National Newswatch

Bob Rae to urge Trudeau to maintain support for Rohingya

Nov 9 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Bob Rae, the Canadian government’s special envoy in Myanmar, says he will urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to maintain Canada’s support for the country’s displaced Rohingya Muslims – particularly the refugee children who have no access to education. Speaking to The Globe and Mail from Vietnam Thursday, Mr. Rae said Canadian aid money could help […]

Russia bans dozens of Canadians, refuses to name names

Nov 8 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Russia says it has blacklisted dozens of “Canadian political actors pursuing a toxic Russophobic agenda” in retaliation for Canada’s decision to sanction 30 Russian officials, but is refusing to say who is on that list. A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Ottawa confirmed on Tuesday that a “large number” of Canadians had been targeted, […]

Nearly 70 per cent of irregular border crossers who had cases reviewed granted refugee status

Oct 21 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Nearly 70 per cent of asylum claimants who entered Canada through unauthorized crossings and had their cases reviewed between March and September were granted refugee status, according to newly released government data, which are based on the small fraction of cases that have been processed. More than 15,100 people have crossed into Canada at unofficial […]

Canadian ambassador’s Myanmar security detail draws ire amid accusations of atrocities against Rohingya

Oct 6 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Human-rights groups are sounding the alarm over a diplomatic trip the Canadian ambassador to Myanmar took part in because security for the delegation was provided by a police force accused of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including sexually assaulting them and burning their villages. Earlier this week, Karen MacArthur, Canadian ambassador to Myanmar, joined 19 diplomats […]

Exit-visa issue prevents Canada from resettling Rohingya refugees: Hussen

Oct 4 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says Canada cannot currently resettle any of the half-million Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh over the past month because the country won’t issue the Muslim minority exit permits. Although the Liberal government has no immediate plans to establish a special resettlement program for the Rohingya, Mr. Hussen said Canada […]

Federal government works to clarify immigration policies for public

Sep 6 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government is laying the groundwork for an attempt to dissuade more diaspora groups in the United States from fleeing to Canada, replicating a recent outreach effort to dispel rumours that drew thousands of Haitian asylum seekers in recent months. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office said the Liberal government will target more communities in […]