Canadian and American border officials are sharing and collecting more of our information
According to CTV, border officials have been extending their reach into the personal information of crossing Canadian and US residents.
Checkpoints have been collecting and then sharing intelligence on “legal residents” and “third-country nationals” crossing through the neighbouring nations.
The nature of information being gathered and traded by both Canadian and American officials was described in a press release by the Department of Homeland Security Thursday.
“[Officials] are exchanging biographic data, travel documents, and other border-crossing information” describes the department.
Efforts to expand the knowledge of US-Canadian border agencies began in 2011. That year, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper’ and US President Barack Obama introduced the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
The plan ostensibly aimed at allowing border agencies to keep a better eye on travellers—ensuring that they were welcome in either country and did not overstay their invitation. Verifying residency and history in either country, to increase security, was also a main concern.
“Information sharing is vital to protecting the security of our citizens and to our mutual economic prosperity,” reads an old press statement on the joint agreement.
Privacy Commissioner David Therrien has expressed his concerns over “retention periods” that may apply to travellers, and the “risk” that border data might be “used for secondary purposes.”
In other border news, late last month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump agreed to allow pre-clearance for certain travellers in order to speed up travel between countries.
“Delays at the border can easily disrupt operations for Canadian and American business owners, so we want to remove some of these obstacles to expand trade while keeping our people safe,” Trudeau said of the agreement.
Hazel McCallion has expressed her support for Don Cherry stating that “I want Don back on Hockey Night in Canada.” McCallion has also encouraged a rally to support Cherry outside Sportsnet’s studio, according to the Toronto Sun.
McCallion, who is 98-years-old, became a Canadian icon after being the much-loved mayor of Mississauga from 1978 until 1997. Despite McCallion supporting the rally and encouraging Canadians to attend, she will not be attending herself as she has a board meeting.
Over 200 people were expected to turn up to the rally already, however, McCallion’s encouragement may spur a greater turn-out.
Speaking to Newstalk 1010, McCallion said that “I hope many people go … Don Cherry deserves a chance to explain himself.”
McCallion went on to say that “I feel I have to say something because all of this has been blown way out of proportion over the interpretation of what he said.”
Cherry’s firing has created an outrage across Canada. A petition that was created immediately after Cherry’s firing has reached close to 200 thousand signatures.
South of the border, Tucker Carlson also expressed his support for Don Cherry, calling those who went after him “fascists who have no feelings.”
A teacher who wore a blackface costume to Halloween has been suspended from the school he teaches at in California. The teacher, who was attempting to impersonate the rapper Common, was soon captured on video by his students.
In the video, the teacher raps about artificial intelligence, saying: “Opportunities limitless, possibilities senseless, what will you do? Millions of people, not enough to eat, what will we do? With AI, Microsoft technology, the future is up to you.”
The teacher, who worked for Milpitas High School, was condemned by his principal and the greater school community. The principal, in particular, labeled the teacher’s actions as “dispersing.” The teacher is now under investigation by the district’s school board.
In a statement, the school board’s president also called the teacher’s action “inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive.”
The president, who is an Africa-American man, went on to say that “the history of Blackface reminds me of the cruelty, hatred and fear my parents and people of African Ancestry have dealt with in the past and still experience today around the world.”
1. Halloween originated as a pagan festival
Halloween was not always an excuse for children to stuff their faces with sweets. It was first celebrated under the name of Samhain by the Celts, an ancient tribe of people who lived in contemporary Britain, Ireland, and Northern France. Samhain was celebrated to commemorate the end of summer and the beginning of the long winter. It was also believed to be the day in which the world of spirits and living collided, which likely led to the horror themed holiday we celebrate today.
2. Jack-o-lanterns used to be Jack-o-turnips
The modern-day Jack-o-lanterns carved from a pumpkin has become an ingrained tradition. Yet, they did not start out as pumpkins but turnips! In Ireland, the first Jack-o-lanterns were made using turnips as pumpkins are not native to the island. The turnips were carved with scary faces and lit with a candle in order to ward off evil spirits on the night of Hallow’s eve.
3. Shockingly low crime
Despite Halloween being associated with evil deeds and horror movies, Statistics Canada reported that crime decreases by 4% on Halloween. So parents, don’t worry about your little ones facing any real horror on their night of trick-or-treating.
4. The most candy is not sold in October
Contrary to what you may think, October, home to Halloween is not the most popular month for sweet treats. Statistics Canada reports that in October $550.7 million was spent on sales of cookies, confectionery, and snack foods at retail, beaten out by December.
5. Your wallet should be scared
The Globe and Mail found that Canadians spend a bone-chilling $1 billion on Halloween. The average Candian also spent a hair-raising $52 on costumes, $43 for decorations and $42 for Halloween candy.
6. Quebec, the worst place to trick-or-treat?
Quebecers are apparently very stingy when it comes to Halloween. Only 46 percent of Quebecers plan to give out candy on Halloween compared to the Canadian average of 64 percent reports Retailmenot.
7. Where is Halloween celebrated?
Not everyone in the world sees October 31 as a night of spooky fun, with the holiday mainly being celebrated in North America and western Europe, with many countries having their own cultural twist on the night.
8. No one actually puts razors in your candy apples
Despite your mother’s insistence that her cousin’s friend’s nephew bit into a razer filled candy apple, no evidence of such an occurrence has ever been found. It turns out that the stories of poisonous candies and razor filled apple are mostly just old wives’ tales.
9. Why do we bob for apples?
The tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween came when the Roman invasion of Britain brought apples to the island. The native inhabitants then used the apples for a tradition wherein apples would be put in a pool of water and young unmarried people would attempt to bite them, with the first being able to marry.
Dr. Micheal Baden, the pathologist hired by Jeffery Epstein’s brother, has stated that Epsetin’s death looked more like a homicide than a suicide. Ever since Jeffrey Epsetin was found dead in his New York jail cell in August, conspiracy theories have been circulating about the manner of his demise, despite official pathologists ruling the death as a suicide.
When stating the reasoning behind this claim, Dr. Baden pointed to specific bones that were broken, as well as an eyeball hemorrhage, which is more in common with strangling rather than a hanging death.
Before his death, Epstein had been facing charges for various crimes related to sexual misconduct. Due to Epsetin’s high profile, various public figures have been associated with his crimes, Prince Andrew being one of them.
Speaking to Fox News, Dr. Baden stated that “Hanging does not cause these broken bones. Homicide does … those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation. I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
This new revelation to the Epstein death will inevitably cause more rumors and conspiracy theories to swirl on social media. The New York State government has yet to comment on Dr. Baden’s claims.