Canadian scientists perplexed why researcher would try to smuggle readily available pathogen to China
Terry Pedwell, Canadian Press
| April 4, 2013 2:52 PM ET
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OTTAWA — Scientists familiar with contagions are scratching their heads over the arrest of a former federal government researcher who was allegedly trying to smuggle bacteria into China.
Klaus Nielsen, a former lead researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, faces charges in what police say was a scheme to illegally commercialize a testing device for Brucella bacteria.
The Mounties say Nielsen, of Richmond, Ont., and a fellow researcher, Wei Ling Yu, have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Continue reading
Terrorists Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej
How do middle-class Canadian kids become international terrorists?
By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew – 21 hours ago
Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej.
There are no straightforward answers when it comes to understanding what led Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej to abandon their lives in London, Ont., to join an Al-Qaida-linked militant group that attacked and took hostages at an Algerian gas plant.
The two boys have been described recently as average, everyday-type Canadians. That seemed to be the case right up until shortly before they flew overseas and died in the Algerian attack in January.
CBC News reported on Wednesday that a third schoolmate had travelled with the pair to North Africa and was jailed shortly before his cohorts died participating in the attack in Algeria.
Aaron Yoon was another average Canuck, a boy of Korean descent who was quiet and friendly and converted to Islam in his final year of high school. Continue reading
Rehab clinics, 4 people face charges in fraud probe
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 3:59PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 4:00PM EST
TORONTO — A pair of Toronto rehabilitation clinics and four people face a total of 84 charges for allegedly filing bogus invoices with auto insurers.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario, which polices the insurance sector, alleges the clinics conjured up false statements to obtain payments made to claimants.
The Fairview Assessment Centre and the Pacific Assessment Centre face seven counts each of knowingly making false or misleading statements to an auto insurer and of engaging in an unfair or deceptive act or practice.
Four people who the commission says are affiliated with the clinics each face seven counts of the two offences.
Charged are Danny Grossi, Alexandre Lobatch, Yaniv Tamsout, Vitali Tourkov.
Read more: http://www.cp24.com/rehab-clinics-4-people-face-charges-in-fraud-probe-1.1118806#ixzz2IIA9wLlO
Immigration fraud crackdown drastically increases the number of Canadians having their citizenship revoked
Stewart Bell | Dec 2, 2012 10:29 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 3, 2012 2:40 PM ET
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In September, Jason Kenney, the minister of citizenship and immigration, announced his department had sent letters to 530 Canadians advising them their citizenship was being rescinded. Investigations into another 3,100 suspected of citizenship fraud were still underway, he said.
HOW YOU BECOME AN UNCANADIAN
The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration sends a Notice of Intention to Revoke Citizenship outlining the grounds for revocation.
The person concerned has the right to refer the matter to the Federal Court.
If the court finds citizenship was obtained through false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances the Minister may prepare a report to the Governor in Council recommending that citizenship be revoked. Continue reading
Non-Christian prison chaplains chopped by Ottawa
CBC News Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:21 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012 7:25 PM PT
Reaction to non-Christian chaplains being cut from federal prisons
The federal government is cancelling the contracts of non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned.
Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is also responsible for Canada’s penitentiaries. Continue reading