1. PM wanted SNC-Lavalin deal “one way or another,” Wernick told Wilson-Raybould in secretly recorded call
The country's top bureaucrat warned Jody Wilson-Raybould that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "quite determined" to prevent SNC-Lavalin's criminal trial from leading to job losses — and wanted to know why the then-justice minister hadn't used a new legal tool to allow the company to avoid a criminal trial.
A recording made by Wilson-Raybould of a 17-minute Dec. 19 call between herself and Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick was released today, along with 43 pages of emails, texts and a written statement from Wilson-Raybould herself which were tabled to the Commons justice committee.
Wernick — who was not aware he was being recorded — told the minister there was "rising anxiety" over the fate of a major employer.
“Materials submitted to the Commons Justice Committee this week indicate Jody Wilson-Raybould recorded at least one of the contentious conversations at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin affair, multiple sources tell CBC News.
AUDIO: Secret recording of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s phone call with Michael Wernick on SNC-Lavalin released
2. ITALY: Migrants hijack merchant ship - Salvini
A group of migrants have reportedly hijacked a merchant ship off Libya, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday.
He said the ship had been heading for Libya after rescuing the migrants off Libya but was now heading for Malta or Lampedusa.
"It would be the first act of piracy on the high seas, with migrants who have hijacked a ship that had reached 6 nautical miles off the Libyan coast," he said.
Salvini said there was no chance of the migrants being allowed to land in Italy. "They should know that they will only see Italy with a telescope", he said.
The interior ministry said later that the ship, the Elhiblu I, was heading north. It said "it made an abrupt change of course after the vessel had arrived six miles from the entry into the port of Tripoli.”
"They're not shipwrecked migrants but pirates," Salvini told reporters. "Poor migrants who hijack the merchantman that saved them because they want to decide the course," he added on Facebook later.
Click HERE to see the video Salvini posted to Facebook explaining that this was not about a rescue operation of “poor shipwrecked people” fleeing from war, but pirates.
3. Czech police arrest 2 suspects in German train attack case
Austria's top security official says Czech authorities have arrested two men suspected of forming a terror cell with a man detained over unsuccessful attacks on trains in Germany.
The first suspect, a 42-year-old Iraqi, was arrested in Vienna on Monday. He's suspected of carrying out two attacks late last year, in one of which a high-speed train hit a steel cable stretched over tracks between Nuremberg and Munich. Nobody was hurt.
The Austria Press Agency reported that Interior Minister Herbert Kickl told Austria's parliament Thursday two more suspects believed to have formed a cell with the Iraqi were arrested in Prague.
4. Australian Senator Fraser Anning on Islamic immigration: “I’m yet to see a country where we’ve had Muslim immigration and we’ve had peace.”
Queensland Senator @Fraser_Anning: “I don't see that we need to have any people in this country that don’t integrate and unfortunately the Muslims to a large extent don’t. I’m yet to see a country where we’ve had Muslim immigration and we’ve had peace.” #auspol #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/kdsNyNAUnZ— 7NEWS Sunshine Coast (@7NewsSC) March 28, 2019
5. Grenfell fraudster who claimed nearly £50,000 saying he couldn't prove he lived at the tower only because of his “top secret” work for foreign governments is jailed for five years
A fraudster who raked in nearly £50,000 meant for Grenfell Tower survivors and claimed he was an undercover government researcher to cover his tracks has been jailed for five years.
Moses Ettienne, 49, said he was living in the Kensington residence when the fire broke out and gave a non-existent flat address to authorities in order to collect £47,415 worth of accommodation and living expenses at a Park Plaza Hotel in London.
Ettienne then refused to provide the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with details of his fictitious flat, claiming he was “bound by secrecy” due to his “top secret” work with foreign governments on renewable energy.
Ettienne is the 15th person to be convicted of fraud over the Grenfell Tower disaster, with £700,000 having been wrongly claimed by imposters claiming to be victims of the blaze.
6. Avi Yemini: Paul Joseph Watson REACTS to “foul-mouthed” Jim Jefferies
Paul Joseph Watson explains why and how Avi Yemini was deplatformed after exposing Jim Jefferies in a viral video.
7. Minneapolis Imam reacts to NZ massacre: “Western civilization is built on bloodshed and terrorism”
Imam Shaaban Aboubadria said in a Friday sermon at Masjid Al-Huda Islamic Center in Minneapolis, MN on March 15, 2019 that non-Muslim civilizations know nothing about tolerance and that Western civilization is built on bloodshed, killing, and terrorism. He said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is a "terrorist son-of-a-terrorist" that is carrying out the "Zio-Crusader agenda" of the Zionists and the tyrannical and criminal Templar Crusaders. He added: "When a dog dies, the entire world is up in arms, but when an entire nation is dying – that is an issue up for debate… We went to sleep with the bombing of Gaza and woke up with the crime in New Zealand." The video was posted on Al-Huda Center's Facebook page.
8. Minnesota bill would allow hijab to be used as "hands-free” mobile phone device
The traditional Islamic female head covering known as the hijab could soon be recognized by law as a “hands-free” device for using a mobile phone while driving, if a new bill in the Minnesota Legislature passes.
The hijab is worn to preserve modesty. Typically, it covers the hair and neck, but not the face.
House Bill 50 (HF 50) is officially titled: “Cell phone use prohibited by person operating a vehicle while vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, traffic stop study required, report required, and money appropriated.”
An amendment to the bill singles out the hijab as a hands-free device, acknowledging that some female Muslim drivers may use their hijabs to hold their mobile phones while (mostly) keeping their hands on the steering wheel.
9. Westminster stabbing: Armed police surround Regent's Park mosque after man knifed to death nearby and “attackers fled to place of worship”
Armed police swooped on a mosque near Regent's Park in the hunt for suspects after a man was stabbed to death in central London on Thursday evening.
A man was found with stab wounds at a housing block in Cunningham Place, Westminster, at about 6.15pm on Thursday. The suspects had fled the scene, police said.
The victim, believed to be in his early twenties, was treated in Elmton Court before being taken to hospital where he later died.
Images circulating on social media showed police at London Central Mosque following the incident, where a witness said two people ran towards shortly after the knife attack.
Scotland Yard said the stabbing, which was around half a mile from the mosque, was not terror related.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the incident was linked to police activity at the mosque, where pictures showed a large number of police on the scene.
At around 10pm, a helicopter was still circling above the mosque and surrounding area as armed officers could be seen walking through one room of the sprawling religious building.
10. Nigeria: 2 killed in Boko Haram attack on Miringa military base
Islamist militants attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria, killing a police officer and a local resident, witnesses said Thursday.
Fighters in 13 vehicles late Wednesday, March 27 attacked the base outside Miringa village in Borno state, very close to Buratai, the homeplace of Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
The insurgents burnt the base along with an armored vehicle and a primary school. They were thought to be from the Islamic State West Africa province faction of Boko Haram, AFP reported.
“They came around 6:30 p.m. in 13 vehicles and attacked the military location just outside the village,” Miringa resident Umar Sanda told AFP.
“The two sides fought for more than one hour while all the people in the village fled into the bush.”