True North Initiative: News Scan 10 06 17

TOP STORIES

Immigration board orders B.C. ISIS supporter detained

A B.C. man who posted violent online rhetoric in support of terrorist attacks and the Islamic State has been ordered detained by the Immigration and Refugee Board pending a full hearing on his status in Canada. Board member Trent Cook said Thursday that he believes Othman Hamdan would be a danger to the public if released from custody before an admissibility hearing later this fall. (Vancouver Sun)

Man acquitted in terror-related case remains locked up during immigration review

A man acquitted of terrorism-related charges will remain locked up in British Columbia after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled he poses a danger to the public. Adjudicator Trent Cook said Othman Hamdan will remain incarcerated during the board’s review of his case because if released, he would continue to post material online that “celebrates” acts of terrorist violence. (National Post)

Edmonton attacks: Woman struck by U-Haul faces long road to recovery

She’s a mother, a daughter and a sister to five siblings. And now, support from family will mean more than ever for Kimberley O’Hara as she recovers from serious injuries sustained when she was run down by a U-Haul van in downtown Edmonton last weekend. (Global)

RCMP national security unit seeks public video, pictures of Edmonton attack

The RCMP unit that investigates threats to national security is asking citizens to share any video or pictures they have of the attacks on Saturday in Edmonton that injured a police officer and four pedestrians. The Integrated National Security Enforcement Team says it is interested in images of a car that hit an Edmonton police officer and the stabbing of the officer. (National Observer)

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said recent surge was an 'unusual influx,' but not a crisis

The surge in asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada has been blamed on the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), which bars entry to Canada from the U.S. at an official border crossing point if the person's claim has already been rejected in the U.S. Conservatives have been calling on the government to amend the agreement so that it would apply across the entire border, not just at official points. (CBC)

Almost 800 Yazidi women and girls who survived ISIS are now in Canada as refugees

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Thursday nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who survived the cruelties of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have now arrived in Canada as refugees. Hussen made the comment in response to a question from a Liberal MP during question period. (Global)

TransCanada halts controversial Energy East pipeline, sparking new east-west tensions

TransCanada Corp. killed its controversial $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline proposal Thursday, provoking a bitter East-West battle over the Liberal government's energy and environment policies. In a terse statement, TransCanada said it reviewed "changed circumstances" and will pull the plug on the pipeline, which was designed to carry 1.1-million barrels a day of Western crude to Eastern refineries and export terminals. (Globe and Mail)

Belize police investigating after Canadian man killed in shooting

Police in Belize say they’re investigating the fatal shooting of a Canadian man. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez says Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. (Global)

Trump might 'abandon Iran nuclear deal'

US President Donald Trump is planning to abandon the Iran nuclear deal shortly, according to US media reports. If he fails to certify the accord, Congress will decide whether to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran. Mr Trump has until 15 October to decide. (BBC) (Toronto Star)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Maximum-security jail ruled unconstitutional in immigration detention case

In a partial victory for longtime immigration detainee Ebrahim Toure, a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that his indefinite detention in a maximum-security jail without charge amounted to “cruel and unusual” treatment and violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But Justice Alfred O’Marra rejected Toure’s application for release, ruling that the federal government still had a right to detain the West African man, who has been behind bars for more than four-and-a-half years because Canada has been unable to deport him. (Toronto Star)

Canada becoming an in-demand destination for foreign tech talent

Between the visa restrictions and the soaring cost of living in the Valley, the Indian-born entrepreneur and author decided last year that it was time to move his family to a new country. They first considered India and Singapore, where they had lived previously, and Melbourne, Australia, where they had family, or a totally new city like Berlin. Then a friend recommended that he look into Toronto (Globe and Mail)

Surrey couple hid in shipping container to escape a rain of bullets in Las Vegas

The walls of a shipping container provided shelter for a Surrey couple from a rain of gunfire that came down in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Patti and Doug Johnston were celebrating the latter’s birthday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. (Global)

Male veterans more likely to die from suicide, says new prevention strategy developed by military and Veterans Affairs

Male veterans of the Canadian Forces are more likely to die from suicide than similarly aged men in the general Canadian population, according to a new federal government suicide prevention strategy released Thursday. (National Post)

Legal files of 5 retired MPs disappear from federal mailroom

A federal department has lost the sensitive legal files of five retired members of Parliament, the latest in a series of privacy breaches across government. Public Services and Procurement Canada lost the original documents last November as it was preparing to return them by registered mail through a suburban Ottawa mailroom. (CBC)

Morneau's goals for tax proposal tweaks won't come easy, experts say

Tax experts say Finance Bill Morneau's plan to adjust his controversial tax proposals is easier said than done. Morneau has tried to calm the anger surrounding the federal government's small business tax package with some hints on how he might address some of the concerns. But tax experts who have studied the government's tax proposals warn that while there are some options, delivering on many of Morneau's tweaks will be challenging. (CTV)

New Brunswick MP kicked off 2 committees for breaking Liberal ranks on tax changes

Saint John-Rothesay Liberal MP Wayne Long has been kicked off two parliamentary committees for breaking party ranks over proposed small business tax changes. Long confirmed he was removed Thursday from the standing committee on human resources, skills, social development and the status of persons with disabilities, as well as the standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics. (CBC)

No ‘Rob Ford Memorial Stadium’ in Toronto after council rejects renaming proposal

City council rejected the proposal late Wednesday night to rename Centennial Park Stadium after the late Ward 2 Etobicoke North city councillor whose turbulent 2010-2014 term as mayor included revelations he smoked crack cocaine and lied about it for months. (Toronto Star)

California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ in defying Trump’s immigration crackdown

California Governor Jerry Brown signed “sanctuary state” legislation on Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally, a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. (SCMP)

New ISIS Infographic on Vegas Shooting Claims Paddock Converted Six Months Ago

The Islamic State continued insisting that they have a connection to Sunday night's massacre in Las Vegas with the publication of an infographic about the crime filling the second page of their 16-page weekly newsletter. (PJ Media)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Anthony Furey: No more changes coming to TDSB Islamic guide

The Toronto District School Board will be making no more revisions to its controversial Islamic Heritage Month guidebook, the Sun has learned. On Wednesday, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) sent the TDSB a letter complaining about the guide’s inclusion of the Nation of Islam and leader Malcolm X. (Toronto Sun)

Farzana Hassan: Edmonton terror attacks a reminder that we must take hateful ideology seriously

We can all be grateful that no one died in the Edmonton terror attacks on Saturday, September 30. Details are now beginning to emerge about a past police investigation of the lone suspect in the attack, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. The police duly conducted the 2015 investigation after receiving a tip from the public that he espoused radical views. One officer said he expressed genocidal beliefs and Sharif’s co-workers stated that he also expressed hateful views about Shia Muslims. (Toronto Sun)

Lorne Gunter: Justin Trudeau's response to Energy East cancellation is laughable

Almost the moment TransCanada announced Thursday it was ending its attempt to build the $15-billion Energy East Pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick, the federal Liberal government began insisting this was purely a “business decision.” Don’t look at us, Trudeau government spokespeople insisted. World oil prices and all that, don’t ya know. (Edmonton Sun)

Ezra Levant: Leftist justice ministers pretend Edmonton attack wasn't terrorism

Abdullahi Sharif has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving, and related offenses. But he hasn't been charged as a terrorist yet. I believe this is a political decision made by an NDP Alberta Justice Minister and Liberal federal Justice Minister, who want to pretend Sharif's ISIS-inspired rampage wasn't terrorism. (Rebel)

John Ivison: Thanks to Trump's ludicrous demands, NAFTA negotiations are going nowhere

One day last month, Donald Trump was in the Oval Office coaching his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, on the art of the deal. “You’ve got 30 days and if you don’t get concessions then I’m pulling out,” the U.S. politics and business website Axios reported the president as saying, a reference to the U.S.-Korea trade deal. (National Post)

Lorrie Goldstein: Trudeau erases Jews from the Holocaust, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now failed twice, in 20 months, to mention Jews in commemorating the Holocaust. The latest omission was brought to light by Conservative MP David Sweet Tuesday, when he noted during Question Period that a plaque on Ottawa’s new Holocaust memorial omits any mention of Jews. (Toronto Sun)

Joe Oliver: Canadians will suffer the punishment for Trudeau's egregious Energy East failure

The prime minister has managed to undermine the environment, the economy, progressive values and national unity, all in one fell swoop. That would be an impressive accomplishment were it not so damaging to the country. (Financial Post)

Supriya Dwivedi: Jagmeet Singh needs to brush up on basic communications strategy

After a decisive win over his opponents – he beat runner-up Charlie Angus by 30 points – Jagmeet Singh can now lead the NDP into the 2019 election trying to convince voters that his party is best placed to govern the country. I have no doubt that Singh’s leadership will inspire many who have felt left out of the political process to be part of the movement Singh and the NDP will be starting. (Global)

 

REPORTS, COMMITTEE HEARINGS, LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

-       Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration met yesterday to get another Briefing on the Issue of Asylum Seekers (Public)