True North Initiative: News Scan 08 10 17

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Troops set up tents at border; old Royal Vic to shelter asylum seekers

Canadians soldiers are being deployed to St-Bernard-de-Lacolle to erect tents for asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada from the United States.  Almost 100 troops will be used to set up the camp site, which will consist of "modular tent shelters with lighting and heating and may temporarily accomodate close to 500 people," Department of National Defence spokesperson Evan Koronewski told CTV Montreal in an email.  "The Canadian Armed Forces is aware of the difficult situation that is requiring significant resources of Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other partners in the area of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle," said Koronewski. (CTV) (CBC) (Globe and Mail)

Migrant camp being built for HUNDREDS of refugees crossing into Canada from the US

The military-built camp will house around 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, which is a municipality situated along the US-Canadian border. The news comes as more than 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between January 1 and June 30 this year, according to government figures. (Express.co.uk) (Daily Mail) (Guardian)

This dead end at Roxham Rd. has become the gateway to Canada

They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a “road closed” sign, threading bushes, crossing a ditch, and filing past another sign in French and English that says “No pedestrians.” Then they are arrested. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, migrants who came to the U.S. from across the globe — Syria, Congo, Haiti, elsewhere — arrive here where Roxham Rd. dead-ends so they can walk into Canada, hoping its policies will give them the security they believe the political climate in the United States does not. (Toronto Star) (Daily Caller)

North Korea’s missile could hit Canada, and we might not be protected: experts

North Korea hasn’t yet tested a missile that could threaten a major Canadian city. But its recent test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of anywhere from 6,700 to 8,000 kilometres showed that the reclusive nation now has a weapon that could threaten parts of the Great White North along the border with Alaska, experts say. (Global)

North Korea releases Canadian pastor held since 2015: state news agency

After languishing for more than two years in a North Korean prison, a Canadian pastor was released Wednesday, according to the country’s state news agency. Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., had travelled to North Korea more than a hundred times, leading humanitarian programs and even opening an orphanage. But during his last trip in 2015, he was detained and charged with attempting to overthrow North Korea’s regime using religion. (CTV)

Canada to send as many as 20 police officers to Iraq as part of fight against Daesh

The Trudeau government says it will send up to 20 police officers to Iraq as part of its commitment to fighting Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL. At the end of June, Canada extended its military mission in Iraq for another two years. The police officers, both men and women, will support efforts to re-establish a local police presence in areas newly liberated from Daesh control and advise their Iraqi counterparts on issues such as gender, diversity and human rights. (Toronto Star)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Foreign worker facing deportation after accident becomes permanent resident

A temporary foreign worker who was left quadriplegic after a traffic accident in Edmonton five years ago has been granted permanent residency in Canada.  "This was the last resort I had. I'm so glad that they finally considered everything," said Vicky Venancio, 31, on Wednesday. (CBC)

Why a visit from the Haitian government has Quebec immigration lawyers worried

Haiti's Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rodrigue and Stéphanie Auguste, the minister for nationals living abroad, met with Mayor Denis Coderre after arriving in Montreal on Tuesday. The pair had even hoped to meet with asylum seekers staying at the Olympic Stadium, Rodrigue told a news conference alongside Coderre. In the end, they did not visit the stadium, said a spokesperson for PRAIDA, the provincial organization that assists arrivals to Quebec in their first months. (CBC)

Sweden aided Ottawa in North Korea's release of pastor, Trudeau signals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday hailed the release of a Toronto pastor in North Korea, signalling his national security adviser helped get Hyeon Soo Lim out of prison with the aid of Sweden. “I am pleased and relieved to confirm that Pastor Lim has been released from jail in North Korea and that he will soon be reunited with his family and friends in Canada,” Mr. Trudeau said in an early morning statement. (Globe and Mail)

Doctors and other professionals push back against proposed tax reforms aimed at high earners

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposal to restrict the use of private corporations as a tax-saving vehicle will hit many professionals hard, but especially doctors who are mounting a publicity campaign against it and gathering allies from other affected groups. Dr. Shawn Whatley, president of the Ontario Medical Association, said MPs can expect to start hearing from the 29,000 practicing doctors in his organization, about 70 per cent of whom have incorporated. (National Post)

Venezuela’s instability has far broader implications. Here’s what’s at stake.

Venezuela seems locked in a downward political and economic spiral. But what happens in Venezuela has far broader implications for international security. “Here you must not speak badly about Chávez” — this was the message on banners at the Colombia-Venezuela border bridge I crossed recently on a research trip. It was just one of the signs of the exponential jump in authoritarianism in Venezuela, and the continued unraveling of the regime. (Washington Post)

North Korea: Plan to Launch 4 'Crucial Warning' Missiles at Guam to be Ready by Mid-Month

Defense Secretary James Mattis sounded a sterner warning toward North Korea today than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's insistence that the nuclear crisis was nothing to lose sleep over, with the State Department declaring that the administration was nonetheless all on the same page about the threat posed by Kim Jong-un's regime. Then North Korea sounded off again after its Tuesday warning that the regime was formulating plans to strike Guam, saying today that the launch plan will be ready for Kim's approval by mid-month and entail four Hwasong-12 rockets crossing "the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan," said the North's official Korean Central News Agency. "They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam." (PJ Media)

US embassy employees in Cuba possibly subject to 'acoustic attack'

The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an "acoustic attack" using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN. (CNN)

700 MIGRANTS TRY TO STORM SPANISH BORDER POST WITH MOROCCO

Spain says around 700 migrants have tried to storm the border crossing between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco, but none managed to make it across. The Interior Ministry's office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall (20-foot) barbed-wire fences around Ceuta after the early Thursday crossing attempt at the Tarajal post failed, but were again repelled by Moroccan and Spanish police. (AP)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Candice Malcolm: Canada, in fact, removed special status for Haitians long before the U.S.

A deliberate misinformation campaign over social media is being blamed for the recent flood of Haitians illegally crossing into Canada. Messages sent throughout the Haitian community in the U.S. reportedly told recipients that Canada was automatically accepting all Haitians. This supposed “WhatsApp hoax” even told them that Canada was paying the bill for all costs. No wonder so many aspiring refugees have arrived on our doorstep in recent days. (Toronto Sun)

Candice Malcolm: On FGM, Trudeau puts political correctness ahead of Canadian values

When immigrants arrive in a new country, it's important that they obey the local laws and integrate into their new society. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is actually making it more difficult for newcomers to understand what is expected of them in Canada. (Rebel)

Anthony Furey: It’s been clear for a while that North Korea was coming to a head

Let’s get one thing straight when it comes to the flare-up with North Korea: It has very little to do with Donald Trump. This scenario would be happening if Hillary Clinton was president or a different Republican. It could have happened under President Barack Obama’s watch. In fact, Kim Jong-Un surely wishes it had. Not because he wanted a showdown with Obama, but because he’s always wanted the nuclear program to move along as speedily as possible. The sooner, the better. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Trudeau, McKenna are ‘reality deniers’

The Trudeau government loves to call Canadians who do not believe in the science of man-made global warming, “climate deniers.” The problem is, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and the Liberals are “reality deniers.” That is, they simply refuse to acknowledge reality. They claim Canada will meet its Paris climate agreement commitment, made by Trudeau in December, 2015, to reduce our industrial greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: The scary math of (variable) crazies with nukes

Back in the Cold War days, heightened in intensity when Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy played atomic chicken during the Cuban Missile Crisis, elementary school teachers conducted drills should there be a nuclear bomb dropped on our heads. Basically, it was to take cover under your desk and wait for the dust to clear, as if that would do the trick. (Toronto Sun)

Majed El Shafie: Canada can provide Yazidi girls and women with hope for a new life

The success of driving ISIS from Mosul is welcomed news, but the work to rebuild from the destruction ISIS inflicted in its deadly campaign is just the beginning of a new hope. Canada is uniquely positioned to assist the most vulnerable survivors, Yazidi girls and women who were enslaved by ISIS, by resettling those wanting to come to Canada and giving them the support they need to rebuild their lives. (Toronto Sun)

Robert Cherry: Should We Embrace an ‘America First’ Immigration Policy?

The liberal press immediately denounced the proposal as racist. CNN reporter Jim Acosta had a heated discussion with Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller, and in The New Yorker, Jelanie Cobb claimed that “Miller explained the move in terms that recalled the language of the racialist Immigration Act of 1924.” At The Week, Paul Waldman wrote that proposal was a “dramatic movement on policies that honor the white nationalist campaign Trump ran.” A longtime Miami Herald editor indicated that this was just the latest item in a continuing “white-supremacist, anti-immigrant agenda.” (National Review)

 

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