Following numerous reports of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings of men perceived to be gay or bisexual in the Muslim-majority Russian republic of Chechnya, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland issued the following statement on April 15, 2017:
As of January 29, 2017, Canada under Justin Trudeau’s government welcomed 40,081 Syrian refugees, of whom 21,876 are Government-Assisted Refugees, 14,274 Privately Sponsored Refugees and 3,931 Blended Visa Office-Referred Refugees.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, told the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration that his Ministry is seeking $4.4 million in 2017-18 to support the removal of the visa requirement for citizens of Mexico.
New statistics from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) show that more Mexican migrants were detained in Canada in the first two months of 2017 as opposed to all of 2016, the CBC reported. So far, 444 Mexicans were detained since the beginning of January, as opposed to 410 Mexicans who were detained last year.
Following a deadly shooting of six Muslim worshippers at a Quebec City mosque in late January, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), a registered Canadian charity which acts as an umbrella organization for immigrant and refugee-serving agencies in Ontario, issued a statement calling on the federal government to speak out against Islamophobia and racism.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced on March 15, 2017 contributions totaling $5.6 million “to support global resettlement initiatives” including welcoming more Syrian refugees.
Around 500 people participated on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in a demonstration held by the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia (OCAI) at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto. The protest was introduced by the organizers as a counter demonstration to a rally at the same time and place that was organized by The Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCCC) against the M-103 ...
Will it be too little, too late? While grateful that after ignoring the Yazidi genocide by ISIS that began in 2014, Canada is finally promising to bring 1200 of them to Canada by year’s end, no one in their leadership or otherwise was told or consulted, despite the critical role they should be playing in the process.
Toronto Metro, owned by Torstar, featured an interview with Bayan Khatib, a Muslim woman who came to Canada when she was seven. It was on the front page under the headline “Torontonians worried about effects of Trump’s travel ban. Many dual citizens have friends and families in the United States and are concerned about new regulations”