Darren Fleet

Darren Fleet won the BCYCNA award for excellence in community news reporting in 2008 and the Canadian Online Publishing Award for 'Best Article' in 2010. He worked as a media trainer for Journalists for Human Rights in Zambia and has travelled throughout Southern Africa, Russia, Europe and East Asia. He is currently an Associate Editor at Adbusters Magazine. When not reporting Darren can be found on the stage playing in two Vancouver bands, Tyranahorse and The Adulthood.

Lost Canadian Velma Demerson's tragic story of love and loss

Lost Canadian Velma Demerson’s days of looking over her shoulder ended in 2004 when she was returned her Canadian citizenship after more than six decades of being a pariah. More than six years on,...

Daughter of Canadian war veteran still denied Canadian citizenship

Scott lived half of her life in Canada as a Canadian citizen, until one day Canada took that citizenship away.

Not your standard new Canadian

Canadian Sandra Burke was denied her Ontario pension in 2009 on the grounds that she was not a Canadian. On Dec. 21, the Canadian became Canadian. Confused? Read on...

Cheap shrimp, hidden costs

In September 2010, I was one of ten UBC students from the Graduate School of Journalism chosen to be part of a unique class called International Reporting. The syllabus of the course is like no other...

Kafkaesque citizenship laws bestow rights, and take them away

Navigating the extensive family of Canadian citizenship laws leaves a paper cut that could shred a moose. There is the son, Bill C–37, (male personal pro-noun intentional); the father, 1977...

Fifty-nine years does not make you Canadian. Papers do.

Today we call it identification, but back then it was simply called ‘papers.’ “When I went to draw out my application for my old age pension and they asked me for my papers, I said what papers?”...

Canadian Sandy Burke's fight for Canadian citizenship, health care and Old Age Security

“The problem is that they have sewn the laws so tight that people like Sandy can’t get through,” Pam Murray said of her mother-in-law who waited her turn to speak on the phone. “Sandy does not have a...

Bill C-37 and the bureaucratic nightmare

The Canadian Citizenship Act has been repeatedly amended but never rewritten. On April 17, 2009, when thousands of people are said to have woken up Canadian (though most assumed they were anything...

Jason Kenney, Canada citizenship minister, refuses to answer questions about continued flaws in laws

 Everyone in the RV Park seems to know about Jackie Scott’s case.  “Isn’t it something?” Vickie the receptionist says as she tallies the day’s arrivals. One look at our camera equipment...

Canada's bureaucracy still denies citizenship to children of soldiers

"Why can't they see I'm Canadian?" Jackie Scott opened up her father's war record and showed it to a reporter. Scott, 65, spends six months each year in an R.V. park next to the American border in...