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FEDERAL COURT ORDERS SUSPENSION OF MAMADOU KONATE’S REMOVAL

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Montreal, 2 October 2022 — In a decision dated September 30, 2022, the Honourable Justice Gleeson of the Federal Court of Canada ordered a stay of the removal order against Mamadou KONATÉ, which was to have taken place on October 5 to the Ivory Coast. The request for a stay of execution was heard by video conference on 28 September. The stay ordered will run until a decision on the merits is made on the judicial review of CBSA’s decision to refuse to defer Mamadou’s removal, which could take approximately 8 to 12 months.
This is the third time that the Federal Court has ordered a stay of removal for Mamadou KONATÉ. We believe that it is then more than the time that IRCC and CBSA seize the opportunity to finally regularize Mamadou’s status in Canada. Mamadou has a new application for a temporary resident permit in process, it would allow him to obtain status in the country. He still has an application for a Ministerial Exemption in process since January 2021 which would allow him to lift the inadmissibility taken against him so that he can obtain permanent residence. A new Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application has also been filed, which would allow him to obtain protected person status. In short, there is a multitude of possibilities for the Canadian authorities to finally regularize Mamadou’s status in Canada.
Mamadou was able to mobilize the civil and political class as a whole and all decided to defend him. This support is more than significant: more than 41,000 people have signed a petition supporting him in his efforts, personalities from all walks of life have publicly supported him, not to mention the solidarity shown by hundreds of people throughout Quebec.
A guardian angel during the pandemic, he gave everything on the front lines during COVID-19 to help save lives. A hard worker, he only asks to continue his Canadian life in safety, with his family. The Government of Canada must finally answer the call of all and grant status to Mamadou. The evidence shows that he is at serious risk to his life in Côte d’Ivoire, it is more than time to protect him.

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Conservatives are ‘fearmongering’ over assault-style gun ban: public safety minister

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OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino accuses the Conservatives of “whipping up fear” that the Liberal government is outlawing ordinary long guns and hunting rifles.

In an interview, Mendicino says the government only wants to reinforce a regulatory ban on assault-style firearms like the AR-15 by enshrining a definition in legislation, and it is prepared to work with MPs to get it right.

He insists the government has no intention whatsoever of going after everyday long guns and hunting rifles, calling the notion “Conservative fearmongering.”

In May 2020, the Liberal government announced a ban through order-in-council on over 1,500 models and variants of what it considers assault-style firearms, such as the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14.

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The Liberals recently proposed including an evergreen definition of a prohibited assault-style firearm in gun-control legislation being studied by a House of Commons committee.

The Conservatives claim the government’s amendment amounts to the most significant hunting rifle ban in the history of Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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Joly seeks reprimand of Russian ambassador as embassy tweets against LGBTQ community

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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly has asked her department to summon Russia’s ambassador over social media postings against LGBTQ people.

In recent days, Russia’s embassy in Ottawa has posted on Twitter and Telegram that the West is imposing on Russia’s family values, and arguing that families can only involve a man, a woman and children.

The embassy has posted images of a crossed-out rainbow flag and Orthodox icons of Adam and Eve.

The tweets came as Russia expanded a ban on exposing children to so-called homosexual propaganda, meaning authorities can now prosecute Russians for doing things they argue might entice adults to be gay or transgender.

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Joly’s office says the posts amount to “hateful propaganda” that must be called out and “an attack on the Canadian values of acceptance and tolerance.”

If Global Affairs Canada follows Joly’s request, it will be the third time the department has summoned ambassador Oleg Stepanov this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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Work hard and never give up, Michelle O’Bonsawin says during Supreme Court welcome

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OTTAWA — The newest member of the Supreme Court of Canada says her journey has not been an easy one, but it has been meaningful and rewarding.

Members of the legal community and Michelle O’Bonsawin’s fellow judges welcomed her to the bench in a ceremony today.

O’Bonsawin, who replaced the retiring Michael Moldaver on Sept. 1, is a bilingual Franco-Ontarian and an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation.

O’Bonsawin says she is a big believer that if a person has a goal, works hard and never gives up, they can achieve their dreams.

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She adds that while she has made mistakes and fallen down, those missteps have been her teacher.

Richard Wagner, the chief justice of Canada, praises O’Bonsawin’s generosity and volunteer activities, noting she shares his passion for open courts, access to justice and education.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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