Category Archives: South/Southeast Asian community

OTTAWA: Michael Lumahang drowned while trying to help rescue 12-year-old boy from river

Boy, 12, rescued by 24-year-old man but another man drowns while trying to assist

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:29 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 24, 2014 1:57 PM ET

Family members say Michael Lumahang, 39, drowned after trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River on Saturday. (Facebook)

Family members have identified Michael Lumahang of Ottawa as the man who drowned while trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.

Family members of Michael Lumahang, including his wife, above, await news of the Ottawa man Saturday night near the Ottawa River. (CBC)

​Ottawa paramedics say they responded to a report of someone drowning at Bate Island near the Champlain Bridge just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived, paramedics treated a 12-year-old boy for mild hypothermia.

Police said two men were fishing when they saw the boy in the water. They said a 24-year-old man rescued the boy and was uninjured.

A 39-year-old man also jumped in the water to help with the rescue, but he disappeared. The police marine and dive unit found his body on Sunday at about 6:35 a.m.

Family members have identified the man as Michael Lumahang, 39, who lived in Ottawa but was originally from Manila, Philippines.

EDMONTON: Tam Van Ho charged with hit-and-run

Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:51PM MDT

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Officials said Tam Van Ho, 28, has now been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The incident happened on July 20 at 100 Avenue and 117 Street.

Surveillance video of the suspect showed him entering Steamworks Bathhouse around 2 a.m. that morning and leaving around 4:24 a.m.

He then entered a BMW Z6 parked behind the Jewish Seniors Centre.

The victim was sleeping on the ground in the area when he was pushed and dragged along the ground by the vehicle.

He sustained non-life threatening injures.

Police said Ho turned himself in on Aug. 15.

He has since been released on a promise to appear.

With files from Julia Parrish

Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/hit-and-run-driver-turns-himself-in-1.1963097#ixzz3AfMOxBDt

Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava wins the Fields Medal

Canadian-born professor wins math’s highest honour

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 14 2014

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava, who was born in Hamilton, received the Fields Medal on Wednesday in Seoul.

The medal, which is math’s highest honour, was first awarded in 1936 and was named after another Canadian mathematician — John Charles Fields, who was also born in Hamilton. Continue reading

Filipino community fears that days of pathway to permanent residency for foreign nannies are numbered

Judith Gonzales came to Canada in 2001 under the live-in caregiver program, seen here with the two girls she cared for while her own children were in the Philippines. Today, she works in corporate marketing. 

Judith Gonzales came to Canada in 2001 under the live-in caregiver program, seen here with the two girls she cared for while her own children were in the Philippines. Today, she works in corporate marketing.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jul 22 2014

Ottawa’s recent rhetoric about an “out-of-control” live-in caregiver program has prompted outrage in some quarters — and fear that the days of a pathway to permanent residency for foreign nannies are numbered.

Critics of the government’s approach, including some Conservative loyalists, warn that the growing Filipino Canadian vote could also be at stake in next year’s federal election if the government removes access to immigration from the live-in caregiver program (LCP) — 90 per cent of those participating are from the Philippines. Continue reading

Mai Duong needs Vietnamese stem cell donors

Christina Commisso, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, July 21, 2014 11:24AM EDT

Leukemia patient Mai Duong is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant — something doctors say the Montreal resident requires within a matter of weeks.

While finding a well-matched stem cell donor is already a difficult task, the 34-year-old mother of one faces an added challenge: she’s Vietnamese.

Duong was first diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2013, when she was 15 weeks pregnant with her second child. She was forced to terminate the pregnancy as she underwent seven months of chemotherapy, putting her cancer into remission for seven months. Continue reading

BRAMPTON, ont.: Ordered deported 10 years ago, Iqbal Singh is now accused of murder

Bogus refugee claimant accused of murder

Maclean’s investigates how a repeat felon, ordered deported 10 years ago, managed to stay in Canada

Michael Friscolanti

When emergency crews rushed through the front door that winter night—Jan. 21, 2014—they found white tiles covered in blood and two people clinging to life. It was a gruesome, chaotic scene, even for a seasoned paramedic. Whoever swung the blade, again and again, had already fled.

Anita Summan, who owned the home in Brampton, Ont., was lying at the bottom of the main wooden staircase, alert but fading. Summan’s daughter, in her bedroom when the assailant pounced, had sprinted to her side. “She was still alive,” says Sonali Summan, 22. “I was in a hysterical shock, trying to figure out what was going on.” Continue reading

Consumer Protection BC suspends travel licence for Global Pacific Travel

Recent Enforcement Actions
Case 28893
Respondent Charan, Veenita – Nand, Joseph Kishori
Trade Names Global Pacific Travel
Publish Date 2014-06-27
Alleged Violation Travel Industry Regulation: 11(1)(2) Maintaining Records of Account
Attached PDFs: 28893_20140625_Suspension Order.pdf

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Asian British Columbians willing to receive organs, but not keen on donating

Low donation rates can lead to longer waits for non-white patients

 BY CHAD SKELTON, VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 28, 2014

Surrey resident Karen Rai had been on the waiting list for a kidney for nearly a decade when, a year ago, one of her doctors told her the bad news: she would probably never get one.

Rai, who had grown weak from enduring dialysis four times a day, was shocked and saddened by the news.

But even more shocking was the reason her doctor, St. Paul’s Jagbir Gill, gave her: There simply weren’t enough organs in B.C. from donors who, like her, were South Asian. Continue reading

Immigration Canada cites lack of money in denying woman a visa

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Josh Pennell Published on April 03, 2014

Filipino was being brought over by Catholic group

A Filipino woman who was invited to do a cross-island tour by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace was denied a two-week visa because of her lack of travel history and low salary.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada released its reasons for denying Glenda Alawiran-Plaza a visa to The Telegram after Alawiran-Plaza gave her consent for it to do so.

The Telegram reported last week about Canada’s denial of a visa to the Filipino woman. Continue reading

Citizenship reform hurts good immigrants, newcomers say

Citizenship reform hurts good immigrants, newcomers say

Ottawa’s proposed citizenship reform will punish good immigrants, many of them say, by putting more hurdles for them to become full-fledged members of society

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Feb 06 2014
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Ottawa’s proposed citizenship reform will punish good immigrants by putting more hurdles for them to become full-fledged members of society, many newcomers say.

They say restricting citizenship won’t strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship — an argument Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made Thursday — but discourage newcomers from full civic participation. Some even wonder if Canada is still a welcoming country to immigrants. Continue reading