True North Initiative: News Scan 08 08 17

TOP STORIES

Montreal demanded to open more asylum shelters as refugees overload Olympic Stadium location

Officials in Montreal have opened a new temporary shelter for asylum seekers in a building that once housed a convent, and said on Monday the city has received a demand to open even more spaces for migrants crossing the Canadian border. Mayor Denis Coderre said the shelter, which opened Sunday evening and can accommodate about 300 people, is well organized and suitably equipped. He pointed out that between 250 and 300 people are arriving daily at the Canadian border, up from 50 a day in the first half of July. (Canoe

Migrants are being misled about Canada's immigration policy

Members of Montreal's Haitian community believe that migrants are coming to Canada because they've been misled on social media. Each day dozens of people are crossing the border from the United States and walking straight into the arms of Canadian police officers, then being whisked away to begin the application process for refugee status. Because of the swell in applications, the basic background check that people must go through is now taking up to two months -- when it used to be completed in 72 hours. (CTV) (Times.co.uk)

Americans crossing into Canada carrying guns with 'alarming frequency'

Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it's proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can't bring firearms on vacation. "The offences continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months," federal prosecutor Peter Thorn said from Hampton, N.B. Five men - three from Florida, two from New England - pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000, he said. (CTV) (Global)

Children applying for Canadian citizenship face hefty fee

Ottawa is treating minors like adults when it comes to charging them for their citizenship applications. Although recent changes to the citizenship act allow those under age 18 to make an application without their parents, they must pay the same fee as adults — $530. By contrast, the fee is $100 for minors who apply for citizenship together with their parents. Critics say children applying for citizenship on their own are probably unaccompanied minors who came to Canada alone for asylum or are estranged from their family and in such difficult situations that they can’t afford the application fee. (Toronto Star)

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News. The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones. (NBC)

Runaway German schoolgirl, 16, faces execution for joining ISIS as new video reveals the moment she was captured by baying soldiers in Mosul

This is the moment a German schoolgirl was found hiding in war-torn Mosul having fled from Germany to join ISIS. Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel, 16, was filmed by an Iraqi soldier when she was dragged, filthy, dazed and wounded in her arm, from the former terror stronghold. Footage shows the teenager wincing with pain and screaming as she was led away to a makeshift prison while baying soldiers celebrated her capture. (Daily Mail)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Human trafficking is big business

Missing person reports come into Toronto Police stations every day. The vulnerable girls (and boys) coerced into sex work come from every race, creed and socio-economic background and some are as young as 12. Human trafficking in our city is big business. (Toronto Sun)

BC NDP government plans temporary foreign worker registry

British Columbia’s NDP government plans to collect the names and jobs of temporary foreign workers in the province for a new registry aimed at providing information to help develop labour-market policy. According to the Labour Ministry, the province has such data as the overall number of temporary foreign workers, their occupations and employers, but not personal data such as names, who individuals work for, where and when permits expire. The ministry says Manitoba and Saskatchewan collect this information. However, the BC Chamber of Commerce noted that Nova Scotia also collects such data. (Globe and Mail)

Scheer keeps eye on next election in debut cross-country summer tour

Rest and relaxation might top the agenda for most Canadians right now but newly-minted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is going full-tilt on the barbecue circuit in a bid to introduce himself and boost his party's prospects before 2019. As part of his summer travels, Scheer spent a chunk of July in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador before moving on to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec. (CTV)

Trudeau government registers concern with Saudi Arabia over apparent armoured-vehicle use

The Trudeau government has reached out to Saudi Arabia and Western allies to register unease over Riyadh’s apparent use of Canadian armoured vehicles against its own citizens, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says. “We’ve expressed our concerns ... to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Minister said Monday during a teleconference. (Globe and Mail)

Ottawa investigates ‘with sense of urgency’ new reports of Canadian arms used in Saudi crackdown

Canadian officials are working “with a real sense of urgency” to investigate new reports that Canadian-made military vehicles are being used by Saudi security forces in a violent crackdown in the Shia-populated city of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday. New video footage posted online over the weekend appears to show at least one Canadian-made Terradyne Gurkha armoured personnel carrier (APC) operated by the Sunni kingdom’s elite Special Security Forces driving through a devastated neighbourhood of Awamiyah, parts of which now resemble war-ravaged Aleppo or Mosul. (Radio Canada)

Questions about fighter replacement loom large as Boeing benefits plan arrives

A proposal outlining the industrial benefits Boeing is prepared to deliver to Canadian companies in exchange for a sole-source interim fighter jet contract will land on desks at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Wednesday. The pitch is being made even though the Liberal government has suspended discussions with the U.S. aerospace giant over a separate trade complaint and is reviewing the military purchase, which Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has claimed is urgent. (CBC)

Venezuela: UN rights chief decries excessive force used against protesters

The UN has decried “widespread and systematic use of excessive force” against demonstrators in Venezuela, saying security forces and pro-government groups were responsible for the deaths of at least 73 protesters. Presenting the preliminary findings from an investigation conducted in June and July, the UN rights office described “a picture of widespread and systematic use of excessive force and arbitrary detentions against demonstrators in Venezuela”. (Guardian)

British Leftist Corbyn Laments Venezuelan ‘Security Forces That Have Been Killed By People On The Streets’

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has long been a supporter of the Bolivarian revolution. He’s made no secret of the fact that his lifelong dream of socioeconomic upheaval would be complete if the Chavismo model were fully implemented in the United Kingdom. While other populist leftists (who have expressed prior support for Chavez) shy away from openly endorsing autocratic President Nicolas Maduro and his strongman tactics, Corbyn is doubling-down on solidarity with the caudillo. To Corbyn, the people, not the oppressive socialist government, are to blame for the current tragedy in Venezuela. (Daily Wire)

U.S. willing to talk to North Korea if missile tests halted: Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a door open for dialog with North Korea on Monday, saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted a series of recent missile test launches. Tillerson’s comments at a regional security forum in Manila were the latest U.S. attempt to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs after months of tough talk from U.S. President Donald Trump. (Globe and Mail)

China holds wargames as North Korea tensions spike

The Chinese navy and air force flexed their muscles in live-fire drills in seas adjacent to the Korean Peninsula, the defence ministry said, amid regional tensions over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weaponry. The "large-scale" exercises were being conducted in the seas and skies off China's east coast in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf, and included the firing of dozens of missiles, a notice posted late Monday on the Ministry of Defence website said. (Channel News)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Candice Malcolm: Trudeau’s lost all control of our border crisis

This crisis of illegal immigration along the Canada – U.S. border has reached a new pinnacle. According to Customs and Immigration Union President Jean-Pierre Fortin, who represents Canada’s border guards, as many as 500 people are illegally crossing into Quebec every day. More than ten thousand migrants have walked across the border this year, choosing deliberately to cross at unofficial crossings to avoid the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the U.S. (Toronto Sun)

Toronto Sun: Trudeau needs to regain control of our borders

The Liberal government is failing to show Canadians they’ve got the crisis at our southern border under control. Months ago, at the beginning of the year, the Liberals were criticized for doing nothing to tackle the then emerging crisis. Their main response was to lash out at their critics. We now know the numbers of people crossing illegally into Canada primarily through Manitoba and Quebec back then were nothing compared to what’s happening now. (Toronto Sun)

Globe editorial: Why Canada’s border problems will only get worse under Donald Trump

There is a sense of resignation surrounding the influx of refugees fleeing Donald Trump’s America and seeking asylum in Canada; the feeling that the situation is the result of complex circumstances that make a solution difficult to implement. This passivity is a mistake. There is good reason to believe that the rise in illegal border crossings since Mr. Trump took office in January is going to keep growing over the course of his four-year mandate. Doing nothing is not an option. (Globe and Mail)

Ezra Levant: BC headed for Alberta-sized disaster thanks to far-left coalition

I remember when Rachel Notley’s NDP won the election in Alberta two years ago. A poll showed more than 90 per cent of people weren’t voting for NDP policies, but just to get rid of the Tories.  We all know how that’s turned out: The Rebel has been covering the Alberta NDP’s disastrous policies since the first day. (Rebel)

John Ivison: NEP 2.0: 'Another Trudeau's' environmental rules sow seeds of unity crisis, critics say

Brad Wall is worried the environmental rules Ottawa is set to introduce later this year will strain national unity in the resource-dependent West. “The cumulative effect of this and the carbon tax mean we are heading toward an unhealthy debate, just as we did when another Trudeau introduced his energy policy. How is this different from a National Energy Program, in terms of the reality of what it will do to jobs and pipelines and so on? That is starting to sink in,” the Saskatchewan premier said in an interview. (National Post)

Jerry Agar: Liberals don’t care about small business

It is shocking to see the callous and disingenuous nature of the Ontario Liberal government’s attitude towards small business. It’s callous due to the Liberals’ disregard for the impact their policies will have on business and the way they ignore experts — business owners themselves — when they tell us the only impact of their higher labour costs and other changes will be a better economy. (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Ernst Zundel deserved agony, not a quiet exit

As historical footnotes go, one of my proudest contributions was the exposing of Ernst Zundel as a neo-Nazi. From that point onward, the secret world of this notorious Toronto-based anti-Semite began to unravel, leading to years in court fighting extradition as a security risk, and finally his deportation to a German jail where he served time for inciting racial hatred and for being a Holocaust denier, a criminal offence in Germany. (Toronto Sun)

Douglas Todd: New 10-year visas stoke housing booms in Vancouver and Toronto

The phenomenal popularity of Canada’s new 10-year visas is a key factor behind the latest housing booms in Vancouver and Toronto, say immigration specialists. “I often travel to China, where I see the great pride many take in investing their money in Canada” —­ particularly by taking advantage of 10-year visas to buy real estate, said George Lee, a Burnaby immigration lawyer. (National Post)

Adam Radwanski: To change minds about Trudeau, Conservatives have to get over his glitz

Attend a Conservative event – including this past spring’s leadership convention – and you can scarcely go five minutes without hearing some snide reference to Justin Trudeau’s celebrity status. If not “selfie” – which technically would mean the Prime Minister taking photos of himself, but tends to be used by the Tories as a catch-all for any time he poses in front of a camera – it will involve his looks, his clothes, his appearances in entertainment media. The implication, often meant to sound light-hearted but coming off as resentful, is that Canadians should see through his vanity to recognize him as too unserious to run the country. (Globe and Mail)

 

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