Category Archives: European community

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring run by Russians

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring

TU THANH HA The Globe and Mail

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A suspected money-launderer in Toronto is among at least 10 people who have been arrested in an international crackdown on a cyberfraud ring alleged to have compromised 1,600 accounts of the online ticket seller StubHub.

New York County authorities announced on Wednesday they had indicted six men, including Vadim Polyakov, a 30-year-old Russian citizen who is portrayed as the man who directed the operation and who was arrested while he was travelling in Spain. Continue reading

Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang questionning “the stuff” Prof. Ricardo Duchesne presents in N.B. university setting

by CARLITO PABLO on JUN 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

A UNIVERSITY OF New Brunswick professor can no longer use his academic affiliation to promote his personal views online about race relations, according to Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang.

The university will also review courses taught by social science professor Ricardo Duchesne, Jang told the Georgia Straight.

Earlier this month, Jang wrote UNB president H.E.A. Campbell about his concerns regarding blog posts and emails by Duchesne.

Duchesne writes on the site of the Council of European Canadians. The group describes itself as one that is opposed to “an establishment that is determined to destroy European Canada through fanatical immigration, race-mixing campaigns, imposition of a diversity curriculum, affirmative action in favor of non-Europeans, and promotion of white guilt”. Continue reading

Are Ukrainians in Canada trying to blackmail Canada?

 BY LEE BERTHIAUME, POSTMEDIA NEWS MARCH 5, 2014
OTTAWA — Federal political parties have been staunchly showing support for pro-Western aspirations in Ukraine and condemning Russian aggression in the Crimean peninsula. The fact there are more than 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent may help explain this.

An Ottawa Citizen analysis shows that Canadians identifying themselves as being of Ukrainian represent a potentially game-changing voting bloc in dozens of federal ridings. The fact ridings with large Ukrainian-Canadian populations in Toronto, Winnipeg and parts of Saskatchewan were hotly contested in 2011 speaks to the importance of each party being active on Ukraine. Continue reading

Canada’s Federal Skilled Trades program welcomes first plumber and electrician, both from Ireland

Canada’s new immigration program welcomes first plumber and electrician
To date, the majority of the successful applicants have come from Europe, including Germany, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania, with some from India.

Eric Byrne, 31, who immigrated to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades program as a plumber, receives a hockey jersey from Immigration Minister Chris Alexander at a Thornhill construction site Friday. Continue reading

Permanent resident files prioritized

Foreign service job action threatens Canada’s annual immigration target

The number of immigrant visas granted from this summer dropped 7.5 per cent, while temporary visitor visas were up 11 per cent.

STEPHAN POTOPNYK PHOTO

Sarah Hedley applied in November to sponsor her British husband, Christopher Hedley, as a permanent resident from within Canada. She said the expected processing time for the first stage of the application has been extended to 10 months from six months.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Sep 10 2013
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Permanent residency applicants appear to be taking the biggest hit from ongoing job action by foreign affairs officers, prompting concerns about whether Ottawa’s 2013 immigration target can be met. Continue reading

B.C.: Officer who was RCMP spokesman during Dziekanski incident kills himself

B.C. coroner confirms suicide of former RCMP spokesman
JAMES KELLER
VANCOUVER — The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Aug. 15 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

Last updated Thursday, Aug. 15 2013, 10:07 PM EDT
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A former RCMP spokesman who became the face of the Mounties in the early days of the Robert Dziekanski story, only to face allegations that he and the force misled the public about what happened during the Polish immigrant’s fatal confrontation with police, has died by suicide, the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed Thursday.

Officer who was RCMP’s public face during Dziekanski incident found dead

Pierre Lemaitre died on July 29 after he was found hanging in his home in Abbotsford, the coroner’s service said in a news release. Emergency personnel attended Lemaitre’s home, but could not resuscitate him. Continue reading

Toronto: Christopher Kotsopoulos shot to death near Queensway and Windermere Avenue

Police identify west-end homicide victim
Vidya Kauri 
The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Aug. 06 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 06 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

Toronto police have identified the victim of a homicide that took place Monday.

Christopher Kotsopoulos, 26, was found with an obvious gunshot wound to his chest in a Toronto housing complex near The Queensway and Windermere Avenue, according to Toronto police spokeswoman Constable Wendy Drummond. Continue reading

Russian gays have great chances to be accepted as refugees in Canada

Canada’s refugee board is likely to look favourably on claims of persecution by gay asylum-seekers from Russia, the Immigration Minister says.

Canada to favour refugee claims by gay Russians
DANIEL BITONTI and CAMPBELL CLARK
The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Aug. 12 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Last updated Monday, Aug. 12 2013, 10:50 PM EDT
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Canada’s refugee board is likely to look favourably on claims of persecution by gay asylum-seekers from Russia, the Immigration Minister says.

Chris Alexander said Monday in Surrey, B.C., that Russia has taken the wrong path in restricting the fundamental rights of its gay community, and that any refugee claims “related to this particular issue will of course be looked at very seriously by our very generous system.” Continue reading

Terrorists Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej die in attack on Algerian gas plant that kills 70 people

Terrorists Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej

How do middle-class Canadian kids become international terrorists?
By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew – 21 hours ago

Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej.
There are no straightforward answers when it comes to understanding what led Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej to abandon their lives in London, Ont., to join an Al-Qaida-linked militant group that attacked and took hostages at an Algerian gas plant.

The two boys have been described recently as average, everyday-type Canadians. That seemed to be the case right up until shortly before they flew overseas and died in the Algerian attack in January.

CBC News reported on Wednesday that a third schoolmate had travelled with the pair to North Africa and was jailed shortly before his cohorts died participating in the attack in Algeria.

Aaron Yoon was another average Canuck, a boy of Korean descent who was quiet and friendly and converted to Islam in his final year of high school. Continue reading