Two men disguised in burkas rob Toronto jewellery store at gunpoint, hauling in $500K in merchandise
TPSThe robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.
Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a jewellery store last month while wearing burkas.
Edmond Bakos, the owner of the York Mills-Leslie Street-area Mona-Clara Jewellers, said he didn’t think twice about the people who walked into his store on OCt. 14 until one them produced a handgun and demanded jewellery in a distinctly masculine voice.
“Three seconds after they walked in, they pulled out a gun and said, ‘It’s a holdup,’” Bakos said.
While one suspect emptied a display of jewellery into his handbag, the second went with a female staff member to lock the entrance.
The pair got away with about $500,000 in jewellery during the five-minute holdup, Holdup squad Staff-Insp. Mike Earl told reporters Wednesday. The robbery took place at about 11 a.m., at a “busy” mall plaza, he said.
Bakos described the incident as traumatic.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the robbers. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5”11 wearing black clothes. The second suspect was also male, approximately 6”3 with no description of ethnicity. Continue reading
Only ‘highest ranking candidates’ will be asked to apply
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 6:21 PM ET
The federal government’s consultations on a new immigration system to give skilled workers “express entry” into Canada starting Jan. 1 included a nine-member group representing some of Canada’s biggest employers — and at least two of those groups say they are taking a wait-and-see approach on the new system.
Skilled immigrants recruited in 50 occupations ahead of ‘express entry’ launch
Under the new online express entry system, skilled immigrants will be matched with vacant jobs in at least 50 occupations based on “scores that reflect their human capital and ability to succeed in the Canadian economy.” Continue reading
‘Comedy of errors’ lets woman become Canadian citizen despite abysmal results on citizenship tests
Matthew Sherwood for National Post/FileA Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.
TORONTO — A would-be Canadian who received a grade of zero out of six on her citizenship language test and four out of 20 on the test’s knowledge component was nonetheless granted a Canadian citizenship certificate.
A “series of administrative errors” put Haheen Afzal — despite her abysmal results on the tests — before a citizenship judge in Hamilton, Ont., swearing an oath to the Queen and being issued a citizenship certificate.
When the mistake was discovered, Ms. Afzal did not want to surrender her citizenship and fought to keep it. Continue reading
Reis Pagtakhan: Should we really be just ‘grudgingly enduring’ our neighbours?
By Reis Pagtakhan, for CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:34 PM CT Last Updated: Nov 20, 2014 6:45 AM CT
When discussing issues of racism and discrimination, governments, academics and civic leaders often promote “tolerance” as a way to combat these problems. As the argument goes, if Canadians tolerate people of different races, religions, sexual orientations and backgrounds, Canada will be a much stronger society.
A number of years ago, I read an article in which someone argued that merely tolerating someone else is an extremely low bar. By definition, when a person has to tolerate someone or something, that person has to endure or accept someone or something they find to be, at best, unpleasant.
People tolerate things ranging from pain, abuse and depression to minor annoyances such as boring movies, noisy neighbours, insects and inclement weather. Continue reading
Bank says Canadian immigrants form a significant chunk of potential condo buyers
By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:46 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014 11:45 AM ET
Fears that Canada is building far more condominiums than it needs are overblown because of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are moving here in increasing numbers, one of Canada’s biggest banks says.
“Ask any real estate developer in any of Canada’s major cities about the risk of overbuilding, and the first line of defence would be immigration and its critical role in supporting demand,” CIBC economist Benjamin Tal said in a report Wednesday. “It turns out that at least for now, this claim is more valid than widely believed.”
Immigrants already represent about 70 per cent of Canada’s population growth at the moment — and half of those who come to Canada are in the prime homebuying age range of between 20 and 45. Continue reading