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Reports of possible terrorist financing increase in Canada after deadly attacks

David Ljunggren, Reuters 

OTTAWA – The number of reports of suspicious transactions in Canada possibly related to terrorist financing have jumped in the wake of two deadly attacks on soldiers last month, an official said on Thursday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC), set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensure the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada, asked institutions to quickly flag possible wrongdoing after the attacks.

“In the last few weeks there has been a notable increase in the reporting of suspicious transactions … related to terrorist financing,” said FINTRAC spokesman Peter Lamey.

“They are also of good quality and comprehensive in many cases. It’s been useful to the work we’ve been doing,” he added, declining to give specific details of the numbers.

Lamey would not say whether any of the reports were linked to the fatal attacks.

FINTRAC said last month that in the 2013/14 fiscal year, it passed on 1,143 cases to law enforcement bodies out of 81,735 potentially suspicious transactions reported by institutions – an increase from 919 the previous year.

Of these disclosures, 234 were specifically related to terrorist financing, up from 157 the previous year.

In an annual report presented to Parliament on Thursday, FINTRAC said it had received 241 requests for information from foreign intelligence units in the 2013/14 fiscal year, up from 202 the previous year.

TORONTO: Two men disguised in burkas rob jewellery store

Two men disguised in burkas rob Toronto jewellery store at gunpoint, hauling in $500K in merchandise

 | November 19, 2014 | Last Updated:Nov 19 6:54 PM ETMore from Josh Visser | @joshvisser

The robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

TPSThe robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a jewellery store last month while wearing burkas.

Edmond Bakos, the owner of the York Mills-Leslie Street-area Mona-Clara Jewellers, said he didn’t think twice about the people who walked into his store on OCt. 14 until one them produced a handgun and demanded jewellery in a distinctly masculine voice.

“Three seconds after they walked in, they pulled out a gun and said, ‘It’s a holdup,’” Bakos said.

While one suspect emptied a display of jewellery into his handbag, the second went with a female staff member to lock the entrance.

The pair got away with about $500,000 in jewellery during the five-minute holdup, Holdup squad Staff-Insp. Mike Earl told reporters Wednesday. The robbery took place at about 11 a.m., at a “busy” mall plaza, he said.

Bakos described the incident as traumatic.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the robbers. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5”11 wearing black clothes.  The second suspect was also male, approximately 6”3 with no description of ethnicity. Continue reading

Canada to ban immigrants in polygamous, forced marriages

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that the government will ban people who have taken part in practices that are “incompatible with Canadian values” — such as those in polygamous or forced marriages — from immigrating to Canada.Minister Alexander outlined the government’s position at a news conference with Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch in Toronto on Wednesday morning. Alexander said that the bill would eliminate premature and forced marriages from Canada’s immigration system and the country as a whole. The bill is expected to pass with full support from the majority Conservative caucus in Ottawa.

“The intention [of the bill] is very clear,” said Alexander. “We will be enhancing the ability of the immigration system to detect and then to act on cases of polygamy. There are many cases — at least hundreds across the country, maybe even more — of people who have come here with multiple wives without that fact being confirmed in the immigration system and without anything having been done about it, even when it’s detected later.

“We will give ourselves the tools to act. Polygamists are not welcome in this country and, if and when they are found in our immigration system, they will be removed from this country.”

TORONTO: Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan arrested on sexual assault charges


Torstar News Service Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan, 56, has been charged with sexual assault and breach of trust.

An immigration consultant faces charges of sexual assault and breach of trust.

Police say that on the evening of Sept. 20, a 23-year-old woman who had just immigrated to Canada visited an office on Finch Ave. W., for professional services. The woman alleges she was propositioned for sexual favours and was sexually assaulted. She told police she fled the office at her first opportunity.

Razgar Hasan, 56, was arrested on Saturday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.

MISSISSAUGA: Morad Maher Thatcher arrested in Tim Horton random stabbing

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By: Sam Colbert Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 17 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a Mississauga restaurant Friday afternoon.

The victim was sitting with friends at the Tim Hortons and Wendy’s at Britannia Rd. and Terry Fox Way at around 12:30 p.m. when a suspect approached him from behind and allegedly stabbed him, according to Peel Regional Police. The suspect fled southwest across Britannia Rd. to a townhouse complex.

The victim was taken to Credit Valley Hospital with multiple stab wounds, paramedics said at the time.

Police arrested 21-year-old Morad Maher Thatcher of Mississauga on Monday. He has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

He will appear in court in Brampton Tuesday morning.

RICHMOND, B.C.: Xun Wang charged in massive citizenship fraud scheme

Chinese passports have been seized by Canadian Border Services Agency after a “significant” fraud scheme was uncovered..

 

A Richmond man planned to help at least 165 people obtain Canadian citizenship by committing fraud, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Charges related to immigration fraud have been laid against Xun Wang, who is alleged to have been involved in a “significant” immigration scheme, said border officials.

Wang is said to have lied about the applicants’ residency status by creating a fictitious appearance of permanent residency, a precursor to citizenship.

CBSA released a statement concerning the case on Thursday:

“The CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section conducted a lengthy investigation into the activities of Wang’s two unlicensed immigration consulting businesses, which offered services in Metro Vancouver. During the execution of search warrants, CBSA investigators discovered a complex immigration fraud scheme. Wang has been charged with six Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) offences and four Criminal Code offences, including allegations of advising foreign nationals to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their permanent resident card renewal applications, forgery and fraud.”

Wang is also charged with one count of tax evasion and two counts of fraudulently obtaining refunds or credits under the Income Tax Act.

CBSA worked in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency to nab Wang on the charges.

“Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the integrity of our immigration system. The CBSA takes this issue very seriously and works closely to identify, investigate, and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to the full extent of the law.” stated CBSA’s chief of investigations Doug Mossey.

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TORONTO: T’neal David Ayodeji-Dinnall charged in Canada’s Wonderland killing

Man charged in Canada’s Wonderland killing

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An arrest has been made in an attack that left a man dead and another wounded at Canada’s Wonderland north of Toronto last month.

Police say they found the two male victims suffering from stab wounds in the early hours of Oct. 26.

One died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Eighteen-year-old T’neal David Ayodeji-Dinnall of Toronto is charged with second-degree murder.

He is set to appear in Newmarket court today.

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Stabbing at Wonderland kills man, leaves another critical

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/stabbing-at-wonderland-kills-man-leaves-another-critical-1.2813619

 

BROSSARD, QC.: Nikolas Stefanatos pleads guilty in acid attack case

Brossard man pleaded guilty in Longueuil court Thursday morning

CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 12:19 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 7:49 PM ET

Nikolas Stefanatos, the Brossard man who sprayed acid on his ex-girlfriend, Tanya St-Arnauld, has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

The plea at the Longueuil courthouse came today — three weeks before Stefanatos’ trial was set to start.

The attack, which happened in August 2012, caused second and third degree burns to St-Arnauld’s face, back, neck and arms.

Stefanatos sprayed St-Arnauld with a household cleaning product containing acid, apparently in a bout of jealous anger.

Stefanatos addressed the court to say he was sorry for what he did.  He apologized to St-Arnauld in front of the judge, adding that he would hug her if he were allowed to.

St-Arnauld reminded the judge of the devastating effect her ex-boyfriend’s actions have had on her life, including suffering from second and third degree burns, being in a medically induced coma and undergoing skin grafts. She said that she now has the skin of a 70-year-old.

Stefanatos is due back in court on Dec. 3 for his sentencing hearing.

Crown prosecutor Erin Kavanagh told CBC that he has already reached an agreement with the defence on a suggested sentence, calling it “significant.”

Stefanatos has been held since the night of his arrest two and a half years ago, and that time served prior to his conviction will count as time-and-a-half once he’s sentenced.

Dr. Sharif Tadros of Burlington accused of treating female patients despite ban

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Dr. Sharif Tadros had his licence suspended after allegedly treating female patients despite being banned from doing so.

TORONTO STAR

Dr. Sharif Tadros had his licence suspended after allegedly treating female patients despite being banned from doing so.

 By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Sadiya Ansari Published on Sat Nov 08 2014

A GTA doctor under investigation for sexual misconduct had his licence suspended Friday after allegedly continuing to treat female patients while prohibited from doing so.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario “suspended the certificate of registration of Dr. Sharif Tadros which means that Dr. Tadros is not allowed to practice medicine effective today,” the regulatory body said in a statement.

The suspension will remain in effect until the Burlington family doctor’s disciplinary hearing in May. That hearing will address earlier allegations that Tadros, 55, had sex with two patients in his office. Continue reading

BRAMPTON: Sean Stewart arrested in TTC sexual assaults

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Toronto police have arrested Sean Stewart, 36, in connection with a series of sexual assaults on TTC buses.

TORONTO POLICE

Toronto police have arrested Sean Stewart, 36, in connection with a series of sexual assaults on TTC buses.

 By: Diana Hall Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Nov 07 2014

A Brampton man has been arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults Toronto police say took place on TTC buses.

The latest of four assaults, which date back to June 2013, allegedly occurred on Thursday, police said.

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The alleged victims were women between 18 and 25, who police said were unknown to the suspect. Officers believe there could be more victims.

Sean Stewart, 36, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault. He was to appear in a Finch Ave. W. courtroom earlier Friday.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact officers at 416-808-7474, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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