Ricardo Duchesne and Tim Murray on an environmentalist/corporate rapprochement around Immigration

Monday, 14 July 2014

Environmentalist/Corporate Rapprochement around Immigration

Ricardo Duchesne and Tim Murray

In my [Murray's] small community, in December of 2009, the local branch of the Sierra Club, “Sierra Quadra”, held a demonstration in front of the post office at the Q. Cove shopping plaza. Demonstrators carried placards urging delegates at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change to come to a meaningful and effective agreement.

A few days ago, July 11, 2014, was “World Population Day“, where people across the world tried to raise awareness about the need to address this most serious emergency of world overpopulation. Guess what? No Sierra Club demonstrators were to be seen either here on Quadra Island, or in front of B.C. Sierra Club headquarters in Victoria, or in any branch of the Sierra Club in Canada. How could these climate-obsessed “environmentalists” remain silent about the primary underlying driver of all environmental problems: overpopulation?

For the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, overpopulation was a key constituent of environmental degradation. This relationship between environmental degradation and population growth was accepted by every one of Nelson’s allies, including long-time Sierra Club director David Brower. In fact, the IPAT equation, developed by Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren, was the foundational formula of the environmental movement as it emerged in the 1970s. “I” (environmental impact) = P (the population level) x A (per capita consumption) x T (technological change). Some believed that post-World War II production technologies were the main reason for environmental deterioration, but Ehrlich and Holdren insisted that population size was the most important IPAT factor. Continue reading

Putting Canada First expresses concern on the future of English in Vancouver

Vancouver Anti-Chinese-Language Movement Focused On Chinese Language Signs, Advertisements

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Canada’s West Coast hub, Vancouver, is home to a Chinese immigrant population so large that the city has earned the nickname “Hongcouver” and the title of“most Asian city” outside of Asia. The city’s Chinese have enriched the culture and created employment opportunities, but recently the growing number of Chinese-language signs and advertisements has sparked protests from some non-Chinese residents.

Brad Saltzberg, a North Vancouver resident, told the Vancouver Sun he takes issue with targeted Chinese advertising for real estate agents, financial planning and other products because it undermines “traditional English and French Canadian identity.”

Saltzberg is also the spokesperson and regional director for Putting Canada First, a nonprofit “dedicated to the maintenance and advancement of traditional Canadian identity, history and language.” It appears that Saltzberg isn’t the only one who has a problem with the increasing use of Chinese in public. Last week, stickers that said “Please Respect Canada’s Official Languages” covered Chinese-language advertisements in West Vancouver’s bus stations.   Continue reading

TORONTO: Alhaji Kabba wanted in Kijiji beating

4 Held, Beaten, Threatened With Machete While Responding To Kijiji Ad

CBC  |  Posted: 07/19/2014 1:02 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/19/2014 5:59 pm EDT

alhaji kabba kijiji beating

Police are searching for a man who forcibly held and beat four young people while threatening them with a machete after they met him in response to a Kijiji ad.

Police said an 18-year-old man, along with three friends, went to meet another man in the Jane Street and Grandravine Drive area about a car for sale on the website Kijiji on Monday, July 14.

It is alleged that the four met the man in an underground garage and were shown the car before being surrounded by a group men who appeared quite suddenly.

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Alhaji Kabba, 18, of Toronto is wanted for:

- Robbery with a Firearm

- Forcible Confinement

- Extortion

- Assault with a Weapon

- Aggravated Assault

- Fail to Comply Recognizance

He is described as black, 6-1″, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His photograph has been released and is shown above.

Police are urging the public to call 911 if they see him and not to approach the man as he is considered armed and dangerous. 

Protests against Israeli military action in Gaza held in major Canadian cities

Photo: Shannon Kelly/CTV Montreal

Hundreds of Canadians protested Israeli military action in Gaza Saturday with demonstrations held in some of Canada’s major cities.

The protests were on the second day of an Israeli ground offensive that saw the death toll in Gaza top 330 people.

In Montreal, several hundred people marched through the streets in the city’s north end to denounce the attacks.

Jaoudat Abouazza, who emigrated from the West Bank in 1977 and still has family throughout the region, said it’s been harrowing watching the tragedy unfold. Continue reading

CBSA busted network exporting stolen vehicles to Africa and Lebanon

Posted on 7/17/2014 1:53:00 PM by Tina Tenneriello

Four suspects were arrested Thursday morning and there are warrants for the arrests of three more,  after the RCMP and Canadian Custom Officers (CBSA) busted a network exporting stolen vehicles in containers through the Port of Montreal to Africa.

The investigation started a year ago when three luxury SUVs were found hidden behind mattresses in containers.

CBSA superintendent Jean-François Rainville says 90 percent of the time that’s how thieves hide the vehicles.

“As of January 1, we tracked 173 stolen vehicles and last year it was 415, so there’s a lot of stolen cars that leave the Port of Montreal,” Rainville said; adding that the vehicles are often headed to Africa and Lebanon.

“Most are SUVs and Toyota is the most common brand.” Continue reading

Andy Radia is asking Canadians if we should accept more refugees

Should Canada accept more refugees?

By  | Canada Politics – Fri, 20 Jun, 2014

The world is in the midst of a refugee crisis — the likes of which we haven’t seen since the second World War.

That’s the message in a new report from the United Nations that asks developed countries like Canada to welcome more of the world’s displaced families.

The report, released in conjunction with International Refugee Day, claims that, thanks to crises in parts of the Middle East and Africa, 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, fully 6 million more than the 45.2 million reported in 2012.

“The international community has to overcome its differences and find solutions to the conflicts of today in South Sudan, Syria, Central African Republic and elsewhere,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement.

“Non-traditional donors need to step up alongside traditional donors. As many people are forcibly displaced today as the entire populations of medium-to-large countries such as Colombia or Spain, South Africa or South Korea.” Continue reading

CALGARY: Israeli–Palestinian conflict brought into Canadian streets

July 18, 2014 7:48 pm

Tensions flare at Calgary protest over conflict in Gaza Strip

By   Global News

CALGARY- A protest in downtown Calgary about the conflict in the Gaza Stripturned violent on Friday.

Around 6 p.m., hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall in support of Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza. However, a handful of Israeli supporters showed up, and a confrontation broke out.

Some men began pushing and shoving, and one man even stomped on an Israeli flag.

That prompted police to get involved, and a line of police officers set up across Macleod Trail to try and ease tensions.

As a result, all four lanes of Macleod Trail near Olympic Plaza were shut down.

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BRAMPTON, ont.: Ordered deported 10 years ago, Iqbal Singh is now accused of murder

Bogus refugee claimant accused of murder

Maclean’s investigates how a repeat felon, ordered deported 10 years ago, managed to stay in Canada

Michael Friscolanti

When emergency crews rushed through the front door that winter night—Jan. 21, 2014—they found white tiles covered in blood and two people clinging to life. It was a gruesome, chaotic scene, even for a seasoned paramedic. Whoever swung the blade, again and again, had already fled.

Anita Summan, who owned the home in Brampton, Ont., was lying at the bottom of the main wooden staircase, alert but fading. Summan’s daughter, in her bedroom when the assailant pounced, had sprinted to her side. “She was still alive,” says Sonali Summan, 22. “I was in a hysterical shock, trying to figure out what was going on.” Continue reading

MONTREAL: Billionaire Tunisian refugee complaining he has no money to pay his chauffeur, the $5,000 monthly rent and children’s private school fees

Canada’s billionaire refugee having a hard time making ends meet

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Belhassen Trabelsi in happier days before the fall of his brother-in-law, Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

AFPBelhassen Trabelsi in happier days before the fall of his brother-in-law, Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

MONTREAL — The chauffeur goes unpaid, the children’s private school fees are in arrears and making the $5,000 monthly rent is a struggle.

Life in Canada is not as rosy as Belhassen Trabelsi imagined when the billionaire fled Tunisia in 2011 in the midst of a popular uprising that drove his brother-in-law, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, from the presidential palace.

And new Federal Court ruling rejecting a bid by Mr. Trabelsi and his wife, Zohra Djilani, to loosen financial restrictions placed on them means things are not going to get better soon.

The June 27 decision by Justice Jocelyne Gagné upholds Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s June 2013 denial of a request from the couple to unblock $109,680 to cover living expenses and legal fees.

Under federal law, Mr. Trabelsi, Ms. Djilani and their four minor children are listed as “politically exposed foreign persons” whose assets in Canada have been frozen at the request of Tunisian authorities because of their close ties to the deposed president. (Mr. Trabelsi’s sister is married to Mr. Ben Ali.)

Judge Gagné concluded the Trabelsi family has managed to maintain a “quite high” lifestyle since arriving in Montreal in January 2011, and the funds claimed were not necessary to meet their reasonable expenses.

Court documents show the money would be used to cover nearly $10,000 a month in living expenses over six months, including $5,000 in rent, $1,740 for a chauffeur and $240 for cigarettes. Legal fees accounted for $30,000 and private school fees $25,000.

The family members are seeking refugee status after being stripped of Canadian permanent residency obtained in the 1990s. They say they would be in danger of persecution, torture and death if returned to Tunisia.

In a 2008 diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks in 2011, the U.S. embassy in Tunis called Mr. Ben Ali’s extended family a “quasi-mafia” and singled out the “strong-arm tactics and flagrant abuse of the system” of the Trabelsi clan.

“Belhassen Trabelsi is the most notorious family member and is rumoured to have been involved in a wide range of corruption schemes,” the cable said.

Mr. Trabelsi has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption, including illegal trade in precious metals and illegal transfer of currency.

Court documents depict him as a broken man since being forced to flee Tunisia.

A 2012 psychologist’s report entered into evidence describes him as “a sincere but extremely anxious and depressed 50-year-old.” It says he is on anti-anxiety medication and at one point contemplated suicide, but was dissuaded by thoughts of his children.

“He is hopeful that he and the family can have a normal life and enjoy the freedoms in Canada as well as the Canadian lifestyle,” the report says.

The court file includes a 2012 letter from Ms. Djilani to Mr. Baird, in which she says her wealth and that of her husband was not acquired illegally or fraudulently. She likens the federal government’s list designating her family as “politically exposed” to “Nazi lists that the world contests to this day.”

She depicts her family as “victims of a revolution and blind settlings of accounts … We came to Canada because of the esteem and respect we have for this great nation, a country of rights par excellence.”

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Ottawa doubles time processing immigration applications for foreign spouses already living in Canada

(Photo Contributed) Aussie Carmen Ostrander, who married Brendan Ostrander, needs 100 practice hours by December to get her art therapy licence, but doesn’t have a work permit.

Ottawa has doubled the time it takes to process immigration applications for foreign spouses already living in Canada, prompting fear that the “inland sponsorship program” would eventually be eliminated.

Currently, Canada allows a foreign national married to a Canadian to apply for sponsorship in the country if they are already here legally with valid temporary status.

They can also go back to their home countries and apply from there, but most couples prefer the in-Canada route so the Canadian spouses don’t have to give up their jobs and careers or be separated from their wives or husbands for years while an application is in process overseas. Continue reading

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