True North Initiative: News Scan 03 16 17

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New index aims to see where immigrants' lives match up with those born in Canada

Two cities in Ontario, one in Newfoundland and one in New Brunswick come out on top of newly released rankings on where the lives of newcomers most closely match up to those born in Canada. The Canadian Index for Measuring Integration compares how immigrants and the native born fare in four different areas to figure out where in the country the gaps between them are smallest. Put another way -- how well are newcomers fitting in? (CTV)

Atlantic Canadians support screening immigrants for Canadian values: CRA poll

A majority of Atlantic Canadians support the federal government screening potential immigrants for Canadian values before allowing them to enter into the country, according to a new poll by Corporate Research Associates (CRA). “It’s probably not surprising that we would ask this kind of question given what’s going on in the Western world. There’s a lot of concerns in western countries about values and protection of values,” said Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. (Global News)

Justin Trudeau Warns Trump About NAFTA Plan, Says Deal Is Good for U.S. Jobs

Donald Trump's plan to tear up NAFTA could hit U.S. jobs, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned in an exclusive interview with NBC News. The president has begun moves to renegotiate what he called the "worst trade deal ever approved in this country." However, Trudeau said the Clinton-era agreement had "led to a lot of great jobs for a whole lot of people on both sides of the border." (NBC)

Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the Canada Border Services Agency’s practice of searching the electronic devices of travellers at the Canadian border. The investigation comes amid mounting concerns over whether CBSA’s U.S. counterparts are not just searching travellers’ devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices. (National Post)

4 charged in massive Yahoo hack, including a Canadian

The United States announced charges Wednesday against a dual Canadian-Kazakh national, two Russian intelligence officers and a fourth man, who lives in the U.S. but has ties to Russia, accusing them of a massive data breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts. The hack targeted the email accounts of Russian and U.S. officials, Russian journalists, and employees of financial services and other businesses, officials said. (CBC)

Police say woman stole car on Parliament Hill after trying to get into Centre Block

Ottawa police have charged a 27-year-old Ottawa woman they say stole a taxi to drive to Parliament Hill and then stole another vehicle once she was turned away from its entrance by security on Monday afternoon. The woman, who was unarmed, has been charged with two counts of theft of a vehicle and one count of theft under $5,000. (CBC)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Timmins welcomes Syrian refugee family after 2-year wait

A nearly two-year wait is over for a sponsorship group in Timmins, Ont., which welcomed a family of five Syrian refugees to the city on Friday. 'The City with a Heart of Gold' has been waiting for a family to arrive since a sponsorship group formed in 2015. Like other sponsors across the country have discovered, it can be a painful waiting game. (CBC)

Ex-Mountie convicted of torturing 11-year-old had PTSD: psychiatrist

A former Mountie who restrained, tortured and sexually abused his son in the basement of their family home was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a forensic psychiatrist told an Ottawa court Wednesday. Dr. Helen Ward also told a sentencing hearing the former officer should have known enough to seek treatment for both his PTSD and depression, but didn't because he believed everyone else was wrong except him. (CTV)

Finances of Canadian veterans’ charities under scrutiny

Organizations created over the past decade to support veterans – especially soldiers returning from Afghanistan – now number among the largest charities in Canada and take in millions of dollars annually from Canadians who have been moved to help those who served their country. Like all charities, those veterans’ groups have administrative costs which Revenue Canada requires to be posted online. But different reporting methods used by the various organizations make it difficult to determine just how much is being spent on operations and how much is going to the veterans themselves. (Globe and Mail)

NDP calls on Trudeau to intervene in Senate's dealings with Don Meredith

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must put pressure on the Senate to strengthen its disciplinary rules in the wake of a damning report about Senator Don Meredith and his sexual relationship with a teenager, the NDP's democratic reform critic says. In a letter written to the prime minister Wednesday, Nathan Cullen said it is unconscionable that a senator could stay on as a member of the Red Chamber after engaging in this type of behaviour. (CBC)

Ashton removes Beyoncé meme after backlash from Black Lives Matter

NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton has removed a meme from her social media accounts after being criticized for “appropriating Black culture.” Ashton had posted a meme on Facebook and Twitter referencing the lyrics “to the left” from the Beyoncé song “Irreplaceable.” A Black Lives Matter Vancouver Twitter account accused her of appropriating black culture to promote her campaign by using the line from the song. A Black Lives Matter Vancouver Twitter account accused her of appropriating black culture to promote her campaign by using the line from the song. (IPolitics)

Ottawa aims to charm 70 U.S. lawmakers over 3-day meeting

A dozen Canadian politicians are headed to Washington next week for another series of meetings to stress the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship. A mix of MPs from all parties, and several senators have lined up talks with 70 U.S. lawmakers, over three days starting Monday.  "We've never seen as much interest on the American side in terms of meeting Canadians, and we will talk about quite a number of issues," said Wayne Easter, the co-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG). (CBC)

Trump immigration policies kill work visas for specialized Canadian nurses

Canadian nurses working at Michigan hospitals were shocked last week when border security officers stopped them from entering the U.S. because of changes to their working visas under new immigration policies. Staff at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital heard reports of nurses unable to renew their working visas. Last week, a new Canadian hire at Henry Ford tried to go to work, but was turned away at the Windsor-Detroit border. (CBC)

Egyptian-Canadian band refused entry to U.S. over visa confusion

An Egyptian-Canadian band based out of Vancouver is learning the hard way that proper documentation is needed when entering into the United States. Three members of the post-hardcore band Massive Scar Era were traveling to Austin, Texas to play at the South by Southwest music festival when they were turned away at the Peace Arch border on March 12. (CBC)

Judge in Hawaii puts Trump's travel ban on hold

For the second time, a federal court on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations, putting the president's revised travel ban on hold just hours before it was to take effect. This time, the ruling came from a judge in Hawaii who rejected the government's claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination. (CBC) (BBC)

Kim Jong-nam death: Interpol 'red notice' for N Koreans

Interpol has issued a "red notice" for four North Koreans wanted in connection with the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader. Kim Jong-nam was murdered at Kuala Lumpur airport with a lethal nerve agent last month. Malaysia said the four men were at the airport on the day Mr Kim was killed and had since left the country. They are thought to be in North Korea. (BBC)

Islam: The world's fastest growing religion

Islam is the world's second-largest religion, after Christianity. But this could change if the current demographic trends continue, according to research published by the US-based Pew Research Center. (BBC)

Dutch PM says people rejected 'wrong sort of populism after Brexit and Trump' as he beats far right MP Geert Wilders by 13 seats in election

Dutch leader Mark Rutte has won the country's general election and said Geert Wilders' defeat meant 'after Brexit and Trump' the country's voters had rejected the 'wrong kind of populism'. Mr Rutte, who has won a historic third term as prime minister, has also refused to work with far-right leader Wilders despite his PVV party coming second. Speaking last night a jubilant Rutte, who leads the liberal VVD party, said: 'The Netherlands, after Brexit and Trump, said "Whoa!" to the wrong kind of populism.' In response Mr Wilders called his comments 'very worrying, as if populists are semi-Nazis'. He added: 'Rutte has not seen the back of me.'  (Daily Mail)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Candice Malcolm: Not right-wing populism, just common sense

A new poll confirms what we’ve known all along: Canadians want newcomers to adopt Canadian values. Despite the prolonged hand-wringing by media elites, this recent poll — conducted by CROP and commissioned by the French CBC — also confirms that Canadians are open and welcoming towards immigration. An overwhelming majority — 83% of respondents —believe that other cultures enrich our society and most support the current levels of immigration. Overlapping with that response, the poll shows that three-quarters of Canadians want newcomers to be screened and vetted to weed out those who possess anti-Canadian attitudes. The results are clear. Canadians are open to immigration but that openness is not unlimited, nor unconditional. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Trudeau’s arrogance fuels ‘Trumpism’ in Canada

What does it say about the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it repeatedly suggests the vast majority of Canadians are Islamophobic, bigoted and racist? Time and again, Trudeau and the Liberals try to come up with divisive wedge issues for the Conservatives to slip on -- which is politicking, not governing -- and time and again it blows up in their faces. (Winnipeg Sun)

Preston Manning: Canada’s elites could use a crash course in populism

When the people of the United Kingdom voted last June on whether or not to exit the European Union, London, the capital city, was surprised by the result. While the vote in London itself was 60 per cent in favour of remaining in the EU, the vote in the country as a whole was 52 per cent in favour of leaving. Why was it that the capital, home of the majority of Britain’s political and media elites and the seat of its parliament, seemed to be so much at variance with what the rest of the country was thinking and feeling about the EU? (Globe and Mail)

Mark Bonokoski: Emerson, Manitoba too off-Broadway for Justin Trudeau

Far away from the lights of Broadway, where our prime minister was Wednesday basking amid the rave reviews of Come From Away, a musical based on the response of Newfoundlanders in the wake of 9/11, sits the Manitoba town of Emerson. It has all but been forgotten by the Trudeau Liberals, right down to ignoring pleas for help from its province’s premier. (Toronto Sun)

Lorne Gunter: It's time for a tax revolt in Canada

It’s time for a tax revolt in Canada – and not just the phony tax revolt promised (and long since forgotten) by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2015 federal election campaign. The problem with taxes in Canada is not that they are too high on the middle class and not high enough on the “rich.” That was Trudeau’s phony tax revolt. The rich, he charged, were skipping out on their obligations to society by avoiding the level of taxes imposed on those of us who can’t afford tricky lawyers and accountants to exploit loopholes. (Toronto Sun)

Robyn Urback: 'Not full of criminals' is a pretty pathetic baseline for Senate credibility

Spare a thought, if you can, for the Canadian senators we never hear about. The ones who don't whinge publicly about "ice cold Camembert and broken crackers." The ones who don't bill hundreds of thousands of dollars in dubious travel expenses, or plead guilty to assault and possession of cocaine, or ask taxpayers to pay for their Ottawa home, hilariously labelling a seemingly abandoned cottage in P.E.I. as their "primary residence." Oh, Mr. Duffy — what a riot you are! (CBC)

Evan Solomon: The next big federal election agenda item has been set: Trump and trade

Here we go again. Another federal election that will hinge on free trade. This is not so much a prediction as it is a simple matter of following the timelines. By 2019, the next federal election, the NAFTA re-negotiations will either be in the dramatic end game or the very contentious ratification phase. The Liberal government will be consumed by the deal, as it already is today. The Conservatives and the NDP will both have new leaders desperate to define themselves by the biggest economic deal of a  generation. What to protect and what to give up? Unions will want a new deal on car manufacturing and will try to stick it to Mexico. Dairy farmers in Quebec will be fighting for supply management. You will hear the phrase “country of label origins” so often it will sound like the name of a band. Softwood lumber, beef, pharmaceuticals—oh, the lawyers are already priapic at the possibilities. We’ll even have the soundtrack of Brian Mulroney singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” to Donald Trump. Get ready to negotiate like it’s 1988. (Macleans)

 

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