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..Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, this month. © Al Drago/The New York Times ..Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, this month. 

WASHINGTON — As President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday, shutting the borders to refugees and others from seven largely Muslim countries, the secretary of homeland security was on a White House conference call getting his first full briefing on the global shift in policy.

Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order.

Halfway into the briefing, someone on the call looked up at a television in his office. “The president is signing the executive order that we’re discussing,” the official said, stunned. Continue reading

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Etienne Saint-Pierre of Kedgwick found guilty of fraud and trafficking stolen goodsCBC News Posted: Nov 12, 2016 3:44 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 12, 2016 4:52 PM ATÉtienne Saint-Pierre of Kedgwick, New Brunswick, was found guilty Saturday of fraud and trafficking stolen goods in connection with a maple syrup heist in Quebec. (Marika Wheeler/CBC)1851 shares Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Share EmailRelated StoriesGuilty verdicts in Quebec case of lucrative maple syrup robberyAlleged ringleader in maple syrup heist says he had to traffic stolen syrup — or else2 charged in $18M maple syrup heistA New Brunswick man was found guilty Saturday of fraud and trafficking stolen goods in connection with a maple syrup heist in Quebec.Etienne Saint-Pierre of Kedgwick was one of four men accused in relation to the theft of 9,500 barrels of maple syrup belonging to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers between August 2011 and July 2012 valued at $18.7 million. In August 2012, it was discovered that maple syrup in a St-Louis-de-Blandford, Que., warehouse had been replaced by water.’Ringleader’ in $18.7M maple syrup heist found guiltyA Trois-Rivières jury also found the so-called ringleader, Richard Vallières, guilty of theft, fraud and trafficking stolen goods. And it found Richard’s father, Raymond Vallières, guilty of possession of stolen goods and fraud with the intention to traffic.Alleged ringleader in $18.7M maple syrup theft testifies he faced death threats2 charged in $18M maple syrup heistA fourth accused — Jean Lord — was acquitted of possession of stolen goods and fraud with intention to traffic.The defense said it will appeal the verdicts.A total of 26 people were arrested in relation to the heist. Some of the charges were dropped while other people accused pleaded guilty.Five others charged in the case are scheduled to stand trial in January.

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OTTAWA — Three leading mental health organizations want provincial and territorial health ministers to be open to targeted federal investments.In a letter, the heads of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association note that billions of dollars are spent on health, but only seven per cent goes to mental health.The organizations say targeted mental-health funding must be part of a new health accord.”If the federal minister (Jane Philpott) is inclined to spend money on specific mental-health initiatives, let’s give her every reason to open up the country’s coffers,” the letter said.Mental health could be left out in the cold “yet again” if strings are not attached to federal dollars, the president of the mental health commission said Friday.Canada faces a crisis in mental health, Louise Bradley said, adding it costs the country more than $50 billion a year in lost productivity.It also costs lives, she said.”We have people dying every day,” Bradley said in an interview. “We don’t tend to think of mental illness as a terminal illness and yet we lose 4,000 people … registered as dying by suicide every year in Canada. One in five Canadians at this very moment are suffering from a mental illness.”The issue of health spending is the source of a heated debate as Ottawa attempts to reach an agreement on an accord — designed to set shared goals for how billions in federal funds are directed — with the provinces and territories.The main source of friction is the proposed, three per cent annual rate of increase for health transfers, down from six per cent — a hot topic at last month’s meeting of health ministers in Toronto.Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said Friday that health negotiations always present a delicate balance, but she said she personally believes the issue is pressing enough to bring everyone to the table.”It is not unique in any one province,” she said, adding that most industrialized nations earmark more for mental health.The provinces are now pushing for health spending to be on the agenda when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets the premiers on Dec. 8 and 9 to discuss climate change — another irritant in the federal-provincial relationship.Mental-health organizations also want to see it prioritized at the meeting.”Climate change is also extremely important, but if peoples’ minds are simply not the way they need to be in knowledge economy, how can we address anything?” Bradley said.Zahn said she has heard directly from prime minister about the issue.”This is a cause that is close to his heart, as everyone knows, it is not a secret and he deeply understands the issues surrounding the inadequacy of many of our current approaches to care,” she said.For her part, Philpott has firmly noted the federal government wants to see greater accountability for all future health investments, noting experts from across the country “believe in measurement.”Some provinces have indeed signalled an openness to directed spending on mental health, but everyone must get on side, said mental health association president Patrick Smith.”This is something we are all wanting to do, so let’s move on and do it,” he said.—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterBy Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

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Search turns up nothing but ‘2 pods of whales and 6 walruses’

CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2016 4:00 AM CT Last Updated: Nov 04, 2016 9:36 AM CT

A CP-140 Aurora sits on the tarmac at an the Italian base in Sigonella, Italy, in 2011. An Aurora surveillance plane recently checked out reports of an unusual sound in the Fury and Hecla Strait.

A CP-140 Aurora sits on the tarmac at an the Italian base in Sigonella, Italy, in 2011. An Aurora surveillance plane recently checked out reports of an unusual sound in the Fury and Hecla Strait. (Murray Brewster/Canadian Press)

A military surveillance plane has checked out the area where a mysterious, underwater “ping” has been reported, near a remote community in Nunavut.

The sound, sometimes also described as a “hum” or “beep,” was heard in Fury and Hecla Strait — roughly 120 kilometres northwest of the hamlet of Igloolik — throughout the summer. People from the community also reported there was less marine wildlife in the area than usual.

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#DAPL is now flooding the camp with huge lights and flying drones, helicopters, planes, and even fighter jets over us. This is a war zone!! And where is our president? No one is protecting us..they protect the pipeline..so sad to see that they only care about short term profits..where will their children live once the earth is poisoned and they can’t drink water…

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