A Filipino nanny is facing deportation from Canada after she was found guilty of “misrepresentation” because she briefly worked under the table while waiting for an open work permit amid an immigration backlog.
Canada Border Services Agency has refused to defer Lilia Ordinario Joaquin’s removal on Friday. Her lawyer filed an emergency application Tuesday asking the federal court to review the CBSA decision and stop the deportation.
“I’d say ‘the fix was in’ for Lilia. She fulfilled all the requirements of the live-in caregiver program but was caught by an extraordinarily long period of delay in receiving her open work permit from the government,” said the woman’s lawyer, Jennifer Stone, of the Neighbourhood Legal Services. Continue reading →
TORONTO — Deborah Parsons thought she had secured love and a happy future when she sponsored her new Cuban husband to Canada nine years ago.
Instead, she brought home violence, debt and a now-convicted domestic abuser intent on bringing the rest of his family to his new country. And despite her repeated warnings to the immigration department about her husband’s past since coming to Canada, they won’t tell her what they are doing to ensure members of his family are not allowed to come here as well.
“Now that the veil of control and abuse has lifted, my hindsight has become quite clear,” Parsons, 45, wrote in a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “I was only used for sponsorship, then required to be the bread winner, a maid, a chef, a laundress, a secretary, an employment agency and a charity organization.” Continue reading →
Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian fighting overseas with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was seen in the videoburning his Canadian passport and threatening to destroy Iraq’s oppressors.
The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of reports that a Canadian was killed in Iraq and is following the situation closely.
A man claiming to be Shirdon’s brother has been tweeting online — asking jihadi contacts for information on how Shirdon died.
Attempts by CBC News to reach Shirdon’s family in Calgary have so far been unsuccessful.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters following a news conference in London, Ont., he was aware of the reports but could not speak to the specific facts of the case.
Boy, 14, among nine arrested in string of bank robberies
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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Aug 15 2014
Five men and four teens have been charged — and another teen is being sought — in a string of bank robberies in the Toronto area.
Police say five banks were robbed in Toronto and Markham between July 22 and Aug. 13.
Rashawn Samuels, 20, of Ajax and Samuel Smith, 18, Elroy Christie, 20, Karlos Perkins, 20, and Joleel Alfred, 22, all of Toronto, are facing multiple charges, including robbery while armed and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are also charged with robbery and other offences.
A 17-year-old Mississauga boy is wanted on robbery charges.
Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., appeared in provincial court Monday to face charges of breaching the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by employing two foreign nationals without proper authorization. Continue reading →
Charles Kembo was found guilty in 2010 of the first-degree murder of four people. He lost an appeal of those convictions this week.
— Image Credit: File Photo / The Leader
A Surrey man found guilty of the planned murders of four people, including his wife and step-daughter, has lost an appeal of his convictions.
A jury found Charles Eli Kembo guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in 2010. He sought to have those convictions overturned on the grounds the judge made numerous errors, including in her instructions to the jury, combining the evidence of the different murder counts and admitting prejudicial portions of a police statement and referring to that statement as a confession. Continue reading →