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Erin Simpson – ‘I’m hoping they hear my voice’: 14-year-old Afghan boy renews plea for help from Canada

March 28th, 2022|Tags: |

A 14-year-old boy from Afghanistan is renewing his desperate plea made to the Canadian government last year as his family awaits further instruction regarding their immigration application. Last August, as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the boy, who CTV News Toronto is not identifying ...

Jacqueline Swaisland – Repatriating Afghan Refugees in the Midst of Catastrophe

March 4th, 2022|Tags: |

The 9/11 attacks in the United States in September 2001 thrust Afghanistan to the forefront of what was declared to be the ‘war against terrorism’. The country was already languishing for more than two decades of conflict arising from the Soviet-Afghan War that forced millions of Afghans to seek refuge in ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Sarina Faizy was overjoyed when Canada evacuated her family from Afghanistan. Now she fears her father may be deported.

February 10th, 2022|Tags: |

Sarina Faizy breathed a massive sigh of relief when her family was evacuated from Afghanistan almost six months ago after urging the Canadian government to help. But now she's confused and afraid because her father, who has been housed in a Toronto hotel since August, ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Afghan athletes who thought they were headed for Canada plead with Ottawa: ‘Don’t break our hearts’

February 7th, 2022|Tags: |

A star of Afghanistan's national women's basketball team thought she would be in Canada by now, building a new life with her family after they were forced to flee their old one. Instead, they're stuck living in a northern Albania hotel, mired in uncertainty. Dozens of ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Owner of Kabul law firm that worked for Canadian Embassy pleads for help for employees left behind

December 14th, 2021|Tags: |

Saeeq Shajjan's law firm in Kabul spent the past eight years working as the local legal team for the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan. But with about two dozen of his employees still stuck in the Taliban-held country, Shajjan said the Canadian government is now ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen & Rachel Bryce – Climate migration is already happening – Canada must lead in developing a coherent response

November 11th, 2021|Tags: |

Representatives from much of the world gathered in Glasgow to discuss how to respond to the existential impacts of climate change. COP26 brought with it a heightened sense of urgency and the destructive effects of climate change can no longer be ignored, even for the ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – « J’ai pu fuir, mais je recommence tout à zéro » : une juge afghane en exil se confie

November 6th, 2021|Tags: |

Tayeba Parsa fait partie des rares femmes juges à avoir réussi à quitter Kaboul après l’arrivée des talibans. Elle vit depuis en Europe de l’Est, ignorant ce que l’avenir lui réserve. Dans un témoignage exclusif, elle replonge dans les souvenirs de son périple mouvementé et ...

Erin Simpson – “I defied the Taliban, and now my family is in grave danger”

August 16th, 2021|Tags: |

On the morning they left, my elderly parents, older brother, sister-in-law, nephews and niece all watched as their neighbours packed up cars filled with clothes, food and water. Women frantically urged their children into waiting cars, their faces veiled and bodies engulfed by sky-blue burkas...

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Recent Decisions

February 5th, 2024|Tags: |

Abdallah Elnour El Senoussi c. Canada (MCI) 2024 FC 74 In Abdallah Elnour El Senoussi c. Canada (MCI) Justice Pentney examined the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Applicant, a citizen of Chad, was granted refugee status in 2012 and secured permanent resident status in 2015. The ...

Recent Decisions

January 23rd, 2024|Tags: |

Gayle v. Canada (MCI) 2024 FC 29 In Gayle v. Canada (MCI) Justice Turley examined the Applicant’s Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) decision. The Applicant was a Jamaican national who entered Canada in 2019 to help care for her daughter. The child’s father was deceased. In ...

Recent Decisions

December 20th, 2023|Tags: |

Porosh v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1638 In Porosh v. Canada (MCI) Justice Go examined the Applicant’s Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) decision. The Applicant sought asylum on the basis of alleged danger due to a land disputed between his family and a family who was ...

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December 11th, 2023|Tags: |

Taji v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1587 In Taji v. Canada (MCI), Justice Norris examined the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Applicant was a citizen of Iran who had successfully claimed asylum in 2011 and obtained permanent residence in 2012. Shortly after obtaining permanent residence, the ...

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December 5th, 2023|Tags: |

Abkarovicova v. Canada (MPSEP) 2023 FC 1546 In Abkarovicova v. Canada (MPSEP), Justice Southcott examined the Applicants’ vacation decision. The principal applicant (PA) and her children were citizens of Slovakia. At the time of the original refugee determination, all three children were minors. The Applicants ...

Recent Decisions

November 28th, 2023|Tags: |

Canada (MPSEP) v. Ewen 2023 FCA 225 In Canada (MPSEP) v. Ewen, Justices de Montigny C.J., Goyette, and Heckman JJ.A. examined the Respondent’s rejected request for a deferral of removal. The Respondent had filed an application for leave of the negative decision, as well as ...

Recent Decisions

November 14th, 2023|Tags: |

Maan v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1434 In Maan v. Canada (MCI), Justice Rochester examined the Applicant’s Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) decision. The determinative issue for both the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) and the RAD was credibility. The Applicant had testified that she was released ...

Recent Decisions

October 27th, 2023|Tags: |

Edirimanna v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1339 In Edirimanna v. Canada (MCI) Justice Turley reviewed the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) had ceased his Convention refugee status on the grounds of reavailment. On judicial review, Justice Turley found that the RPD had ...

Recent Decisions

October 17th, 2023|Tags: |

Begum v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1317 In Begum v. Canada (MCI) Justice Elliott reviewed the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Applicant was a Pakistani citizen who was granted refugee protection in 2012 based on her Ahmadi Muslim faith. In 2014 and 2018 the Applicant applied ...

Recent Decisions

October 13th, 2023|Tags: |

Mason v. Canada (MCI) 2023 SCC 21 In Mason v. Canada (MCI), Justice Wagner C.J., Karakatsanis, Côté, Rowe, Martin, Kasirer, Jamal, and  O’Bonsawin J.J. explored the statutory interpretation of provisions under s.34(1)(e) of IRPA. Under this provision, permanent residents and foreign nationals are found inadmissible ...

Recent Decisions

September 25th, 2023|Tags: |

Anvar v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1194 In Anvar v. Canada (MCI), Justice Go examined the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Applicant was found to be a convention refugee in 2005 and resettled in Canada in 2006. In 2022, the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) had found ...

Recent Decisions

September 12th, 2023|Tags: |

St. Brice v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1139 In St. Brice v. Canada (MCI), Justice Régimbald reviewed the Applicant’s Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) decision. The Applicant was a 31-year-old bisexual man, with a cognitive impairment, who feared persecution in St. Lucia due to his sexual ...

Recent Decisions

August 30th, 2023|Tags: |

Ahmad v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1087 In Ahmad v. Canada (MCI), Justice Southcott examined the Applicant’s cessation decision. The Applicant was granted asylum in 2010 and permanent resident status in 2011. Since then, the Applicant was issued two Pakistani passports and travelled to said ...

Recent Decisions

August 22nd, 2023|Tags: |

Sharma v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 1034 In Sharma v. Canada (MCI),  Justice Aylen assessed the Applicant’s Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) decision. The Applicant originally sought asylum in Canada based on fear of persecution by a Hindu-nationalist paramilitary organization, the Rashtriya Sangh [RSS] and the ...

Recent Decisions

August 3rd, 2023|Tags: |

Li v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 957 In Li v. Canada (MCI) Justice Manson examined the Applicant’s Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) decision. The Applicant had originally entered Canada in 2016, along with his father, and sought asylum based on persecution by the Chinese authorities for ...

Recent Decisions

July 25th, 2023|Tags: |

Brzezinski v. Canada (MCI) 2023 FC 936 In Brzezinski v. Canada (MCI),  Justice Strickland examined the Applicants’ Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) refusal.  The Applicants had claimed refugee protection on grounds of feared persecution in Poland due to their Roma identity.  The RPD had rejected their ...