True North Initiative News Scan 03 09 2018

TOP STORIES

Jaspal Atwal Says He Asked Liberal MP To Attend Trudeau Reception, No Longer Backs Sikh Separatism

A man at the centre of a controversy surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to India says he has renounced terrorism and no longer advocates for Sikh separatism. Jaspal Atwal said Thursday that since he was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, he has tried to contribute to Canadian society and those efforts include meeting politicians from various parties. (Huffington Post)

Jaspal Atwal feels 'regret and remorse' for his part in assassination attempt

A B.C. man at the centre of a controversy over an invitation he received to attend a function for Prime Minister Justice Trudeau in India two weeks ago says he has been “completely overwhelmed” by the media attention to the case. Jaspal Atwal, who in 1987 was convicted in the shooting of a Punjabi cabinet minister in B.C. and had links to a Sikh separatist movement, held a press conference Thursday to say how difficult it was to become the centre of “international media attention.” (Toronto Sun)

He banned the word mankind and cried when he met his wife... Is Canada's PM Justin Trudeau the world's most PC politician?

From the moment he arrived in Delhi to be greeted, not by Indian PM Narendra Modi, but by a junior agriculture minister in a calculated snub, Trudeau and his equally photogenic wife and children brought embarrassment on themselves as they rubbed shoulders with a Sikh extremist, posed in ‘traditional’ Indian robes and begged for selfies with film stars. (Daily Mail)

Sons of late Iranian-Cdn prof in Vancouver; Mom can't leave Iran

The family of Iranian-Canadian Prof. Kavous Seyed-Emami, who died under suspicious circumstances while under arrest in Tehran, was planning to flee harassment by authorities there and start a new life in Vancouver, where they have lived before. But at the last minute, his widow, Maryam Mombeini, who is a dual citizen of both Iran and Canada, was temporarily detained. She was prevented from leaving Iran and their two sons had to fly alone, leaving her behind. (Toronto Sun)

Toronto man set to be deported to Nigeria after a 13-year battle

A Toronto man has lost his last-ditch effort to delay his deportation to Nigeria after a 13-year fight that ended Thursday when the Federal Court refused to hear his latest request to suspend the removal. Jamil Ogiamien, 48, was scheduled to be escorted by two Canada Border Services Agency officers and a nurse on a charter flight to Lagos overnight Thursday after the court dismissed his request, confirmed his lawyers, Subodh Bharati and David Cote. (Toronto Star)

#MyFeminism and what it means across party lines (Monsef quote)

Maryam Monsef is at the core of these discussions today and everyday. As the Minister for the Status of Women, the decades-old federal agency that will soon be turned into a formal ministry, she works closely with other departments to ensure decisions are made with women top-of-mind. “It’s an interesting time to be a woman and certainly an interesting time to be leading this particular file,” said Monsef. “My job is to monitor the quality and consistency of the intersectional gendered lens, GBA +, that we apply to every government decision that comes before cabinet.” (IPolitics)

Canada, Mexico getting indefinite relief from U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

Canada can breathe easier, for now: It’s getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period. U.S. President Donald Trump is signing proclamations hammering global steel and aluminum imports with tariffs of 25 and 10 per cent. They go into effect in 15 days. (Canadian Press)

Alabama man pleads guilty to trying to aid ISIS on US soil

An Alabama man has pleaded guilty to plotting to execute terroristic acts in America for the Islamic State. Aziz Ihab Sayyed, a 23-year-old American citizen, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Birmingham. Federal prosecutors said Sayyed, after watching propaganda videos from the terrorist group, bought the ingredients for an explosive and told others about his hope to use it in a car bomb or explosive belt. (FOX)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Refugee judge accused of ‘incompetence’ in Global News investigation, ‘no longer an employee of the IRB’

A powerful refugee judge accused of a “pattern of incompetence” and aggressive behaviour aimed at lawyers and refugee claimants is no longer employed by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), according to the organization. “Ms. [Natalka] Cassano is no longer an employee of the IRB,” said a statement from IRB spokesperson Anna Pape. “As this is a private matter, we will not comment further.” (Global)

Trudeau to name Brenda Lucki as Canada's first permanent female RCMP commissioner Friday

CBC News has confirmed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce Brenda Lucki as Canada's first permanent female RCMP commissioner Friday in Regina. A source with knowledge of the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CBC News Trudeau would make the announcement at the RCMP Depot training centre. (CBC)

‘We’ll wait and see’: Ford toys with contesting PC leadership result

Two Progressive Conservative leadership candidates are refusing to rule out a challenge to Saturday’s vote result. In interviews with iPolitics, neither Doug Ford nor Tanya Granic Allen would take contesting the result off the table. (IPolitics)

This woman's immigration application took so long she died while waiting

Shabbir Jaffer applied to sponsor his aging mother to join him in Canada in 2007, shortly after his father passed away at their family home in England. The agonizing wait for family reunification finally ended 11 years later, in January, when 80-year-old Nargis Anwar Jaffer died of pneumonia in a hospital back home — with the sponsorship application still in process. (Toronto Star)

Suddenly, Rachel Notley warns she’d cut off oil shipments to B.C.

On the day Donald Trump punished most nations of the world (including his own) with steel and aluminum tariffs, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley made a policy declaration that sounds more Trumpian than any Canadian observer might have imagined possible, especially after she banned B.C. wine over a pipeline tiff and then relented weeks later. Had she extended the act a few more beats, it might’ve sounded like this: (Macleans)

Air Canada union files human rights complaint over flight attendant treatment

The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging "systemic discrimination and harassment" of its members. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says the airline's policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory toward female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race. (CBC)

White South Africans face genocide, ‘We are cutting the throat of whiteness’

During an EFF campaign speech Sunday, Malema cranked up the hate and hostilities toward South African whites, saying that his party had decided to remove the mayor of Port Elizabeth because he “is a white man.” He encouraged his followers to “go after the white man” and to cut “the throat of whiteness.” (The Blaze)

Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix

Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions. (NY Times)

Washington in shock after Trump ACCEPTS stunning invitation to meet North Korean despot by May after rogue nation agrees to suspend nuclear and missile tests

President Donald Trump has accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's dramatic offer to meet, the White House has confirmed. The meeting was first announced by South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who claimed it was due to take place by the end of May. However, a statement from the White House did not confirm the two-month timeplan, and said the place and time of the meeting was still being worked out. (Daily Mail)

Iran: Security Forces Open Fire On Peaceful Farmer Protesters In Varzaneh

The State Security Force opened fire on Varzaneh farmers in their peaceful protest rally on March 9, injuring at least seven individuals. The injured farmers were rushed to hospitals in Isfahan Province, central Iran. (Iran Human Rights Watch)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Farzana Hassan: Enough with the feminists who stay silent on Islam

The usual gusto accompanied International Women’s Day on March 8, with enlightened people of both sexes commending the strides we have made. Women debated our roles in this day and age, and how our lot can be further improved. Needless to say, even after decades of public conversations on women’s rights, their plight in undeveloped nations has not changed much. In fact, in this politically correct era there are some nominal Western feminists who say too little about the suffering of third world women. (Toronto Sun)

Candice Malcolm: No second chances for convicted terrorists, no matter what Trudeau says

Should convicted terrorists get a “second chance” in Canada? We’re about to find out. A Mississauga, Ont., man is currently in the U.S., awaiting sentencing for his ISIS plot to mass murder civilians in New York City. Kuwait-born Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy’s lawyers have asked for a shortened sentence for the 20-year-old, so he can come back to Canada and undergo mental health treatment and so-called religious counselling. (Toronto Sun)

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Jordan Peterson is right — struggle makes us stronger

Peterson came to Queen’s University on Monday and the organizers were kind enough to invite me. He spoke to hundreds in a packed hall, and the chaos came, too. The professor’s appearances sometimes bring out violent protesters, and we were subject to hooligans pounding on the stained glass windows of Grant Hall, one of which was broken. When the police stopped the woman who broke it, they found in her bag a garrote, a favoured Mafia instrument for strangulation.  (National Post)

Michael Binnion: I believe in global warming — and even I think carbon taxes are idiotic

Let me preface by saying that I believe the greenhouse effect is real. Therefore, I am for sensible policies that reduce global emissions. Sadly, carbon taxes aren’t sensible if our goal is to reduce global emissions. They cost too much and do too little. So how did we go so wrong on carbon taxes? (Financial Post)

Don Martin: Waving the white flag on Canada as a middle military power

The most uplifting takeaway from my 2007 Afghanistan embedding with the troops was hearing how our soldiers had never been prouder to serve than being in combat against the tyranny of the Taliban. But a decade later, that pride has gone along with the fall in our status as a middle military power. (CTV)

 

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