Ukrainian Milana Muzikante and Lilia Ratmanski charged with threatening Sunwing flight while drunk on the plane

Police identify two women charged with threatening Sunwing flight

The two women who caused a Sunwing flight headed to Cuba to turn back to Toronto Wednesday evening are facing numerous charges.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 28 2014

The two women who caused a Sunwing flight headed to Cuba to turn back to TorontoWednesday evening — escorted by two fighter jets — are facing numerous charges.

Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, and Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, have been charged with smoking on an aircraft and endangering the safety of an aircraft. They were set to appear in court in Brampton for a bail hearing Thursday.

Peel Regional Police Const. Thomas Ruttan said the pair will face additional charges including mischief endangering life and uttering threats.

Outside the courtroom Thursday afternoon, Ratmanski’s mother said her daughter was an A student in nursing at York who “never smokes, never drinks.”

The mother, who identified herself as a Ukrainian native, was accompanied by a family friend. Neither gave their names.

“I’m so shocked,” the mother said. “I don’t understand what has happened.” Continue reading

Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) no longer accepted until April 2015

Canada immigration: Quebec cap reached

Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) will no longer be accepted until April 2015

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The intake cap of the Quebec Skilled Worker’s Programme (QSWP) has been reached and applications will no longer be accepted until April 2015, at least.

The QSWP is the most popular immigration stream of the French-speaking Canadian province, which annually attracts thousands of immigrants through its several programmes.
However, this year the maximum number of applications accepted was reached sooner than usual.

On April 1 this year, the province announced that it would extend its skilled worker’s programme with another year, accepting 65,000 applications till March 31, 2015.

Although the extension was welcomed with gratitude, the intake cap was a shocking reduction from the 20,000 applications accepted in the previous years.

But, considering the actual 10,000 applications in the year that had passed the 65,000 seemed a more appropriate intake cap.
The intake cap was filled within 5 months, and eager applicants will have to wait and see whether the popular programme will be extended in April next year.

The QSWP is a popular alternative of the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), due to its relatively lenient selection criteria for the intake of skilled workers.

Quebec applies a point-based system, in which considerable emphasis is placed on language. An applicant can receive a maximum of 22 points for language, of which Up to 16 points can be awarded for French proficiency, and up to 6 for English.

Furthermore, the applicant must have qualifications in one of the 114 professions on the Areas of Training List, which was last updated in August 2013. On this list 146 occupations are mentioned, which emphasis on occupations in the field of nursing and engineering.

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Domestic violence acceptable reason to keep Mexican woman in Canada

Mexican woman in Montreal facing deportation to remain in Canada

CBCCBC – Sun, 24 Aug, 2014

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada has stayed Sheila Sedinger Ayala’s removal order.

“It feels amazing,” Sedinger Ayala told CBC news. “Now I can concentrate on celebrating my daughter’s birthday which is this Saturday, the day I was going to be deported.”

Sedinger Ayala, 27, was initially ordered to be deported back to Mexico after her refugee claim sponsor  — her husband — was convicted of a criminal offence.

Her two Canadian-born children would  have stayed behind in Canada if the deportation went ahead.

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The decision comes one day after an immigrant rights group hosted a news conference for Sedinger Ayala on Sunday.

With her fiancé by her side, Sedinger Ayala sobbed while she explained what had happened to her and why she should be granted temporary residency to allow her to stay in Canada while she sorts out her affairs.

Sedinger Ayala said she moved to Montreal from Mexico City in 2005, fleeing from a violent ex-boyfriend.

She had one child within a year of arriving in Canada — a product of gang rape while in Mexico, said Sedinger Ayala’s lawyer Angela Potvin.

She later met and married a man in Montreal with whom she had another child. She said he sponsored her bid for permanent residency and in 2008, the federal and provincial governments accepted her sponsorship application.

However, Potvin said the sponsor was found guilty of physical assault during the course of Sedinger Ayala’s sponsorship application, which in turn made him ineligible to sponsor her. She said the conviction cancelled her permanent residency bid.

OTTAWA: Michael Lumahang drowned while trying to help rescue 12-year-old boy from river

Boy, 12, rescued by 24-year-old man but another man drowns while trying to assist

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:29 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 24, 2014 1:57 PM ET

Family members say Michael Lumahang, 39, drowned after trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River on Saturday. (Facebook)

Family members have identified Michael Lumahang of Ottawa as the man who drowned while trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.

Family members of Michael Lumahang, including his wife, above, await news of the Ottawa man Saturday night near the Ottawa River. (CBC)

​Ottawa paramedics say they responded to a report of someone drowning at Bate Island near the Champlain Bridge just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived, paramedics treated a 12-year-old boy for mild hypothermia.

Police said two men were fishing when they saw the boy in the water. They said a 24-year-old man rescued the boy and was uninjured.

A 39-year-old man also jumped in the water to help with the rescue, but he disappeared. The police marine and dive unit found his body on Sunday at about 6:35 a.m.

Family members have identified the man as Michael Lumahang, 39, who lived in Ottawa but was originally from Manila, Philippines.

MISSING: Rebekah Isaac and her two children last seen near Sheppard Ave. and Progress Ave. in Scarborough

Toronto mom and her two children are missing

Toronto police are concerned for the safety of a missing family.

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Rebekah Isaac, 34, and her two children, Jonathan and Joyline, were reported missing after they were last seen near Sheppard Ave. and Progress Ave. in Scarborough

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By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Aug 23 2014

Police are looking for a mother and her two children after they were reported missing Saturday afternoon.

Rebekah Isaac, 34, Jonathan, 7, and Joylin, 5, were last seen near Sheppard Ave. and Progress Ave. in Scarborough around 2:30 p.m. Police say Rebekah was wearing a yellow dress and Jonathan was wearing khaki pants and a yellow checkered shirt with a black cowboy hat. Joylin was wearing a pink T-shirt with a pink hat.

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Anyone with information is asked to call 42 division at 416-808-4200.

OTTAWA: Misbahuddin Ahmed found guilty of two terrorism-related charges

Former Ottawa hospital technician Misbahuddin Ahmed has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges by a jury.

CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2014 2:30 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014 7:29 PM ET

Ahmed, 30, had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity, participation in the activities of a terrorist group, and possession of explosives with intent to do harm after his arrest in August 2010.

His eight-week trial began in mid-May and went to a jury on Tuesday. On Friday, the jury found him guilty of the first two charges but not guilty to the possession of explosives charge.

Conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, while participation in the activities of a terrorist group has a 10-year maximum term.

Ahmed will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

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Crown lawyers said during the trial that Ahmed was a “committed jihadist” with an eye on potential Canadian targets, pointing to a bag in his basement they alleged held bomb-making materials.

Ahmed and his defence said during the trial that he was trying to stop a planned attack and was planning to destroy the contents of the bag, which he got from a known extremist.

The jury heard how the RCMP had tapped Ahmed’s phone and videotaped him meeting with that same extremist, whose name is covered under a publication ban.

A verdict is expected in the trial for Khurram Sher, one of Ahmed’s alleged co-conspirators, on Aug. 19.

Columnist suggests that praying in library is perfectly acceptable

Ethically speaking: Not necessary to take offence over public prayer

Woman disturbed by prayer in library should worry about something else

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There's no need to be offended by the sight of a devoted person praying in public, Ken Gallinger writes. After all, there are many more things to take offence at, like wearing a racist T-shirt in public.

 

There’s no need to be offended by the sight of a devoted person praying in public, Ken Gallinger writes. After all, there are many more things to take offence at, like wearing a racist T-shirt in public.

By:  Ethically speaking columnist, Published on Sat Aug 23 2014

Iwas doing research in my local library and witnessed something disturbing. A lady had a towel on the floor and was doing her prayers. She would stand up, bow down, and repeat for 15 minutes. Prayer should be done in one’s own home or a religious building. I was offended because the library is a public place and I had to witness something that should be done elsewhere. What are your thoughts? Continue reading

OTTAWA: Chinese restaurant fined after rice served sent six children to hospital

27 people at Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp, 17 others got sick after eating rice

CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:26 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 22, 2014 4:33 PM ET

A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp.

Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July 31 after several children and adults from the Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp reported feeling ill.

Six children suffering from vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea were taken to hospital with suspected food poisoning. They were all released later that day.

Ottawa Public Health said in a statement Friday they inspected three restaurants that provided food for the camp that week. Two of those restaurants passed but the third, Lotus Chinese Food Takeout on Fallowfield Road, did not.

After interviewing more than 90 people from the camp, Ottawa Public Health said a total of 44 people felt sick after eating a fried rice dish from Lotus.

Analysis showed the presence of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that releases toxins causing symptoms reported by those who got sick, in the rice and a noodle dishes from Lotus.

“Although this type of bacteria was found in both the rice and the noodle dishes prepared, the bacteria in the rice dish was at a level consistent with levels known to cause food-borne illness,” the statement said.

Inspection records show Lotus was found in compliance with regulations on Aug. 1, but had a “critical” food safety issue on Aug. 19 related to keeping food protected from contamination.

Lotus has been fined for operating a food premise maintained in a manner permitting a health hazard, and operating a food premise maintained adversely affecting sanitary conditions. Together, the offences carry a maximum fine of $600.

TORONTO: Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma lost money in condo development deal

Police investigating after condo deal falls apart

Toronto police confirm they are investigating a number of complaints from prospective buyers in the condo development who say they have lost money.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart.  Toronto police are investigating.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart. Toronto police are investigating.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

When a group of retail and condo buyers purchased units in an up-and-coming Yonge and Finch building also featuring a hotel, they envisioned packing up their current homes and moving into new ones where they would raise families, grow old and make memories together.

Instead, they say they’ve been subjected to almost nine months of anguish as they fret over what happened to the condos they were expecting and the millions they collectively spent on units at 5220 Yonge St. Continue reading

Filipino to-be-deported nanny remains in Canada on humanitarian grounds

Nanny spared deportation with reprieve from immigration ministerLilia Ordinario Joaquin, a live-in caregiver facing deportation for “working without authorization,” is granted exemption to proceed with immigration application.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, who worked under the table as a nanny while waiting for her immigration papers, celebrates after learning that Ottawa has exempted her from deportation.

Joaquin’s deportation exemption comes after a Star story detailed how the 52-year-old mother of five felt forced to work under the table while waiting for a work permit amid an immigration backlog.

Wednesday’s letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada said she did meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status under the live-in caregiver program.

“Humanitarian and compassionate factors were assessed for the purpose of determining whether to grant an exemption from certain legislative requirements to allow your application for permanent residence to be processed,” said the two-page letter. Continue reading

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