Clutching a framed photograph of murder victim Jagtar Gill to her chest, Gurpreet Kaur Chahal was in tears as she walked into the Sikh temple on Friday.
“We’re just giving our emotional support to the family,” said Chahal. “We’re doing our best wherever we can.”
The 43-year-old mother was slain on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home on Jan. 29. Gill had been home alone when her family returned, after buying cake and flowers, to find her dead on the living room floor.
“The community is shaken at this incident. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Everybody’s scared in their own home, because we’re not safe in our home. It happened in broad daylight,” said Chahal.
An estimated 300 people gathered to remember Gill on Friday; first at a private service at a Nepean funeral home, followed by a prayer gathering at a nearby Sikh temple. Continue reading →
It’s hard to learn a new language. An internal 2012 Immigration Canada report has revealed a rising proportion of immigrants, more than 600,000, work in Canada in a language other than English and French. And most of them, 60 per cent, say they cannot carry on a conversation in either of Canada’s official languages.
Stories regarding language barriers have become common in Canada.
The newcomer struggling to speak English who, as a result, has grave trouble trying to get a job. Continue reading →
With the new wave of international immigration to Saskatchewan, the latest census shows that 12 per cent of Regina’s population now names a different language as their mother tongue. These changes are opening up a new world for students and teachers at schools across the city. Continue reading →
An admitted B.C. fraudster has been released from federal custody despite Citizenship and Immigration Canada concerns that he would flee before a hearing to determine if he can remain in the country.
Gyula Kolompar, of Coquitlam, was released Tuesday in Vancouver by Immigration and Refugee Board member Leeann King. King said the ministry didn’t provide enough evidence that the man was a flight risk, despite allegedly fleeing B.C. for Ontario last year after he and three family members were charged with running a Lower Mainland mail theft ring.Continue reading →
Mexican fruit pickers Jose Roberto Nunez, left, and Jose Javier Ibarra-Soto want mobility rights. Facebook
B.C. farm workers treated like ‘hostages’
Mexican fruit pickers say they’re denied ability to change jobs or return home CBC News Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:59 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012 3:10 PM PT
Jose Roberto Nunez, left, and Jose Javier Ibarra-Soto say they would still like to return to Canada to pick fruit next year (CBC) Facebook
Two Mexican men employed as seasonal workers on an Abbotsford, B.C., farm say they felt trapped after they were denied their contractual rights to either go to work on another farm or be sent back to their homeland.
Jose Javier Ibarra-Soto and Jose Roberto Nunez stopped working 10 days ago at Townline Growers because, they say, their supervisor was abusive.
“There was verbal abuse,” Nunez, 38, told CBC News through an interpreter.Nunez has been coming to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers program for six years.Continue reading →
A B.C. mental health organization responsible for treating Indo-Canadian sex offenders is looking to hire a Punjabi-speaking psychologist to provide more culturally sensitive services for its clients.
The move, motivated by requests from B.C. Corrections, would allow specialized treatment for eight to 12 non-English speaking Indo-Canadian offenders on probation each week, said Dr. Johann Brink, vice-president of medical affairs and research for the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission.
The commission, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, offers specialized hospital and community-based assessment, treatment and case management for adults with mental illness who are in conflict with the law.
At the moment, non-English speaking Indo-Canadian offenders attend group sessions with English-speaking psychiatrists and use translators to communicate. Continue reading →
Plotnikov, left, and an unidentified man. Plotnikov — a former boxing champion who immigrated to Canada at age 15 — was killed by Russian security forces during a gun battle in Dagestan in July. He is the first Canadian convert to die fighting in the name of jihad. Family handout
Dagestan has been a scene of low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism since the 1990s. According to International Crisis Group, the militant Islamist organization Shariat Jamaat is responsible for much of the violence. Much of the tension is rooted in an internal Islamic conflict between traditional Sufi groups advocating secular government and more recently introduced Salafist teachers preaching the implementation of Sharia law in Dagestan.
William Plotnikov, left, and an unidentified man. Plotnikov — a former boxing champion who immigrated to Canada at age 15 — was killed by Russian security forces during a gun battle in Dagestan in July. He is the first Canadian convert to die fighting in the name of jihad
In the video he shot inside his hut in the mountains of Dagestan last winter, William Plotnikov narrated as he panned from the black flag of jihad to three bearded rebels and their assault rifles.
Then he turned the camera on himself.
“I ask Allah that the next season he’ll give us the opportunity to kill as many kafirs [non-believers] as we can, just to shred them to pieces,” William said. “Allah is almighty.”
Watching the clip on the computer in his apartment north of Toronto last week, Vitaly Plotnikov looked both heartbroken and perplexed. It was hard for him to accept that this was his son. Continue reading →