By Marco Chown Oved Investigative Reporter Robert Cribb Investigative Reporter Mon., March 25, 2019 Almost three years after Canada’s money laundering watchdog refused to release the name of a bank fined $1.1 million for failing to report hundreds of suspicious transactions, the federal government is changing the law to require the identity of those who break money-laundering law be made public. And it is investing $163 million over the next five years to crack down on financial crime and fraud. The changes to the proceeds of crime, money laundering and terrorist financing act were detailed in last week’s federal budget. They will eliminate the kind of discretion used by FINTRAC director Gérald Cossette to keep Manulife Bank of Canada’s name out of the headlines back in 2016. At the time, FINTRAC announced only that a bank had been fined $1.1 million, but would not say which bank or what it did to merit the fine. “The … [Read more...] about Violators of money laundering law will be named publicly
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By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Tues., April 30, 2019 EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney named 22 cabinet ministers Tuesday, which is almost twice the number the NDP named at its inauguration in 2015 and five more than the NDP had at the end of its tenure. New ministries include one dedicated to eliminating “red tape” for businesses, one dedicated to natural gas, and one to mental health and addictions. Kenney also took one portfolio for himself. The new crop of United Conservative Party ministers includes some fresh political faces working in high-profile portfolios, such as health and energy, and some who have served with previous Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Name: Jason Kenney Ministry: Intergovernmental affairs Article Continued Below Riding: Calgary-Lougheed Philosophy: “Alberta is an idea,” Kenney said Tuesday. “The idea that strong families, communities … [Read more...] about Meet Alberta’s new United Conservative ministers
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
CARACAS—Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro's "usurpation." A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Guaido and around 70 mostly young armed men in military uniform outside the La Carlota air force base in Caracas. Hundreds of civilians also joined the group. But around two hours after Guaido tweeted his announcement, there was no sign of any other military activity, and the government dismissed any suggestion of an insurrection. "We reject this coup movement, which aims to fill the country with violence," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. He said the armed forces remained "firmly in defence of the national constitution and legitimate authorities," and that all military units across Venezuela "report normality" in their barracks and bases. The move was Guaido’s boldest effort yet to … [Read more...] about News Venezuela’s Guaido says troops join him to oust Maduro; gov’t says it is in control