OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
The federal government has thrown another roadblock in the way of an Iranian-born artist whose attempt to complete a taxpayer-funded creation has become entangled in geopolitics and Canadian red tape.
Sadaf Foroughi, a 38-year-old filmmaker and permanent Canadian resident living in Montreal, spent two years and a $12,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts building a traditional Iranian “peep box,” or shahre farang. The installation, a tin box resembling a castle with three peep holes for viewing images inside and standing about two-metres high, was mostly built in Canada. To complete the work, Ms. Foroughi needed to travel to Iran to view vintage peep boxes up close, then bring the disassembled parts of her work back to Canada.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.