Alberta Federation of Labour calls for scrapping the temporary foreign worker program

Scrap foreign worker program, Alberta Federation of Labour says


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The Alberta Federation of Labour says nothing short of scrapping the temporary foreign worker program is sufficient to protect the rights of Canadian workers.

President Gil McGowan says temporary foreign workers have been used as pawns by Canadian companies and paid below the median wage.

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced changes in June to limit the number of foreign workers that large- and medium-sized companies can hire. He also toughened penalties for companies that violate the new rules and promised inspections to uncover abuses. Continue reading

“Canadian” Farah Mohamed Shirdon dead while fighting for ISIS in Iraq

Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary, fighting for ISIS, dead in Iraq, reports say

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2014 3:39 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014 3:39 PM ET

Multiple social media reports in Iraq say that a young Calgary man who appeared in an ISIS video four months ago has been killed in Iraq.

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian fighting overseas with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was seen in the video burning his Canadian passport and threatening to destroy Iraq’s oppressors.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of reports that a Canadian was killed in Iraq and is following the situation closely.

A man claiming to be Shirdon’s brother has been tweeting online — asking jihadi contacts for information on how Shirdon died.

Attempts by CBC News to reach Shirdon’s family in Calgary have so far been unsuccessful.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters following a news conference in London, Ont., he was aware of the reports but could not speak to the specific facts of the case.



14-year-old among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

Boy, 14, among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Aug 15 2014

Five men and four teens have been charged — and another teen is being sought — in a string of bank robberies in the Toronto area.

Police say five banks were robbed in Toronto and Markham between July 22 and Aug. 13.


Rashawn Samuels, 20, of Ajax and Samuel Smith, 18, Elroy Christie, 20, Karlos Perkins, 20, and Joleel Alfred, 22, all of Toronto, are facing multiple charges, including robbery while armed and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are also charged with robbery and other offences.

A 17-year-old Mississauga boy is wanted on robbery charges.


Students express anger after anti-immigration flyers distributed at York University

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Published Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:47PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:32PM EDT

Students at York University are expressing anger after racist posters were distributed around the campus and to nearby homes Wednesday.

The posters were found Wednesday at York’s Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus and in mailboxes of nearby homes where many students live. The posters contain anti-immigrant messages that decry the shrinking majority of “White Canadians” on university campuses. Continue reading

Klaus Nielsen charged with trying to smuggle bacteria into China, Canada-wide arrest warrant issued for Wei Ling Yu

Canadian scientists perplexed why researcher would try to smuggle readily available pathogen to China

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OTTAWA — Scientists familiar with contagions are scratching their heads over the arrest of a former federal government researcher who was allegedly trying to smuggle bacteria into China.

Klaus Nielsen, a former lead researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, faces charges in what police say was a scheme to illegally commercialize a testing device for Brucella bacteria.

The Mounties say Nielsen, of Richmond, Ont., and a fellow researcher, Wei Ling Yu, have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Continue reading

Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava wins the Fields Medal

Canadian-born professor wins math’s highest honour

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 14 2014

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava, who was born in Hamilton, received the Fields Medal on Wednesday in Seoul.

The medal, which is math’s highest honour, was first awarded in 1936 and was named after another Canadian mathematician — John Charles Fields, who was also born in Hamilton. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., charged with hiring illegal foreign workers

Serhat Seyhoglu charged after Border Security: Canada’s Front Line filmed raid on BSSM construction site

CBC News Posted: Aug 11, 2014 4:55 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 11, 2014 4:59 PM PT

Charges have been laid against a Vancouver contractor in connection with a controversial raid by Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA) last year.

Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., appeared in provincial court Monday to face charges of breaching the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by employing two foreign nationals without proper authorization. Continue reading

BRAMPTON: Recent anti-immigration flyers not from Immigration Watch Canada

August 7, 2014 6:29 pm

Brampton hit with another string of anti-immigration flyers

Brampton is an ever-growing city with a very diverse community. But that community is being threatened by anti-immigrant flyers.

The most recent one was put in people’s mailboxes just yesterday. A few months ago the same thing – a flyer questioning Canada’s mandate on diversity and whether Canadians and Europeans should accept their fate of becoming a minority group in places like Brampton.

Residents in the area say flyers like this are appalling and do not reflect the sentiment of the community. Continue reading

Due to family negligence, 83-year-old Chandrowci Basdeo leaves home around 10 p.m. and gets killed near highway 400

83-year-old victim was suffering from Alzheimer’s

CBC News Posted: Aug 07, 2014 5:57 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014 5:36 PM ET

The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal collision that killed a pedestrian on Highway 400 this morning has turned himself in to police and is now charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police were looking for a grey 2010 Ford Escape after an 83-year-old woman was struck and killed near Highway 400 and King Road.

Chandrowci Basdeo  — who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease — wandered away from her home on Wednesday night at around 10 p.m., according to her family. 

Shortly after 4 a.m. police found her body on the road, close to a service station, amid some broken parts of a vehicle.

Police said the driver did not remain at the scene, triggering a search for the vehicle. Continue reading

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