TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) – The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration’s immigration crackdown head north.
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY – Globe and Mail, Dec. 21, 2012
In the three years since Fahimeh Sinai and Peyman Rajabian left Iran for a new life in Montreal, they have accomplished a lot – earning graduate degrees, touring the Gaspé and obtaining provincially funded therapy for their toddler son. They applied for citizenship as soon as they were eligible.
But they applied from Calgary.
At the end of September, the couple crammed into their sedan with son and belongings to make the long drive west. They had neither jobs nor a place to live. But they were sure it was the right decision.
INGRID PERITZ, TU THANH HA AND ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
La Conception, Que., and Toronto
Sept. 6, 2010 – Globe and Mail
On Tuesday morning, as Quebec voters headed to the polls, Richard Henry Bain showed up at Claude David’s auto garage in Labelle, north of Montreal.
The two briefly discussed the election – Mr. Bain wanted to know where his polling station was – and then Mr. Bain said he was heading into Montreal to visit an ailing sister-in-law.
He mentioned no other plans. But when Mr. David said he wouldn’t be able to finish fixing the battery on Mr. Bain’s Jeep by Thursday, Mr. Bain said it didn’t matter. “It’s no rush.”
The next time Mr. David saw his neighbour, it was on the news.
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY, TU THANH HA, INGRID PERITZ
Sept. 5, 2012 – Globe and Mail
The man police say opened fire outside the Parti Québécois victory party at midnight, killing a technician and wounding another man, is a trained engineer with a fishing lodge near Mont-Tremblant, says one man who was shocked to see his friend Richard Henry Bain on TV early Wednesday morning.
“I can’t believe he would get to that point,” the man told The Globe and Mail. “He’s a businessman who’s very generous with his time. He’s not a man who needs money.”
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – Globe and Mail
KIM MACKRAEL AND ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
One person is dead after a gunman opened fire at the concert hall where Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois was delivering her victory speech.
Montreal police said a man in his 50s entered the rear of the Metropolis building around midnight. He fired at least one shot and injured two people. The suspect also lit a fire at the back of the building before he attempted to run away.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 – Globe and Mail
TU THANH HA AND ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
Montreal’s underworld is facing troubled times after its dominant Mafia family, already undermined by arrests and rivals, was struck yesterday by the targeted daylight killing of the eldest son of its godfather.
The gangland shooting of Nicolo Rizzuto Jr., 42, came as his father, Vito, is in a U.S. prison, the clan’s top leaders are also behind bars, and the 85-year-old family patriarch, Nicolo Sr., is living under tight probation restrictions.
In the three decades since they rose to power, the Rizzuto family had never been hit so closely within its secretive inner circle.