BRADFORD, ON: Simcoe Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios created to serve more than 4,000 migrant farm workers

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic's primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

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Dr. Christopher Keefer, from left, Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, pharmacist at the Simcoe Superstore; McMaster University health anthropology graduate student Stephanie Mayell; Isabel Chilean and Lorena Acuna, both translators; and the clinic’s primary care assistant Tricia Gutierrez.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Dec 14 2014

Migrant farm workers have been lining up at Simcoe Town Centre every Thursday or Friday evening since May for a free shuttle bus to the Real Canadian Superstore three kilometres away.

Their focus isn’t groceries so much as a unique health office, Clinicas De Salud Para Trabajadores Agricolas Migratorios, or Agricultural Seasonal Worker Clinic, housed in the food chain’s extra space. The clinic was created to serve the more than 4,000 migrant farm workers toiling at farms and greenhouses in the region south of Brantford.

Designed to eliminate some of the systemic barriers migrant workers face in getting basic health care, the pilot project has been a resounding success — reducing visits by such workers to the Norfolk General Hospital by 80 per cent. Continue reading

Ratna Omidvar: “The people who sit in boardrooms and hold corporate power look like Old Canada; they don’t look like New Canada.”

Ratna Omidvar on growth through diversity: ‘The people who … hold corporate power look like Old Canada’

ELIZABETH PINNINGTON

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with increasing the innovativeness of our economy.

Ratna Omidvar, executive director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, was interviewed on Oct. 16 by Elizabeth Pinnington, a consultant with Reos Partners. Continue reading

TORONTO: Racism is cause of so many black children in foster and group homes, claim advocates

Why are so many black children in foster and group homes?

A disproportionate number of Toronto-area children in foster and group-home care are black. Advocates are blaming poverty, cultural misunderstanding and racism.

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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth "struggle" while in care. "They kind of lose themselves," he says.
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Paul Chapman, who was 9 when he was removed from his family home, says many black youth “struggle” while in care. “They kind of lose themselves,” he says.

By:  News, Insight , Social justice reporter ,Published on Thu Dec 11 2014

In the Toronto area, black children are being taken from their families and placed into foster and group-home care at much higher rates than white children.

Numbers obtained by the Star indicate that 41 per cent of the children and youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black. Yet only 8.2 per cent of Toronto’s population under the age of 18 is black. Continue reading

MONTREAL: New photos of the four black men who robbed jewelry store released

CTV Montreal
Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:26AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:29AM EST

Montreal police have released surveillance photos from a smash and grab robbery in hopes someone will recognize the thieves.

On Wednesday, November 12 four men entered the Birks jewelry store at the Fairview mall in Pointe Claire and smashed the display case, pepper-sprayed employees, and then fled with their loot.

Several witnesses took pictures and video of the men as they fled the scene, but these photos appear to be from mall surveillance video.

 The four Fairview jewelry thieves

The four men who robbed a Birks jewelry store at Fairview Pointe Claire in November 2014

The photos show four black men, in their twenties, wearing hooded sweatshirts.

One man was carrying a red gym bag.

Police say the thieves ran out of the mall using the doors between Sears and the Bank of Montreal and fled in a dark Nissan sedan, probably a Sentra with an ‘E’ in the license plate.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the photos is asked to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/new-photos-of-fairview-jewelry-thieves-1.2143265#ixzz3Ld7YNJmc

TORONTO: Frantz St. Fleur claims he was racially profiled by Scotiabank

Fan-Yee Suen, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:08AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:09AM EST

A Toronto man is suing a bank, his real estate broker and police for nearly $250,000 after he claims he was racially profiled when he was falsely accused of trying to deposit a fraudulent $9,000 cheque.

Frantz St. Fleur, who was a customer of Scotiabank for nearly 10 years, says he walked into a Toronto-area branch on a Saturday morning in April. St. Fleur says he wanted to deposit a cheque issued by RE/MAX into his tax-free savings account. Continue reading

TORONTO: Musa Yusuf killed by Guled Yusuf, his nephew

Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:12AM EST

A 22-year-old has been charged with second degree murder after his uncle was found dead in an apartment building.

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Toronto police were called to an apartment building at 100 High Park Ave., near Bloor and Keele Streets.

Police found a 52-year-old man suffering serious stab wounds, and were told by witnesses that an assault had taken place on the sixth floor of the building.

The man, identified on Thursday as Musa Yusuf, was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A suspect was located and arrested a few kilometres from the scene, police said.

In a statement on Thursday, police said that Guled Yusuf, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder. Guled was Musa’s nephew, police said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Read more: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/nephew-charged-in-fatal-high-park-stabbing-1.2143160#ixzz3LbY62rim

VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme

Police uncover mail fraud scheme

  • 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
KEVIN CONNOR | QMI AGENCY
VAUGHAN, Ontario – More than 60 people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars in a diverted mail delivery scheme, according to police.
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.

York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.

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“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.

“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”

Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.

Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.

Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

Quebec’s immigrants mainly from China, France and Algeria

Quebec population growth slows due to fewer immigrants

3,000 fewer immigrants moved to Quebec between 2012 and 2013

CBC News Posted: Dec 09, 2014 1:55 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 09, 2014 1:55 PM ET

Quebec’s population growth has dropped significantly over the past few years, according to Quebec’s statistics bureau.

In 2013, the province’s population increased by about 63,000, which is 10,000 fewer people than the year before.

This is the fourth consecutive year of slowed growth.

The Institut de la statistique Québec said that’s likely because of fewer people immigrating to Quebec.

Between 2012-2013, the number of births and deaths remained stable.

But that year, Quebec welcomed 3,000 fewer immigrants to the province.

In 2012, around 55,000 people moved to Quebec. But in 2013, the number was 52,000.

The bulk of Quebec’s immigrants are coming from China, France and Algeria.

Suburbs more popular than the city

The latest provincial statistics reveal Laval, the Laurentians and the Lanaudière region were the fastest-growing areas in Quebec in 2013.

Laval is growing the fastest, with a growth rate of 13 per cent. The Laurentians and Lanaudière region trail Laval slightly.

Quebec’s statistics bureau said the increase in those regions is likely because people are moving there from other parts of Quebec.

Montreal’s population has also increased, at a rate of 11.4 per cent.

However, the report revealed more people left Montreal for the suburbs in 2012-2013, than the other way around.

Keeping families in the City of Montreal was a hot topic in the last municipal election.

Canadian lenience in Nigerian scam: Chijioke Samuel Frank and Emmanuel Asuquo fraudsters asked to leave Canada

 BY HANNAH SPRAY, THE STARPHOENIX DECEMBER 9, 2014
 Two Nigerian men caught with numerous fake identity documents have one main condition to follow on their sentences: get out of Canada as soon as possible.

Chijioke Samuel Frank, 25, and Emmanuel Asuquo, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench to possessing other people’s ID with the intent to commit fraud.

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MONTREAL: Tunisian Nejib Belhaf-Chtioui arrested for terrorist-related comments

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/12/08/quebec-police-make-terrorism-related-arrest/#.VIXwCzHF-dS

MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they’ve arrested a man on terrorism-related charges.Police say Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was the subject of an outstanding warrant and was arrested Sunday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport upon returning from Tunisia.Belhaj-Chtioui is expected to appear in court in Montreal this afternoon.

Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.

The investigation was conducted by a provincial police unit that probes extremist threats. Continue reading

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