True North Initiative: News Scan 06 05 17


B.C. woman Christine Archibald killed in London terror attack. Her fiancé ‘watched her die in his arms’

Christine “Chrissy” Archibald, a British Columbia native who went to university in Calgary before moving to Europe to be with her fiancé was identified Sunday as the lone Canadian victim in a terrorist attack in London. Archibald’s family, in Castlegar B.C., released a statement through the federal government confirming the news. “We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister,” the statement said. “She had room in her heart for everyone and believed everyone was to be valued and respected.” (National Post) (Global)

7 dead, 21 critically injured in London attack

Heavily armed police fanned out across central and east London Sunday, after what the U.K. prime minister called a "brutal terrorist attack," when men using a van and knives in the heart of the British capital killed seven people, including a Canadian, and injured 48 others — leaving 21 in critical condition. (CBC)

London Bridge terror attack recap: Police arrest 12 after raids in east of city following slaughter of seven innocents

Police have raided properties across east London and arrested 12 as part of their investigation into Saturday's deadly attack. Today, the first of the seven people killed in the London Bridge terrorist attack has been identified as a Canadian charity worker. She was killed after three terrorists wearing hoax suicide vests stormed London Bridge on Saturday night. (

‘Enough is enough’: Britain vows new measures as London attack kills seven, including Canadian

A third terrorist attack in less than three months has left Britain badly shaken and raised new questions about the country’s ability to thwart deadly plots inspired by Islamist extremists. A total of 34 people have died and more than 200 have been injured in a string of jihadi strikes over the past 73 days that have targeted just about every facet of life, from the Houses of Parliament to a pop concert in Manchester and to one of London’s most-popular nightlife districts. (Globe and Mail)

Islamic State claims responsibility for terror attack on London – as it happened

Isis has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack, although this has not been verified. In a statement published late on Sunday by the Amaq news agency, which usually carries its claims, it said: A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack. (Guardian)

World leaders react to the London terror attack

Words of condolence and condemnation came swiftly from world leaders this weekend following a terror attack in London on Saturday night that left seven killed and wounded dozens more, many critically. One Canadian was also killed in the attack. (CTV)

Mavis Otuteye’s fatal journey to Canadian border: Loved-ones wonder who was with her before she died

Days before her perilous journey to the Canadian border, Mavis Otuteye did not drop any hint of her plans to the people around her in Delaware. Not to staff at the Middletown African Market, where she regularly delivered her homemade sauces. Not to her friend who took her to get a haircut. Not even to her cousin, with whom she shared an apartment. (National Post)

Donald Trump argues for travel ban after attacks hit London

U.S. President Donald Trump argued in favour of his controversial travel ban as London authorities responded to reports of a string of attacks Saturday night. One tweet read: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” (Toronto Star)

Man, 24, pleads guilty to terrorism offence in Toronto court

A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism-related charge in a Toronto court. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says Kevin Omar Mohamed pleaded guilty Friday to one count of participating in or contributing to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity. (CP24)

Libyan-Canadian cleric linked to Manchester bomber plans return to Canada to clear his name

A Libyan-Canadian cleric linked in U.S. and British media reports to Manchester bomber Salman Abedi says he will return to Canada in weeks with the intention of clearing his name. Abdul Baset Egwilla was an Ottawa-based imam until his return to Libya in 2007. In an exclusive interview with CBC News over Skype, Egwilla denied any connection to Abedi. (CBC)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Liberals face pressure to crack down on crooked immigration consultants

The government is facing pressure from MPs of all political stripes to crack down on bogus immigration consultants who prey on people who are desperate to work or live in Canada. The Commons immigration committee has just wrapped up weeks of hearings on unregistered representatives called "ghost consultants." MPs are now considering recommendations ranging from overhauling or even scrapping the independent oversight body, to imposing heavier penalties for perpetrators. (Yahoo) (CBC)

Immigrants and Canadians share responsibility to integrate, advocate says

Is it the responsibility of immigrants to integrate into Canadian society? Or is it the responsibility of Canadian society to create a welcoming atmosphere? Lower Mainland experts and immigrants say the answer is yes to both questions. Ninu Kang, a director with MOSAIC, a non-profit that helps new immigrants and refugees settle in Canada, is one such person. (CBC)

Ottawa vigilant as Canada 150 birthday party looms after London attack, mayor says

Canada's capital will do everything it can to prevent an attack when it hosts the country's 150th birthday next month but no amount of preparation can guarantee 100% safety, Ottawa's mayor says. "When you see a tragedy that took place in London and on London Bridge and in Manchester, you think could that happen here and sadly, the answer is yes," Mayor Jim Watson said Sunday, the day after the latest attack in Britain, on London Bridge, that left seven dead and scores injured. (Canoe) (Metro)

Ahmed Hussen visits refugee camps during first Middle East visit

As Ahmed Hussen walked the grounds of some of the world’s largest Syrian refugee camps last month, everything came full circle. Welcomed into the makeshift homes of residents, he spoke to them not only as Canada’s Immigration Minister, but as a former refugee who had once been in their shoes, forced out of his home with nowhere to go (Globe and Mail)

B.C. winery owners' daughter 'optimistic' government is working to free her parents in China

The daughter of two B.C. winery owners detained in China left Ottawa on Friday “optimistic” the federal government is working to free her parents. Amy Chang spent most of the week in Ottawa pleading with federal politicians to help get her parents, the owners of Lulu Island Winery in Richmond, released from custody in Shanghai, where they were arrested in March 2016 while visiting business contacts. (Vancouver Sun)

Canada calling: tech industry lures workers north in wake of Trump

The ads were launched months before Donald Trump was elected president and they got straight to the point. “Thinking of moving to Canada?” read one, set to a backdrop of the Republican candidate at a rally. Another made by a startup in southern Ontario featured Trump flashing a thumbs up. The brazen recruitment campaign was among the first to capture the streak of opportunism now rippling through Canada’s tech sector. (Guardian)

Trudeau appears on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' in Niagara Falls Monday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending Monday morning in Ontario’s Niagara region, appearing on the well-known American morning show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” before later getting out on the Niagara River. He’ll sit down with morning show co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in Niagara Falls for what the show’s producer says will be a mix of personal and political talk. (680 News)

Every country has terrorism fears, but Canada and Europe aren't the same: “expert”

As the world reacted with horror to a terrorist attack in London that claimed seven innocent lives on Saturday, one expert said that while no country is entirely safe, Canadians shouldn’t be overly fearful of similar acts within their country. “Every country, including Canada, has potential danger within its border,” said Michel Juneau-Katsuya, CEO of the Northgate Group security company and a former intelligence officer for CSIS. “That said, there is a significant difference between the old European countries and Canada. Their historical and social paths have been very, very different.” (CTV)

Trudeau government broke privacy rules with expanded spy program

The federal government broke its own privacy rules this spring when it expanded the Five Eyes intelligence network to automatically share 1.2 million confidential Canadian files per year with its international spy partners. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Privacy Commissioner both confirmed to National Observer that the IRCC did not file a privacy impact assessment before launching the program, which automatically shares personal data with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. (National Observer)

Rising deportations to Somalia raise concerns in Minnesota

The pace of deportations to Somalia is picking up fast — and setting local natives of the East African country on edge. Eight months into the fiscal year, deportations to Somalia have already outpaced last year’s record-setting numbers. Nationally, more than 260 people were deported to Somalia since October — mostly Somalis who sought asylum unsuccessfully, but also some permanent U.S. residents with criminal convictions. (Star Tribune)

U.S. ignored Canada's advice on Paris climate deal, McKenna says

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada's entreaties to the U.S. on the Paris agreement didn't take hold, despite arguing it would be better for Americans to be at the negotiating table to help set the rules for the global climate deal. U.S. President Donald Trump followed through last week on a promise to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, reached at the end of 2015 and signed onto by former president Barack Obama the next year. (CTV)

Trump Goes After London Mayor Sadiq Khan After Terror Attack

President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized London's mayor after he sought to reassure residents about a stepped-up police presence on city streets following the third deadly attack there in the past three months, arguing on Twitter for leaders to "stop being politically correct'' and focus on "security for our people.'' (Huffington Post)

London attack: Single police officer took on all three terrorists alone armed only with baton

A British Transport Police officer took on all three London Bridge attackers armed only with a baton, it has been revealed. The officer was one of the first responders to the scene and received stab wounds to his face, head and leg, while attempting to stop the van and stabbing rampage in a busy area of the city. (Independent)

More than 1,500 injured in panic after soccer game

More than 1,500 people were injured when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in a piazza in the northern Italian city of Turin, authorities said Sunday. The Turin prefect said in a statement that the crowd "was taken by panic and by the psychosis of a terror attack," fearing that a loud noise was caused by attackers. The source of the loud noise that triggered the stampede remained unclear, officials said. (ABC)

'Business as usual' at CNA Qatar campus, as Arab countries cut ties

Staff at the College of the North Atlantic campus in Doha are so far being told to operate as per usual, after several Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. As of early Monday morning, the BBC reported that six countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have severed ties with Qatar. (CBC)

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader urges more anti-Maduro protests

A prominent opposition leader jailed in Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez, urged more street protests against the "tyranny" of President Nicolas Maduro, in a video message made in his cell and released on Sunday. Lopez, 46, however stressed several times that he backed only "peaceful" demonstrations. (News 24)



Candice Malcolm: Trump is right to stand up to the nonsense that is the Paris deal

Donald Trump did exactly what he said he was going to do. He pulled the United States out of the multilateral treaty on climate change, also known as the Paris Agreement. Regardless of your opinion of the much-maligned President, in the face of global elites, Trump stood up for American interests. He put America first. (Toronto Sun)

Anthony Furey: After Trump, it’s time for Canada to rethink its destructive green agenda

If you judged President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate agreement by just the headlines and hysterical outrage from celebrities, you’d think it was so villainous he’d just committed to napalm bombing rainforests and strangling dolphins. The American Civil Liberties Union gets top prize for most absurd response, tweeting out: “Pulling out of the Paris Agreement would be a massive step back for racial justice, and an assault on communities of color across the U.S.” (Toronto Sun)

Robert Fulford: The West can barely rouse itself over the worldwide terrorization of Christians

In February, an organization calling itself the Islamic State in Egypt issued a dire warning in the form of a video. Masked soldiers appeared on the screen promising attacks on the “worshippers of the cross,” the Coptic Christians of Egypt. They described these Christians as “infidels who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.” One soldier, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, said “God gave orders to kill every infidel.” (National Post)

Paul Wells: A new survey explores what makes us Canadian

As the 150th anniversary of Confederation approaches, Canadians are still writing the story of this country. A major survey of 1,515 Canadians conducted as part of The Canada Project shows that in an uncertain world, Canadians are welcoming but wary. Most are still eager to accept Syrian refugees, but they want stronger security along the Canada-U.S. border. They’re open to the notion of screening immigrants for Canadian values. (Macleans)

Tommy Robinson: UK government secretly housing radical jihadists on your streets

While terrorism hits the streets of the UK, the government is housing known radical Islamists including Abu Haleema, a radical Imam who openly talks about punishing homosexuals by throwing them off buildings. (Rebel)



-       Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration meet later today to study the 2011 LGBTQ Refugee Pilot Project (In Camera) (3:30pm EST)

-       Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meet tomorrow to study the United States and Canadian Foreign Policy (Public) (845AM EST)