Category Archives: Iranian/Persian community

VANCOUVER: Iraqi refugge Faris Namrud pleads guilty to 6 counts of fraud over $5K

CBC News Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:00 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 9:32 AM PT

An Iraqi refugee with a long history of romancing and ripping off women in Canada has pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and could be deported once his sentence is served.

Faris Namrud, who arrived in Canada in 1999, already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.

On Monday, Namrud appeared in provincial court in Vancouver via video link and pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud over $5,000.

In the spring, CBC Investigates told the story of one Vancouver woman who said she lost $88,000 to the 46-year-old contractor, who took deposits but didn’t deliver on the work he promised.

A short time after the story aired, Namrud, who was then facing his 11th fraud charge in 10 years, turned himself in to police. More victims also came forward, and more fraud charges were laid.

Faris Namrud

Iraqi refugee Faris Namrud has already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. (CBC)

In some of the scams, women who fell victim said he used various Italian aliases, including Gino Montana and Franco Nemro Loranzo, and that he had romanced them out of their savings. Continue reading

Iranian-Canadians feel betrayed by allegations against Jian Ghomeshi

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Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

By:  Business Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 10 2014

To many Iranian-Canadians, Jian Ghomeshi has long been their community’s brightest star, as he took great pride in his ethnic heritage and happily stepped into the spotlight at events and fundraisers.

But now, some are feeling a sense of sadness and betrayal amid widening allegations against him of sexual violence, and his firing as host of Q, one of the CBC’s most popular radio shows.

“He was an icon for so many of us in the Iranian community, particularly those of us who have any interest in media,” said Sima Sahar Zerehi, a journalist, teacher and human rights activist. Continue reading

Iranian woman denied tourist visa to visit husband in Ottawa

Adami: Immigration fears block Iranian woman’s visit to husband in Ottawa

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Houman Moteshareie says he and his wife, both Iranian citizens, want to play by Canada’s immigration rules. He says they are not trying to pull a fast one because that would hurt their chances of settling here permanently.

But Immigration has raised concerns about the seriousness of their marriage and says Elham Ali Asghari might try to remain in Canada if she is granted a visitor’s visa. Immigration has rejected two applications from Ali Asghari to allow her to visit Moteshareie in Ottawa, here on a student visa and working toward a doctorate in molecular genetics at Carleton University. Carleton is contributing $80,000 toward his studies and research. Continue reading

Passport investigator Trina Kennedy reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman Arian Azarbar

Passport investigator reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman

ANDREW MCINTOSH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — Passport Canada has reassigned a senior investigator for an alleged affair with an Iranian-Canadian businessman.

Trina Kennedy is the second Canadian public official to be reassigned for alleged links to Montrealer Arian Azarbar.

Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Philippe Paul was reassigned last month amid allegations he had leaked information to Azarbar. Continue reading

Canada remains committed to its 2009 and 2010 pledges to resettle up to 20,000 Iraqi refugees

5,000 mostly Iranian and Iraqi refugees to resettle in Canada

canadianimmigrant.ca
January 16, 2013

Minister Jason Kenney and Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert at a refugee camp in Turkey on Jan. 14, 2013.

Canada will resettle up to 5,000 refugees currently in Turkey by 2018, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced during his current visit to Turkey. Continue reading

Persian solstice celebration of Yalda Dec. 21 shares many commonalities with Christmas spirit

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Shahriar Ayoubzadeh, of Ottawa’s Iranian community, said that the Persian solstice celebration of Yalda Dec. 21 shares many commonalities with the spirit of Christmas.

December 20, 2012
Updated: December 20, 2012 | 7:02 pm
Christmas spirit embodied in Iranian Yalda tradition
By Graham Lanktree
Metro Ottawa

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Shahriar Ayoubzadeh, of Ottawa’s Iranian community, said that the Persian solstice celebration of Yalda Dec. 21 shares many commonalities with the spirit of Christmas.

Yalda is older than Christmas, but shares its spirit, say Iranians who celebrate the Persian winter solstice celebration.

“It’s the night of birth or rebirth,” said Shahriar Ayoubzadeh, an Iranian of the Baha’i faith who came to Canada in 1987. “In the old tradition they used to celebrate exactly like Christmas with candles in the windows and lights in the house.” Continue reading

Quebec raises language issues to new immigrants

Fahimeh Sinai and Peyman Rajabian say good-bye to their Montreal apartment: ‘We sent résumés everywhere,’ she says, but ‘couldn’t find any answer.’
(Christinne Muschi For The Globe and Mail)

IMMIGRATION
New Canadians love Quebec, but they’re leaving it
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The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 21 2012, 7:53 PM EST
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 22 2012, 8:49 AM EST

In the three years since Fahimeh Sinai and Peyman Rajabian left Iran for a new life in Montreal, they have accomplished a lot – earning graduate degrees, touring the Gaspé and obtaining provincially funded therapy for their toddler son. They applied for citizenship as soon as they were eligible. Continue reading

Three Toronto-based immigrants fight for human rights in their homelands

Three Toronto-area immigrants fight for human rights in homeland
Published on Friday December 21, 2012 
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Freddy Kabongo, who came to Canada over 20 years ago, wants to bring democracy to Congo, whose people have lived under dictatorships for decades.

Debra Black
Immigration Reporter

Human rights and democratic values are principles that many Canadians take for granted. Not so for many immigrants and refugees who have chosen to make Canada their home.

Many come from countries where a lack of civil liberties and democracy is the norm. They arrive in Canada full of hope and optimism, to build a life and become part of the vibrant fabric that makes up the GTA. Continue reading

Asian languages now account for 56 per cent of non-official languages in Canada, while just 40 per cent are of European origin

 

J.R. Almerol, a manager at Basha Foods International, says he has noticed that younger family members are less likely to keep up with their Filipino heritage by speaking the Filipino language Tagalog. The most recent census has showed an increase in second language speakers other than French.
Photograph by: Gavin Young , Calgary Herald

Rise of immigrant tongues makes Calgary a global city
Statistics Canada report says many speak Punjabi, Spanish and Chinese dialects
By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald October 25, 2012

J.R. Almerol, a manager at Basha Foods International, says he has noticed that younger family members are less likely to keep up with their Filipino heritage by speaking the Filipino language Tagalog. The most recent census has showed an increase in second language speakers other than French.
Photograph by: Gavin Young , Calgary Herald

CALGARY — Located along Barlow Trail in the city’s northeast stand two staples of Canadian taste: Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.

But tucked behind them, an international hub offers a different flavour of Calgary’s increasingly multicultural makeup. Continue reading

The Conservative Government is proud of the emphasis placed on gay and lesbian refugee protection

Jason Kenney, Is Canada Standing Up for Transgender Refugees, Too? (Updated)
September 25, 2012. 1:44 am

(Updates at end)

Much is being written in the Canadian press about a bulk email reportedly sent from Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen writes: For many who received an email from Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about gay refugees on Friday, the message raised one important question: How did he know I’m gay? The bulk email sent from Kenney’s MP’s office to thousands was titled “LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Refugees in Iran” and began with the salutation, “Friend.” It proceeded to trumpet steps taken by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Conservative government to protect the rights of gay and lesbian refugees, especially those coming from Iran. Continue reading