THE CANADIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON REFUGEES

When the massacre of six men at a Quebec City mosque was commemorated In Parliament recently, the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, observed, “Our country has always welcomed those seeing freedom and better lives.” How wrong he was. Canadian history is replete with...

The “Accidental Immigrants”

The death on October 18, 2017 of Dr. Gregory Baum, one of the twentieth century’s leading Roman Catholic theologians, brings to mind the saga of Canada’s so-called “accidental immigrants.” These were the approximately 2,500 enemy aliens — for...

The Person’s case

It will probably come as a surprise to many Canadians that October 18 is Person’s Day, the day that commemorates an historic decision made on October 18, 1929. This was the ruling handed down by Canada’s then highest court of appeal — the Judicial...

Another Commemoration

This year, Canada celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth birthday. a century and a half as a nation based on immigration. There will, of course, be other public milestones marked this year, some of which will receive little recognition,but which, nevertheless,...

Refugee Rights day

Since refugees are commanding so much attention these days, it’s appropriate that Canada celebrates Refugee Rights Day annually on April 4. It marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s far-reaching 1985 Singh decision. This landmark decision takes its...

Canada’s Proposed Immigration Ban

Has Canada ever implemented or attempted to implement an immigration ban similar to US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order prohibiting the entry of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries? The answer, unfortunately, is “yes.” In 1911, steps...