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Here are the new requirements for Canadian citizenship

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The new requirements for Canadian Citizenship have been in force since June 11, 2015.

One of the most important changes is the requirement that an individual must now be physically in Canada for four years over a six-year period. The old rule was physical presence in Canada for three years out of a four-year period.

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Canadian citizen asks court to declare him… Canadian citizen

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On Tuesday, May 26, Canadian citizen Deepan Budlakoti goes to court in an effort to be recognized as a Canadian citizen. Although he was born in Canada, the federal government, in a remarkably obtuse and obstinate campaign, has rendered him stateless and tried to shove him off to his ancestral India, where he has never lived and has no family.

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| March 9, 2015

The new Canada: A paradox of citizenship and belonging

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship

by Adrienne Clarkson
(House of Anansi,
2014;
$19.95)

I suspect many of us share Adrienne Clarkson's vision of what Canada is and should be: a place where everyone can belong.

Her latest book Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, based on the 2014 Massey Lectures she delivered on CBC Radio, offers plenty of philosophical and evidentiary reasons for promoting the admirable concept of shared citizenship.

Yet, somehow, I also suspect that many of us couldn't help wonder whether this grand vision she describes so convincingly is fading away into a past we are already beginning to lament.

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Three apartheid policies enforced by Israel today

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As previously discussed, apartheid refers to a system of discriminatory polices which divide a population along racial lines and give superior treatment to one race over another. The objective of these inhumane laws is to maintain the domination of one race. The system of apartheid implemented by Israel in the Palestinian territories is designed to oppress Palestinian Arabs and give preferential treatment to Israeli Jews. We will now explore the different apartheid policies enforced by Israel (Note: Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) refers to East Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967)

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Dominican Republic decision to strip Haitians of citizenship is inhumane

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A whirlwind of debate was recently created by a Dominican Republic ruling which, once implemented, will strip tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship and put them in a limbo of statelessness. This is being condemned as an extremely racist and inhumane action by human rights groups.

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Ted Cruz
| January 6, 2014
The F Word

One year after the hockey riot

July 1, 2012
| Race, class, gender, policing,and citizenship in the Vancouver hockey riot.
Length: 39:26

'Real' Citizenship Canada bureaucratic oath

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Canadian State Racism against Muslims
| December 13, 2011
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