True North Initiative News Scan 01 11 2018


After Trump’s TPS decision, Canada tells Salvadorans: Please don’t come here

When the Trump administration banned  immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries a year ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out an unambiguous tweet about Canada's stance on refugees and asylum seekers. “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength,” Trudeau wrote Jan. 28. But when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it was withdrawing temporary protected status, or TPS, for 200,000 Salvadorans, giving them 18 months to sort out their immigration status permanently or face deportation, the reaction from the Canadian government was more muted. (Washington Post) (National Post)

Iran protests: US urges release of 'peaceful' demonstrators

The US has demanded that the "brutal" leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-government protests. A White House statement said the Trump administration was "deeply concerned" that Iran had imprisoned thousands for engaging in "peaceful protests". It is not known how many people have been arrested. The official figure is about 1,000, but other sources in Iran suggest it could be much higher. (BBC) (The Hill)

Iran arrests dozens for ‘terrorist’ acts linked to protests

Iran says it has arrested dozens on suspicion of “terrorist activities” during a recent wave of protests. The official IRNA news agency on Wednesday carried a statement from the Intelligence Ministry saying security forces confiscated arms and explosives from “safe houses” kept by the detainees. It says some detainees had filmed the protests. (Times of Israel)

92% of middle class families face tax hike over $2,200 beginning in 2019: Fraser Institute

A new Fraser Institute report — The Effect of Canadian Families of Changes to Federal Income Tax and CPP Payroll Tax — says more than 90% of Canadian families will pay higher taxes once the Canada Pension Plan tax increases are fully implemented by 2025. The first of seven increases to CPP tax — which all workers much pay — begins Jan. 2019. The study’s co-author, Charles Lammam, talks about the impact on middle-class families. (Toronto Sun)

Prime Minister Trudeau heckled about Omar Khadr at Hamilton town hall

Justin Trudeau encouraged Canadians to stay angry Wednesday about the $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr — so it will be a reminder not to have another case like that happen again. The prime minister, in a town hall meeting at McMaster University, responded to a heckler who shouted at him from the top of the bleachers. It was an interruption in an otherwise civil town hall meeting with about 1,900 attendees where Trudeau fielded more than a dozen questions from students and community members. Trudeau is an embarrassment, the woman shouted, for opening borders, and for agreeing to pay Khadr. (CBC)

Is there sufficient security at Justin Trudeau town hall meetings?

Should the security at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s town halls across the country be higher? Trudeau was asked about the issue at a town hall he held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. on Tuesday. “Nobody searched anyone as they were coming through the door here,” one person told Trudeau. “Everybody’s jackets were checked, but nobody was patted down, no metal detectors were passed over anyone.” (Global)

Justin Trudeau tells Hamilton town hall Canadians can feel safe despite returning ISIS fighters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Hamilton town hall Wednesday that despite concerns over returning ISIS fighters, Canadians were safe in their country and could rely on the security and intelligence services to keep them that way. As the war against ISIS winds down, the government has said it's aware of about 180 individuals "with a nexus to Canada" who had travelled overseas to join ISIS and other groups — and another 60 who had returned to Canada. (CBC)

Anti-abortion efforts out of sync with Canadian society: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down Wednesday in Hamilton on his defence of reproductive choice in Canada at the second stop on his town hall tour across the country, saying groups seeking to remove the right of Canadian women to access abortion are out of sync with society. (Global)

Trudeau’s Aga Khan dealings were ‘going to be a problem,’ ex-ethics watchdog testifies

Justin Trudeau's interactions with the Aga Khan were "going to be a problem" whether they were friends or not, and the Prime Minister almost certainly would have been advised not travel to the spiritual leader's private island had he asked, former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said on Wednesday. (Globe and Mail)

Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. (Reuters)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Salvadorans in Manitoba concerned after recent U.S. immigration decision

The group Canadian-Salvadorians in Winnipeg is concerned about the safety of Salvadorans living in the United States. It comes following a decision by the Trump administration this week to end special protections for around 200,000 Salvadorans. Oscar Calix, the group’s past president, said Salvadorans living in Manitoba are watching the situation closely. (CTV)

Another asylum seeker suffers frostbite crossing border as feds' U.S. campaign discourages irregular migration

Days before Canada's immigration minister said he doesn't see another surge of asylum seekers on the horizon, Kangni Kouevi became the third asylum seeker to suffer serious frostbite trudging north into Manitoba through snow and blistering cold. "It can kill you," the 36-year-old butcher from West Africa, hands wrapped in thick bandages, said Wednesday of the harsh winter conditions he experienced crossing the U.S.-Canada border on foot in search of refuge last week. (CBC)

No diplomats recalled from Cuba due to strange symptoms as investigation turns up few clues

The RCMP continues to investigate mysterious symptoms affecting Canadian diplomats in Cuba, but Canada’s foreign affairs department sees no reason to recall personnel or review its handling of eight cases of confirmed health problems, according to a senior government official. (National Post)

Canada Takes ‘Hug-an-American’ Approach to Saving Nafta

Days after talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement soured over a U.S. proposal on car production, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau flew to Windsor, Ontario, to meet with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at an art museum overlooking the Detroit skyline. “We have a highly integrated auto industry and supply chain,” Mr. Garneau said he told the governor in late October. “I wanted to point out that it would be important we don’t put that in jeopardy.” (WSJ)

Report obtained by CTV News shows lack of confidence in military justice system

The military justice system, operated by the Canadian Armed Forces, is where troops are supposed to find justice, but an internal report obtained exclusively by CTV News reveals a lack of confidence that extends to the highest levels. Ordered in May 2016, the 560-page draft document titled “Court Martial Comprehensive Review Interim Report” was completed in July 2017 but it still has not been released to the public. (CTV)

Donald Trump seeks deals on immigration and border wall as government shutdown looms

US President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers came together on Tuesday as they sought to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving the politically blistering issue of immigration. Facing a January 19 deadline for averting an election-year government shutdown, negotiators were seeking a formula for reviving protections against deportation that Trump has ended for nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived illegally in the US as children. (SCMP)

Agents raid 7-Eleven stores across America in immigration crackdown

US immigration agents raided nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores around the country on Wednesday, sending a warning to businesses not to hire illegal immigrants, officials said. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 21 undocumented immigrants in the raids of 7-Eleven franchises in 17 states and the capital, they said, amid a broad crackdown by the year-old administration of President Donald Trump. (SCMP)

By 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US

The Pew Research Center combined studies they conducted in 2007, 2011 and 2017 with yearly data from the US Census (which does not track religious affiliation) to put together a portrait of the future of Muslims in America. (CNN)



Candice Malcolm: Tackling the underlying jihadist ideology is the real battle

Returned ISIS militants pose a unique threat to the West — one than runs deeper than the daily threat of yet another deadly terrorist attack. These returned ISIS terrorists are loyal to our enemies and devoted to an evil ideology that is completely at odds with our Western way of life. And yet, thanks to decades of careless immigration and integration policies, some of these foreign agents also happen to be Western citizens. (Toronto Sun)

Terry Glavin: Canadian relations with Iran should be a non-starter

Now that Iran’s Khomeinist tyranny is filling its jails with protesters and threatening to impose the death penalty upon anyone who continues to defy the ayatollahs’ rule, it may well be that the working class rebellion that has been churning through the streets of 80 cities across the country for the past two weeks has run its course. That’s what the Islamic Revolutionary Guard claims, anyway. (Ottawa Citizen)

Michelle Malkin: Time's up for 'temporary' alien protection

As if we haven’t shown enough generosity to these provisional guests in our home, the Department of Homeland Security gave the Salvadorans until September 2019 to get their affairs in order. But the usual suspects in the permanent Gang of Amnesty — identity-politics Democrats, Big Business Republicans, anti-rule of law activists and sovereignty-sabotaging pundits — condemned the Trump administration’s announcement this week with a heaping dose of hyperbole. (Toronto Sun)

Lorrie Goldstein: Conservatives are cowards on Indigenous issues

As long as Conservatives fail to develop a coherent policy for dealing with Canada’s Indigenous people, panicked overreactions like federal party leader Andrew Scheer firing Sen. Lynn Beyak from the Tory caucus will rule the day. Beyak has been in trouble with the Conservative hierarchy ever since she said residential schools did a lot of good, but Scheer only removed her from caucus in reaction to letters from ordinary Canadians supporting Beyak which she posted online, some containing racist views. (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Stop No. 2 on Justin Trudeau’s Reputation Reclamation Tour

Having been hammered in Nova Scotia, would Prime Minister Justin Trudeau get hammered again Wednesday in The Hammer — one of the nicknames for Hamilton, an Ontario city with steel-town roots? During the first town hall meeting in his six-city Reputation Reclamation Tour, a woman in Sackville, N.S., bedecked in a Canadian flag T-shirt and matching cap, gave the prime minister a zinger. (Toronto Sun)

John Ivison: Canada spends $29B a year on business subsidies — and half of it is wasted

An important new study has for the first time calculated the total amount the federal government and four largest provinces spend on subsidizing businesses — a staggering $29 billion a year — and it estimates more than half of that spending is wasted. The aim of the spending in most cases is to improve economic performance. But the analysis by John Lester, an executive fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, suggests programs like subsidies to attract foreign companies to shoot movies in Canada don’t work. (National Post)

Marc Ginsberg: Let’s Bomb Iran With English

Trump’s impending decision comes against a backdrop of recent violent street demonstrations throughout Iran by Iranians protesting human rights violations, the decaying economy, and the rampant corruption within the mullahs’ theo-kleptocracy. Twenty-one Iranians were killed by authorities and over 1,000 arrested throughout the country. (Huffington Post)




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