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Reality check: Are Canada’s border and immigration controls too lax?

If you re crossing into Canada by car, there s a chance you and your vehicle won t be properly screened as you pass a border checkpoint.The supervisor monitoring the checkpoint may not have been trained to detect possible corruption or rule-breaking by the guard who waves you through, and probably hasn t been watching that guard very closely over the past few shifts.And the guard himself may have shared his computer login information with another border officer, making it harder to track which one of them actually dealt with you as you entered the country.Those are just some of the holes in Canada s border and immigration control systems that need to be patched, the federal auditor general reported[1] on Tuesday.WATCH: Australian man detained at U.S.-Canada border for overstaying visa by 90 minutes Reality Check: Are Canada's Border And Immigration Controls Too Lax?

References

  1. ^ federal auditor general reported (globalnews.ca)

Armed robbery prompts partial evacuation of Fairview shopping …

The Bay at the Fairview Pointe-Claire shopping centre was evacuated late Sunday afternoon following an armed robbery in its jewelry department. Montreal police said that two suspects entered the Bay wearing ski masks. They smashed a number of glass counters in the department around 4:30 p.m., stealing the objects that were inside. The individuals were only in the store for a few seconds, according to police. They then fled the scene on foot, heading east, police spokesperson Const. Raphael Bergeron said.

Bergeron added no gunshots fired during the incident, contrary to earlier reports.

Armed Robbery Prompts Partial Evacuation Of Fairview Shopping ...

Montreal police remain on the scene. (Kate McKenna/CBC)

Panic spreads to other stores

The sound of the glass display cases smashing frightened shoppers and some believed the noise came from gunshots. Fear spread as people fled into the parking lot and neighbouring stores locked their doors with customers inside. Hamad Khudhair, who works at Clarks Shoes at the shopping centre, said employees there started panicking.

“I was in my store working and I saw people running,” said Khudhair. “Stores started to lock their doors and lock their gates, and we started to panic so we closed our doors and our store.”

After the initial scare, a clearer picture began to emerge.

“We went out in front of the store and we asked the people in front of us what was going on,” said Victoria Forgues, who works at The Children’s Place. “And they said that someone was in the Bay with a hammer and they smashed one of the tables and it shattered completely.”

Police have the canine unit out at Fairview Pointe Claire after the Bay’s jewelry department was robbed the afternoon. pic.twitter.com/yROkG3TjRy[1]

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Investigation underway

Police are still searching for the suspects and could not confirm what exactly was taken from the Bay. A large perimeter has been set up surrounding the store and investigators are reviewing video surveillance footage. It is not the first time a store in the shopping centre has been robbed for its jewelry. In 2015, 2014 and 2010 the Birks store saw robbers make off with jewlery after using pepper spray on a security guard.

Police say they’ll investigate any possible connection.

References

  1. ^ pic.twitter.com/yROkG3TjRy (t.co)
  2. ^ @katemckenna8 (twitter.com)

Anti-abortion flag taken down from Ottawa City Hall

OTTAWA A flag honouring an anti-abortion[1] movement caused a stir in the country s capital after it was raised at Ottawa[2] City Hall.The city proclaimed Thursday March for Life Day, a declaration that has been made in past years but city councillors said the anti-abortion group s flag was flow at city hall as part of that proclamation for the first time.READ MORE: Ontario government to make abortion pill Mifegymiso free for all who need it[3]Seven city councillors called for the flag to immediately be taken down, saying in a joint letter that the flag represents a personal conviction to restrict a woman s right to a safe and legal abortion. They said city policy on flag raisings state a proclamation will not be issued for matters that represent individual conviction. The councillors also noted that the right to abortion is constitutionally protected.Anti-abortion Flag Taken Down From Ottawa City HallA security guard took down the flag on Thursday afternoon and replaced it with the City of Ottawa flag.Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said on Twitter that he s asked the city clerk to review the city s proclamations and flag raising policy.I am pleased to report that the anti abortion flag has been taken down. I have asked staff for a complete review of the city’s flag policy Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) May 11, 2017[4]My personal opinion has always been that women have the right to choose. I share your concerns & have asked for a review of our flag policy. Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) May 11, 2017[5]

References

  1. ^ abortion (globalnews.ca)
  2. ^ Ottawa (globalnews.ca)
  3. ^ Ontario government to make abortion pill Mifegymiso free for all who need it (globalnews.ca)
  4. ^ May 11, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ May 11, 2017 (twitter.com)
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