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Citizenship reform hurts good immigrants, newcomers say

Citizenship reform hurts good immigrants, newcomers say

Ottawa’s proposed citizenship reform will punish good immigrants, many of them say, by putting more hurdles for them to become full-fledged members of society

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Feb 06 2014
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Ottawa’s proposed citizenship reform will punish good immigrants by putting more hurdles for them to become full-fledged members of society, many newcomers say.

They say restricting citizenship won’t strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship — an argument Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made Thursday — but discourage newcomers from full civic participation. Some even wonder if Canada is still a welcoming country to immigrants.

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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. (…)

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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.”

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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.

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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
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7plekug

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.

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Toronto: Canadian resident Amr Kassem shot to death during rally in Egypt

Canadian resident dies in anti-government protests in Egypt

The Canadian Press August 16, 2013
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OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs confirms that a Canadian resident has died in the strife in Egypt.

A spokeswoman would only say the person was a permanent Canadian resident married to a Canadian citizen.

She says consular services are being made available to the family.

The Globe and Mail identified the man as 26-year-old Amr Kassem, who lived in Toronto with his wife and child.

The Globe is reporting Kassem joined a large rally in Alexandria on Friday that was protesting the crackdown by security forces against anti-government demonstrators.

The newspaper quoted his wife Asmaa Hussein as saying Kassem was shot in the back of his head.

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