4.24.2009

breaking news: negative decision in hinzman appeal of h&c

We've just heard that the federal court has handed down a negative decision in Jeremy Hinzman's case. That is, the judge upheld the negative decision in the Hinzmans' Humanitarian & Compassionate application.

The bad news comes late on a Friday, as usual, locking us out of an immediate media response.

This is a real blow, even more so because the decision was rendered by the same judge who recently granted Kim Rivera leave to appeal, Justice James Russell.

At this time, we don't know what legal options remain for Jeremy and Nga. Our job is to get the word out and keep the pressure on.

Today, Jason Kenney was confronted by mothers and children at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. He was there for some government PR, but he got nailed about the case of a Korean woman who is facing deportation.
Minister agrees to review mother's deportation>

Mothers and children confront Jason Kenney at Sick Kids media conference

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney agreed today to review the deportation of a Korean woman after a dozen determined mothers and children confronted him in a hospital cafeteria.

"The mothers of the community are here to ask if the hearts of mothers can move the mind of a politician," said Marie Foley, holding her daughter Camille.

Camille is the best friend of Eugene, the 8-year-old Canadian born daughter of Kim Suk Yeung, who is scheduled to be deported to Korean Saturday night.

"This is really urgent," Foley told Kenney after an unrelated news conference at the Hospital for Sick Children. "There is a Canadian child in jail. We don't jail Canadian children."

Kim has been in the Immigration holding centre on Rexdale Blvd. since Feb. 18 after losing her refugee appeal. Eugene, a Grade 2 student at Dovercourt junior public school, joined her there Wednesday night.

When Kenney told the Davenport mothers he had no information on the case, they responded his office had received hundreds of letters and emails since March.

Tell it!

Let's tell it, too. Canadians are sick to death of this minority government forcing their will on the rest of us. We need action and we need it now! Parliament has now voted TWICE to let the war resisters stay in Canada and it's high time the government respected the will of Parliament. Is Canada a democracy or isn't it?

Speak out! Speak out loudly! Demand that Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney respect democracy!

There's a lot more you can do, if you are so inclined. There are several ways to get involved: contact me for details. But now, right now, call, write, email. Go to it!

4 comments:

Cornelia said...

O no!!!

redlion said...

This targeting of war resisters has just rightly got to stop. In my day, nobody got deported into the waiting handcuffs and shackles of the US Army, the Portuguese Army, the French or Spanish or even Rumanian or Red Army. And I knew people who were avoiding military service in colonial and neocolonial wars in each of those, and more.

Cornelia said...

Absolutely!! Thanks for making this point!

mikael said...

I hope everyone sees that there is a major problem with or system here. As in many different cases, the government can just ignore an order of the courts, an order of parliament or landslide public support for an issue. We believe that we are living in a democracy, simply because we can vote. This actually does not mean that we live in a democratic system. To live in a democratic system, the ones in power must act according to the will of the nation. I'm thouroughly disgusted with this finding! The reality is that we have government by dictation not by representation. Compounded by the fact that we have a government of cowards! Shame!! And shame on us for putting up with it. Like a fool who puts up with a cheating partner, we accept far too many excuses and feel very little power within ourselves as a collective whole.