Posted in Q-News on 08. Aug, 2012
Canada To Deport Man After 32 Years In Country
Canada’s crackdown on immigration fraud has unwittingly snared a Portuguese man living in the country for 32 years who said Tuesday he is being deported over an administrative gaffe.
Married to a Canadian woman, Jose Pereira had four children and several grandchildren in Canada and has never committed a crime.
Public broadcaster Radio-Canada said his permanent residency card expired two years ago during a trip abroad and a replacement was not processed because Pereira did not reply to a letter asking for more information.
The letter had been mailed to him in Portugal, where he had been visiting his sick father, but Pereira had already returned to Canada by the time it arrived.
It wasn’t until this year, when he applied for Canadian citizenship, that he learned of the letter and the consequences of not replying: deportation for alleged “immigration fraud.”
After having spent 32 of his 58 years in Canada, he must now sell his house in Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu, Quebec, northeast of Montreal, and return to his birth country with his wife in the coming weeks.
“They’re kicking me out and treating me like a criminal, it makes no sense,” he told Radio-Canada.
According to Canadian immigration lawyer Stephane Handfield, Pereira did not abuse the system, but rather thought he was following all the rules.
Boy Lives For Three Years With A Lego Wheel Stuck Up His Nose
It may be a while before Isaak Lasson’s parents buy him another Lego set. The Salt Lake six-year-old, who has suffered from mysterious sinus problems for the last three years, recently discovered the source of his discomfort — and it wasn’t just post-nasal drip.
Turns out, the little guy had been living with a rubbery Lego wheel jammed into his nostril.
“I felt so bad,” Isaak’s dad told KSL.com. “He was sleeping with his mouth open, trying to breathe.”
Multiple doctors failed to find the source of the problem and suggested antibiotics as the remedy.
It took a keen-eyed specialist to see the light — or, rather, the wheel — at the end of the otoscope.
The doctor spotted the fungus-covered tire in July and pulled it out. Isaak’s condition has improved dramatically since the foreign invader was removed.
“I asked him, ‘Dude, how did that even get in there?’” his father said. “We think he bent it in half — it’s pretty flexible — and that it opened up once it got into his sinuses.”
Like most young kids, Isaak felt his nasal cavity would make a terrific storage unit. Unlike most kids, however, he forgot he had put it there.
And while his shaken up parents question how this could have gone on for so long and whether they did enough, the youngster is taking it in stride, telling his dad, “‘I didn’t even know . . . this is weird.”
While a Lego wheel certainly figures among the more unusual non food-related items pulled from the tiny cavities of our smallest citizens, the Buzz compiled a list of inanimate objects Toronto doctors have had to pull out of small noses during their ER tenure.
Among those with the highest “ick” factor: safety pins, buttons, Toonie-sized coins, decomposing peanuts, nails, a toy airplane and a Monopoly piece.
What’s the strangest thing you or your child has smuggled up the nasal pathway?
Joyce Barth, Esq., 9Gag’s head attorney says the lawsuit is definitely winnable. “The Reddit community has been attempting to destroy 9Gag since it first launched about four years ago. Reddit will use DDoS attacks on the 9Gag web server attempting to make the site crash and unviewable to it’s users. Other members of Reddit will setup fake accounts and then post images of gore, porn, and other disgusting material. They will raid the website with images of underage pornography and then their members will upvote these images to the top so it can be seen by anyone who visits the site. The owners and moderators of Reddit do nothing to stop this illegal activity. It’s just truly sickening.”
Christopher Poole or “Moot” as he is known on 4chan.org, another type of image sharing website, says he’s disappointed at Reddit’s behavior. “It really disgusts me what Reddit is doing to 9Gag. They just need to stop this already. The internet is supposed to be a fun place where everyone is accepted. It’s not funny what the Reddit community is doing, it’s just not very nice at all.”
Long time 9Gag user Jay B Fail says he just loves using the site but says Reddit is ruining his web experience. “I go to 9Gag and will post a super funny picture of my cat with a chef’s hat on. I put text on the image with something hilarious like, I can haz catnip,” Jay says while laughing. But soon Jay’s laughter turns into tears. “After posting my funny cat picture, suddenly Reddit members are on there calling me a fa*got. They say rude and inappropriate things about my mom and tell me to show my tits or get the f*ck out. I don’t even have tits and neither does Blaine Anderson, my cat,” Jay sobs.
The owner of 9Gag, Paul Horner, said he thinks Reddit is just jealous of 9Gag’s success. “It’s a well known fact that 95% of all Memes and funny images on the internet originate from 9Gag. Reddit doesn’t like this so they try and tear down our website with their childish little shenanigans. Maybe this $50 million lawsuit will shut them up,” Horner laughs.
Initial court proceedings of the lawsuit begin July 28th at the Jonestown Courthouse in San Diego. The owner of Reddit could not be reached for comment.