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 →
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 →
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 →
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-area immigrants fight for human rights in homeland Published on Friday December 21, 2012 TARA WALTON/TORONTO STAR
Freddy Kabongo, who came to Canada over 20 years ago, wants to bring democracy to Congo, whose people have lived under dictatorships for decades.
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 →
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
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 →
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 →
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Canada is carefully screening Iranians seeking to move to Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said today.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced in a statement last Friday that Canada was closing its embassy in Tehran and kicking out Iranian diplomats. Continue reading →