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How Canada became a money-laundering haven for one of Gadhafi’s inner circle

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Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba’s Canadian businesses, investments and properties – including two apartments in historic Montreal worth $1.6-million – are at the centre of a criminal investigation in Libya. Dabaiba is suspected of embezzling public funds and laundering money earned during his time as a top aide to Libyan dictator Colonel Moammar Gadhafi.

As head of Libya’s infrastructure contracting department, Dabaiba is believed to have pocketed a total of $3.37-billion for himself and associates while hiding large amounts in countries including Canada. A Globe and Mail investigation reveals Dabaiba was able to obtain a Canadian passport by exploiting a now-discredited program that fast-tracked citizenship in exchange for investing at least $150,000. The interest he earned from making investments was subsequently transferred to bank accounts in Switzerland. (for subscribers)

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins in Turkey’s presidential election

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious on Monday from his biggest electoral challenge in a decade and a half, giving him the sweeping, executive powers he has long sought and extending his grip on the nation of 81 million until at least 2023.

The most popular - yet divisive - leader in modern Turkish history, Erdogan pledged there would be no retreat from his drive to transform Turkey, a deeply polarized nation that is both a NATO member and, at least nominally, a candidate to join the European Union.

Here’s Doug Saunders’s take on the vote: “The surprising thing about Sunday’s Turkish election was not that President Erdogan managed to maintain an increasingly rigid hold on power. After six electoral victories in 16 years, after staging a 2017 referendum to turn the presidency into an all-controlling executive, after brutally crushing a 2016 coup attempt and imprisoning or banning thousands of critical politicians and journalists, there was little doubt he would find a path to victory. What was surprising was that so many Turks resisted Erdogan’s efforts to manipulate democracy in his favour.”

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Prince Edward County is grappling with the allegations against Norman Hardie

The sexual misconduct allegations against Hardie, the country’s most celebrated winemaker, have shaken the small community on the shores of Lake Ontario. While many have said the allegations against Hardie don’t represent the county, others argue the community needs to have open conversations about the issue of harassment. “I’m ashamed that he was touted as this model citizen and representative of Prince Edward County,” said Sacha Squair, who owns Three Dog Winery. The region’s chamber of commerce and winery association, meanwhile, are working together to improve safety and harassment policies.

Calgary is a step closer toward seeking its second Winter Olympics

The Canadian Olympic Committee has approved the city’s plans for a potential bid for the 2026 Games. But while supporters say it’s an important milestone, the bigger test will be a public plebiscite set for later this year. Calgary bid organizers estimate hosting the Games would cost $4.6-billion and run a deficit. If the plebiscite passes and the bid is pursued, Calgary would be the lone Canadian city competing to host the 2026 event alongside the likes of Sapporo, Japan, and the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

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Trump says migrants should be deported with ‘no judges or court cases’

The U.S. President continues to double down on his “zero-tolerance” border policy, saying: “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no judges or court cases, bring them back from where they came.” His remarks, which didn’t differentiate between illegal immigrants and those seeking asylum protection, drew criticism from legal experts who said it would violate the U.S. Constitution. (Under the law, citizens and non-citizens are entitled to due process.)

With the White House ending its measures that separated parents from children, the difficult task of reuniting those families is now under way. Go here to read about the chaos and anguish at the border.


Shares tumble

Global shares fell on Monday, dented by worries over a worsening trade dispute between the United States and other major economies, while oil prices gave up some of the gains made after major exporters agreed a modest production increase. Tokyo’s Nikkei lost 08 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 1.3 per cent, and the Shanghai Composite 1.1 per cent. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were down by between 0.9 and 1.4 per cent by about 5:35 a.m. ET. New York futures were also down. The Canadian dollar was below 75.5 US cents.

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Let’s not lose sight of what a Pride parade really stands for

“When Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted a Pride message that began with ‘Pride is for everyone looking for full inclusion,’ I felt like it represented the worst of what Pride has become – a vague party that waters down queerness with sentimental messages about how ‘love is love.’ But Pride celebrations are not for ’everyone.’ There’s a reason they are still necessary in 2018, but it’s hard to see in Toronto. The last time I attended the city’s parade I got hit in the head by a sample pack of razors thrown from the back of a flatbed truck. No thanks, Gillette, I don’t want your participation in the revolution.” – Zoe Whittall, author of Giller-shortlisted novel The Best Kind of People

Jailing children for politics and profit

“The current crisis in separation of children from parents, viewed one way, is a monstrous policy intended for political gain, which will have untold painful consequences on those parents and children in the years to come. Viewed another way, though, it’s the logical outcome of a system in which every enterprise, no matter how abhorrent, can be engineered for profit. The screams of children crying for their parents are easily drowned out by the ka-ching of cash rolling in.” – Elizabeth Renzetti (for subscribers)

Absent teachers aren’t solving problems – they’re creating new ones

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“As the school year winds down, so, too, do educational pretenses. Asked the other day if he had any homework, my son scoffed. ‘Oh, mummy, we stopped working a long time ago.’ Almost as scarce as work are teachers. This is the season of the substitute, as regular teachers vanish and instruction gives way to games, movies and popsicles. Nothing against a little summer fun, but the erosion of staff and standards happens before every school holiday. In the days before Christmas, a full third of the 63-member staff at my sons’ elementary school was missing, as has been the case on Fridays of this month. Episodic plagues? No, just teachers proving rational choice theory by opting to use, rather than lose, their paid sick days.” – Naomi Buck, Toronto-based writer


Restaurant reviews: Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

Alexandra Gill writes that Vancouver’s Super Hiro’s Japanese restaurant needs to get its head out of the clouds. (one out of four stars)

Dan Clapson says Calgary’s Katsuten – a casual spot that blends Japanese with some Korean – is a diamond in the rough.

Celebrity chef Akira Back has set the bar high for Asian chefs in Toronto with his eponymously-titled restaurant, Jason Chow writes. (three stars)

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