Surrey is Western Canada’s fastest-growing city, but it can’t outgrow its crime reputation

A competitor takes part in a turban tying competition in Surrey earlier this year. The city has a vibrant South Asian culture.

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A competitor takes part in a turban tying competition in Surrey earlier this year. The city has a vibrant South Asian culture.

‘Crime is an overhead you have to pay if you want to live in the city’

– George Moscone, San Francisco mayor (1976-78)

SURREY, B.C. — The parking lot of the Newton Arena & Community Centre leads out onto 136B St. About 3,000 square metres in size, the concrete slab holds 92 stalls and a plethora of trees. Across the road is the Recreation Centre, which houses the popular wave pool, a gymnasium and the only public wrestling room in the city.

A well-used slab of Canadian ice sits inside the arena. Bench seating for 150, a scoreboard and skate shop. Black metal beams drape over the frozen surface, local advertisements line the walls on each side. The City of Surrey offers skating programs for all ages here, as well as various leagues, including Tot’s Fun Hockey, and sledge hockey lessons for those who want to learn the Paralympic sport. The arena, which also houses the local bus terminal, is the heart of the local community. All veins lead to the block that inhabits the two recreational buildings.

OTTAWA: Couple granted permanent residency, young son stuck in India

Adami: Ottawa couple granted permanent residency — but young son stuck in India

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Aman Sood, right, and Bhavna Bajaj have permanent resident status in Canada but unfortunately, they are not allowed to bring their 3 1/2 years old son into Canada.Jean Levac / Ottawa CitizenIt is a shameful mess that hopefully Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander can fix in order to reunite a heartbroken mother and father with their 3 1/2-year-old boy in India.

Bhavna Bajaj, 30, and Aman Sood, 29, are permanent residents who will qualify for Canadian citizenship in a year. They have been separated from their son, Daksh, for almost two years, and, as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act stands now, the little boy has no chance of ever being admitted to this country.

The couple made the key mistake of not indicating prior to leaving for Canada — after being accepted as permanent residents under the skilled workers category — that they had become parents while their application was being processed.

TORONTO: Racism is cause of so many black children in foster and group homes, claim advocates

Why are so many black children in foster and group homes?

A disproportionate number of Toronto-area children in foster and group-home care are black. Advocates are blaming poverty, cultural misunderstanding and racism.

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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth "struggle" while in care. "They kind of lose themselves," he says.
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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth “struggle” while in care. “They kind of lose themselves,” he says.

By:  News, Insight , Social justice reporter ,Published on Thu Dec 11 2014

In the Toronto area, black children are being taken from their families and placed into foster and group-home care at much higher rates than white children.

Numbers obtained by the Star indicate that 41 per cent of the children and youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black. Yet only 8.2 per cent of Toronto’s population under the age of 18 is black.

ALBERTA: 4 Filipino temporary foreign workers die in crash while driving on icy highway

4 Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in Leduc crash

Echoes 2012 crash that killed 4 Filipino workers near Calgary

By Lydia Neufeld, Scott Lilwall, CBC News Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:25 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 5:44 PM MT

RCMP say icy road conditions were a factor in the collision that killed the four workers.RCMP say icy road conditions were a factor in the collision that killed the four workers. (CBC News)

A recently widowed mother working as a nanny to support her two teenagers was among four Filipino temporary foreign workers killed in a head-on crash with a truck on an icy Alberta highway Saturday morning.

Eva Janette Caperina, 41, was travelling with two men and a woman along Highway 21 when their Saturn Ion hit an icy patch near Leduc.

Omar Elgammal and Danial Velshi suing the Toronto French School for defamation and racial profiling


Torstar News Service Omar Elgammal, left, and Danial Velshi, both 20, are suing the Toronto French School and its headmaster, former MP John Godfrey for defamation. The two are seen outside court on Monday.

A fist fight off school property that allegedly lasted “less than a minute” led to the removal of two Muslim students from a Toronto private school. The pair is now suing officials at the Toronto French School, claiming how they handled the fallout amounted to defamation and the effect of a “deficient” investigation was racial profiling.

Quebec union apologizes for liquor store video questioning Indian and Pakistani salespeople’s alcohol knowledge

Quebec union apologizes for liquor store video that singled out immigrants

A Quebec union apologized for a video they recorded to promote provincial government liquor sales that singled out immigrants.

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 An image from a re-edited video released by the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux that initially contained controversial remarks that singled out immigrant business owners from India and Pakistan.
 By: The Canadian Press, Published on Thu Nov 06 2014

CALGARY—Representatives of a Quebec union say they did not intend to offend anyone when they recorded a video promoting provincial government liquor sales that singled out immigrants as inadequate salespeople.

The video, recorded in Alberta, included comments from a French-speaking man suggesting private liquor sales in the province have resulted in a poor level of customer service.

The unidentified man asserts that immigrant business owners from India and Pakistan are uninformed salespeople when it comes to the sale of alcohol.

Following a backlash from outraged residents of Quebec and Alberta, the union, the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, issued an apology and announced its decision to remove the controversial remarks from the video.

Devinder Toor owns 14 Alberta liquor stores and has been in the alcohol sales business for 14 years.

He says he and his staff stay on top of available products in the market.

“We are very confident,” explains Toor. “The staff works to answer all the needs of the customers. We try to put the best value for the customers in terms of knowledge, prices and everything.”

Toor says Alberta’s decision to privatize liquor sales was a great thing for small business owners, customers, and the provincial government.

“It created a lot of business opportunities and it’s good for the government because the revenue stream is consistent,” explains Toor. “To be competitive you need to look around the market.”

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