Failed refugee Shawn Pompey knows his liver cancer is terminal, but wants to stay in Canada

Failed refugee with terminal cancer faces deportation
Shawn Pompey receives free care and medications from his oncologist and drug companies, not taxpayers. He has months to live, but CBSA wants to deport him now.

NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR

Shawn Pompey knows his liver cancer is terminal, but he wants to stay in Canada, where an oncologist is providing palliative care for free.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Fri Feb 15 2013

Despite his terminal cancer, Shawn Pompey refused handouts and continued to work at a Toronto window factory until January, when he was slated to be deported to St. Vincent.

Pompey, 42, a failed refugee, has been without health care coverage since June, when Ottawa’s new refugee health cuts kicked in, prohibiting unsuccessful asylum seekers awaiting deportation from accessing care.

Fortunately, his oncologist at Brampton Civic Hospital, Dr. Philip Kuruvilla, has continued to treat him for free and managed to get him free medications for his liver cancer through various pharmaceutical companies’ compassionate drug access programs. Continue reading

Tel Aviv: Canadian Carmel Tanaka and her former roomates win case against landlord Shahar Hazan

Canadian immigrant Carmel Tanaka and her former roomates won NIS 24.500 in damages. Photo by Daniel Bar-On

In victory for immigrants, roommates win lawsuit against Tel Aviv landlord
Four foreign-born roommates successfully sued their former landlord for failing to return the security deposit they gave him for an apartment in Tel Aviv.
By Andrew Esensten | Feb.15, 2013 | 11:40 AM | 1

Canadian immigrant Carmel Tanaka and her former roomates won NIS 24.500 in damages. Photo by Daniel Bar-On

In a case that could inspire other immigrants to take legal action against landlords they feel have exploited them, four foreign-born roommates have successfully sued their former landlord for failing to return their security deposit after they vacated the apartment he rented to them in Tel Aviv.  Continue reading

Tobi Cohen: Kenney courted for immigration, ethnic outreach expertise

BLOG: Kenney courted for immigration, ethnic outreach expertise
Tobi Cohen 
Published: February 13, 2013, 5:42 pm
Updated: 3 days ago

OTTAWA — After more than four years as immigration and multiculturalism minister, it seems Jason Kenney has become something of an international expert.

Kenney said this week he’s most recently been approached by Washington for advice as it seeks to repair its “dysfunctional” immigration system. The so-called “minister for curry in a hurry” has also had requests from Republicans and U.S. think-tanks for advice on courting the ethnic vote. Continue reading

Gavin Boby not misguided

Gavin Boby not misguided
By Janice Fiamengo, The Ottawa Citizen February 4, 2013

Re: Mistaking Islamism For Islam, Jan. 28.

Valerie Price (ACT! For Canada) and I are bringing British lawyer Gavin Boby to Ottawa to discuss his legal initiative to resist the spread of mosques in British neighbourhoods.

Contrary to Fred Litwin and Salim Mansur’s charge in their opinion piece that he is a misguided man making war on “all Muslims and Islam,” Boby is a reasonable person concerned about community safety; he acts not from prejudice but from knowledge of the intimidation and violence that the mosques regularly bring in their wake. Continue reading

Janice Fiamengo:Fact-Busters and the “Mosque-Buster”

Fact-Busters and the “Mosque-Buster”
February 8, 2013 By Janice Fiamengo Comments (46)

Gavin Boby is a British lawyer who established the Law and Freedom Foundation in 2011 to work with communities to resist Islamization, particularly the campaigns of harassment and dominance that mosques routinely bring in their wake. Dubbed the “mosque-buster” because of his success in defeating 16 of 17 mosque applications in British neighborhoods, Boby spoke in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto this past week about the principles underlying his pro bono work. When I heard him make his presentation in Ottawa on Monday, February 4, his measured, soft-spoken manner and fact-based analysis contrasted suggestively with the melodramatic denunciations and biased reporting that surrounded his appearance. Continue reading

Robert Sibley: CAIR-CAN’s opposition to ‘mosquebuster’ speech still smacks of indirect intimidation

 CAIR-CAN’s opposition to ‘mosquebuster’ speech still smacks of indirect intimidation

Posted by: Robert Sibley‘s Ideas & Consequences

I’m sure everyone knows the old saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Well, the sentiment might make a worthy motto for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) in its attempts to stymie those who question extremist Islam.

CAIR-CAN, it appears, would like Canadians to believe it has discovered the virtues of tolerance, inclusiveness, diversity and, most marvelous of all, freedom of thought and speech. Nonetheless, the organization wanted the Ottawa Public Library to cancel a Monday night speech by British “mosquebuster” Gavin Boby, the founder of group devoted to “resisting the tide of Islam” in the United Kingdom. Boby uses legal processes and municipal bylaws to help Britons who don’t want mosques built in their neighbourhoods. He’s apparently been quite successful. Continue reading