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Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Normans criminal case

first_imgOTTAWA — Now that public prosecutors have decided to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, here are five questions Canadians don’t have full answers to:1) What was the evidence that got Norman’s charge stayed?The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said it received information in late March from Norman’s legal team that, upon review with the evidence the RCMP provided, led them to believe there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in the case. In court, the Crown said the new information provided greater context about Norman’s conduct and “revealed a number of complexities” prosecutors hadn’t previously known about. Defence lawyer Marie Henein suggested that it’s related to the previous Conservative government’s negotiations of the supply-ship deal with Chantier Davie shipyard.The information, however, hasn’t been made public. Nor was there an indication about why the information didn’t arrive sooner, or why it took another month before prosecutors decided to stay the case. At a press conference, Norman called the procurement system complicated and obtuse and an ugly process that is difficult to explain at the best of times.2) What was in that 60-page memo dealing with the Norman case that the top civil servant sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year?Norman’s legal team wanted to see what was in the memo, believing the information would help his defence. According to the government, it was information subject to solicitor-client privilege, which is the reason cited for keeping its contents secret. A witness in Norman’s pre-trial hearings suggested the memo actually originated with the Privy Council Office’s top legal officer but passed through Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick because that’s how memorandums from the public service formally get to the prime minister’s desk. But it’s not clear what the memo said specifically about Norman’s case.Of note is that Wernick has public said that in October 2018 he decided to let the court make the final call on what ordinarily secret cabinet information could be released to the defence team.3) Now that one legal fight is over, will Norman start another one?Although the government plans to cover Norman’s legal fees, he could sue the government in civil court over the handling of his case. The RCMP and government are the targets of a civil suit from Sen. Mike Duffy, who alleges his rights were abused in an investigation of his Senate expenses — which led to criminal charges of which he was acquitted.Henein said Wednesday that Norman’s criminal case had just ended minutes before and she and her client would make a decision at another time about whether to file a similar civil suit.4) Does Mark Norman go back to work? And in what role?Norman was suspended as the vice-chief of the defence staff at the start of 2017, and then officially shuffled out of the assignment and replaced by Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk the following year. He has been in a “supernumerary position” within the defence chief’s office since June 2018.Norman said he is ready to go back to work — he joked about sorting out his building pass — but in what capacity is unclear. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, will make that decision.5) What happens to the other criminal trial over a shipbuilding leak?Matthew Matchett’s case remains open and the federal prosecution service reiterated Wednesday that it’s a wholly separate proceeding. Matchett was suspended in October 2018 from his job as a procurement officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada after his name came up in a submission Norman’s legal team made. He was charged in February with one count of breach of trust.Documents relevant to Norman’s case — including some that weren’t made public — could yet come out in Matchett’s trial. His case is in a similar state as Norman’s was before Wednesday, with the Crown and defence going over documents to determine what is relevant evidence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ANACHNID RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INDIGENOUS SONGWRITER AWARD FROM SOCAN FOUNDATION AND TD

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17 in Winnipeg, presented the first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Anachnid from Montreal.Anachnid, a member of SOCAN, accepted the award and the accompanying $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and James Baxter, Winnipeg TD Canada Trust Branch Manager.“It means a lot to win this award which will help me achieve my creative endeavours,” said Anachnid. “I want the world to see the strength and beauty of the culture and craft that empowers all of us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “The Indigenous Songwriter Award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an indigenous music creator in Canada, and we’re proud to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Anachnid,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, , Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The award is a significant part of our ongoing, mutual efforts with TD to foster, promote and create opportunities for indigenous music creators.”The Indigenous Songwriter Award is determined by a jury of SOCAN members. This year’s esteemed panel comprised Alan Greyeyes, Kinnie Starr and Leanne Goose, who carefully reviewed nearly 200 submissions from across the country.Applications to the 2020 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2019. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca for more information about programs and awards.About AnachnidAnachnid  (Ana-k-nid) is a contemporary Indigenous artist inspired by art and sculpture, but also by street fashion and music. She defines herself as Oji-Cree and Kitchi-Sipi Mi’kmaq First Nations. Given by an elder, her totem is a spider; the arachnid. Just like a spider who weaves her web, she strings along music, poetry and art into one piece. Since she reflects what she sees in her environment, she explores very different musical styles, from soul, electro-pop to indie trap. Her music highlights her modern lifestyle as an Indigenous woman and shares the various cultures around which she grew up. Anachnid acknowledges this hybridization of urban influences, yet still attached to Indigenous traditional roots. Her first singles were released under Musique Nomade : Windigo, La lune and Now Wow We (with Annie Sama), available on all platforms.About The SOCAN FoundationFounded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit www.socanfoundation.ca and www.socan.com.About TD Global Corporate CitizenshipTD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit www.td.com/thereadycommitment Twittercenter_img Facebook Advertisement L to R: Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN; Anachnid, TD Indigenous Songwriter Award Recipient; Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation; James Baxter, TD Branch Manager. Photo Credit: Brad Ardley. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Advertisementlast_img read more

Where Does Russell Westbrook Fit Now

Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News: read more

India urges Iran to release sailors from detained MT Riah tanker

first_img Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated Indian officials met the 18 crew Indian crew members in Iranian seized ship, Stena Impero on Thursday.V. Muraleedharan/TwitterThe Indian authorities have sought the release of the remaining three crew members on board the MT Riah ship on Saturday. Iranian officials had earlier released 9 out the 12 Indians.The UAE-owned tanker was detained by the Iranian authorities for allegedly smuggling Iranian fuel out of the country in the first week of July.”Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar.”Our mission in Iran has requested the concerned Iranian authorities for the release of remaining crew members,” he added.Information on why the remaining three detained crew members were not reported at the time of filing this report.Iran had granted consular access to 18 Indians stranded on another ship, the British-flagged Stena Impero, that was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.All of them are fine, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday, adding India will continue to take necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation.British officials have detained Iranian tanker Grace 1, carrying 24 Indians in Gibraltar earlier this month for allegedly carrying oil to Syria, violating European Union sanctions. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Tensions in the Persian Gulf increased after relations between Iran and western powers deteriorated following US imposition of sanctions on countries participating in oil and other products trade with Iran.Both the US and Iran have shown aggressive military stance triggering analysts to fear a military confrontation between the two countries in the strategic Strait of Hormuz channel.Around 45 Indian crew members from three vessels — MT Riah, Stena Impero and Grace 1 — have been detained by the UK and Iran authorities over alleged violations of international maritime security regulations over the past month.last_img read more