Category Archives: Immigrants changing the rules/law

MISSISSAUGA: Pakistani woman takes federal government to court over nikab ban

Ex-immigration minister Jason Kenney ‘dictated’ niqab ban at citizenship ceremony, court told

A ban on veils while taking the citizenship oath was driven by Kenney’s own ideology, say lawyers for Zunera Ishaq, who is challenging the policy in court.

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The federal government introduced a new policy to ban new citizens from wearing face-covering veil during the oath taking at citizenship ceremonies like this one in Toronto.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Fri Oct 17 2014

A Mississauga woman has taken the federal government to court over a policy that forbids wearing the face-covering veil while taking the oath of citizenship, arguing the ban breaches her Charter rights and fails to accommodate her religious beliefs and dress code.

Banning the niqab from citizenship ceremonies is the result of former immigration minister Jason Kenney imposing his own ideology of “Canadian values” on the process, Zunera Ishaq’s lawyer, Naseem Mithoowani, told federal court Justice Keith Boswell at a hearing in Toronto on Thursday.

“The true motivation of the policy is to compel Muslim women to abandon, albeit briefly, their religious adherence,” Mithoowani said.

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It’s the first such challenge against the niqab ban at citizenship ceremonies; if successful, it could strike down the policy. Continue reading

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

Putting Canada First expresses concern on the future of English in Vancouver

Vancouver Anti-Chinese-Language Movement Focused On Chinese Language Signs, Advertisements

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Vancouver, Canada Reuters

Canada’s West Coast hub, Vancouver, is home to a Chinese immigrant population so large that the city has earned the nickname “Hongcouver” and the title of“most Asian city” outside of Asia. The city’s Chinese have enriched the culture and created employment opportunities, but recently the growing number of Chinese-language signs and advertisements has sparked protests from some non-Chinese residents.

Brad Saltzberg, a North Vancouver resident, told the Vancouver Sun he takes issue with targeted Chinese advertising for real estate agents, financial planning and other products because it undermines “traditional English and French Canadian identity.”

Saltzberg is also the spokesperson and regional director for Putting Canada First, a nonprofit “dedicated to the maintenance and advancement of traditional Canadian identity, history and language.” It appears that Saltzberg isn’t the only one who has a problem with the increasing use of Chinese in public. Last week, stickers that said “Please Respect Canada’s Official Languages” covered Chinese-language advertisements in West Vancouver’s bus stations.   Continue reading

Pauline Marois blames multiculturalism for violence

Marois blames multiculturalism for ‘bomb throwing’ in England, claims hijab is ‘form of submission’

 | 13/09/06 | Last Updated: 13/09/06 12:00 PM ET
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Quebec Premier Pauline Marois walks out of a cabinet meeting Sept. 4, 2013 at the legislature in Quebec City. Marois was elected one year ago on Sept. 4, 2012.

Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian PressQuebec Premier Pauline Marois walks out of a cabinet meeting Sept. 4, 2013 at the legislature in Quebec City. Marois was elected one year ago on Sept. 4, 2012.
Pauline Marois has marked her first year in power by claiming multiculturalism is to blame for violence and ‘bomb throwing’ in England as she seeks to push ahead with her controversial Charter of Quebec Values.

The Quebec premier, who says she is proud of her first year in power even though she admits it’s been difficult, told Montreal’s Le Devoir that secularism measures will be phased in over a few years.

She conceded that the French model of secularism “isn’t perfect,” Le Devoir reported, but Marois said that “in England, they’re knocking each other over the head and throwing bombs because of multiculturalism and nobody knowing any more who they are in that society.”

Marois also said that wearing a hijab can be seen as a “form of submission,” and said she feared daycare workers in positions of authority could incite kids to practice religion.

Montreal: La Ronde amusement park implements religious accommodations for Jews and Muslims

La Ronde : Un accommodement raisonnable qui déplaît à certains

montreal.radionrj.ca
Affiché par: François Coulombe-Giguère fcoulombegiguere@astral.com · 2013-07-17 07:45:00

Des habitués de La Ronde sont outrés que les juifs et les musulmans puissent entrer sur le site avec leurs lunchs, alors que c’est interdit pour les autres.

Une journaliste du Journal de Montréal a fait le test avec un voile et on l’a laissé entrer avec son lunch. On appose alors un collant “autorisation médicale”.

Selon des témoignages, ce serait toléré car il n’y a pas de mets casher et halal dans les restaurants du parc d’attraction.

La direction de La Ronde se contente de répondre que tous les clients peuvent apporter leurs lunchs et le consommer dans les aires réservées.

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CIR :

Some La Ronde fans are shocked to discover that outside food is now banned from the amusement park, except for Jewish and Muslim visitors.

A reporter from Journal de Montreal wore a headscarf and had no trouble bringing her lunch into the park after La Ronde staff  labelled it with a “medical authorization” sticker.  According to reports, these exceptions are being made due to a lack of Kosher and Halal food in the park’s concessions.

La Ronde officials maintain that all visitors are permitted to bring outside food and enjoy their meals in dedicated eating spaces.

 

This  petition is on Facebook on the page of Fédération Québécois Souche .

http://www.petitions24.net/un_lunch_a_la_ronde

Bonjour à tous. J’ai mis en ligne cette pétition suite à un article que j’ai lu sur des accommodements raisonnables pour les juifs et les musulmans à La Ronde. (voir le lien en bas de page) La Ronde à une politique qui empêche les gens d’entrée sur le site avec un lunch. Tous les sacs sont fouillés pour qu’aucune nourriture n’entre sur le site. Par contre, avec cet “accommodement”, les juifs et les musulmans peuvent amener leur lunch sans problèmes. Cette pétition à pour but l’égalité, peu importe la religion. La Ronde se doit de révoquer cet “accommodement”. Il n’y a que 2 solutions possibles: 1) Obliger TOUS les gens à manger à l’extérieur du parc (telle est la situation actuelle de la plupart des clients de la ronde) ou autoriser TOUS les gens à amener un lunch sur le site. Autrement que ses 2 solutions, c’est de la discrimination, point à la ligne. Signons cette pétition pour que ca change, pour que ce soit égal pour TOUS!!!

http://montreal.radionrj.ca/info-nrj/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10568480

Lorsqu’un bon nombre de personne auront signé la pétition, je la ferai parvenir au parc d’attraction La Ronde, et à Six Flags.

 

UPDATE

La Ronde has reversed the decision and allows  all visitors to bring their own food.

President of Universal Society of Hinduism wants Quebec Soccer Federation disciplined on turban ban

Media Release: Hindus want Quebec Soccer Federation disciplined on turban ban

Federation de soccer du Quebec ban on turbans is unjust, Hindus assert.

WireService.ca Media Release – 06/04/2013 – Hindus are urging Canadian Government and Canadian Soccer Association to discipline Federation de soccer du Quebec for their turban ban, which they say smelled of intolerance and was not acceptable in 2013 world.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that statement of Brigitte Frot, CEO of Federation de soccer du Quebec, that Sikh kids “can play in their backyard…They have no choice”, was highly insensitive and she and the Federation President Martial Prud’homme should immediately apologize. Continue reading

Richmond, B.C.: Petition against all Chinese signage to be presented to City Council

Richmond is one of the most ethnic communities in all of Canada. According to the City, it has a population of 205,000 — of which over 50 per cent are of Chinese descent.

Group to petition Richmond, B.C., to police Chinese language signs in city
By Andy Radia | Canada Politics – 15 hours ago

Vancouver, B.C.
I think we all get a little annoyed at the ‘language police’ in Quebec.

These are the folks who complain about English language signage and harass restaurant owners about their menus. Continue reading

Emmanuel College, a Christian college at University of Toronto, builds Muslim prayer space and ablutions facility mostly funded by the school

CANADIAN taxpayers forced to foot most of the bill for Muslim-only prayer room, body cavity & foot washing facilities at Emmanuel College, a Christian college at University of Toronto

By BareNakedIslam

Bare Naked Islam

The new Muslim prayer space at Emmanuel College, a Christian seminary at the University of Toronto, cost $25,000, and was shared by the Canadian Jaffari Muslim Foundation, the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, the Islamic Institute of Toronto, the Muslim Chaplaincy, and the Muslim Students Association. However, the higher cost of the $75,000 ablutions (Muslim-only washing) facility was paid for mainly by non-Muslim students, their parents, and taxpayers. Continue reading