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CSIS asks court to toss out employee's discrimination claim
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Apr 28, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
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OTTAWA — Canada’s spy agency is asking a court to toss out the claim of an employee who alleges he endured racial discrimination and physical abuse from colleagues.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says Sameer Ebadi should have turned to internal grievance and harassment processes instead of filing a suit in Federal Court.


Ebadi, who uses a pseudonym due to the sensitive nature of his work, says he pursued his claim in court because he has no faith the spy service’s internal procedures will provide anything close to a fair and impartial hearing.

“I have tried on multiple occasions, with varying levels of CSIS management, to address my well-founded issues of workplace harassment and discrimination,” Ebadi says in an affidavit filed with the court.

“With each effort, I was met with resistance and, what is worse, faced increased discriminatory treatment for blowing the whistle on my fellow employees and managers.”

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Ebadi, a practising Muslim who fled to Canada from a repressive Middle Eastern country, has worked as an analyst since 2000 in the Prairie region.

Ebadi’s statement of claim, filed in January of last year, says he was passed over for promotion despite an excellent work record, and that he suffered bullying, discrimination, emotional and physical abuse, and religious persecution from fellow employees.


Ebadi believes CSIS put him under surveillance following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, even though he worked for the agency. He recounts being covertly followed and discovering a GPS tracking device in his car.

The claim says Ebadi was later shunned by many fellow employees and subjected to endless rumours, gossip and innuendo, most of which involved his Muslim faith.

It also alleges employees would quickly open Ebadi’s office door when he was at prayer, smashing it into his body or head. “They would then feign surprise that Sameer was at prayer, but would laugh outside the door afterwards.”

In his recently filed affidavit, Ebadi says the discrimination and harassment caused severe stress and led to the breakdown of his marriage. He is on permanent sick leave.

“Knowing what I would face going back to the workplace leaves me with unbearable levels of dread.”

CSIS has filed a notice of motion with the court asking that Ebadi’s claim be thrown out, saying the terms of his employment are subject to intelligence service procedures.

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The availability of internal grievance and harassment resolution processes preclude the Ebadi from initiating “a civil action for matters that could be subject to a grievance or harassment complaint,” the notice says.

The notice is supported by an affidavit from CSIS’s chief of labour relations.

In his affidavit, Ebadi says he believes CSIS has an established history of protecting harassers “who are white and non-ethnic” from responsibility for their religious or racially motivated behaviour, and that CSIS has a workplace culture of discrimination.

“I do not believe that internal CSIS processes can be trusted to provide me with a fair hearing and to protect me against reprisals for bringing forth concerns about the breaches of my rights, including my charter rights.”

He points to the experience of other CSIS employees, including five staff who went to court in 2017 alleging discrimination. Ebadi also cites a Federal Court ruling last year that chastised the spy service for a lack of candour about surveillance warrants.


“Given that CSIS is willing to hide information from this Court, I have concluded that it is even more likely to hide relevant information from a grievance process that it controls,” Ebadi’s affidavit says.

Ebadi’s lawyer declined to comment.

CSIS spokesman John Townsend, while stressing he could not comment on specifics of the case, said CSIS takes any allegation of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace very seriously.

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“Our employees are always encouraged to report incidents of harassment, discrimination or bullying without fear of reprisal and all of our managers are required to act promptly on any issues brought to their attention, and if necessary, request a formal investigation,” he said.

In the case of founded harassment or discrimination, appropriate disciplinary and corrective measures, which can include firing, are determined by a separate discipline committee, Townsend added.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the core of CSIS. We make every effort to ensure that all employees feel respected and valued,” he said. “It is our diversity that allows us to better understand all the Canadian communities we protect.”
 

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MANDEL: Sleep deprived trucker convicted in Hwy. 400 crash that killed four in 2016
His victims didn't stand a chance

Author of the article:Michele Mandel
Publishing date:Apr 30, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 3 minute read • 23 Comments
Xhemile Vokshi, 55, Valbona Vokshi, 35, and Isabela Kuci, 5, were killed in a crash on Hwy. 400 on June 24, 2016.
Xhemile Vokshi, 55, Valbona Vokshi, 35, and Isabela Kuci, 5, were killed in a crash on Hwy. 400 on June 24, 2016. PHOTO BY GOFUNDME PHOTOS /Toronto Sun
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Guilty on all counts.

Long haul trucker Sarbjit Singh Matharu was driving from Winnipeg to Toronto on only two hours sleep, he was busy talking to his friends and never slowed down when he approached bottleneck traffic in a construction zone near the base of Hwy. 400 on June 24, 2016.


His five victims didn’t stand a chance.

In a lengthy judgment delivered over Zoom, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Code said he didn’t believe a word of excuses or alternate theories proposed by Matharu and convicted him on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one causing bodily harm.

“He knew that driving on insufficient sleep put public safety, and his own safety, at risk. He simply chose to take the risk, apparently giving his own financial self-interest priority,” Code said.

Matharu, 40, had been driving for 26 hours to deliver a 21,500 kilo-trailer of pork to the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Hannon, near Hamilton. He had been told to get there “ASAP.”

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Xhemile Vokshi, 55, Valbona Vokshi, 35, and Isabela Kuci, 5, were killed in a crash on Hwy. 400 on June 24, 2016.
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In his testimony, the trucker admitted lying on his daily log and sleeping just four hours — still far less than the legislation requires — but the judge said gas receipts and cellphone tower data showed he’d only stopped for half that time.

In a span of 29 metres, Matharu set off a chain of death consuming three vehicles in front of him.

While all other traffic had slowed in lane 3 of the busy southbound lanes near the Hwy. 401 interchange, Code said Matharu’s Volvo tractor-trailer was barrelling at 90 km/h when he first plowed into the rear of a grey Hyundai Accent.

The charred remains of Maria Lipska, 27, were later found in the driver seat. She died of “multiple blunt force trauma” and suffered post-mortem burns to 95% of her body.

As the Volvo tractor continued south in that lane, it pushed the mangled Hyundai into a white BMW driven by Blerta Vokshi, which in turn was shoved into the rear of a Honda Accord driven by her sister Valbona.

The Vokshis, with their mother and children, had spent the day together at Canada’s Wonderland. Three of the five would never make it home.

Firefighters attend the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Toronto on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Firefighters attend the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Toronto on Friday, June 24, 2016. PHOTO BY VICTOR BIRO /THE CANADIAN PRESS
The impact drove the Accord into the rear of a stopped Freightliner tractor-trailer where it burst into flames, killing Valbona Vokshi, 35, her mother Xhemile Vokshi, 55 and daughter Isabela Kuci, 5.

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Despite frantic efforts by truck driver Troy Lehmann, Isabela died of smoke inhalation because no one could extricate her from the burning car.

Meanwhile, her aunt’s BMW had flipped and landed on its roof, sparing her little boy but leaving her with serious shoulder and knee injuries that have required multiple surgeries.

Matharu claimed a “brown car” had suddenly cut in front of him and he managed to avert a major collision by swerving into another lane. He insisted he played no role in the deadly crashes and they all happened behind him.

Code found him neither credible nor reliable. All the evidence — from eyewitnesses to the accident reconstruction report — contradicted his version.

“In my view, Mr. Matharu’s account should be completely rejected,” he said.


The judge concluded his reckless driving showed a “marked and substantial departure” from that of a reasonable long haul trucker

“He must have known that by exceeding the speed limit in a busy construction zone on a six-lane highway while approaching a major interchange with another highway in a large heavy transport truck that requires a longer distance to brake and slow down, puts public safety at risk,” Code noted.

“Any experienced truck driver would know this,” he said.

“Mr. Matharu was either willing to take the risks because he was under pressure to deliver the load of meat to Maple Leaf Foods in Hannon by 10 p.m. that evening. He was running late and he thought he could change lanes at the last moment if necessary.

“Alternatively, he was unaware of the risks because he was falling asleep and/or he was distracted by his cellphone. Both of these alternative states of mind or fault are culpable.

“The former indicates subjective recklessness and the latter indicates gross negligence.”

A permanent resident, Matharu has already surrendered his Indian passport and will continue on bail in Winnipeg until sentencing in June.

mmandel@postmedia.com
 

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Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:May 08, 2021 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • 12 Comments
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KABUL — The toll from blasts targeting a school in Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday has risen to 55 dead and more than 150 injured, many badly, a security official told Reuters.

The blasts were caused by a car bomb and then mortars present inside the car, the high-ranking official, who requested anonymity, said.

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The official death toll reported by the country’s interior ministry still stands at 30.

Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, spokesman for the health ministry, said 46 people had been taken to hospitals so far.


Kabul is on high alert since Washington announced plans last month to pull out all U.S. troops by Sept. 11, with Afghan officials saying the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country.

No group has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the insurgent group’s involvement and condemned the incident.

The explosions took place in the western part of Kabul, a heavily Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood that has frequently been attacked by Islamic State militants over the years.


The school is a joint high school for girls and boys, who study in three shifts, the second of which is for female students, Najiba Arian, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education, told Reuters.

The wounded are mostly female students, she said.

“The horrendous attack in Dasht-i Barchi area in Kabul, is an despicable act of terrorism,” the European Union’s mission in Afghanistan said on Twitter.

“Targeting primarily students in a girls’ school, makes this an attack on the future of Afghanistan.”
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At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast, families bury victims
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:May 09, 2021 • 17 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Men dig graves for the victims of yesterday's explosion during a mass funeral ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan May 9, 2021.
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KABUL — The death toll from an explosion outside a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has risen to 68, Afghan officials said on Sunday, with doctors struggling to provide medical care to 165 injured and officials trying to identify bodies.

Multiple blasts on Saturday evening shook the neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, home to a large community of Shi’ites from the Hazara ethnic minority which has been targeted in the past by Islamic State militants, a Sunni militant group.


At first a car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school on Saturday, and when the students rushed out in panic, two more bombs exploded.

Officials said most of those killed were school girls. Some families were still searching hospitals for their missing children.

“The first blast was powerful and happened so close the children that some of them could not be found,” said an Afghan official, requesting anonymity.

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An eyewitness told Reuters all but seven or eight of the victims were schoolgirls going home after finishing studies. On Sunday, civilians and policemen collected books and school bags strewn across a blood-stained road that was busy with shoppers ahead of this year’s celebrations for Eid al-Fitr next week.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday blamed the attack on Taliban insurgents but a spokesman for the Taliban denied involvement, saying the group condemns any attacks on Afghan civilians.

Pope Francis condemned the attack in Kabul, calling it an “inhuman act” in remarks to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday.


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attack and expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Afghanistan.

Families of the victims blamed the Afghan government and Western powers for failing to put an end to violence and the ongoing war.

Bodies were still being collected from morgues as the first burials were conducted in the west of the city. Some families were still searching for missing relatives on Sunday, gathering outside hospitals to read names posted on the walls, and checking morgues.

“The entire night we carried bodies of young girls and boys to a graveyard and prayed for everyone wounded in the attack,” said Mohammed Reza Ali, who has been helping families of the victims at a private hospital.

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“Why not just kill all of us to put and end to this war?” he said.

Security was intensified across Kabul after the attack but authorities said they will not be able to provide security to all schools, mosques and other public centers.

Conflict is still raging in Afghanistan, with security forces locked in daily combat with the Taliban who have waged war to overthrow the foreign-backed government since they were ousted from power in Kabul in 2001.

Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban last year, its pull-out has begun, with President Joe Biden announcing all troops will be out by Sept. 11.

But the foreign troop withdrawal has led to a surge in fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents with both sides trying to retain control over strategic centers.

Critics of the decision say that Islamist militants will try to make a grab for power and civilians fear of being once more under brutal and oppressive Taliban rule.
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Man assaulted several people and dog, crashed into fire truck: Toronto cops
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:May 11, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 1 minute read • 12 Comments
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A man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly assaulted several people — including a firefighter — as well as a dog and crashed his vehicle into a fire truck.

Early Sunday afternoon, Toronto Police say a 34-year-old man and a dog in the Glenavy and Glazebrook Aves. area, near Bayview and Eglinton Aves., were assaulted by a man, who then fled in a white Volkswagen Jetta.


The vehicle was located and pursued by police south on Bayview, but officers lost sight of it near St. Clair Ave. and Mount Pleasant Rd.

Police say the driver then crashed into a fence near Parkwoods Village Dr. and Victoria Park Ave., got out of his car and assaulted another man with a belt.

The man then drove south on Victoria Park and, around Ellesmere Rd., hit a fire truck that was responding to a call.

Cops allege the man assaulted a firefighter and tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by police.

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Toronto Fire Deputy Chief Tony Bavota said there were no serious injuries to the firefighters involved.

Aliasghar Behrouzi, 26, of Toronto, is charged with two counts of assault, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, injure an animal, fail to stop/flight from police, two counts of dangerous operation, assault with a weapon, and obstruct police/resist arrest.

Police are asking anyone in the area who has dash camera video or cellphone video to call them at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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Scugog woman charged after TikTok video of her hurling racist comments goes viral
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Publishing date:Sep 02, 2021 • 7 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Scugog woman charged with causing a disturbance after yelling racist comments and insults at South Asians in Port Perry, Ont., park.
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A Scugog woman was charged with causing a disturbance after a TikTok video of her hurling racist, hateful comments and insults at a family went viral.

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Rabia Zamir was with her family at a park in Port Perry when they were confronted by a racist attacker on a motorized scooter.


Zamir recorded the irate woman, as she drove around her family and other South Asian people at the park, yelling racist slurs at them and posted the video on TikTok(Link contains foul/offensive language) for “awareness purposes only.”

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In the three minutes of footage, the woman shouts at Zamir, telling her to get out of her way and stop speaking her language.

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“I’m the Canadian here,” she screamed, as she drove around in circles. “I’ll f—–g speak my language, but f–k you and yours!”

Zamir, who is eight months pregnant, wrote that she couldn’t ignore the woman if she tried because she was “driving super-fast back and forth” around her and “posed a risk.”

The woman also stops her scooter in front of Zamir’s husband, who is holding their daughter, and blasted him as well.

“Hey, not in front of my daughter, man! Chill out!,” Zamir can be heard saying.

“Don’t swear in front of my daughter!”


Bystanders can be heard telling the woman to “go home” and she’s a “total embarrassment.”

Locals gathered to protect and stand up for the family. In fact, one older gentleman looked like he was ready to lay her out.

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Her response was pretty standard: Two middle fingers, and a little scooter jig to go with it.

Zamir thanked everyone for their concern and she appreciated all the kind words of support. She even went so far as to give the woman the benefit of the doubt, saying she clearly had “underlying issues.”


That being said, Durham Regional Police showed up to the waterfront in Port Perry after receiving multiple reports of a disturbance.

“Eyewitnesses called to report a female yelling racial slurs at several people,” police said in a news release.

“When police arrived, both the female suspect and victims had left the area.”

Officers were able to identify the suspect thanks to the viral video, but they have not released her name.

The unidentified 61-year-old woman from Scugog was charged with causing a disturbance.

Anyone with new information about the incident is asked to call the North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2674.
 

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OPP seek witnesses to alleged hate-motivated assault on Hwy. 401 off-ramp in Pickering
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:Sep 08, 2021 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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The OPP are investigating an alleged hate crime on the roads in Pickering.

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Police say there was an incident on Friday, Aug. 13 between 5:20 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the off-ramp to Hwy. 401 eastbound collector at Whites Rd.


A black Nissan Pathfinder was stopped on the left-turn lane and a black Dodge caravan was on the right-turn lane.

The driver of the Caravan allegedly assaulted the driver of the Pathfinder and police believe it was hate-motivated.

On Aug. 14, 1947, Pakistan became an independent nation and the Pathfinder had a flag recognizing the date.

Both vehicles exited the highway at Whites Rd., at which point police say the driver of the Caravan ripped down the flags and punched the driver of the Pathfinder, who had his entire family in the vehicle.


The Pathfinder driver told police there were people at the scene that filmed the incident.

Anyone with footage is asked to call the OPP at 905-668-3388 with any cell phone or dash camera videos of this event. We believe this to be a HATE motivated crime.