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Chinese fraud suspect loses bid to make evidence public to help refugee claim

A Richmond B.C., businessman wanted by Chinese authorities for fraud has lost a bid in Federal Court to pry open blacked-out information he argued would help his refugee claim.

Shiyuan Shen came to Canada in 2007[1], claiming authorities were hunting him for political reasons by bringing trumped-up charges and using torture to manufacture evidence against him. Shen, who runs a kitchen cabinet company, was named in an Interpol warrant in relation to a $20-million fraud scheme involving a Shanghai steel company. He lost a bid for asylum in 2013, but a new refugee hearing was ordered, based on potential evidence that was withheld by the federal government.

On Thursday, a Federal Court judge refused to make public redacted sections of two reports that explored whether a police officer employed by China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) could gain entry into Canada.

Chinese Fraud Suspect Loses Bid To Make Evidence Public To Help Refugee Claim

An Interpol arrest warrant for Richmond businessman Shiyuan Shen, wanted in China for contract fraud. (Interpol)

Shen’s legal team argued that the protected portions helped prove that evidence to oppose his refugee claim was “derived from torture,” say federal court documents. The police officer was coming to Canada to testify at Shen’s refugee hearing. Shen’s legal team argued for access to all the information in two Canada Border Service Agency documents, believing the blacked-out sections were important to Shen’s refugee claim.

But Judge Simon Fothergill disagreed, citing expert testimony which is partially blacked out in an 11-page March 23 decision. David Hartman of Global Affairs Canada’s Greater China division testified that given the media attention on the case some parts of those reports should remain protected as they may damage the “dynamic” relationship between China and Canada.

“He provided particulars of current diplomatic priorities and risks,” Fothergill wrote. He ruled that Shen’s lawyers already have access to most of the contents of the CBSA documents and redacted portions contained “little, if any additional evidence.”

Shen’s lawyer, Lorne Waldman, is reviewing the decision, to determine what this means for his client who has evaded Chinese authorities for 15 years.


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Identillect Announces Release of New Website as Part of Aggressive Sales Expansion

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – March 23, 2017) – Identillect Technologies Corp. (the “Company” or “Identillect”) (TSX VENTURE:ID)(OTCQB:IDTLF), a leading provider of SaaS email security today announced the launch of its new corporate website. The new site reflects recent product updates and an enhanced focus on user interface and experience. Identillect’s portfolio of email security products provide cost effective solutions which helps businesses of all sizes address information security threats, compliance management and cyber resilience.

“The need for user friendly email security for business is critical, and increased regulatory requirements mandate companies to protect client personal identifying information,” stated Identillect CEO Todd Sexton. “Identillect provides its users peace of mind in the elimination of cyber security risks; these events may be intentional, such as a hacker attack, or unintentional and caused by human nature, or a combination thereof.”

In designing our new website, we wanted to convey the core elements driving Identillect’s growth:

  • Providing tools which overcome the shifting landscape of regulatory compliance and costly fines.
  • Conquering the challenges associated with simplicity of use and the complex implementation that security products have notoriously had.
  • Maximizing control over your communications, limiting a business’s liability.

Recent well-publicized data breaches have put businesses on alert. On average, the cost to business of a data breach has risen to $4 million per incident – up 29% since 2013 – according to the 2016 Poneman Cost of Data Breach Study. In addition to rising total cost, the average cost per stolen record – personally identifiable, payment, or health information about an individual contained in a company’s database, for example – is increasing. On average, the cost per lost record has grown to $158 from $154 last year. Healthcare, a highly-regulated industry that trades in some of the most intimate personal information – which can include patient names, medical histories, credit card data, and Social Security Numbers – has the highest cost per stolen record at $355. There’s a simple lesson for businesses: Don’t be caught off guard when the next data breach affecting your firm comes to light. When businesses delay on the implementation of a solution such as Delivery Trust or implement an inferior solution they run significant risk of being out of regulatory compliance, eroding customer confidence, experiencing a loss of market share, as well as becoming a cyber security statistic.

About Identillect

Identillect (TSX VENTURE:ID)(OTCQB:IDTLF) is a leading provider of proprietary email encryption services. Identillect’s Delivery Trust email security technology platform empowers individuals and businesses of all sizes a cost effective way to create a more secure digital environment and protect against cyber security risks. Delivery Trust is the industries simplest plug and play security solution with a broad range of features including; state of the art encryption technology, restricting email forwarding and printing, receipt confirmation, limiting time available to view, and retracting sent emails. Delivery Trust is available for iPhone , iPad , Android, Windows and Mac PC’s and Laptops and the web’s most popular email platforms. Since commercializing the product, Identillect has quickly grown its subscriber base and is becoming recognized in the security industry as a top e-mail security provider. To get more information, visit[1]; follow us on Twitter @IdentillectTech[2] or on Facebook @identillecttechnologies.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release may include forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements within, other than statements of historical fact, are to be considered forward looking. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove accurate and, therefore, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such uncertainties. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required under the applicable laws.


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A week after Montreal’s bungled blizzard, questions and blame linger

Almost seven days after the last snowflake of a huge winter storm, Montrealers are still sorting out what caused a 300-car, 12-hour traffic jam on a freeway, has a truck driver facing mischief charges, put three civil servants and two provincial ministers in the hot seat and has even rattled the ivory towers of McGill University. With inquiries under way, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard and Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux emerged Tuesday for what has become a daily flogging by the Quebec press. In the latest session, it was learned the ministers went to bed on storm night believing only 30 people were stranded. It was still not clear who dropped the other zero.

There were problems on the ground and in communicating, Mr. Coiteux said. There was confusion. There was a lack of leadership. We re sorry for the faults in our operations. Our goal is that it never happens again.

Last week, as the Eastern Seaboard of the United States braced for a storm that never came, Montreal was hit with 40 centimetres of snow and strong winds the biggest blizzard of the season but the kind normally taken in stride in Canadian cities. On a stretch of Autoroute 13 running through an industrial area between Montr al-Trudeau airport and a rail yard, a snow-clearing company in charge of the highway was slow to react to the late-winter storm. Soon, transport trucks could no longer grip the road, causing an immense traffic jam. Police in cruisers got stuck at the back of the snarl and made repeated calls for help that never came. Drivers fruitlessly called 911. A few commuters walked out, but 12 hours later, on Wednesday morning, most were still huddled in cars near the heart of Canada s second-biggest city, waiting for a tow.

Around that time, Mr. Lessard strolled toward a meeting only to be confronted by journalists who had better information than the minister. He soon became irritated and walked away, prompting Premier Philippe Couillard to emerge an hour later to do damage control. Meanwhile, in Montreal, the fire department finally sent out trucks to rescue the stuck commuters as well as a bus equipped with a desperately needed toilet. It s still not clear what happened, but two officers in charge of the sector for the S ret du Qu bec have been placed on desk duty. An official with the Transport Ministry, which owns and operates the highway, has also been relieved of some duties. And on Sunday, a truck driver accused of refusing to let his truck be towed was arrested and told he could face a charge of mischief.

Meanwhile, attempts are under way to get beyond snowfall and bureaucratic bungling to explain what it really means a type of sociological commentary most commonly practised in, and on, the province of Quebec. Andrew Potter, the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, wrote in Maclean s magazine that the crisis was rooted in the social alienation afflicting Quebec. He cited as evidence the Qu b cois instinct to pay for things such as soup and winter tires under the table and to avoid social interaction, volunteerism and charitable donations on a larger scale than the rest of Canada. Some of the points are true, but many critics including the Premier are not convinced the province is an almost pathologically alienated and low-trust society or that incompetent plowing, towing and emergency response constituted a mass breakdown in social order, as Mr. Potter wrote. In fact, stranded commuters acted in an exemplary fashion, sharing water, snacks and warm vehicles with those running low on fuel.

Mr. Potter was roundly condemned as a Quebec basher in the politico-media echo chamber, which is another style of commentary unique to the province. McGill University took the trouble to distance itself from Mr. Potter. This outraged academics, who jealously guard their freedom to be wrong.

Still, Mr. Potter issued a retraction, admitting to rhetorical flourishes that went beyond what was warranted. In other words, maybe it was just a big blizzard and another botched snow-clearing job.

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