True North Initiative: News Scan 09 05 17

TOP STORIES

Canada could see a flood of ‘Dreamers’ if U.S. cuts DACA

Canada’s border agents may see an influx of undocumented Mexican immigrants seeking refuge in Canada if the U.S. federal government changes its stance on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday that he’s keeping one of his campaign promises to end one of former President Barack Obama’s programs (Global)

Man arrives in Canada through subterranean rail tunnel, seeks refuge in Sarnia

Miguel Padron knew that entering Canada illegally on foot through the St. Clair River Tunnel was dangerous, but says he was desperate to escape rising racism in the United States. He walked into the tunnel beneath the river, enduring train engine fumes that he says made him dizzy, and arrived an hour later in Canada. Padron, who now lives in housing provided by a Sarnia homeless shelter, said he left his rented home and job as a gymnastics coach in Detroit because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to deport illegal residents. (Sarnia Journal)

Number of asylum seekers dwindles as Ottawa’s messaging appears to pay off; 10-50 a day still

An effort to inform potential asylum-seekers that crossing the border is no free ride to a new Canadian life appears to be working as their numbers continue to rapidly dwindle – but the start of the school year is also playing a role. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is monitoring the reception of asylum seekers at the most popular irregular crossing south of Montreal, says the number of processed claims has plunged to 10-50 on recent days from a peak of several hundred daily arrivals earlier in the summer. (Globe and Mail)

Settlement agencies unprepared for volunteer surge amid refugee crisis: report

Many settlement agencies in Ontario were overwhelmed by a unexpected surge of volunteers looking to help the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada since 2015 but were unable to tap into the additional help, a new study has found. A report, published by the Together Project, which matches newcomers with groups of five or so volunteers, found the settlement sector was unprepared to deal with the surge of volunteer interest from Canadians. Many of the agencies did not have the experience or support to effectively mobilize the volunteer interest, the report stated. (Globe and Mail)

New study takes a closer look at the threat of jihadist attacks

As a new study shows, this style of attack is a part of an increase in terrorism in Western countries inspired by jihadist ideology since June 2014, when ISIS declared a "caliphate." The report from the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) breaks down the data to better understand what's behind attacks of this nature. First released in June 2017, it initially examined more than 50 attacks from the three years prior that were determined to be motivated by Islamic extremism. (CBS)

Haley: Kim Jong Un 'begging for war'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program. Speaking at a Security Council emergency meeting, Haley said North Korea's sixth nuclear test was a clear sign that "the time for half measures" from the UN had to end. (CNN) (BBC)

North Korea seen moving ICBM under cover of night: report

North Korea has been observed moving what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast, South Korea’s Asia Business Daily reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified intelligence source. (Global)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Early-round head-butting during NAFTA talks

Negotiators have run into a series of early sticking points on nearly every major element considered key to achieving a new NAFTA agreement, according to sources who describe a dialogue-of-the-deaf-like approach to sensitive issues. A recurring pattern has emerged during the current round of talks in Mexico City, said sources with knowledge of the discussions: a country will raise a prized priority, only to have another systematically refuse to engage the conversation. (Global) (Metro)

McKenna hits back at 'ridiculous' Conservative language on climate change and NAFTA

Canada's push to get climate change action included in a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement is turning into a heated domestic dispute just as it makes its debut at the official negotiating table. The NAFTA schedule obtained by The Canadian Press showed the environment was on the schedule for seven hours of NAFTA talks in Mexico City Monday, and another seven hours on Tuesday. (CBC)

Boeing refusing to blink in dispute with Bombardier despite Liberal threats

Boeing Co. has no plans to back down in its trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier — a high-stakes, cross-border conflict that the U.S. transportation giant says could have long-term ramifications for the future of the entire aerospace sector. (CBC)

Small businesses, Trudeau government headed for autumn tax showdown

Ottawa's fall parliamentary session is a couple of weeks away, and Canadians are already getting a preview of what could be the season's main event: a scrap over the Liberals' proposed tax changes. The Trudeau government's controversial plan is designed to close loopholes that it says give a growing number of wealthy, small-business owners an unfair tax advantage over other Canadians. (CBC)

Trump expected to end DACA, program that gives protections to young people brought to U.S. illegally as children

President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said. The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers legislation, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. But it was not immediately clear how the six-month delay would work in practice and what would happen to people who currently have work permits under the program, or whose permits expire during the six-month stretch. (National Post)

'Distressed and afraid,' Rohingya refugees seek out medical aid in Bangladesh

With thousands of Rohingya refugees streaming daily across the swampy border into Bangladesh, one hospital was struggling Monday to treat dozens of men who had arrived with broken bones, bullet wounds and horrific stories of death. Already, some 87,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered Bangladesh, fleeing violence in western Myanmar that erupted Aug. 25. The refugees have filled three older refugee camps set up in the 1990s. (CBC)

Malala Yousafzai calls on Burma to condemn violence against Rohingya Muslims: ‘The world is waiting’

A Nobel laureate and Muslim nations in Asia criticized Burma’s persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in Indonesia and elsewhere staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government. At least 87,000 refugees from Burma’s western Rakhine state have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence escalated in late August, according to the United Nations, overwhelming existing camps for the displaced. (Toronto Star)

North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme" The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. (BBC)

North Korea threat prompts Japan evacuation preparations

As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea. (Nikkei)

Syrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS

Not only were the US-backed ‘moderate’ militants in southern Syria never meant to fight ISIS, but their commanders actually traded US-made weapons and ammunition to terrorists, a rebel defector claimed in an interview with Rossiya-24. Asaad As-Salem says he defected from the US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra group stationed at the At-Tanf base in southern Syria, and surrendered to Syrian government forces. Along with a number of other militants and their families, they escaped At-Tanf and currently reside in a refugee camp near Damascus. (RT)

Venezuela’s Crisis Looms Large as Pope Visits Latin America

Heilyn Rojas, a 21-year-old Venezuelan student, left her country last year, tired of the crime and food shortages back home. She fled to neighboring Colombia in search of a better life. Now, on the eve of Pope Francis ’ five-day visit to Colombia, she stands among many Venezuelans, including bishops and opposition leaders, who hope the pontiff will chastise Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his role in the nation’s economic collapse and its deep political strife. (WSJ)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Candice Malcolm: The Merit System

Canada’s immigration system is successful for three key reasons: It’s designed to maximize economic growth; the system is fair, selecting newcomers based upon merit; and it works to achieve social integration, which in turn promotes broader trust in the immigration system. (Weekly Standard)

Jerry Agar: Alt-left as bad as the alt-right

Inclusiveness does not actually mean everyone should be included. Are you shocked and appalled I would say that? For example, neo-Nazis should not be included and tolerated in civil society. White supremacists should not be included and tolerated. Are you on board with me now? (Toronto Sun)

Anthony Furey: The free speech haters should listen to Joan Rivers and learn to just grow up

Over a decade ago I attended an interesting talk at the University of Toronto on the subject of free speech. The marquee question of the gathering was along the lines of “Should hate speech be free speech?” The featured professor argued, in a complex and nuanced way full of legal and philosophical arguments, that hate speech should indeed fall under the rubric of free speech, so long as it’s not the sorts of threats and abuse already covered under the Criminal Code. (Edmonton Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Trump and Kim Jung Un playing a scary card game

Another major push by North Korea, but no shove back in return. Wild cards are flying every which way. Here in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the templated statement condemning North Korea’s latest nuclear test, this one showing the world that the Hermit Kingdom has all but perfected a hydrogen bomb which it can strap onto one of its intercontinental ballistic missiles. (Toronto Sun)

Ezra Levant: POLL: Canadians oppose open borders — but Liberals, Tories aren’t listening

According to a new Angus Reid poll, “Half of Canadians say their country is ‘too generous’ toward illegal border crossers.” Tonight, I’ll break down the data in depth. (Rebel)

Gerry Nicholls: Canada’s dual personality prime minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have evolved into a political version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He simultaneously possesses two starkly different political personalities, which for the sake of originality – and to avoid being sued by the estate of Robert Louis Stevenson -- I like to call “Dr. Cynical” and “Mr. Fun.” Let me explain what I mean. (Toronto Sun)

Globe and Mail: Globe editorial: When it comes to giving refuge, Canada is the new America

One can only feel positive about the news that Ottawa has given asylum to as many as 30 gay men who were subject to a medieval pogrom in the Chechen Republic. It was simply the right thing to do. The Globe's reporting of the rescue mission comes as Ottawa is trying to manage the sudden influx of Haitian and other refugees crossing illegally from Donald Trump's America into this country, and while we are still absorbing the thousands of Syrian refugees that began coming after the Liberals won the election in 2015 (Globe and Mail)

Evan Solomon: Should Canada help in North Korean standoff?

The Sunday morning tremors, measuring a magnitude of 6.3, signalled a major escalation in North Korea’s nuclear program. Pyongyang claims to have tested its first hydrogen bomb, one that could be placed on the head of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Though the size and scope of what happened still has to be verified at time of this writing, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the event in a series of tweets. “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” he wrote. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” And that means, very dangerous for Canada as well. The tremors from the blast immediately move the debate about Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) to the front burner of the political stove in Canada. (Macleans)

Margaret Wente: Mr. Trudeau’s government declares class warfare

Is your family doctor a wealthy tax cheat? I don't think mine is. She strikes me as a dedicated, overworked person who is by no means overpaid. But Bill Morneau, our federal Finance Minister, is here to set you straight. His new proposals for small-business tax reform – which will hit a wide range of professionals – are couched in the rhetoric of class warfare. He refers to law-abiding, tax-compliant people (not all of whom drive Lexuses) as "the richest Canadians," who exploit "unfair tax advantages" and "fancy accounting schemes." In contrast with the middle class families that the Trudeau government is working day and night for, they don't pay their "fair share." (Globe and Mail)

 

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