Retired U.S. Marine Fox Sinke has experienced fear for the first time.
The Seaway Valley resident and dual citizen travelled to Ottawa last Friday and marched for several hours at the National War Memorial, in honour of fallen Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
His tribute was captured by a TV news crew to whom Sinke pledged “I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best shot.”
He wasn’t shot at, but several calls were made to his home phone. Men’s voices, which he believes were speaking in Arabic, threatening his life.
“I don’t understand much, but I understand the words — I want to kill you,” he said.
Sinke may not be afraid of the threats, but he’s worried his actions have put his family in danger and he’s not about to take any risks.
“I have somehow managed to put my wife and kids in harm’s way,” he said. “Of all the firefights I’ve been in, I’ve never felt anything akin to fear. But this puts a fear in my heart that makes it hard to breathe.”
Sinke says he’s received about 300 friend requests on Facebook since his trip to Ottawa. He’s been encouraged to come back for the service on Remembrance Day.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Imam Imtiaz Ahmed said the news is troubling.
The federal government has announced that 20 members of a large human trafficking ring based out of Hamilton, Ont. have been deported from Canada.
The 20 deported individuals were members of the Domotor-Kolompar ring and helped run the largest proven human trafficking ring in Canada, according to the statement put out by the border agency. As of Tuesday, at least 22 members of this ring have been convicted on human trafficking charges, the BSA has confirmed. All but two were deported.
The Domotor-Kolompar family brought Hungarians from their hometown to Canada with the promise of work and a better life in the Hamilton area, Canadian officials said. But the Hungarians who came over were subjected to brutal living conditions without adequate food and forced to work construction jobs for free. The human traffickers used intimidation and threats of violence to keep their victims in line, officials said.
“This flagrant abuse of persons in our immigration system demanded a strong response,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said in a news conference Tuesday.
Once sworn to uphold the law, a suspended RCMP officer was convicted of more than a dozen criminal charges including extortion and criminal harassment.
In Red Deer court Friday, Const. Hoa La was convicted of 14 charges, including two counts of extortion, two counts of criminal harassment and 10 counts of fraud over $5,000.
La, who is from Airdrie and worked in the passport and immigration section in Calgary, turned himself in to RCMP and was charged in connection to real estate deals.
The charges, filed in 2009, were the result of a lengthy RCMP investigation following a complaint about the officer’s business dealings in November 2006.
It was alleged he made “false representations,” between 2005 and 2008 tied to properties he owned in various parts of central Alberta, with Mounties alleging he lied to banks to acquire mortgages and purchase the residences.
Shortly after, Mounties said in a statement it was “alleged that there was criminal harassment of tenants at some of these locations.”
The Winnipeg Police Service Sex Crimes Unit is investigating after a 12-year-old girl was threatened.
The girl was walking near Riverton Avenue and Brazier Street Thursday at about 8 p.m. when a stranger came up to her and said he’d hurt her if she didn’t do what he wanted.
The man then held the girl, before she managed to run away to safety. She was not hurt physically in the incident.
Police are now looking for a bald black man is his thirties. He had a goatee and is about 5’7 or 5’8.
Canada’s human rights chief harassed staff, engaged in ‘bizarre’ behaviour: report says
Postmedia News Jan 8, 2012 – 9:49 PM ET | Last Updated: Jan 8, 2012 9:50 PM ET
By Chris Cobb
OTTAWA – An independent labour investigator has upheld harassment complaints against the head of Canada’s premier human rights adjudication agency, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.
The rulings that Shirish Chotalia, the Conservative-appointed chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, harassed two subordinates and engaged in “baffling, if not bizarre” behaviour is the latest twist in a series of upheavals since the Edmonton lawyer took charge of the agency on Sept. 9. 2009.