True North Initiative: News Scan 08 29 17


Quebec works to find schools for children of migrants

Quebec is gearing up to welcome the children of recent asylum seekers into its classrooms as the province deploys a raft of public services for migrants who have poured across the border in recent months. The measures aimed at children have become urgent given the profile of those who have sought refuge in Canada: About one third of the 10,000 people who have walked into Quebec from the United States at irregular crossings since the start of the year are under 18, most of them aged 11 and under. (Globe and Mail)

Why Omar Khadr's sister, who once defended 9/11 attacks, is coming to fore again

The comments were made 13 years ago, but for many Canadians they continue to define Zaynab Khadr, and by extension much of her ill-famed family. In interviews with the National Post and others, the Ottawa-born daughter of an alleged al Qaeda insider spoke with jarring ambivalence about the 9/11 attacks. The person behind the 2001 terrorist attacks wanted to hit the American government “where it will hurt it, not the people,” she told the CBC. “But sometimes innocent people pay the price. You don’t want to feel happy, but you just sort of think, well, they deserve it, they’ve been doing it for such a long time. Why shouldn’t they feel it once in a while?” (National Post)

Woman facing terror-related charges after Canadian Tire attack will have psychiatric assessment

An Ontario judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment to determine if alleged terrorist Rehab Dughmosh is fit to stand trial on terrorism-related charges. Dughmosh, 32, is accused of threatening employees at a Canadian Tire store in Scarborough with a knife on June 3 and pledging her allegiance to ISIS.  "I am pledged to the leaders of the believers, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," Dughmosh said in reference to the leader of the Islamic State during a June court appearance. (CBC) (CP24)

PQ leader wants Ottawa to pay for influx of asylum seekers

Quebec should not be financially responsible for “Justin Trudeau’s guests,” Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée said on Monday, referring to the asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec this summer. (Montreal Gazette)

Salvadorans Could Be The Next Wave Of Illegals Crossing US Border To Canada

There are more than a quarter of a million people from El Salvador living in the U.S. who could see their temporary protected status (TPS) disappear by March 2018. If so, they could be deported. Or they may cross illegally into Canada, as thousands of Haitians continue to do. (Daily Caller)

Jewish Group Demands Canada Justify $25 Million in Funding to Controversial UN Palestinian Agency

“To turn over $25 million in aid to an agency that has supported the Palestinian Authority’s sustained campaign to rewrite Judeo-Christian history, incite violence and delegitimize the State of Israel shows a lack of accountability for Canadian taxpayer dollars,” said Michael Mostyn, B’nai Brith Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, in response to Canada’s funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). (BreitBart)

North Korea fires missile over Japan in 'unprecedented threat'

North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented" threat to his country. The missile, launched early on Tuesday Korean time, flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea. (BBC) (Daily Mail)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

'We can welcome all of them': Montreal school board says it's ready for asylum seekers

Tuesday morning, Rahouadja Zarzi will stand in the schoolyard of École Jacques-Bizard on Île Bizard, holding the colourful poster she made with a list of names on it to welcome her new students. They will have come from around the world. "It's new faces, new kids and a new adventure," Zarzi said in her classroom Monday, a smile spreading across her face. "It's always fun … I really love my job. (CBC)

Immigration Canada ‘breaking the law,’ when denying some disabled applicants, say legal experts

Families looking to become Canadian permanent residents are being unfairly rejected by immigration officials, say legal experts, and in some cases the federal government may be breaking the law. The consequence can be devastating for families trying to move to Canada. The issue involves the government’s failure to provide specific cost estimates in “procedural fairness letters” given to people who could be denied due to so-called “medical inadmissibility.” (Global)

Sisters say Immigration Canada's ranking system is keeping them out of Canada

Three women from Israel have been trying for three years to immigrate to Canada and they have been told they don’t qualify. Kate and Claire Everward are highly educated and self-employed and while the process has been frustrating; they aren’t giving up. “We fell in love with Canada,” says Kate. (CTV)

Chinese languages gain ground in Metro Vancouver

Chinese languages are becoming more predominant in Metro Vancouver and across Canada, according to newly released 2016 census figures. The proportion of Metro Vancouver residents who speak Chinese languages continues to rise and is now more than double those who speak Punjabi. With one in five new arrivals to Metro Vancouver since 2006 speaking a Chinese language, the total number of residents who have Mandarin or Cantonese as their mother tongue has swelled to 360,000. (24 Vancouver)

Canada introduces gender-neutral passport option

However experts are worried that those with an “X” on their passport might run into issues when trying to enter other countries. “I’m really worried that in countries like Uganda and Jamaica, where being LGBT is illegal and there’s laws on the books that prosecute people for identifying as trans, that this could leave people open to arbitrary detention, it could leave them open to scrutiny at airports, degrading treatment,” said Adrienne Smith, a Toronto immigration lawyer who specializes in transgender legal issues, to Global News. (Fox News)

Canada's electronic spy agency to get new rules for sharing data with allies

The office of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is crafting a directive for how Canada's electronic spy agency shares its foreign signals intelligence with its closest allies, the Five Eyes partners. The work follows a 2016 report from the oversight commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). In it Jean-Pierre Plouffe revealed how the agency had illegally and unintentionally shared domestic metadata with those key allies: the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. (CBC)

Liberal MP offered woman $100K to keep quiet about sexual harassment claim, father alleges

A Liberal MP accused of sexually harassing a young female staffer offered to pay her $100,000 to stay quiet about her allegations, the woman’s father says. The father outlined his daughter’s allegations against Darshan Kang, an MP from Calgary, during an interview Monday with the Star. He spoke on condition that their names not be published. He said over a period of four to five years, Kang gave his daughter unwelcome hugs, held and stroked her hand during car rides, and once brought her in a taxi to an Ottawa apartment, where he allegedly offered her wine and pulled at her jacket to try to get her to take it off. The next day he followed her to her hotel and tried to get into her room to talk, the woman’s father alleged. (Toronto Star)

O'Regan, Qualtrough embrace tough new cabinet files: procurement and veterans

A pair of relative political rookies — Seamus O’Regan and Carla Qualtrough — have been tapped to guide two of the federal Liberal government’s most complex and politically sensitive portfolios: military procurement and veterans affairs. The appointments — Public Services and Procurement for Qualtrough, Veterans Affairs for O’Regan — are big jumps for the pair, who will be wrestling with some difficult challenges even before the ink on their swearing-in papers has dried. (National Post) (IPolitics)

'I worry about this': Trudeau's move to dissolve Indigenous affairs department prompts concern

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing fundamental reforms to Indigenous affairs, upending a system of governance that has been in place for the better part of this country's 150-year history. The federal Liberal government will split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two separate ministries, some 20 years after the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended such a division. (CBC)

Liberals killing energy industry, new federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told an Edmonton business luncheon Monday that the Liberals are out to end the energy industry.  The opposition leader said he has no faith that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be built, because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has politicized the decision-making process. (Edmonton Journal)

Pollster predicts Liberal tax reforms will hurt them politically

Greg Lyle of Innovative Research said he was surprised when he heard about the government’s proposed changes that crack down on self-employed professionals’ use of incorporating themselves to avoid higher taxes because Liberals will make “some real enemies.” He added that this is a gift for the Conservatives. Mr. Lyle said if the Liberals went ahead with these tax reforms, it would hurt them more than help politically. But, he said, it’s hard to say at this time how much will it hurt. (Hill Times)

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warns small business tax could kill jobs on trip to Alberta

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is sounding the alarm on a proposed change to small business tax in Canada. It comes as Scheer visited Edmonton on part of his cross-country tour talking to Canadians. “We’re hearing more and more from people who are checking in with their accountant,” Scheer said. “They were going to invest and expand, maybe open another branch, create jobs for people in the community, and that’s all being threatened.” (Global)

World War 3 fears: Japan to make 'utmost efforts' to stamp out ‘grave’ North Korea threat

JAPAN will do everything in their power to protect the country after North Korea fired a missile that passed over the island nation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned. The tyrannical hermit nation fired yet another missile from Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan on Monday evening, crossing Japanese territory in the boldest show of force under Kim Jong-un's authoritarian rule. (



Mark Bonokoski: Contagion apples from the Khadr tree must be kept apart

Knowing who and what she is, it is impossible to look into the eyes of Zaynab Khadr and not see the contempt for us staring back. Those dark, dull eyes, seen through the slit in her black niqab in various media photographs taken over the years, are the only windows into her jihadist-promoting soullessness. But the hardness is evident. Despite Zaynab Khadr being Omar Khadr’s oldest sibling, he cannot be allowed to see her alone. (Toronto Sun)

Toronto Sun: Khadr issue will be an albatross for Trudeau

Omar Khadr returns to court this week to ask that his bail conditions be eased. After winning big with the government’s decision to award him $10.5 million, he apparently thinks the judicial system still owes him favours. We sure hope he’s not right. (Toronto Sun)

Anthony Furey: Phasing out supply management should be common sense for Tories and Liberals alike

Our supply management systems are throwbacks to the Soviet era and have no place in the Canadian economy. That’s not just me speaking. A former Liberal leadership candidate agreed with that assessment when we spoke on air Monday morning. Hang on. That must be a typo though. Liberal?! We just had a Conservative leadership convention where supply management was a big issue. So I must have meant Conservative, right? (Toronto Sun)

J.J. McCullough: A new crisis at Canada’s border tests Justin Trudeau’s compassion

Canada is not a country whose politicians have been particularly comfortable saying no to questions involving immigration. The previous Conservative government raised rates to a 50-year high, and it’s this legacy that the progressive administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to outshine. (Washington Post)

Konrad Yakabuski: Trudeau muddles the message to asylum seekers

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume has an uncanny knack for encapsulating the public mood. Not one for hopping on soap boxes, the diminutive three-term mayor of the provincial capital owes his ongoing popularity to an ability to express the concerns of average voters in language they understand. No virtue-signalling tweets from him. In fact, he's not even on "the Twitter." (Globe and Mail)

John Ivison: Is Trudeau's cabinet shuffle a new dawn for Indigenous affairs?

It’s 2017 and two years into a Liberal government. Not surprisingly, post ministerial shuffle, the federal cabinet is still youthful and gender balanced but now it’s even bigger – more departments and a bulging 31 members. The most momentous change announced by Justin Trudeau was the decision to blow up the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and replace it with two new ministries (Carolyn Bennett’s Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to consult with native groups; and Jane Philpott’s Indigenous Service to focus on service delivery). (National Post)

Debra W. Soh: The left is alienating its allies by shutting down free speech

Earlier this month, in an ironic but somehow all too predictable turn of events, Ryerson University announced that it would be cancelling its event called "The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses." The event was to be held last Tuesday and panel members included Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto professor who opposes Bill C-16's mandate for gender-neutral pronouns, Gad Saad, an evolutionary behavioural scientist at Concordia University, Oren Amitay, a clinical psychologist and Ryerson University sessional lecturer and Faith Goldy, formerly of Canada's Rebel Media. (CBC)



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