True North Initiative: News Scan 08 18 17

TOP STORIES

Spain hunts van driver who mowed down Barcelona crowd, killing 13

A manhunt was underway for the driver of a van that mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State. Authorities said the death toll could rise, with more than 100 people injured, some seriously. Police said they arrested two men, a Moroccan and a man from Spain's north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the driver. Witnesses said the driver fled on foot. (Reuters) (Globe and Mail)

Manhunt for van driver who ploughed through Las Ramblas crowd killing 13 and injuring 100 as cops arrest third suspect and ISIS claim responsibility

Three suspects have been arrested – a Spanish national from Melilla and two Moroccans – but none are thought to have been steering the vehicle during yesterday’s massacre. (Sun.co.uk) (Daily Mail)

Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens. Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out. (BBC)

Number of asylum seekers to Canada up four fold in August

Over 3,800 migrants crossed illegally into the Canadian province of Quebec in the first two weeks of August. That is well over four times the number of asylum seekers that arrived in Quebec from the United States in the month of June. Canada has had a surge of refugee claimants in recent months, especially into the French-speaking province. (BBC) (Independent)

RCMP has intercepted 3,800 asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec since Aug. 1

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has intercepted more than 3,800 asylum seekers who have crossed the Canada-U.S. border in Quebec illegally during the first two weeks of August, the federal police force said Thursday. The figures were released at a joint technical briefing by the RCMP, which is responsible for border security between legal border crossings, the Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration, which takes care of legal border crossings, and Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). (Radio Canada) (Global)

Ontario to open shelter to help assist with influx of asylum seekers

Canada is opening a migrant shelter in Ontario and pulling in police and civilian reinforcements from across the country to handle an accelerating influx of asylum seekers from the United States that shows no signs of abating. The number of refugee claimants walking across the border between Quebec and New York State has reached 3,800 in the first two weeks of August – more than the total for the entire month of July, and nearly five times the number that arrived in June. (Globe and Mail)

Intergovernmental task force to handle influx of asylum seekers at Lacolle

The task force, which Garneau will chair, will include Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Kathleen Weil, Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese, Bourassa MP Emmanuel Dubourg, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. (Montreal Gazette)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Sentencing arguments for Quebec man found guilty of terrorism-related charges

A 29 year-old man from Gatineau who was found guilty in June of trying to join a terrorist organization in the Middle East could face up to nine years in prison -- if the prosecution has its way. Ismael Habib is one of the first Canadians to be found guilty of trying to leave Canada to join a terror organization. Under the relatively new law, adopted during the rise of ISIS in 2013, he faces a maximum of ten years just for trying to join the extremist group. (CTV) (CBC)

Judge orders woman accused of terror-inspired attack at Canadian Tire to appear in court

A judge has ordered a Toronto-area woman facing terror-related charges in an alleged attack at a Canadian Tire store to appear in court on Monday, by force if necessary. The order was issued for Rehab Dughmosh after the 32-year-old refused to leave her cell to attend a court hearing via video on Thursday. The Crown says Dughmosh believes she has said all that she needs to in court. (Global)

Almost 7,000 migrants have walked into Quebec since Canada Day

The tide of migrants crossing into Quebec in search of asylum has grown into a rolling wave, as the federal and provincial governments face pressure to deal with thousands of newcomers who have arrived in just the past six weeks. Newly released figures show the number of people crossing into the province has skyrocketed this summer. The RCMP intercepted nearly 3,000 people as they walked across the border in Quebec last month. A further 3,800 have come in the first half of August, the RCMP said. (Hamilton Spec)

'We want to work': Asylum seekers, groups call on Ottawa to issue work permits

As the federal and provincial governments take steps to accommodate a boom of asylum seekers, the professionals working with them are calling for temporary work permits to be issued. The head of PRAIDA, the provincial government organization that helps claimants in their first months, said the majority of asylum seekers she met with are eager to find jobs while they wait to find out if they can stay in Canada. (CBC)

Kudos and concerns about Yazidi refugee boy's reunion with his mother

A Montreal man is getting much of the credit for reuniting a Yazidi mother and her 12-year-old son in Winnipeg, but there are also concerns over some of his tactics. Nofa Zaghla and her son, Emad Tamo, publicly and repeatedly thanked Steve Maman after they reunited early Thursday morning.  "Thank you Canada. Thank you Steve Maman," Emad said at the Winnipeg airport, holding a sign that expressed gratitude to "Uncle Steve." (CBC)

From captivity to mother’s arms: Yazidi boy lands in Winnipeg

Until a month ago, 12-year-old Emad Mishko Tamo’s family did not know if he was even alive. But on early Thursday morning, freed after three years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State, he was reunited with his mother at a Winnipeg airport. A large crowd of relatives and supporters gathered at Winnipeg International Airport for Emad’s arrival, a month after a relative recognized the boy’s picture on social media. He was captured in 2014 as the Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, abducting, raping and murdering the Kurdish religious minority Yazidis. (Globe and Mail)

Immigration board to audit long-term detention process after 'endless circle of mistakes'

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says it will carry out an independent audit of the process used to reassess the long-term detention of permanent residents and foreigners after two recent court decisions raised concerns that the rules may not always be applied fairly. The board said it will look into how rigorously and thoroughly cases are examined by its Immigration Division during detention reviews, which are mandatory monthly hearings to determine whether there are still grounds to detain someone. (CBC)

Edmonton police watching for increase in hate crimes following violence in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Va. violence shows little impact in Edmonton, but the Edmonton Police Service is monitoring the situation. Sgt. Gary Willits, with the EPS Hate Crimes Unit, told iNews880, there hasn’t been a big increase in reported incidents since the Charlottesville violence, but they are watching things in Edmonton closely. (Global)

Historians say removal not the only way to deal with racist relics

As momentum builds to tear down monuments and rename buildings that are deemed racist relics of the past, some historians say offensive memorials should remain intact to deepen education and even bridge divides. Hundreds of statues remain across the U.S. in the wake of the Civil War, marking military figures or battle sites, and there is a growing push to remove what many regard as lingering symbols that glorify slavery and the oppression of black Americans. (CBC)

Deportations Decline as Fewer Seek Illegal Entry on U.S. Border

The number of undocumented immigrants deported during the first half of 2017 fell 14 percent from a year earlier as fewer people tried to illegally enter the U.S. on the southern border, according to the Trump administration. (Bloomberg)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Tom Flanagan: Proposed citizenship test guide will only mislead new Canadians

The federal government is currently working on a revision of Discover Canada, the study guide for the test that immigrants must pass before obtaining citizenship. To judge from a recent Canadian Press story, the new manual will read like a Liberal campaign platform. Perhaps that’s not surprising, because the Liberals control the government. Maybe it’s even fair, because the Conservatives revised the manual in 2011, when they controlled the government. But it would be nice if those who are politicizing the Canadian citizenship manual would at least represent Canadian law accurately. (Globe and Mail)

Terry Glavin: Fascists must be put down — before matters turn to bloodshed and gunplay

It is not the kind of observation that should be made out loud, especially not in the pages of a respectable daily newspaper, without first taking great care to be clear and plain. So, to that purpose, and to guard against any ambiguity, here are three caveats. The state must maintain its monopoly on violence. Vigilantism cannot be tolerated, in any form. The rights of free speech are possessed by all of us, even by the vile, the loathsome and the wicked. (National Post)

Farzana Hassan: Many white supremacists are young; That’s alarming

The display of hatred and bigotry over the past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia is ominous in many ways. It was bad enough seeing protesters carrying torches shouting slogans like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us”, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s equivocations added insult to injury. He was slow to condemn white supremacist groups by name — something many of his prominent Republican colleagues have been swift to do. (Toronto Sun)

Ben Shapiro: No, Violent Leftist Gangs Fighting White Supremacists Aren't Heroes. They're Part Of The Problem.

Revisionist history is setting in regarding Leftist violence. It’s setting in because too many on the Left regard groups like Antifa as useful counters to the alt-right and Neo-Nazis, even though Antifa has targeted mainstream conservatives and engages in violence that breaks the rules of any civilized society. (Daily Wire)

Michelle Malkin: Good riddance to spineless CEOs

Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance. These string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was wrong to condemn violence and hatred on all sides of the political spectrum. (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Amid the Washington circus, there’s boring NAFTA

So many distractions. Confederate statues in the United States are being toppled like chess pieces in the wake of hard-left-hard-right rioting in Charlottesville, Va. This provoked a double tweet from President Donald Trump. (Toronto Sun)

 

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