Only 10 per cent of Haitians crossing illegally getting refugee status so

first_imgOTTAWA – The majority of asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Canada so far this year were Haitian and so far, only 10 per cent of their claims have been accepted, newly released data showed Wednesday.Since February, the Immigration and Refugee Board has received 14,467 claims in total from what they call irregular border crossers, and the overall acceptance rate sits at 60 per cent.The fact that the number of successful Haitian claims is “very low” should serve as a cautionary tale for those still contemplating crossing into Canada illegally from the U.S. to seek asylum, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.“Coming to Canada first of all has to be done through regular channels, and secondly the asylum system is only for people who are in genuine need of protection,” Hussen said.“It’s not for everyone.”People have been crossing into Canada between official checkpoints in increasing numbers since the start of the year, but the summer months saw a major surge after the U.S. government notified those who hold temporary protected status in that country that their status would be under review.Just under 60,000 Haitians are covered by the policy that protects against deportation. In the weeks after the Trump administration’s initial announcement, some began making the trek north to Canada to try and seek asylum here, propelled in part by misinformation online suggesting Canada has special programs for those affected by the policy.At one point in late July and early August, the number surged to upwards of 250 a day. The rate has since fallen dramatically, but fears it could spike again ramped up this week as the U.S. announced it is in fact ending the policy for Haitians, known as TPS, as of July 2019.“We’re continuing to plan ahead,” Hussen said Wednesday.That includes a meeting scheduled Thursday with federal and provincial officials overseeing the asylum issue at the border. Among other things, they’ll review the statistics from the IRB, which break down the claims by country of alleged persecution.Haiti is at the top with 6,304 claims in total. Only 298 have been finalized, 29 accepted. Next is Nigeria, with 1,911 claims overall, and after that is Turkey at 631.Those whose claims are rejected do have avenues of appeal, and if those fail, they face deportation.Hussen said he didn’t know how many border crossers were pursuing appeals, nor how many — if any — had been removed from Canada. He said people often choose to leave voluntarily, but didn’t know whether that was the case for any members of the summer cohort.After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Canada had temporarily paused deportation to the country. But Canada resumed deportations this year.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said she’s troubled by the fact that only a fraction of the claims received by the IRB have been heard. Of the over 14,000 they’ve received, they’ve only finalized 1,572.“The IRB is so backlogged, it will get out into the community — you can enter the country illegally, and not have your case heard for a significant period of time while still being able to access social support services,” Rempel said.“To me, the government is going to have to get on top of that quickly.”last_img read more

Halifax tech incubator Volta Labs triples in size touts track record

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax tech incubator is tripling in size to become what the province says will be one of Canada’s largest technology hubs.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced $2.25 million in funding Tuesday for Volta Labs over three years.“This funding will give more entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia the support they need to start great companies,” McNeil said. “It will also help our vibrant startup community continue to grow.”Volta’s space in a downtown office building is expanding to 60,000 square feet, from 20,000, allowing more space for startups, as well as an event space.Volta Labs, established in 2013, says more than 50 early stage companies have worked out of its Maritime Centre space, and 70 per cent of its companies are still in business.It says those companies have raised more than $50 million in equity funding and currently employ more than 290 full-time staff.Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs, said in a statement the money allows it “to be the place where high-potential founders come together, learn from each other, and build globally competitive companies.”“This investment will help us support entrepreneurs and create a home for the technology community in Halifax,” he said. “This is key to building Halifax’s innovation district.”Since launching in 2013, Volta has received more than $6 million in funding, including $3.1 million from the province and another $2.9 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.Volta offers various programs and support to resident startups, such as sales and marketing training, design resources and one-on-one sessions with in-house experts in finance, legal, public relations and other areas.The tech incubator also hosts retreats to help entrepreneurs “get away from it all to recharge and provide support to each other,” according to the website.last_img read more

Alberta adds jobs amid countrywide declines

first_imgJob creation is up in Alberta, while the numbers are down throughout the country.The mixed news on the jobs front came out Friday morning as Statistics Canada released August results.ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said it was a good report for the province.“It was a surprisingly strong number for Alberta (with) over 16 thousand new jobs,” said Hirsch.“It was one of the strongest single months we have seen in a long, long time.”He said though the numbers can rise and fall month-to-month, this continues a trend of the province adding jobs, especially over the past 12 months.Economist Trevor Tombe with the University of Calgary said the province set a new all-time high for positions in August, however, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 per cent.“Alberta’s population has also been growing; you want to look at what fraction of the population is employed,” Tombe said.Both said the job numbers prove the province is crawling, not running, towards a full recovery from the recession.Hirsch says another good sign is that jobs are coming from a wide range of sectors, which will make the province more stable going forward even if they are lower paying positions than the lucrative jobs handed out from the oil industry before prices crashed.The unemployment rate for Calgary climbed to 8.2 per cent, though Hirsch believes that mostly due to people moving to the city without first being employed.On the national level, Statistics Canada reported some surprise job losses last month.The Canadian economy lost 51,600 net jobs in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate from 5.8 to an even six per cent.Analysts had predicted the country would add 10,000 positions.But TD senior economist Brian DePratto notes that beneath the disappointing headline numbers there were some solid results.He points out there was an increase in full-time work — with the economy adding 40,400 permanent positions.The employment drop last month was caused by a loss of 92,000 part-time positions, with nearly all coming from the province of Ontario.last_img read more

UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar’s counsel said. The submission came after Joginder Singh, who is a witness and the complainant in the case, told the court that certain facts written in the statement given by him to the police relating to the case were false. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Singh was being cross-examined before District Judge Poonam A Bamba when he said that, contrary to his previous statement to the police, he did not run away from his house when some people came and looted his house during the riots. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh (Joginder’s cousin) in Sultanpuri. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Kumar is currently lodged in Tihar jail after conviction in another case related to the riots. Singh had said in 1985 that some people had entered his house and looted precious jewellery and money. He said he had run away from his house and did not recognise any of them. When the defense counsel pointed out that in his previous statement Singh had not named the accused or named any Surjit, the witness told the court, “I had named everyone. I had taken the name of Sajjan Kumar as one of the accused and given every detail about Surjit to the police. I don’t know if they had recorded it or not.” The advocate appearing for the former Congress leader however said, “Singh has been tutored. It was evident from the previous statement and today’s statement that Singh was giving a false statement.” Another witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar before the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. Kaur had told the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing a crowd in the national capital’s Sultanpuri area in 1984. “On November 1, 1984 when I stepped out to look for my goat, I saw accused Sajjan Kumar addressing the crowd and saying ‘hamari ma maar di, Sardaro ko maar do’ (They killed our mother, kill the Sikhs),” Kaur had told the court. She further said the next morning, her son and father were killed. Before Kaur, another key prosecution witness Sheela Kaur identified Kumar as one who had instigated a crowd in Sultanpuri. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court, which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings. The Delhi High Court had on December 17 last year convicted Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for “remainder of his natural life” in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.last_img read more

HUMMUS INDIAN WAY

first_imgIngredients Chickpeas (dried) 2 cups of Baking Soda 1 tsp Garlic 3-5 cloves Lemon Juice 10 ml Kosher Salt 1 tsp Tahini 30 gm For Kachumber Hummus Cucumber (chopped) ¼ cup Onion (chopped) ¼ cup Tomato (chopped) ¼ cup Lemon Juice 1 tsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASalt to taste Hummus 6 tbsp For Beetroot Hummus Roasted beetroot puree ¼ cup Hummus 6 tbsp Preparation Soak chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours, then drain and rinse them. Cook the chickpeas with 3-5 cloves of raw garlic. Peel the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the cooked beans, until no bubbles remain. Set the cooked cloves of garlic aside and peel the chickpeas. The skins should slide off quite easily when you gently “pinch” each bean. Discard the chickpea “skins” once finished. Make a chickpea puree by adding 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas and cooked garlic to the food processor, then seal it. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, and then slowly pour this mixture into the food processor until they are smooth. Add tahini and water. Let the food processor run for 4-5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth. For Kachumbar Hummus: Mix all the ingredients adjust the seasoning and mix with 4 tbsp of hummus. For Beetroot Hummus: Mix the puree in 4 tbsp of hummus and mix well. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

Three Moroccans Among the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

first_imgTaroudant – The Arabian Business Magazine listed three Moroccan women among the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women released in early March, 2014.One of the youngest names on the list, is Moroccan Maha Laziri, founder of Teach4Morocco, who ranked 17th.The magazine ranked Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatema Mernissi 42nd and the head of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Ismahane Elouafi 73rd. UAE’s first female minister, Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, tops the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.Moroccan women have always been listed on the rankings of highly educated and influential women in the world.According to the recent list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ conducted by Muslim-Science.com, Ismahane Elouafi, food safety champion, is among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category, being the only North African woman included in this ranking dominated by Pakistanis.Moroccan Hafida Torres Balalioui, Adviser at COPO, (Council of all People’s Organization), and a Board member of AMCN (American Moroccan Competencies Network) Organization, was among the 2013 ‘Extraordinary Women”.Last year, In honor of International Women’s Day, the Moroccan professor, Majida Bargach, who is interim director of the University of Virginia’s Center for International Studies, has also won the Extraordinary Achievement Award in Education.The world statistics show that women outnumber men all over the world, yet only few of them are recognized for the prominent role they play at every level and their contributions to the progress and well-being of their societies.The Middle East leading magazine ranked the Arab women according to the influential role they play in their societies and the impact they have in their field of work.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more