True North Initiative News Scan 11 22 2017


Expect new wave of Haitian asylum seekers into Canada from U.S.: experts

Canada should expect a massive influx of Haitians attempting to enter the country from the United States in light of the decision to end a program granting almost 60,000 Haitians residency south of the border, experts say. The day after Monday’s announcement by the U.S. Homeland Security Department, a Haitian-born MP was in New York City to meet with leaders of the Haitian community. (IPolitics) (Globe and Mail)

Quebec not expecting another influx of Haitian asylum seekers, immigration minister says

Following a recent, long-awaited decision by the U.S. government to end temporary protected status for Haitians in mid-2019, Quebec authorities are monitoring the situation but don't foresee an imminent wave of new asylum seekers. Immigration Minister David Heurtel told reporters that while the end of a temporary residency permit (TRP) program that has allowed nearly 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States may cause issues in the future, the situation isn't expected to reach the unprecedented levels it did last summer — at least not anytime soon. (CBC)

Goodale confirms 60 ISIS fighters in Canada

After repeated questions to PM Justin Trudeau and his Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale confirms there are at least 60 former ISIS fighters being watched. (CBC)

Feds struggling to track impact of its effort to resettle Syrian refugees, auditor general says

The Liberal government is struggling to track the impact of its historic effort to resettle upwards of 40,000 Syrian refugees, the federal auditor general concluded Tuesday in his fall report. Markers like how many kids are in school or how many Syrians are on income assistance weren’t being measured between fall 2015 and the spring of this year, the period examined by the federal watchdog, raising questions about what happened to the population once they began to settle in Canada. (Toronto Star) (IPolitics)

Highlights from the fall 2017 report of auditor general

Some of the key findings from the fall 2017 report of federal auditor general Michael Ferguson (CTV)

Ottawa to offer direct subsidies to low-income tenants

The federal government will announce direct rent support for low-income Canadians in addition to spending billions on traditional and new forms of social housing as part of the Wednesday release of its long-awaited national housing strategy. A new portable housing allowance will top up similar provincial and municipal programs that provide rent subsidies for people on waiting lists for social housing. (Globe and Mail)

Andrew Scheer Calls Wilfrid Laurier University Controversy 'Egregious'

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the academic freedom controversy at Wilfrid Laurier University is "precisely" why he proposed during the Tory leadership campaign to withhold federal funds from universities that restrict free speech. But in an interview with The Andrew Lawton Show on 980 CFPL in London, Ont. Tuesday, Scheer suggested he wouldn't intervene in the Laurier case if he were prime minister. (Huffington Post) (Global)


OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Advocates demand Trudeau end ‘unjust’ immigration law, call it a ‘black eye’ for Canada

Disability advocates, workers and immigration lawyers from across Canada are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to scrap a section of the country’s immigration act that they say is “unjust” and discriminates against persons with disabilities. The problematic provisions are known as “medical inadmissibility” and “excessive demand.” They bar those with disabilities and their family members from gaining permanent residency in Canada on grounds that they could place an excessive burden on the country’s publicly-funded medical and social service systems. (Global)

Nearly half of recently immigrated kids in B.C. are poor: report

Almost half of recently immigrated children in Canada live in poverty, says a new report from First Call BC. The organization told reporters Tuesday that 45 per cent of people living in B.C. under 18 years old who had moved to Canada between 2011-2016 were poor. First Call BC considers children of families making below Statistics Canada’s low-income measure to be living in poverty. (Chemainus Valley Courier)

My life was ripped apart': Two Calgary Muslim men say CSIS wrongfully targeted them

Two Muslim men from Calgary say they were willing to assist Canada's security agents with terror-related inquiries until CSIS started hounding them and shared their personal information with foreign states. Speaking exclusively to CBC News, Yacine Meziane and Abderrahmane Ghanem say CSIS and the RCMP wrongfully lumped them in with a cluster of Calgary jihadis who left to fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (CBC)

At least 23 dead after truck bomb explodes in northeastern Iraq

At least 23 people were  killed and 60 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb

near a crowded marketplace in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, police and medical sources said on Tuesday. An interior ministry spokesman confirmed that a "violent explosion" took place near a vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, but did not immediately provide casualty figures. (CBC)

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return as Mugabe's likely successor

Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, would also fly home on Wednesday, it added. (BBC)

Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war. Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo. (BBC)

Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N. Korean defector

A North Korean soldier races for the border in a jeep and then on foot before his former comrades shoot him at least five times as he limps into South Korea, where he collapses and is dragged to safety by southern soldiers on a dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday. (Toronto Sun)



John Ivison: Canada’s allies are killing their ISIL fighters, while we put our hope in counselling

Justin Trudeau batted away claims that the Liberals are soft on terror this week, as the government faces the prospect of more jihadists returning from Syria after the collapse of the Islamic State’s caliphate. National security agencies are monitoring returning fighters, revoking passports and laying criminal charges, he said in the House of Commons. Besides, the government has launched the new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence to help jihadists “let go of that terrorist ideology,” he said. (National Post)

Ezra Levant: Trudeau welcomes back 60 ISIS terrorists, with a special government program

We've learned that 60 battle-hardened terrorists have returned to Canada from Syria and Iraq. And Justin Trudeau is just fine with that. Earlier this fall, the CBC did a bizarre story about an ISIS fighter who came back to Canada. They romanticized him. Never once does the CBC story call him a terrorist. (Rebel)

Tarek Fatah: Where does Zimbabwe go now?

While Robert Mugabe is no longer the president of Zimbabwe, the one time hero of his country’s freedom movement certainly did not leave with simple elegance. The historic moment of Mugabe’s disgrace came on Tuesday after he resigned rather than face impeachment proceedings initiated by the very party he led and headed, ZANU-PF. (Toronto Sun)

Lorne Gunter: Morneau's donation doesn't erase the original problem

Since when did the Catholic church reinstate the medieval practice of buying indulgences – making charitable donations or paying bribes to obtain forgiveness of one’s sins? Because that’s what federal Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau seems to be doing – trying to cover his political sins by making a big, fat charitable donation. (Toronto Sun)

Toronto Sun: Laurier University owes Canadians an explanation

The story of Wilfrid Laurier University faculty and HR staff bullying a student and teaching assistant for daring to expose students to critical thinking isn’t a bad as we were first led to believe. It’s worse. (Toronto Sun)

Emma Teitel: Andrew Scheer’s dad jeans and awkward hellos are painstakingly deliberate

If you’re an average-looking conservative politician running for the highest office in the nation against two very handsome, left-leaning competitors, both of whom have been written up in top fashion magazines, how do you use your difference to your advantage? Easy. You flaunt it. You do exactly as federal Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer did this month in a new campaign spot: You put on your least remarkable shirt and your most forgiving pair of pants and you tell your fellow country men and women that the mild-mannered schlub standing before them is the answer to what ails them. (Toronto Star)



-       Standing Committee on National Defence meet today to study Canada’s involvement in NATO

-       Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security meet tomorrow to study Indigenous People in the Correctional System

-       Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration meet later today to study the medical inadmissibility of immigrants