Canadian sponsors want government to speed up processing applications for Sudanese refugees

Canadian-sponsored Sudanese refugees in Jordan say it’s ‘very dangerous to go out’

Sponsors want government to speed up processing applications

By Amanda Pfeffer, CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 8:56 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016 12:10 PM ET

Jordan government began deporting Sudanese in response to protest camps outside UN offices in Amman.

Jordan government began deporting Sudanese in response to protest camps outside UN offices in Amman. (Reuters)

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Sudanese refugees waiting to come to Canada from Jordan are in imminent danger, according to their Canadian sponsors, who are hoping immigration officials process their cases at the same pace as Syrian refugee cases.

A spokesperson from the office of the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said the ministry is trying to come up with options to assist those who may be in danger.

Jordan began deporting Sudanese back to their home country in December, despite concerns by the United Nations and other human rights groups.

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Sponsorship applications for Sudanese refugees in Jordan have been accepted, now wait to be processed. (CBC)

Sponsors fear at least one young man invited to come to Canada on a scholarship was deported in mid-December, while other Sudanese refugees in Jordan are being told to lie low.

The refugee sponsorship applications of a dozen Sudanese in Jordan have been accepted to come to Canada but now await the final processing stage, according to the Archdiocese of Toronto, which helps private groups sponsor refugees.

The Archdiocese is working with groups to sponsor nine Sudanese refugees, including a family of five and four individuals.

‘Very dangerous to go out’

Two men being sponsored told CBC News that they have been afraid to leave their homes in Jordan out of fear of being swept up by police and deported back to Sudan. CBC News has protected their identities for their safety.

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“All the people from my house — they’ve been deported,” a young Sudanese man being sponsored through the Archdiocese of Toronto told CBC News in a Skype conversation.

Nigerian crime ring Black Axe behind GTA luxury vehicle thefts

GTA luxury vehicle thefts linked to Nigerian crime ring Black Axe

Operation involved Service Ontario employee who fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:08 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2015 4:09 PM ET

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Toronto police say 500 luxury SUVs were stolen in the Greater Toronto Area this year as part of a sophisticated vehicle trafficking operation linked to Nigerian organized crime ring Black Axe, in which a Service Ontario employee allegedly fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals.

Police told a press conference Friday morning that thieves stole the cars according to a “shopping list” handed down to them from higher ranking members in the ring, acquired vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and key codes from the Service Ontario employee and had keys cut by a locksmith, who was also arrested.

The cars were then taken to shipping yards in Montreal and Halifax and arrived in Nigeria and Ghana within days, where they sold for roughly half their market value, police said.

Police said the investigation, nicknamed Project CBG, began in the spring of 2015 after they noticed a string of luxury vehicle thefts in and around Toronto. When they began investigating, they noticed that the thefts weren’t one-offs, but rather part of an intricate web, they said.

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Wheary graveyard preserves memory of early black New Brunswickers in the area

Forgotten graveyards offer insight into black history

Mary McCarthy and New Brunswick Black History Society want to preserve links to the past

By Lauren Bird, CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2015 1:10 PM AT Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015 1:58 PM AT

Most of the graves in the Wheary graveyard are more than 100 years old.

Most of the graves in the Wheary graveyard are more than 100 years old. (Lauren Bird/CBC)

Mary McCarthy wants people to know about the Wheary graveyard near Fredericton and other black graveyards in the area that are being forgotten by time and history.

Bushes and trees have overgrown the handful of graves and the iron gate that surrounds the burial site is crooked and rusted.​

“The stones of this era tell a bit of a story,” said McCarthy as she walked through the Wheary graveyard in Keswick.

“I believe they’re telling a little summary of their lives. What’s unfortunate is that we can’t read all the writing because of the deterioration of the stone.”

B.C.: Sudanese refugee in custody on allegations of murder sues province

18-year-old alleges he was held in solitary confinement for four months

BY BETHANY LINDSAY, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 25, 2015
A teen refugee who was allegedly kept in solitary confinement for four months at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre is suing the provincial government.

Photograph by: Stuart Davis , Vancouver Sun files

METRO VANCOUVER — A teen refugee who was allegedly kept in solitary confinement for four months at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre is suing the provincial government.

The 18-year-old boy, originally from what is now South Sudan, was remanded into custody in Burnaby on Oct. 7, 2014 on allegations of murder and attempted murder, according to a claim filed Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.

The teen, who cannot be named because he was a young offender at the time of his offence, accuses the Ministry of Children and Family Development of negligence, false imprisonment and Charter rights violations in its operation of the detention centre.

METRO VANCOUVER: Gardener Eric Manu will return to Ghana to become chief of his tribe

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Fri, Nov 20: A Metro Vancouver gardener learns he’s about to become a leader of his people. Kylie Stanton gives us the amazing story of Eric Manu.

Africadian Métis George Elliott Clarke slams Harper

RACING THE VOTE

Stephen Harper’s anti-niqab gambit reeks of what poet A.M. Klein labelled “the body odour of race”

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OCTOBER 7, 2015 6:57 PM

The only way Stephen Harper’s un-Canadian fake Tories can win the election is to turn voters against each other, which is why we should beware over the next 10 days.

This looming barrage is exactly why the longest election in memory was called back in August: to allow the Cons the opportunity to exploit their advantage in campaign finances. It promises to get ugly. Our feckless Republican-style PM hasn’t finished flashing race cards yet. It’s a perennial Conservative dirty trick.

In the September 17 leaders’ debate, Stephen Harper split Canadians into three camps: “new,” “existing” and “old-stock.” The third term rightly provoked anger because it smells of ethnocentrism, of “pure laine” racialism in Quebec and anglo-based white supremacy elsewhere. It echoes the xenophobic notion of “100 per cent Americanism” that powered Ku Klux Klan influence stateside a century ago.

So what did uneven Stephen intend? After all, only First Nations, Inuit and Métis can truly claim to be old-stock. If it’s supposed to apply to “first settlers,” mainly franco-, anglophone and/or white, it leaves out the descendants of Basque fishermen in Newfoundland and of Japanese fishermen in BC.