Monday, October 18, 2021

Luxury trips, lavish overspending alleged in legislature bombshell report

VICTORIA - Two senior B.C. Legislature officials who were suspended two months ago are being investigated for allegedly fraudulent and flagrant overspending, "lavish" trips overseas, inappropriate expense claims, cash payouts and misappropriating liquor from the legislature, according to Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas. (Vancouver Sun)

Vancouver police officer charged with drugs, theft and breach of trust

How many chances does an officer get? That was among the questions asked of Laurence Rankin, a deputy chief constable with the VPD’s investigative division, after he announced Monday seven criminal charges against the now-suspended Const. Neil Logan including theft, breach of trust and possession of a controlled substance. (The Province)

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer arrested in Malaysia accused of money laundering

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, stepson of the former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty Friday to five counts of laundering money misappropriated from a Malaysian government investment fund. (National Post)

Liberal MP who quit over massive gambling debts charged by the RCMP over ‘millions’ in personal loans while in office

Former Liberal Member of Parliament of Raj Grewal was charged Friday with fraud and breach of trust over “millions” of dollars in personal loans obtained while he was in office, the RCMP said. “It is alleged that Mr. Grewal failed to report his receipt of millions in personal loans to the Ethics Commissioner, in circumstances that constitute a criminal breach of trust,” the RCMP announced Friday. (National Post)

KNIGHT: SNC-Lavelin scandal needs an RCMP investigation

As the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is doing its level best to minimize the damage done to them in an election year by the SNC-Lavalin scandal, there’s been much debate about whether or not the behaviour of the Prime Minister, his former Principle Secretary Gerald Butts and the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick in trying to change the mind of the Attorney General Jody Wilson Raybould amounted to anything criminal. (True North)

WE scandal worsens, screams out for an RCMP investigation

Each day exposes more slime oozing in the WE scandal enveloping the Trudeau government.Yesterday we learned that the $912 million for the WE charity was not actually for the WE charity, but rather for the WE Charity Foundation, an entity set up as a real estate holding company with an annual budget of $150,000. (True North)

Names of SNC employees, executives behind illegal Liberal Party donations revealed

A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections. (CBC)

National security breach the fault of government

Unless you are a voracious consumer of the news, you have likely not heard of one of the biggest national security failures to have ever occurred in Canada. The RCMP are investigating, but they won’t say much about any of what it is they are doing or the dramatic exposure to Canada.  In July 2019, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng were removed from Canada’s only Level 4 microbiology lab in Winnipeg for what was described as a policy breach. In January of 2020 they were officially terminated from the lab and their security clearance, the highest available in Canada, was removed.  A level 4 biomedical virology lab is equipped to deal with and research the most serious and deadly diseases to affect humans and animals.  What we do know is precious little considering the implications. Dr. Xiangguo Qiu sent several specimens of viruses including the frightening ebola virus to the microbiology lab in Wuhan, China.  We know that Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband are Chinese nationals and are believed to be back in China, beyond the reach of Canadian justice. The national security implications are enormous yet the RCMP while admitting their investigation, isn’t telling the country what the exposure is, not only to Canada, but to the world.  Iain Stewart, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada which runs the lab in Winnipeg, appeared before the Parliamentary Special Committee on Canada/China relations in March. Let’s say he was less than forthcoming with answers to the committee. He was given until April 20,...

Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz resigns under cloud at B.C. Legislature

The second of the suspended top officials at B.C.’s legislative assembly has resigned, 11 months after the pair were escorted off the grounds of parliament under a cloud of misspending allegations. (The Province)

Mexico disarms Acapulco police force linked to cartels

MEXICO CITY - Authorities in southern Mexico disarmed and placed under investigation the entire police force in the once-glittering resort of Acapulco on Tuesday, claiming the local cops were infiltrated by drug gangs. (CTV News)

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