Neelkamal Indian Grocery & Movies fined $5,000 for possession of dried opium poppy heads for the purposes of trafficking

Opium poppy bust costs $5,000
By Journal Staff,
December 18, 2010

A south-side grocery store was fined $5,000 in Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday after police found thousands of dried opium poppy heads and several bags of a powdered drug called doda in the store last year.

Neelkamal Indian Grocery & Movies, at 27th Avenue and 48th Street, pleaded guilty to possession for the purposes of trafficking. A charge against store owner Ravi Mohan Jolly was dropped.

The poppy head seizure from the Neelkamal store was the largest such seizure in Alberta’s history.
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Re-read this article and compare the two situations.

Scarborough: Annesair Balkaran charged with first-degree murder

Woman charged in ‘suspicious’ Scarborough death
Published On Sat, 08 Jan 2011
Hayley Kelman
Staff Reporter

A 20-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder after another woman was found dead in a Scarborough community housing building on Friday morning.

The victim was found in an apartment at 3301 Kingston Rd. and police had few details, said Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson of the homicide department.


Annesair Balkaran has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police have yet to confirm the victim’s name or age.

Winnipeg: Taras Zalusky wants "fair and equitable treatment" of genocides

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Museum must decide whose human rights abuses will be featured — and how
By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – Sat, 8 Jan 10:00 AM EST

WINNIPEG – Organizers behind the Canadian Museum for Human Rights face a challenge that is already stirring up controversy: how to decide which abuses, atrocities and genocides should be featured and how much attention should each receive.

Some groups are already upset that the Holocaust is to get a permanent space when the museum opens in 2013, while other genocides will share a “mass atrocity” gallery.

“It’s about fair and equitable treatment of these tragedies,” Taras Zalusky, executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said from Ottawa.

Zalusky’s group has been pushing for a more prominent display of the Ukrainian famine in 1932-33 in which millions starved to death because of Soviet farm policies and food seizures. The famine will be part of the mass atrocity gallery, but Zalusky argues it and other lesser-known events such as the 1994 Rwandan genocide deserve more attention.

“As a teaching museum, it should be the role of that museum to inform Canadians about some of these not-well-known episodes in our history.”

The German-Canadian Congress is also upset with the attention given to the Holocaust.

“No suffering by one group of people can be more important than the suffering of others,” the group said in a recent news release.

The controversy has required the museum’s chief executive officer, Stuart Murray, to rely on his considerable diplomatic skills. The former politician has met with the Ukrainian Congress and other groups, and frequently stresses that the museum doesn’t want to get into a debate over whose suffering deserves greater prominence.

“We don’t want to get into a comparative, because once you start comparing two genocides, you start comparing a third and a fourth, and that’s a slippery slope,” he said. “We want to … (demonstrate) through a human rights lens why these things happened.”

Most of the 12 permanent galleries will be thematic and avoid focusing on one event or group. One will outline the history of human rights in Canada, including internment camps for people of Japanese, Ukrainian, German and other heritages during the world wars. The only ethnic group to receive a gallery of its own will be aboriginals.


The project remains $25 million shy of its $150-million private fundraising goal, but construction is already well underway. Asper’s daughter, Gail, has said she is confident the shortfall will be made up with either private or more public money.

There could be more debate once the museum opens and the public gets a look at how some atrocities are depicted.


The human rights museum has tried to avoid missteps by hiring historians and other experts to help develop programming. But Murray says the museum will not shy away from sensitive subjects.

“Our goal is not to rewrite history. We clearly are going to report history as it existed, but the fact is there will be multiple perspectives that will be shown … on issues.”

Nova Scotia: Dr. Abdulrahim Alawashez’s behaviour "a serious error in judgment"

N.S. doctors disciplined
Last Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 | 12:21 PM AT
CBC News

Two Nova Scotia doctors have been disciplined by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

On Dec. 16, a hearing committee accepted a settlement agreement from Dr. Stephen Harley.

Harley admitted to three allegations that he obtained the narcotics Dilaudid and Hydromorph Contin through non-prescription means for his own use, that he failed to provide a urine sample when requested to do so in Oct. 2009 and that he attempted to circumvent random monitoring as agreed to under his previous settlement agreement.

It was Harley’s second time before the committee after an earlier breach in 2008, in which he admitted to writing fraudulent narcotics prescriptions for family and friends, which he diverted for his own use.

Harley has not practiced medicine since Oct. of 2009.

Having completed a six-month suspension of his license, he is able to return to practice, but is permanently prohibited from prescribing narcotics or other controlled substances.

Harley has been ordered to pay $8,500 in costs to the college.

The College has also issued a reprimand to Dr. Abdulrahim Alawashez of Halifax.

Based on information provided by the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program, a hearing committee found that Alawashez wrote prescriptions on a pad issued to another physician, and that he signed the prescriptions using the name of the other doctor.

Alawashez admitted that on Dec. 22 and 23, 2009, he wrote six prescriptions for Dilaudid, using the name of another physician.

The College said as a result of a prescription he issued, a patient was detained and questioned by police at a pharmacy.

The committee took into consideration that Alawashez was working his first day as a locum or fill-in doctor in a new environment, that he was relatively unfamiliar with the triplicate pad prescription system, that prior to writing the prescriptions, he sought out colleagues to write prescriptions for the patients, and that he was naive to the consequences of his actions and at no time tried to hide them.

The committee said it considered Alawashez’s behaviour a serious error in judgment.

Orthodox Ukrainians celebrating Christmas

Orthodox Ukrainians celebrating Christmas
Orthodox Ukrainians celebrate Christmas Eve on January 6, 2011.
Updated: Fri Jan. 07 2011 2:35:18 PM

MONTREAL — Christmas may be over for most Montrealers, but not for those following the Julian calendar.

On Thursday evening the city’s Ukrainian community celebrated Christmas Eve with a traditional meal and midnight ceremony.

Ukrainians gathered at St. Sophie’s parish in Rosemont for the largest mass of the year.

“It’s an important family reunion, where we have a chance to meet to enjoy those precious moments,” said Ukrainian Christmas Host Eugene Czolij.

Ukrainian Christmas/Photograph by Michael Monastyrskyj

Many Ukrainian Christians give and receive presents on December 24 and 25, but according to Father Volodymyr Kouchnir, January 6 is the day to celebrate customs and traditions “that help us uplift our mind, our body and spirit.”

One tradition is to remember those no longer present, by leaving an empty plate next to some wheat.

It’s believed spirits will gather at the empty place setting for the holiday.

“Ukrainians are very traditional and the nation is very agricultural as well, so anything doing with wheat is very special,” said Czolij.

Dinner starts with a dish made from poppy seeds, walnuts and honey called koutya, and continues with 12 meatless courses that must include perogies — called vareneke in Ukrainian — and ends with a sweet bread called kolatch, which represents Jesus Christ’s place at the table.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Greek Montrealers attended services Thursday morning at a church on St Roch in Park Extension to commemorate the baptism of Christ and the manifestation of god into man.

The service included the blessing of the waters and the handing out of holy water to parishioners.

Zach Coutts: " Most of my friends speak Arabic and I wanted to speak Arabic to them because they would be more comfortable speaking Arabic"

Arabic classes popular at Ottawa schools
Last Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 | 12:24 PM ET
CBC News

Arabic has become the language of choice for Ottawa-area elementary school students registered in foreign language classes at the city’s public schools.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says about half of the 5,000 students enrolled in foreign language classes are taking Arabic.

As a result, 12 schools across the city offer Saturday morning classes in Arabic and a growing number are offering after-school classes, with enrolment far outnumbering the next two most popular choices, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Catherine Deschambault, the principal of the continuing education department at the school board, said Arabic is the third-most common first language in Ottawa, after English and French. The majority of people learning the language have some cultural connection to it, either because they are Muslim or have roots in a country where Arabic is spoken.

More than 37,000 people who identified themselves as of Arabic origin were living in Ottawa as of the 2006 Census, but that does not include people of other ethnicities who speak the language.

Somali-born Mohamed Moussa said he learned Arabic when he was a boy and wanted his son to get the same education. He said the courses offer an opportunity for his son to learn about his Muslim faith through Arabic-language versions of the Quran.

“If you read it in Arabic and explain it in Arabic then the meaning is more tasteful and you can get a more accurate meaning and that gives them identity and their culture,” Moussa said.

Popularity growing in schools

Sandy Richardson, the principal of Barrhaven Public School, said the popularity of the course has spread to people who are neither Muslim nor of Arabic descent.

“Children are just more comfortable in hearing languages around them because they go and visit other children at their homes and might hear a second or third language,” said Richardson. “People are really interested in connecting with the community that they live in.”

Barrhaven student Zach Coutts, 11, said he started after-school classes on Monday for social reasons.

“Most of my friends speak Arabic and I wanted to speak Arabic to them because they would be more comfortable speaking Arabic,” Coutts said.

“All languages can be different, that doesn’t mean you don’t like them. It’s worth a try.”

Arabic language classes are also offered for a credit at the high school level in both the Ottawa Public and Catholic school boards.

Calgary: Many Sudanese will travel to Seattle to cast their votes in referendum on separation for southern Sudan

Dhieu Dok

Sudanese cast homeland votes in Calgary, Toronto
Expats to take part in referendum on separation for southern Sudan
Last Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 | 2:09 PM MT
CBC News

Dhieu Dok says many people aren’t participating in the Calgary vote on secession for southern Sudan because they don’t trust the process. (CBC)


There are 10,000 Sudanese expatriates living in Calgary, but only slightly more than 1,300 Sudanese from across Western Canada have registered to vote on whether the south should separate. Continue reading

Calgary: South Asian linked to two sexual assaults

Police see link in Calgary sex assaults
Last Updated: Thursday, January 6, 2011 | 5:16 PM MT
CBC News
A woman was sexually assaulted at a business in northeast Calgary last month. Police want to identify the man seen in this still captured from video surveillance footage. (Calgary Police Service)

Calgary police think a Dec. 27 sexual assault might be linked to an attack on July 14, 2009, and on Thursday will canvass the neighbourhood where they happened.

The police service’s sex crimes unit believes there are several similarities between the two cases, including comparable descriptions of the offender and common elements in the commission of the crimes, a news release stated.

This composite sketch was created after a woman was sexually assaulted in July 2009. (Calgary Police Service)
The Dec. 27 attack occurred at a business in the zero to 100 block of Saddletowne Circle N.E., where a female employee was sexually assaulted.

The July 14 attack was on a woman walking on Saddleridge Drive N.E. at about 12:45 a.m. She was grabbed from behind, thrown to the ground and sexually assaulted.

In both cases, the perpetrator is described as having brown skin, possibly of Southeast Asian descent, aged 20 to 30, with black hair. He was also described as well-dressed, tidy and having styled hair.

Winnipeg: Criminals Benjamin John Smith and Antonio David Codeco deported to the U.K. and Portugal

CBSA Deports Two Criminals from Winnipeg
Jan. 07, 2011 at 9:12 am CDT in News

Two individuals have been deported and permanently banned from returning to Canada after being convicted with various crimes in the country.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) deported Benjamin John Smith to the United Kingdom on December 29 and Antonio David Codeco to Portugal on Tuesday. Continue reading

Belgian sex criminal Eric Dejaeger assaulted Inuit children between 1978 and 1982

Canada child sex priest Eric Dejaeger held in Belgium
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | 6:48 PM CST
CBC News

Father Dejaeger, shown in a 1989 police photograph, served 18 months on separate child abuse charges

Belgian authorities are seeking to expel a Canadian priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children.

The Reverend Eric Dejaeger, a Belgian native, is wanted in Canada on warrants involving alleged crimes against Inuit children more than 30 years ago. Continue reading

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