Saturday, February 16, 2019

Official at centre of Mark Norman case charged

OTTAWA - A federal official at the centre of the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has been charged with breach of trust for allegedly disclosing government information to unauthorized individuals. (National Post)

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister, resigns from Cabinet

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is quitting the federal cabinet days after allegations became public the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. (National Post)

Former casino investigators question whether officials unwilling to stop money laundering

VANCOUVER - Several former investigators who say they lost jobs in B.C.’s casino industry for whistle-blowing are questioning whether some B.C. officials deliberately allowed government-regulated casinos to be used as hubs for money laundering.(Global News)

Once a person is allowed to enter Canada there’s no turning back

Canada’s biggest problem when it comes to the national security threat posed by asylum seekers may not be stopping bad guys from entering, but making them leave. (True North News)

Canadian border officials forced to check their guns at Canadian airports while US officials are fully armed

In 2006, after years of fighting the bureaucracy, frontline officers of the Canadian Border Services Agency finally got authorization to carry sidearms on duty after training and demonstrating their competence with the weapons. (True North News)

Feds roll out fast-tracking for asylum claimants from dangerous countries

The Trudeau government is fast-tracking the approval process for asylum claimants coming from the world’s most violent and dangerous societies. (True North News)

Surrey is getting ready to ditch the RCMP. Will there be a domino effect?

Eight days after two murdered teens were found on the side of the road in Surrey, B.C., 8,000 showed up at a sombre demonstration against gang violence last June. (Global News)
Cops in Cuban paradise in living hell

Cops back from Cuba, no thanks to Canadian government

The story of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is remarkable. Her escape from Islam and the domineering clutches of her father and brother was courageous and certainly showed the value of social media.  What is more remarkable is the speed in which the Canadian government acted in getting her to Canada less than five days after she tweeted she wanted refuge in Canada while barricaded in a Thai hotel room. She had been taken from a flight to Australia at the request of the Saudi government. Her family was pressing to have her return to either Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. Once she was taken from the flight the Thai authorities took her passport and her father and brother flew to Thailand. Things looked dire for her until she took to twitter and pleaded for help. On Saturday she boarded a flight from Seoul to Toronto where she was met by the Minister of Global Affairs Chrystia Freeland and a horde of media for what can only be described as a crass, political photo op. She was not allowed to take questions as Freeland held onto her. The questionable logic of broadcasting to the world her whereabouts given her fear of her father and brother is another matter.  Last week, on Tuesday, two Vancouver area police officers trapped in Cuba for the past ten months finally got the news from their lawyer that the prosecutor’s appeal of their acquittal on a bogus charge of rape was turned down. It then began a flurry of activity between the...

RCMP arrest 14 as they break up pipeline protest

VANCOUVER - The RCMP have breached a gate that a northern B.C. First Nation had erected to block access to a natural-gas pipeline project. Officers broke through a blockade on Morice River Forest Service Road, southwest of Houston, on Monday afternoon to enforce a B.C. Supreme Court injunction order, arresting 14 people, said RCMP. (Vancouver Sun)

Taverner requests delay in controversial OPP appointment

TORONTO - The Ontario government is delaying the appointment of the man set to become the province’s top cop until an investigation into allegations of political interference in the hiring process is complete. (Ottawa Citizen)

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