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

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

Toronto: Guang Hua Liu was planning on moving back to China with her estranged husband

Details continue to emerge on Toronto body parts victim Guang Hua Liu’s life and business
By Yahoo! Canada News | Daily Brew – 5 hours ago

Peel Police have identified Guang Hua Liu as the victim in the Toronto-area body parts investigation.
Guang Hua Liu, identified by Peel Regional Police as the victim in a Toronto-area body parts investigation was a holistic practitioner who became the owner of a spa this past May, according to the Globe and Mail.

Ms. Liu lived in a Scarborough townhouse near Huntingwood Drive and Kennedy Road, walking distance from where her calves, arm and thigh were found.

She lived with her adult son, while her two younger children lived with their father. Reports suggest that Ms. Liu was planning on shutting down her business and moving back to China with her estranged husband. Acquaintances have told reporters she had a Caucasian boyfriend in Toronto named Ken. Neighbours had noticed little business going on at her store and some had complained to the city thinking it may have been a front for illegal activities. Licensing and zoning inspectors had visited the business and found no violations. When they spoke with Liu, she said the business was for sale. Continue reading

LaSalle, Montreal: Ahmad Nehme accused of killing his wife faces first-degree murder charges

Ahmad Nehme appeared in Quebec Court Friday afternoon to face charges of first degree murder. Police handout

Lasalle man accused of killing his wife faces first-degree murder charges
James Mennie
, The Gazette : Friday, July 06, 2012 5:44 PM
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MONTREAL – A 48-year-old man arrested after a woman was discovered stabbed to death Thursday in what police describe as a domestic dispute will return to court July 16 to face a charge of first-degree murder.

Ahmad Nehme appeared in Quebec Court Friday afternoon in a white t-shirt, sweatpants, slippers and handcuffs as the charge was read into the record.

Looking dazed and disoriented after being arrested at his LaSalle home where the body of Catherine De Boucherville, the mother of two teenaged children, was discovered, Nehme spoke only to tell Judge Gilles Cadieux he had chosen lawyer Franco Schiro to represent him.

A man described by Schiro as a family member attended the proceeding, and when the accused was asked to confirm his choice of counsel, caught Nehme’s attention, pointed to Schiro and said: “Frank.”

He later refused to speak to journalists.