Category Archives: Mixed race/ethnicity/religion (couples, families, adoptions)

OTTAWA: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, killer of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was not on RCMP watchlist

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wasn’t on RCMP terror watchlist 

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OTTAWA - The man who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before being gunned down in Parliament’s Centre Block was not one of the 90 radicalized Canadians on an RCMP watchlist, Mounties revealed Thursday.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, “was an individual who may have had extremist beliefs.”

His e-mail was found on a hard drive belonging to someone who’s been arrested for terror-related activities.


 

Born in Montreal, he later lived in Calgary and Vancouver, then went to Ottawa on Oct. 2 to deal with an issue regarding his passport application, Paulson said. Police believe he was hoping to travel to Syria from Ottawa. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo fatally shot in terrorist attack

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton identified as soldier gunned down in Ottawa attack

Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial when witnesses say he was shot at point-blank range. An assailant was later killed.

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At least 30 shots are fired inside the main building of Canada’s Parliament Hill, after a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa.

 By:  Ottawa Bureau reporter,  Ottawa Bureau reporter, Published on Wed Oct 22 2014

OTTAWA — The Canadian soldier who was shot and killed as he stood guard on a bright and chilly morning at the National War Memorial is identified as Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo, family and military sources say.

A Parliament Hill security guard was wounded in the chaotic attack Wednesday just before 10 a.m. in the nation’s capital that police believe involved more than one assailant.

Cirillo, of Hamilton, was one of two Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada reservists standing guard in front of the monument when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning. The shooter was killed inside the Parliament buildings after firing at least 20 shots.

Ottawa police would not confirm a CBS News report that has identified the dead shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. A high-ranking federal officer confirmed his identity to The Canadian Press. He was born in 1982 and is believed to be Canadian, the American news outlet reported, quoting U.S. officials. Continue reading

adopted South-African girl gets Canadian citizenship and apology from Canada

Six-year immigration battle gets 2nd look after CBC story

CBC News Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014 5:22 AM PT

A teenage girl’s six-year-long battle for Canadian citizenship is finally over after Immigration Canada admitted it made a mistake and lost her approval due to a technical error.

The error was uncovered after CBC News ran a story on the plight of the 19-year-old and her B.C. family.

In an email to the CBC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said Erica Dipuo Barnes’s citizenship was approved in 2013, but not entered into its global case management system due to a technical error.

Spokeswoman Nancy Caron said the error has been fixed and Barnes’s citizenship papers are now on their way.

“We recognize that this has caused undue frustration. We apologize for the error and delay.”

Barnes is both pleased and angry after the mistake made by Canadian officials in South Africa meant she could not work, study or even get medical care for the last year. Continue reading

FOUND- Missing from Chateauguay: White woman with two black children

Anyone who may have seen Gray or the children is asked to call Chateauguay police at 450-698-3229.

She left the house with her two children, 11-year-old Rachel Kaya Beckles and 5-year-old Robert Clarke Jr. who are also missing.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/dead-ends-in-search-for-missing-family-of-three-1.1887758#ixzz35tUgLKSq

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Passport investigator Trina Kennedy reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman Arian Azarbar

Passport investigator reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman

ANDREW MCINTOSH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — Passport Canada has reassigned a senior investigator for an alleged affair with an Iranian-Canadian businessman.

Trina Kennedy is the second Canadian public official to be reassigned for alleged links to Montrealer Arian Azarbar.

Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Philippe Paul was reassigned last month amid allegations he had leaked information to Azarbar. Continue reading

Canada bans adoptions from Pakistan

Canada’s ban on Pakistani adoptions baffles parents, clerics
After decades of welcoming adopted children from Pakistan, Canada abruptly halted them in July. Critics say Ottawa misunderstands Islamic guardianship law.

NICHOLAS KEUNG / Toronto Star

Shafiq Rehman and his wife started the adoption process in 2011. A week after they got an approval letter this June from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services confirming them as suitable candidates, Ottawa announced it’d stop accepting adoptions from Pakistan as of July 2.
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Mon Aug 05 2013

Canada has stopped adoptions from Pakistan, citing a conflict with the Islamic law over adoption and guardianship.

The abrupt move, which took effect in July, has left Canadian adoptive parents heartsick and religious leaders baffled.

“I was shocked, upset and depressed,” says GTA resident Shafiq Rehman, who had been hoping with his wife to adopt a child from Pakistan. Continue reading

After 5 years of waiting, adopted child from Ethiopia makes emotional Christmas addition to Tiffany Gillespie’s family

CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Tiffany Gillespie (in black shirt) watches as her newly adopted daughter Edan (in pink) greets her new sisters Cristiana (in purple) and Aliya (in white) at Pearson airport Wednesday. Tiffany was returning with Edan after adopting her from an orphanage in Ethiopia.

A long journey from Ethiopia, a storybook ending at Pearson
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012

CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Tiffany Gillespie (in black shirt) watches as her newly adopted daughter Edan (in pink) greets her new sisters Cristiana (in purple) and Aliya (in white) at Pearson airport Wednesday. Tiffany was returning with Edan after adopting her from an orphanage in Ethiopia.
Paul Hunter
Feature Writer

www.thestar.com

The text to her partner came from the immigration line on the other side of sliding glass doors at Pearson airport’s Terminal 1.

“You’d better have Kleenex for me.”

Tiffany Gillespie was puddling up again. Inching closer and closer to one last border officer, the tears were flowing more frequently now. Soon, the 5-year-old at her side, the one with the trusting eyes, gap-toothed smile and colourful beads braided so perfectly into her hair, would officially be a landed immigrant. Continue reading

Spencer Fernando: “This is why I oppose the creation of a Racialized Representative.”

We are more than the colour of our skin

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Spencer Fernando
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ra·cial·ize

verb (used with object), ra·cial·ized, ra·cial·iz·ing.

1: To impose a racial interpretation on; place in a racial context.
2: To perceive, view, or experience in a racial context.
3: To categorize or differentiate on the basis of race. Continue reading

Philippines: Police allege 62 year-old Harry Doyle was killed by his young Filipina wife for his money

 

The late Harry Doyle and his widow Jane Doyle, who is one of four people charged in his death. (Facebook)

Philippines police charge widow in N.B. man’s death
Jane Doyle accused of killing husband Harry for money
CBC News Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:39 PM AT Last Updated: Sep 5, 2012 9:07 PM AT
The late Harry Doyle and his widow Jane Doyle, who is one of four people charged in his death.

Police in the Philippines have charged the widow of a Fredericton businessman in connection to his slaying last month, and allege the motive was money.

Jane Doyle is one of four people charged with murder in the killing of Harry Doyle, who was shot five times in Surigao City on Aug. 12.

Three men have also been charged, including one who was reportedly Harry Doyle’s driver and bodyguard and lived at Jane’s Lodge, a resort owned by the couple in the Philippines. Continue reading

Brossard, Que.: Inspired by acid-throwing cultures, Nikolas Stefanatos desfigures Tanya St-Arnaud sending her in coma

 

Tanya St-Arnauld is in a coma in hospital, with acid burns to her face, arms and upper body. (Facebook)

Quebec woman burned and in coma after acid attack
Woman’s boyfriend charged with aggravated assault
CBC News Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:30 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2012 12:10 AM ET
Tanya St-Arnauld is in a coma in hospital, with acid burns to her face, arms and upper body. (Facebook) Facebook

A woman from Longueuil, Que., is in a coma, with serious burns to her upper body, after she was attacked with acid Sunday.

Police say the man arrested in the attack is her boyfriend, who is to appear in court for a bail hearing on Friday.

Nikolas Stefanatos, 27, of Brossard, Que., was charged with aggravated assault. In his first court appearance Monday, his bail hearing was held over. Continue reading