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

Interracial couple reacts to results of CBC discrimination poll

Interracial couple reacts to results of CBC discrimination poll

Dr. Avtar Jassal, who is Sikh and his Italian wife, Michelina are surprised at mindset on the Prairies

CBC News Posted: Nov 16, 2014 1:07 PM CT Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014 8:04 PM CT

More than 30 per cent of Canadians on the Prairies say being in a relationship with someone from an ethnic background different from their own would make them uncomfortable.

The statistic was uncovered in an exclusive CBC poll on discrimination, and it comes as a surprise to former Winnipeggers Dr. Avtar Jassal and his wife, Michelina. Continue reading

QUEBEC: Claude Perras upset he can’t bring adopted girl from Sierra Leone into Canada

Immigration Canada ‘blocking’ adopted Sierra Leone baby from coming home: father

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A one-year-old girl from Sierra Leone — who was adopted in July by a Quebec man — appears to have become the first bureaucratic victim of Ottawa’s decision to suspend all visa applications from West African countries devastated by the Ebola epidemic.

Longueuil resident Claude Perras, who adopted Ella on July 2 in Sierra Leone, tried and failed twice to obtain a travel visa for his daughter to accompany him back home. In October, he filed a third request in Freetown — this time, on humanitarian grounds — for a temporary resident permit for Ella but has yet to hear from Canadian immigration officials.

The process for such a permit usually takes 12 days. The Canadian High Commission in Accra, Ghana, which processes all such applications from West Africa, received Perras’s carefully prepared documents on Oct. 8 — nearly a month ago. Since then, he has not received any information on his daughter’s request despite entreaties from the office of Perras’s MP for Longueuil, Pierre Nantel.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Perras said in a phone interview from Sierra Leone. “I am able to go back to Canada, but my daughter cannot because she carries a Sierra Leone passport. Of course, this is very stressful and discouraging.”


Perras was forced to cancel a scheduled return flight to Canada at a loss of $2,000, and is worried he might not be able to attend planned job interviews in Quebec while his daughter’s case is in bureaucratic limbo.

Many public health officials have already denounced Alexander’s decision as discriminatory and ineffective. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, last week publicly questioned the wisdom behind Australia’s similar decision to restrict admissions of visitors from countries battling Ebola.

Ella was born on June 11, 2013. Her biological parents, who do not live together, are each 14 years old. Perras, who has worked for many years for non-profit organizations, was introduced to Ella at the Hillside Daycare Centre in Freetown last year.


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

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wasn’t on RCMP terror watchlist 



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.

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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


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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.


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

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

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

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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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

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