True North Initiative News Scan 02 08 2018


Hearings scheduled to deport alleged ISIS supporter in B.C., official says

Federal officials in Vancouver are moving ahead with efforts to deport a Jordanian man over his social media posts, which support the so-called Islamic State and “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, a hearing heard Wednesday. Appearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) representative said a hearing to revoke Othman Ayed Hamdan’s refugee status had been scheduled for April 6. A second hearing to decide whether Hamdan is a danger to Canada’s security was to begin May 14, CBSA spokesperson Randall Hyland said. Further hearings alleging he is a member of a terrorist organization could follow. (Global)

Trudeau threatens 'no deal' on NAFTA, claims 'peoplekind' comment was a joke

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a hard line on NAFTA negotiations during an appearance in Chicago on Wednesday, bucking recent strong language from President Donald Trump. Trudeau also scaled back his widely ridiculed "peoplekind" comment from a Friday town hall. Speaking at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Trudeau said it’s possible that it might be better for Canada to accept "no deal" rather than accede to revised trade proposals from the Trump administration. “We will not be pushed into accepting any old deal, and no deal might very well be better for Canada than a bad deal,” he said. (FOX)

Trudeau looks to lure tech talent, capital north in San Francisco visit

The employee roll at Ben Zifkin's Toronto-based startup is set to double over the coming year to handle the increase in users of his free service, a business-based social network known as Hubba. He knows he faces international competition for top talent, including the established tech ecosystem in Silicon Valley. (CTV)

On eve of Trudeau trip to India, Sajjan, Sohi dismiss claims of Sikh nationalism

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan calls it "ridiculous" and "offensive" that a magazine in India is accusing Canada of being complicit in a rise in Sikh terrorism. Sajjan and fellow Sikh minister Amarjit Sohi are making it clear they neither sympathize with nor espouse the Sikh nationalist movement, which is bent on creating a separate country called Khalistan within India's Punjab region. (Spec)

Female ISIS fighters wearing burqas are seen firing assault rifles on the front line in latest sign terror group's ranks are depleted

Islamic State have released rare pictures showing women fighters battling on the front line for the terrorist organisation. The snaps show one female fighter, wearing a burqa and gloves, firing an AK47-style assault rifle from behind an earth rampart alongside a comrade. Another shot shows several armed women in the back of a white pickup truck with a male fighter at the side of the cab and an ISIS flag in the bed of the vehicle. (Daily Mail)

ISIS still recruiting terrorists at UK universities – despite government orders over crackdown

Mr Wallace added: “We know there are and have been terrorist radicalisers, terrorist recruiters and terrorists active on campus who have recruited young men and women into terrorism. “We certainly see at the moment and recently young people being engaged by Isis recruiters in young settings, in education settings, quite a lot and that is a worry. “We should all be worried about that.” (

Al-Qaeda going strong as ISIS falls apart, UN report says

Al-Qaeda‘s global network remains “remarkably resilient,” posing more of a threat in some regions than the so-called Islamic State group, UN sanctions monitors said in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The report sent to the Security Council said that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, served as a communications hub for the UN-designated terror group as a whole. (Global)

ISIS Video Depicts Jihadists Waiting West of Paris for Attack on France

The pro-ISIS group that last month depicted the invasion of Washington this week declared "Paris before Rome," depicting a terrorist invasion that began with cells in the countryside outside Paris before attacking the city. Al-Abd al-Faqir Media released what they called "a cinematic film about the invasion of the Islamic State of the capital of degeneracy ... in the near future, inshallah." (PJ Media)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

'No other option but to escape': Ahmadi Muslims, including survivor of mosque attack, find safety in Sask.

Asif Mahmood is lucky to be alive — let alone living in a country where he can openly practise his religion. In May 2010, he was inside one of two Ahmadi Muslim mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, that were brutally attacked. That day, 94 people were killed at the mosques. Among them were Mahmood's father, two uncles and a cousin. Another 120 were injured. (CBC)

Yezidi girl rescued from ISIS wants to reunite with family in Canada

Aziza Jalal, 14, was held by ISIS for three years and five months. She has been rescued from ISIS but her happiness is not fulfilled yet because she has not seen her father, mother, sisters, and brothers. She is waiting to see them to begin a new life, happy again. Though she was rescued from ISIS clutches a month ago, Aziza has not yet been able to hug her parents as her nine-member family were rescued before her and sought refuge in Canada. (Rudaw)

Conservatives call for national-security review of Aecon sale to Chinese company

The Conservative Party is calling for a formal national-security review of the $1.5-billion sale of Canadian infrastructure firm Aecon to a Chinese government-owned construction giant. Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, whose department is overseeing an Investment Canada "net-benefit test" of the takeover, faced a series of questions about the contentious transaction in the House of Commons on Wednesday. (Globe and Mail)

Kent urges the public to “call, email and write” Trudeau over vacation expenses

Conservative ethics critic Peter Kent is urging the public to call, email and write Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell him to “pay back” the expenses he incurred during his trip to the Aga Khan’s island in the Bahamas. “They can do it by telephone to his constituency office in Papineau, they can do it by calling the prime minister’s office here in Ottawa, they can use email or they can in a very simple manner, uncomplicated, take any envelope you might have in the house and address it to the prime minister, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa,” said Kent, holding up an envelope with the address on one side, before turning it over. (IPolitics)

Pyeongchang braces for threats on its Winter Olympics

On the ground: More than 800 high resolution security cameras at all venues, face recognition software to help prevent conventional terrorist attacks, such as suicide bombings and hostage-taking. Five thousand police officers — twice the original plan and double the number deployed during the 2002 World Cup, which South Korea co-hosted with Japan. Tens of thousands of military troops. Snipers and self-driving cars, robots and humanoid bots. (Toronto Star)

Liberal outrage as Dems ignore ‘Dreamers’ in government shutdown budget deal

On the eve of another shutdown deadline, immigration activists joined liberal leaders on Wednesday in threatening political retribution against congressional Democrats who ignore young immigrants in a massive spending deal. (SCMP)

Texas man allegedly sent resume to ISIS for job teaching English

People in a small Texas town are expressing disbelief after learning one of their own residents allegedly applied to work for ISIS. Warren Clark, 33, was one of several “travellers” identified in a report by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism as having travelled to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq since 2011. (Global)

UN Criticized for Failing to Counter Unilateralism

Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Es’haq Al-e Habib cited the US covering for atrocities by its regional allies and attempts to impose its anti-Iran stance on the council by demanding action to address Tehran’s missile development and recent economic demonstrations in Iran. “It seems that the current US administration now is even more enthusiastic to follow that reckless and failed pattern of regarding the Security Council as its ‘toolbox’,” Al-e Habib said, citing two most recent “outrageous” examples of such a US approach. (Financial Times)



Candice Malcolm: Peoplekind a joke? No, a glimpse into Trudeau's mind

On a good day, it’s difficult to take Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seriously. The man — or should I say, the person — has a long track record of saying really stupid and embarrassing things. Trudeau’s best excuse for his habit of sticking his foot in his mouth is to later say he wasn’t being serious. He simply shrugs it off and insists he was telling a “bad joke.” Trudeau was just kidding, for instance, when he said he admired China’s “basic dictatorship.” Sure, someone posed a serious question — what country do you admire most? — and it appeared like Trudeau was sincerely responding. But given how stupid his answer was, he must have been kidding, right? (Toronto Sun)

Mark Bonokoski: Trudeau cabinet to get #MeToo treatment in Hush Chamber

One of the main purposes of the Prime Minister’s Office, regardless of which party is in power, is to shovel dirt under the carpet. This is rarely written, of course, but it’s true. It’s where openness and transparency regarding potentially negative press get clouded and deflected with the deft political deployment of smoke and mirrors. It’s how modern-day politics is played. (Toronto Sun)

Terry Glavin: How 'peoplekind' has done a disservice to the brave women of Iran

The White Wednesdays protests began last May, in the streets of Tehran, and every Wednesday ever since, women across Iran have been posting pictures or videos of themselves wearing white hijabs, or walking unveiled while holding white hijabs aloft, or just wearing something white. The point is to offer up some gesture of resistance to the gender apartheid women have endured in the Islamic republic ever since the Khomeinists came to power in 1979.  (National Post)

Erin O’Toole: Beware the Liberal thought police

Two years into the Trudeau government’s term and the veneer of the “sunny ways” imagery has started to fade away to reveal a darker undercurrent of dangerous ideological division. We have seen how the steady tax increases by the Liberal government under the guise of taxing the so-called wealthiest 1% have stealthily evolved into attempts to tax the tips of hospitality and service workers. We have seen attempts to eliminate tax relief for families impacted by health challenges, such as diabetes, autism or mental health. Now, we are witnessing this same divisive and ideological movement set federal funding of youth employment in its crosshairs. (Toronto Sun)

Toronto Sun: If peoplekind was a joke, nobody got the memo

Stand down, peoplekind. Apparently the joke was on us. Or so says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The whole English-speaking world had a good laugh Tuesday after video surfaced of the PM interrupting a woman at a town hall event for using the word “mankind” in a question. “We like to say ‘peoplekind’, not necessarily ‘mankind’, because it’s more inclusive,” said Canada’s feminist-in-chief, mansplaining the new rules of the English language to a young woman. (Toronto Sun)

Molly Roberts: Forget ‘peoplekind.’ There’s a lot else wrong with Justin Trudeau.

The Canadian prime minister interrupted a woman at a town hall last week to issue a correction, cutting her off when she mentioned “mankind.” “We’d like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily mankind, because it’s more inclusive,” Trudeau said. Many in the audience applauded or laughed, including the question-asker. Many right-wingers on social media did not. Trudeau was cruel to chastise a constituent, they said. He cares too much about political correctness and too little about common decency. (Washington Post)

Andrew Coyne: Canada’s Conservatives won't start winning until they know why they want to win

There is an imbalance in Canadian politics. It takes most obvious form in the presence, federally and in some provinces, of two parties on the left to only one on the right. But its essence is not institutional but psychological. It is the crippling insecurity of the right, a crisis of confidence in stark contrast to the robust, and growing, self-assurance of the left. Part of this is simply the accumulated legacy of electoral defeat. When you have lost as many elections as the federal Conservatives have — two in every three, over the last hundred years — it is bound to do funny things to your psyche. But the self-doubt of Canadian conservatives is seemingly inbred, out of all proportion to external events. (National Post)



  • Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security meets today to study Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters (Public)
  • Standing Committee on National Defence meets today to study Canada’s involvement in NATO (Public)
  • Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration meet today for a Briefing on Resettlement Issues Related to Yazidi Women and Girls (In Camera)
  • Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development meet today for a Briefing on Canada’s Foreign Policy Priorities (Public)