True North Initiative: News Scan 09 06 17


Female genital mutilation defended in article on ‘Muslims in Calgary’ website

‘Muslims in Calgary’ has an article on its website defending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). In the undated article entitled Female Circumcision in Islam, author Asiff Hussein claims both that FGM is “an Islamic practice” and that it “brings untold benefits to women.” Hussein discusses the 2009 ruling by Malaysia’s National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs that FGM was mandatory for Muslim women, noting that he “could not find anything objectionable in it.” (Toronto Sun)

Montreal's Olympic Stadium no longer needed to lodge asylum seekers

The temporary lodging set up to house asylum seekers inside the Big O is now closed. Montreal's iconic Olympic Stadium was set up to house a surge of mostly-Haitian asylum seekers at the beginning of August. In a statement, the CIUSSS West Central Montreal said initially, the temporary lodging in Olympic Stadium was set to close on Sept. 18, but due to waning numbers of asylum seekers and the quick departure of migrants lodged inside, it closed Tuesday — almost two weeks early. (CBC)

Quebec to provide educational activities for school-age asylum seekers

Quebec says it will start providing educational activities this week to about 400 children staying at temporary sites set up for people who have fled across Quebec’s border during the summer to seek asylum. The province “wishes to ensure that these young people prepare for school, despite the transitional situation in which they find themselves,” the government said in a press statement. (Montreal Gazette)

Federal government works to clarify immigration policies for public

The federal government is laying the groundwork for an attempt to dissuade more diaspora groups in the United States from fleeing to Canada, replicating a recent outreach effort to dispel rumours that drew thousands of Haitian asylum seekers in recent months. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen's office said the Liberal government will target more communities in the United States in an effort to set the record straight about Canada's immigration policies and counter any notion that entering irregularly is a free ticket into the country. The outreach, which will take place over the coming weeks, will also include "multilingual communities" in Canada, spokesman Hursh Jaswal said. (Globe and Mail)

Trump ending DACA program protecting young immigrants

President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling Barack Obama’s program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, declaring he loves the “dreamers” who could face deportation but insisting it’s up to Congress, not him, to address their plight. Trump didn’t specify what he wanted done, essentially sending a six-month time bomb to his fellow Republicans in Congress who have no consensus on how to defuse it. (Toronto Sun)

Trump's immigration move could send more people to Canada's borders

U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to end a popular Obama-era immigration program could lead to another wave of people at Canada’s borders, according to immigration lawyers. On Tuesday, Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children to obtain work permits, would be cancelled. (Metro)

Canada should welcome up to 30,000 DACA young people facing deportation in U.S., senator says

Canada could gain from the Trump administration's decision to end a program that has allowed young, undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States for years, says Ontario Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar. In an interview on CBC News Network's Power & Politics, Omidvar said the program's beneficiaries are precisely the kind of immigrants Canada should be pursuing for its economic migrant program. (CBC)

Canada could be a Plan B for older Dreamers, immigration lawyer says

Young immigrants to the U.S. who were given a shaky bit of security by the Obama administration now face having it ripped out from under them. They face an unsavoury choice between deportation to countries some last saw as toddlers, and going underground in the country they know as home. Could Canada be a third option? It may be for older Dreamers, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer says. (Global)



OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Quebec could deal with asylum seekers better as independent country: Lisee

Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee says an independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers, but would not afford them the same rights as a citizen. The party's position is in a series of leaflets and videos aimed at promoting independence and educating the electorate. Lisee was in Montreal today to present the first series of seven capsules that dealt with the benefits of a sovereign Quebec as it pertains to topics including border management, health-care financing, pensions and pipelines. (CTV) (CBC)

N.B. shuffle focuses on elusive population growth: ‘We just can’t find people’

It’s not a sale on corn or blueberries advertised on the grocery store road sign in St. Stephen, N.B. Instead, spelled out in bright, bold letters, is the notice “hiring in all departments.” “In the old days, you know, boy, people would be lining up for those jobs. It used to be very difficult to find jobs around there,” Francis McGuire, president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said Tuesday. “Now they can’t fill the jobs.” (Global)

Ottawa seeks second-hand jets from Australia amid Boeing, Bombardier dispute

The Canadian government is looking into buying second-hand fighter jets in Australia – instead of a new fleet of 18 Super Hornets – as it tries to force Boeing Co. to drop its trade dispute against Bombardier Inc., sources said. Federal officials said the government is refusing to sign a planned multibillion-dollar contract for Super Hornets as long as Boeing pursues its complaint against Bombardier at the International Trade Commission in the United States. (Globe and Mail)

Doctors arrive at Kelowna retreat to tell Liberal MPs they won't stand for small business tax changes

Doctors are warning that the Liberal government's proposed changes to the small business tax regime could force female physicians to leave the profession, and some have travelled to the national Liberal caucus meeting to turn up the heat on skittish MPs. Dr. Gigi Osler, the newly elected president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), hosted a roundtable with doctors in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday at the same hotel where the Liberal caucus will meet this week, a clear message from doctors who say they won't stand for these changes. (CBC)

Former U.S. president Barack Obama to speak in Toronto

Former U.S. president Barack Obama will speak on global citizenship in Toronto on Sept. 29 at a time when all eyes are on his Oval Office successor, Donald Trump. Hosted by Canada 2020, a non-profit, left-leaning, Ottawa-based think-tank, Obama will speak at a lunchtime event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will be Obama’s second visit to Canada since leaving the White House. Now on the speakers’ circuit, Obama participated in a similar event in Montreal in June. (Toronto Star)

From Chechnya to Canada: the secret escape for young gay men

One of the gay Chechen men brought to Canada as a refugee under a program, which human rights organizations and the Canadian government worked together in secret until last week, is telling his story of why he needed asylum. Human rights organizations, including the Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad, had raised the alarm that young gay men were being kidnapped, beaten and even killed under a program sponsored by the Chechen government. (Yahoo)

North Korea says nuclear tests are 'gift packages for the US' and warns more will follow

North Korea said nuclear tests are "gift packages" to the United States and that more will follow. Han Tae Song, the ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the UN in Geneva, made the comment during a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament today. (

Satellite Images of North Korea Show Landslides at Nuclear Test Site

Analysts peering at satellite images of North Korea after the latest nuclear test reported Tuesday that they had spotted many landslides and wide disturbances at the country’s test site, in the North’s mountainous wilds. Tunnels for the nuclear blasts are deep inside Mount Mantap, a mile-high peak. (NY Times)

Venezuelans Eating Dogs, Zoo Animals as Economy Collapses

Venezuela’s opposition published photos this weekend of men butchering a dead dog on the streets of Caracas, preparing the meat for cooking in a nation that has been forced to take increasingly extreme measures to avoid a famine. (Breitbart)

Philippines to assist Filipinos who may be deported from US if DACA rescinded

The Philippines says it will assist some 10,000 Filipinos who may be deported after the U.S. administration decided to rescind a program that allows undocumented immigrant children to stay legally in the country. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Wednesday funds earmarked to assist Filipinos overseas can be released to help those affected by the revocation of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA. (Global)

Taliban commander who attacked Malala is killed in Pakistan

Pakistani police counter-terrorism officers on Monday killed four terrorists including a commander of the banned group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who was involved in the 2012 attack on the child rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. All four militants were killed in a police shootout, conducted at the Southern port of city of Karachi, police officials confirmed. (Fox)

Germany fights to have runaway ISIS teen spared death penalty in Iraq

A German teenager who fled her home to join ISIS after being groomed online will likely stand trial in Iraq. Linda Wenzel, 16, and three other German women were charged this week after they were captured in July in Mosul, German weekly Der Spiegel reports. If convicted, Wenzel could face the death penalty. (Yahoo)



Tarek Fatah: Islamic world hypocritical about Rohingya Muslims

Rohingya Muslims deserve justice, not hypocrisy. Yet another human tragedy is unfolding where an entire population is being subjected to atrocities of the worst kind, simply for being who they are – an ethnic and religious minority. As you read this, a rag-tag column of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is on the march in appalling conditions, escaping a ruthless crackdown by the country’s military. (Toronto Sun)

Lorne Gunter: Tax fairness? The Liberal small biz tax changes are the total opposite

Funny, isn’t it, how Liberal politicians tout small businesspeople as the bedrocks of our neighbourhoods, our communities and our nation when they are seeking their votes. But once they are elected – and ravenous for more revenue to finance their Big Government dreams – the Libs started portraying these same entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, farmers, fishermen and professionals as greedy tax cheats who were robbing the middle-class. (Toronto Sun)

Ezra Levant: POLL: Canadians oppose Trudeau's open border policies

The Trudeau Liberals are presiding over a border crisis, with illegal migrants flooding into Canada from the United States. Manitoba and Quebec have been hit the hardest by waves of economic migrants fleeing a Trump administration that will enforce American immigration laws. (Rebel)

Sean Speer: Ottawa’s poverty plan overlooks the best fix of all: Working for a living

Now that we’ve enjoyed the Labour Day holiday, it’s an opportune time to pay tribute to work and its economic and non-economic benefits. Paid work is not only essential to providing for oneself and one’s family. It has much broader implications, including for one’s health and sense of dignity, purpose, and self. Work is one of those crucial activities and institutions that underpins the good life. (Financial Post)

Ezra Levant: Why demonize The Rebel for daring to criticize 'political Islam'?

When I served on the National Post’s editorial board, back in the paper’s glory days, we had arguments about what our editorial positions should be. The line often used to carry the day was, “we already have a Globe and Mail”. As in, there already was a newspaper with a politically correct, liberal, vanilla point of view. Wasn’t the Post supposed to be different? (National Post)

John Ivison: How to stop worrying about nuclear-armed North Korea

How did I learn to stop worrying and, if not love the bomb, then at least become persuaded that no one — not even Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un — is insane enough to use it? The daily headlines have been chilling, but a conversation with David Slinn, the U.K.’s first ambassador to North Korea, offered a reassuring and sober analysis of what is going on behind all the talk of fire and fury. (National Post)



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