Haroutunian: For Arab immigrants, a Canadian passport and a GCC job may no longer mix (4)

Canada’s labor market has weakened over the past year, leaning towards part-time-job creation and restraining income growth. (Courtesy: iStockPhoto)

Gone are the days when you could benefit from Canada and the Gulf at the same time.

Nima and her husband—a Jordanian couple with two children—arrived in Ontario last year with an unequivocal goal after staying nearly ten years in Qatar: To grab Canadian citizenship within three years and go back to the oil-rich Gulf region to stack up tax-free dollars. But now that Canada has stretched the time frame required to become a Canadian citizen to four years, in addition to obliging prospective citizens to commit to living in the country, Nima’s longtime dream seems to be evaporating.

“We really don’t know what to do; everything has been ruined,” Nima says, referring to the new, partially implemented law.

She tells that her husband, who is still working in Qatar, does not want to quit his job, fearing he won’t find a decent salary in Canada’s competitive job market. Her frustration deepens when she remembers that years back they could have chosen to immigrate to Sweden, yet they preferred Canada because of faster processing times.

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Not Exactly related “but”…:

#1 — Turkey’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood

#2 — Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

#3 — Turkish lira weakens to 8-month low of 2.29 against U.S. dollar

#4 — Turkey’s Erdogan Calls for No-Fly Zone in Syria (pay attention)

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Afternoon Update October 1st, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Canadians warned to ‘exercise caution’ in Hong Kong

Canadians are being warned to “exercise caution” and avoid large public demonstrations in Hong Kong.


#2 — CTV | Harper says decision on Iraq mission coming in ‘days’

The federal government will decide whether to send Canadian troops on a combat mission in Iraq “in the next few days,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday, as a deadline to renew the current advisory mission looms.


#3 — Globe | Conservatives overturn RCMP decision to abandon muskrat fur hats

A move by the Mounties to doff their fur hats in favour of more animal-friendly tuques has been overturned by the federal Conservatives.


#4 — Postmedia | RCMP took issue with ‘adversarial’ tone of Muslim groups’ counter-radicalization handbook

RCMP headquarters directed Mounties in Manitoba not to attend the unveiling this week of a counter-radicalization handbook by a group of national Islamic associations because of its “adversarial” tone, officials said Tuesday.


#5 — Sun | Crown wants Ottawa teen pimp to spend three years in an adult prison

OTTAWA – Crown prosecutors want a teen pimp to serve three more years in custody, but in an adult prison.



#6 — BBC | Hong Kong braced for huge National Day democracy protests

As Hong Kong braces for huge pro-democracy rallies, leader CY Leung has urged protesters to back electoral reforms set out by Beijing.


#7 — CNN | Search for suspected cop killer yields pipe bombs

(CNN) — Investigators found two fully functional pipe bombs and believe that a three-week manhunt may be taking a toll on suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday.


#8 — Fox | Decision to let cop killer Abu-Jamal give commencement speech ‘despicable,’ widow says

A Vermont college’s selection of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as commencement speaker is a “despicable” decision that should be reversed, his victim’s widow told FoxNews.com.


#9 — DM | Ebola victim was originally SENT HOME from hospital with antibiotics before the deadly virus was diagnosed

A Dallas hospital gave a man antibiotics and sent him home – only for him to be admitted two days later, it has been reported. Federal health officials later confirmed he has the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.


WT | After first Ebola case, red flags emerge that U.S. unprepared for pandemic

#10 — WT | Navy sailors mistrust leaders, 90 percent see admirals as ‘risk averse’

Navy sailors harbor “widespread mistrust” in the admirals who command them, complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes, says a survey of the fleet.


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Kirkup: Ukip defections – the only question being asked in Birmingham is ‘who’s next?’ (10)

The law of diminishing returns applies in politics as well as economics. Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip stunned the Tories. Mark Reckless startled them, but only briefly. Richard Barnes (a former member of the London Assembly, as if you didn’t know) merits a philosophical shrug. When his name started doing the rounds of parties and bars in Birmingham last night, the general feeling was of mild relief that “the next one” was not someone famous or significant.

Still, that’s a telling reaction. For all that the Reckless move has had the slightly surprising effect of unifying the Conservatives in their determination to see off the Ukip threat, anxiety still lurks not far beneath the surface.

One worry is the Reckless by-election. Most Tories are confident of victory. But having thrown the kitchen sink at Mr Reckless and stated a clear intention to crush him, the party had better deliver, or face looking very weak indeed. Some senior Tories have another concern about the attempt to crucify Mr Reckless as a worthless traitor. Yes, it might well serve to encourager les autres, but what message will be sent to those former Tories who support Mr Reckless and Ukip? “We have to be careful not to insult them. We have to tell them that we understand their concerns, not that we think they’re idiots,” says one Cabinet minister.


See Also:

#1 — George Osborne didn’t have a rabbit in his hat. Instead, he had a piranha

#2 — Ukip’s ghost is haunting this conference

#3 — ‘UKIP defectors are the sort of people who have sex with vacuum cleaners’

#4 — Scotland is finally ready for a Tory revival

#5 — Economic Eeyores in Europe

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Why party conference speeches don’t matter very much

#7 — Tomorrow, David Cameron has to stamp out Ukip’s bonfire – once and for all

#8 — France unveils budget, ignores agreed EU deadlines

#9 — French debt tops symbolic level of 2 trillion euros

#10 — Mario Draghi to push ECB to buy Greek, Cypriot ‘junk’ loans: FT

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GAI: Obama Skipped Over Half His Daily Intel Briefs

In the fallout over President Barack Obama blaming the intelligence community for the rise of the Islamic State, a new report has surfaced showing that he attended less than half of his daily intel briefings.

The Government Accountability Institute, an investigative research organization, said the president went to only 42.1 percent of his intelligence meetings, known as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB, in the 2,079 days of his presidency through Monday, according to Breitbart.

The GAI report also revealed during his first term he attended 42.4 percent of the briefings, while Obama has even reduced that number in his second term, with just a 41.3 percent attendance record.

During an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, the president claimed that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had failed to warn the Obama administration that the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, was gaining a strong foothold in Iraq and Syria.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” he said.


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Hanson: Iraq Was Then, Syria Is Now

The Iraq War lies now mostly in the realm of myth. We have forgotten exactly how we got both into and out of the war.

The October 2002 joint congressional authorization to go to war was not just about fears of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Other worries prompted broad bipartisan support for the resolution. A majority of Democratic senators (as evidenced by their passionate speeches from the Senate floor) cited many of the resolution’s 23 writs. The latter were mostly concerned with things other than WMD: harboring terrorists, offering bounties for suicide bombers, giving refuge to at least one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing suspects, committing genocide, attempting to kill a former U.S. president, and so on. Hillary Clinton should watch her own 2002 speech from the Senate floor.

George W. Bush was the third consecutive U.S. president to have bombed Iraq. By 2001, the first Iraq war was seen as incomplete, in that a genocidal Saddam Hussein was not only still in power, but also had broken most of the accords signed after his 1991 defeat. The no-fly zones were eroding. That is why Bill Clinton bombed Iraq in 1998 and supposedly blew up lots of things and killed lots of Iraqis (Operation Desert Fox). Earlier that year he had signed the Iraq Liberation Act, which had passed unanimously in the Senate and overwhelmingly in the House. And still earlier he had famously summed up his administration’s fears:


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MacDonald: NDP playing a dangerous game of chicken over ISIS

NDP should beware.

In demanding a vote following a debate in the House of Commons on whether Canada should join the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, leader Tom Mulcair has inadvertently put the spotlight clearly on his judgment.

It’s one thing for Mulcair to ask for details of how many Canadian soldiers have deployed as advisers to Iraq, and for how long. That’s his job as Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. It would be quite another for the NDP to vote against Canada joining the air campaign against ISIS.

As for the Liberals, they’re playing possum, saying they won’t support an air deployment until the government divulges details of the mission.

The Conservatives should be so fortunate as to have both opposition parties vote against Canada joining its allies in a campaign that has been unanimously approved by the UN Security Council. That won’t happen, but the NDP might paint itself into a corner.


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Change coming in next House, so far 34 MPs not running for re-election

More than one-third of Alberta Conservative MPs and at least 21 Conservatives have so far either announced they won’t be running for re-election or have already resigned, but Tories deny they’re leaving because they could lose the next federal election and say it’s time to go.

About 10 per cent of the 308 MPs are not running again. As of last week, a total of 34 MPs from all parties had announced they won’t be running again and more are expected to make similar announcements in the coming weeks and months. The 33 MPs include 21 Conservatives, four NDP, four Liberals, one Bloc Québécois, and three Independents. A total of 22 MPs of 161 MPs represents 13 per cent of the Conservative national caucus.

In Alberta, where the Conservatives currently hold all but one of the 28 seats, six MPs are not seeking re-election and four have already resigned to pursue other job opportunities.

Government backbenchers are leaving for a variety of reasons, including personal, they can’t get into Cabinet, or they want to pursue other job opportunities.


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No visas for heads of Russian, Chinese space agencies to attend conference

TORONTO – Ottawa’s apparent refusal to grant visas to the most senior Russian and Chinese delegates at a prestigious international astronautical conference Monday blindsided the head of Canada’s space agency, who was left struggling to come up with an explanation.

The leaders of Russia’s and China’s space agencies were conspicuous by their absence at the opening plenary session, sparking questions from among the thousands of participants.

The questions initially landed in the lap of Berndt Feuerbacher, past president of the International Astronautical Federation, who was moderating the session featuring the heads of space agencies.

“They were foreseen to be here with us, they have been with us in the past, and they will be with us in the future,” Feuerbacher said.


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Simon: Liberals as Low Information Voters

For several years now we have heard much of the plague of “low information voters” — those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics.

But we may have a more significant problem. There are a number of people who are at least somewhat cognizant of quantum mechanics to whom the details of the issues of the day are just as unfamiliar — the modern liberal intelligentsia. I’m not talking about the punditocracy here, the Thomas Friedmans of the world, who are certainly aware of the issues (well, more or less) even if they evaluate them in peculiar ways. I’m talking about the workaday liberal, the well-educated professionals who are our friends, relatives and neighbors. They are, increasingly, low information voters, living in willful or perhaps willed blindness.


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York: Ugly Senate fight could await Obama’s attorney general nominee

President Obama has a pretty obvious deadline for nominating a successor to departing Attorney General Eric Holder. If Democrats lose control of the Senate in November, they’ll still run things until newly-elected members arrive in January. So just to be safe, if the president wants guaranteed confirmation of a new attorney general, he’ll need to pick one soon. That way, even if Republicans win the Senate, and even if Obama’s choice is unpopular with the GOP, lame-duck Democrats will still be able to steamroll the opposition and confirm a new Attorney General.

But it could be very, very ugly.

The White House claims there is ample precedent for a lame-duck nomination. In fact, it’s more complicated than that.

There hasn’t been an attorney general nominated and confirmed in a lame-duck session since before the Civil War. So there’s not much in the way of direct precedent, at least in the last 150 years.


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Morning Update October 1st, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Trudeau accepts Sun News Network apology

On Monday the Sun News Network apologized to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for a segment it says was in poor taste.


#2 — CTV | Magnotta trial to continue with more crime-scene exhibits

MONTREAL — Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial continues today with more testimony and exhibits from a Montreal crime-scene technician.


#3 — Globe | Farmland prices holding steady despite falling crop values

The value of agricultural land across Canada is generally holding up despite falling crop prices, regional flooding and a long winter that kept buyers at bay, a new report shows.


#4 — Postmedia | Senators’ ‘optional’ travel plunges after Wallin audit

Senators have slashed their optional travel spending by more than half in the year since an audit criticizing Sen. Pamela Wallin’s travel habits was released, new spending figures show.


#5 — Sun | Mom gets life in prison for not protecting daughter from friend who killed her

WELLAND, Ont. – Marissa Whalen’s tiny face was so black and blue with bruises that she couldn’t be seen in public.

Her mother did nothing to protect her.



#6 — BBC | Islamic State ‘adapting to US-led air strikes’

Nearly two months on since the US began air strikes against Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq, there are signs that the militants are adapting to the new reality.


#7 — CNS | Netanyahu: Militant Islam Aims to ‘Dominate World;’ State Dept.: ‘No’ It Doesn’t

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration does not share Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s view that the forces of militant Islam, whether Sunni or Shi’ite, have in common an ultimate goal “to dominate the world,” a State Department spokeswoman said Monday.


Arutz Sheva | Netanyahu at UN: ‘ISIS is Hamas, Hamas is ISIS’

Commentator | ISIS, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and Western delusions

#8 — Fox | Secret Service head in hot seat after White House breach details revealed

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face questions about how an armed intruder jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room when she testifies before a House committee on Tuesday.


#9 — DM | Did life on Earth come from outer space?

Astronomers have found an unusual carbon-based molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth that could hint at the origins of life.


#10 — WT | U.S. intel disputes Obama claim on Islamic State

U.S. policy leaders, including President Obama, were repeatedly warned for more than a year by the U.S. intelligence community that the Islamic State terror group was gaining significant strength in Syria and was on the verge of seizing territory deep inside Iraq, where the military was struggling to respond.


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