(CANADA) Nuclear Safety Commision Report: Investigation into Lung Cancer Rates Among Uranium Workers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is leading a national study examining incidences of lung cancer in uranium workers from across the country.

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This story was originally published by Canada’s National Observer and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The Miner’s Memorial, a tribute to the mining history of Elliot Lake, Ont., includes a section honouring those who died as a result of working in the uranium mines.Luc Rivet / Wikimedia CommonsFight disinformation.

The Canadian Uranium Workers Study (CANUWS) will examine health data from 80,000 past and present employees at Canada’s uranium mines, mills and processing and fabrication facilities. The study, which is now underway and set to end in 2023, is the largest examination of lung cancer in Canadian uranium workers to date.

Rachel Lane, one of the lead researchers on the new study, told Canada’sNational Observer she believes it will reassure workers they face less risk than before from lung cancer arising from exposure to radon, an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. Lane is a radiation and health scientist specialist at the CNSC in Ottawa and holds a PhD in epidemiology.

“The more we know about the health effects of uranium workers, especially now at the low levels of exposure they are having, the better we are able to ensure they’re healthy and (able) to protect them.”

Rachel Lane is a radiation and health scientist specialist at the CNSC in Ottawa co-leading a study into lung cancer rates in uranium miners.

Rachel Lane

The $800-million mining and milling uranium industry employs over 2,000 people—of whom more than half are residents of northern Saskatchewan—at mine sites. The researchers plan to examine causes of death in uranium workers from 1950 on and chart their cancer data from 1970 onwards, using research from previous studies.

The new study will build on the results of two historical studies: the Eldorado study and the Ontario Uranium Mine Workers Study, both of which found elevated risks of lung cancer in uranium workers. During numerous follow-ups ending in 2015, both studies found lung cancer among miners was still more prevalent than in the general population.

Those findings were a wake-up call that prompted uranium mine safety improvements, including mechanical ventilation in mines, greater monitoring of workers, and automation of some of the workers’ tasks. Researchers believe this next health study will show the risks have been addressed.

Higher Rates of Lung Cancer in Uranium Workers

Historically, uranium mining has proven a risky occupation. Past studies have found that overall, uranium workers are generally as healthy as other Canadians. However, deaths from lung cancer associated with radiation were historically higher for uranium workers than the general male population.

The most recent follow-up to the Eldorado study assessed radon exposure and incidences of death or cancer in 17,660 uranium workers employed at Eldorado mines from 1932 to 1980. The follow-up was done in 2010. It found a “statistically significant” increased risk of lung cancer with radon exposure but “no evidence of an increase in any other cancers or other causes of death.”

The authors noted evidence from the Eldorado study on the effects of low radon exposures and exposure rates helped them understand the long-term health effects experienced by current workers. As well, the study will advance researchers’ knowledge of, and help them address the health risks to people who have naturally occurring radon within their homes.

Lane was one of the lead researchers on the study, which was carried out by the CNSC.

In 2015, a follow-up to the 2007 Ontario Uranium Miner Cohort study was done. It examined approximately 28,546 male and 413 female uranium miners who had worked at least one week in the Elliot Lake and Bancroft regions or at the Agnew Lake Mine between 1954 and 1996.

The conclusion: “Significant elevations in lung cancer mortality and incidence, as well as silicosis and injury mortality were observed in comparison with the general Canadian population.”“Significant elevations in lung cancer mortality and incidence, as well as silicosis and injury mortality were observed in comparison with the general Canadian population.”

While the CNSC funded the study, researchers from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre in Toronto carried out the investigation.

The study now underway involves a team of health researchers led by Lane and Kristi Randhawa, a radiation and health sciences officer with the CNSC.

Anne Leis, the department head of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, will administer the project and analyze the data. Her colleague, Punam Pahwa, a professor of biostatistics, will lead the statistical analysis of the health data.

Uranium mining companies Cameco, Orano, and BWXT are co-funding the study, contributing $60,000. The CNSC is providing $125,000, while the Saskatchewan government is kicking in $60,000, and the University of Saskatchewan is contributing $90,000 of in-kind funding.

Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan.

Photo by Turgan at English Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The CNSC says a working group of radiation specialists, workers, unions, Indigenous community representatives, and others will look for ways to “keep the process and results relevant and meaningful.” As well, the final report will be peer-reviewed.

Lane notes past studies of uranium miners have contributed to the scientific understanding of the effects of radon, and radiation protection measures that “significantly reduce” workplace exposures to workers.

The CNSC says radon gas produced during mining and milling is constantly monitored, controlled, and safely ventilated away from the workers. “Presently, worker exposures to radon in the uranium mining and processing industry are as low as, or only slightly greater than, public exposure from natural radon,” the agency maintains.

Continuing to study the workers’ health allows researchers to examine particular issues in more detail, find answers to questions left from previous studies, and conduct further follow-up with miners throughout their lifespan.

The new study will address, among other things, the risk of low radon exposure among workers since radiation protection measures were put in place. Lane says researchers hope to see fewer incidences of lung cancer.

Uranium processing and fabrication workers will also be included in a study for the first time. “Their exposures are considerably lower, but they’re still an important group to study,” Lane said.

Concerns Over Possible Bias

While former employees and industry watchers applaud efforts to study the health of uranium workers, some are skeptical about the ability of CNSC to produce an unbiased report.

Jamie Kneen, communications and outreach coordinator at Mining Watch Canada, says it’s important to understand the longer-term impacts of radon on the miners. But he cautions that the peer review and oversight of the study must be carefully examined because it is being led by CNSC.

Kneen contends that for years, the CNSC has served both as a regulator and promoter of the nuclear industry. “Their tendency has been to extend license periods and to give operators, whether it’s in the uranium industry or the nuclear power industry, more space, more time in terms of licensing and more leeway rather than the kind of tight supervision and oversight that the public probably would expect.”

Therefore, it’s a question of scrutinizing who’s doing the work and reviewing the study to ensure that it really is independent, according to Kneen. He notes that’s a difficult task given that the methodology around radiation is intricate and that not many people can decipher the technical details.“It is concerning that health standards are set by physicists and industries, based on financial and technological convenience, rather than by those educated in and committed to public health and safety.”

“So there’s a lot of potential for not necessarily deliberate manipulation, but for error to creep in and biases to creep in.”

Rod Gardiner, a former general foreman at the now-defunct Cluff Lake Mine in Saskatchewan, expresses his own concerns about the industry. Gardiner was at the mine for 33 years, working his way up to general foreman and acting mine manager.

He alleges management at Cluff Lake, which was owned by the multinational mining corporation Orano Group, consistently boasted that working in the mine was as safe as working in a supermarket and putting prices on soup cans. “That’s what they used to say, the company.”

He hopes a new study might answer questions about workers’ health.

But others aren’t sure whether results will be trustworthy, primarily because the CNSC is partially funding and leading the study.

The CNSC’s work has been subject to just those kinds of complaints in the past.

Writing in the journal Canadian Family Physician in 2013, Dale Dewar and two other authors expressed concern over the CNSC’s ability to act independently of government and industry. The authors noted the former Conservative federal government fired the commission’s CEO when she applied safety guidelines to shut down the Chalk River reactor in Ontario.

The authors observed: “It is concerning that health standards are set by physicists and industries, based on financial and technological convenience, rather than by those educated in and committed to public health and safety.”

Dewar, a longtime general physician in northern Saskatchewan, recently told Canada’s National Observer: “They want to show that it doesn’t cause cancer. I think they want to find that result.”

Dewar expressed surprise that the CNSC has opted for a focused study when northerners have been asking for decades for a baseline health study to determine such things as whether or not there have been increases in autoimmune diseases or cancers that couldn’t be explained by diet, for example.

“I think not only is it virtually a sin that they’ve never done this, but I think it’s a really huge missed opportunity because if they had a study done like this, they would have researchers around the world trying to get information out of it.”

Lane dismisses the notion the CNSC study is too narrowly focused, arguing that all causes of death are examined. Firstly, she says researchers compare workers to the general population of Canada to see if they have any increased rate of diseases. Previously, the only radiation-related disease that showed an increase was lung cancer, Lane says.

“All other cancers and all other causes of death were not in excess compared to the general population.”

Lane notes in the last 20 years, researchers have looked for correlations between radon and leukemia, heart disease, and other illnesses, but haven’t seen any strong relationships. “We really only have seen strong evidence of a relationship between radon and lung cancer at high doses.”

Compensation for Uranium Workers

Another, less discussed issue is compensation for uranium miners. In the United States, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) administered by the Department of Justice has awarded over US$2.4 billion in benefits to more than 37,000 claimants since its introduction in 1990.

Among those qualifying for the benefits are uranium miners, millers and ore transporters who worked between 1942 and 1971, and who developed one of the types of diseases specified in the statute. Those include lung cancer and a number of respiratory diseases. The qualifying miners receive $100,000 each.

In Canada, no such compensation program exists.

Asked whether the current CNSC study might help open the way to compensation for uranium miners, Lane said that wasn’t anything she could address. “Right now our workers are healthy and the current knowledge of the health effects of radiation and the radiation protection measures are in place to adequately protect the workers.”

Candyce Paul, who lives on the English River First Nation in Saskatchewan, is a spokesperson for the Committee for Future Generations, a group that believes uranium workers should receive compensation. 

Candyce Paul

Candyce Paul, a spokesperson for the Committee for Future Generations, an anti-nuclear group in northern Saskatchewan, believes uranium workers who got cancer should receive compensation.

Paul lives on the English River First Nation in northern Saskatchewan and protested the proposal for a nuclear waste repository in the region. “Most of them (uranium miners) get exposed to this or that.

“And there’s never been any compensation for anybody.”

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(CANADA) JUST IN: A Canadian-listed mining company has been granted a concession over more than half of an Indonesian island #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: Mining on small islands in Indonesia was off-limits until a controversial pro-business bill was passed last year.

#AceDailyNews reports on a pro-business-bill and the battle for ‘Indonesia’s Gold Island’ as environmentalists say the gold mine threatens Sangihe island’s ancient forests, which are home to endemic birds and locals fear it will affect their water supply….

The BBC went to visit the remote island to see what’s at stake.

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(CANADA) Court Report: Imposes total information ban on Umar Zameer, charged with first-degree murder of policeman #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: There was no shortage of information about 19-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, who murdered four Muslims in London, Ontario by running them over with his vehicle.

Canada: But Veltman’s actions, unlike those of Umar Zameer, became the occasion for a frenzied media circus. Without releasing any evidence to substantiate his claim, Justin Trudeau said: “This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities.” London, Ontario mayor Ed Holder concluded: “This was an act of mass murder, perpetrated against Muslims.” Canada was smeared as an “Islamophobic” country, “Islamophobic” enough to warrant an “emergency” Islamophobia summit. In a loaded demand, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), formerly CAIR-CAN, is pushing for “timetables for action” to be implemented at the summit.

Man, 31, charged with first-degree murder in Toronto cop’s slaying,” by Bryan Passifiume and Scott Laurie, Toronto Sun, July 2, 2021:

Some of that information is questionable, including the designation of the attack as “terrorism” before due process. Should evidence turn up in court to substantiate a terrorism conviction, Veltman should face the full extent of the law.

No one knows what happened in the case of Umar Zameer, 31, “accused of intentionally running down and killing Const. Jeffrey Northrup.” That’s because he is being protected from any public scrutiny — any at all. Nathaniel Veltman, on the other hand, was thrown to the wolves.

Once again, a two-tier justice system is in effect: one in favor of Muslims, and one for everyone else. One thing we do know about Nathaniel Veltman: the teen did not have any affiliation to any known terror groups. Veltman “was described as a ‘nice guy’ by co-workers — and had no known ties to hate groups.” The courts will decide his motives, except that he is already guilty in the court of public opinion, driven on by politicians. That stands in glaring contrast to Umar Zameer, who is being protected to the hilt by a country deemed to be “Islamophobic.”

A 31-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge in Friday’s line-of-duty death of a veteran Toronto cop.Late Friday afternoon, Toronto Police said Umar Zameer was charged with murder in the death of Const.

Jeffrey Northrup, who was run down by a vehicle early Friday in a parking garage at Toronto City Hall in what Chief James Ramer described as deliberate.“It’s very early in the investigation, but based on the evidence we have at this time … it was a deliberate and intentional act,” Ramer said during a Friday morning press conference.

A plainclothes officer with 52 Division, Northrup and his partner responded to a radio call concerning a priority robbery call in the parking garage sometime after midnight, Ramer said.

That was subsequently upgraded to a stabbing.Both officers were attached to the ongoing response to Canada Day events at City Hall, and were wearing their badges and identified themselves as police offices, Ramer said.While details of what happened next are still scarce, the suspect allegedly entered a vehicle when confronted by the officers and drove at them……Northrup’s partner was also transported to hospital where she was treated and released for minor injuries.

The scene outside the City Hall parking garage where Toronto Police officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup was killed early Friday morning.

“It’s an extremely difficult day for her and she’s been interviewed as part of the investigation,” Ramer said. “She has gone home, and we are making sure she is being looked after.”

Zameer was ordered held ahead of his next court appearance on July 23 at Old City Hall court.

A court-imposed publication ban prohibits police from revealing further information on Zameer, but cops did say no further suspects are outstanding.


Toronto’s top cop says it was Northrup’s lifelong dream to be a police officer.

“When I talked to his mother this morning she said, ‘You know, he died doing something that he loved,’” Ramer said Friday. “He loved his job and went in to do that job every day, despite the dangers that we occasionally face, he continued to do that job the best of his ability.”

Northrup began his career with court services, becoming a sworn officer in 1999 assigned to 11 Division.

He’d been with 52 Division since 2008, and is a member of the chief’s ceremonial unit.

Ramer and 52 Division Unit Commander Supt. Greg Cole attended Northrup’s family home Friday morning to deliver the devastating news to his wife, three children and mother…..

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.08: 2021:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: Fear has invaded in the border city of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed at least 14 people, including taxis drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that left four suspects dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.23: While this city across the border from McAllen, Tx. Is used to cartel violence as a key trafficking point, the 14 victims in Saturday’s attacks appeared to be what Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca called “innocent citizens” rather than members of one gang killed by a rival:

MEXICO CITY: Fear shakes border city after violence leaves 18 dead as authorities say they are investigating the attacks and haven’t provided a motive as US EXTENDS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AT CANADA, MEXICO LAND BORDERS THROUGH TO JULY 21

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Local businessman Misael Chavarria Garza said many businesses closed early Saturday after the attacks and people were very scared as helicopters flew overhead: On Sunday, he said “the people were quiet as if nothing had happened, but with a feeling of anger because now crime has happened to innocent people.”

Law enforcement officials say gunmen aboard a number of vehicles have staged attacks in several neighborhoods in the Mexican border city of Reynosa. (AP)

“It’s not fair,” said taxi driver Rene Guevara, adding that among the dead were two of his fellow taxi drivers whom he defended and said were not involved in crime.

The attacks took place in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, according to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces, and sparked a deployment of the military, National Guard and state police across the city. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets.

Authorities say they are investigating the attacks and haven’t provided a motive.

But the area’s criminal activity has long been dominated by the Gulf Cartel and there have been fractures within that group: Experts say there has been an internal struggle within the group since 2017 to control key territories for drug and human trafficking. Apparently, one cell from a nearby town may have entered Reynosa to carry out the attacks:

Olga Ruiz, whose 19-year-old brother Fernando Ruiz was killed by the gunmen, said her sibling was working as a plumber and bricklayer in a company owned by his stepfather to pay for his studies.

“They killed him in cold blood, he and two of his companions,” said Olga Ruiz, adding that the gunmen arrived where her brother was fixing a drain.

“They heard the gunshots from afar and my stepfather told him: ‘son, you have to take shelter.’ So he asked permission to enter a house but my brother and his companions were only about to enter when the vehicles arrived,” Ruiz said. “They stopped in front of them and started to shoot.”

On Saturday, authorities detained a person who was transporting two apparently kidnapped women in the trunk of a car.

Security is one of the great challenges facing the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: He has assured Mexicans that he is fighting the root causes of the violence and since the beginning of his administration in December 2018, he has advocated “hugs, not bullets” in dealing with criminals. He also says he is fighting corruption to stop the infiltration of organized crime among authorities:

But the violence continues.

“Criminal organizations must receive a clear, explicit and forceful signal from the Federal Government that there will be no room for impunity, nor tolerance for their reprehensible criminal behavior,” said García Cabeza de Vaca of the rival National Action Party. “In my government there will be no truce for the violent.”

But García Cabeza de Vaca himself is being investigated by the federal prosecutor’s office for organized crime and money laundering – accusations he says are part of plan by López Obrador’s government to attack him for being an opponent.

Tamaulipas – the state where the Zetas cartel arose and where the Gulf Cartel continues to operate – has seen several of its past governors from the Institutional Revolutionary Party accused of corruption and links to organized crime. One former governor, Tomás Yarrington, was extradited to the United States from Italy in 2018 on drug trafficking charges.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.23: 2021:

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(ITALY) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Country to introduce a five-day #COVID19 quarantine for travellers from the UK from Monday amid growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.20: The new measures follow similar curbs on UK travellers by France and Germany: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza added a ban on people arriving from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain in place.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ITALY: To impose quarantine on UK travellers the government and will also be required to have mandatory #COVID19 tests: Italy, however, will also open the door to USA, Canada, Japan and the EU, if visitors show they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative

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What are the case rates across the UK?

UK coronavirus infections have risen slightly in the last week, with an estimated 119,000 people – up from 110,000 – now positive for the virus.The Office for National Statistics figures, up to 12 June, suggest one in every 540 people is infected.Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:A modern browser with JavaScript and a stable internet connection are required to view this interactive.

If you can’t see the look-up click here.The postcode search has been updated to replace data for health boards in Scotland with data for local councils. In England, data for county councils has been replaced with data for district councils. Figures for boroughs and unitary authorities remain unchanged:

#AceNewsDesk report………Published: Jun.19: 2021:

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(LONDON) Five Eyes Alliance Report: They are intelligence-sharing arrangement between five English-speaking democracies: the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: It evolved during the Cold War as a mechanism for monitoring the Soviet Union and sharing classified intelligence. It is often described as the world’s most successful intelligence alliance. But recently it has suffered an embarrassing setback.

Five Eyes: Is the alliance in trouble over China? Four of the members have jointly condemned China’s treatment of its Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. They have also expressed concern over China’s de facto military takeover of the South China Sea, its suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and its threatening moves towards Taiwan, which China has vowed to “take back” by 2049. One country, though, has opted out of confronting China: New Zealand: Reuters: The Five Eyes group has successfully shared intelligence between Western powers for decades’


By Frank Gardner
BBC security correspondent

Surprisingly, perhaps, for a nation that prides itself on respect for human rights, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta declined to join in this Western condemnation of Beijing, saying “it felt uncomfortable” with expanding the alliance’s role by putting pressure on China in this way. Although New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted on Monday that its differences with China are becoming “harder to reconcile”, the country still prefers to pursue its own bilateral relations with Beijing.

China’s state media has made much of this, talking of a wedge been driven between the two neighbours and allies, Australia and New Zealand.

China is New Zealand’s largest export market; New Zealand depends on China for close to 30% of its exports, mostly dairy products. So does Australia, but the two Antipodean neighbours clearly view China’s policies in a very different light. 

Australia’s federal government in Canberra has vetoed a major Chinese investment in the state of Victoria which was to be part of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, its growing acquisition of economic assets around the world. 

Meanwhile, China has imposed a series of damaging trade sanctions on Australia over the past year.

As the trade war between the two countries worsens, Australia’s wine exports to China have reportedly dropped by 96% from the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of this year, from A$325m (£181m) to just A$12m (£6.6m). New Zealand, on the other hand, has been rewarded by Beijing with ever-closer trade relations.

Getty ImagesNew Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has taken a different China stance to Australia’s Scott Morrison

So what exactly has all this got to do with intelligence-sharing? Very little, is the answer. 

It was assumed last year by officials in the Five Eyes alliance that since all five nations broadly shared the same world view, then that view would also apply to China. In May 2020 the alliance agreed to expand its role away from just security and intelligence to a more public stance on respect for human rights and democracy. 

In November the alliance criticised the Chinese government for stifling democracy in Hong Kong when Beijing introduced new laws that disqualified elected legislators in the former British colony. A Chinese government spokesman reacted angrily, mocking the Five Eyes alliance by declaring that “those who dared to harm China’s sovereignty would find their own eyes poked out”.

Now, six months later, New Zealand’s departure from the party line on China has meant that the Five Eyes’ newly expanded role appears to have ground to a halt, prompting some to question whether the alliance is in trouble. 

But that would be an exaggeration. This was about politics, not intelligence. New Zealand is not leaving the alliance, it is only drawing a distinction between the two. In retrospect it was an overstretch of what Five Eyes was meant for: sharing secrets. 

There will almost certainly be some in New Zealand’s intelligence community who feel embarrassment at this playing out so publicly. By far the majority of intelligence shared within the alliance comes from Washington. The next biggest contributor is the UK, with input from GCHQ, MI6 and MI5. Considerably smaller contributions are made by Canada and Australia. 

When it comes to New Zealand, an intelligence review conducted in 2017 found that for every 99 pieces of intelligence NZ received through the alliance, it contributed just one. So New Zealand would clearly have much to lose if it left. 

In conclusion, then, is the alliance going to transcend into a unified diplomatic or political pressure group? Unlikely at this stage. Is its existence as an alliance for intelligence-sharing between allies in trouble? No.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.09: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) ICE/HSI & Canada Border Services (CBSA) Report: Forming a cross-border-task-force to prevent illegal movement of gun smuggling & people trafficking #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.03: A U.S.-Canada task force dedicated to disrupting and dismantling the illegal movement of firearms, ammunition, and explosive weapons across the U.S.-Canadian border was announced today by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in another step forward to address gun smuggling and trafficking:

US, Canada establish cross-border task force to disrupt gun smuggling and trafficking: ‘The new task force will ensure that law enforcement partners on both sides of the border benefit from shared intelligence and information so that they can detect and intercept the illegal movement of firearms at the border, while ensuring the legal movement of goods and services remains uninterrupted’

The U.S. and Canada partnering agencies include HSI, CBSA, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and various U.S. and Canadian police forces.

“As the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating international smuggling operations, we have full confidence in our ability to identify and prosecute criminal networks and individuals attempting to break these laws,” said HSI Ottawa Attaché Michael Buckley. “Through our strong partnership with Canada and our partnering law enforcement agencies, we will work to prevent the illegal export weapons and ensure they do not end up on the streets where they can be used to commit acts of violence.”

HSI is the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating international smuggling operations and enforcing U.S. export laws. The investigative strategy includes the identification and prosecution of criminal networks and individuals responsible for the acquisition and movement of firearms and other dangerous weapons from the United States, as well as the seizure and forfeiture of money and valuable property derived from or used to facilitate this criminal activity.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s mission is to investigate, disrupt and dismantle terrorist, transnational and other criminal organizations that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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(WORLDWIDE) Animal Scam Report: The increased demand for pets amid the #pandemic has sent puppy prices skyrocketing, and has caused a boom in pet-related fraud, such scams in the country have inflicted losses of more than US$1.5 million in Australia alone with other countries such as Canada & U.K. experiencing a sharp increase #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: The country has seen a spike in pet-related fraud this year, with the numbers being at least four times higher than in 2019: The most common thing people were trying to buy when they were scammed was puppies and other pets,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a statement on Tuesday:

FILE PHOTO © Sputnik / Grigory Sysoev

Russian animal rights activists say 50,000 stray dogs & cats may have been murdered in Siberia shelter, call for federal probe

According to the watchdog, more than 2,100 cases of pet-related scams have been reported, inflicting more than AUD$2 million (nearly US $1.5 million) in damages. A predominant number of the cases are related to attempts to procure a canine from fraudsters, where the dog doesn’t actually exist:

Puppy prices have been soaring in Australia lately, particularly for compact dog breeds such as French bulldogs, pugs and dachshunds. Assorted advertisements available online promise aspiring pet-owners pure-breed puppies for prices ranging from AUD$3,000 up to a howling-mad AUD$10,000. But those ready to part with such sums risking getting neither canine nor cash as a result: Australian breeders have urged the public to be extra careful while searching for puppies online and to check whether they are actually looking for dogs via a legitimate platform. Admitting the spike in prices, the breeders warned against going for extremely high – and low – prices alike. 

“I don’t know of any of our Dog’s Queensland breeders who would be charging those sums of money,” Dogs Queensland president Ulla Greenwood told local media. “Our breeders might be charging up to maybe AUD$4,500 but I think alarm bells should go off if prices above that are being asked.”

A similar surge in puppy scams has been observed in other countries, too, as many people have apparently opted for adopting a pet amid the pandemic as more are working from home or suffer loneliness due to lockdowns:

Canada and the US have experienced a sharp increase in pet scams, figures by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have shown. Such scams have been reported more than three times as much as in 2019, and comprised nearly a quarter of all online scams registered. At the same time, North American fraudsters turned out to be significantly less greedy than their counterparts from down under, with the average loss in a scam amounting to ‘merely’ $700, according to the BBB: Last week, Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss urged the public to be vigilant and not to get ‘pet-phished’ ahead of the Christmas holidays:

“After a difficult year and with many of us spending more time at home, many people may be considering getting a new puppy or kitten,” Middlemiss said in a statement. “However, the lead-up to Christmas is a prominent time for unscrupulous sellers to take advantage of those looking to buy a new pet.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

#ans2020, #australia, #canada, #puppies, #scamalert, #u-k

BRAZIL: ‘ Deaths of Indigenous people are on the rise as more are being Murdered ‘

#AceNewsReports – BRAZIL:June.20: Indigenous people in Brazil are being murdered at rates greater than ever before, a report by the Indigenous Missionary Council, a Catholic Church affiliate, says.

Last year saw the deaths of 138 Indians killed, according to the rights group, which says suicide among indigenous Brazilians is also up. Statistics show a 42 percent increase in 2014 compared to the previous year.

This appears to be caused by a lack of medical assistance and a relaxed attitude to indigenous rights, according to the authors. The number of indigenous deaths last year was bigger than any in 29 years. “We cannot establish the causes but we can see the connections: there is lots of racism and rejection by the urban population,” Lucia Rangel, an anthropologist with the organization, told AFP.

It blames government policies it says do not fulfil one of the key demands of indigenous groups: demarcated territories.

Agriculture and deforestation is part of the problem, according to the authors.


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GERMANY: ‘ Retail Giant to open Chain of Supermarkets in Russia ‘

#AceNewsReport – GERMANY:June.18: As the sanctions on Russia’s Grocery Retail has taken its toll with a number of companies no longer doing business. Today it was announced that the German retail company Tengelmann Group is preparing an expansion into Russia’s grocery retail sector as political tensions and an economic downturn have strained business ties.

German retail giant Tengelmann Group will open a new network of discounter supermarkets under the “Plus” brand in six Russian regions, a representative of the company told newspaper Vedomosti.

Tensions between Russia and European Union countries over the crisis in Ukraine have strained business ties. Russia’s economic downturn amid declining oil prices has also increased demand for discounter supermarkets in the still-under-served market. Russia’s biggest retail chain, Magnit, currently opens up to 2,000 new stores per year, or roughly six per day.

The chain, Russia’s biggest private employer, also saw it revenue grow by nearly 32 percent in the past year.

While Russia has around ten foreign grocery chains, only around 60.5 percent of retail trade is done through supermarkets, according to the newspaper. For comparison, 88 percent of German retail trade was done through supermarkets in 2013.

Tengelmann group already operates a network of OBI hardware stores in Russia. For the new stores, the company plans to buy lots and build new stores and rent spaces in newly-built shopping centers rather than rely on existing infrastructure.

The group plans to open 150 discounter stores in Russia by 2022. Unlike regular supermarkets, the discounters opened by Tengelmann will have only around 2,200 types of items in its stores, roughly the equivalent of small corner stores, but sold at large volumes. The stores will primarily stock domestically made items rather than imported goods.

This was the situation in October 2014:

Tengelmann Group pulls out of supermarket business

Mülheim-based retail company hands over Kaiser’s Tengelmann to the EDEKA Group

Mülheim an der Ruhr, 7 October 2014 – The Tengelmann Group has decided to hand over its supermarket subsidiary, Kaiser’s Tengelmann (451 stores, 15,958 employees, EUR 1.8 billion net turnover), to the EDEKA Group effective as of 30 June 2015. The Supervisory Board and employees of Kaiser’s Tengelmann were informed of the move this morning.


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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Wearing a Muzzle Blogger receives 1000-lashes ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SAUDI ARABIA:June.08: There has been international outcry following news that a Saudi blogger – sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam – has had his punishment upheld, with criticism of the British government’s perceived soft touch in condemning officials in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s supreme court upheld the sentence against blogger Raif Badawi, according to his wife, meaning the decision and sentence cannot be overturned.

“This is a final decision that is irrevocable,” Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told AFP in an interview from Canada on Sunday, where she lives with the couple’s children.

“This decision has shocked me.”

Badawi received the first of his 1,000 lashes outside a mosque in the city of Jeddah in January, sparking international outrage and human rights concerns.



#amnesty-international, #bloggers-activists, #canada, #european-union, #islam, #jeddah, #raif-badawi, #saudi-arabia, #sawm, #united-nations


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 29 – The Department of Homeland Security DHS) is beefing up protection at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and in other areas across the nation, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. 

Although he did not cite any specific threats to individual government buildings, Johnson said:

“The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere: including against law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently.”


#canada, #department-of-homeland-securitydhs, #washington


#AceNewsServices – October 27 – Hungary’s consulate in Istanbul received packets of an unidentified yellow powder on Monday, Reuters reported, citing the city governor’s office.

Similar envelopes sent to five Western consulates in Turkey’s largest city last week prompted security alerts.

Sixteen people from three of the missions of the US, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium were hospitalized as a precaution.

The package at the Hungarian consulate is believed to have been sent at the same time as the others but was not opened until Monday morning.

The yellow powder sent to a number of consulates in Istanbul showed no initial signs of a biological threat, Turkey’s health ministry said Monday.

“There was no sign of anthrax, plague, tularaemia, ricin or botulinum toxin or any other biological warfare substance,” the ministry said, as cited by Reuters.

Further tests are being carried out for other possible substances after the consulates of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary received suspicious packages containing powder.


#canada, #france, #germany, #hungary, #turkey, #united-states


#AceWorldNews – CANADA – October 23 – The Canadian government will expedite plans to give more powers of detention and surveillance to security agencies in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

“They need to be much strengthened, and… that work which is already under way will be expedited,” Reuters quoted him as saying in the House of Commons.




#AceBreakingNews – CANADA – October 23 – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the perpetrator of a “brutal and violent” attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa that left a soldier dead Wednesday as a “terrorist” in an address to the nation. 

“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said before vowing that the attack would “lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts” to keep the country safe and work with Canada’s allies to fight terrorists.

The assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack began outside the door, but he safely escaped.

He gave his address Wednesday evening from an undisclosed location.

Earlier Wednesday, Canadian authorities identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. A government official told Fox News that they have been advised that Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec native, was thought to be a recent convert to Islam who had changed his name from Michael Joseph Hall. Investigators offered little additional information about the gunman. However, Harper said in his address that “in the days to come we will learn about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had.” 



#canada, #ottawa, #stephen-harper, #toronto

CANADA: ‘ Authorities Thwart Alleged Knife and Gun Attack by Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – CANADA – October 10 – Canadian authorities have allegedly uncovered and thwarted an Islamic State attack, NBC news reports citing an anonymous US intelligence official.

The “knife and gun” attack at a “public place” in Canada, the source said was at the “aspirational” stage as he remained unclear which public place was supposed to be targeted.


#canada, #canadian, #islamic-state

NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:


Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”


Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”


Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.


Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.


Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.



#canada, #canada-mexico-us, #economic, #energy, #immigration, #mexico, #north-america, #security, #us

CANADA: ‘ European Commission Draft Directive Removes Obligatory Labelling of Tar Sands Oil as Highly Polluting ‘

#AceNewsServices – CANADA – October 08 – The European Commission has proposed a directive that abandons obligatory labelling of tar sands oil as highly polluting, opening way for Canada’s sands crude imports and drawing criticism for putting oil producers’ interests above the environment.

' Alberta Tar Sands '

‘ Alberta Tar Sands ‘

In light of recent economic tensions with Russia and the EU’s energy dependence on its eastern neighbour, the European Commission has published a proposal, the text of which removes one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of Alberta exporting its oil sands crude to Europe.

The revised draft still has to be approved by EU member-states before being passed on to the European Parliament.

“The commission is today (Tuesday) giving this another push, to try and ensure that in the future, there will be a methodology and thus an incentive to choose less polluting fuels over more polluting ones like, for example, oil sands,” EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said in a statement.

“It is no secret that our initial proposal could not go through due to resistance faced in some member states,” Hedegaard added. “I strongly recommend Member States to adopt this proposal and keep the safeguards that will allow cleaner fuels to be used in transport across Europe.”

The desire for a trade deal with Canada had been a factor in revising the draft said EU sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

Oil sands crude is more damaging to the environment as it emits more carbon over its life-cycle, but under the new draft that was EU will be counting it in the same category as conventional oil, opening way for larger imports from Canada.

The debate about labelling tar sands crude, in the EU started in 2009 when the block approved legislation aimed at cutting greenhouse gases from fuel by 6 percent by 2020, but failed to agree how to implement it.

The law is part of the EUs broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.



#alberta, #canada, #eu, #european-commission, #tar-sands

CANADA: ‘ US Requests Canada to Join Air-Strikes Against Islamic State in Iraq ‘

#AceWorldNews – CANADA – October 03 – Canada plans to join air-strikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq following a US request, AP reported, citing a senior government official.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was expected to announce details later Friday.

The deployment needs to be voted on in Parliament where Harper’s Conservative government has the majority of seats.

Canada’s former Liberal government refused a request to send troops when the US invaded Iraq in 2003.


#canada, #iraq, #liberal, #prime-minister-stephen-harper, #us

‘ Cuban Court Sentences 74-Year-Old Canadian CEO to 15-Years in Prison for Bribery in a Travesty of Justice’

#AceNewsServices – CUBA – September 28 – A Cuban court has sentenced 74-year-old Canadian auto-mobile executive Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison for bribery and other economic and corruption-related charges, his company, the Tokmakjian Group, announced on Saturday, describing the case as “absurd” and a “travesty of justice.”

' Sentenced to 15-Years in Prison for Bribery '

‘ Sentenced to 15-Years in Prison for Bribery ‘

His two aides received sentences of 12 and 8 years, the Ontario-based transportation firm said in a statement.

' Prison where is being held prior to sentencing '

‘ Prison where is being held prior to sentencing ‘

The National Post reported in June that prosecutors were are seeking 15 years in prison for a Canadian businessman who was arrested in a high-profile crackdown on corruption, Cuban authorities said Monday.

The trial of Cy Tokmakjian, president of an automotive and transportation company, the Tokmakjian Group, concluded June 12 and a ruling is to be announced “in the coming days,” according to an announcement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma and other official media.

The case is being watched closely by the foreign business community in Cuba. President Raul Castro’s government has said there is no place for graft in the country, although foreign executives say gifts or cash payments are often demanded in business dealings conducted with low-paid government officials.

The company’s Cuban offices were raided in 2011 in an anti-graft investigation and round $100 million worth of the company’s assets were seized.


#canada, #canadian, #cuba