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MONTREAL: Africans buy stolen bikes and sell them in Africa

These men buy bikes legally, and then sell them to their home countries in Africa for four times the price. (Radio-Canada)

Every year, about 20,000 bicycles are stolen in Montreal

CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET

An investigation carried out by Radio-Canada’s Enquête program found that selling stolen bikes is big business in Montreal.

Every year about 20,000 bicycles are stolen on the island, but most victims never report the theft to police. For instance, in 2012, only 1,846 bike thefts were reported.

Philippe and Dominique, whose identity we are not revealing, track down bicycle thieves.

“There are thieves who prowl the night, searching in alleyways and backyards, and simply help themselves,” Philippe said.

It’s estimated that one of of two cyclists in Montreal has had his/her bike stolen at least once.

For sale

Re-selling bikes is big business in Montreal.

A number of unclaimed stolen bikes end up at municipal auctions.

Enquête spoke with a group of men who buy the bikes legally for a small price, and then sell them in their home country in Africa for four times as much.

“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” one man told Enquête reporters.

The investigative program also found there were suspicious transactions taking place at L’Accueil Bonneau, a homeless shelter in Montreal, where one man bought several bikes last summer.

Similar situations are occurring in some parks or streets.

One Enquête employee was offered a bike for $40 — although it was worth $600.

The seller said he stole it about a month earlier near Cadillac metro station, in Montreal’s east end.

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Vancouver House Tower condos reserved for Asian buyers will have “asset management” program for absentee owners

 BY SAM COOPER, THE PROVINCE JULY 27, 2014

With its twisted sculptural design, the “iconic” $500-million Vancouver House is being marketed across Asia as a symbol of Vancouver’s future.

The 52-storey Westbank project alongside the north end of Granville Bridge is slated to open in 2018 and is being aggressively marketed in Asia, with up to half of the owners expected to buy from outside Canada.

According to the South China Morning Post, two sales offices were opened in Hong Kong in June.

Sales agents then visited China’s largest cities in search of buyers. And in July, Vancouver House units were marketed in Singapore. According to Singapore publications, Vancouver House condos were reserved for overseas buyers.

This week, Singapore-based website Property Guru reported there was an “overwhelming response” to the launch of Vancouver House, one of “Canada’s iconic buildings.”

“Vancouver House … saw more than 30 units transacted — far more than expected,” according to Property Guru.

“The response surprised us and surprised the developer,” an “excited” Singapore agent was quoted telling Property Guru, which reported a second “showcase” event was planned this week in Singapore. In mid-July The Business Times reported that of “388 units in the 52-storey tower, 30 units are reserved for the Singapore market, said Westbank’s marketing director Michael Braun.”

Westbank spokeswoman Jill Killeen said an initial September date to start selling to locals had been brought forward after Westbank received its disclosure statement last Thursday, ”making it legal to sell.”

“Our tracking indicates that more than 50 per cent of buyers will come from the Vancouver marketplace,” Killeen said in a prepared statement. Sales for local buyers will begin this week. Killeen said Westbank had been marketing to locals through print and television and had hosted an arts event under the bridge to generate interest.

In a story featuring an interview with Vancouver House developer Ian Gillespie, the South China Morning Post noted the building will have an “asset management” program for absentee owners, with staff periodically turning on taps and appliances in unoccupied units.

Gillespie said Vancouver House will be the most expensive building ever in Vancouver and units will be for art-collector-like buyers looking for “live-in sculpture.”

Vancouver House’s star architect, Bjarke Ingels, suggests the building — which will include revitalizing the space under the Granville Bridge at the 1400-block of Howe Street — is symbolic of “a giant curtain, at the moment of being pulled back to reveal the world to Vancouver and Vancouver to the world.” Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Chinese non-profit plans to build orphanage in Congo

 With the rustle of envelopes and the flutter of butterfly wings, a Vancouver organization’s dream of building an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo came one step closer to reality.

About 300 butterflies soared into the air outside an East Vancouver church Sunday, raising $1,500 for Light and Love Home, a non-profit that works closely with the Church of God near East 6th and Main and operates community and charity services in developing countries.

Josh Yu, a Grade 10 student at Tupper Secondary who bred the orange-and-black Painted Ladies butterflies, led the mass release.

“Releasing butterflies creates of a symbol of hope and freedom,” said Yu, who began breeding butterflies three years ago and sells them for weddings and other events.

“I’ve heard many of the people who came back from missions and I wanted to do my part to help them even though I can’t help in person.”

In January, Light and Love home purchased six hectares of land outsideLubumbashi, the Congo’s second-largest city, for $25,000. It needs another $100,000 to build the orphanage and other buildings.

The planned orphanage will include dormitories to house 30 kids — ranging in age from 4 to 18 — a school, and a community centre. It will also have some farm land and a solar power plant that would help the orphanage be self-sufficient.

Violet Chan, vice-president for outreach programs for Light and Love, said the group was approached by a Congolese charity called African Children of Hope, which ran two orphanages but was struggling to stay open.

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MONTREAL: 78-old Julia Hidalgo-Aguilera wants to keep her to-be-deported son in Canada as primary caregiver

Ailing Montreal mother pleads for delay in son’s deportation

Mother and son plead for immigration leniencyHector Reyes-Hidalgo came to Canada four years ago to care for his ailing mother, Julia Hidalgo-Aguilera, who has ALS. But Hector is facing deportation to his native Chile if Immigration Canada doesn’t grant him a reprieve.
CTV Montreal
Published Sunday, July 27, 2014 6:28PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 27, 2014 6:57PM EDT

It’s a desperate plea to Immigration Canada from a woman dying of ALS and her son.

Julia Hidalgo-Aguilera, 78, has lost most of the use of her legs and says her arms are growing weaker.

Her son Hector Reyes-Hidalgo came from Chile four years ago to care for her.

He’s her only family member in Canada and her primary caregiver, but he is set to be deported back to his home country Tuesday.

They’re making an appeal on compassionate grounds to delay his deportation next week.

Even the most basic tasks are almost impossible for Hidalgo-Aguilera — she has difficulty swallowing, moving and sometimes breathing.

Immigration Canada accepted a request for Hidalgo-Aguilera to sponsor her son’s immigration, but Reyes-Hidalgo was rejected in his bid to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate, which he needs if he wants to live in Quebec.

So next week, he faces deportation.

“I’m thinking of my mother more than of me. I’m hoping for a solution soon,” he said.

Reyes-Hidalgo can contest Immigration Quebec’s decision in October, but without a stay of deportation from Immigration Canada, he won’t have a chance to plead his case.

That could prove to be devastating for his mother physically, emotionally and financially.

“I help pay the rent and pay a lot of things to maintain the house,” he said.

Letters of support have been written by doctors and politicians, including the leader of the official opposition Thomas Mulcair.

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Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/ailing-montreal-mother-pleads-for-delay-in-son-s-deportation-1.1934471#ixzz38izfKlKW

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http://www.als.ca/sites/default/files/files/HealthcareProviders/Guide%20to%20ALS%20Patient%20Care.pdf

http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/80/1_MeetingAbstracts/P07.065

 

Iranian woman denied tourist visa to visit husband in Ottawa

Adami: Immigration fears block Iranian woman’s visit to husband in Ottawa

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Houman Moteshareie says he and his wife, both Iranian citizens, want to play by Canada’s immigration rules. He says they are not trying to pull a fast one because that would hurt their chances of settling here permanently.

But Immigration has raised concerns about the seriousness of their marriage and says Elham Ali Asghari might try to remain in Canada if she is granted a visitor’s visa. Immigration has rejected two applications from Ali Asghari to allow her to visit Moteshareie in Ottawa, here on a student visa and working toward a doctorate in molecular genetics at Carleton University. Carleton is contributing $80,000 toward his studies and research. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Gaza demonstration blocks main roads forcing communters to use alternate routes

A protest against Israeli action in the Middle East is happening Saturday afternoon in Ottawa, and police say motorists should expect road closures in the downtown core and ByWard Market.

The demonstration began around 1 p.m. at the Human Rights Monument near the intersection of Elgin and Lisgar streets.

Police say it will then move through the ByWard Market before ending on Parliament Hill.

Demonstrators say this is their route:

  • North on Elgin Street  to Rideau Street;
  • East on Rideau Street to Sussex Drive;
  • North on Sussex Drive to George Street;
  • East on George Street to Dalhousie Street;
  • North on Dalhousie Street to Murray Street;
  • West on Murray Street to Mackenzie Avenue;
  • South on MacKenzie Avenue to where Rideau Street becomes Wellington Street;
  • West on Wellington Street to Parliament Hill.

On mobile? Click here to see a map of the planned demonstration route.

Organizers say the demonstration should end around 3 p.m.

Police are asking commuters to avoid the area or use alternate routes if possible.

WINNIPEG: Nazdana Jan healthy after receiving experimental transplant of liver cells

Winnipeg girl received experimental transplant of liver cells in Alberta in 2012

CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2014 12:08 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014 12:08 PM MT

The first Canadian patient to receive an experimental transplant of liver cells in Alberta two years ago is now a healthy toddler, her doctors say.

Nazdana Jan, of Winnipeg, received her transplant in November 2012 when she was two months old from a team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary in an effort to help keep her alive long enough to receive a full liver transplant.

In April, she successfully underwent a liver transplant in Toronto.

Nazdana and the four other infants who received the therapy all have urea cycle disorders, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body and can lead to brain damage and death. Continue reading

HALIFAX: First gay-friendly mosque ready to open its doors

Halifax’s first gay-friendly mosque opening this summer

Halifax Unity Mosque sharing space with Universal Unitarian Church

CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2014 3:51 PM AT Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014 3:58 PM AT

Nova Scotia’s first gay-friendly mosque is set to open in the next few weeks.

The Halifax Unity Mosque is an expansion of the Toronto Unity Mosque, also called el-Tawhid Juma Circle.

The mosque is a “gender-equal, LGBTI/queer-affirming” place for Muslims to worship, according to its Facebook page.

‘Queer Muslims are having to reclaim space that they may have had in the past.’- Syed Adnan Hussein

Syed Adnan Hussein has been building support for the Halifax Unity Mosque for a while. He found a space this week and hopes to start worship by next month.   Continue reading

TORONTO: “I just want to bomb Canada”, Ali Shahi said on board of Sunwing flight 772

Kendra Mangione and Sonja Puzic, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, July 25, 2014 10:23AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 25, 2014 8:48PM EDT

The father of a 25-year-old Canadian man whose alleged threats forced a Panama-bound plane to return to Toronto Friday says his son has mental health issues and is “not at fault” for what happened.

In a statement released Friday night, Sadegh Shahi said his son, Ali Shahi, has had “mental issues,” including depression, anorexia and bulimia since he was 16.

“I am sorry for what happened on the flight, but Ali is not at fault. I blame the police and health system,” Shahi said, adding that his son “never got the support that he needed.” Continue reading

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