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IN THE NEWS

Sep 29

Jeremy Mackenzie, leader of the right-wing Dioagolon movement, which also is said to include military personnel, was arrested September 27 by Halifax Regional Police on a Canada-wide warrant. His partner, also detained, said the couple “waited in the driveway for them and cooperated.”

Sep 28

Provincial jails in many jurisdictions are being used to hold migrants even though they are not accused of a crime. The detention is covered by agreements with the Canada Border Services Agency but the executive director of Amnesty International Canada’s francophone branch, says international law prohibits incarceration for administration reasons related to immigration. British Columbia and Nova Scotia are terminating their contracts with the CBSA but Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan are holding fast for now.

Sep 28

A national class-action lawsuit fronted by two RCMP veterans against the national police force has been certified by the Federal Court of Canada. Alleging failure to provide a workplace free from intimidation and harassment, the suit seeks more than $1.1 billion in damages on behalf of all current and former uniformed and civilian personnel. The government had tried to block the action but that was rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada last March.

Sep 28

The Canadian Climate Change Institute said in a report released today that Canadians can expect to have to choose between higher taxes or reduced government services if more isn’t done to adapt to climate change. “We have some ability to change this future,” said Ryan Ness, director of adaptation research for the registered charity, which said that if the public and private sectors begin investing in making the country more resilient to extreme weather, the economic impact could be reduced by 75 per cent.

Sep 28

Post-tropical storm Fiona is expected to be the costliest storm to ever hit Atlantic Canada but analysts at DBRS Morning Star, the fourth-largest credit rating agency in the world, say gaps in insurance coverage leave many property owners without coverage after the weekend’s devastation.

Sep 28

The International Monetary Fund is warning that the British government’s planned tax cuts are likely to increase inequality and add to inflationary pressures but Prime Minister Liz Truss’ new administration insists they will kickstart economic growth. It was reacting to Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng’s tabling September 23 of the most aggressive tax package in 50 years.

Sep 27

The U.S. Treasury Department is supporting widespread dissent in Iran by facilitating Internet-related exceptions to sanctions designed to make it difficult for U.S. companies to operate there. The decision enables companies to give Iranians “more options of secure, outside platforms and services.”

Sep 27

Leaks in the submarine portion of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea between Russia to Europe are being investigated amidst accusations of sabotage. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck says the leaks “were not caused by natural occurrences or evens of material fatigue,” a position echoed by Danish, Polish and Ukrainian officials.

Sep 27

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, one of Islam’s holiest sites and a Palestinian icon, has been occupied by a group of ultranationalist Jews protected by Israeli authorities. Also, Israeli police attacked Palestinians within the compound and prevented others from entering.

Sep 27

A 30 per cent jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Britain over the past week, prompting concerns about a fall wave, is seen as a potential harbinger for what lies ahead in North America. “Generally, what happens in the U.K. is reflected about a month later in the U.S.,” says Dr. Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London. He says a study of data since early 2020 has accurately captured the start of each wave. “I think this is what I’ve sort of been seeing.”

Sep 27

Millions of Ukranians in four provinces finished voting today in Russian-orchestrated referenda about whether they should secede and join Russia, potentially giving President Vladimir Putin an excuse to ramp up his war on Ukraine. Dismissed as a sham by Ukraine and its western allies, the vote was effectively coerced in some areas as election officials went house to house accompanied by armed guards.

Sep 27

Japan wants a formal apology from Russia after security services allegedly blindfolded and restrained its consul in Vladivostok. Accused of espionage, Motoki Tatsunori, was freed from custody today and given 48 hours to leave Russia.

Sep 27

The fact that federal public servants received a total of $190 million in total bonuses in 2021-2022, up 11 per cent from the previous fiscal year, is being criticized by Alberta Conservative MP Kelly McCauley. “We should not be rewarding departments that have people waiting outside 12 hours in the snow for a passport,” he says. “We shouldn’t be rewarding anyone at immigration when there’s record backlogs for reuniting families.”

Sep 27

As the UN General Assembly wound down today, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly urged the protection of women’s rights, including access to abortion and rooting out sexual violence. “We will fight for your full meaningful participation in all walks of life,” she said. “No government, no politician, no judge, no one can take that away from you.”

Sep 27

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is now a citizen of Russia, thanks to President Vladimir Putin. Snowden, who has been living there since 2013 to escape prosecution for leaking classified documents, said in 2019 that he was willing to return to the U.S. if he could be guaranteed a fair trial.

Sep 27

Canadian Armed forces personnel are deployed to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador to help with the aftermath of post-tropical storm Fiona which ravaged the region on the weekend. the commander of Joint Task Force Atlantic, Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia, said the help had been requested by the three provincial governments.

Sep 27

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has asked the RCMP to investigate “disgusting” online sexual assault comments about his wife. Jeremy MacKenzie, whose right-wing group is affiliated with the “Freedom Convoy” protests, tried to justify his comments during a video exchange with another member of his group by saying that he was drunk.

Sep 27

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says his province will not allow RCMP to begin collecting firearms under the federal buy-back program. “Alberta taxpayers pay over $750 million per year for the RCMP and we will not tolerate taking officers off the streets in order to confiscate the property of law-abiding firearms owners,” he said September 26 in response to a request from Public Safety Minister Marco Mendocino.

Sep 26

Italy’s most right-wing government since World War II is the expected result of a weekend snap election in which the Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni captured some 26 per cent of the vote. Having claimed victory today, Meloni is on course to become the country's first female prime minister.

Sep 25

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that the Canadian Armed Forces will be part of the federal government’s support for the Atlantic provinces and eastern Quebec as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona which caused extensive damage and left hundreds of thousands of people without power. He also said the government would match personal or corporate donations to the Canadian Red Cross over the next month.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Sep 08)
Scott Newark's picture

A stabbing spree resulted in 10 deaths and 19 injured. Could this major tragedy have been averted? Let's look at the laws that allowed Myles Sanderson the freedom to kill.

(Aug 18)
Chris MacLean's picture

Interference is typically an extremely valid and indisputable concern, but in the case of the NS shooting spree, that argument is being used to obfuscate the real issue of communication negligence which resulted in deaths that could have been avoided.

(Aug 10)
Chris MacLean's picture

Alberta awarded third prize of “Her Vision Inspires” contest to an essayist who argues that women should pick babies over careers, writing that importing "foreigners to replace ourselves is a sickly mentality that amounts to a drive for cultural suicide.”

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