Sunday, April 23, 2017

Panama Papers law firm boss sees tax shelter boom in US

PANAMA CITY: The co-founder of the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says the fallout has set off a "thriving" boom in the creation of tax shelters in the United States.

Juergen Mossack, who partnered with Ramon Fonseca to create the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, said in a document obtained Thursday by AFP that after the Panama Papers leak a year ago, the number of new tax shelters created has fallen by 30 percent in Panama and elsewhere.

"However, jurisdictions such as Delaware, Nevada and others located in the United States, where virtually no due diligence is required... incorporations are thriving!" Mossack said.

"Whilst Panama tries hard to be whiter than white, others are profiting," he wrote.

The Panama Papers, published a year ago in a leak of more than 11 million documents belonging to Mossack Fonseca, spurred fresh government action against the secretive world of tax fraud and evasion.

Before the scandal exposed the global extent of offshore tax havens, Panama was the last major financial center refusing all exchange of banking information.  (more...)

Making America great again

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Scarborough perv jailed for sexually extorting boys

She promised teenage boys sexual favours in exchange for nude pictures of themselves.

But “she” turned out to be a Scarborough man in training to become a member of the Canadian Forces.

Andrew Newman, 19, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after he admitted to the online preying of at least 1,300 boys between the ages of 13 and 16 in Ontario, Quebec, the U.S. and Australia in 2015.

Newman threatened to expose the boys’ images online if they refused his demands for graphic images or sex, court heard.

“It’s difficult to forget the voices of young, vulnerable victims struggling to respond to his threats to expose the graphic material online when they resisted his demands for more child pornography,” said Justice Robert Kelly.  (more...)

After receiving death threats, imam vows to fight extremism, and opens up about his own brush with it

MISSISSAUGA — The photo emailed to Ibrahim Hindy showed five men hanging by their necks. “Islamic wind chimes,” the email read. Around the same time, a message arrived calling his mosque “one of many satan safe houses that need to be burned to the ground.”

The 33-year-old reported the troubling messages to police in Mississauga, Ont., where he lives and serves as imam at the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, but he also took to Facebook on Tuesday to say enough is enough. “We have to make this stop,” he wrote.

The threats were the culmination of months of anti-Muslim rhetoric coming from some opponents of a Peel District School Board policy that accommodates Friday prayers on school grounds for Muslim students.

Groups fighting the board have called Islam evil and its prophet a child-rapist. They have urged the banning of Islam and the mass deportation of Muslims. “It’s almost all-out war here,” one of them said after ripping up a Qur’an during a school board meeting.

As a member of the school board’s faith advisory committee who had supported the policy, Hindy has been targeted online as a radical and criminal. He was told he was being watched and that he should have stayed silent.  (more...)

More than 100 men in York Region charged for soliciting sex with minors since 2014

York Regional Police sex crimes investigators say they have posed as pimps and traffickers online to ensnare more than 100 men accused of seeking sex with minors.

Det. Sgt. Thai Truong told reporters Friday that undercover officers in York Region have created numerous online ads over the past three years, offering escorts and young women for sex.

When johns inquired about the ads, Truong said the officers indicated that they were offering children for sex.

That was enough to dissuade a significant number of johns from continuing further, but some continued on to arrange meetings.

In one instance, police allege a 25-year-old pilot asked an undercover officer for a girl “14 or 15 years-old and hot” or 13 if she was “killer.”

In another instance, a truck driver who believed he was texting with a 16-year-old girl offered for her to visit his vehicle.

“I have a really cool truck with bunk beds in the back we could have lots of fun,” the man wrote  (more...)

UK: Football child abuse suspects put at more than 250

So far 252 potential suspects and 560 victims have been identified by officers investigating child sex abuse within football in the UK, police say.

Some 311 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game, are involved in the inquiry, called Operation Hydrant.

The ages of the victims - 96% of whom are male - span from four to 20.

A hotline was set up to report abuse last year when a number of ex-footballers said they had been victims as youngsters.

The investigation is being co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).  (more...)

Child refugees in Europe 'forced to sell bodies' to pay smugglers

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University.

The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s centre for health and human rights, reveals what they describe as a “growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and abuse of migrant children in Greece”.

The report says child refugees from conflict zones including Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan trying to make their way across Europe are being stranded in Greece, unable to afford the fees charged by smugglers to move them.

As a result some of the children are turning to selling sex to try to fund their journeys.  (more...)

It Begins: Saskatchewan ruling on Catholic schools could have far-reaching consequences

A Saskatchewan judge’s ruling that non-Catholic students should not receive public funding to attend separate schools could have implications in other parts of the country.

The decision, released on Thursday, said the province violated equality rights set out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its obligation of religious neutrality by funding non-minority faith students who enroll in Catholic schools.

The ruling will have far-reaching consequences if applied to other provinces, including Ontario, where publicly funded secular and separate school districts compete for students as birth rates decline and governments provide funding regardless of a family’s religious affiliations.

“When the government funds Catholic schools respecting non-Catholic students, which I have found is an unconstitutionally protected benefit to the Catholic faith, but does not equally fund other faith-based schools to educate non-adherents, discrimination is evident on the face of the enabling legislation and regulations,” Justice Donald Layh wrote in his 242-page decision.

Saskatchewan’s Education Minister, Don Morgan, told reporters on Friday the decision is being reviewed and the government has not decided whether to appeal. But he said following the ruling would disrupt the province’s schooling system.  (more...)

Told ya they'd get around to us. Nazis never forget. We're all vanilla now.

We must stand together to reject intolerance

When we talk about education, a “culture of fear” is not a phrase anyone wants to hear. You might expect it in Swat Valley, where Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban fanatics for advocating girls’ schooling. Here in Ontario, the phrase seems out of place; and yet, it crops up a frequently in reference to some public school boards.

A report from provincially appointed investigators, released this month, describes “a culture of fear and distrust” within the York Region District school board. Accusations of Islamophobia and racism have dogged the board.

It’s been even worse at the Toronto District school board, where a provincially appointed advisory panel found a “culture of fear” running so deep, some staff were too scared even to talk to them, while several who did broke down in tears.

Astoundingly, these slow-motion train wrecks barely hold a candle to how badly things are going off the rails in Peel.

Some people are very angry with the Peel District school board over religious accommodation — specifically, making space available to Muslim students for Friday prayers. Contrary to misinformation, student reflections are delivered in English, under supervision.

Religious accommodation is not a matter of discretion. It’s the law. The Ontario Human Rights Code supersedes school policy and provincial legislation.

Nevertheless, a recent school board meeting descended into chaos. Protesters tore and stomped on a Qur’an — a desecration as inflammatory as flag-burning. Peel’s board condemned the act and respectfully collected the shreds  (more...)


Friday, April 21, 2017

Peel Imam receives death threat after working on school religious accommodation issue

A Mississauga imam says he's become the target of online threats after working with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) on religious accommodation issues.

Imam Ibrahim Hindy says he opened his email inbox on Friday to find an image of hanged Muslim men.

He's also received messages that refer to his mosque, the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, as a "satan safe house" that needs to be "burned to the ground."

"I have thick skin. I kind of expect to get threats," Hindy said in an interview Wednesday with CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "But I didn't expect to get them from people who walk on my streets and call themselves Canadian."  (more...)


They'll soon return their attention to the Catholics. They always do.

Parent group? to protest religious accommodation in Peel schools

Peel District School Board’s religious accommodation for students is falling under fire again.

A group of parents are planning a protest at the suburban Toronto school board next week calling for the annexation of all religious practices from Peel schools.

The protest comes weeks after the school board issued a fact sheet to quell misinformation regarding religious accommodation.

CP24 reached out to Peel District School Board who on Thursday declined to comment, saying in an email, “we are not participating in any further media interviews on this issue.”

This isn’t the first time Concerned Parents of Canada has staged an event, calling for an end to Muslim prayer service in Peel region schools.

The group describes themselves on Facebook as opposing “discrimination, hate, segregation and religious practices in public school.”  (more...)

This is an example of the astroturf groups that undermine conservative parents in the province. By taking up media bandwidth and luring support away from authentic issues, this activity blunts the efforts of any real conservative movement. Catholics settled the issue of religious accommodation long ago. Suck it up.

York school board’s work has just begun

It’s long overdue. But at last York Region District School Board trustees have taken their first step to come to grips with the fear, racism, unprofessionalism and disregard of taxpayer dollars that have festered there for years.

On Tuesday evening they ousted the board’s controversial director of education, J. Philip Parappally.

That’s no surprise, considering the scathing criticism aimed at the director in a report released last week. “We do not see evidence of the strong principled relationships that are expected of a director of education,” wrote authors Patrick Case and Suzanne Herbert.

That was an understatement. Case and Herbert, hired by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter to look into complaints about the board, found most senior staff they spoke with had little confidence in Parappally. Some even said he had fostered a “culture of mistrust” by asking them to spy on one another.

They were not alone in their concerns. Some parents, too, complained he was unresponsive and disrespectful.

Now that Parappally is gone, the real hard work of rebuilding respect and trust among staff, parents, trustees, and students at Ontario’s third-largest school board begins.

It won’t be easy. That’s because the trustees assigned the task of cleaning up the mess were themselves found to be “far from strong and ethical” leaders. Indeed, Case and Herbert described the board as dysfunctional and unaccountable.  (more...)


The Secret Gold Treaty


Gradually, I learned about the intricacies of the international black market for gold and discovered it was habituated by shadowy individuals who had intelligence connections and backgrounds. Others seemed to rub noses with members of organised crime or to be part of an international network of scammers and confidence tricksters. The involvement of the Sicilian Mafia is of considerable importance, also. By and large, honest business men don’t stand a chance in this world, as the circling sharks are sensitive to every morsel that isn’t properly anchored and protected and consume it in voracious frenzy.What follows is the result of over four years of often tedious work. It is my belief that the Secret Treaty story you are about to read unveils financial secrets so large that many will find it just too incredible to believe. But true it is.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Former teacher sent to prison for sex assaults

Former school teacher Neil Joynt has been sentenced to jail time after being found guilty of sexual assault on two young boys in the 1960s and 1970s.

Justice Robert Scott sentenced Joynt to eight months in custody after hearing victim impact statements as well as submissions from Crown attorney Robert Corbella and Joynt's defence lawyer, Michael Woogh, on Wednesday.

"It was a breach of trust," Scott said, referring to Joynt's career as a teacher.

Scott noted that if not for Joynt's age and health, he would have sentenced him more severely. In addition to jail time, the 76-year-old received a 10-year weapons prohibition, his DNA will be submitted to the National DNA Data Bank and he will be on the Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life.

At the end of October 2016, a jury of 12 people found Joynt guilty of assaulting a boy, now 69 years old, in 1962 while sharing a bed with him, and assaulting another boy, now 56, in 1973 or 1974 during a camping trip near Big Rideau Lake. Scott sentenced Joynt to eight months for both the crimes, to be served concurrently.  (more...)


Hockey Night in Canada

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why You Should Put IBM's Stock in the Garbage Can and Then Light It on Fire

Any granny or pop-pop sitting at home trying to decipher what IBM (IBM) said on its earnings call Tuesday evening would have a hard time -- most of it may not have been in the English language. Talk about corporate speak (and attitude -- the tone of the call sounded as if IBM smashed estimates and is close to curing the common cold) in its finest form.

Here is the bottom line, for those old folks collecting IBM's quarterly dividend: put the stock in the trash and light it ablaze. It's very likely, after the quarter IBM just had, that shares will get re-rated by the market, for one simple reason: Investors are likely to more closely scrutinize the tech giant's transition from a hardware entity to a software and services provider. How could one not do this?

IBM's sales have declined for 20 straight quarters, in large part due to weakness in hardware. For the first quarter, sales from IBM's hardware and operating systems segment plunged 16.8% to $1.4 billion. Meantime, revenue at the company's consulting business dropped 3% to $4 billion.

The cloud business fell short of Wall Street's estimates, as IBM blamed the timing of contracts being signed. Despite cloud sales rising 33% to $3.5 billion, you didn't get the sense the business -- which has been built up through acquisitions -- is poised to grow at a rate that soon wipes out softness in hardware. Not when Amazon (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL) are also major players in cloud.  (more...)


H/T to Watching IBM

York school board ousts controversial director

The York Region District School Board has dismissed its director of education.

J. Philip Parappally is no longer at the helm of the province’s third largest board, according to an internal memo obtained by the Star, that was sent to all staff Wednesday morning — a week after trustees passed a unanimous motion to begin the “laborious and complex” process to dismiss him with cause.

On Tuesday, trustees dealt with the personnel matter in a private meeting that ran late into the night, leaving parents and staff wondering about the outcome.

But the memo put some of their questions to rest.

“York Region District School Board announced today they will be seeking a new director of education,” says that memo, issued just as a board-wide equity symposium was underway.

“We wish to acknowledge Mr. Parappally’s 17 years of service with our board and wish him the very best on the next chapter of his life,” said Chair Loralea Carruthers in the memo.

“In the interest of ensuring the education of students is not affected during this time, the YRDSB has already begun its search for an interim director,” she said  (more...)


The Problem With Protestants: Why calls for secularism in education is a facade

When assessing the latest controversy over prayer in schools that is taking place in the Peel District School Board, it is important to remember that the issue of religious accommodations has a long, acrimonious history in Canada.

Each incident is presented as a life-and-death struggle over the fabric of Canadian identity. On one hand there is typically a minority group that requests an accommodation it believes is required to freely practice its faith. But these demands are almost always met by a chorus of opposition that demands our institutions stay secular.

But make no mistake, in Canada, secular means maintaining the traditions of the Christian [correction: Protestant] majority.

When seeking to understand the current anti-Muslim paranoia, it is instructional to look at how public ire used to be directed at Sikhs. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sikhs were the minority group du jour in the public spotlight. For example, in 1988, John Morris, a federal candidate from the seemingly progressive NDP, went on television and stated that his Sikh opponent, Liberal Harbajhan Pandori, was unfit to become a member of Parliament because “his culture is really aside from much of the culture of Canada.”  (more...)

It should be noted that, along with Sikhs and Native Canadians, Catholics have also been raked over the coals by those who have appropriated the name of "Christian". Protestants have made two claims that do not hold up: 1) they have ownership of so-called Canadian norms and values and 2) they define what it means to be "Christian". Catholics should make very clear that we do not share those assumptions and that we make our own accommodations with newcomers to our communities. Our values are not national or racial. They are universal. We embrace the whole world and invite its inhabitants to full communion with us, in Truth.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Peel school board’s Muslim support fuels hate, threats

During a Peel District School Board meeting on April 12, a supporter of
religious accommodations wears a t-shirt with the saying ‘Respect existence
or expect resistance.’
Tensions over a suburban Toronto school board providing space for Muslim students to pray as a group every Friday have bubbled into a death threat and an online call to burn down a mosque.

Ibrahim Hindy, an imam in Mississauga, said he received an e-mail on Friday with a death threat that included a picture of men being hanged. He also received a message on social media that called the mosque “one of many satan safe houses that need to be burned to the ground.”

Mr. Hindy said he contacted police, who promised patrols around his home and the mosque. A spokesman for Peel Regional Police said he could not immediately provide further information.

Mr. Hindy is a member of the Peel District School Board’s multifaith group, which meets four times a year and advises educators on how to accommodate students on significant faith days.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has intensified in the area in recent months over schools providing space for prayer. Some residents in this quiet suburban community, west of Toronto, have been left shaken and concerned for their safety.  (more...)


School trustees have lost public trust — and outlived their role

Schools teach children life skills: how to think critically, behave respectfully, act ethically, assume responsibility.

Choose your own checklist. No matter the variations on the above themes, a recurring question arises: Why can’t school trustees, entrusted with educating our children, aspire to similar standards?

Yet another special report, ordered by the Ministry of Education on a delinquent school board, arrived this month. Another devastating post-mortem on the life skills and work habits of elected trustees.

This time it’s the York Region board of trustees guilty of gross incompetence in managing money — and themselves. Measured against the above checklist, they failed on every count.

A botched hiring of the board’s director granted him employment-for-life. Bungled responses to homophobic and racist incidents. Untrammelled travel by untrustworthy trustees. Playing games, playing politics, playing trustees off against one another. Patronizing parents. Abdicating ethical responsibilities and leadership roles.  (more...)


Friday, April 14, 2017

Anxiety intensifies in Toronto's suburbs as anti-Muslim rhetoric escalates

A protester of religious accommodations in Peel Region schools who was barred
entry to the Peel District School Board meeting April 12 in Mississauga, shouts
at a group called Brampton Against Fascism.
Hamza Aziz makes sure to stay close to a friend at all times, and his parents have told him not to be outside after dark – precautions the student never imagined would be needed in his quiet corner of suburban Toronto.

But recent tensions between his school board and some members of the community, including anti-Muslim groups, over providing space for Mr. Aziz and other students to pray as a group every Friday have heightened concerns about safety in the Peel region, just west of Toronto.

“[My parents] are afraid of hate crimes towards the Muslim community, especially since that’s been on the rise lately,” said Mr. Aziz, a high-school student in Mississauga.

That anxiety forced the Peel District School Board to step up security measures at its most recent board meeting on Wednesday evening. Police and security guards were present, guests had to sign in and show identification at the door and the meeting was videotaped. Outside, a group who covered their faces with bandanas to prevent nearby protesters from identifying them said they were there to escort people into the board office safely.  (more...)

This is an issue of concern to Catholics, who could end up being persecuted by both sides. Here, the Communists are taking the moral high ground:

Catholics must NOT be human shields for fascists, or we will become accomplices in their outrages.


Man jumps to death in IBM Canada's Markham atrium, injuring co-worker

An IBM Canada staff member jumped to his death at the company's Markham headquarters, according to police.

The man, 48, from Toronto, was on mental health leave, according to a police source, who said he returned to the workplace and climbed to the seventh floor Tuesday.

Before police were called at about 11:30 a.m., the service said the man plummeted off the ledge, located above the building's indoor atrium at 3600 Steeles Ave. E.

The man was taken to hospital, according to police Const. Andy Pattenden, who explained he eventually succumbed to his injuries. The coroner has since confirmed the death was the result of suicide.  (more...)

 IBM and the Holocaust

Independent Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry WILL investigate the late Greville Janner and whether there was a cover up

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has decided to go ahead with a wide ranging inquiry into allegations that the late Greville Janner was involved in child sexual abuse and whether the Labour Party, the intelligence services, Parliament and government departments could have been involved in a cover up.

The decision, announced on the inquiry’s website, comes despite strong objections from Lord Janner’s family and a plea from retired  Assistant Chief Constable Tony Butler, from Leicestershire Police  to halt investigations immediately.

The terms of the inquiry are set out in a full statement  from Alexis Jay, chair of the inquiry...but the full terms are worth repeating in full.
1. The Inquiry will investigate institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC (“Lord Janner”).
2. In particular, the Inquiry will consider
2.1. the adequacy and propriety of law enforcement investigations and prosecutorial decisions relating to allegations falling within paragraph 1 above;
2.2. the extent to which Leicestershire County Council and the Kirkwood Inquiry were awareof allegations falling within paragraph 1 and the adequacy of their response;
2.3. the extent to which the Labour Party, Parliament, government departments, and/or the security and intelligence agencies were aware of allegations falling within paragraph 1 and the adequacy of their response;
2.4. the extent to which any other public or private institution may have failed in its duty to protect children from sexual abuse in respect of the allegations falling with paragraph 1;
2.5 whether any attempts were made to exert improper influence in order to hinder or prevent an institution from effectively investigating or otherwise responding to allegations falling within paragraph 1.
3. In light of the investigations set out above, the Inquiry will publish a report setting out its findings and recommendations to improve child protection and safeguarding in England and Wales. ”  (more...)



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Stiff Upper Lip: – the damage boarding schools have done

The Old Etonian John Julius Norwich, asked for a memory that he thought summed up the spirit of his school, offered the following: after a boy had killed himself “the housemaster summoned the whole house and asked if anybody could suggest a reason. The young David Ormsby-Gore put up his hand and said, ‘Could it have been the food, sir?’” This strikes me as appallingly funny; or funny and appalling. It captures – in its black bad taste and high-stakes insouciance – some of what public schools teach their students. Nothing is so serious it can’t be a joke – and the joke, as Alex Renton notes, both fences with authority and obscurely reinforces it.

In 2014, Renton wrote in the Observer about his experiences in the boarding prep school Ashdown House, describing how he was sexually molested by a teacher; and how, when his contemporaries complained about abuse, they were themselves savagely punished for sneaking. In response to his article, he heard from hundreds with similar stories.

Here is a wide-ranging inquiry into the phenomenon of boarding schools in the UK. Renton paints a picture of class-based groupthink, made-up traditions, contagious snobbery and – in Larkin’s phrase – man handing on misery to man, and it deepening like a coastal shelf. It is striped with pungent quotations from those who have been through the system and been hurt by it. What’s most odd is that parents who had themselves been deeply unhappy at school went on, generation after generation, to send their children to the same places. Renton suggests that “normalisation” – rationalising the pain by deciding that it was good for you after all, or that your parents knew best – may be the psychological mechanism at work.  (more...)

More commentary:

 Stiff Upper Lip

York trustees tell education director to step down after blistering report

J. Philip Parappally, director of education at the York Region District School Board
The day after a scathing report detailed the dysfunction, “culture of fear” and a lack of leadership at the York Region public school board, trustees went beyond what was asked of them by the education minister and told embattled director J. Philip Parappally to step down, sources told the Star.

At a special board meeting Wednesday night, trustees said they had already met the first deadline put forward in a letter from Education Minister Mitzie Hunter outlining her 22 directives, and were making progress on many others.

Board chair Loralea Carruthers opened the meeting with strong words, and an apology.

“I’m so sorry, so very sorry that so many of you have been hurt so deeply and I’m sorry that our staff . . . have been hurt, too. And I’m so sorry that our kids, in particular have been exposed to the worst in people instead of the best,” she said. “I am sorry, and my colleagues are sorry. I apologize.”  (more...)


Who’s in Control? Unmasking the beneficial owners of companies

They’ve been called the “puppet masters” by the World Bank. Indeed, the Panama Papers shed light on how beneficial owners, or the real people who own/control companies, sometimes go to great lengths to keep their identities hidden. And according to Transparency International, Canada’s opaque laws on beneficial ownership make it an ideal breeding ground for tax evaders and money launderers.

Canadian law permits the use of nominees—essentially custodians—for directors and shareholders, thereby masking the beneficial owners of a company. For in-house counsel, navigating this environment can be complex, especially within a company’s due diligence program.

According to the World Bank, anonymous companies are the most common way US$1-$2 trillion are lost to money laundering each year. They are also used to finance terrorist activities and line the pockets of drug traffickers and corrupt politicians. While no company means to aid those with illicit intentions, the absence of any sort of national registry of beneficial ownership can make it very difficult to determine who you are actually doing business with.  (more...)

Another investigation reveals another school board gone very, very wrong

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter
“School boards are really important political entities,” Osgoode Hall law professor Patrick Case told reporters at Queen’s Park on Tuesday. “For a lot of people who come to Canada, this is their first connection with this sort of governance in their lives. … They’re tremendously important to get right.”

Wise words. Alas, school boards have a notorious habit of going very, very wrong. Case, along with veteran public servant Suzanne Herbert, were at the legislature to present their review of the York Region District School Board, which Education Minister Mitzie Hunter requested in January after a festival of bad press. Most notably there was dodgy spending on “jurisdictional learning” (edu-speak for “almost certainly pointless international travel”), and there was now-former trustee Nancy Elgie, who refused to resign for months despite being caught on tape calling a student’s mother the N-word (she claimed a head injury had turned her into a racist; we were to assume she would soon recover).

It is, in a word, withering. Based on their discussions with trustees, Case and Herbert sensed “little appreciation for (trustees’) individual and collective responsibility for the circumstances that … led to this review.” Somehow, in this ultrasensitive era and with York Region’s hugely diverse constituency of students and parents, they evinced no “appreciation of their obligation to take a strong and unequivocal stand against racism and intolerance.” None even launched a code of conduct complaint against Elgie — though in another case a “racialized trustee” was forced “to make an apology for the use of the term ‘white privilege’.” Case and Herbert found code of conduct complaints “are generally used selectively and as an intimidation tactic,” and described a “culture of fear” among more well-meaning trustees.  (more...)

More coverage:

Now, watch the diversion to gender ideology -- standard operating procedure for Cultural Marxists, courtesy of the OISE mafia.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ban all travel at troubled York board, report to recommend

York Region trustees and senior staff — including the director of education — should be banned from all international travel amid growing concerns about where they are going and why many have made repeat trips, says a report to be released Tuesday on the scandal-plagued public school board.

Sources told the Star the two ministry reviewers ordered to probe the troubled board found trustees’ lack of concern for their use of public funds “astounding.”

The “full moratorium” is one of the many recommendations of a much-anticipated report by Patrick Case and Sue Herbert that will touch on a number of controversies first reported in the Star around the board’s inaction on issues of racism, Islamophobia, as well as a worsening culture of fear within the organization.

The reviewers heard concerns from many community members about the cost of the trips, including some staff and trustees making multiple visits to the same location with no clear purpose.  (more...)


Celebrating Canada's heritage

Former Vancouver ballet teacher accused of sexual exploitation dies

A former Vancouver ballet teacher accused of sexual exploitation has died.

Back in November 2014, Alejandro Vargas Gomez was taken into custody on two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring.

He was an instructor at the Goh Ballet Academy, and police alleged that he’d begun a sexual relationship with a student, who was between 16 and 18 years old, in January that year.

Dan McLaughlin with the Criminal Justice Branch confirms Gomez is now dead and his charges have been abated.

No information is being provided as to his cause of death, or whether he died in custody.  (more...)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Tax haven blacklisting in Latin America

As governments (slowly) get to grips with the fact that tax havens are inflicting great harm on economies and democracies across the globe, facilitating mega amounts of tax dodging, and vast movements of criminal money by way of the secrecy services some of them offer, the question of our times is how we deal with them. Attempts to create tax haven blacklists (in order to potentially implement sanctions for non-cooperative jurisdictions) have so far been farcical as we’ve noted many times, most recently commenting on the European Union’s current work compiling its own blacklist system, here and here. So far the criteria for inclusion in tax haven blacklists has been weak, such lists have been ineffective and it’s been far too easy for some of the world’s worst offenders to wriggle their way out of them, or simply be big and bad enough not to worry about being included in the first place – for example – Tax Haven USA. If the EU, or anyone else really wanted to do this properly, the work’s already been done for them – with the best objective ranking available – the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index.

Anyway, we were very interested to see that Brazil attempted to tackle Irish tax havenry in September 2016 by putting Ireland on its tax haven blacklist, effective more or less immediately.

Today we’re happy to share an article by Macroeconomics Professor Juan Valerdi [1] (of La Plata National University and El Salvador University) based on the conclusions of his research looking at the approaches of 13 Latin American governments to tackling tax havens.  (more...)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Polish Auschwitz volunteer Pilecki Report published. Soon to go worldwide

"Witold's Report" - the first report on attrocities of the Holocaust written down by "bravest of the brave", a volunteer to Auschwitz Witold Pilecki has been printed and is soon to go big. Among others, schools, libraries will receive free copies.

This is a great thing that owing to cooperation with the Foreign Ministry the Witold's report will now reach all Polish diplomatic missions abroad (...). The fact that the book was published by a NGO is significant", deputy head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Dariusz Gwizdala said.

It means that we all can get engaged and support the government in promoting Polish heroes, Gwizdala went on.

He made the statement during the presentation of a unique "Witold's Report" book published by the Cracow's "Where" foundation, The Study of Underground Poland in London and APOSTOLICUM publishing in Warsaw's 'PASTA' Building on Wednesday.

The publication of Witold's Report was prefaced by President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, daughter of Captain Pilecki, Zofia Pilecka - Optulowicz and MoD, Prof. Wojciech Fałkowski.

Witold's Report was presented at the International Book Fair in London, promoting Poland's "bravest of the brave" among both compatriots (with the support of the Polish Institute and the Polish Social and Cultural Center), as well as foreigners at the fair in Olympia.

The Polish Ambassador to London, Arkady Rzegocki, also appreciated the importance of the undertaking and invited the publishers: Eugeniusz Mareschand and the "Where" Foundation representative, Małgorzata Kupiszewska, to personally get to know the "Witold Report".

Rotamaster Witold Pilecki's report (a famous report from the German death camp in Auschwitz) was the first one of this kind. It was developed very conscientiously, with enormous care for fidelity to the original manuscript. The seemingly insignificant emotional, sometimes even unemotional and rough language of the Report, shows with exceptional precision the "hell on earth".  (more...)


H/T to Church Militant

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Inside the mind of Plymouth's most notorious paedophile

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles – Plymouth businessman William Goad – stopped attempting suicide in prison after he believed he would be freed six years into his life sentence.

Goad, of Ford Park Road, was jailed for life at Plymouth Crown Court in October 2004 after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young boys.

During his sentencing hearing, prosecutor Martin Meeke QC, told the court: "It is believed there has been no single defendant with more victims than this man."

Millionaire Goad was branded a 'voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile' who had once boasted of beating his own 'record' of abusing 142 boys in a year.

It was believed he had abused young boys over a 40 year period.

In that time he set up and ran the Mount Gould Camping Club, opened the Cornish Market World in St Austell with a business partner, and later opened a children's play zone Ben's Playworld in the same area.

Mr Meeke told the court Goad had 'preferred boys who had blond hair, blue eyes and aged 13-16' but some of his victims could be as young as eight or nine.

"He kept a photo album containing 30 to 40 pictures of his favourite boys posing with clothes on," he said. Some of Goad's victims had told police that he had continued to abuse them for two to three years, some as many as three to four times a week.  (more...)


York board parent files human rights complaint after racial slur

A York Region parent has launched a human rights complaint to “force the school board to take racism seriously” after a trustee referred to her as a “n-----.”

The latest blow to the troubled board comes as Education Minister Mitzie Hunter confirmed Friday afternoon that she had formally received a copy of a report she ordered probing incidents of racism and Islamophobia as well as concerns over trustee spending.

“Due to the significant implications of the review, it is essential that I take the necessary time to review their detailed observations and the recommendations based on the concerns raised by local parents and community organizations, and determine our‎ next steps,” likely by next week, said Hunter.

“We know that there have been significant and growing concerns from parents and community members regarding governance and equity issues in the York Region District School Board.”

Two investigators were tasked with looking at how the board handled complaints of racism, which is also one of the main issues in the human rights case parent Charline Grant has filed against the board, the director and former Georgina trustee Nancy Elgie.  (more...)

This is the pot that continued to boil as Liberals distracted voters with pseudo-gender identity politics. The house of cards is due to crash down.

Peel school board steps up security at meetings to rid them of 'racist outbursts'

The Peel District School Board is stepping up security measures at its public meetings after months of flaring tensions over religious accommodation policies came to a head recently with a Qur'an being torn up by a protester.

The move, meant to "ensure the safety of staff, students, parents and community members," is effective immediately, the board announced Thursday.

"Essentially we are taking the steps necessary to ensure that the work of the board can happen, and that parents and students who have genuine business with the board are able to be there free of racist outbursts and hateful disruption," board director Brian Woodland told CBC Toronto.

The new rules will mean that anyone attending board meetings, including staff, will be required to present identification and sign in.

Security personnel will escort individuals inside the HJA Brown Education Centre — where the meetings are held — one at a time through the building's main entrance.

Anyone attending the meetings will also be required to adhere to the board's Code of Conduct and will be recorded while on school board property.  (more...)

Closet Nazis capturing conservative causes in Ontario? Who needs these goons?

York Region teacher's licence revoked after having sex with a student

A York Region teacher has been disciplined by the Ontario College of Teachers for having intercourse with a student.

The Discipline Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers has revoked the licence and membership of Sean Michael Douglas after ruling there was sufficient evidence to support boundary violations with three female students prior to sexually abusing and having sexual intercourse with a fourth student between 2009 and 2011.

“What we did was absolutely sick … you’re such a pedophile and I get sick when I think about what we did … I hate you for what happened and I hate myself.”

These were the words the fourth student wrote to Douglas on Sept. 17, 2011 in response to an email he sent asking her to lie about their relationship to save his career, per the evidence presented at the disciplinary hearing.  (more...)

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Kochtopus: Tea Party Movement Manifests Classical Fascism

On May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took the stage. It was the seventieth annual spring gala of American Ballet Theatre, and David H. Koch was being celebrated for his generosity as a member of the board of trustees; he had recently donated $2.5 million toward the company’s upcoming season, and had given many millions before that. Koch received an award while flanked by two of the gala’s co-chairs, Blaine Trump, in a peach-colored gown, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, in emerald green. Kennedy’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had been a patron of the ballet and, coincidentally, the previous owner of a Fifth Avenue apartment that Koch had bought, in 1995, and then sold, eleven years later, for thirty-two million dollars, having found it too small.

The gala marked the social ascent of Koch, who, at the age of seventy, has become one of the city’s most prominent philanthropists. In 2008, he donated a hundred million dollars to modernize Lincoln Center’s New York State Theatre building, which now bears his name. He has given twenty million to the American Museum of Natural History, whose dinosaur wing is named for him. This spring, after noticing the decrepit state of the fountains outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Koch pledged at least ten million dollars for their renovation. He is a trustee of the museum, perhaps the most coveted social prize in the city, and serves on the board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where, after he donated more than forty million dollars, an endowed chair and a research center were named for him.

One dignitary was conspicuously absent from the gala: the event’s third honorary co-chair, Michelle Obama. Her office said that a scheduling conflict had prevented her from attending. Yet had the First Lady shared the stage with Koch it might have created an awkward tableau. In Washington, Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.  (more...)


How your "grassroots" conservative organization was captured and overlaid with astroturf. You're all company men, now.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tory MP Revives Liberal Bill Fighting Forced Organ Harvesting

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speaking at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa,
with Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin
OTTAWA—Conservative MP Garnett Genuis is reviving former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s private member’s bill that makes it a criminal offence for Canadians to receive organs harvested by force. The bill also bars foreigners who have participated in this activity from entering Canada.

The bill was inspired by the over 10 years of research done by two Canadian lawyers, David Matas and David Kilgour, on state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China, which kills the victim in the process.

Matas and Kilgour, along with investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, released a report in June 2016 which estimated, based on evidence such as hospital data and doctors’ statements, that Chinese hospitals have performed some 60,000 to 100,000 transplants a year since 2000, with the source for most of the organs coming from prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners.

Genuis made the announcement at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4, joined by David Kilgour and the reigning Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin. His reintroduction of Cotler’s bill allows it to go through the legislative process and have a chance to potentially become law.  (more...)

Revealed: sex crimes in London schools and nurseries up by 60 per cent

Sex crimes reported in London schools and nurseries have risen by nearly 60 per cent in the last three years, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Police figures show there were nearly 500 reports of sexual offences in the last academic year including rape, assault, grooming and exposure. The youngest victim was said to be two.

Lib-Dem education spokesman John Pugh said he was angered by the levels uncovered by his  party through a Freedom of Information request.

“I believe these figures are the tip of the iceberg in London and that is an utterly horrific thought,” he said.

“The youngest victim was two years old. This breaks your heart. It is good news that more victims have the confidence to report abuse, which I believe in part explains the figure.”

He added that he was shocked by reports of “serious and life-changing crimes being committed on very young children on school premises, even in a nursery”. In 2013/14 there were 309 reported crimes.

This figure was 59 per cent higher in 2015/16 at 493 crimes.  (more...)

Do you think the Liberals missed something in the "safe schools" fad in Ontario?

Child sex abuser Henry Clarke tracked down to Canada

BBC News NI’s Kevin Magee at Clarke’s home in Canada
A serial child sex abuser who admitted his crimes to police has never been brought to justice.

Henry Clarke, 75, confessed to abusing three different boys at care homes in Northern Ireland.

A retired church pastor, he has been living in Canada since he made the admissions in 1985.

At the time, the director of public prosecutions ordered no prosecution, and police failed to act on a further confession.

The Canadian authorities were never informed.

BBC News NI made a 4,000 mile journey to track Henry Clarke down to where he now lives, in a small northern Canadian town hundreds of miles from the nearest city.

When questioned, he admitted he had abused three boys in his care in Northern Ireland in the late 60s and early 70s.

"At that time, I would not have used the word paedophile because I would never (have) thought of it, but subsequently as years have gone on, I realised that is the proper word for what I had done," he said.  (more...)