Undocumented immigrant in Canada gets good news

Immigration   is now a hot topic in major news media in the United States and various politicians and commentators are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s stringent laws with respect to the deportation of all undocumented immigrants in that country, totaling nearly 13 million. Is this a humanitarian way of dealing with the undocumented?  This […]

‘Mr. Minister, you have walked the walk’

‘Mr. Minister, you have walked the walk’

An open letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Dear  Minister Hussen, Let me congratulate you on your appointment as Minster of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. As I am sure you are aware, your appointment has been greeted with elation in many communities across Canada. In your own Somalian community in Toronto, there […]

Former refugee now minister of refugees

Former refugee now minister of refugees

Ahmed Hussen, the first Somali-Canadian elected to the House of Commons and MP for the  Toronto riding of York South-Weston, replaced  John McCallum as minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in a cabinet shakeup  on Tuesday. McCallum, a former bank economist, leaves a 16-year political career as the MP for Markham-Thornhill to become Canada’s ambassador […]

Jamaica-born British couple allowed to apply for permanent resident status from within Canada

Alan and Alice – not their real names – are a Jamaica-born British couple who traveled from their home in   the United Kingdom to Canada from time to time to visit their daughter and her two Canadian-born children in Toronto. While these visits to Canada brought great joy to the couple, all too soon they […]

Widespread criminality in Guyana: Federal court judge

Immigration Matters A Chinese family fled their home in Guyana in 2015 and came to Canada  claiming  protection from criminals. Their claims were turned down by both Canada’s Refugee Protection Division  and the Refugee Appeal Division  which found that they were neither Convention refugees  nor persons in need of protection  in  Canada. But the story […]

Get your divorce papers before remarriage

Last week I received a letter from a woman who found herself in what appears to be a bigamous relationship  and would like to obtain permanent resident status in Canada through sponsorship. Her situation is not as uncommon as many of my readers may believe. I have  heard of several cases of married men from […]

The election of Trump: Thrusting us into a New World Disorder

By W. Andy Knight Someone on Social media posted that 9/11 was the worst day in America, and that the 2nd worst day was 11/9. On November 9, many of us woke up as though we had a hangover and as though we were kicked in the gut the night before. What we witnessed on […]

The gay refugee claimant

BY SUKHRAM RAMKISSOON A reader of this column phoned me the other day to discuss a problem which his gay friend is experiencing. He said his friend who lives in Trinidad is “harassed, beaten and discriminated against ” by people  ” back home.” The caller said  he remembered that about 30 years ago, thousands of […]

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