It’s been a busy start to the news year at The World-Spectator, based in Moosomin, SK.
On January 31, World-Spectator advertising representative Sunnette Kamffer (pictured), originally from South Africa, received her Canadian citizenship. The following day, February 1, the World-Spectator staff and others from the community joined in celebrating the citizenship ceremony for the Santos-Cardoza family. The family had been ordered deported in June of 2017, the World-Spectator reported on their story, the community rallied around them, and an extremely rare ministerial intervention stopped the deportation. The family received visa extensions at that point, and received permanent residency in 2018. At the citizenship ceremony, the family thanked the newspaper for its role in their journey.
The World-Spectator staff are looking forward to more citizenship ceremonies in the future — Qasem Sidiqi, who worked with editor Kevin Weedmark in Afghanistan, and his family, arrived safely in Canada a year ago, after extensive efforts of the World-Spectator and last fall the World-Spectator’s newest employee, Olha Volokh arrived from Ukraine. She and her daughter were displaced by the war and are making their home in Moosomin, where Volokh is a graphic designer for the World-Spectator.