True North Initiative News Scan 01 16 2018


Reported hijab attack on 11-year-old girl 'did not happen,' Toronto police say

An 11-year-old girl's report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn't occur, Toronto police said Monday. "After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen," police said. "The investigation is concluded." The girl reported Friday that a man attempted twice to cut off her hijab as she walked to school with her younger brother. Police said last week that the alleged attack was being investigated as a possible hate crime. (CBC) (Global)

Liberals miss deadline to resettle ISIS survivors of rape, genocide due to airport closure

The Liberal government missed its target to resettle 1,200 Yazidis and other survivors of ISIS in Canada by the end of 2017 because of an extended airport closure in northern Iraq. According to figures provided to CBC News from Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC), the department has issued just over 1,200 visas to government-sponsored survivors, but as of Dec. 31, 2017, only 981 had arrived in Canada, 81 per cent of them Yazidi. (CBC)

China admits to having agents in Canada as former judge harassed in Toronto

At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 23, two people arrived at the house where Xie Weidong lives with his wife, Yang Mei, in Toronto. The couple's doorbell rang repeatedly. Ms. Yang got up to see who was there, then roused Mr. Xie, a former Chinese judge who has been the target of a lengthy campaign by authorities in China who want him to return home as part of a corruption investigation. (Globe and Mail)

Former hostage Joshua Boyle remanded again, returns to court Jan. 26

Joshua Boyle will remain in custody until at least Jan. 26, after he was remanded again Monday during his fourth court appearance since he was arrested two weeks ago. The 34-year-old former hostage in Afghanistan and Pakistan faces 15 charges that include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement and one count each of uttering death threats, misleading police, and giving someone a noxious substance. (Toronto Star)

Fox News slams 'reprehensible' Trudeau over pro-life summer jobs grant refusal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s views on abortion are raising the ire of the U.S. right wing. His explanation for why he’s restricting federal summer job grants for pro-life organizations has drawn an insult from a former Trump White House staffer and critical coverage in some conservative media, including the president’s favourite morning TV show. (Toronto Sun)

New ethics commissioner to continue investigation into Bill Morneau

Canada's new Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says he has informed Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the investigation into whether he broke the Conflict of Interest Act will proceed. Former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson began investigating Morneau's role in the introduction of Bill C-27 while he still owned shares in his family's pension company, but retired from her position before completing the inquiry. (CBC)

Iran Tortures Two Young Protesters to Death in Prison, Raising Death Toll to 25

Two activists arrested and charged for participating in the widespread protests calling for the demise of Iran’s Islamic regime were reportedly tortured to death in prison in Iranian Kurdistan. Saro Ghahremani, a Kurdish protester, 24, died in Sanandaj prison in Iranian Kurdistan and Ali Poladi, approximately 26, died in the northern Iranian Chalus prison, according to the Kurdish outlet Rudaw. Both men were reportedly tortured to death. (Breitbart)

Death Toll in Iran Protests Rises to 25, over 400 Still Under Arrest

ccording to the Iranian judiciary, around 456 people remain in jail after the crackdown against the recent popular uprising, following the release of 440 “arrested rioters.” The judiciary counted 25 deaths during the uprising, blaming them entirely on demonstrators while claiming that government security forces fired no shots because they were “ordered not to use their weapons.” (Breitbart)

Iranians doubt the official line on protester prison 'suicides' and call for accountability

Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Iran’s government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions. The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of anti-government protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republic’s political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade. (National Post)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Trudeau defends North Korea meeting in the face of Russian, Chinese criticism

Both China and Russia will be integral to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conceded Monday even as he defended the decision to leave the two countries out of this week's international gathering on the perils posed by North Korea. Trudeau made the remarks after Russia became the latest to slam the meeting -- taking place Tuesday in Vancouver and co-hosted by Canada and the U.S. -- as a threat to peace efforts. (CTV)

One in three Canadians unable to cover monthly bills as rate hike looms

One in three Canadians say they are unable to cover their monthly bills and debt repayments, and risk falling into a ‘dangerous debt trap’ as they borrow more to make ends meet, a new survey says. “With interest rates on the rise, Canadians are more stretched financially than they have ever been before. I wouldn’t say we’re at a major tipping point yet, but likely not far off,” Grant Bazian, president of personal insolvency practice MNP. (Financial Post)

New plaque at Holocaust memorial will officially recognize murder of Jews, ‘other groups’

The federal government will officially commemorate the murder of six million Jews on the main plaque at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, but also the fact "other groups" were specifically targeted by the Nazis, officials said. The new wording, to be officially unveiled in the spring, comes after the first version of the dedication plaque drew widespread condemnation in Canada and around the world for failing to mention Jews as the prime target of the Second World War genocide. (Globe and Mail)

'In the dark': Canadian eyed by CSIS blocked from visiting dying father in U.S.

In his basement apartment, a Mississauga man stares into his father's weary eyes for what could be the last time. A tiny screen is the closest he can get to his 71-year-old father, bedridden in an Ohio hospital with Stage 4 brain cancer. Travelling to see his father isn't an option for the 33-year-old. And he's reminded of it each time he tries to cross the border. (CBC)

N.S. man facing deportation to Somalia to be released, lawyer says

The lawyer for a young man who has spent most of his life in Canada but is now facing deportation to Somalia says his client will soon be released from detention. Benjamin Perryman says the Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered Abdoul Abdi to be released from custody. (Halifax Today) (Global)

China, Russia dismiss Vancouver summit as counterproductive

Western foreign ministers attending a Vancouver summit acknowledge that a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear threat can't be accomplished without China and Russia even as they examine new measures to pressure Pyongyang to the negotiating table. China and Russia have bluntly criticized the Vancouver talks, co-hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as too focused on sanctions and not enough on the need to defuse the crisis through concerted dialogue. (Globe and Mail)

Fans chant ‘death to the dictator’ in Iran’s Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium

A popular uprising sweeping Iranian cities has now spread to squares and football stadiums amid continuing anger over political and economic policies of the Iranian regime. In a strong sign of the continuation of protests in Iran, thousands of people chanted slogans against the country's regime such as "seath to the dictator" in Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium in Isfahan, which hosted the Sabahan and Thub Ahan game. (Alarabiya)

U.K. scrambles two RAF fighters to intercept Russian jets bombers near British airspace

Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions. The RAF confirmed that it sent Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland on a “quick reaction alert” as two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers approached Britain. (Toronto Sun)

How the U.S. military is quietly preparing for a last resort: war with North Korea

At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery fire to assault targets. Two days later, in the skies above Nevada, 119 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division parachuted out of C-17 military cargo planes under cover of darkness in an exercise that simulated a foreign invasion. (National Post)



Tarek Fatah: A hijabi hoax that fooled Canada

The moment the first pictures appeared of 11-year-old Khowlah Noman at a press conference, flanked by her mother in niqab and a Muslim activist from Mississauga, I knew there was something not right. Khowlah’s story that an Asian man cut her hijab with scissors was a physical impossibility. To cut the hijab with scissors through the winter jacket was only possible if the jacket was completely removed. This was not the case. There was obviously more to it than met the eye, but not for our bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden politicians, hungry for the Muslim vote bank in some pockets of Toronto. (Toronto Sun)

Anthony Furey: Hijab hoax girl, family owe Canadians an apology

It was the assault that pulled on the heartstrings of a nation. Khawlah Noman’s story of being attacked not once but twice by a man in his 20s who used scissors to cut her hijab garnered responses from coast-to-coast. The media seized upon this troubling tale as camera crews rushed to her Scarborough school for a press conference several hours after the Friday morning assault happened. (Toronto Sun)

Ezra Levant: Why Canadians deserve apology after “hijab hoax” — and girl's mother must be charged

I want an apology from the Islamophile politicians, and media, who were so quick to believe this obviously fake story, and smear Canadians. I want an apology and an explanation from the school board and the police for permitting this bizarre exploitation of this child for PR purposes. (Rebel)

Candice Malcolm: Canada needs a better approach to dismantling Islamist networks

Returned ISIS fighters join the ranks of a hidden class of enemy citizens secretly embedded in our society. These radical agents have built their own infrastructure, and use our openness and freedom to wage war against us. Of course, most Muslims in North America are not part of this covert network. In Canada, large majorities explicitly reject the Islamist ideology. (Toronto Sun)

Majed El Shafie: Now’s the time for Trudeau to act on Iran

It’s been two weeks since Iranians took to the streets across Iran in protest. More than 20 people including children have been killed, over 3,000 have been arrested. With a lull in protest activity following a crackdown by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG)- the Ayatollah’s fighting forces – now is the time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find his voice and use the levers available to increase pressure to support reforms that benefit the Iranian people. (Toronto Sun)

Andrew Coyne: Certainty of a nuclear-armed North Korea leaves only one option for Canada

North Korea’s bold dash for nuclear status; its provocative missile launches in recent months, and the crazed exchange of threats that followed between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and President Trump; the alarming inconsistency of the statements coming out of a U.S. administration seemingly at war with itself, the president at one point even seeming ready to fire his secretary of state: the whole world is on edge these days. As it happens the president was golfing when the mistaken alert was sent out. Imagine if he had not been. (National Post)

Washington Times: A lesson from Canada

Talking the talk is easy. Walking the walk is not so easy. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, thought he could take a shot at the Americans, and Donald Trump in particular, for its determination to get out-of-control immigration under something resembling control. Lesson apparently learned. When President Trump tried to bar immigration last year from seven particularly troublesome countries sending waves of their own people to the United States, and these nations happened to be Muslim-majority nations, Mr. Trudeau thought it would be fun to mock Mr. Trump about his stance on refugees and other asylum-seekers and his determination to restore order on the border. (Washington Times)

Mark Bonokoski: Liberals foolishly poke the bully in U.S. trade snit

The Trudeau Liberals, afraid that big, bad, bully Donald Trump will demand all the NAFTA candy or walk out, have done what cry babies are known to do when fearful of not getting their way. They’ve run to mommy. (Toronto Sun)

David Jones: Shaking up the Mideast

After more than a generation of excavation in the Middle East, the U.S. government has finally concluded the hole it has been digging for the “two state solution” has no foreseeable “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow. Nor, to mix metaphors, does the room filled with manure have a pony in it, as hypothesized by the little optimist. So, U.S. President Donald Trump stopped digging and closed the door on the manure pile. (Toronto Sun)




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