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CALGARY: HIV positive Sudanese man withheld his health condition from woman he married

Sudan: HIV/AIDS prevalence was 2.6 percent in 2012

KEVIN MARTIN | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY – Passing his HIV virus to his unsuspecting new bride was a criminal act, a judge ruled Friday in finding a Calgary man guilty of aggravated sexual assault.

Provincial court Judge Gord Wong said the man, who can’t be named to protect his victim’s identity, withheld his health condition from the woman.

As a result, Wong said the woman’s consent to sexual contact with him was gained through fraud, making it a crime.

Because the offender put the woman’s life at risk, the offence constituted an aggravated sexual assault – a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 14 years.

The 30-year-old Sudanese native met the victim at a party in May 2011.

Within days of their first contact he began talking to her about marriage and they wed in July, Wong noted.

By October, the woman suspected she was with child and went for a pregnancy test.

“Tests were conducted, which confirmed she was pregnant,” Wong noted.

“Unfortunately, those same tests showed that she had been infected by the HIV virus,” he said.

The offender became infected with the life-threatening illness before coming to Canada in 2004 and learned of his condition a year earlier.

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VANCOUVER: Chinese buyers fuelling seismic spike in Vancouver’s luxury housing market, realtors say

A wealthy Chinese immigrant family inspect a villa in the high-class neighboorhood of West Vancouver. Realtors say Asian buyers accounted for roughly 90% of sales of properties costing $5 million and more. Getty Images

 

 

Foreign buyers are fuelling a seismic spike in Vancouver’s luxury housing market, realtors say

 | September 11, 2014 | Last Updated: Sep 11 12:56 PM ET
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VANCOUVER — Chinese investors’ global hunt for prime real estate is helping drive Vancouver home prices to record highs and the city, long among top destinations for wealthy mainland buyers, is feeling the bonanza’s unwelcome side-effects.

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The latest wave of Chinese money, linked in part to Beijing’s anti-graft crackdown, is flowing into luxury hot spots. But it has also started driving up housing costs elsewhere in a city which already ranks as North America’s least affordable urban market.

Happiness is arriving in Vancouver

For decades Vancouver, along with Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore and more recently New York and London has been attracting Chinese and other Asian buyers.

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“In the last year there’s been the corruption crackdown in China and a lot of people have seen their wealth evaporate over there because of that,” said Dan Scarrow, a vice president at MacDonald Realty.
“So they want to put it somewhere they perceive as safe and there’s nowhere safer than the west.”

My market, the luxury real estate market, is primarily Asian buyers — mostly from mainland China

Andy Yan of Bing Thom Architects found that values for detached homes in the $2-5 million range have risen by 49% since 2009, making it the fastest growing segment in Vancouver’s housing market. Home values in a handful of luxury enclaves in Vancouver’s west climbed more than 50% over  that period, driving city-wide values up more than 35%.

Realtors are saying that more than half of buyers in prime markets are mainland Chinese.

“My market, the luxury real estate market, is primarily Asian buyers — mostly from mainland China,” said realtor Malcolm Hasman, a partner at Angell Hasman and Associates. Hasman said Asian buyers accounted for roughly 90% of sales of properties costing $5 million and more.

The impact of the latest inflow of foreign cash is particularly acute for Vancouver, its market already tight because of limited building space and a decade-long nationwide property bull run fuelled by low borrowing costs.

Condo towers are now built without a fourth floor, as that number is unlucky in Asian cultures, and wok kitchens are standard in most new homes Continue reading

OTTAWA: Deepan Budlakoti fighting for Canadian citizenship

Ottawa man born in Canada loses round in fight for citizenship

 

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:06AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:42PM EDT

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man says he will appeal after losing a round in his court battle for Canadian citizenship.

Deepan Budlakoti was suddenly told by federal officials four years ago that he is not a citizen — even though he was born in Canada and had been issued a birth certificate and a Canadian passport.

The government argues Budlakoti did not automatically become a Canadian at birth in October 1989, as his parents were employed by a foreign diplomat, the Indian high commissioner.

Budlakoti, 24, was ordered out of Canada three years ago due to drug and firearms convictions. He unsuccessfully tried to challenge the order in court.

In December 2012 he completed his sentence and was released into custody of the Canada Border Services Agency. Continue reading

TORONTO: Slovak Roma asylum seeker Janette Ganova claims botched swastikas carved on her back by “two neo-Nazi skinheads”

 

Close-up of the swastikas on refugee claimant Janette Ganova’s back, submitted to the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Who carved two swastikas on Roma refugee’s body?

Would a Czech Roma asylum seeker be so desperate to get accepted in Canada that she’d carve two swastikas in her back to fool a refugee judge?

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Sep 07 2014

Would a Czech Roma asylum seeker be so desperate to get accepted in Canada that she’d carve two swastikas in her back to fool a refugee judge?

While Janette Ganova said the markings were cut by two neo-Nazi skinheads who kidnapped her in Zatec, Czech Republic, her now-estranged husband allegedly wrote a “poison pen letter” to immigration officials claiming that her injuries were self-inflicted.

After four hearings that stretched over two years and ended in July, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) couldn’t determine the culprits who did the crime, but rejected the Toronto woman’s claim because her evidence was inconsistent and there’s enough protection in Czech Republic for Roma. Continue reading

Ottawa Valley Cleaning and Restoration fined because it wants to give jobs to white people only

Ottawa-area company fined after saying it only hires ‘white men’

MARIA BABBAGE

TORONTO — The Canadian Press

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An Ottawa-area company discriminated against a foreign-born job applicant by telling him it “only hires white men” in a series of “abusive” text messages, Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

It ordered Ottawa Valley Cleaning and Restoration to pay $8,000 plus interest to Malek Bouraoui – who was denied employment in June, 2013 – saying it found “multiple violations” of his rights under the Human Rights Code.

“The respondent persistently ridiculed the applicant because of his race, colour and place of origin,” the tribunal said in its decision last week.

“I am satisfied that the applicant was deeply hurt, shocked and humiliated by the respondent’s comments and that he was denied employment based on a number of prohibited grounds.”

After applying for a job, Mr. Bouraoui said he received a call from a man named Jesse, who asked what country he was from and whether he was white or black. Mr. Bouraoui, who is black, testified that he told the man that he was not from Canada, but was too shocked to answer the other question about his race.

A short time later, Mr. Bouraoui said he received a text message from Jesse, telling him to “try learning English you will have better luck I don’t hire foreners [sic] I keep the white man working.” Continue reading

Winnipeg lawyer R. Reis Pagtakhan considers that immigrating to Canada requires too many documents

OPINION

By R. Reis PagtakhanCBC News Posted: Sep 05, 2014 10:41 AM CT Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014 10:41 AM CT

Reis Pagtakhan is a Canadian corporate immigration lawyer with over 18 years of experience in advising businesses and individuals on immigration matters.

For decades now, Canadian governments of all stripes have promoted immigration as a tool for nation building, and one of the purposes of Canada’s immigration laws is “to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy.” Unfortunately, this goal is often frustrated by bureaucratic red tape and an almost total lack of customer service.

Last month, the federal court decided an immigration case that demonstrated what happens when an immigration officer misses the forest for the trees. In this case, a prospective Canadian immigrant was refused a visa because his reference letter did not outline job duties that matched the required immigration criteria.

In this case, the prospective immigrant needed to prove that he supervised and coordinated staff or assigned work to certain employees in order to qualify for immigration. In refusing his application, the officer found that because the employer used the words “helping,” “assisting” and “aiding” in the reference letter, that the prospective immigrant did not actually carry out the required tasks outlined in the immigration criteria.

While the prospective immigrant won his case, one big question remains: why did this case have to go to court in the first place?

This case would not have gone to court if the immigration officer called, emailed or faxed the prospective immigrant’s employer to ask for clarification. Instead, the officer refused the application and thousands of dollars were spent by the government and the prospective immigrant in court.

Does one really need to go to court to determine if “helping” to supervise is really supervising? Are these the important questions of our time that we, as taxpayers, need to spend money on in order for them to be considered by judges and government lawyers? Continue reading

Immigration lawyer Phil Rankin criticizes detention conditions of refugees in Canada

Those held for long periods can suffer serious consequences: UN

BY TARA CARMAN, VANCOUVER SUN AUGUST 29, 2014

A handcuffed man wearing an orange jumpsuit is escorted to a hearing by a uniformed guard. He has been transported from a provincial jail.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the man is a criminal. But in fact, such treatment is routine for those being held in immigration detention, even though they have not committed a crime.

Such was the case last week for Osman De Leon Reyes, a Surrey father of two who has no known criminal record. He faces deportation to Guatemala next week, where his family says he will be killed. Continue reading

Canada: Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative

Canada: Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative

Last Updated: September 3 2014

Article by FW CanadaInc

Get Canadian Permanent Residence through nomination by Morden, Manitoba, under the Manitoba Pronvincial Nominee Program (Manitoba PNP)!

We are pleased to provide some information about a new Canadian Immigration program that does not require a job offer!

Morden, Manitoba, has created a unique immigration program for attracting individuals interested in immigrating to Canada. The program is open to a variety of applicants, including many who could do not currently qualify under any other Canadian immigration programs. The City of Morden is offering formal support to individuals seeking to immigrate to the province of Manitoba, who do not have any friends or relatives in the province, or anywhere else in Canada.

This innovative initiative is called Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative and is an excellent program for certain individuals. The program is designed to fill labor shortages in the city, the city will nominate individuals with work experience in particular fields. Occupations currently eligible for the program include manufacturing, cabinet making, welding, industrial sewing machine operators, and childcare and daycare workers. These occupations may change to meet the needs of the labour market in Morden, so interested applicants should check back often to ensure their occupation remains on this list. Continue reading

Small Canadian towns want to attract immigrants

A growing number of rural communities in Canada are hoping to attract newcomers to the country, citing a need to reverse dwindling population trends, strengthen local economies, and address labour shortages.

In recent years, more than a quarter of residents in metropolitan areas have been immigrants, a figure that plummets to only five per cent in small towns. Canada’s three largest cities — Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver — together accounted for nearly two-thirds of the immigrant population of Canada. In contrast, only one-third of Canada’s total population lived in these cities, showing a disparity in immigrant and non-immigrant populations between urban and rural areas.

Some small rural communities, however, are hopeful of reversing this trend by identifying the immigrants they wish to attract based on local labour market needs. By consulting with local employers and promoting candidates for immigration through the Provincial Nominee Program, rural communities are increasingly planning strategies that aim to guarantee the long-term success of their towns, both from an economic and community point of view. The Provincial Nominee Programs consider a person’s application based on, among other factors, his or her genuine intention to settle in that province. This aspect of the programs has led some small towns to launch initiatives aimed at sourcing the highest quality immigrants to their communities.

A Case Study: Morden, Manitoba

One such rural community is Morden, a small town of around 8,000 people in Southern Manitoba, lying 112 km southwest of the provincial capital of Winnipeg. With an unemployment rate of 3.1%, local employers struggle to find enough workers. Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative aims to aid employers through an active recruitment campaign. Applicants for the Morden initiative make an application through theManitoba Provincial Nominee Program(MPNP).

While most rural communities in Canada take a more passive role in attracting immigrants — for example, by observing which newcomers are arriving to the given province and only then hoping to attract them to their respective town — Morden is taking a much more active role. For its part, Morden identifies potential newcomers to the town before they make their PNP application, rather than after.

“The program has been very successful,” says Community Development Officer, Cheryl Digby. “Employers are supporting the program by offering jobs to newcomers, developers have plans for housing complexes to house the new arrivals, and the community at large has opened their hearts to new friends.

“Our retention rate has remained high, as applicants are chosen specifically for their high chance of success in Morden. In particular, there are openings for applicants with experience in manufacturing such as woodworkers or cabinetmakers, welders, sewing factory workers or entrepreneurs who have business experience.”

Living costs in communities such as Morden are among the lowest in Canada, a factor that is likely to become more of a priority for newcomers to Canada as the cost of living in large Canadian cities grows faster than the rate of inflation.

A Case Study: Simcoe County, Ontario

Simcoe County, situated north of Toronto from Lake Simcoe to the shores of Georgian Bay, is another region actively looking for newcomers. The largely pastoral county has seen approximately 650 landed immigrants per year in recent years, but Sandra Lee, Project Manager at Simcoe County’s Local Immigration Partnership, has noticed a growing trend of immigrants moving from big cities to counties such as hers.

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MONTREAL: D.A.D.’s Bagels owner Kashmir Singh Randhawa loses business in favour of Dollarama

Landlord casts out D.A.D.’s Bagels in favour of Dollarama expansion, Randhawa says

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2014 12:42 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014 11:01 AM ET

When a Dollarama opened next door to D.A.D.’s Bagels a few years ago, Kashmir Singh Randhawa knew his days were numbered.

“I played the waiting game,” Randhawa said.

Now the waiting is over. His beloved bagel shop is closing today.

He and wife Kuldeep established their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bagel shop 20 years ago at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Wilson Avenue.

They made bagels the old-fashioned way, in a wood-burning oven. Over time, their menu grew to include samosas and other staples of Indian homemade cuisine.

The community around D.A.D.’s Bagels grew as well. Randhawa said he came to be known as a father figure of NDG, with some people even calling him “granddaddy.”

“We’re a family,”  he said.

He said he supported the community for many years, donating food to the NDG Food Depot and holding fundraisers for various charitable organizations with a mission he deemed worthwhile. The community responded, and D.A.D.’s Bagels became a neighbourhood institution.  Continue reading