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Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander Desire Munyaneza

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander 

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Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear the appeal of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.

He then fled the country, arriving in Canada in 1997, where RCMP got wind of his involvement in the genocide and launched an investigation.

He was living in Toronto when he was arrested in October 2005 and charged with seven counts under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Witnesses for the prosecution testified that as a militia commander, Munyaneza organized a large number of rapes and murders in the Butare region. Continue reading

CALGARY: Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed recovering in hospital

Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his store 2 weeks ago

CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT

A Calgary business owner who was shot in the neck two weeks ago is now out of a coma.

Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his money exchange store on 17th Avenue S.E. on Dec. 5 by two masked men. He managed to get to the Vietnamese restaurant next door where staff called 911. Continue reading

GTA: The Black Experience Project (BEP) launching groundbreaking research study on GTA’s black communities

The Black Experience Project in the GTA

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson’s Diversity Institutethe United Way of Greater Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, is launching a groundbreaking research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The Black Experience Project

The purpose of The Black Experience Project (BEP) is to create the first-ever comprehensive understanding of the diverse communities that make up the region’s Black population through exploring the lived experiences and views that speak to individual and collective strengths, contributions, challenges, opportunities, capacity and resiliency. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Ethics committee resumes hearing into police actions in 2010 murder of Maria Altagracia Dorval by estranged husband, Edens Kenol

Ethics committee resumes hearing into police actions in 2010 murder

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Maria Altagracia Dorval, a 28-year-old mother of three, was killed in her Montreal North apartment a week after she went to police for help.

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The highest-ranking police officer of the five cited for breach of ethics in the Montreal police department’s handling of the late Maria Altagracia Dorval’s complaint against her abusive husband testified Monday at the Police Ethics Committee hearings into the case.

Dorval, a 28-year-old mother of three, was killed in her Montreal North apartment a week after she went to police for help. Her case has become a symbol of the justice system’s inadequate response to conjugal violence victims, and has already resulted in some changes to police procedures when dealing with spousal abuse cases.

The hearing, ordered back in August of 2011, has been delayed by the appointment of a new committee chair and by the illness of at least one of the officers cited.

Dorval was murdered on Oct. 17, 2010, six days after she reported to police that her estranged husband, Edens Kenol, had threatened to kill her and their three children two months earlier. She reported that more recently he had been following her, banging on her apartment door and harassing her by phone.

No police detective had responded to Dorval’s complaint by the time of her murder. Kenol was convicted of first degree murder in the spring of 2013, and is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole until 2038.

On Monday, Sgt. Det. Marcel Thifault testified that he was handed the Dorval file at about 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, the day after Dorval had made her report. The controller, who assigns cases at the eastern Montreal investigation centre, told Thifault this was an “urgent” case. Thifault said he quickly skimmed the file, and when he saw it contained allegations of death threats against the woman and her three children, he quickly handed it to a detective on duty.

That detective, who is not cited in the ethics breach, came back moments later to tell Thifault that the incident regarding the death threats had taken place two months earlier, on Aug. 16.

“At that moment, I asked myself why this victim waited from Aug. 16 until Oct. 11 to report this,” Thifault testified. “I decided to read the whole file. … I thought if she was really afraid for her life that day, as soon as (Kenol) left she would have called the police. I noticed that since Aug. 16, the suspect had not posed any similar gestures.” Continue reading

BRADFORD, ON: Simcoe Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios created to serve more than 4,000 migrant farm workers

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic's primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic’s primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Dec 14 2014

Migrant farm workers have been lining up at Simcoe Town Centre every Thursday or Friday evening since May for a free shuttle bus to the Real Canadian Superstore three kilometres away.

Their focus isn’t groceries so much as a unique health office, Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios, or Agricultural Seasonal Worker Clinic, housed in the food chain’s extra space. The clinic was created to serve the more than 4,000 migrant farm workers toiling at farms and greenhouses in the region south of Brantford.

Designed to eliminate some of the systemic barriers migrant workers face in getting basic health care, the pilot project has been a resounding success — reducing visits by such workers to the Norfolk General Hospital by 80 per cent. Continue reading

Ratna Omidvar: “The people who sit in boardrooms and hold corporate power look like Old Canada; they don’t look like New Canada.”

Ratna Omidvar on growth through diversity: ‘The people who … hold corporate power look like Old Canada’

ELIZABETH PINNINGTON

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with increasing the innovativeness of our economy.

Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, was interviewed on Oct. 16 by Elizabeth Pinnington, a consultant with Reos Partners. Continue reading

TORONTO: Racism is cause of so many black children in foster and group homes, claim advocates

Why are so many black children in foster and group homes?

A disproportionate number of Toronto-area children in foster and group-home care are black. Advocates are blaming poverty, cultural misunderstanding and racism.

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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth "struggle" while in care. "They kind of lose themselves," he says.
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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth “struggle” while in care. “They kind of lose themselves,” he says.

By:  News, Insight , Social justice reporter ,Published on Thu Dec 11 2014

In the Toronto area, black children are being taken from their families and placed into foster and group-home care at much higher rates than white children.

Numbers obtained by the Star indicate that 41 per cent of the children and youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black. Yet only 8.2 per cent of Toronto’s population under the age of 18 is black. Continue reading

TORONTO: Frantz St. Fleur claims he was racially profiled by Scotiabank

Fan-Yee Suen, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:08AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:09AM EST

A Toronto man is suing a bank, his real estate broker and police for nearly $250,000 after he claims he was racially profiled when he was falsely accused of trying to deposit a fraudulent $9,000 cheque.

Frantz St. Fleur, who was a customer of Scotiabank for nearly 10 years, says he walked into a Toronto-area branch on a Saturday morning in April. St. Fleur says he wanted to deposit a cheque issued by RE/MAX into his tax-free savings account. Continue reading

VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme

Police uncover mail fraud scheme

  • 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
KEVIN CONNOR | QMI AGENCY
VAUGHAN, Ontario – More than 60 people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars in a diverted mail delivery scheme, according to police.
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.

York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.

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“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.

“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”

Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.

Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.

Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

Canadian lenience in Nigerian scam: Chijioke Samuel Frank and Emmanuel Asuquo fraudsters asked to leave Canada

 BY HANNAH SPRAY, THE STARPHOENIX DECEMBER 9, 2014
 Two Nigerian men caught with numerous fake identity documents have one main condition to follow on their sentences: get out of Canada as soon as possible.

Chijioke Samuel Frank, 25, and Emmanuel Asuquo, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench to possessing other people’s ID with the intent to commit fraud.

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