True North Initiative: News Scan 07 05 17

TOP STORIES

14 terrorism charges laid against woman accused of threatening Canadian Tire employees with knife

A woman accused of threatening employees at a Canadian Tire store in Toronto with a knife last month is now charged with terrorism-related offences, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say. Rehab Dughmosh, 32, had previously been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, assault, uttering threats, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of possession of a weapon. Dughmosh now faces 14 terror-related charges under Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code, federal Crown prosecutor Howard Piafsky told CBC News. The section bans "terrorist activity," whether it takes place "in or outside Canada." (CBC) (Toronto Star) (Global)

$10.5M settlement for Omar Khadr 'absolutely wrong': Clement

Convicted terrorist Omar Khadr is set to receive more than $10 million from the Canadian taxpayer, a source familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is also going to apologize to the former Guantanamo Bay detainee who pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a military commission in 2010, related to alleged offences that occurred in Afghanistan in 2002, including the murder of a U.S. soldier. The Toronto-born Khadr, 30, had sued the federal government for $20 million for breaching his rights. (Toronto Sun)

Injured U.S. soldier, widow go after money Canada will give to Omar Khadr

The lawyer for the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan said Tuesday they have filed an application so that any money paid by the Canadian government to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner convicted of killing him will go toward the widow and another U.S. soldier injured. Lawyer Don Winder made the comments as a decision by the Canadian government to apologize and give millions of dollars to Omar Khadr came under mounting criticism. (Toronto Star) (National Post) (Globe and Mail)

PM sidesteps comment on Khadr settlement rumours

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is keeping mum on a reported $10 million settlement offer for Omar Khadr, a former child soldier who was detained in Guantanamo Bay and in Canadian prison for 10 years. Speaking to reporters in Dublin on Tuesday, where he was meeting with Irish Taoiseach (the equivalent of a prime minister) Leo Varadkar, Trudeau didn't address the rumoured compensation amount or the reasoning behind it. (CTV)

Federal immigration lottery backfires. Thousands of families left behind

Ottawa’s bid to improve the way extended families are reunited in Canada has backfired, leaving thousands of relatives upset and their lawyers frustrated. More than 95,000 families registered this winter for a new lottery system that was supposed to fast-track the immigration of 10,000 parents, but the adapted program fell far short of its intended target. As of mid-June, only 700 had actually applied and the federal government has now suggested a second lottery will be needed later this year to fill the immigration quota. (National Observer)

Indian boys fake-marry female students to enter Canada

Young Indian men are offering their female peers an all-expenses paid education in Canadian universities or colleges, in return for marrying them and travelling with them to the country, Vancouver Sun reports. The motive behind this is to gain backdoor entry into developed countries, where these young men are able to work and benefit from the social securities offered there as the spouse of the foreign student, without having to go through more rigorous visa application processes. The offers are made via newspaper ads in India. (Study International)

Britain, US ‘turning inward’, says Canadian PM

ritain and the United States are “turning inward,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference with his Irish counterpart on Tuesday in which both leaders took swipes at their heavyweight neighbours. Trudeau also said during a visit to Dublin that there were “clear disagreements” with the United States ahead of the G20 summit this week, where US President Donald Trump is expected to attend. (DAWN) (Irish Times)

Saudi ambassador tells Trudeau government to stop raising blogger Raif Badawi's case

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada says Ottawa should mind its own business when it comes to the high-profile case of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for blasphemy. (Globe and Mail)

Misinformed Canadian media hurting relationship: China’s ambassador

The Trudeau government should spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China, says the country's ambassador. Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye blamed the Canadian media for disseminating a negative portrait of his country that depicts it as an abuser of human rights and lacking democracy. (Times Colonist)

Iran Rejects Canadian Court Ruling as Breach of Immunity of States

Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected a Canadian court’s ruling that has upheld a previous decision by an American court ordering Tehran to pay the legal costs of victims of what it has called Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks, saying it breaches the immunity of states from lawsuits. (Tasnim News)

Special forces operating on 'borrowed time,' need more troops: General

Canada's elite special forces soldiers risk being run ragged after spending three years deployed in Iraq, as well as in several other lesser-known places around the globe, their deputy commander warns. That's why Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe says the federal government's plan to add 600 more troops to the ranks of the special forces is not only welcome, it's necessary, considering the threats Canada faces now -- and can expect to face in the future. (CTV)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Ontario Provides List of Targeted Occupations for Express Entry Immigration Stream

A range of candidates in the Express Entry pool who have work experience in one of many Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations were prioritized by the province of Ontario under a new initiative that began on June 26. Now, Ontario has clarified which candidates have been targeted for selection by the province. Under this initiative, Ontario searched the Express Entry pool specifically for ICT workers under the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). (CIC News)

N.W.T. looks to immigrants to address looming labour shortage

At least 28,000 jobs will open in the Northwest Territories within the next 15 years, thanks mostly to the territory's aging population. A report from the Conference Board of Canada says filling those positions will be a challenge for the N.W.T. On June 30, the Government of the Northwest Territories released a new immigration plan to help address the territory's potential labour shortage. (CBC)

Halifax becoming boom town as it welcomes population, economic growth

Halifax is booming, its skyline awash with construction cranes, and Ontario native Jesse Rodgers can tell you why. Rodgers, a veteran of Waterloo’s tech startup scene, moved to the Nova Scotia capital a year ago with his wife and four kids. They bought a big house on a quiet, tree-lined street a stone’s throw from the ocean. (Toronto Star)

Donation warehouse for Calgary Syrian refugees closing

A busy southeast warehouse space that was part donation centre, part community hub for Calgary’s Syrian refugees has closed its doors. The Syrian Refugee Support Group said goodbye last week to the narrow warehouse bay it occupied on Farrell Road S.E. for the last six months, though it’ll continue to operate some programs from a small office within the same building on a month-to-month basis. (Calgary Herald)

Foreign buyer activity in Ontario housing market about 5 per cent: government

Newly released figures show nearly five per cent of home purchases in Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe region were made by non-residents since the Liberal government announced a foreign buyer tax. The 15 per cent tax is imposed on buyers in that area -- stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough -- who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations. (CTV)

Veteran sues Ottawa over pension-payment delays

A veteran who was forced to wait more than six months for his first pension cheque is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the federal government of breaching its obligations to former soldiers, sailors and aviators by being slow to deliver their retirement benefits. (Globe and Mail)

The end is near for ISIS in Iraq, but the country's problems will persist

When ISIS fighters blew up Mosul's grand mosque in June, where its leader famously proclaimed the creation of a caliphate, the move was seen as an act of desperation by a group on its last legs. Indeed, Iraqi officials were quick to declare their battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is over, with the country's prime minister Haider al-Abadi writing on Twitter, "We are seeing the end of the fake Daesh state," using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. (CBC)

Trudeau Visits Ireland to Discuss Trade, but Host’s Socks Steal the Show

Canada’s deft young prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was beaten at his own game by his younger, newly elected Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, in Dublin on Tuesday. In advance of this first meeting of two of the three fresh faces of Western politics, speculation had centered on whether Mr. Varadkar, 38, and Mr. Trudeau, 45, could recreate the chemistry between Mr. Trudeau and the third member of their youthful trinity, President Emmanuel Macron of France, who is 39. (New York Times)

Justin Trudeau lobbied at recent fundraising event, critics raise flags about new rules

Among the guests at one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent fundraisers – colloquially referred to as “cash-for-access” events – was a supporter who subsequently received a federal appointment and another man who bought a ticket for the sole purpose of speaking to Trudeau about legislation currently in Parliament. (Global)

Trudeau will be no-show at this year's Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is looking a little less political this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t make it to the 2017 Stampede, his office said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, due to scheduling constraints, he will not be attending this year,” press secretary Cameron Ahmad said in an email. (Calgary Herald)

The number of Americans applying for Canadian citizenship has barely increased since Donald Trump was elected - and figures are still down from Barack Obama's years

Despite claims by furious Trump opponents that they would leave the country if he won the presidency, Canada hasn't proved as many citizenship applications as might be expected. The country's did receive an uptick of 66 per cent in applications from January-April 2017, but that only meant an average of 400 people per month rather than the previous year's 264. (Daily Mail)

Defiant Kim says N. Korea's nukes not up for negotiation

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed his nation would "demonstrate its mettle to the U.S." and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations a day after test-launching its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The hard line suggests more tests are being prepared as the country tries to perfect a nuclear missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States. (CBS)

Kim Jong-un riles Trump on the Fourth: US President calls emergency meeting to formulate 'measured response' to North Korea's record-breaking missile test amid fears one could hit Alaska

President Donald Trump called an emergency meeting on the Fourth of July to formulate a 'measured response' to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test, amid fears it could reach as far as Alaska. North Korea declared Tuesday that it had finally achieved its dream of building an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it would 'fundamentally put an end to the US nuclear war threat and blackmail'. (Daily Mail)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES 

Tarek Fatah: Canada rewards terrorists; Israel punishes them

Two news stories concerning terrorism should make Canadians realize that not only are we being governed under the doctrine of ‘sock and awe’, but that our values have turned upside down in a bizarro world, one of our own making. First to Israel where on Monday, the government revealed it has filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against the family of a terrorist who drove a truck into a group of military personnel killing four Israeli soldiers. (Calgary Sun)

Ezra Levant: Trudeau gives apology — and $10 million — to Canadian terrorist who killed U.S. Army medic

The timing cannot be a coincidence; 365 days in a year, and Justin Trudeau chose the Fourth of July to not only give $10 million dollars to Canadian-born Al Qaida terrorist Omar Khadr, but to actually give him an apology in the name of Canada. (Rebel)

Toronto Sun: Omar Khadr's undeserved jackpot

The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's Lotto 6/49 is $7 million, or chump change if your name happens to be Omar Khadr. The Trudeau government is reportedly set to settle a civil suit launched by Khadr, and pay the young Canadian al-Qaida operative upwards of $10 million, as well as officially apologize to him for not treating him with kid gloves and intervention hugs. (Toronto Sun)

Christie Blatchford: Khadr is doing all right without our money

It certainly seems that despite his life thus far – being raised in what was a death-worshipping cult, which is to say his jihadist Afghan-Canadian family, and then 13 years spent in custody in Guantanamo Bay and Canada — Omar Khadr is doing all right, Jack. Since being released on bail two years ago, he lived for a time with his lawyer, Dennis Edney, and his wife Patricia, now has his own place in Edmonton, and is apparently planning to start nursing school in the fall. (National Post)

Lorne Gunter: Khadr decision shows Liberals soft on terror

For years, I argued in favour of Omar Khadr’s right to return to Canada. Not because I believed he was innocent of the war crimes that kept him locked up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a decade. Unlike the “Free Omar” cult, I didn’t worry he had been a child soldier forced into a war he could not understand, because that seemed unlikely to be true. (Toronto Sun)

Warren Kinsella: OMAR KHADR AND CHRISTOPHER SPEER

I have a view that is different from many of my Liberal and liberal friends: while I don’t dispute that Omar Khadr was a child soldier, or that he was manipulated by al-Qaida, or that he was treated badly by the U.S. military after his capture – I also don’t dispute that he killed Christopher Speer with a hand grenade, or that Speer didn’t deserve that, or that Speer was mainly preoccupied with saving lives until the day he encountered Omar Khadr. (Warren Kinsella)

Rosie Dimanno: In the U.K., terror-plotters get life not millions of dollars

On the same day we learned that Canada is going to make a multi-millionaire out of undisputed bomb-maker and disputed — if self-admitted (lies, all lies) — U.S. soldier-killer Omar Khadr, a London judge sentenced a teenage wannabe terrorist to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 16-and-a-half years. No connection? Well, there is actually, if only because Khadr has convinced enough judicial and government authorities that he was 1) a child soldier protected by international covenants, left to twist in the Guantanamo wind by Ottawa, under both Liberal and Conservative regimes; and 2) that he was tortured whilst detained. Thus the Toronto native will be compensated large. (Toronto Star)

 

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