This month, a delegation of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto members and lawyer Saron Gebresellassi visited the U.S.-Canada border at Lacolle, Que., with the goal of offering legal support for the mostly Haitian asylum-seekers at the crossing.According to BLM’s social media, they witnessed “whole families being detained and denied their Charter right to speak to legal counsel.”This mistreatment, of course, makes up only one small part of the broader injustice faced by migrants crossing from the United States into Canada. Indeed, many face increasingly virulent racism in Trump’s America, as well as arrest at the Canadian border.While most will be released after a brief period of detention, they are very likely to be removed at a later date; the rejection rate of Haitian refugees in 2017 was 90 per cent as of November.According to the Canadian government, 2017 was a record year for intercepted crossings on land borders. But what is too frequently ignored in these … [Read more...] about Do Black migrants lives matter at the U.S.-Canada border?
MONTREAL—Among the tens of thousands of flag-waving revellers expected to line the streets for Montreal’s Canada Day parade, there will be one man who remembers the year he almost marched alone. Roopnarine Singh, a Trinidad-born Montreal doctor, organized the first Canada Day parade in 1978 after being horrified there was no celebration to mark his adopted country’s birthday. The province had elected its first sovereigntist premier in René Lévesque, and few seemed enthusiastic to join an overt display of Canadian patriotism. Read more: Prince Charles, Camilla celebrate Canada 150 in Ottawa and Gatineau … [Read more...] about Founder of Montreal’s Canada Day parade reflects on how far it has come
The head of Google’s parent company contrasted divisive U.S. politics against Canada’s innovation and immigration-friendly policies Thursday, adding his company owes this country a favour — one the Prime Minister said he’d be sure to call in. Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt said during an onstage chat with Justin Trudeau in Toronto that his company is “enormously thankful to Canadians” for the country’s artificial intelligence innovations. “We now use it throughout our entire business and it’s a major driver of our corporate success,” he said at Google’s Go North conference. “So we owe you, right. And we remember.” Read more: Thales creates new artificial intelligence hub in Montreal Facebook follows Google, Microsoft to Montreal with new AI research lab … [Read more...] about Google parent chair says company owes Canada, worried about U.S.-Canada relations
WASHINGTON—A referendum in 10 days on the future of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula would violate international law, U.S. President Barack Obama declared on Thursday. Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country’s new government. “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law,” Obama said. “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Obama spoke hours after Crimean lawmakers set a March 16 date for a referendum on whether the region should become part of Russia. Russian forces began moving into Crimea about a week ago, despite warnings there would be costs for such actions. … [Read more...] about U.S., Canada and Europe reject March 16 Crimean referendum to join Russia
DETROIT—President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5-billion (U.S.) bridge between the U.S. city and Canada. Obama sent his $3.9-trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress on Tuesday, but it doesn’t include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza. The plaza is a vital part of the planned New International Trade Crossing to link Detroit and Windsor, Ont. … [Read more...] about No money in Obama’s budget plan to build customs plaza for U.S.-Canada bridge
OTTAWA—No one can predict if Canada will end up a winner, a loser or a mere bystander in the Trump administration’s drive to re-write cross-border trade rules to benefit American workers and industries. But Larry Rosen, head of one of Canada’s most successful retailers, will be watching warily as negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States launch formal talks Wednesday in Washington to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement. The CEO of Harry Rosen high-end men’s clothing isn’t afraid of the new e-commerce world. The Toronto retailer, with 18 stores, 1,000 employees and a flourishing in-store and online Canadian clientele, says business is good. But Rosen does fear what he calls “unfair” competition and warns of what lies ahead for many of Canada’s 45,000 storeowners if Ottawa caves to U.S. demands to allow up to $800 tax-free and duty-free online shopping—the cap now is set at $20 before customs rates apply. … [Read more...] about Here’s what to expect as crucial NAFTA talks between U.S., Canada and Mexico begin this week
The nation’s provinces and territories are ready with a new counterproposal to Ottawa’s controversial Canada Job Grant training program. Training Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid said Wednesday that there is still unified opposition across the country to the federal government’s scheme. “We’re on the verge of something that is bordering on an historic, united alliance across the country that remains absolutely solid despite very different, very diverse labour markets,” said Duguid. “We’ve put together a proposal that is blindingly reasonable and fair for Canadians, for businesses, for provinces and territories, and for the federal government,” he said. Duguid, who declined to discuss details until it is presented to federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney in coming days, said the provincial-territorial plan “fixes some of the weaknesses in the original, poorly thought-through proposal.” … [Read more...] about Provinces ready with counterproposal to Ottawa’s Canada Job Grant
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT.—The federal government’s new $900 million skills training scheme is getting the pink slip from Canada’s premiers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proposed Canada Job Grant was panned by the nation’s provincial and territorial leaders at the annual Council of the Federation meeting. “We are unanimous in wanting this program to be changed. We all agreed there would be damage to programs in our communities,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday. “A number of provinces say they do not believe it will work and will not take part,” she told reporters. Ottawa has clearly received the message. … [Read more...] about Premiers pan Ottawa’s Canada Job Grant
Refugee advocates are calling on Ottawa to immediately suspend a U.S.-Canada bilateral pact that bans refugees from crossing the border for asylum, arguing the United States is no longer safe for refugees. The Safe Third Country Agreement came into effect in 2004 to prevent refugees from making asylum claims in both countries, clogging up the system. It has significantly slashed the number of claims lodged on both sides of the border. “The U.S. was never safe for all refugees and is now even less safe,” said Janet Dench of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Withdrawing from the agreement would mean all asylum seekers currently in the U.S. could access Canada’s refugee system without having to risk their lives by turning to human smugglers, she added. On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricts immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, halts all refugee admission for 120 days and bans all Syrian refugees indefinitely. … [Read more...] about Federal government urged to suspend refugee pact with U.S.
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA—On a day when protesters chanted in front of the White House and an American commando was killed in the first counterterrorism raid under the Trump administration, Nasser al Awlaki was once again mourning the death of grandchild he says was murdered by U.S. forces. Awlaki told the Toronto Star in a telephone interview from Sanaa, Yemen, that his 8-year-old granddaughter was shot in the neck and killed during a raid by American special forces early Sunday. In 2011, it was the death of his 16-year-old grandson, Abdurahman, an American citizen, who was killed in a U.S. drone attack that sparked controversy both in Sanaa and Washington. The children’s father was Anwar al Awalki, was a U.S.-born Yemeni ideologue, whose online videos inspired dozens of young Muslims to join armed jihad and encouraged plots in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He was killed in a separate 2011 U.S. strike, which former president Barack Obama personally approved. On … [Read more...] about Raid in Yemen leaves at least 14 militants, U.S. commando dead