Saturday, February 22, 2020

Federal court certifies $1.1 Billion RCMP bullying, harassment class action

The Federal Court has certified a $1.1-billion class action alleging RCMP leadership fostered and condoned an environment of systemic bullying, intimidation and harassment. (Global News)

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)
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...

Andrew Scheer for Prime Minister

In 2015, Canadians took a gamble and elected a Justin Trudeau government. Stephen Harper had been in power for nine years and voters were looking for something new. Trudeau checked the right boxes and promised Canadians a return to “sunny ways.” Four years later, his government doesn’t look so sunny anymore. (Toronto Sun)

The world is a better place without Qassem Soleimani

Trump made it clear that he would not tolerate attacks on Americans and after the Iranian assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, which trashed the reception centre and required the Marines to tear-gas the mob, the Iranian ruler Ayatollah Khamenei gloated on Jan. 2 that there was “Not a damn thing (Trump) can do about it.” There was and he did, and Trump warned that if there were any retaliation that injured Americans the response would be “immediate and disproportionate.” (National Post)
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Portland ‘ground zero’ for protests between right, left wing

PORTLAND, Ore.  - Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump’s attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. (AP)

CSIS destroyed secret file on Pierre Trudeau 30 years ago stunning historians

OTTAWA - Canada’s spy service destroyed a Cold War dossier on Pierre Trudeau in 1989 instead of turning it over to the national archives. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the secret file on the former prime minister was scrapped because it fell short of the legal threshold for retention by either the service or the archives. (The Province)

RCMP owe the Aga Khan’s island more than $56,000 for Trudeau vacation

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police owe the managers of the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas more than $56,000 for meals, accommodations and jet ski rentals during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial vacation, CBC News has learned. (CBC)

After humiliating court defeat B.C. Premier Horgan blusters on

The latest court decision makes the count 18-1 in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline. And yet, B.C. Premier John Horgan does not relent in shilling for continued support of Andrew Weaver’s Greens.

KNIGHT: Scheer not chilled by threatened lawsuit

Threatening a libel lawsuit is often called ‘libel chill.’ By design it is intended to shut someone up who is being critical. On March 29, 2019, after the explosive recording and related documentation from former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was released, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition released a press statement concerning the Prime Minister’s handling and involvement in what has become known as the SNC-Lavalin scandal or more colloquially on social media as #lavscam. (True North)

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