MONTREAL: Missing Gysleine Saimbo only speaks Creole

Gysleine SaimboGysleine Saimbo: Search intensifies for missing Montreal North woman

Police, who fear for her life, say dogs and firefighters are sweeping the river

CBC News Posted: Feb 28, 2016 4:27 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 28, 2016 4:27 PM ET

The search for a missing Montreal North has intensified and police now fear for her life.

Gysleine Saimbo, 57, was last seen Saturday at about 7:30 a.m. in Montreal North.

Gysleine Saimbo went out for what was supposed to be a brief outing on Saturday morning, but didn’t come back home. (Montreal police)

She left home for what was supposed to be a brief outing, but she never came back.

Police K-9 units and firefighters were sweeping the shores of the Rivière des Prairies on Sunday, searching for the missing woman.

Saimbo did not take her medication before leaving home and she could be confused.

Saimbo only speaks Creole. She is five feet two inches tall. She was wearing a long, black winter coat with brown fur trim when she left home.

She was also wearing dark blue jeans and dark boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133 or 911.

Surrey Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal wants people older than 55 years old to become Canadian citizens without taking the language proficiency test

B.C. MPs call for change to immigration language requirements

Some MPs say the test prevents many otherwise deserving immigrants from becoming Canadian citizens

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Feb 12, 2016 2:22 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 12, 2016 4:48 PM PT

Surrey Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal is calling on the federal government to allow people older than 55 years old to become Canadian citizens without taking the language proficiency test.

Surrey Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal is calling on the federal government to allow people older than 55 years old to become Canadian citizens without taking the language proficiency test. ((Sukh Dhaliwal))

Several BC MPs are calling on the federal government to ease restrictions on the English or French language proficiency test new immigrants must pass in order to become Canadian citizens.

The Conservative government passed Bill C-24 or the Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act in 2014, making the language test more difficult. It also expanded the age range of people required to take the test, to 65-years old, up from 55.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to repeal the bill, which also allows the government to strip Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism-related offences.

RICHMOND, B.C.: Condo-owners insist all meetings be conducted only in Mandarin

Mandarin-only condo meetings provoke human rights complaint in Richmond

Capture_2-richmondbcdemogrA group of Richmond condo owners has filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal after allegedly being discriminated against by a new Chinese-speaking strata council.

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A group of English-speaking condo owners in Richmond say they’ve been squeezed out by other owners who insist all meetings be conducted only in Mandarin.

The dispute is being taken to the B.C. Human Rights Council, with the English owners saying they’re victims of race-based voting manipulation.

 

Here’s an excerpt from a Richmond News story by Graeme Wood:

A group of Richmond homeowners has filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal after allegedly being discriminated against by a new Chinese-speaking strata council.

Andreas Kargut, who filed the claim on behalf of several other Wellington Court strata members, told the Richmond News a group of Mandarin-speaking homeowners purposefully voted to expel non-Mandarin speaking members from council.

Since then, the new council has moved to conduct all official business, including council meetings, in Mandarin.

“Anyone they deemed who was non-Mandarin speaking, they ousted,” said Kargut.

Sheila Lemaitre says her husband was used as scapegoat by Mounties after death of Polish immigrant at Vancouver airport in 2007

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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Jul 31 2015

Pierre Lemaitre leaving the Braidwood inquiry, where he testified in 2009. ((CBC))

VANCOUVER — The wife of an RCMP officer who killed himself two years ago claims that her husband was used by the Mounties as a scapegoat in the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007.

In a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Sheila Lemaitre said her husband, Pierre, was told he would lose his job if he tried to correct misinformation given to the media about the night Dziekanski died.

The sergeant was the media relations officer who released information about the incident where the Polish immigrant was jolted with a police Taser and died on the floor of the arrivals area.

The lawsuit claimed Lemaitre wanted to correct the information, but was ordered not to say anything.

“As a result of this incorrect information, his immediate removal as RCMP spokesman, the subsequent public release of the private video . . . he was brought into public contempt where he was accused in the public of being the ‘RCMP liar’ and/or the RCMP spin doctor,” the statement said.

The bystander video released after the Dziekanski confrontation with police was much different that the original version of events given to media by RCMP.

In fact, the four officers involved were later charged with perjury for testimony they gave at the public inquiry looking into the death.

The officers were all tried separately and two were convicted, while two were acquitted.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/widow-of-pierre-lemaitre-rcmp-s-robert-dziekanski-spokesperson-sues-mounties-1.3174902

5 key cases of police shooting deaths involving mentally ill individuals

Mental Health Commission of Canada releases recommendations on improving police interactions

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/5-key-cases-of-police-shooting-deaths-involving-mentally-ill-individuals-1.2748257

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.: Punjabi community needs Punjabi signs as members can’t read English

Officials at two Sikh temples have asked city council for bilingual signs in their areas

By Daybreak North, CBC News Posted: May 27, 2015 8:35 AM PT Last Updated: May 27, 2015 8:35 AM PT

Narinder Singh Pawar, president of the Guru Gobin Singh Temple Association in Prince George, holds an example of a street sign that would include English and Punjabi. Narinder Singh Pawar, president of the Guru Gobin Singh Temple Association in Prince George, holds an example of a street sign that would include English and Punjabi. (CBC/Audrey McKinnon)

Prince George city council is moving forward with two requests to add Punjabi to some signs in the city. The requests came from officials at Guru Gobind Singh Temple and Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple who say their buildings can be tricky to find, especially for native Punjabi speakers.

“We think we need signs in Punjabi and English because we’ve got community living here, lots of people (who do) not read English,” said Pal Bassi, secretary with the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society.

If the proposals move forward after city staff reviews the associated costs, signs on Highway 97 North and South, Highway 16 West, Ospika Boulevard, and Davis Road, all in the vicinity of the two temples, would have Punjabi added to the existing English.

“If (people) go by, they don’t know about the Sikh temple, if they see the sign they can come if they need food, a cup of tea, or overnight, we can arrange something,” said Narinder Singh Pawar, president of the Guru Gobin Singh Temple Association.

Prince George mayor Lyn Hall supports the idea of multi-lingual signs and said they would be reflective of the growing cultural diversity in Prince George. 

“I see it as a big opportunity … we just need to look around and see how multicultural we are,” Hall said.

Prince George city staff will report back to council with the cost of adding Punjabi to the streets signs at an upcoming meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

with files from Audrey Mackinnon and Andrew Kurjata

Calgary residents propose alternatives for ELL students struggling in Calgary schools


Photo: Jennifer Friesen
Daljit Parhar, left, and Ismail Dandia talk about their struggles growing up as ELL (English Language Learner) students in Calgary.

Two Calgarians are working to remove roadblocks for English-language learner (ELL) students floundering in the city’s public-school system.

Stemming from their own struggles as former ELL students in Calgary, Ismail Dandia and Daljit Parhar launched Eroodyt, an online platform that aggregates tutors in a variety of fields.

Dandia said their focus narrowed to tutors for ELL students when they first heard about the 3.1 per cent cut to funding for ELL students in the Alberta government’s March 2015 budget.

“Hearing about the budget cuts hit hard for us because our parents are immigrants,” Dandia said. “English was pivotal to our careers, and we definitely faced a lot of challenges through the school system, especially in grade school.”

Hetty Roessingh, a professor of education at the University of Calgary, has heavily investigated issues surrounding the lack of supports for ELL students in primary schools and how that can dramatically impede academic growth.

Roessingh said the problem is often these children seem like they’re progressing — they can print, read and speak clearly — but end up hitting a wall around Grade 4 when academic demands heighten.