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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.

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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.


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.

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

B.C. coroner confirms suicide of former RCMP spokesman
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.

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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.

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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
The Globe and Mail

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

Last updated Monday, Aug. 12 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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.”

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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.

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