Removal of nativity scene sparks outrage in Guelph

Stone Road Mall’s removal of nativity scene sparks outrage in Guelph

Stone Road Mall’s removal of nativity scene sparks outrage in Guelph

Rob O’Flanagan, Mercury staff
Tue Nov 27 2012 08:23:00

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(…) A once prominently displayed nativity scene is now homeless after Guelph’s largest shopping centre decided there was no room at the mall. Continue reading

End of visa requirement for Mexicans would be a good thing for both North American countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed

The end of a much-maligned visa for Mexican travellers to Canada would be a good thing for both North American countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed.

Harper wants end of Mexican visa after Canada immigration law fix

Los Zetas is a criminal organization in Mexico dedicated mostly to international illegal drug trade and other organized crime activities.

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press November 29, 2012

The end of a much-maligned visa for Mexican travellers to Canada would be a good thing for both North American countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed Wednesday.

Harper offered his government’s most conciliatory view to the visa that it imposed in 2009 to stop an influx of bogus refugee claimants. It came after his Parliament Hill meeting with Mexico’s president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto. Continue reading

Unable to find local workforce, Canadian mine needs 201 miners from China

Mine embroiled in worker controversy back in business
The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:16 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 26, 2012 8:14 PM PT

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A company embroiled in a controversial temporary foreign-worker program says it plans to be back in operations, just days after it said it was pulling the plug on a coal mining venture in northeastern B.C.

Canadian Dehua International Mines Group said on Saturday that it has decided to wind down work at its Wapiti River coal project, located southeast of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. Continue reading

Orthodox Christians and Hindus least criminal in Canada, Muslims score in third place

Non-Christian prison chaplains chopped by Ottawa
CBC News Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:21 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012 7:25 PM PT

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Reaction to non-Christian chaplains being cut from federal prisons

The federal government is cancelling the contracts of non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned.

Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is also responsible for Canada’s penitentiaries. Continue reading

Canadians less enthusiastic about immigrants

Canadians less enthusiastic about immigrants, survey finds
The Canadian Press October 30, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is preparing to release government targets for the number of immigrants Canada will accept next year.
Photograph by: FRED CHARTRAND , THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Canadian hearts are hardening slightly towards the country’s immigrants, particularly when it comes to their impact on the economy, an internal government survey suggests.

The latest results of the Citizenship and Immigration tracking survey — conducted every year since 1996 to gauge public opinion on immigration — suggest that national attitudes towards both the number and the value of Canadian immigrants are shifting.

The 2012 survey, obtained under access to information laws, found the number of Canadian respondents who said they felt immigration was having a positive effect on the economy was 56 per cent — a decline of 10 percentage points from the 2010 survey. Continue reading

Montreal: Moroccan family can stay after visas erroneonously granted

Moroccan family can stay despite cancelled visas
Visas were erroneonously granted, says Immigration Minister Jason Kenney
CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2012 6:37 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 21, 2012 8:15 PM ET
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Canada’s immigration minister will allow a Moroccan family to stay in the country despite their visas being revoked a day before arriving in Montreal.

Rachida Iblihi, a mother of two, had been waiting since Nov. 17 to hear about her family’s fate after she and her children moved from Morocco to Montreal. Continue reading

Toronto: Kidney donor from El Salvador denied Canadian visa to help relative by marriage

Vilma Serrano has end-stage renal disease and needs a kidney transplant. A relative in El Salvador has offered to be a donor, but was twice denied a Canadian visitor’s visa.

Kidney donor denied a Canadian visa to help desperate Toronto relative
Published on Friday November 23, 2012

Vilma Serrano has end-stage renal disease and needs a kidney transplant. A relative in El Salvador has offered to be a donor, but was twice denied a Canadian visitor’s visa.

Nicholas Keung
Immigration Reporter

Vilma Serrano has end-stage renal disease and needs a new kidney, but only Immigration Minister Jason Kenney can help.

The 44-year-old Toronto woman has been on a wait list for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor since 2009, and was thrilled when a living donor, a relative by marriage in El Salvador, offered to donate one of his kidneys. Continue reading

Nova Scotia’s cap for its Provincial Nominee Program increased to 700 applicants and their families

Province gets 200 More Immigrant Nominees

Nova Scotia’s cap for its Provincial Nominee Program increased to 700 applicants and their families

Federal Gov of Canada Increases Nova Scotia’s Immigration Nominee Quota

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Nova Scotia will be able to nominate 700 applicants and their families for immigration to Canada in 2012 after the cap for its Provincial Nominee Program was increased by 200
Nova Scotia’s provincial government announced yesterday that the federal government has increased the province’s immigrant nominee cap by 200, to 700 nominations in 2012.

“It will help us address existing and expected labour shortages,” said Marilyn More, the provincial minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration. She said that the province would push for further increases of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) quota. Continue reading

Islamization: Eid celebrated at Vancouver City Hall

On November 6 at Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver’s diverse Muslim Communities commemorated Eid al-Adha.

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Eid Celebrated At Vancouver City Hall!

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On November 6 at Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver’s diverse Muslim Communities commemorated Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is one of the oldest Muslim festivals in Islamic history. It marks the completion of the Hajj and commemorates the story and symbolic sacrifice by Prophet Abraham, the central prophet connecting the histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The program featured comments by Mayor Gregor Robertson, comments from BC’s diverse Muslim Communities, as well as comments from the Jewish and Christian communities, and an explanation of the significance of this major Muslim festival. The program was organized by the diverse Muslim communities of Vancouver. Mayor Gregor Robertson addresses the audience during the commemoration of Eid al-Adha at Vancouver City Hall.

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