True North Initiative: News Scan 07 26 17

TOP STORIES

Yazidi boy with family in Winnipeg recovering with his uncle in Iraq

New video of the Yazidi boy rescued from ISIS with family in Winnipeg, shows the boy recovering from his ordeal with his uncle in Iraq. Twelve-year-old Emad Tammo, along with his father and brother, were separated from the rest of their family in 2014, while they were in captivity, held by ISIS militants in Northern Iraq. Nofa Zaghla, the boy’s mother, along with four of his siblings were able to get free and sought asylum in Winnipeg. (Global) (CBC)

Former Nazi interpreter stripped of citizenship for fourth time

The federal government has, for the fourth time, stripped a former Nazi interpreter of his Canadian citizenship – a decision Helmut Oberlander is set to contest again in Federal Court. A federal order-in-council issued June 20, 2017 that revoked Oberlander’s citizenship marks the government’s latest attempt in a 22-year-old legal battle to kick the 93-year-old retired Waterloo developer out of the country. The decision was praised by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) in a statement Tuesday afternoon. (IPolitics)

Four shipping container stowaways seek asylum in Canada

Four stowaways who were discovered last week inside a shipping container at the Port of Montreal have applied to remain in Canada as refugees. The asylum seekers, who are from Georgia, appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday and made their request. A publication ban was placed on details that could reveal their identities or why they came to Canada. (Montreal Gazette)

Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan talk pipelines, wildfires in first meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met B.C. Premier John Horgan for the first time Tuesday, and the two leaders say they used the introductory meeting to concentrate on issues on which they agree and can work together. Those issues included helping victims of the ongoing wildfires, the opioid crisis, the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. and affordable housing, the two leaders told reporters in Ottawa. (Global)

As it loses in Syria and Iraq, ISIS establishes a new beachhead: the Philippines

At a crowded center for refugees fleeing the fighting that has ravaged this city, Merlinda Obedencio never lets her most valuable possession out of sight: a blue cellphone. It is the only link she has to her husband and three of their six children being held by Islamic State-linked extremists. (USA Today)

Botched procurement delays inflatable boats for military

Call it the case of the delayed dinghies. The Canadian military wants to replace its fleet of inflatable landing craft, which is more than a quarter-century old, with 350 new inflatables designed for rapid deployment of up to a dozen infantry or engineers in each boat.Public Services and Procurement Canada has flubbed the order twice since last year – and will be trying to place an order for a third time later this year. (CBC)

Lost at sea? Deadline for warship designs missing in action

The plan to replace the navy's warship fleet is officially sailing uncharted waters, with an important deadline for the $60-billion project having all but vanished. The government says it continues to work with industry to deliver the warships the navy needs, and that a new deadline will be set soon. But defence experts say the development is unprecedented, and raises fresh concerns about what is the largest planned military purchase in Canadian history. (CTV)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Immigration detention system is legal, though not always applied perfectly: judge

A Federal Court judge says Canada's rules for detaining some foreigners who can't be deported quickly are constitutional though they may not always be applied perfectly. Judge Simon Fothergill says there are mechanisms built into the law to allow detainees to challenge their detention and the conditions in which they are held, which is enough to make the system constitutional. (CBC) (Toronto Star) (National Post)

Trudeau insists NAFTA must have dispute mechanism despite U.S. demands it be eliminated

Any renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement will have to include a fair process to resolve disputes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. In the summary of its objectives in the renegotiation of NAFTA, the White House signalled last week that it wants to entirely eliminate the chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism. Rather than relying on the courts to sort out disputes, chapter 19 establishes binational panels to determine the legitimacy of a country's decision to impose countervailing duties or anti-dumping measures on imports it deems to be unfairly priced or subsidized. (CTV)

Top EU court says Canada passenger data deal cannot be concluded as is

A deal between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger data must be revised as parts of it violate privacy and data protection laws beyond what could be justified for fighting terrorism, the EU’s top court said. The European Court of Justice said that while transfer, retention and use of passenger data was allowed in general, the envisaged rules for handling sensitive personal data “are not limited to what is strictly necessary.” (Globe and Mail)

P.E.I.'s rural immigration plan to include new advisory councils

The P.E.I. government says four new advisory councils will be announced next week in an effort to help the province figure out how to attract more immigrants to rural areas. Starting this fall, the government plans to change its immigration process, allowing preference for immigrants seeking to establish in rural areas. (CBC)

Immigration scam targeting Chinese community in GTA 'too good to be true': police

Police in Peel Region are sounding the alarm over what they say are a set of immigration scams promising to help customers secure documents for relatives to travel from China to Canada. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Peel police said in a release Tuesday. (CBC)

Family in ‘shock’ after permanent residency denied by Immigration Canada due to daughter’s disability

In the small Manitoba community of Waterhen, population 169, Jon and Karissa Warkentin are fighting for the right to stay in Canada and run their business. “It had always been our dream to someday have a business of our own,” Jon said. “We wanted a community too, a place for our kids to go to school, so that they could have friends … And this place almost checked off all of the boxes.” (Global)

British applications to emigrate to Canada rose after Brexit vote

Applications to emigrate to Canada by British citizens increased sharply after last June’s Brexit referendum decision to leave the European Union, figures released by the federal immigration department show. The rise in requests for permanent residency started in the fall of 2016, a few months after the vote. (Global)

Cruise missile threat biggest priority in upcoming Norad makeover

Canada may be forced into uncomfortable political territory and compelled to invest in technology that can shoot down cruise missiles as part of the upcoming overhaul of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad), say defence experts. Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement may suck much of the political oxygen out of Ottawa in the near future, but the modernization of the decades-old Norad relationship is fraught with many expensive pitfalls and trade-offs, particularly with a White House determined to put America first. (CBC)

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Arrested at Dulles Airport Trying to Flee Country

Former House IT staffer Imran Awan was arrested Monday night at Dulles International Airport where he was "trying to leave the country," Fox news reported Tuesday evening. Following his arrest for bank fraud, Awan was finally fired by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (PJ Media)

Letter from Africa: Freed Boko Haram 'wives' return to captors

In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at why some Nigerian women have gone back to the militant Islamists who abducted them. When news emerged that some of the Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, had declined to return home with the batch of 82 freed in May, the world found it difficult to believe. (BBC)

North Korea could cross ICBM threshold next year, U.S. officials warn in new assessment

North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, U.S. officials have concluded in a confidential assessment that dramatically shrinks the timeline for when Pyongyang could strike North American cities with atomic weapons. (Washington Post)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Ezra Levant: Canadian journalist charged for criticizing Islam. Is The Rebel next?

I don’t know what the facts are upon which Johnston was charged. They haven’t been released, and Johnston says a judge ordered him not to discuss it. But the fact that he wasn’t charged with uttering a threat suggests it was the crime of having the wrong opinions. I do know this: They’re coming for Kevin Johnston today. it’ll be us tomorrow, and maybe you the next day. (Rebel)

Toronto Sun: No Mr. Durrell, the terrorists didn’t win -- but incompetence did

Did the terrorists win on Canada Day, as Jim Durrell suggests? Well, no. But the former mayor of this city has a wider, quite legitimate point to make, and we agree with it. During a police services board meeting Monday, Durrell, the current vice-chair of the board, railed against the “faceless bureaucrats” who devised the security plan for July 1 in downtown Ottawa. Their plan, he argued, turned the downtown “into an armed camp” where people were funnelled “like cattle for hours on end.” After treatment like that, he asked, who would ever want to attend another Canada Day in the capital? (Toronto Sun)

Melissa Lantsman: Conservatives score a win in Khadr case

A clever opposition just schooled the Liberals at their own media game. After about 18 months of the Justin Trudeau show, the opposition finally hit a home run. Trudeau’s secret $10.5-million deal with Omar Khadr sent two Conservative MPs — Peter Kent and Michelle Rempel — south of the boarder. The pair took to U.S. media outlets to air their grievances. Out of the norm, for sure. But, why wouldn’t they? (Toronto Sun)

John Ivison: Trudeau and new B.C. premier agree — don't mention the pipeline

It was comedy gold in the foyer of the House of Commons Tuesday when new B.C. premier John Horgan came to town. At a press conference with Justin Trudeau, he inadvertently knocked a glass of water off his podium. Quicker than you could say “unstable minority government,” Horgan deadpanned: “Spills can happen anywhere.” (National Post)

Tarek Fatah: Islamic cemetery issue a complex one

The official motto of the small town of Saint-Apollinaire in Quebec is “S’unir pour réussir” (uniting to succeed). But on July 16, the town succeeded in accomplishing the opposite. It “united to divide”. On that Sunday, 36 residents of Saint-Apollinaire, whose properties were adjacent to or bordered a proposed Muslim cemetery in the town, voted 19 to 16 against the cemetery, with one rejected ballot. If there was any evidence needed to highlight the growing chasm between Canadians and the country’s Muslim minority, it could not have been delivered in a more hurtful and discriminatory way. (Toronto Sun)

Taras Kuzio: How Putin used propaganda to deftly turn Russians against Ukrainians

Vladimir Putin’s decade-long media campaign turned Russians against Ukrainians and Ukraine itself before he annexed Crimea in 2014. In my book Putin’s War Against Ukraine: Revolution, Nationalism, and Crime, I explore how Putin successfully fanned the flames of ethnic Russian nationalism, turning Russians against both the Ukrainian state and people. (Conversation)

 

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