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Failed refugee Shawn Pompey knows his liver cancer is terminal, but wants to stay in Canada

Failed refugee with terminal cancer faces deportation
Shawn Pompey receives free care and medications from his oncologist and drug companies, not taxpayers. He has months to live, but CBSA wants to deport him now.

NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR

Shawn Pompey knows his liver cancer is terminal, but he wants to stay in Canada, where an oncologist is providing palliative care for free.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Fri Feb 15 2013

Despite his terminal cancer, Shawn Pompey refused handouts and continued to work at a Toronto window factory until January, when he was slated to be deported to St. Vincent.

Pompey, 42, a failed refugee, has been without health care coverage since June, when Ottawa’s new refugee health cuts kicked in, prohibiting unsuccessful asylum seekers awaiting deportation from accessing care.

Fortunately, his oncologist at Brampton Civic Hospital, Dr. Philip Kuruvilla, has continued to treat him for free and managed to get him free medications for his liver cancer through various pharmaceutical companies’ compassionate drug access programs. Continue reading

Minister Jason Kenney urges Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement

Jason Kenney: “Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities.”

Immigration Minister Urges Canadians To Honor Blacks In Law Enforcement
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 6, 2013 10:47 PM PST

Observing February as Black History Month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Tuesday called upon all Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities,” Minister Kenney said while speaking at the Canadian War Museum, according to a press release made by the Immigration office. Continue reading

Christopher Alexander: “You are giving me nine years? People get eight years for manslaughter.”

Christopher Alexander was originally charged with attempted murder after he shot at a mall security guard, but was convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to nine years.

Shoplifting mall shooter swears at judge for handing down 9-year sentence
Published on Wednesday January 09, 2013

Toronto Police
Christopher Alexander was originally charged with attempted murder after he shot at a mall security guard, but was convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to nine years.
Peter Small
Courts Bureau

A Toronto shoplifter erupted in an angry tirade and swore at a judge as she sentenced him to nine years for shooting at a store detective at the Fairview Mall.

“I don’t want to hear what you have to say,” Christopher Alexander said Wednesday. “You are biased.”

He ranted for over a minute, swearing at Justice Julie Thorburn, calling her a devil despite the fact she had acquitted him of attempted murder in October, while convicting him of lesser weapons and breach charges. Continue reading

Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children at centre of lawsuit with allegations of physical and sexual abuse

 

‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ is at the centre of a lawsuit and a controversy with allegations of physical and sexual abuse stretching back decades. Three former residents tell their story to CBC’s The Current. (CBC)

 

Two girls work on crafts in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, while a caretaker helps them. (Courtesy Nova Scotia Archives)

Abuse Allegations: The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
WARNING: Parts of the following discussion are graphic and disturbing
CBC News Posted: Nov 7, 2012 2:39 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 12, 2012 6:20 PM AT
‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ is at the centre of a lawsuit and a controversy with allegations of physical and sexual abuse stretching back decades. Three former residents tell their story to CBC’s The Current. (CBC) Facebook

It is a shelter for young people with a name from the past that can still make you flinch: “The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children” is at the centre of a lawsuit and a controversy with allegations of physical and sexual abuse stretching back decades. The Current hears from three former residents and from the Nova Scotia government minister responsible for the file. Continue reading

Fraudster Walter Garrick found guilty of defrauding former Argos Damon Allen and Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Walter Garrick convicted of defrauding former Argos Damon Allen and Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012

 Walter Garrick  posing as a wealthy investor convicted of defrauding former Toronto Argonauts players Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Damon Allen and others out of nearly $250,000.

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Walter Garrick received his judgment on Wednesday at 361 University Ave. and walked out of Osgoode Hall.
Jennifer Pagliaro
Staff Reporter
www.thestar.com
A man posing as a wealthy investor has been convicted of defrauding former Toronto Argonauts players Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Damon Allen and others out of nearly $250,000.

Walter Garrick sat motionless in a University Ave. courtroom on Wednesday as Justice David McCombs found him guilty on eight of 10 counts of fraud and theft over $5,000.

The judge said he rejected “completely” Garrick’s evidence at trial, saying it was “full of obfuscation, implausibilities, and outright lies.” Continue reading

Documentary on queer refugees fleeing to Canada screening for free on NFB website

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Award-winning doc on queer refugees fleeing to Canada screening for free on NFB website

December 7, 2012. 9:48 am • Section: Pop Tart

Award-winning doc on queer refugees fleeing to Canada screening for free on NFB website
Trudi, a lesbian from Jamaica who was “correctively” raped at gunpoint., is one of five refugees chronicled in Montreal filmmaker Paul Émile d’Entremont’s award-winning NFB documentary Last Chance. (All photos courtesy National Film Board of Canada) Continue reading

Gay Canadian pastors optimistic Jamaica will be gay-friendly

Gay Canadian pastors optimistic Ja will repeal buggery law

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignments browni@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, December 02, 2012

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VANCOUVER, Canada — Tim Stephenson is a former Canadian government minister, a current city councillor of Vancouver, and an ordained pastor, while Reverend Gary Paterson holds one of the highest positions in the United Church of Canada as its elected leader/moderator.

But the extensive political and religious accomplishments of both men are not what these two Canadians are most known for. Continue reading

HIV-infected Ian Thomas Williams jailed again for unprotected sex

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Ian Thomas Williams was sentenced Friday for the second time for failing to use a condom or tell women with whom he was having unprotected sex that he has the virus that causes AIDS.

November 23, 2012
Updated: November 23, 2012 | 5:37 pm
HIV-infected man jailed again for unprotected sex
By Staff
Torstar News Service
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Ian Thomas Williams was sentenced Friday for the second time for failing to use a condom or tell women with whom he was having unprotected sex that he has the virus that causes AIDS.

An HIV-infected man who had unprotected sex with two women gave a tearful, rambling explanation before being sentenced to six years in prison Friday — his second such conviction. Continue reading

Police seek black suspect who threatens boy with knife at Eaton Centre

 

 

December 13, 2012
Updated: December 13, 2012 | 11:30 am
Police seek suspect who threatened boy with knife at Eaton Centre
By Staff
Metro Digital

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Toronto Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly threatened a boy with a knife at Eaton Centre.

Toronto Police are warning the public after a man allegedly threatened at least one boy with a knife at the Eaton Centre. Continue reading

Toronto: Schizophrenic Joanne Merlene Jones accused of new kidnapping attempt

 

Joanne Merlene Jones. Joanne Merlene Jones, 41, has been charged in a kidnapping incident at an Oshawa school on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Police arrested Jones in connection with the abduction of child from a Toronto mall in 2006. Toronto Star file photo Torstar News Services file photo

 

Woman who kidnapped toddler in 2006 accused of abducting another

Woman who snatched toddler in 2006 is accused of kidnapping another
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012

Alex Tavshunsky/For the Toronto Star
Joanne Jones in a 2006 courtroom sketch.
Wendy Gillis and Niamh Scallan
Staff Reporters

They said Joanne Merlene Jones was no longer a threat.

Six years after the woman kidnapped a 4-year-old boy from a Toronto shopping mall and sparked a city-wide search, an Ontario Review Board panel decided she no longer required its oversight. Continue reading