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Brit blames job loss on Canada Post for ‘destroyed’ work visa...

A British citizen working in Canada says he spent $25 shipping his visa renewal documents in a cardboard envelope using guaranteed Xpress Post, and he never imagined there would be any problem. Chris Smith, 33, has worked for the past year as a communications co-ordinator for a hydro construction company and was requesting an extension to his Canadian temporary work visa.…

Quebec has received 96% of asylum seekers making illegal crossings so...

Almost 96 per cent of asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Canada so far in 2018 have done so through the Quebec border. The RCMP's latest figures indicate 7,612 people entered the country outside official ports of entry during the first four months of 2018. More than 7,300 of them have crossed the Canada-U.S. border into Quebec, while…

Conservatives grill Goodale about Canadian ISIS fighter shortly before he recants...

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has refused to provide details on the status of a Canadian former ISIS fighter who made an apparent confession to an execution-style killing in Syria, saying police and security officials are taking all necessary steps to "keep Canadians safe." Goodale fielded questions from the Conservatives in the House of Commons Friday about…

Lethbridge police chief says as an Indigenous man, racist tirade hits...

Lethbridge police chief Rob Davis says video of a racist rant captured in a diner in his city last month hit close to home. The video, which was recorded at a Lethbridge, Alta., Denny's on April 21, shows a woman swearing at a group of four men, telling them to go back to their countries, accusing…

‘It’s beautiful support; it’s amazing’: Target of racist rant at Denny’s...

One of the men subjected to a racist rant in a southern Alberta restaurant last month says Canadians have overwhelmed him with kindness after a video of the incident went viral this week. "It's beautiful support; it's amazing," Monir Omerzai told CBC News. "It's amazing how there are so many good people out there. I am…

Syrian tradesmen ready to hit job sites in Saint John

Holding a cordless drill/driver over his head, Mohammad Alkhoraki puts long screws into a line of two-by-four uprights on a garden shed under construction in the shop at Saint John's Habitat for Humanity ReStore. "Now I feel I am able to work either in carpentry or in my original field, plumbing," said Alkhoraki. "I have more options in terms of…

Trudeau to offer formal apology in Commons for fate of Jewish...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver another official apology in the House of Commons, this time over the fate of the MS St. Louis. "When Canada denied asylum to the 907 German Jews on board the MS St. Louis, we failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community," Trudeau said in a…

Asylum seekers don’t get ‘free ticket,’ Goodale says

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is once again trying to reassure Canadians about the security of the country's borders, saying crossing into the country outside an official port of entry does not give asylum seekers a "free ticket." "All Canadian laws are and will continue to be enforced, and all our international obligations are and…

‘Ferocious’ CBC Vancouver leader Liz Hughes dies at 67

A long-time CBC leader described by co-workers as a "formidable force" behind the scenes within the public broadcaster has died. Liz Hughes, 67, died of complications due to breast cancer surrounded by loved ones — including her husband Doug Rushton, children Lauren, 35, and Sam, 29, on Friday afternoon in the palliative care unit at Lions Gate Hospital in North…

Tories attack plan for temporary housing at Quebec border crossing

The federal government is planning to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at a Quebec border crossing that has seen an influx of asylum seekers. The move comes just as tens of thousands of Hondurans have lost their temporary protected immigration status in the United States. There are concerns some of them they…

In a province ‘that exists because of refugees,’ a glimpse of...

Resurgo Place's newest exhibit, Canada: Day 1, is filled with photos, mementos, art and personal stories from people who immigrated to Canada and New Brunswick to start new lives. James Upham, heritage development officer at the museum, said it's an interesting collection of items, and also an  important one. "Every day, whether we think of…

Canada ready to ‘have a conversation’ on changing Safe Third Country...

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it is reviewing a proposal to amend a border pact to manage asylum seekers, but Canada's immigration minister insists no formal talks on the topic are happening right now. "DHS is currently reviewing the proposal made by Canada to amend the Safe Third Country Agreement, but we have…

Influx of asylum seekers reignites calls for changes to U.S. border...

As authorities contend with another influx of asylum seekers, a prominent Quebec lawyer is renewing calls for the federal government to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, a pact between Canada and the U.S. which governs where people can make asylum claims on either side of the border. "The federal government needs to intervene. I think it's…

Whistler, B.C., group fights to bring Syrian man stranded in Malaysian...

A group of Canadians has sent an urgent request to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen asking him to help a Syrian man who has been stuck in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur airport for 50 days. Hassan Al Kontar, 36, has been living in the transit section of the airport since he was turned away from a Turkish…

Fringe internet culture can’t stay in the fringes

Combine powerful online echo chambers, the perceived decline of the white male, a surge in online troll culture and groups of angry and alienated men, and you have a powerful cocktail for dangerous radicalization. As of yet, we don't have proof that these conditions led to the horrific van attack in Toronto that left 10…

Canada could take in more refugees, says UN agency representative

Jean-Nicolas Beuze of the UN Refugee Agency says while he doesn't know what the number should be, he believes Canada should be accepting more than 10,000 refugees each year. "When you see that Canada needs 310,000 newcomers every year, to only have 10,000 them drawn from the refugee pool begs some questions," said Beuze, the agency's representative in…

Frye Fest author discusses disease, child labour, war with 10-year-olds

Refugee camps, child labour and leprosy probably aren't the topics most of us talk to 8, 9 and 10-year-olds about, but those are exactly the stories children's author Deborah Ellis shared when she visited schools in Riverview and Moncton this week. Ellis is one of several authors taking part in the Frye Festival's Writers in the Schools program.…

Conservatives demand Liberals act to halt illegal border crossings

Conservative MPs are urging the federal government to take "immediate action" to halt illegal border crossings, describing the flow of asylum seekers from the United States as a "crisis without a plan." Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel tabled a motion in the House of Commons on Tuesday calling on the Trudeau government to come up with a strategy…

CBC New Brunswick wins 5 RTDNA awards

CBC New Brunswick has earned five awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for an in-depth regional series, in-depth and investigative reporting, innovation, diversity and a radio feature.  Each year, the association honours the best in Canadian journalism with awards for each region. The awards ceremony for the eastern region took place in Halifax on…

‘We all want peace’: Tima Kurdi speaks in Moncton

EDITOR'S NOTE (GRAPHIC WARNING): This story contains a graphic photograph of a young boy who died, an image some viewers may find disturbing. It is at the bottom of the story, after the last paragraph. We want to give readers the option to not scroll down and to click away from the story if they don't want…

Canadian man imprisoned for 11 years in Ethiopia returns to Toronto

A Canadian citizen imprisoned in Ethiopia for more than 11 years has returned to Toronto after a gruelling campaign by his family and an international human rights groups to free him.  Bashir Makhtal was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after he was arrested by Ethiopian authorities for his alleged involvement in an independence movement. Amnesty…

‘Fear and division’: Trudeau rips Conservatives in campaign-style speech to supporters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took sharp aim at his chief electoral opponent today, casting Andrew Scheer as a divisive force in a campaign-style speech to fire up his troops. Addressing about 3,000 delegates at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax, Trudeau seized on the Conservative leader's characterization as "Stephen Harper with a smile." "It may be…

Engineer fled war and racism to find community in Canada

In partnership with Mount Royal University's Bachelor of Communication-Journalism program and the Calgary Journal, CBC Calgary is publishing a series profiling some of the immigrants and refugees who moved here and how they're helping shape our city.  Since it gained independence from Belgium in 1962, Burundi has been a place of unrest. Ethnic divisions between the Hutus and Tutsis resulted in a hostile atmosphere…

‘My father, this giant’: Son, daughter of mosque shooting victim honour...

Dinners in the Belkacemi household, once filled with laughter, have become heavy and disheartening since Khaled Belkacemi left home to attend Sunday prayers on Jan. 29, 2017, never to return, says the slain man's family. Belkacemi's two adult children and his widow told a Quebec City courtroom on Wednesday their loss has also left an unmeasurable void for the country in which…

Missing family a ‘shadow that hangs over every day’

Two years after the federal government met its target to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada, hundreds of newcomers are putting down roots in New Brunswick: getting married, welcoming newborns, getting jobs and going to university. But with each milestone comes a renewed sense of grief for parents, siblings and loved ones left behind. Two…
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