Langley: Linked to FMLN terrorist group, José Figueroa fighting deportation


Figueroa was ordered deported for belonging to the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a group linked to violent acts against the regime that ruled the country during the civil war from 1980 to 1992.

Rally for Langley man fighting deportation
By Dan Ferguson – Langley Times
Published: January 19, 2013 10:00 AM
Updated: January 22, 2013 11:01 AM

About 20 supporters of Langley resident José Figueroa and his fight against deportation staged a quiet rally outside the offices of Langley MP Mark Warawa Wednesday afternoon.

Figueroa attended the candlelight vigil and obtained an impromptu meeting with Warawa, who promised he will hand a letter from José and his wife Ivania to Public Safety minister Vic Toews in Ottawa.

“I will hand-deliver this to the minister on the 28th,” Warawa told Figueroa outside his office entrance.

Canada erects billboards in Hungary warning of bogus refugee claims


This giant billboard was spotted in the city of Miskolc, Hungary.

No phony refugees allowed: Canadian billboard in Hungary
5:58 pm, January 22nd, 2013



OTTAWA — New billboards in Hungary tell residents not to bother coming to Canada to file an unfounded refugee claim because the rules have changed and they’ll quickly be deported.

“People with unfounded claims will be deported faster,” warn the billboards, bearing the Government of Canada logo and directing people to the Citizenship and Immigration website.

Late last week, the billboards were placed in Miskolc, a city in northeast Hungary that is home to many Roma.


Canadian Museum of Immigration expanding online


Photo by Steve Kaiser

Canada’s National Immigration Museum expanding online
Capturing Canada’s immigrant experience, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 reveals emotional stories through digital storytelling, oral histories, online initiatives and more.
Sacha DeVoretz
Posted: Jan 15th, 2013

Photos by Steve Kaiser

The second largest country in the world expects to welcome close to 250,000 immigrants in 2013. Canada was built on the efforts of newcomers: Since 1869, Canada’s immigration programs have helped build a community of citizens valued around the world.

Often referred to as Canada’s version of America’s Ellis Island, Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration — Canada’s only national museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

CIC announces new selection system for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Canada Announces New FSWP Immigration Laws
By Vijaykumar | January 22, 2013 12:57 AM PST
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced the new selection system for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) that will take effect from May 4, 2013.

The FSWP selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. It measures applicants using a selection grid in which each applicant is awarded points for language proficiency, age, education, work experience, pre-arranged employment in Canada and adaptability.
These changes are part of the CIC’s mission to transform Canada’s immigration system to one that is faster and more flexible. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated that “the government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed in Canada.”

Christopher Alexander: “You are giving me nine years? People get eight years for manslaughter.”

Christopher Alexander was originally charged with attempted murder after he shot at a mall security guard, but was convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to nine years.

Shoplifting mall shooter swears at judge for handing down 9-year sentence
Published on Wednesday January 09, 2013

Toronto Police
Christopher Alexander was originally charged with attempted murder after he shot at a mall security guard, but was convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to nine years.
Peter Small
Courts Bureau

A Toronto shoplifter erupted in an angry tirade and swore at a judge as she sentenced him to nine years for shooting at a store detective at the Fairview Mall.

“I don’t want to hear what you have to say,” Christopher Alexander said Wednesday. “You are biased.”

He ranted for over a minute, swearing at Justice Julie Thorburn, calling her a devil despite the fact she had acquitted him of attempted murder in October, while convicting him of lesser weapons and breach charges.