Posts Tagged ‘Arshad Muhammad’
- Here here. “…. Having to battle through reviews, appeals and a drawn-out fight for better benefits, while waiting for the Conservative government to make good on its promises to take better care of wounded veterans, adds insult to injury for wounded soldiers ….”
- Afghanistan (One hopes) the LAST “Canadians and their hockey” story from Afghanistan. “Oblivious to warning sirens and the dull thuds of possible mortar fire, Canadian troops battle it out for a tinfoil cup at their last hockey tournament under the sweltering Afghan sun. With the temperature sizzling above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), soldiers cheered on Task Force Freedom 2, mostly helicopter pilots and techs, as they thrashed Task Force Silver Dart 5-0 in the final of the five-a-side contest. Organised at the “Boardwalk” — a huge quadrangle of shops and restaurants on the sprawling Kandahar Airfield — it was a much milder form of the Canadian national sport than the version contested on ice. But with red rubber balls instead of pucks, it was enough to give them a fix of the sport that helped many of them cope with the psychological stresses of fighting a nine-year Taliban insurgency on one of its most potent battlefields …. “
- QMI columnist Peter Worthington highlights military poochies.
- Yet another illegal immigrant war criminal nabbed, this time in southern Ontario. “…. Arshad Muhammad from Pakistan, whose last known address was Montreal, is now in custody, the agency said. He was arrested Saturday in Mississauga, Ont., after a member of Peel Regional Police spotted him in a store. Muhammad’s last known address was Montreal but the federal government lost track of him after he was deemed inadmissible to Canada in 2001 ….” More here (Postmedia News) and here (United Press International).
- Meanwhile, “A Quebec immigration lawyer is criticizing the Canadian government’s recent release of photos of 30 suspected war criminals. The photographs are displayed on a government website along with the last known places of residence of each of the 30 people. Lawyer Dan Bohbot said it undermines the idea that people in Canada are presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said the federal Immigration Act shouldn’t allow individuals to be labeled without being charged. “It’s a problem because it means that really the Immigration Act makes it very easy for the government to label individuals and make them inadmissible in Canada. So really, you have a situation where a lot of people are found inadmissible or excluded from defintion of refugees,” said Bohbot ….”
- “One of Canada’s most respected assets – our passport – is under siege, with more than 1,000 stolen across the country every month on average, Passport Canada has revealed. The surprising disclosure was made in the agency’s latest annual report, which says 13,077 passports were stolen in fiscal 2009-10. By comparison, only 631 were swiped overseas. Another 47,704 passports were reported lost in Canada ….”
- Uh, not that there’s anything wrong with that? “Ottawa’s Bytown Museum is igniting controversy over claims that renowned soldier-poet Lt.-Col. John McCrae was homosexual, and wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields in mourning for a boyfriend killed in the First World War. Francesco Corsaro, Bytown’s director of development, said in an interview he knew of multiple, credible sources indicating the famed poet was gay. “There are some people who believe that he was,” said Corsaro. Yet the only historian who is named by Corsaro as a source disputes the same-sex story. And several museums directors and researchers questioned the claim, including the Canadian War Museum that displays McCrae’s service pistol in its collection ….”
- “Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon–Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today up to $50,000 in federal government support for a project in Batoche, Saskatchewan to honour Métis Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice …. The Government of Canada is providing funding of up to $50,000 to the Gabriel Dumont Institute to commemorate all Métis who served and those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and the South African War. The new memorial will include eight granite slabs, etched with 3,600 names of Métis Veterans. The entrance of the memorial will have carvings of images that are significant to the Métis and also symbolic to service men and women ….”