Thursday, October 17, 2019

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)

China’s detention of 2 Canadians ‘unacceptable’: US Secretary of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant. (Global News)

Vice-Admiral Norman’s trial offers glimpse into cutthroat Ottawa politics

Ottawa — to borrow a phrase from Dickens — is sometimes a city of cutthroats in fine linen. Arguments in court today over the relevance of federal documents to the criminal case against the military's former second-in-command offered another reminder of that. (CBC)
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  • China confirms detention of two Canadians

    Two Canadian men have been detained in China on suspicion of "endangering national security," China's Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Spokesperson Lu Kang confirmed that entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday and that they are being handled separately. (CBC)

    Prosecutors seek years of imprisonment for Cohen, detail Manafort’s lies

    Federal prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to sentence Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, to a "substantial" prison term for paying an adult film star hush money on Trump's behalf and evading taxes, and detailed alleged lies to investigators by Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. (Newsmax)
    Cops in Cuban paradise in living hell

    Canadian government sits on their hands while Vancouver cops’ Cuban nightmare continues

    The two Vancouver area cops, Jordan Long and Mark Simms, are still languishing in Cuba, unable to leave the island, Communist country despite being acquitted unanimously by a five woman judicial panel a month ago. They have been informed the prosecution service want to appeal the acquittal. They have not been informed on what grounds the appeal is being sought. Indeed, it seems the prosecution just wants to regurgitate the same arguments it made at trial which were ruled against by the judicial panel. (PTC Exclusive)

    Mueller recommends no jail time for Mike Flynn

    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is recommending no jail time for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn because he provided so much substantial information to the Russia investigation. (CBC News)
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