Quebec raises language issues to new immigrants

Fahimeh Sinai and Peyman Rajabian say good-bye to their Montreal apartment: ‘We sent résumés everywhere,’ she says, but ‘couldn’t find any answer.’
(Christinne Muschi For The Globe and Mail)

IMMIGRATION
New Canadians love Quebec, but they’re leaving it
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Published Friday, Dec. 21 2012, 7:53 PM EST
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 22 2012, 8:49 AM EST

In the three years since Fahimeh Sinai and Peyman Rajabian left Iran for a new life in Montreal, they have accomplished a lot – earning graduate degrees, touring the Gaspé and obtaining provincially funded therapy for their toddler son. They applied for citizenship as soon as they were eligible. Continue reading

Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera arrested in connection with weekend stabbing at College and Spadina

 

Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera, 46.

Suspect arrested in connection with weekend stabbing at College and Spadina
Published on Monday December 17, 2012
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Alejandro Ernesto Solano-Aguilera, 46.
Kim Magi and Touria Izri
Staff Reporters

Toronto police arrested and charged a man with attempted murder at a downtown shelter Sunday night.

Officers from 32 Division arrested the suspect at a homeless shelter around Peter and Queen Sts.The man was charged in connection with a Saturday morning stabbing near College St. and Spadina Ave. said Staff Sgt. Winston Bennett. Continue reading

GTA: Vietnamese Minh Hoang Tran arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period

Man arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period
Published on Tuesday December 18, 2012
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Sarah Taguiam
Staff Reporter

A man has been arrested in connection to a five GTA bank robberies that took place over a two-year period.

During several instances from 201 to this year, a man wearing a ski mask robbed tellers from different banks in the city on gunpoint, police said.

In one case, the man allegedly fired a shot into a bank’s ceiling and immediately fled the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Minh Hoang Tran, 29, who has no fixed address, is facing 11 charges including robbery while armed with firearm and disguise with intent.

HIV-infected Ian Thomas Williams jailed again for unprotected sex

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Ian Thomas Williams was sentenced Friday for the second time for failing to use a condom or tell women with whom he was having unprotected sex that he has the virus that causes AIDS.

November 23, 2012
Updated: November 23, 2012 | 5:37 pm
HIV-infected man jailed again for unprotected sex
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Ian Thomas Williams was sentenced Friday for the second time for failing to use a condom or tell women with whom he was having unprotected sex that he has the virus that causes AIDS.

An HIV-infected man who had unprotected sex with two women gave a tearful, rambling explanation before being sentenced to six years in prison Friday — his second such conviction. Continue reading

Police seek black suspect who threatens boy with knife at Eaton Centre

 

 

December 13, 2012
Updated: December 13, 2012 | 11:30 am
Police seek suspect who threatened boy with knife at Eaton Centre
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Toronto Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly threatened a boy with a knife at Eaton Centre.

Toronto Police are warning the public after a man allegedly threatened at least one boy with a knife at the Eaton Centre. Continue reading

Ragu Kanagalingam gives back volunteering with Santa Claus Fund

 

Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.

Santa Claus Fund: Budding engineer gives back
Published on Sunday December 16, 2012

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Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.
Laura Kane
Staff Reporter

As a boy growing up in St. James Town, Ragu Kanagalingam didn’t know much about Christmas.

His parents had emigrated from Sri Lanka when he was a toddler, and the tree-decorating, carol-singing and stocking-stuffing had always seemed foreign. And since money was tight, big gifts were out of the question. Continue reading

Toronto: Schizophrenic Joanne Merlene Jones accused of new kidnapping attempt

 

Joanne Merlene Jones. Joanne Merlene Jones, 41, has been charged in a kidnapping incident at an Oshawa school on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Police arrested Jones in connection with the abduction of child from a Toronto mall in 2006. Toronto Star file photo Torstar News Services file photo

 

Woman who kidnapped toddler in 2006 accused of abducting another

Woman who snatched toddler in 2006 is accused of kidnapping another
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012

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Joanne Jones in a 2006 courtroom sketch.
Wendy Gillis and Niamh Scallan
Staff Reporters

They said Joanne Merlene Jones was no longer a threat.

Six years after the woman kidnapped a 4-year-old boy from a Toronto shopping mall and sparked a city-wide search, an Ontario Review Board panel decided she no longer required its oversight. Continue reading

NDP MP Olivia Chow serious by-election threat to Rob Ford

 

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Poll: NDP’s Olivia Chow only serious by-election threat to Rob Ford
Published on Tuesday December 18, 2012
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NDP Transportation critic Olivia Chow holds a press conference near the Gardiner Expressway on Tuesday to speak about infrastructure spending.
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Mayor Rob Ford’s public support is steady at 42 per cent, making only NDP MP Olivia Chow a serious threat if a mayoral by-election was held now, a new poll suggests.

Last Friday’s Forum Research survey of 897 Torontonians includes, however, a couple of red flags for Toronto’s embattled mayor. A growing number say Ford brought his troubles on himself, while one-third of his supporters would be OK with council appointing Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday to serve out a turfed Ford’s term. Continue reading

Foreign Affairs, RCMP, National Missing Children Services, Interpol and Ontario attorney general’s office involved in returning two children sent to visit relatives in Zimbabwe

Biatra Muzabazi is seen with her daughter Rene, 7, and son Shane, 4, at police headquarters in Toronto on Monday. The family was reunited last week after the children were sent on vacation to Zimbabwe in April but not returned.RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR

Toronto family reunited after children held in Zimbabwe
Published on Monday December 17, 2012
Video: Kids returned to mom
Toronto Police describe how they returned two children held in Zimbabwe to their mother.
Kamila Hinkson 
Staff Reporter
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Biatra Muzabazi’s daughter, Rene, didn’t want to go to Zimbabwe for the summer.

So they struck a deal: before Rene, 7, and her brother Shane, 4, left to visit relatives in April, Muzabazi promised they would be back in Canada for the beginning of the school year.

But by the end of the summer, the family the children went to visit, their father’s relatives, had enrolled them in a Zimbabwean boarding school. Continue reading