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adopted South-African girl gets Canadian citizenship and apology from Canada

Six-year immigration battle gets 2nd look after CBC story

CBC News Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014 5:22 AM PT

A teenage girl’s six-year-long battle for Canadian citizenship is finally over after Immigration Canada admitted it made a mistake and lost her approval due to a technical error.

The error was uncovered after CBC News ran a story on the plight of the 19-year-old and her B.C. family.

In an email to the CBC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said Erica Dipuo Barnes’s citizenship was approved in 2013, but not entered into its global case management system due to a technical error.

Spokeswoman Nancy Caron said the error has been fixed and Barnes’s citizenship papers are now on their way.

“We recognize that this has caused undue frustration. We apologize for the error and delay.”

Barnes is both pleased and angry after the mistake made by Canadian officials in South Africa meant she could not work, study or even get medical care for the last year. Continue reading

CALGARY: Albert Onolunose and Abeba Girma charged in Nigerian scam

 

Albert Valentine Onolunose

Albert Valentine Onolunose
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Calgary boxer and woman charged in lottery scam

Suspects arrested after jumping from 2nd-floor balcony

CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2014 8:34 PM MT

Calgary boxer Albert Onolunose is one of two people charged in connection with an alleged lottery scam.

Onolunose, 34, andAbeba Girma, 25, were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a residence on Glamis Drive S.W.

Onolunose won the Canadian middleweight championship on the professional boxing circuit in May of last year in Calgary.

Police say while officers were searching the premises, the two suspects tried to flee by jumping from a second-floor balcony. They were caught after a short foot chase.

Investigators believe the two were involved in a lottery scam in which victims received letters in the mail stating they had won a lottery.

“Prior to receiving the money they were asked to send percentages of that money, so varying percentages of that money based on taxes calculated and administrative fees, said Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul.

Police found credit card information, mail with counterfeit postage and mailing lists inside the Calgary residence.

According to police, Canada Post located more than 5,000 letters with the same counterfeit postage which were addressed to people across Canada and the United States.

Onolunose is charged with five counts of possession of credit card data, one count of fraud over $5,000, using mail to defraud and counterfeiting stamps.

Abeba Girma is charged with one count of identity theft.

They will appear in court later this month.

In 2010 Onolunose was charged with numerous fraud and money-laundering offences, also in connection with a fake lotto scam.

 

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BRAMPTON: Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw won by Hakeem Nosiru

Hakeem Nosiru had used duct tape to fasten winning ticket to inside of wife’s purse

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4:40 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014 9:53 PM ET

A Toronto-area couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by a person at their church.

Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the ticket, which he duct-taped to the inside of his wife’s purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity died of severe brain injury

Severe brain trauma killed victim of Montreal escalator incident

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro ThursNaima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday, Jan. 30. (Image: Facebook)

CTV Montreal 

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:54PM EST

The coroner’s office has informed the family of Naima Rharouity, killed last week in an incident at the Fabre metro station, that she died of severe brain trauma.

But they could shed no light how she suffered such a grievous injury, only saying it was an accident.

It has been a week of agony for her husband Cherkoui El Hanana, who has been struggling to understand what happened. (…) Continue reading

Humera Jabir: Quebec’s xenophobic moment

Quebec’s xenophobic moment

The public reaction to the death of a hijab-wearing Montreal woman has become one of the darkest chapters of xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

By: Humera Jabir Published on Tue Feb 04 2014
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The death of a Montreal woman last Thursday after her clothing became entangled in a subway escalator should have been a moment of sombre reflection on the fragility of human life. Instead, sensationalist francophone media coverage and the comments it unleashed online turned this tragic death into one of the darkest moments of racism and xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

Naima Rharouity, wife and mother of two, was wearing a hijab on the day of the incident. The Journal de Montréal, among others, capitalizing on heightened sensitivities towards the garb in the current charter debate reported with no verification that Naima had been strangled by her hijab. The Journal maintained the report even after police stated the cause of death was unknown. But wearing the hijab was all it took for Naima’s death to become fair game for online commentators who, fuelled by irresponsible media coverage, hurled statements such as “This is what you get for deciding to keep it on,” “Where was Allah?” and “One less terrorist in Montreal.” Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity was an extraordinary woman, widower El Hanana​ Cherkaoui says

“She was there to help people – she arrived here more than eight months ago and the first thing she wanted to do was help people,” Anie Samson told CBC News.

 

Fabre metro vigil recalls mother killed in escalator incident

“She was a noble woman,” says widower Cherkaoui El Hanana

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2014 7:54 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 03, 2014 10:51 AM ET

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Fabre metro station Sunday to remember Naima Rharouity, who died there last week when her scarf became entangled in an escalator.

People lit candles and placed flowers around a photo of Rharouity outside the entrance to the metro station where she died just minutes after dropping off her son at daycare last Thursday. Continue reading

Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

The Kuol family (from left – daughter Nyel, mother Abeny, and daughters Yom and Naomi), fled the violence in Sudan, eventually finding their way to Canada in 1999. Now Abeny is returning to South Sudan as an aid worker. (CBC)

Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

Abeny Kuol is leaving the safety of Canada to offer help in South Sudan

CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET

Abeny Kuol knows about danger.

As a very young mother in Sudan in 1984, she was desperate to flee the fighting around her. She carried three small daughters – in her arms and on her back – first across Sudan, then later through Ethiopia to Kenya. It was a journey that covered thousands of kilometres and took many months. Continue reading

MONTREAL, QC: Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro; victim identified as Naima Rharouity

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday. (Image: Facebook) Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7qYTHMu

Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro
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CTV Montreal
Published Friday, January 31, 2014 12:19PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 31, 2014 9:40PM EST

The Quebec coroner’s officer is conducting an autopsy to retrace the events leading to the death of Naima Rharouity, the 47-year-old mother of two who died when a piece of her clothing became entangled in an escalator at the Fabre metro Thursday morning at about 9:15.

CTV Montreal spoke to a member of the victim’s family – a family whose name has also been spelled as Rhertouity – who acknowledged the loss of their loved one in what they called a “horrific accident.”

The family member said they are still waiting to learn more about the circumstances of the accident and still don’t know what happened. Continue reading

Toronto: Criminal Nabil Huruy charged with first-degree murder

 

Markham firefighter Dominic Parker, seen here in an undated Facebook, died early Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, after being stabbed in a weekend attack.

Man accused of stabbing Markham, Ont., firefighter in court

CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2013 5:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 5:15 PM ET

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Nabil Huruy, 23, kept his head down during a brief court appearance Thursday. Huruy is accused of stabbing and killing 45-year-old firefighter Dominic Parker at a Toronto cafe earlier this week. ( Alex Tavshunsky)

Nabil Huruy, the man charged in the stabbing death of a Markham, Ont., firefighter made his second court appearance today.

The 23-year-old appeared briefly at a downtown courtroom this morning, keeping his head down as he stood in the prisoner’s dock. He remains in custody.

Huruy is accused of attacking Dominic Parker “without provocation” at an east-end cafe earlier this week.

He is charged with first-degree murder. Continue reading

Montreal: Three arrested in daylight kidnapping

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Trois hommes arrêtés pour enlèvement et séquestration : le SPVM recherche un quatrième suspect 

Les enquêteurs de la région Ouest du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) sollicitent l’aide du public afin de localiser le dernier suspect impliqué dans un enlèvement avec séquestration.

Le 29 novembre dernier en fin d’après-midi, la victime marchait sur la rue Sainte-Anne dans le secteur de Pierrefonds. Arrivé à l’angle du boulevard de Pierrefonds, une voiture Honda Civic grise s’est immobilisée à sa hauteur. Les quatre suspects qui y prenaient place lui ont ordonné d’entrer dans le véhicule sous la menace d’une arme à feu. Ils l’ont amenée quelques kilomètres plus loin, sur le chemin de la Rive Boisée. Les suspects l’ont alors frappée au visage avant de le détrousser. Ils l’ont ensuite reconduit à sa résidence en le menaçant pour qu’il garde le silence.

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