True North Initiative: News Scan 07 21 17


Scheer says anti-Khadr campaign in U.S. media is fair game as NDP cry hypocrisy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer brushed off suggestions that his party's campaign denouncing the Trudeau government's apology and payout to Omar Khadr in the U.S. media will negatively impact upcoming NAFTA negotiations. The new Conservative leader suggested that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was concerned about how the reported $10.5 million payout to Khadr would play south of the border, he should have handled it issue better.  (CBC)

Ottawa may have no choice but to repatriate, prosecute captured Canadian ISIL members: experts

The oldest are probably just toddlers, innocents born into one of the most reviled terrorist movements in the world. And very soon, they could be the responsibility of the federal government. The children of Canadian members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant form part of a potentially explosive dilemma confronting federal officials. As ISIL teeters on the brink of military defeat, what should the government do when and if Canadian members of ISIL are captured? (National Post)

2 teens from Burundi robotics team seen crossing into Canada, police say

As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn't find his kids. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens -- ages 16 to 18 -- had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone. Maybe they got on the wrong bus? Officers swept through DAR Constitution Hall. They were gone. (CBS) (National Post)

Immigration backlog keeps live-in caregivers from their families back home

Godroy’s story is not uncommon, especially among the Filipino community, the main source of Canada’s foreign caregiver workforce, said Vilma Pagaduan, a Filipino TV and radio host in Toronto, who herself came to Canada in 2007 under the same program. “There are a lot of heartache, pain and disappointment,” Pagaduan said. “This is killing families.” According to the immigration department, there are currently 29,000 foreign caregivers caught up in permanent residency backlog and they wait an average of 53 months to have their applications processed. (Toronto Star)

Refugee groups plead with Ottawa to quickly reunite Yazidi boy with Winnipeg mom

One day after a Winnipeg family shared videos of a 12 year-old boy pleading with Canada to reunite him with his mom, immigration officials revealed they were working on his claim. Emad Zaghla was separated from his family in 2014 after he, his parents and five siblings were captured by ISIS militants in northern Iraq. “For the first nine months they were with me, then they were taken away,” Nofa Zaghla said of her husband and two sons. (Global) (CBC) (National Post)

Chinese firm expelled from trade association days before takeover of Canadian high-tech company

A Chinese telecom giant at the centre of a controversial takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm has run afoul of China’s powerful Ministry of Public Security. Hytera Communications – whose principal shareholder is billionaire chairman Chen Qingzhou – has had long-standing close ties to the ministry that oversees China’s police and security agencies. It has won numerous contracts to supply mobile and digital radio systems to Chinese police departments and local governments. (Globe and Mail)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Canada's chief vet moves to Immigration Canada

Canada’s chief veterinarian has left the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to serve as the new associate deputy minister for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada. Dr. Harpreet Kochhar’s new appointment is listed in the federal government’s employee directory and was confirmed for iPolitics by the agency and industry officials. Canada’s deputy chief veterinarian Dr. Jaspinder Komal will serve as acting chief veterinarian, CFIA said. (IPolitics)

4 stowaways found alive in shipping container at Port of Montreal

Four men are recovering in hospital after they were found inside a shipping container at the Port of Montreal Thursday morning.  The men, who are in their 30s or 40s, were all taken to hospital suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, Urgences-Santé operations chief François Labelle said. They are in stable condition and are expected to recover.  The container arrived onboard the Hong Kong-flagged ship OOCL Montreal. The Port of Montreal's online log shows the ship's last port of call before Montreal was Hamburg, Germany. (CBC)

Canada needs to let Trump ‘declare victory’ on NAFTA, ambassador to U.S. says

Canada needs to allow U.S. President Donald Trump to “declare victory” on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton said Thursday. MacNaughton, taking questions alongside his Mexican counterpart at an event in Washington, said Canada is optimistic that the revised deal can be, as Vice-President Mike Pence said last week, a “win-win-win” for all three countries. (Toronto Star)

Quebec minister calls on police to aggressively pursue people inciting hatred

Quebec's immigration minister urged police to aggressively target citizens who encourage hateful speech on Thursday, in reaction to a spate of racist and anti-immigrant incidents in the province over the past couple of weeks. Kathleen Weil was in Montreal to talk about her government's plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, but her announcement came the same day a sign appeared in a small Quebec town describing the village as for white people only. (Chronicle Herald)

Jewish Defence League to protest Khadr settlement at PM fundraiser dinner in Mississauga

A group protesting Omar Khadr’s $10.5-million settlement from the Liberal government hopes to ruin Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Mississauga dinner Thursday night. The Jewish Defence League has posted the protest – “JDL Protest Against PM Trudeau Giving $10.5M to Omar Khadr” on its Facebook page and plans on picketing Paramount Fine Foods on Crestlawn Dr., where the prime minister has a $1,500 per plate dinner engagement at 6:30 p.m. (Toronto Sun)

Jagmeet Singh Explains How His Federal Racial Profiling Ban Could Actually Work

An NDP leadership candidate who is proposing a federal ban on racial profiling says his idea isn't just a shiny Twitter graphic — he actually has a plan to end the controversial police practice known as carding. Jagmeet Singh stepped down as deputy leader of the Ontario NDP in May to take a shot at replacing Thomas Mulcair at the federal level. The self-annointed "growth candidate" used social media last week to sell a new-again idea to party supporters. (Huffington Post)

Toronto rebukes handyman whose steps save taxpayers $50,000

A Canadian pensioner built a set of stairs at his local park for just C$550 when the city estimated it would cost at least C$65,000 ($51,500, £40,000). But instead of a thank you, Toronto has blocked off access to the steps and asked Adi Astl, 73, to take them down. (BBC)

Islamic 'charity' places pro-Iran professors in US universities

An Islamic "charity" was recently convicted of acting as a front group for the Iranian regime, as well as financing and installing pro-Iranian professors and curricula in 44 North American universities, Conservative Review reported. Out of the 44 universities, 41 are in the United States. In late June, a New York jury ruled that the Alavi Foundation is linked directly to the Iranian regime and the US federal government seized the organization's Manhattan headquarters. (Israel National News)

Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says

A temporary ban on large electronics in carry-on luggage on flights to the U.S. from eight countries announced in March came after an explosive destroyed an airplane during a test, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. The ban was lifted on Wednesday after overseas airports and airlines satisfied new security screening requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes. (CBS)

Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital on Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence that left at least two young men dead. President Nicolas Maduro pledged to forge ahead with reshaping Venezuela's government despite the protests and a US threat to levy economic sanctions if he continued. (News 24)

North Korea tourism: US 'to ban Americans from visiting'

The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later. The US has not confirmed the news. (BBC)

CIA chief signals desire for regime change in North Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday evening offered some of the most aggressive comments yet from the Trump administration with regard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has in the past said the US was against forcing Kim out of power or the collapse of his government, Pompeo said that the administration needed to find a way to separate Kim from his growing nuclear stockpile. (CNN)

Do these satellite images prove North Korean despot Kim Jong-un is about to launch a nuclear missile test from a SUBMARINE?

The satellite pictures show a SINPO-class submarine, which is designed to launch ballistic missiles, in the Sinpo South shipyard in the east of the secretive state. But North Korean watchers 38North, which monitors military activity in the Stalinist country, has spotted changes on the boat and the facility it is docked in. The analysts believe satellite images indicate preparations for a major operation. (The Sun)

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole by Nevada Officials After Nine Years in Prison

O.J. Simpson, the former football star who was imprisoned nearly a decade ago for a bungled Las Vegas robbery, was granted parole Thursday. Simpson has served the minimum of a nine-to-33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center, a medium-security prison northeast of Reno. He was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and other charges related to a botched sports memorabilia heist in a hotel room. (NBC)



Ezra Levant: Jewish group’s “enemies list” of conservatives will only increase anti-Semitism

After the Holocaust, most residual anti-Semitism in the civilized west melted away. So what if you’re the Anti-Defamation League, a $55 million a year Jewish lobby group? You just don’t shut that kind of cash cow down. Now, leftists love to talk about Islamophobia. But it’s Muslim anti-Semitism that’s raging. The ADL is actually needed again. But the problem is, they’re leftists more than they’re Jews. (Rebel)

John Ivison: Scheer does good job with new leadership team — but where is Bernier?

Andrew Scheer revealed the new Conservative leadership team Thursday – the first test of his ability as leader to form alliances with people who previously opposed him. He made an astute move in appointing former leadership candidate, Lisa Raitt, as deputy leader. But Max Bernier, who was the first choice as leader of nearly one third of the party, was absent from the top team. (National Post)

Andrew MacDougall: Technology has changed migration patterns, but Western aid policies are stuck in the 1980s

One of the first memories I have of the news is of the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s. The brutal images of starving children and their families was a stark reminder that I was lucky to be born in Canada. No matter its cause, the solution to the famine seemed pretty straightforward: send more food to the poor Ethiopians. Our school raised money to help. So did the Canadian government. There was also Live Aid, Band Aid, and aid bodies like the Red Cross and United Nations ready to help. (CBC)

Sheema Khan: Does CSIS have a toxic workplace problem?

Five CSIS employees have taken medical leave from the agency since at least January of this year due to debilitating stress, anxiety and depression. Last week, “Alex,” “Bahira,” “Cemal,” “Emran” and “Dina,” who have a total of 80 years of service (ranging individually from 12 to 22 years), jointly filed a $35-million lawsuit against their employer. Pseudonyms are used since the plaintiffs cannot be identified by law. They are alleging harassment, discrimination and threat of reprisal by management. (Globe and Mail)

Alex Neve: Stop the silence. We need to tackle Turkey’s human rights crisis

To put it mildly, as a human rights advocate you know you will not make everyone happy. Government officials, military leaders, armed groups and businesses all attract your scrutiny, criticism and suggestions for improvement. Some act on the advice. Others ignore it. Some strenuously disagree. Public debate can get heated. The recent exchanges around Omar Khadr’s case are a striking reminder of that. Even in Canada, leading Amnesty International, I’ve felt that heat. I’ve been insulted and called names. I’ve been rebuffed. I’ve been threatened. (Globe and Mail)

David Krayden: Trudeau Government Wants Opposition To Stop Talking To US Media About Khadr

Canada’s Liberal government wants the opposition Conservatives to stop talking to the U.S. media about Omar Khadr. Trudeau’s government paid the former al-Qaida terrorist $10.5 million this month and issued a formal apology to “compensate” Khadr for “oppressive” treatment that he allegedly received while a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (Daily Caller)

Stephen Maher: Like it or not, Payette’s past is news

In 2008, when Stephen Harper faced defeat in the House at the hands of a coalition of Liberals, New Democrats and Bloquistes, he went to then-Governor General Michaëlle Jean to seek a prorogation, to spare his government having to hand power to Stéphane Dion. Jean granted his request, Harper came back with a budget, proved he had the confidence of the House and the Tories lived happily ever after — or until 2015, anyway. This year, when Christy Clark’s Liberal government failed to win a majority in British Columbia, she went to Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to ask for a fresh election. Guichon declined, and asked NDP Leader John Horgan to form a government, backed by the Greens. (IPolitics)

Kady O’Malley: Khadr settlement gives Tories a cause célèbre — but their comms plan is risky

First off, to be clear: There is (at least at the moment) absolutely no indication that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer or his party are faking outrage over the $10.5 million settlement reportedly paid out to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. Both the Conservative caucus and their supporters seem to be genuinely appalled by the decision to settle the case, on both moral and monetary grounds. They’re also more than willing to articulate that anger on social media, in letters to the editor and on talk radio. (IPolitics)



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