Friday, July 15, 2016
27 CHARGED IN DRUG TRAFFICING BUST-MILLIONS IN DRUGS AND PROPERTY SEIZED.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Fort McMurray homeowners frustrated about rebuilding process-[CBC]-July 14, 2016-YAHOONEWS
The enthusiasm to rebuild homes after the Fort McMurray wildfire has given way to frustration for some residents."You really don't know who you can trust, that is the biggest thing in Fort McMurray right now," said MacKenzie Cadieux, who lost her home in Abasand.Cadieux and other residents from fire-ravaged communities attended a forum at Shell Place on Wednesday evening, where a lawyer and a contractor answered questions."One of the first few comments that was given to me as a sign of hope was, 'Oh, at least you get to rebuild a new house the way you want to,' " Cadieux said. "I don't want to rebuild a new house. I like my house the way it was, and this to me is a lot of aggravation in my daily life."-Insurance questions-Residents had questions about demolitions, permits, damage assessments and insurance.Presenter and lawyer Terrence Cooper said people need to first understand their insurance policies.Cooper said it's critical residents understand terms like "guaranteed replacement costs," because that means insurance companies will rebuild their homes as long as the new home has the same specifications as the one destroyed.He also recommended that owners get insurance companies to break down in simple language what's required of them in order to get compensation.But most of all, the Fort McMurray lawyer said, residents shouldn't necessarily settle for the first offer they receive. Instead, they should negotiate the best settlement that covers their living expenses, demolition and rebuilding costs."Don't settle anything unless you have a significant strategic advantage," Cooper said.-Inspect partially damaged homes-Owners who will return to homes that sustained minor damage were urged to have their homes inspected and tested as soon as possible."The minute they say, 'You can go back in,' if any of you have been getting any compensation (for living expenses), the insurance companies are going to cut it off," Cooper said."If you move back in, even though there are problems, then you basically have said that there are no problems that prevent me from living in the house."Contractor Paul McLeod, another presenter, recommended tests that homeowners in the worst affected areas should do."You can have an abatement test (for asbestos) done," said McLeod, owner of Vancon Services. "You can have a heavy-metal test. Obviously, there was a lot of heat and smoke melting all kinds of things around your home. You can also do ground sampling."May's wildfire destroyed or damaged 2,793 homes or apartments, and a total of 3,200 units cannot be re-occupied, according to July estimates from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
27 charged in drug trafficking bust; millions in drugs and property seized-[The Canadian Press]-July 14, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TORONTO - Toronto police say millions of dollars in drugs, property and cash, along with weapons, have been seized in an investigation into an alleged drug smuggling operation with links to the United States.They say the seven-month investigation has led to the arrests of 27 people on criminal organization and drug trafficking charges.Cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, opium, ketamine and fentanyl — 283 kilograms in total — were seized, along with 103 kilograms of cutting agents for cocaine.Investigators also seized eight firearms, including a Tec 9 machine pistol, an SKS rifle, a Springfield 40-calibre handgun and two 12 gauge shotguns, along with 418 rounds of ammunition.Assets such as bank accounts, money counters and condominiums, worth almost $3.4 million, which police allege were proceeds of crime, and $2.4 million in cash were also seized.The investigation, dubbed Project Beyond, involved Toronto police, York Regional Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.Supt. Gord Sneddon said Thursday that the alleged criminal organization's reach extended beyond Ontario."Their range of influence has spread to the United States," Sneddon said. "We worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration, particularly in New York State, and we have had some success."The unnamed organization was sophisticated and it compromised members of various ethnic groups, Sneddon said."The one common denominator is the desire to make money from the misery of other people," he said.Investigators allege Kevin Er, 40, of Richmond Hill, Ont., was the organization's leader."It's very clear from our investigation that there was a hierarchy in this organization," said Snedden.York Regional Police Insp. Dieter Boeheim says Er, who faces 15 charges, was known to police.
Canada's e-spies keep an eye on terrorists, foreign agents and 'The Good Wife'-[thecanadianpress.com]-July 14, 2016-YAHOONEWS
OTTAWA - It's among the most secretive agencies in Canada.But one project officer at the Communications Security Establishment, the electronic spy service, was "very excited" about seeing the CSE portrayed in an April episode of the popular CBS television series "The Good Wife."Internal emails obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act reveal the drama about a Chicago law firm captured the attention of the CSE, which is usually preoccupied with monitoring terrorists and foreign agents."Just wanted to share something with you all," wrote the project officer — whose name was deleted for security reasons — the morning after the program aired."At our meeting last week we were talking about how nice it would be for TV shows to mention CSE ... well ... last night I was watching a show that I never watch, 'The Good Wife,' and CSE was mentioned about 2-3 times."I was very excited and thought it was funny that we were just talking about this."The episode took dedicated lawyers Alicia Florrick and Lucca Quinn to Toronto to help a whistleblower on the run from the U.S. National Security Agency, the CSE's American counterpart.Much of the hour was devoted to clearly tongue-in-cheek references to Toronto as litter-free and the U.S. as a "land of guns and gangs" with inferior health care.Surveillance of Florrick by the NSA added spooky intrigue to several instalments of the series, which ended its seven-year run in May. In Toronto, she and Quinn employ a little trickery to win safe haven for the American whistleblower.The CSE comes across as a cubicle farm of tech-savvy young Canucks who, naturally, root for the Toronto Blue Jays.The portrayal of the Canadian agency was fictional and "done without input from CSE," said Ryan Foreman, a spokesman for the Ottawa-based spy service.The project officer's comments stemmed from the CSE's increasing efforts to educate the public about the agency's "vital work in helping protect Canadians and Canada's security," he said."In addition, as we are always looking to recruit the best and brightest to join our unique and talented workforce, more exposure through things like mentions in TV shows help further build awareness of CSE among potential job applicants."The agency has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years due to the disclosures about NSA surveillance — and some CSE operations — by real-life whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy contractor.In turn, the CSE has tried to explain more about what it does — with obvious limits — to help shape public opinion.Like the domestic Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the CSE even has a Twitter account. On Wednesday, the electronic spy service tweeted: "It's nice when our vital work is noticed by Hollywood, but we're still holding out hope for a shout out in 'The Beachcombers.'"It seems unlikely, unless the CSE has inside intelligence: the venerable Canadian show signed off in 1990.Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
Trump seeks $10 million in damages from former campaign aide-[The Canadian Press]-Julie Pace And Chad Day, The Associated Press-July 14, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON - In a highly unusual campaign dispute, Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from his former political consultant Sam Nunberg, arguing Nunberg violated the nondisclosure agreement nearly every Trump employee is required to sign.Trump alleges Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters. Nunberg, in a court filing obtained by The Associated Press, contends Trump is trying to silence him "in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair" between two senior campaign staffers.Trump's decision to take legal action against a fired staffer in the midst of a presidential race is part of the businessman's pattern of aggressively protecting the secrecy of his campaign, companies and family. The AP reported last month that nearly every Trump employee — both in the campaign and his businesses — must sign legally binding nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from releasing any confidential or disparaging information about the real estate mogul, his family or his companies.Nunberg's filing comes at a crucial political moment for Trump. He's on the verge of picking his running mate and is preparing for next week's Republican convention, one of his highest profile opportunities to reach voters and ease the concerns of GOP leaders who are concerned about his unconventional candidacy.In the court filings, Nunberg denied disparaging Trump and accused the presumptive GOP nominee of attempting to "bully" him into silence after Nunberg decided to publicly support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid."Mr. Trump's actions in starting a $10 million arbitration, seeking to silence Mr. Nunberg and have the proceedings sealed are a cautionary tale of what the American people face if Mr. Trump is elected president," said Andrew Miltenberg, Nunberg's attorney. Miltenberg said Trump's attorney argued for the documents to be sealed in a hearing Wednesday morning.Trump attorney Alan Garten repeatedly declined to refer to Nunberg by name, but described him as "a person who has a history of making untrue, outlandish and outrageous allegations."Nunberg was a consultant to Trump's presidential campaign but was fired in August because of racist posts he wrote on Facebook.Nunberg has been highly critical of Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, both professionally and personally. In a recent GQ Magazine interview, he said he would suck the "blood of out of (Lewandowski's) skull by the time I'm done with him."In the court filings, Nunberg said Trump filed a $10 million arbitration claim against him and falsely accused him of being a source of a New York Post story from mid-May that recounted a public quarrel between Lewandowski and campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks. Lewandowski was fired from the campaign in June after months of tension with other senior Trump advisers.Nunberg denied being the source of the article, but in court papers referred to the quarrel as being part of an "apparent affair."Garten told the AP that Nunberg's allegations about Hicks and Lewandowski are "categorically untrue." Reached by phone, Lewandowski said he was "not familiar with the court case" and would not comment on Nunberg's allegations.Hicks did not respond to detailed requests to respond to the allegations sent via email and text, as well as a voicemail.Lewandowski helped Trump upset 16 primary rivals, a stunning feat for the political novice and a campaign manager with little presidential campaign experience. But Lewandowski clashed with other campaign staffers and was viewed by GOP leaders as unprepared to oversee a general election campaign.Since Lewandowski's firing, Trump's campaign has shown flashes of operating more professionally, with the candidate giving more prepared speeches in addition to his freewheeling rallies.Nunberg filed the court documents in an attempt to block private arbitration proceedings initiated by Trump in May.In addition to asserting a right to discuss the campaign on free speech grounds, Nunberg's lawsuit also argued that the campaign's arbitration claim was invalid because it was brought by an exploratory group Trump formed for his 2012 campaign, "which has nothing to do with the Trump Campaign's activities in the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.""The Trump Campaign was not in existence prior to or at the time of the agreement, and Mr. Nunberg did not agree or intend that it apply to any future entity such as the Trump Campaign," Nunberg's complaint said.Nunberg says in court papers that Trump improperly used the entity, "Trump 2012 PCA," while the billionaire "toyed" with a presidential run in 2012. Nunberg also accuses the entity of conducting business illegally in the state of New York.In a separate affidavit, Nunberg's mother, Rebecca Citron Nunberg, said the entity bringing the claim against her son is not registered in the state of New York, depriving it of its ability to pursue legal claims against him.___Associated Press writer Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.___On Twitter, follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Chad Day at http://twitter.com/ChadSDay
Black bear mauls woman on Okanagan hiking trail-[CBC]-July 14, 2016-YAHOONEWS
A woman from Greenwood, B.C. is nursing her wounds after a bear knocked her flat on her back on an Okanagan hiking trail last weekend.Rachel Lautard says she was mauled by the small black bear while camping near Conkle Lake Provincial Park, south of Kelowna."I couldn't believe this was happening to me," she said recalling the experience.Lautard was on an afternoon hike with her family and a friend when she decided to pick up her pace and got ahead of the others.She says she heard loud footsteps behind her so she turned around and saw a dog run by in a flash — followed quickly by a black bear charging towards her."The next thing I know I was on my back with this bear on top of me," she said. "I was wearing steel-toed work boots at the time and I was kicking and basically bicycling and screaming for help."She doesn't remember how long the two tussled for as she struggled to get free."He bit into my leg and he was holding on but I was kicking as hard as I could."Stitches needed-Lautard believes the bear may have been chasing the dog but attacked her instead.She suspects the animal may have been distracted and eventually let go of her of her leg, after the dog returned."He got off, and I got up," said Lautard, who says she jumped to her feet despite being injured.Her friend — who happened to be a doctor — then arrived. But the bear was reluctant to leave even as they flailed their arms and screamed at it.After her friend "ran at it", she says the bear climbed up a tree and finally took off. The two then worked on getting her wounds dressed and helped her out of the bush.She was left with two puncture wound and a gash on her left calf that needed 10 stitches.Lautard says she sees bears "all the time" and has even had another bear run at her but never with such ferocity and intensity.With files from Daybreak South.
School board investigates Mississauga teacher after speech at pro-Palestinian rally-[CBC]-July 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
A Mississauga, Ont., teacher is being investigated by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board after she spoke at a rally in early July urging Palestinians to fight back against Israel and making what critics have called supportive statements about people linked to a group that Canada lists as a terrorist entity.Nadia Shoufani, a teacher at St. Catherine of Siena Separate School in Mississauga, called Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian writer killed in 1972; a "martyr," and criticized the detention of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, a Lebanese militant imprisoned in France for killing two U.S. and Israeli officials.Both are linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine."Palestine will be liberated. Glory to the martyrs," she said to a crowd at the International Al-Quds Day rally on July 2 behind Queen's Park in Toronto. "We have the right to fight back. We have the right to resist," she said. Bruce Campbell, general manager of communications and community relations for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, said Wednesday an investigation has begun. He said the matter was brought to the board's attention through a number of sources, including the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and B'nai Brith Canada."The board was made aware of this issue last week and is investigating," Campbell said. "Given the serious nature of the issue, we would look to reach a resolution as quickly as possible."Toronto police said they have opened an investigation into comments made at the Al-Quds rally, but could not confirm that Shoufani herself is under investigation."It's being investigated as we speak," Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said on Wednesday. "I can confirm that we are investigating comments made at the rally and there is more than one person involved."Shoufani was not available for comment.Amanda Hohmann, national director of the League for Human Rights for B'nai Brith Canada, said on Wednesday the organization complained to the board and the police last week because it alleges that Shoufani is publicly supporting violence and terrorism.She said it is also inappropriate for a teacher to be espousing such views when she is responsible for educating children.Facebook posts called troubling-"We're obviously very concerned about the potential for radicalization, the messaging, and the ideology that someone is spreading when they are involved in educating children," Hohmann said.According to Public Safety Canada, the goals of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, formed in 1967, are the destruction of Israel and the establishment of a communist government in the Palestinian territories.Public Safety Canada said the group hijacked three civilian airliners in 1970s and has used suicide bombers, guerrilla tactics, car bombings and mortar strikes to further its aims since 2000. It said the group was also responsible for the first assassination of a cabinet minister in Israel's history, killing Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001.
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