Marriage to Cuban leaves Brampton bride brokenhearted — and broke
Erin Standen says the man she met in April 2010 vanished three days after finally joining her in Canada — an all-too-familiar story for Border Services.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Feb 07 2013
After Erin Standen married the man of her dreams a year ago, she showered him and his family in Cuba with love — and gifts.
In June, while waiting for the spousal sponsorship to come through in Havana, the 28-year-old Brampton single mother began renovating her basement apartment for their new life.
She ripped out the carpet, installed tile floors, bought a 47-inch big-screen TV and put in a $4,000 bedroom set, anticipating his arrival.
On Jan. 12, the long wait was finally over and Jorge Manuel Batista Gonzalez, 33, arrived at Pearson International Airport, embraced by an exhilarated Standen.
Three days later, Standen says, Gonzalez — after kissing her goodbye as she left for her waitressing job — walked out the door with all the clothes and other things she had bought for him, along with $1,000 tip money she had collected in the bedroom.
All that remained of him, she says, was a misspelled note on a crumpled napkin: “Sorry I don’t fell love anymore. Don’t lock for me. I’l be good. I will try to pay you back. Thank x Everithing. Jorge Manuel.”
Calgary man sentenced to 90 days for beating niece over marriage refusal
5:33 pm, February 8th, 2013
Credits: STUART DRYDEN/CALGARY SUN/QMI AG
KEVIN MARTIN | QMI AGENCY
CALGARY — Beating his niece for refusing to marry the man of his choice has landed a Calgary man a 90-day jail term.
But the three adult children of Gurbachan Bandesha were spared a similar fate Friday, as Justice Marsha Erb granted them conditional discharges.
The discharges, which will mean no criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu, will be conditional on them completing 18 months of probation.
Immigration Minister Urges Canadians To Honor Blacks In Law Enforcement
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 6, 2013 10:47 PM PST
Observing February as Black History Month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Tuesday called upon all Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement.
“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities,” Minister Kenney said while speaking at the Canadian War Museum, according to a press release made by the Immigration office.
Winds of change keep blowing on Canadian immigration lands. In July 2012, we discussed several steps taken by the Federal government relating to the rules and processes applicable to temporary and permanent immigration applications. More changes have been announced in the recent months. These changes aim to allow more foreigners into Canada to meet growing labour shortages.
New Bridging Open Work Permits for certain Permanent Residence (“PR”) applicants
Since December 15, 2012, foreign nationals currently in Canada with a valid work permit and a PR application in process in one of the Federal Economic Programs, are now eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit that will allow them to maintain their status and continue working in Canada until a final decision on their PR application is made.
Hassan: Canadian government should have power to revoke citizenship of terror suspects
By Farzana Hassan, Special to QMI Agency
Friday, February 8, 2013 5:54:35 EST PM
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated what many have been thinking for some time: He has proposed that Canadian passport holders who commit acts of terror abroad or in Canada may have their citizenship revoked.
The scope of the private member’s Bill C-425 proposed by Conservative MP Devinder Shory will therefore be expanded to include the right of the Canadian government to revoke citizenship of individuals with dual nationalities who commit terror abroad or against Canada.