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It is unclear whether a Ontario Superior court will allow the Bennett family to seize Iran’s property in Canada but, for now, they remain frozen.

Ontario judge orders restraining order on Iran’s property in Canada

An Ontario judge has issued a restraining order against Iran’s property in Canada which included its Embassy in Ottawa, two former cultural centers and a diplomatic residence. Ontario Superior Court Justice Beth Allen temporarily froze the assets in response to a request filed by the family of an American, Marla Bennett, who was killed in…

Kenney announces foreign student citizenship fast track

“Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that he wants to admit more foreign students currently studying in Canada as permanent residents and potential citizens, though he also plans to maintain Canada’s overall immigration level at the same tally that’s been in place since 2007 — between 240,000 to 265,000 people,” according to a CBC report….

Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow is shown receiving the “Peace Pole” by members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Oct. 17, 2012

Richmond Hill Monument to include Farsi inscription

The Town of Richmond Hill will unveil a “Peace Pole” monument next week beside the Central Library at Major Mackenzie Drive, where it will permanently reside. The monument, representing the commitment the Town of Richmond Hill has made to peace in recent years, was presented to Mayor David Barrow by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club…

Discussion on Canada-Iran relations at University of Ottawa

The Iranian Law Student Society in collaboration with the Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) will host a panel discussion titled “Iran-Canada Relations: Canada’s Legal and Diplomatic Options in Dealing with Iran” at the University of Ottawa next week. Panelists include former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy, Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, and…

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird

Baird slams Iran’s human rights record at Quebec assembly

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird lashed out at Iran’s religious intolerance at the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union hosted in Quebec this week. Baird denounced Iran’s persecution of people of the Christian and Bahai faiths and criticized its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in front of 1,400 international parliamentarians to gain international support…

Lance Armstrong loses legacy

Lance Armstrong’s cycling legacy has been wiped off of the record books after the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the famed cyclist’s seven Tour de France titles along with his storied career are illegitimate. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said…

Vaughan subway extension delayed

The construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project – that will extend the Spadina subway line to the City of Vaughan – will be delayed one year. The extension was to be completed by December 2015 until TTC officials announced the delay last Monday. According to yorkregion.com, TTC representative Joanna Kervin told members of…

City strikes down hookah parlour licensing

The debate over licensing Toronto businesses that offer water pipe smoking has been struck down. “Toronto’s licensing and standards committee has struck down a city staff proposal to introduce a licensing system for water pipe establishments,” the CBC reported this week. A city staff report recommending licensing hookah bars in Toronto introduced regulations including “cleaning…

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar said Canada should not have closed its embassy in Tehran and instead should build diplomacy with as many countries as possible

Dewar seeks new direction for Canada’s foreign affairs policy

Canada’s foreign affairs policy needs a change of direction says Ottawa Center MP Paul Dewar. And it should be in the form of “robust diplomacy.” Dewar, the Opposition’s foreign affairs critic, addressed Canadian International Council (CIC) stakeholders on Canada’s role in the world last Wednesday. Being denied a seat at the East Asia Summit last…

MP Costas Menegakis Reminds Citizenship Applicants that New Language Rules Come Into Effect November 1, 2012

(Richmond Hill, Ontario) – Richmond Hill MP Costas Menegakis wants people to know that most citizenship applicants will soon be required to provide up-front objective evidence of their language ability at the time they apply beginning November 1, 2012. The change was recently announced by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Currently, Citizenship and…

Pharmacists Can Now Give Flu Shots, Renew Prescriptions

Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists including the publicly funded flu shot and getting their prescriptions renewed. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver this week at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy. In addition to giving the flu shot, pharmacists can now also: •…

Reports said about 500 people were rallied outside of Queen’s park on October 6 as part of an international day of action on the 11th anniversary of the war against Afghanistan.

Protesters oppose war against Iran

  Hundreds of protesters rallied around Queen’s Park last Saturday to oppose a looming war with Iran. A reported 800 Toronto protesters, many waving placards with the words “Don’t Attack Iran,” were part of a national campaign organized by the Canadian Peace Alliance, and local peace groups, as part of an international day of action….

First Nations chief to visit Iran

A former First Nations chief has received criticism in Canada after announcing that he plans to visit Iran in the coming weeks to discuss resource development and human rights. Manitoba’s former Roseau River First Nations chief Terrence Nelson, who said he will travel with a small group of First Nations delegates, told several media outlets…

The Iran Job receives rave reviews

A documentary film about the pursuit of a pro basketball career in Iran by American Kevin Sheppard will be making its theatrical debut in New York City this Saturday. The Iran Job, directed by Till Schauder, follows Sheppard as he tries to help his team, A.S. Shiraz, make the playoffs and subsequently become championship contenders….

Toronto ranked #3 city overall in Cities of Opportunity

London and New York finish in virtual tie for first place overall  TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ – Toronto finishes in third place in Cities of Opportunity 2012, dropping one place from last year in the fifth edition of a global study by PwC of 27 centres of finance, commerce and culture. Toronto ranks ahead…

SHURMAN: ONTARIO NEEDS ACTION TO CREATE JOBS, NOT NAVEL GAZING

QUEEN’S PARK – In the past nine years, the McGuinty Liberals have failed to implement action-oriented policies that would actually encourage job creation. Instead, they continue to drive away investments and businesses through reckless overspending and managerial incompetence, Ontario PC Finance Critic Peter Shurman said this week. “The McGuinty Liberals’ solution to their made-in-Ontario jobs…