Tuesday, July 23, 2019

May Day rallies descend into violence clashes with police

PARIS - Groups of hooded, black-clad protesters threw rocks and other objects at police officers, smashed up vehicles, and set fires as the annual May Day rallies in the French capital quickly took a violent turn on Wednesday. (Fox News)

Significant changes expected this week for police watchdog

TORONTO - Significant changes to how the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigate Ontario police services are expected this week. A news conference is expected in the coming days where Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones is expected to outline new approaches for the police watchdog and also upgrades to problems with the Police Services Act as well.(Toronto Sun)

What’s at stake for RCMP, prosecutors in SNC Lavelin case

The political storm over SNC-Lavalin has sparked important debate over alleged political interference in Canada's justice system and what to do about a huge Canadian company that could fail if convicted of foreign bribery. (CBC)

Jody Wilson-Raybould takes a wrecking ball to the House of Commons

Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould took a wrecking ball to the House of Commons today with her testimony before the Standing Committee on Justice when she described the pressure, direct and indirect, interference applied to her and her Chief of Staff to abandon the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over bribery charges resulting from business dealings in Libya. (True North)
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    Darkness had fallen. Crowds were thinning. A lone girl, in a meditative pose, defiantly sat in front of a row of riot police. It has become an iconic image from the Hong Kong demonstrations. "Bravery in the face of brutality. Beautiful," wrote an observer on Twitter. (BBC)

    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)

    Six arrested in attack plot against the French President

    Six people have been arrested in France on suspicion of planning to carry out a "violent" attack on President Emmanuel Macron, officials say. (BBC)

    Secret recording by Jody Wilson-Reybould backs interference allegations in SNC-Lavelin scandal

    OTTAWA - A trove of detailed evidence documenting Jody Wilson-Raybould’s final days as justice minister and attorney general — including a secretly-recorded phone call with then-Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick — has reinforced her claim that government officials attempted to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and undermined the accounts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some of his top aides. (National Post)

    B.C. NDP lose embarrassing court round to Alberta

    VICTORIA - The B.C. New Democrats have lost an embarrassing legal round in the fight with their Alberta counterparts over petroleum and pipelines. B.C. filed a constitutional challenge to an Alberta law allowing that province to restrict fuel supplies to this province in retaliation for opposition to twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Vancouver Sun)
    Cops in Cuban paradise in living hell

    Prosecutors appeal acquittal of Canadian cops trapped in Cuba

    The recent acquittal of two Metro Vancouver police officers, who have spent more than eight months in legal limbo in Cuba, has sparked cautious optimism among their supporters. On Monday, family members of Mark Simms and Jordan Long received the news they had been fearing: the prosecution is appealing. (Global News)
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