True North Initiative News Scan 11 10 2017

TOP STORIES

Liberals stripped citizenship at a record pace, new docs reveal

The Trudeau government continued to strip citizenship from dual citizens at a record pace until the day a federal court ruled that it was unconstitutional, Postmedia has learned. A new federal document reveals that the government stripped citizenship from 78 people between November 2016 and May 2017, pushing the total number of revoked citizenships under Trudeau’s watch to over 250. This represents a drastic increase in the number of revocations compared to former prime minister Stephen Harper, whose government stripped citizenship from 65 people during its nine-year tenure. (Toronto Sun) (Canoe)

Confidential border document: Illegal migrants enter Windsor through trucks

Illegal aliens have entered Canada through Windsor in the back of commercial trucks, suggests a classified government document obtained by the Windsor Star. From organized crime to human smuggling, 10 internal documents from the Canada Border Services Agency show a wide-ranging struggle by the government to secure the country’s borders. The documents, obtained through a federal Access to Information request, are heavily redacted and took CBSA three years to process. The Star made the request in 2014 — asking for all records within the previous two years that discuss the trends/scope of human smuggling into Canada. The documents arrived in 2017. (Windsor Star)

Canada could attract ‘Dreamers’ deported from U.S.: government data

An internal government analysis of American immigration policy suggests there could be significant implications for Canada if the U.S. ends a program that defers deportation for people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. President Donald Trump has announced the end of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, a policy that gave work permits and a reprieve from deportation to around 800,000 people. (Global) (CTV)

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau sabotages Trans-Pacific Partnership, shocking leaders

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sabotaged a pact to salvage a multibillion-dollar, 11-nation Pacific Rim trade deal at the last minute, surprising leaders of the other nations, including Australia's Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Trudeau failed to show up at a meeting late on Friday that was set to officially revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that had been negotiated on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese coastal city of Danang (Sydney Morning Herald)

Key national security bill to leapfrog straight to committee

The government’s plan to overhaul the Canadian national security landscape will go straight to committee for debate before it heads to Second Reading. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced in the House of Commons on Thursday that C-59, which was introduced in June 2017 and will make significant changes to how Canadian national security agencies function and have their actions reviewed, will receive a brief debate in the House of Commons on November 20 and then be referred to committee for potential substantial amendments and further discussion. (IPolitics)

Small knives will be allowed on planes, but baby powder banned: Transport Canada

Under new regulation changes effective later this month, airline passengers will be able to carry some small knives on most flights, but baby powder will be banned. Transport Canada says knife blades up to six centimetres -- about the size of a large paper clip -- will be allowed on domestic and most international flights. Blades of any length will continue to be banned on U.S. flights while razor blades and box cutters of any size will remain prohibited on all flights. (CTV)

Prince Albert Police Service website hacked, pro-ISIS message left

The Prince Albert Police Service website has been hacked, with someone leaving a pro-ISIS message displayed on the page. The website early Wednesday displayed the message "I Love Islamic state" and played an audio track with a man speaking in Arabic. The speech is propaganda for fundamentalist and violent actions, addressed to Muslims and glorifying ISIS fighters. (CBC)

'Liberals have let us down,' says frustrated vet awaiting pension decision

Veterans who felt betrayed by federal Conservatives and worked to drum them out of office in 2015 are now making what could be a last-ditch pitch to the governing Liberals to live up to all of their campaign promises. They are meeting with MPs and senators over the next few days to brief them on a wide-range of gaps that still remain in the system of benefits, despite billions of dollars having been poured into programs and services for ex-soldiers in the last two budgets. (CBC)

1 in 3 Canadians say Morneau doing poor job as finance minister: poll

Over one in three Canadians think Bill Morneau is doing a poor or very poor job and needs to step up his game as finance minister, according to a new Nanos survey of Canadians, conducted exclusively for CTV News. In the aftermath of Morneau’s blind trust controversy, and fresh off the heels of a fiscal update that offered good news about the economy but bad news for those who care about balanced budgets, Canadians were asked what they thought of the job he’s doing in his portfolio, and the results were mixed. (CTV)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Canadian man’s body brought back from Costa Rica without brain, half a heart, family says

After learning of the sudden death of her 42-year-old son at a Costa Rican resort, a Canadian mother is looking for answers as to how it happened. Shawn Edmonds was staying at the Hotel Riu Guanacaste. He was in the Central American country for a friend’s wedding. He died at the hotel and his death is now being investigated by authorities in Costa Rica. (Global)

Newfoundland woman says paperwork gaffe nixed costly bid to reunite with family

Newfoundland woman says one wrong checked box in a stack of paperwork wiped out thousands of dollars and years of effort to bring her family to Canada from India. Leena Raju says a five-year application ban for an honest mistake has made her feel like a criminal. Experts say her case is all too common. (Lethbridge Herald)

Trudeau ducks questions on TPP as trade minister bats down deal reports

Canada's International Trade Minister quickly tried to swat away any rumours that the remaining countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) struck a new deal Thursday.  Earlier, media were reporting that Japan said ministers had reached a deal in principle ahead of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit opening in Da Nang, Vietnam on Friday. (CBC)

Sajjan avoids elaboration on peacekeeping pledges ahead of B.C. conference

Canada's Defence Minister says he's more interested in discussing peacekeeping innovation than pledges of troops as representatives of 80 countries prepare to attend an international conference in Vancouver next week at which Canada is expected to finally disclose its peacekeeping plans. In a conference call with media on Thursday, Harjit Sajjan sidestepped a question about what pledges of peacekeepers Canada might make next week, instead touting a conversation "beyond pledges" of support to deal with global hot spots. (Globe and Mail)

Quebec’s Bill 62 splits federal Liberals amid calls to ignore court challenge

Quebec's face-covering law is exposing divisions among federal Liberals, with staunch defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on one side and a large number of Quebec MPs who fear becoming political casualties of the contentious debate on the other. Several Liberal MPs are calling on the government to stay out of the coming court challenge to the law, including some of the most vocal opponents of Bill 62 in caucus. (Globe and Mail)

Government defends 'fake map' of GTH to sell Chinese megamall as artist's rendering

CBC has discovered the premier's office is promoting the megamall being built at the Global Transportation Hub using a map of the facility which features a host of businesses that don't exist. The real GTH houses about ten businesses and more than half of the land is empty. (CBC)

Elections Canada wants someone to launch simulated phishing attack

Elections Canada is looking for someone to run a mock attack on its computer system to make sure its security is up to snuff. The federal agency put out a call on Oct. 26 for a contractor to conduct a “simulated phishing program.” The goal, according to the contract advertisement, is to “create awareness and assess the current state of readiness against cybercriminal attacks initiated by phishing.” (Toronto Star)

Tories want to know who was involved in Syria-praising tweet

The Conservatives want to find out the titles of everyone involved in approving a tweet sent from the departmental account of the environment minister on Tuesday that praised Syria for joining the Paris climate accord. While the Twitter account that sent the tweet is run by the department and not Environment Minister Catherine McKenna – who has a separate personal account – the minister condemned the tweet as “completely unacceptable” and said Wednesday it had been deleted. (IPolitics)

NDP, experts call for greater control over Canadian arms sales abroad

Canadian arms exports grew to a total value of more than $20 billion in sales over the past 16 years, peaking at $2 billion in 2012 alone under the former Conservative government, federal reports show. With the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau under pressure to toughen up a Commons bill that would allow Canada to join the 2013 UN Arms Trade Treaty, the latest arms data for 2016 has spurred the NDP and outside experts into reiterating calls for greater control over Canadian arms sales abroad. (IPolitics)

Bob Rae to urge Trudeau to maintain support for Rohingya at APEC summit

Canadian special envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae can't shake the private conversation he had this week with one of the more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence to Bangladesh. "The one sentence that I will never forget was a man who broke down as he said goodbye to me. He said 'We're human,'" Mr. Rae said following his first trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh as special envoy. (Globe and Mail)

Leftists Gathered To Scream Helplessly At The Sky On Election Anniversary

Disappointed leftists, still reeling — one full year later — from Donald Trump's election, gathered in major cities across the nation to scream helplessly at the sky as an expression of their impotent anger at the universe for saddling them with the Republican leader. (Daily Wire)

Germans call for Brexit to be delayed until end of 2020

Britain should delay Brexit by up to two years or a deal will fall apart, Angela Merkel’s advisers say. In a controversial assessment that will anger Downing Street, five senior economists said Brussels should prepare for Britain to remain a member of the bloc until the end of 2020. (Daily Mail) (BBC)

President Donald Trump praises Chinese leader Xi Jinping as ‘highly respected’

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as “highly respected” on Friday as he left Beijing for Vietnam, ending a visit which Chinese media declared set a “new blueprint” for handling U.S.-China relations and differences. Trump pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States, but lauded Xi’s pledge that China would be more open to foreign firms. (Global)

Trump at Apec summit: US will no longer tolerate trade abuses

President Donald Trump has said the US will no longer tolerate "chronic trade abuses", in a defiant address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Vietnam. He said he would always put US interests first and Apec nations should "abide by fair reciprocal trade". (BBC)

Twitter suspends verification tool after white nationalist rally organizer gets check mark

Twitter’s blue verification badge has evolved to signify importance within the Twitter community, though the social giant recently faced backlash by awarding a badge to well-known white supremacist Jason Kessler. Kessler recently made headlines for being an organizer of the far-right Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Va. this past August. (Global)

Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens Out of Lebanon, Raising Fears of War

Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon on Thursday, escalating a bewildering crisis between the two Arab nations and raising fears that it could lead to an economic crisis or even war. The order came after Saudi Arabia had stepped up its condemnations of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shiite militia that is the most powerful political and military force in Lebanon, and asserted that Lebanon had effectively declared war on Saudi Arabia. (NY Times)

Saudi Arabia and Iran Battle for Power in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia's order for its citizens to evacuate Lebanon is the latest ominous signal in an escalating confrontation between the Middle East's chief regional rivals, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two nations have long fought proxy wars against each other, but many fear that the newly empowered Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is looking to assert Saudi Arabia's regional dominance at any cost. The conflict heated up last year when Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric and then severed diplomatic ties with Iran. (NBC)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Candice Malcolm: Canadians leery of mass immigration

The Trudeau government introduced its 2018 immigration plan last week, and we were told the Liberals were ushering in “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.” The feds announced Canada would welcome one million newcomers in the next three years – and that’s just counting permanent residents who are on track to become citizens. The government will also issue hundreds of thousands of visas for guest workers, students, and other visitors to our country. (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Remembrance Day beckons, with hundreds of vets homeless

As we head into Remembrance Day, we will begin to see more of them as the days and nights grow colder, and heat vents along our cities’ sidewalks become homes for the homeless. We will largely walk around them, of course, perhaps look down upon them pitifully, but otherwise take scant notice. (Toronto Sun)

Farzana Hassan: Change is coming as young Saudis crave freedom

Saudi Arabia thus far displays no advancement in the status of women. They remain burka-clad, invisible, voiceless and anonymous if they venture out in public. A fire in a Saudi school in 2002 killed fifteen girls. The reason? Escape would have required fleeing without the proper attire, the abaya that fully covers them and prevents anyone from noticing their contours. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Catherine McKenna, #ClimateCrusader!

It was, declared Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna with the equivalent of a Twitter shrug, “a mistake.” The mistake being that Canada, through her ministry, had just tweeted its congratulations to Syria for signing the Paris climate accord in a Twitter account that features a smiling McKenna as its avatar. (Toronto Sun)

 

REPORTS, COMMITTEE HEARINGS, LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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