CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2013 1:08 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 2:32 PM PT
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. Continue reading
Hassan: Canadian government should have power to revoke citizenship of terror suspects
By Farzana Hassan, Special to QMI Agency
Friday, February 8, 2013 5:54:35 EST PM
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated what many have been thinking for some time: He has proposed that Canadian passport holders who commit acts of terror abroad or in Canada may have their citizenship revoked.
The scope of the private member’s Bill C-425 proposed by Conservative MP Devinder Shory will therefore be expanded to include the right of the Canadian government to revoke citizenship of individuals with dual nationalities who commit terror abroad or against Canada. Continue reading
Philippines-born artist wins prestigious Canadian award
November 25, 2012
Visual artist Lani Maestro.
Montreal artist Lani Maestro, born and raised in the Philippines, received the 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, Nov. 19, 2012. The prestigious award is a $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist. The awards ceremony, followed by a reception, took place at the Bourgie Hall at the Musee des beaux-arts in Montreal. Continue reading
December 31, 2012
Updated: December 31, 2012 | 5:39 pm
Canada’s Senate more diverse with first members of Filipino and Vietnamese heritage
Torstar News Service
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo came to Canada after the fall of Saigion in 1975.
A banker with a university degree from the Philippines, Tobias Enverga moved to Toronto in 1981 and started at the bottom, in the Bank of Montreal’s mailroom.
Enverga describes himself as just an ordinary guy, who had never been an active Conservative party member or campaign fundraiser. Continue reading
Andy Barrie ‘humbled ‘ by Order of Canada
CBC News Posted: Dec 30, 2012 6:02 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 31, 2012 6:27 AM ET
CBC Toronto’s former longtime Metro Morning host Andy Barrie has been named a recipient of the Order of Canada.
He was awarded the distinction, “For his achievements in Canadian broadcasting, as the voice of a diverse Toronto, and for his advocacy on behalf of those living with Parkinson’s disease.” Continue reading
22 December 2012
Canadian citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has issued a statement from his ministerial department Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) wishing Canadian citizen Santa Claus good luck as he prepares to set off on an epic round-the-world voyage.
Mr Claus became a Canadian citizen on 20th December 2010 at a special ceremony presided over by Mr Kenney. This was good news for Mr Claus who was able to enter Canadian airspace that year without the need to obtain a visa for the first time. Continue reading
Santa Claus Fund: Budding engineer gives back
Published on Sunday December 16, 2012
Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.
As a boy growing up in St. James Town, Ragu Kanagalingam didn’t know much about Christmas.
His parents had emigrated from Sri Lanka when he was a toddler, and the tree-decorating, carol-singing and stocking-stuffing had always seemed foreign. And since money was tight, big gifts were out of the question. Continue reading
Santa Claus Fund: A Muslim refugee’s first Christmas started a tradition of giving
Published on Saturday November 24, 2012
They were untrammeled but destitute, a family of seven political refugees living in a Vancouver motel at the onset of their first Canadian winter.
Before arriving in October 1972, Naznin Lakha’s family had been given 90 days to flee their homeland of Uganda, gripped at the time by the repressive rule of Idi Amin. They were ethnic Indians and religious Muslims emigrating from a predominantly black, Christian African country. Continue reading
Paul Wells explains why Canada’s policy on Roma refugees hits a flat note
A ‘Gypsy’ jazz man on why so many of his people flee to Canada
by Paul Wells on Sunday, October 28, 2012 7:50am – 15 Comments
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Colin O’Connor
More than a thousand spectators packed Koerner Hall, the opulent concert theatre on Bloor Street in Toronto, for Robi Botos’ birthday concert earlier this month. Botos was turning 34. When he came onstage the audience broke into a raggedy chorus of Happy Birthday. Botos wheeled around on his heel and bent over the piano keyboard so he could accompany the last line of the song with a bluesy phrase. “What key was that in, Robi?” somebody shouted from the back of the hall. “D flat,” he said. Perfect pitch. Continue reading