Canadian Citizenship

A Canadian Passport Can't Save You From Being Wrongly Accused and Imprisoned

Amy Awad | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Amy Awad

Along with the widely-publicized sentencing of a Canadian journalist in Egypt, several other Canadians are currently being held abroad under dubious circumstances and critics say the Canadian government has repeatedly let them down. "Over the past decade a growing number of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have experienced serious human rights violations in other countries, while imprisoned by governments or held by armed groups," says Amnesty International on its website.

MP Defends Move To Widen Grounds To Strip Citizenship

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The public thinks it is "absolutely legitimate" to strip dual nationals of their Canadian citizenship if they commit acts of treason, terrori...

It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Given political goings-on it's no wonder people are checking out of the political world and channelling their energies elsewhere. But imagine if, in the same way we celebrate volunteers, we celebrated people who take the time to be political.

Munira Ravji: Celebrating Canadian Citizenship Beyond Canada Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Munira Ravji is an independent strategic consultant and project manager with a focus on diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and leadership. A se...

Canada Should Strip Terrorists of Citizenship

Tahir Gora | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Should Canada not worry about acts of terrorism by Canadians occurring in different parts of the world, or hostile sentiments against Canadian armed forces? In the recent case of three Canadians found involved, and two dead, in a gas plant attack in Algeria last January, Canadian passports were used by the culprits to facilitate their free mobility across the globe. MP Devinder Shory's Bill C-425 proposes to strip the citizenship of those Canadians of dual citizenship who engage in acts of war against the Canadian Forces. In the wake of Canadians being involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Bulgaria, Algeria, Syria and elsewhere, we should act now.

As an Immigrant, Stompin' Tom Connors Made Me Feel Canadian

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Music
Samuel Getachew

When I first moved to Canada from Ethiopia via Zambia I was confused and frustrated about my adopted country. I felt lost. Then I discovered Stompin' Tom Connors by accident. Through his music, I learned about Canada and its wonderful and unique Canadian talent. I spent hours listening to the music of Connors and studied the lyrics up close. They touched me and encouraged me to be familiar with the country that I intended to spend my lifetime in. His music became one of many milestones in my life. He made me feel Canadian.

Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children. After living in Canada for several years their refugee claim failed and Benhmuda's assertions that he would be tortured in Libya were dismissed. In 2008 the family was deported. Upon arrival in Libya, Adel was arrested and tortured. What I would like Minister Kenney to do is stand up in the House of Commons, admit that his beloved asylum system made a grave error and most importantly, apologize to the Benhmudas for what their family was forced to go through.

WATCH: American Attempts To Move To Canada After Obama Win

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Politics

One American who vowed to move to Canada after the U.S. election tried to make good on the promise, a (totally satirical) video shows. In a YouTube...

Canada's First Black MP Leaves an Important Legacy

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Our country now mourns the passing of a great Canadian hero, Lincoln Macauley Alexander. He died on Friday October 19th, 2012 at the age of 90. Reading the many tributes to this outstanding Canadian makes it clear that Alexander's exemplary life was lived as an emphatic declaration that blackness and Canadianness can seamlessly exist in synergetic harmony, and that there is a black experience that is inextricably and simultaneously a Canadian experience. Indeed the passing of this legendary black Canadian should encourage us all to live lives that would leave us similarly criticized for our expressed concerns for the lot of the average Canadian, black and otherwise.

The Black Canadian Activist Who Was Never a Citizen

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Canada has lost one of its fiercest, most uncompromising, contentious and passionate pursuers of justice and equality, Mr. Charles Roach. On October 2, Roach passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Of all his pursuits for a fairer and more just society, however, the most controversial of Roach's advocacy efforts was his push, since 1988, to get a Canadian court to recognize that it is a violation of individuals' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience to require prospective Canadians to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

New Language Rules Coming Soon

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Would-be Canadians will be required to submit tangible proof of how well they speak English or French beginning this November.The new require...

Feds To Strip Citizenship From Thousands Over Fraud

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government reprised a familiar get-tough message for immigration cheats Monday, promising to revoke the status of more than 3,100...

An Africentric School Will Teach the Community Too

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

There are many misconceptions about black Canadians and where they "belong." For this reason, I am a strong supporter of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) decision to open an Africentric high school for this coming September. What better institution than our public schools to dispel the widely held misconceptions that black people are inherently violent, criminal, loud, aggressive, hyper-sexed, unintelligent and lazy?

By Taking Away Refugee Benefits, Canada Is Taking Away Its Traditions

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Just over a decade ago, the UN declared June 20th as World Refugee Day. But in Canada today, we are losing our noble traditions of welcoming refugees and giving them full benefits. Thankfully, there are organizations like the Canada Centre for Victims of Torture that are trying to help out these immigrants in any way they can.

Just Because You Got Captured, Doesn't Mean You Should Get Paid

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

The UN Committee Against Torture and Terrorism is blaming Canada, and seeks compensation for three Muslim Canadians who were held and allegedly tortured in Syria. If you become a Canadian citizen from a country that does the sort of things Syria and Iran do, beware about visiting for weddings or holidays. If you take a chance, knowing full well what can happen, then it's your responsibility, not Canada's.

Canadian Citizenship -- What's the Queen Got to Do With It?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?

Meet Lawrence Connelly: A Canadian Taxpayer Who's Told He's Not a Canadian

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Lawrence Connelly was issued a DND birth certificate by the Canadian government when born in Germany. He now lives in Orillia, works in daycare, pays his taxes, and is married with two kids. But when he applied for a passport to go to Disney World in the U.S., the Passport Office told him they needed proof of citizenship, and that has birth certificate wasn't enough.

Oh Please! Lord Black is no Omar Khadr

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Like him or not, approve of him or not, despair of him or not, Conrad Black is as Canadian as maple syrup and a hockey stick, and neither a threat nor a danger to fellow Canadians -- unlike, say, Omar Khadr.

Leonard Austin Braithwaite is Dead. Do You Even Care?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

So why do so few Canadians know about this exceptional leader? Because he's black? Well, yes, that's part of it. The other important reasons have to do with how little we as Canadians collectively value, and promote, Canadian civic literacy, and embrace a citizenship that is duty-oriented.

Citizenship Denied Because Oath Was Lip-Synced?

CBC | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada Politics

A government official wrongly denied an immigrant his Canadian citizenship because he wrongly believed the man was mouthing the oath of c...

'Birth Tourism' In Tory Gunsights

CBC | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada Politics

The Harper government is considering changes to the citizenship rules to target so-called birth tourism — where a foreign national come...

Big Federal Contract Flags Questions

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - It should be a good-news story: an Ontario manufacturer beats out a dozen factories in China in a competition to produc...

The Lost Canadians

Don Chapman | Posted 07.26.2011 | Canada
Don Chapman

It matters not that a person was born in Canada, or grew up, married, had a family, voted and paid taxes. According to the Harper government, such a person might still not really be Canadian.