NOVEMBER 21, 2014 |MIKE QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
Teacher Sarit Malca’s sudden death has been a shock to UTT/Herzliah community.
The United Talmud Torah/Herzliah school community in Montreal is still reeling after the shocking and sudden death of popular teacher and parent, Sarit Malca, who taught Hebrew and Jewish studies. On Sat., Nov. 15, the 41-year-old mother of two young girls, aged 8 and 5, went to the hospital suffering from severe stomach pain. Her condition continued to deteriorate and three days later she passed away.
Social services agency Ometz has been in the school offering grief counselling. A Twitter hash tag #Herzstrong has been used to show how everyone will get through this experience together.
A native Israeli, Malca was noted for the work she did between the school and its sister city for a program called Gesher Chai, which linked her school with those in Beer Sheva. Continue reading
Mother filed complaint with OC Transpo last week, hasn’t received a response
CBC News Posted: Nov 26, 2014 5:00 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 5:58 PM ET
An Ottawa woman says she’s still waiting for a response from OC Transpo and doesn’t plan on riding buses with her baby on cold days in the future after a bus driver asked her to get off a bus with her stroller and two-month-old baby.
Noel says she filed a complaint with OC Transpo that night and hasn’t yet heard back. (CBC)
“I was extremely frustrated, to say the least,” said Robin Noel, nearly a week after the Thursday, Nov. 20 incident during the afternoon rush hour.
She was waiting for a No. 2 bus on Somerset Street West and had timed it so she’d be waiting outside for only five minutes.
But the first bus was full and didn’t stop and the second, smaller bus was 20 minutes late. She said she watched six to eight people get off, but that the driver wouldn’t let her on.
“As I was starting to get on the bus, the driver looks at me and says, ‘I can’t fit a stroller, you have to get off,’” Noel recalled. Continue reading
4 Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in Leduc crash
Echoes 2012 crash that killed 4 Filipino workers near Calgary
By Lydia Neufeld, Scott Lilwall, CBC News Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:25 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 5:44 PM MT
A recently widowed mother working as a nanny to support her two teenagers was among four Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in a head-on crash with a truck on an icy Alberta highway Saturday morning.
Eva Janette Caperina, 41, was travelling with two men and a woman along Highway 21 when their Saturn Ion hit an icy patch near Leduc. 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