True North Initiative: News Scan 08 15 17

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Two Canadians among 18 people killed in Burkina Faso extremist attack

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso. The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital. (National Post) (CTV)

Canadian victims in Burkina Faso attack identified as Tammy Chen, Bilel Diffalah

Canadians Tammy Chen and Bilel Diffalah were among the victims of an attack at an upscale restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso. Local media reports have identified 15 of 18 of the dead, including the pregnant Chen and her husband, Mehsen Fenaich of Senegal. Global Affairs confirmed the news of Chen’s death on Monday afternoon. Diffalah was in Burkina Faso working with the Uniterra volunteer cooperation program, whose officials confirmed the news of his death Monday night. (Global)

Haitian asylum seekers crossing Quebec border from U.S. may head to Toronto, lawyer says

An immigration lawyer says as many as one in five Haitian asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Canada border in Quebec may make their way to Toronto. Joel Etienne says while it's an estimate, the city is a big draw for the thousands of migrants leaving the U.S. behind. Officials say upwards of 700 people a day — a large percentage of whom are Haitian —  have been streaming across the border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., before being taken into custody and sent to Montreal, where thousands are now staying at a temporary welcome centre at the Olympic Stadium. (CBC)

Haitians chasing false promises flee from United States to Canada

Thousands of Haitians with uncertain immigration status have fled the United States in recent weeks, walking across the New York border into Quebec seeking a safe haven in Canada, according to the United Nations' refugee agency and Canadian immigration lawyers. (ABC)

Illegal Aliens in Canada Complaining About Lack of Free Housing, Cell Phones

Despite that illegal aliens have access to welfare cash within days of entering Canada, some immigrants are saying that the country does not do enough to find housing, most especially in the sanctuary city of Montreal, Daily Caller reported. Ahmed Iftikhar, a 42-year-old man who entered the U.S. illegally and then proceeded to Canada with his wife and four children, recently told CTVNews that he couldn’t find comfortable living space for his large family. Iftikhar complained that the cash assistance he began receiving almost immediately isn’t enough, and there is not a government official who seems able to get him more. (BreitBart)

Canada Wants a New Nafta to Include Gender and Indigenous Rights

Canada’s idea of a fair trade deal seems very different from President Trump’s. Just two days before heading into the first round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally laid out its core objectives, and second on the list was to make the 23-year-old pact “more progressive.” (NY Times)

Yazidi boy will be reunited with family in Winnipeg on Thursday

After an attack by ISIS on their village in Iraq in August 2014, the family was stuck in captivity for two years. During that time, the family had been split up. Nofa and four of her children stayed together, while two of her sons and her husband were captured and separated from them. (Winnipeg Sun)

Ontario judge frees refugee claimant, calls detention Kafkaesque

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Morgan said the adjudicators who preside at detention hearings and review detentions on a monthly basis appear not to be truly independent from the immigration police force known as the Canada Border Services Agency. Instead, the adjudicators accept as fact whatever allegations the CBSA officers present, he said. And once they order an individual detained, they interpret their role in a such a way as to make it difficult or impossible to let that person go. (Globe and Mail) (Toronto Star)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Canada’s NAFTA demands: Good luck with that, say skeptical U.S. trade vets

Some of Canada’s key demands in the coming NAFTA renegotiation will be a tough sell in the United States, according to former American trade officials who say they will be difficult to achieve in the climate of a Donald Trump, America First-themed presidency. The Canadian government has just released priorities for the talks which begin Wednesday and they include a broad desire for four new chapters, and two specific demands: fewer Buy American rules for public contracts and freer movement of professionals. (Globe and Mail) (BNN)

Canada’s 10 NAFTA demands (America has 100)

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released Canada’s list of key demands Monday for a new North American Free Trade Agreement as talks get set to begin in Washington later this week. Freeland’s list, which is much shorter than the U.S. (Financial Post)

Metro Vancouver politicians watching far-right wing groups

As the United States reels from a weekend of racial violence spurred by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia – politicians closer to home say they’re watching the issue closely. In Maple Ridge the self-described “Soldiers of Odin” like to portray themselves as community vigilantes, who patrol neighborhoods in the interest of public safety. But in public, the group struggles with its reputation as anti-immigrant and has alleged ties to northern-European white supremacists. (Global)

Brian Lilley, co-founder of The Rebel, leaves the conservative media website

Ottawa radio talk show host Brian Lilley announced Monday in a Facebook post that he’s parting ways with The Rebel because he no longer feels “comfortable” being part of the organization. (National Post)

The Iranian Parliament Chanted 'Death to America'

Remember the Iranian nuclear deal that Democrats touted over and over again during the 2016 election? Remember how they said it would prevent Iran from becoming the next North Korea-esque rogue state? Well, Iran has tested ballistic missiles at least 15 times since that deal was struck, and increased their funding for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. And, just this week, their parliament voted to spend another $800 million on their missiles system. They chanted "death to America" as they did it. (PJ Media)

Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup

Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of new economic sanctions on Tehran. (Free Beacon)

UNRWA seals terror tunnel discovered under two Gaza schools

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness confirmed that the agency in charge of Palestinian refugees had closed the tunnel underneath the two boys schools in the Maghazi refugee camp, which was found during the summer holiday at a time when the schools were empty. (i24)

Texas police find 16 immigrants in locked tractor-trailer at gas stop just miles from Mexico border

Police in Texas acting on a tip found 16 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 kilometres) from the border with Mexico, less than a month after 10 people died in the back of a hot truck in San Antonio. (SCMP)

Charlottesville car-ram suspect James Alex Fields denied bail

A 20-year-old man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has appeared in court via video from jail. James Alex Fields was denied bail as he was arraigned for second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run. (BBC)

Terror group releases chilling 'how to' guide urging Western jihadis to DERAIL TRAINS

The terror group is publishing a "how to" manual in the next edition of its propaganda magazine, urging individuals to attack railroads in Western countries "using easily accessible materials”. It advises would-be terrorists to target the trains from “either inside or outside” or target “the rail itself so as to derail the train”. (Daily Star)

Al-Qaeda Targets D.C. to Boston Line, Hazmat Cargo Trains in DIY Derailment Guide

The latest issue of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's English-language Inspire magazine names Amtrak's D.C. to Boston Acela Express and several other passenger rail lines in the United States as prime targets for their new focus on train derailment operations that the group says has been more than a year in the planning stages. (PJ Media)

North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday, but warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.” (WSJ)

Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia's border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice — the first full meal some have eaten in days. An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home. (Fox)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Mark Bonokoski: The new NAFTA must crack down on criminal industries

When negotiators get down to the cut-and-thrust of NAFTA, they had best set aside some prime time to discuss illicit trade. This market goes well beyond the underground economy that already costs governments billions in lost taxes. Cash is a big motivator in the underground economy. Pay with cash in most of Canada, or reply with barter, and the consumer in Ontario, for example, is able to dodge the 13% in HST. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Hypocrisy, on many sides, in Charlottesville

So, who’s worse? U.S. President Donald Trump, who is quick to condemn Islamic terrorism, but reluctant to do so when it appears white supremacism was the motivation for a terrorist attack? Or is it the politicians and pundits condemning Trump, who are just like him in reverse? (Toronto Sun)

Terry Glavin: The migrant surge on the border isn’t a crisis, it’s just a fiasco

Of course we can handle it. Even if each of the 60,000 Haitians in the United States who are currently counting down the days to their deportation orders decides to head north and walk across the porous Canadian border into Quebec, we would be able to handle it. Canada’s shambolic immigration and refugee system, with all its false boasts of orderly righteousness and its make-believe coherence, will continue to trundle along in its mostly unintelligible, sometimes brazenly corrupt and ordinarily nonsensical fashion. (Macleans)

Andrew Coyne: Is the Liberals’ NAFTA wish list a sign they are setting up talks to fail?

The government of Canada has at last revealed its objectives for talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a month after the Trump administration released its own. Of course, the nature of any such exercise is to reveal as much about each side’s perceptions of the other’s negotiating position; it makes no sense to come to the table with demands that haven’t a ghost of a chance of being accepted. (National Post)

 

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