Thursday, May 23, 2019

A war memorial ‘built for soldiers by soldiers’ – that soldiers can’t even go see

As the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, said on Facebook, the importance of the new Afghanistan Memorial Hall, particularly for the families of the fallen, “cannot be understated.” And then of course he and the Department of National Defence (DND) went and massively understated it. (National Post)

Trudeau’s dark cast of characters at the centre of scandal

Perhaps Jody Wilson-Raybould should be meeting up with Mark Norman to compare notes. The Vice-Admiral and the former attorney general likely have much in common in how they have been treated by Team Trudeau. (Toronto Sun)

Details on Richmond Hill terror case doesn’t pass the sniff test

When the World Trade Centre was attacked on September 11, 2001, I was in Calgary. I wound up at the airport watching all the international flights being grounded and stack parked wherever they could on the tarmac.  I did more than a dozen TV news interviews that day from the airport. The underlying message I was giving was whatever you knew the world as on September 10, it had now changed and changed utterly.(True North)

Conrad Black granted full pardon by Donald Trump for 2007 fraud conviction

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. (National Post)

House unanimously agrees to apologize to Vice Admiral Mark Norman

OTTAWA - The House of Commons has agreed unanimously to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman over what he had to go through during the years-long legal battle that came to an end last week when federal prosecutors stayed the breach of trust charge he was facing. (CTV News)

Attorney General taps top Connecticut federal prosecutor for review of Trump – Russia inquiry

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr tapped Connecticut's chief federal prosecutor, John Durham, to assist in an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI's surveillance activities, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. (USA Today)

Many questions remain in political fall out of Norman prosecution

Earlier this week the Director of Public Prosecutions stayed the sole charge of Breach of Trust laid against Vice Admiral Mark Norman. That doesn’t mean he was exonerated as some have suggested. It means the Crown can reinstate the charge within one year. (True North)

Former Mountie takes aim at toothless crime watchdog, hoping Ottawa has a fix

VICTORIA - Canada’s official watchdog on the proceeds of crime is little more than a collector of information — and not a very effective one at that, according to money-laundering expert Peter German. (Vancouver Sun)
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  • In an inspired performance, Norman lawyer Marie Heinein did incalculable damage to the Liberal brand

    You see the phrase ‘political performance’ a lot in this business. But the truth is, most politicians, even good ones, can’t perform worth a damn. They’re hams, most of them, by necessity. In politics, nuance doesn’t sell. (National Post)

    Huawei decision should be a ‘no-brainer’ for Goodale

    The federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said this week that he expected a decision on whether the government will allow the Huawei Chinese tech giant to provide the 5G technology to Canada to be made before the next federal election. At first blush one would wonder what the heck is the hold up? (True North)

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