffith, who suggests that recent reforms which raised barriers to becoming a citizen could lead to immigrants’ widespread disengagement from Canadian public life and identity.

His analysis — part of his study being presented at a conference this week — of the impact of the Conservatives’ reforms also suggests that the new version of the citizenship test has adversely affected applicants from visible minorities more than those with European roots.

“In the past, citizenship was viewed as a stepping stone to immigrant integration, and it should be done earlier on,” said Griffith, who will present Multiculturalism in Canadaat a three-day national immigration and settlement conference in Vancouver that starts Thursday.