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TORONTO: Haheen Afzal becomes citizen in spite of catastrophic citizenship test results

‘Comedy of errors’ lets woman become Canadian citizen despite abysmal results on citizenship tests

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A Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

Matthew Sherwood for National Post/FileA Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

TORONTO — A would-be Canadian who received a grade of zero out of six on her citizenship language test and four out of 20 on the test’s knowledge component was nonetheless granted a Canadian citizenship certificate.

A “series of administrative errors” put Haheen Afzal — despite her abysmal results on the tests — before a citizenship judge in Hamilton, Ont., swearing an oath to the Queen and being issued a citizenship certificate.

When the mistake was discovered, Ms. Afzal did not want to surrender her citizenship and fought to keep it. Continue reading

TORONTO: Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan arrested on sexual assault charges


Torstar News Service Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan, 56, has been charged with sexual assault and breach of trust.

An immigration consultant faces charges of sexual assault and breach of trust.

Police say that on the evening of Sept. 20, a 23-year-old woman who had just immigrated to Canada visited an office on Finch Ave. W., for professional services. The woman alleges she was propositioned for sexual favours and was sexually assaulted. She told police she fled the office at her first opportunity.

Razgar Hasan, 56, was arrested on Saturday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.

FORT MCMURRAY: Over 10,000 Muslims have settled in the city so far

A day in Fort McMurray: Upgraded trucks, million-dollar homes and bitumen paintings

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A typical day in Fort McMurray — the city of 77,000 where the median age is 31 years old. Life revolves around work, family, religion and blowing off steam at the end of a long day. Continue reading

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT: The 80 Muslims predict their number will quadruple in the next two decades

‘It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building’

CBC News Posted: May 16, 2014 5:55 AM CT Last Updated: May 16, 2014 5:55 AM CT

A growing Muslim community in Iqaluit is getting help to build a mosque from the same foundation that helped establish mosques in Inuvik, N.W.T., and Thompson, Man.

It would be the first official Islamic place of worship in Nunavut.

“It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building,” said Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity.

mi-hussain-guisti-mosqueHussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation says his group is working with the Islamic Society of Nunavut to construct a two-storey building to be used as a mosque. (CBC)

Guisti estimates there are currently 80 Muslims living in Iqaluit, and he expects that number to quadruple in the next two decades.

“There’s been a tremendous increase in the number of Muslims in the past 20-some years in Iqaluit, and we anticipate that number to continue to grow because Iqaluit is a booming, developing city,” he said.

“It’s attracting people from all nationalities for economic opportunities and job growth.”

Guisti says his group is working with the Islamic Society of Nunavut, founded in 2009, to construct a two-storey building.

Some of the materials are already in town and more will arrive on sealifts this summer.

They are looking at a site near the Road to Nowhere. The city says the group would have to apply to amend the zoning bylaw for the area.

The Islamic Society of Nunavut and the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation are still raising funds locally and in the south to help pay for the building and the associated costs.

EDMONTON: Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge fatal shooting

Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge shooting

City issues 14-day business licence suspension after incidents at lounge

By Trisha Estabrooks, Andrea Huncar, Janice Johnston, CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 11:10 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 4:20 PM MT

Edmonton police have issued warrants, including one for second-degree murder, for Luqman Osman in connection with Wednesday morning’s shooting death at the Papyrus Lounge at 112th Street and 107thAvenue.

The 31-year old victim, Bekri Mohamad, was found dead on the floor of the club. CBC News has learned the Edmonton man had a minor drug-related record with two convictions five years ago. Continue reading

Lawyers slam Chris Alexander for commenting on Nasira Fazli murder case still before courts

‘There used to be a presumption of innocence in this country but I don’t know what happened to it’

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 06, 2014 5:22 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 5:22 PM ET

Criminal defence lawyers are dismayed that Immigration Minister Chris Alexander publicly branded a man charged with killing his wife a murderer before his trial.

Alexander brought up the case of Nasira Fazli this week as he talked publicly about the need for legislation to crack down on so-called “honour” killings and polygamy among immigrants.

“Not much more than one year ago, she was killed — 48 stab wounds — by her husband, Feraidon Mohammad Ibrahem, who had been in this country only for a few months, sponsored by her,” Alexander told a news conference at a women’s centre in west-end Toronto.

“While what he did is clearly a crime, among the gravest crimes that can be committed and that he is facing the full consequences of the law for murder, this was also a barbaric cultural practice in that he felt that he had been dishonoured by her ability to be independent.”

Alexander went on to say that “that kind of behaviour by any immigrant, by any Canadian, is unacceptable.”

Fazli, 31, of Ajax, Ont., was found stabbed to death in July 2013.

Ibrahem’s preliminary inquiry wrapped up last month and he has yet to stand trial for first-degree murder. Continue reading

TORONTO: Mohamed Nur Hassan arrested in robberies of TTC collectors

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 By: Jackie Hong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 03 2014

Toronto Police have arrested a man in relation to two separate TTC collector robberies in October.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 15 at Wellesley Station, the second on Oct. 31 at Rosedale Station. In both incidents, a man allegedly approached the collector booth, demanded money and then ran away after he got it.

A man was arrested shortly after the second robbery by TTC security officers.

Mohamed Nur Hassan, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

OTTAWA: Luqmann Abdunnur arrested after publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero

2 mosques tipped police about man arrested in a violent takedown Saturday

By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:57 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014 7:39 PM ET

The violent arrest in Ottawa of a man who was the target of a national security investigation came a day after he allegedly caused a furor in an Ottawa mosque by publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero, sources told CBC News.

Luqmann Abdunnur, 39, was arrested last Saturday after a traffic stop and charged with assaulting police, obstructing police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended licence.

Abdunnur was “recently” put under surveillance by one of the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, sources told CBC News.

A day earlier — and two days after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial — the imam at Assunnah Mosque in Ottawa used his Friday sermon to condemn the attack. Witnesses say Abdunnur, the son of American converts to Islam, heckled the imam, calling the gunman a “hero” and a “martyr.” Continue reading

Muslim groups upset that Harper hasn’t spoken out against alleged spike in anti-Muslim crimes after two soldiers killed by jihadists

Harper’s silence on anti-Muslim backlash disheartens Muslim groups

Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim crimes

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

 

OTTAWA – Muslim groups are disappointed that Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since two separate attacks by jihadist sympathizers left two Canadian soldiers dead last week.

The prime minister has not publicly uttered one word of support for Canadian Muslims following the incidents, which Harper and the RCMP have labelled acts of terrorism.

He’s remained silent despite an apparent backlash against Muslims , including the defacing of a mosque in Cold Lake, Alta., racist slurs against Muslim candidates in Toronto’s municipal election and threats against the B.C. Muslim Association.

In the latest incident, windows were smashed early Friday morning at the Assunnah Muslims Association mosque in Ottawa. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity was strangled by her hijab, coroner finds

Naima Rharouity was strangled by scarf at Fabre Metro, coroner finds

STM, Montreal’s transit authority, could do better job at maintaining its escalators, says report

CBC News Posted: Oct 30, 2014 11:10 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014 1:42 PM ET

Naima Rharouity left behind her husband and two young children when she died on Jan. 30, 2014. Naima Rharouity left behind her husband and two young children when she died on Jan. 30, 2014. (CBC)

Naima Rharouity’s death last January at Montreal’s Fabre Metro station was caused by her scarf getting caught in the escalator, Quebec’s coroner has found.

In a report released Thursday, the coroner detailed the circumstances leading to Rharouity’s death and made a series of recommendations about improving safety in the Montreal Metro system.

According to the coroner’s report, Rharouity’s scarf, coat and hair got stuck in the escalator. The injuries she sustained when her hair got stuck in the escalator contributed to her death.

“The woman was strangled by her scarf and her scalp was lacerated by the teeth of the escalator before the machine stopped,” the report concluded. Continue reading

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