Foreign criminal still in Canada despite convictions

One of the many things we do here at W5 is follow up on our stories. In some cases the response from you, our viewers, lead us to investigate other facets of a story and sometimes the story we report on is worth a follow up. This week’s report, Conning Canada, is one of those.

We first reported on Sandra Gordon in 2006 as part of our investigation Criminal Immigrants. Back then we revealed that Gordon had a long criminal record and was under a deportation order.

Sandra Gordon was 16 years old when she came to Canada from Jamaica in 1972. In 1975 she was convicted for theft. A year later she was charged again this time for theft, attempted fraud and public mischief. Later in 1976 Gordon was ordered deported. She fought that order and it was overturned in 1978.

Gordon continued her life of crime in Canada. Here’s just a small sample:

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Over the years we kept investigating, trying to learn more about Gordon. And canada goose outlet reviews then, in the summer of 2012, we learned that she was still in Canada and back in a Toronto court this time for driving with a suspended licence.

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canada goose outlet official Finally, we were told that old records of the Immigration Appeal Board are now held at Library and Archives Canada. After a visit to the Archives and a meeting with a librarian we were told to file an Access to Information request. On Dec. 21, 2012 we received the response from the Archive. An initial search “found possible relevant information” but the canada goose black friday sale Archive had a surprise for us. canada goose outlet official

“In order to provide you with access to the information you have requested, a total of $31,970.00 has been assessed under subsection 11(2) of the Act for search and preparation.”

A price tag of more than $30,000 to review files from a public proceeding that had now been sent to a government warehouse. That bill was more than we were willing to pay.

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We wanted to know how someone like Gordon can avoid deportation. So, we went to Canada’s Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney. He told W5, goose outlet canada “We’re trying to figure out how to more liberally apply the Privacy Act as it relates to official canada goose outlet people whose continued presence in Canada seriously undermines public support for the integrity of our immigration system.” Kenney went on to say that “foreign citizens who represent a threat to public safety have to be removed from Canada quickly.”

canada goose outlet england Nevertheless, Sandra Gordon’s current status remains a mystery. We know Gordon applied for permanent residence status and her application was processed in 2011. We also know that Gordon received a letter about her application in June 2012. But the letter she received remains protected by privacy canada goose outlet toronto factory laws. canada goose outlet england

canada goose outlet 80 off We don’t know what her status is today. We do know that in the summer of 2012 Sandra Gordon, a convicted criminal canada goose outlet in usa many times over, was free to walk the streets of Canada canada goose outlet 80 off.