Two way borders…

Feb 10, 2017

CTV News
Muslim mom rejected at U.S. border after questions on Trump, mosque shooting

Fadwa Alaoui has lived in Canada for twenty years and acquired Canadian citizenship after Moroccan birth.  She has also travelled to the US frequently.  This time, she, with her five year old son, was stopped and interrogated for four hours about the Quebec mosque shootings, the mosque she attends and her opinion on Donald Trump.  Then she was refused entry.   Related article:  National Newswatch – Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press    Trump’s anti-immigrant stance may be fuelling rise in racism in Canada: experts   Related article:  Toronto Star – Nicholas Keung and Alex Boutilier   Ottawa should suspend refugee pact with U.S., Harvard report says   Related article: Toronto Star Editorial  (Feb. 9, 2917)  Ottawa should suspend Safe Third Country Agreement: Editorial    Related article: Globe and Mail – Michelle Zilio   Trudeau concerned about refugee influx in Manitoba border town   Related articles: CBC News  Refugees at the Canada-U.S. border   (A series of article treating of the recent influx into Manitoba of immigrants and refugees)

Toronto Star – Charlie Savage, N.Y. Times
Trump is planning to bring Daesh detainees to Guantanamo, document shows

While Obama struggle to empty and close the US prison for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Trump is preparing orders to the Army to transfers all Daesh detainees to the controversial prison.  A draft of a new executive order is currently circulated among national security people while others in national security have been questioning both the wisdom and the legality of the move, especially in the implications for habeas corpus in the light of the draft’s wording.

CBC News – Tom Parry
Federal First Nations water strategy ‘flawed’  –  Report questions whether government can lift water advisories within five years

The Liberal government has committed to ending boil water advisories on Canadian reserves but a new report looking at the feasibility of achieving the goal puts the issue back in question.  The new study, by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Council of Canadians, looked at nine reserves in Ontario and concluded that three will have advisory lifted within the five year period, three are uncertain and three more are unlikely.    Full report: David Suzuki Foundation and Council of Canadians:  Glass Half Empty: Year 1 Progress toward Resolving Drinking Water Advisories in Nine First Nations in Ontario (A 36 page downloadable pdf)

Globe and Mail – Daniel Leblanc
Unfounded:  National strategy for handling sex-assault cases in the works

5500 people a year approach police about sexual assault without consequence and Canada’s public safety ministers have started to devise a national strategy to assure a better response to people and victims claiming to have been assaulted.  “Unfounded” indicates the investigating officer does not believe a crime was attempted or occurred.  Unfounded also means that the case is not included in any statistical record.  Some police forces have agreed to review cold cases.  The RCMP says they won’t review past files but are open to changing the investigative strategies.  Related article: Globe and Mail – Mark Saunders (Toronto Chief of Police) How the Toronto police have kept unfounded rates low

Ottawa Citizen – Brian Platt
Ottawa’s jail sees another horrifying story, and the government again appears oblivious

This story is becoming terribly familiar but equally horrible.  On Jan 25 a woman inmate in the Ottawa Carleton Detention facility suffered a miscarriage and was allowed to cry for help until bleeding began and then staff bundled her into a prison van rather than an ambulance.  The fetus remains were apparently simply flushed in the toilet.  Several weeks earlier – Jan 12 – the new minister of Correctional Services, Marie-France Lalonde, showed up to announce how things were changing from a similar story around inmate Julie Bilotta from 2012.

Association of Paroling Authorities International
2017 International Conference on Parole/Release
2017 Conférence internationale sur la libération conditionnelle

Theme:  A Global Look Forward: International and Diverse Perspectives on Parole  /  Thème : Une vue d’ensemble vers l’avenir : les diverses perspectives internationales en lien avec la libération conditionnelle.


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