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Terror threat level raised from 'severe' to 'critical' after Manchester Arena attack

The UK terror threat level has been raised from severe to critical - the highest possible - after the Manchester Arena bombing. The move indicates that another attack could be "imminent", as well as "highly likely". After chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency COBRA committee, Theresa May announced the change, saying military personnel will help armed police officers guard key sites. (Yahoo)

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Manchester Arena explosion: 22 dead in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert, police say

Twenty-two people are dead — including children — and 59 were wounded after a reported explosion at the Manchester Arena in northern England, where American pop star Ariana Grande was performing Monday, according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police. Authorities confirmed that the incident was a suicide attack and they believe it was carried out by one man, Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Monday night. (Global) (Daily Mail) (BBC)

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Prime Minister remains firm on immigration facility move

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rolled into Edmonton Saturday morning, looking to promote the Canada Child Benefit tax. Instead, he was greeted by protesters, upset with the government’s decision to move an immigration facility from Vegreville to Edmonton. Dozens of people came out, some carrying signs saying “Respect Vegreville”, others chanting “Our family matters”. They were hoping to get inside the Telus World of Science, where Trudeau was holding his media avail. (CTV)

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Candice Malcolm: Get ready for Trudeau’s carbon tax on everything

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

The Trudeau Liberals are moving forward with their national carbon tax scheme, or, what Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall calls “one of the largest tax increases in Canadian history. In typical governing fashion, the Liberals are trying to downplay the devastating economic consequences of the tax. They’re trying to disguise the very fact that this is a tax hike.

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Border agency seeks additional $200 million to help with immigration, border security

Canada Border Services Agency is asking for an extra $218 million this year, bringing its total purse to just under $2 billion, as the department grapples with unpredictable and fluctuating levels of asylum seekers and meeting the government’s immigration targets. If Parliament approves the requested spending, the CBSA’s budget will have increased slightly more than 10 per cent in the three years since 2015-16, according to federal documents including spending estimates, department plans and public accounts. (Global)

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau cozies up to Iran’s brutal regime

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Canadian government officials were in Tehran last week, visiting the despotic tyrants that rule over the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. This is a drastic reversal in Canada’s policy towards Iran.

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Border crosser who lost fingers to remain in Canada

An asylum seeker from Ghana who made international headlines when he nearly froze to death walking over the border Dec. 24 has been granted refugee protection in Canada. Seidu Mohammed, 24, learned Wednesday night that the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) ruled he has "a well-founded fear of persecution" if he’s returned to Ghana. (Winnipeg Free Press)

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Border guards broke rules, says auditor general

Canada's border guards shared passwords and allowed hundreds of thousands of people into Canada without fully vetting them, breaking the rules, Canada's auditor general Michael Ferguson has found. The startling findings were part of an audit of the Canada Border Services Agency released Tuesday by Ferguson's office, which focused on whether immigration and border services had a handle on procedures to ensure staff aren't corrupted. (National Observer)

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May 16th, 2017: Looking Back

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Last week, an unelected judge, Justice Jocelyne Gagné, said the law allowing the government to strip Canadians of their citizenship without a hearing is a violation of their rights and has given Ottawa two months to fix it. This stunning court ruling will drastically restrict the government’s ability to revoke the citizenship of people like fraudsters, liars, and terrorists.

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Number of asylum claims down slightly in April

The total number of would-be asylum seekers intercepted by the RCMP along Canada’s land borders last month dropped slightly, compared to the high of nearly 900 people recorded in March. According to new numbers released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on Monday, 859 people were intercepted by the police trying to cross the border and claim asylum in April. (Global News) (CTV)

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