True North Initiative: News Scan 06 06 17


Canada keeps terror threat level unchanged after U.K. attacks, but will be extra-vigilant around July 1

Canada's terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promised "seamless collaboration" between police agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to safeguard Canadians at large and important events. The terror threat level remains at medium, where it has been since fall 2014, he said. (CBC)

London attack: Third London Bridge attacker named

The third London Bridge attacker has been named as Youssef Zaghba, a Moroccan-Italian man. Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Radouane, 30, both from Barking were the other two attackers. Meanwhile, another victim has been named as Australian Kirsty Boden, who her family said ran towards London Bridge in an effort to help people. (BBC)

How did London Bridge killer Khuram Butt slip through the net despite being probed by cops and MI5 and filmed unfurling an ISIS flag?

The terrorist in the Arsenal shirt who carried out the London Bridge atrocity was under police investigation at the time of the attack. Police today named two of the three attackers as Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane , 30. It emerged that Butt, a former security site guard, was known to the police and MI5 who opened an investigation into him in 2015. (

Australian PM says Melbourne siege 'a terrorist attack'

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday police were treating a deadly siege in the city of Melbourne as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible. Police shot dead the gunman, Yacqub Khayre, who they said had a long criminal history, on Monday after he killed a man in the foyer of an apartment block in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, and held a woman hostage inside. (Reuters)

Ottawa to make it easier for immigrants who speak French to gain express entry into Canada

The federal Immigration Department is changing its express entry system to give more points to would-be newcomers who have siblings already in Canada and for those with strong French-language skills. The department says the new rules go into effect on Tuesday. (National Post) (Toronto Star) (CTV)

Canadian charged after allegedly helping illegal immigrants into U.S.

A Montreal man is accused of helping transport two men who had apparently just crossed illegally into the United States from Canada. Court documents say 29-year-old Viatcheslav Kim, a naturalized Canadian citizen originally from Russia, was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents early last Wednesday in Derby Line, Vermont with two men in his car, one from Russia, the other Uzbekistan. (Global)

Foreign Minister Freeland’s speech will unveil a Canadian foreign policy rooted in multilateralism

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will put her stamp on Canada’s overarching foreign policy for the first time in a speech Tuesday that urges multilateralism, trade, action on climate change and support for the world’s most vulnerable. In the House of Commons Tuesday morning, just about five months into her tenure, Freeland will take half an hour to set up a framework with an outlook on Canada’s relationships with the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and the global south. The edict of predecessor Stéphane Dion — “responsible conviction” — will not be part of the discussion. (National Post)

Canadian Forces mission in Iraq and Syria likely to continue: general

The commander of the Canadian Forces mission in Iraq and Syria says he expects the government to extend the operation past its scheduled expiry date at the end of the month. Brig.-Gen. Dan MacIsaac told The Canadian Press that he’s looking forward to seeing a renewed commitment of more than 800 military personnel in the international anti-terror coalition as part of Wednesday’s long-awaited defence policy review. (Global)

Calgary man in Algerian prison charged with terrorist link a 'whipping boy' of CSIS: lawyer

Ghanem, a 30-year-old Canadian from Calgary, has been held for more than a year in the El-Harrach prison in Algeria, notorious for abhorrent conditions. He also holds Algerian citizenship and is charged with being a member of a terrorist group outside Algeria. His trial begins on June 13. If found guilty he likely faces up to 20 years in jail. (CBC)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Ghanaian community fundraising for grandmother found dead in ditch

The Ghanaian community is raising money to send Mavis Otuteye's body back to Ghana. She's the 57-year-old woman whose body was found in a drainage ditch just south of the border near Emerson, Man. on May 26, after the local sheriff's office got a call about a missing person. (CBC)

Toronto welcoming artificial intelligence company back from Silicon Valley

An artificial intelligence company that uses computers, not lawyers, to sift through thousands of legal documents in search of key information is moving part of its operations to Toronto. ROSS Intelligence co-founder Andrew Arruda calls opening a research and development centre here a "no brainer." (CBC)

How To Move To Canada As A Skilled Worker

Moving to another country permanently is usually a difficult decision to make.  It seems simple, but the moment you start looking at your options, it tends to become very complicated.  In the past year or so moving to Canada has become a more popular topic than ever before.  So for those people who may be interested, I would like to explain one program under which people can move to Canada - the Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry program. (Forbes)

Scheer and Trudeau touch on terrorism, infrastructure funding in first Commons clash

For the first time since he was elected prime minister, Justin Trudeau squared off in Parliament on Monday against the adversary who will lead the official opposition into the next election. It was also the first chance for Canadians to see the key battle in the new political landscape: 38-year-old Andrew Scheer, elected as Conservative leader on May 27, taking on the 45-year-old Trudeau — a showdown delayed due to Trudeau’s trip to Europe last week for NATO and G7 meetings. (National Post)

Campaigns, leadership and Conservative officials call ‘bull—t’ on complaints about vote counting

Conservative party leadership campaigns staff and party insiders say apparent vote counting discrepancies are much ado about nothing, with no one publicly questioning the close victory of Andrew Scheer. The vote-counting process that took place just over a week ago in Toronto, under close watch by Deloitte auditors and dozens of campaign scrutineers, was aboveboard, with no complaints registered by any campaigns or individual scrutineers on election day, say multiple sources. (National Post)

Goodale vows 'seamless collaboration' among security agencies ahead of Canada Day celebrations

There will be “seamless collaboration” among security and intelligence agencies across the country in preparation for events around Canada Day, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday. Municipal and provincial police forces will be involved in security measures along with the RCMP, Goodale told a news conference in Gatineau, Que., adding that officials will do everything possible to keep Canadians safe. (CP24)

Trump credits Canada's privatized air-traffic control; wants U.S. to follow suit

President Donald Trump credited Canada's air-traffic control system as he proposed Monday to follow suit with a privatization process similar to the one implemented two decades ago by the northern neighbour. Trump signed a letter outlining the proposal as he urged U.S. lawmakers to allow a privately run non-profit to handle air-traffic control; he said this would result in more efficiency and safety, lower costs and faster adoption of new technology. (Times Colonist)

Abe, Trudeau agree to press U.S. on climate after Paris accord withdrawal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau agreed in a telephone conversation Tuesday to press the United States on climate change after Washington announced it would leave the Paris agreement designed to curb global warming. (Japan Times)

US warns it may leave UN Human Rights Council

The US says it is considering withdrawing from the UN body on human rights, highlighting what it calls a "biased" stance on Israel. UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the US was "looking carefully" at its role on the Human Rights Council. She said it was "hard to accept" the fact that five resolutions had been passed against Israel, a US ally, but none had been considered on Venezuela. (BBC)

Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's driving activist arrested

A Saudi rights activist who was detained for 73 days for flouting the country's ban on female drivers has been arrested again. Loujain al-Hathloul was picked up at King Fahad International Airport in Dammam on 4 June, the human rights group Amnesty International says. It says Ms Hathloul has been denied access to  lawyer or her family. (BBC)

Philippines conflict: Starving residents tell of terror in Marawi

For the past two weeks the Philippines army has been fighting Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. So far, the conflict has killed at least 170 people, including 20 civilians, and more than 180,000 residents have fled. The BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports from Marawi. (BBC)

London attack: How are UK extremists radicalised?

Police have identified the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48 in London on Saturday. What do we know of how UK extremists become radicalised? In her statement following the attack at London Bridge, Prime Minister Theresa May once again highlighted the role of the internet as a "safe space" for terrorist recruitment and radicalisation. (BBC)

Online Terrorist Propaganda Still a Challenge for Tech Companies

Online terrorist propaganda is attracting fresh criticism in the wake of Saturday’s deadly terror attack in London. Prime Minister Theresa May and others have singled out Silicon Valley for criticism, saying Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., TWTR +0.00% Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL 0.78% Google and others need to do a better job policing content. It is unclear if the U.K. government has determined any link between online extremist content and the attack. (WSJ)



Toronto Sun: Terror in Europe affects Canada too

The news of the London Bridge attack was tragic enough. For the third time in just as many months, radical Islamists unleashed terror on innocent people in England. It was doubly tragic to learn one of the victims of Saturday’s attack was 30-year-old Canadian Christine Archibald. (Toronto Sun)

Globe and Mail: How to respond to terrorist attacks, and how not to

There is no prescribed way to respond to the atrocities committed in terrorist attacks. No one can dictate to us how to react when we read of innocent people being mowed down by a truck in Nice, or slaughtered with machine guns in Paris, or maimed by a bomb filled with nuts and bolts in Manchester, or killed by a car bomb outside an ice-cream store in Baghdad during Ramadan. (Globe and Mail)

Christopher Wilson: Canada’s history with Islamic terror is one of foiled plots, but for how long?

In the wake of yet another Islamic terror attack in London and the revelation that one of the victims was from BC, the question that comes to my mind and the minds of millions of Canadians is, can this happen here?  (Rebel)

Claire Lehmann: Siege in Melbourne: Global jihadist insurgency hits Australia

There’s no such thing as a lone wolf. Terrorist attacks are occurring on a weekly basis in Western countries and now this afternoon an explosion occurred in a suburb of Brighton, Melbourne. (Rebel)

Anthony Furey: Canada needs to stop tolerating extremism

The scene on London Bridge over the weekend was the third such attack in as many months. Terror in England has, just like that, become the new normal. It’s now in the back of everyone’s minds. Something to think about when a commuter descends into the subway. Or a family on vacation strolls in the downtown core. It is unacceptable that life, in such a vibrant, cosmopolitan Western city as London, could become so tainted. (Canoe)

John Ivison: Concerns that Liberal anti-terror bill looks to protect rights at expense of security

MPs stood in solidarity with one another, and with the British people, after another terrorist outrage in London. Yet, even as Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer were united in their condolences in the House of Commons, clear differences in the way Liberals and Conservatives would protect Canadians were on show in a nearby Senate committee room, where Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was defending the government’s national security legislation. (National Post)

Andrew MacDougall: It’s time to talk about terror in Canada

The recent horror in London is a sad reminder that it’s likely a question of when, not if, terrorism will revisit Canada. It might even be soon. With Mosul about to fall and Raqqa under threat, a squeezed Islamic State is desperate for attacks against the West; it’s also currently Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, and a time when ISIS encourages more jihadi strikes. (Macleans)

Kathleen Harris: How can Canada prevent 'soft target' terror attacks?

Community outreach and enhanced intelligence are key to stopping jihadi-inspired attacks on soft-target civilian spaces, experts say. This weekend's attack in the U.K. capital, where perpetrators drove a van into a pedestrian crowd on London Bridge before waging a deadly stabbing spree, is the latest one carried out with ease in a public space. The casualty count may be lower than in a large-scale, highly orchestrated attack using aircraft or big bombs, but attacks like this create maximum fear for much less effort. (CBC)

Angela Wright: Can Andrew Scheer fix the Conservative Party’s diversity problem?

Perhaps lost in the Conservative Party of Canada’s dramatic leadership convention, the jubilation over Andrew Scheer’s victory, and the calls for unity that followed, was the fact that Kellie Leitch—one of the race’s early frontrunners, according to polling—came in a distant seventh on the first ballot. Few wept for her. Conservatives made the right decision by not electing Kellie Leitch: Her middling results in the leadership’s 13-candidate showdown demonstrates members’ unwillingness to choose a leader who panders to Canada’s nativist factions. (Macleans)

Mark Bonokoski: Live with Kelly and Ryan not Trudeau's finest moment

Americans obviously think Canada is little more than a novelty  hovering above them, and so unworthy of respect that talk-show hosts like Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest think it is perfectly okay to prod our prime minister to take off his shirt. It was impolite and ill-mannered, even if it did come from a television show based largely on delivering easily-digestible mush, but nonetheless with ratings making it one of the top syndicated talk shows in the United States. (Canoe)

Paul Wells: Prime Minister Ella-Grace Trudeau?

Who’s up for a third-generation Trudeau prime minister? Anyone? Bueller Always one to think ahead, the current Prime Minister Trudeau, Justin, was on the TV this morning from Niagara Falls, where two visiting American daytime TV hosts, Kelly and Ryan—or as I still call them, Regis and Kathy Lee—asked him which of his three children he’d like to see as PM. (Macleans)



-       Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration met yesterday to study the 2011 LGBTQ Refugee Pilot Project (In Camera)

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

-       Standing Committee on Public Safety meet tomorrow to study Bill S-233, An Act to amend the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Public) (3:30PM EST)