Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song wins international competition for high school students

Alex Song, 18, now ranks first on the Olympiad’s Hall of Fame

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:32 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 5:28 PM ET

Left to right: Jinhao (Hunter) Xu, James Rickards (Observer), Kevin Sun, Jacob Tsimerman (Leader), Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song, Lindsey Shorser (Deputy Leader), Alexander Whatley, Michael Pang, Yan (Bill) Huang are shown at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand on July 16, 2015.

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Left to right: Jinhao (Hunter) Xu, James Rickards (Observer), Kevin Sun, Jacob Tsimerman (Leader), Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song, Lindsey Shorser (Deputy Leader), Alexander Whatley, Michael Pang, Yan (Bill) Huang are shown at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand on July 16, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Mathematical Society)

The name Alex Song is spoken in reverential tones in Canadian mathematical circles.

The 18-year-old won the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand in mid-July, achieving the rare perfect score in the two-day competition against more than 600 high school competitors from 104 countries.

Song has had an incredible run over the past six years, finishing with five gold medals and one bronze against the best in the world. Now he sits atop the all-time leaderboard, ranking first on the Olympiad’s Hall of Fame.

The Olympiad is a big deal in math. Previous participants have gone on to win prestigious international awards such as the Fields Medal, given out to a few mathematicians under 40 years old, every four years. It’s considered by many as the highest honour in mathematics.

For Song, the Olympiad win wasn’t that big of a deal.

“I was definitely very happy at the same time,” he says. “But, I mean, it was just whatever happened.”

CIC vows ‘to help’ Ottawa RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris to remain in Canada

Immigration Canada vows ‘to help’ Burris

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Ottawa RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris. Tim Baines/Ottawa Sun

Henry Burris’ citizenship snafu has already caught the attention of the feds prompting an Easter Sunday statement.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada responded Sunday — in a statement to the Sun — saying they will work to keep the Ottawa RedBlacks star quarterback in Ottawa.

“We will work with the Ottawa RedBlacks and Mr. Burris to ensure he can remain in Canada.” said Kevin Menard, spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

“Mr. Burris has shown a great commitment to Canada over many years, and his community work through his foundation is an example for Canadian youth and all Canadians.”

On Friday, Burris told the Sun he’s frustrated with the CIC in his attempt to secure permanent resident status or full-blown citizenship.

Burris said the main stumbling block is that his job as a CFL quarterback is considered “part-time work”.

But there may be hope for Burris, according to immigration lawyer Julie Taub.

ALBERTA: University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera calls for more white men to enroll

Posters take swipe at U of A president

CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2009 11:39 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 02, 2009 11:34 AM MT

A satirical poster campaign has sprung up on the University of Alberta campus in reaction to comments made by the president, Indira Samarasekera, about the issue of attracting more men to universities.

About 400 posters were put up. One states: “Only White Men Can Save our University!” Another reads: “Women: Stop! Drop! Men: Enroll.”

edm-poster-uofa2This is one of the posters that was put up at the University of Alberta last week by a group of students protesting comments made by university president Indira Samarasekera. ((Tina Faiz/CBC))

The posters are in response to comments made by Samarasekera in an interview on Oct. 21, when she said: “Presidents of the major universities are very concerned we are not attracting young men in the numbers we should.”

“I’m going to be an advocate for young white men, because I can be. No one is going to question me when I say we have a problem,” she said.

Samarasekera made the comments in response to new statistics that show  females make up about 58 per cent of the student body in Canada.

Samarasekera said her concern is that in 20 years, there will not be enough male talent at the heads of companies and elsewhere.

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. 

1st Chinese-Canadian in NHL inducted to B.C. Hall of Fame

In March 1948, Larry Kwong played one shift late in the third period for the New York Rangers in a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the old Montreal Forum. He was the first person of colour to play in the NHL. In March 1948, Larry Kwong played one shift late in the third period for the New York Rangers in a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the old Montreal Forum. He was the first person of colour to play in the NHL. (Larry Kwong )

Minister Jason Kenney urges Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement

Jason Kenney: “Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities.”

Immigration Minister Urges Canadians To Honor Blacks In Law Enforcement
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 6, 2013 10:47 PM PST

Observing February as Black History Month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Tuesday called upon all Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities,” Minister Kenney said while speaking at the Canadian War Museum, according to a press release made by the Immigration office.