TORONTO: Disabled man told subsidized housing is for Muslims only

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Austin Lewis, 21, on Merton Street where he currently lives. Lewis has been rejected for subsidized housing at a unit because he is not Muslim. Lewis continues to look for a place to live.

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Austin Lewis, 21, on Merton Street where he currently lives. Lewis has been rejected for subsidized housing at a unit because he is not Muslim. Lewis continues to look for a place to live.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Wed Aug 26 2015

A young wheelchair user has been taken off the waiting list for a publicly subsidized apartment because he is not a member of the Muslim community that established the building — a practice that, while legal, raises concerns that accommodations for cultural and religious groups could be limiting access to affordable housing.

According to a letter that arrived at his mother’s house last week, Austin Lewis, 21, was removed from the waiting list at the Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace building on Finch Ave. W in North York because he is not a member of their faith.

“Immigration is the greatest anti-poverty program ever devised”, says Canadian-born economist Alex Tabarrok

Why the solution to Canada’s low population growth is more immigration

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BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis immigrated to Canada with his family from Istanbul, Turkey.

BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis immigrated to Canada with his family from Istanbul, Turkey.

An article today in the Huffington Post by economist Salman Sakir points out that Canada is one of many advanced nations that is suffering from low population growth.

The OECD expects that Canada will see the percentage of its population under the age of 15 decline from 16.5% to 15.6% between 2010 and 2050. This, says, Sakir will have numerous social and economic implications that could put a permanent halt to our growth.

For a glimpse into the future, one need look no further than Japan, where an aging population has stalled the country’s once miraculous economy to the point where it will probably never recover.

Political economist Nicholas Eberstadt notes that by 2040 the number of people over 100 in Japan will equal the number of newborn babies, a nugget of information that reveals the already dire situation that the country’s demographics have dragged it into.

“Thanks in part to its approach to financing programs for the aged, Japan already has the highest ratio of gross public debt to gross domestic product (well over 200 percent) of the developed nations,” says Eberstadt. “Projections by researchers at the Bank for International Settlements imply that this ratio could rise to a mind-boggling 600 percent by 2040. (Greece’s public debt, by contrast, amounted to about 130 percent of its GDP at the start of its current default drama.) While Japan might well be able to service such a mountain of debt without risk of sovereign default (assuming the country’s low-interest-rate environment continues to hold), it is hard to see how a recipe for rapid or even moderate economic growth could be cooked up with these ingredients.”

Legal advocacy groups launch constitutional challenge, calling Bill C-24 “anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional”

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Legal advocacy groups launch a constitutional challenge of the Citizenship Act on Thursday, calling in “anti-Canadian.”

By:  Immigration Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 20 2015

Two legal advocacy groups are launching a constitutional challenge to the Conservative government’s new Citizenship Act in federal court, calling it “anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional.”

Both the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers are filing a judicial review application and a statement of claim Thursday arguing that Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, creates a “two-tier citizenship regime” that discriminates between dual nationals — born here or abroad — and naturalized citizens.

The legal challenge focuses on some key provisions in the act which add an intent to reside in Canada provision before being granted Canadian citizenship, expand the grounds upon which a person can have his or her citizenship revoked and amend the procedures that lead to that revocation.

“This citizenship-stripping law is unjust, legally unsound and violates the core values of equality enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” says Toronto lawyer Lorne Waldman, one of the litigators handling the case and a member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

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Ex-KGB agent leaves Canada after hiding in Vancouver church for six years to avoid deportation

Ex-KGB agent leaves Canada after hiding in Vancouver church for six years to avoid deportation

 | August 16, 2015 | Last Updated: Aug 17 8:42 AM ET
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Mikhail Lennikov at the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver in 2009.

Wayne Leidenfrost / Postmedia News file Mikhail Lennikov at the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver in 2009.

A former KGB agent who spent six years hiding in a Vancouver church to avoid deportation to Russia has left Canada after surrendering to immigration enforcement authorities, his lawyer said Sunday.

Mikhail Lennikov, 55, voluntarily left the church in which he had sought sanctuary in 2009. He was escorted by Canada Border Services Agency officers to Toronto, where he boarded a flight to Moscow.

“I can confirm he left, he’s no longer in the country,” said Hadayt Nazami, his Toronto immigration lawyer. “It was a voluntary departure through negotiations. He wasn’t deported.”

He declined to explain why Lennikov had decided to give up his fight. He said the Russian had been negotiating an agreement with the CBSA for some time. The deal did not involve Lennikov going to any country other than Russia, he said.

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NIck Procaylo / Postmedia News fileFormer KGB agent Mikhail Lennikov and his wife Irina and son Dmitri at home in Burnaby, B.C. Feb. 28, 2009.

He confirmed CBSA officers had not entered the church. Lennikov still has several cases outstanding in the Canadian courts, Nazami added. “I’ll be continuing to represent him with those applications.”

Lennikov was one of a handful of asylum seekers holed up inside Canadian churches to avoid deportation. The CBSA has refrained from entering places of worship to make arrests.

His high-profile case became politicized, with the NDP calling Lennikov an example of “a really wrong-headed immigration policy by this government” and arguing the Russian was not a threat to Canada.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, supported his deportation, saying that as a former member of the notorious Soviet state security apparatus he was unwelcome in Canada.

Lennikov began cooperating with the KGB while he was at Far Eastern State University, where he was active in the communist youth league. Hired in 1982, he was assigned to the Japanese section of the Vladivostok office.

“His work included translating documents, assessing prospective Japanese informants’ credibility and continuing contact with some student informants from Far Eastern State University,” the Federal Court wrote in a ruling.

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The lawyer said he had not heard whether Lennikov had arrived in Russia. Lennikov had earlier said he feared being charged with treason by Russian authorities because he had revealed the names of KGB agents.

National Post

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Canada: Quebec lowers pass mark for skilled workers

Canada: Quebec Lowers Pass Mark For Skilled Workers

Last Updated: August 10 2015

Article by Colin Singer

The Quebec government has lowered the pass mark for its popular skilled worker program. Under the program which is set to open on or before October 1st 2015, Quebec plans to receive 6300 new applications during the 2015-2016 fiscal session. The Quebec program features more than 75 eligible occupations and areas of training that will enable applicants to qualify for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ), without a job offer. Many applicants can qualify with minimal knowledge of French.

Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or programs offered by other provinces under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants can predict their chances for admission on the basis of their proven qualifications. Applicants, who reach a passing score under the Quebec system, receive a CSQ which enables them to qualify for Canadian permanent residence.

A Quebec skilled worker is foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec and secure employment the foreign national is likely able to hold. This determination is made using a point system which evaluates the candidate’s area of training, education, experience, age, language, qualifications of a partner or spouse, offer of employment, and children.

Would-be immigrant from India awarded $3,000 over a lost email

Would-be immigrant from India awarded $3,000 over a lost email

D.C. Patel’s application was rejected because he didn’t respond to an email he never got — and Ottawa can’t prove ever existed.

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"Email could be efficient and fast in sending information, but there’s the black hole of email where it just disappeared. Over-reliance on technology can be dangerous,” said lawyer Karen Kwan Anderson, who won an appeal of her client's rejection for immigration in federal court.

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“Email could be efficient and fast in sending information, but there’s the black hole of email where it just disappeared. Over-reliance on technology can be dangerous,” said lawyer Karen Kwan Anderson, who won an appeal of her client’s rejection for immigration in federal court.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Aug 16 2015

Call it the case of the vanishing email.

Canada’s federal court has awarded a prospective immigrant from India $3,000 — and a second shot at coming here — over “a failed email communication” on the part of Immigration Canada.

In granting the appeal in the man’s favour, the court ruled that the responsibility of ensuring the delivery and receipt of immigration correspondence falls squarely on the sender and recipient, and laid out the conditions whereby one party should be held accountable for the lost email.

With Citizenship and Immigration Canada moving toward paperless online applications, an increasing number of cases seem to be cropping up in which lost communication led to applicants being rejected (though no statistics are available).

RISE CANADA to picket OLIVIA CHOW’s Nomination: August 13 at 7 pm, 73 Simcoe Street

RISE CANADA to picket OLIVIA CHOW’s Nomination: Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm, 73 Simcoe Street
RISE CANADA proudly begins our busy late summer/ fall schedule.

Our launch event is OPPOSITION TO ISLAMIST SUPPORTERSOlivia Chow and Ausma Malik . We will be passing out flyers and displaying large signs at OLIVIA CHOW’s NOMINATION CELEBRATION at 73 Simcoe Street (downtown Toronto) at 7 pm Thursday

http://www.ndp.ca/event-rsvp/4jvh4

Olivia Chow, an NDP candidate in downtown Toronto, has proudly hobnobbed with radical Islamic hatemonger Zafar Bangash at Muslim hate-fest “al Quds Day” in Toronto.

She has backed TDSB trustee AUSMA MALIK, a hijab wearing Muslim who attended events raising money for convicted Islamic terrorists and stood beside the flag of banned Islamic terror group Hezbollah.

JOIN US at our event. risecanada1@gmail.com

SOCIETY AT LARGE: Trivializing Rape

August 8, Montreal

By CIR

A gaggle of feminists with male satellites in tow flocked to Bethune Square in Montreal to manifest against rape culture and peripherally the presence of Roosh V in the city.

The assumption here, for any reasonable person hearing the term rape culture for the first time, is that these women are raising awareness towards sexual violence, which would be more than laudable. Unfortunately, this is very much not the case as it was explained by the first speaker.

During the opening remarks, rape was defined as employment discrimination, racism, intolerance, emotional aggression and another half dozen or so social issues not even remotely related to forceful sexual intercourse. Apparently, third-wave feminists have openly appropriated this horrific word and redefined the crime of rape to include any emotional (but especially female) feelings of powerlessness.2015-08-08 12.32.57_resize

In their view, the term rape is transposed to mean something violent on a purely meta-linguistic level, a sort of brutally poetic description of catching a man peeking at a woman’s cleavage for instance.

However, the common definition of rape is not terribly ambiguous. These girls are using the word because it instantly elicits sympathy. Absolutely nobody but a sociopath would “support” a rape culture, and they hedge on this fact to gather crowds. Their crusade against “rape culture” oversimplifies the world of sexual dynamics, trying to expand the notion of actual rape to other types of interaction (kissing, touching, etc.).

Two ineloquent keynote speakers went on to talk about consent, which they did not even attempt to clearly define. This is consistent with their very overt and awkward attempts to swim in a linguistic morass of victim buzzwords and hazy concepts. Since they have desexualized the term rape, then what is the definition of consent and how does one “obtain” it? No clear answer was given.