QUEBEC CITY: Nadjat Boudjerima and Nora Boudjerima arrested and charged in bomb scare

Appel à la bombe : les sœurs Boudjerima évaluées et accusées

Nicolas Saillant

Dernière mise à jour: 08-09-2014 | 09h30

QUÉBEC – Les patientes de l’urgence de l’Hôtel-Dieu qui ont prétendu être en possession d’une bombe dimanche soir font maintenant face à des accusations de méfait, faux message et menace.

Nadjat Boudjerima, 41 ans et sa sœur, Nora Boudjerima, 45 ans, ont comparu lundi après-midi après avoir obtenu leur congé de l’hôpital où elles avaient été amenées après leur arrestation tôt en matinée.

Les deux femmes, qui ont créé tout un émoi dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi à l’hôpital de l’Hôtel-Dieu, font face à des accusations de menace de détruire, faux message et méfait. Continue reading

Winnipeg lawyer R. Reis Pagtakhan considers that immigrating to Canada requires too many documents

OPINION

By R. Reis PagtakhanCBC News Posted: Sep 05, 2014 10:41 AM CT Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014 10:41 AM CT

Reis Pagtakhan is a Canadian corporate immigration lawyer with over 18 years of experience in advising businesses and individuals on immigration matters.

For decades now, Canadian governments of all stripes have promoted immigration as a tool for nation building, and one of the purposes of Canada’s immigration laws is “to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy.” Unfortunately, this goal is often frustrated by bureaucratic red tape and an almost total lack of customer service.

Last month, the federal court decided an immigration case that demonstrated what happens when an immigration officer misses the forest for the trees. In this case, a prospective Canadian immigrant was refused a visa because his reference letter did not outline job duties that matched the required immigration criteria.

In this case, the prospective immigrant needed to prove that he supervised and coordinated staff or assigned work to certain employees in order to qualify for immigration. In refusing his application, the officer found that because the employer used the words “helping,” “assisting” and “aiding” in the reference letter, that the prospective immigrant did not actually carry out the required tasks outlined in the immigration criteria.

While the prospective immigrant won his case, one big question remains: why did this case have to go to court in the first place?

This case would not have gone to court if the immigration officer called, emailed or faxed the prospective immigrant’s employer to ask for clarification. Instead, the officer refused the application and thousands of dollars were spent by the government and the prospective immigrant in court.

Does one really need to go to court to determine if “helping” to supervise is really supervising? Are these the important questions of our time that we, as taxpayers, need to spend money on in order for them to be considered by judges and government lawyers? Continue reading

QUEBEC CITY (Fr.): Deux femmes qui portaient le voile et qui s’exprimaient en français auteurs de l’alerte à la bombe

Les auteurs de l’alerte à la bombe résidaient à l’hôtel Best Western du Centre-ville

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Les patientes de l’urgence de l’Hôtel-Dieu qui ont prétendu être en possession d’une bombe se trouvaient au restaurant du Best Western sur de la Couronne lorsqu’elles ont demandé une ambulance dimanche soir.

Selon ce que le Journal a appris, les deux femmes qui ont été arrêtées tôt ce matin après avoir tenu les policiers et le personnel de l’Hôtel-Dieu en alerte toute la nuit, étaient au Bistro le 330 lorsqu’elles ont demandé une ambulance. Les femmes qui portaient le voile et qui s’exprimaient en français étaient clientes du Best Western centre-ville.

Selon l’employé du Bistro 330 qui a servi les deux femmes vers 21 h dimanche, l’une d’elles semblait confuse lorsqu’elle s’est assise à une table de la salle à manger. «Il y en a une qui ne parlait pas, elle avait des lunettes soleil, elle ne parlait pas, elle ne me regardait pas, rien», raconte le jeune homme qui a préféré ne pas être identifié.

Le serveur qui a présenté les dames de 41 et 45 ans comme étant «des sœurs» ajoute que celles-ci étaient indécises. «Sa sœur a dit, je vais prendre un café, finalement elle n’en voulait pas, puis elle l’a pris. Ensuite elles étaient supposées commander. Au moment de prendre la commande, elle a dit appelle une ambulance», raconte celui qui a composé le 9-1-1.

«Elles avaient l’air bien correctes», ajoute le serveur qui indique que l’ambulance s’est présenté environ 15 minutes plus tard. Des touristes de la Suisse, clients du Best Western ont aussi indiqué au Journal avoir été «intrigué» par l’ambulance ainsi que la présence de deux voitures de police au coin de la Couronne et de la rue du Roi hier soir.

«On était au pub en face et on a vu une ambulance et deux voitures de police vers 21 h 30. C’était curieux», indique la dame sans en savoir davantage.

Selon le superviseur ambulancier Jean-François Roy, «Il n’y avait absolument rien qui pouvait laisser présager ce qui allait suivre» lorsque les dames ont été prises en charge par les paramédics hier soir. Continue reading

TORONTO: Hicham Laghzaoui charged with sexual assault on a man

Several charges have been laid against 38 year old Hicham Laghzaoui including assault with a weapon and sexual assault on a man.TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

Arrest Made in Downtown Sexual Assault

Toronto, ON, Canada / Talk Radio AM640

September 08, 2014 11:22 am

Toronto Police have charged a woman in connection with a sexual assault downtown early Saturday morning.

Police say it happened around 3a.m. in the Dundas Street West and McCaul Street area, when a woman entered a home through the front door left unlocked.

Police allege the woman confronted the tenants inside and threatened to pepper spray them. According to police a man was then sexually assaulted.

Several charges have been laid against 38 year old Hicham Laghzaoui including assault with a weapon and sexual assault.

Police believe there could be more victims and are reminding the public, specifically university and college students, to lock their doors.

LASALLE, QC.: Family from Cameroon fears FGM if deported

September 7, 2014 6:24 pm

Fearing female circumcision, Lasalle family fights deportation

Billy ShieldsBy Reporter

LASALLE – Hilary Fuh-Cham’s father was known as a “sub-chief” in his native village of Cameroon, a tiny place about 20 km outside the town of Bamenda, in the eastern part of the country.

But when his father died, his world turned upside down, triggering a series of events that left him,  his wife and three children in Canada fighting off deportation.

“The only time I said that I could not continue was when they told me my wife and my daughter would have to be circumcised,” he told Global News.

Fuh-Cham converted to Roman Catholicism when he was still quite young, but his father remained wed to indigenous beliefs.

When Fuh-Cham had to take up the role of sub-chief after his father’s death, it meant the women in his family had to undergo circumcisions and other practices they staunchly opposed, he said.

In December 2007, they arrived in Canada with their daughter in an attempt to gain refugee status.

“My main fear was losing my life,” said Yvette Fuh-Cham.

“I remember seeing my sister-in-law circumcised, the pain she had to go through. Just believing that’s going to be done to you, you have to leave, you have to hide.”

Their cause is being taken up by the Saint Jean Brebeuf parish in Lasalle.

“To my mind it’s like persecuted by the government, the federal government,” said Father Gerry Martineau, the pastor of the church.

“A lot of people will be extremely sad, his presence is felt. He’s very integrated into our community.”

The Fuh-Chams say they’ve attempted on three occasions to obtain the right to stay in the country either on refugee or humanitarian grounds, but have yet to get a result that keeps them in Canada – even though two of their children were born in Canada and have never been to Cameroon.

They say they have a little more than a month before they’ll be deported.

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Dutch Jacobus Marinus van Nierop to be deported to face criminal charges in France

September 5, 2014 1:02 pm

Fugitive Dutch dentist, wanted for mutilating patients, ordered held

By Staff  The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Dutch dentist arrested this week in New Brunswick and wanted in France for allegedly mutilating patients through botched procedures will remain detained pending his removal from Canada.

Jacobus Marinus van Nierop had a detention review before the Immigration and Refugee Board Friday via teleconference.

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The Canada Border Services Agency says it is making plans to return van Nierop to his native Holland, but that could change if French authorities demand he be returned to that country to face criminal charges.

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In a strange twist, van Nierop told the hearing he thought he was being held in connection with the murder of his wife in the Netherlands in 2006.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

VANCOUVER: Art Bridge competition’s Western category open to Chinese-Canadian artists only

Art competition builds bridges for Chinese artists in Canada

Participants could win cash, recognition

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun August 20, 2014

Vancouver’s Chinese arts community is putting on a one-of-a-kind arts competition this fall.

Organizers launched the inaugural Canada Chinese Art Bridge competition Wednesday at a news conference Chinatown’s International Arts Gallery. It is one of the first large-scale Chinese arts competitions featuring specifically Canadian artists.

“Like the name of our organization says, we want to be the bridge between cultures,” said Katherine Chan, president of the Canada Chinese Arts Bridge Association. “This is our first project. Hopefully it will lead to other projects and opportunities to promote the understanding between cultures, but right now, we will wait and see.”

The competition, supported by the federal government, will accept applications and submissions to three categories of competition: Chinese paintings, Western paintings and calligraphy. The Chinese painting and calligraphy competition is open to all citizens (and permanent residents) of Canada, while the Western painting category is open to Chinese-Canadians only. (Organizers say this is to encourage artists of different cultural backgrounds to learn about styles different from their own.)

The deadline to enter Sept. 15, and the winners will be announced in November. Prizes include $3,000 cash for the winners of each category (cash prizes and other costs are supported by fundraising and donations to the Bridge Association).

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“We don’t see many events like this in Vancouver,” said Chow, who immigrated to Canada 34 years ago. “There are many fellow Chinese artists here, but we don’t do this very often because, let’s be honest, we artists like to be in our individual creative environments. We like to paint at our own leisure, in our own private space, for our own gratification. So an opportunity like this is very, very rare.”

Organizers say the idea came from the recent inroads made by Chinese language programs through a similar bridge association — something the Arts Bridge would like to emulate in bringing attention to Canada’s Chinese art and artists. Continue reading

Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong: “Everyone should have access to city services without fear of being troubled about their citizenship status.”

by STAFF on SEP 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Meena Wong.
STEPHEN HUI

COPE mayoral nomination candidate Meena Wong delivered the following speech today (September 5) at the launch of her campaign:

I’d like to recognize that we are on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples.

I’m here today to announce that I will be seeking COPE’s nomination for Mayor of the City of Vancouver.

I am running for COPE because COPE has helped to shape the Vancouver that we love today. Since 1968, COPE has fought for a just city that is based on compassion, respect, and duty to all.

COPE helped to create much of the affordable housing across the city. Our city’s bike lanes and community garden programs owe their existence to COPE.

And no party has taken a stand to protect public schools like COPE. Thirty years ago, COPE’s school board was fired for refusing to implement the cuts, and that’s the principled spirit we need today more than ever.

As Mayor, I want to work with you all to make Vancouver the most compassionate city. Compassion means that if your family member is sick, you’re going to care for them. That goes beyond our families to our neighbourhoods, to the city as a whole.

I see everyday that people in poverty suffer the most. Everyone should have a decent place to live, and no one should be forced to sleep on the streets.

Compassion also means that we are welcoming. Vancouver is a city of immigrants. Everyone should have access to city services without fear of being troubled about their citizenship status. That’s how we make Vancouver a Sanctuary City. Continue reading

Immigration lawyer Phil Rankin criticizes detention conditions of refugees in Canada

Those held for long periods can suffer serious consequences: UN

BY TARA CARMAN, VANCOUVER SUN AUGUST 29, 2014

A handcuffed man wearing an orange jumpsuit is escorted to a hearing by a uniformed guard. He has been transported from a provincial jail.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the man is a criminal. But in fact, such treatment is routine for those being held in immigration detention, even though they have not committed a crime.

Such was the case last week for Osman De Leon Reyes, a Surrey father of two who has no known criminal record. He faces deportation to Guatemala next week, where his family says he will be killed. Continue reading

Canada: Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative

Canada: Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative

Last Updated: September 3 2014

Article by FW CanadaInc

Get Canadian Permanent Residence through nomination by Morden, Manitoba, under the Manitoba Pronvincial Nominee Program (Manitoba PNP)!

We are pleased to provide some information about a new Canadian Immigration program that does not require a job offer!

Morden, Manitoba, has created a unique immigration program for attracting individuals interested in immigrating to Canada. The program is open to a variety of applicants, including many who could do not currently qualify under any other Canadian immigration programs. The City of Morden is offering formal support to individuals seeking to immigrate to the province of Manitoba, who do not have any friends or relatives in the province, or anywhere else in Canada.

This innovative initiative is called Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative and is an excellent program for certain individuals. The program is designed to fill labor shortages in the city, the city will nominate individuals with work experience in particular fields. Occupations currently eligible for the program include manufacturing, cabinet making, welding, industrial sewing machine operators, and childcare and daycare workers. These occupations may change to meet the needs of the labour market in Morden, so interested applicants should check back often to ensure their occupation remains on this list. Continue reading

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