Saturday, March 28, 2020

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)

Liberal candidate tainted by organized crime allegations

It used to be in the parliamentary system that an MP would step aside if he was under investigation. If that member refused to step aside,  typically the party leader would demand a resignation until the cloud of suspicion was lifted or not as the case may be. (True North)

Angry Londoners drag climate protesters from roof of train

LONDON -  Londoners furious at having their lives disrupted dragged ‘Extinction Rebellion’ climate change protesters from the roof of a train this morning. The incident happened at Canning Town Tube station, located in London’s poor east end – a particularly stupid venue for Extinction Rebellion activists to try to pull such a stunt. (Summit.news)

Andrew Scheer resigning as Conservative leader

OTTAWA - Andrew Scheer is resigning as the Conservative leader, but will stay on until a replacement is named. (CTV)

FBI officials discussed ‘media leak strategy’ ahead of major Trump-Russia revelation

WASHINGTON, DC - Newly released text messages show disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok asked to speak to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page about a “media leak strategy” during a crucial period of the Trump-Russia investigation in 2017. (Daily Caller)

Ontario names Thomas Carrique new Commissioner of the OPP

The government of Ontario has named Thomas Carrique as the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. The Ford government's first pick, Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, withdrew his name from consideration last week after his appointment to the job touched off months of controversy and triggered an integrity commissioner investigation. (CBC)

‘An insult to all Canadians:’ Committee report on rural crime lacking

OTTAWA - The House of Commons public safety committee has released a report into rural crime in Canada, and — surprise, surprise — the major political parties couldn’t agree on a set of recommendations. (National Post)

Former cop who blew whistle wants standing in B.C. money laundering inquiry

A lawyer says an inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia would not exist without the "courage" of an ex-police officer who spoke out about alleged "interference" with his mandate to investigate organized crime in casinos. (CBC)

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)

Local residents dismantle Edmonton rail blockade

A small group of counter-protesters dismantled a railway blockade in Edmonton a few hours after it was set up. The blockade began around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning by a group protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline in BC. (True North)

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