56 people charged in India-based call centre scam that may have targeted Canadians

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U.S. authorities have charged 56 people and five companies operating call centres in India in a massive telephone scam that swindled people out of $300 million in the U.S. and possibly Canada.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that scam artists worked at five call centres in Ahmedabad, in western India, and would pose as officials with the Internal Revenue Service or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Callers would tell unsuspecting victims they had failed to pay taxes or were at risk of deportation, and quick cash was needed to get out of trouble.

“This is a transnational problem, and demonstrates that modern criminals target Americans both from inside our borders and from abroad,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement.

“Only by working tirelessly to gather evidence, build cases and working closely with foreign law enforcement partners to ensure there are no safe havens can we effectively address these threats.”

READ  MORE: 70 arrested in India for targeting Americans in multimillion-dollar tax scam

The indictment, which was unsealed on Thursday, did not mention Canada directly but stated victims were in the “U.S. and elsewhere.”

RCMP Sgt. Penny Hermann said “there might be” a connection to Canada in the investigation.

“Victims have reported that, at times, a caller would identify themselves as an IRS agent to the victim, and then change tactics when he/she realized that in Canada there is no IRS,” Hermann said.

WATCH: How to protect yourself from being scammed

Thursday’s indictments came on the heels of 70 arrests in India earlier this month that targeted telephone scammers.

Hermann said following the arrests there has been a “huge decrease” in the number of complaints to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

“In the nine weeks preceding the arrests, the reported losses were about $26,000 to $190,000 a week,” she said. “But after the arrests the reported losses went down to $2,000 a week.”

READ MORE: Bold tax-scammers asking for iTunes cards

Caldwell said suspects were arrested in multiple U.S. cities Thursday, and the Justice Department is seeking the extradition of defendants still in India. Those charged face offences including wire fraud, money laundering and false impersonation of an officer of the United States.

Investigators allege the suspects scammed more than 15,000 people into shelling out more than $300 million. They also allegedly stole personal identification information from 50,000 people.

The victims included an elderly woman in San Diego who handed over more than $12,000 after she was threatened with arrest if she didn’t pay for fictitious tax violations. A California man also paid $136,000 to resolve alleged tax violations after being called repeatedly over 20 days.

Investigators said in one case, a Colorado man did not respond to repeated demands that he withdraw funds to pay supposed back taxes. Scammers posing as him called 911 saying he was armed and looking to kill police officers, prompting law enforcement officers to surround his home.

U.S. officials commended victims for coming forward and said they hope this type of investigation warns others in the future.

“To potential victims, our message today is simple: U.S. government agencies do not make these types of calls, and if you receive one, contact law enforcement to report the suspected scam before you make a payment,” Peter Edge, executive associate director with Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.

*With files from Adam Miller and The Associated Press

New project aims to shed light on Africville’s history

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For over 150 years, hundreds of people called Africville home.

The community was populated almost entirely by African Nova Scotians. In the 1960’s, the city bulldozed the site and expropriated the land for the MacKay Bridge.

An important project is now helping to mark the history of the area. The Africville Heritage Trust mapped out where the original homes once stood in the community. Then, using GPS coordinates, found where the current locations would be and marked it with a sign.

“People say they really appreciate it because now when they walk through, they make it seem more real as a community for people who are visiting and also for the people of Africville,” said Sunday Miller, the Executive Director of the Africville Heritage Trust.

WATCH: Officials call for change to ‘inaccessible’ Africville historic site 

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Miller says one of the goals of the project is to dispel rumours that those who once lived in Africville were squaters.

“It was really nice homes and a good community,” said Miller.

“The only challenge was that they weren’t given running water and sewer and therefore, their homes were deemed substandard.”

Miller says she also wants people to understand how large Africville was and why the land is considered sacred.

“It’s not just because the people who were removed were here. It’s because they were here because their ancestors were willing to shed their blood to get to freedom,” Miller tells Global News.

“They were Africans that were forced into slavery in the states and had been given the opportunity – fight for the British and if you live, we’ll give you freedom in British North America or stay enslaved.”

READ MORE: Environmental racism plagues low-income and minority communities across Nova Scotia

Not long after the signs marking the former homesteads went up, the Heritage Trust was dealt a blow – twenty were removed.

“It was discouraging and I was a bit surprised that there would be such a level of disrespect and devaluing the site,” said Miller.

“It’s obvious because it says the name and it says prior to relocation so you can’t be confused about why this is here, but someone was saying I don’t want this to be here and I don’t want to remember this and I don’t want to know it.”

The Heritage Trust is now working with the municipality to try and figure out a more secure way to install the markers so they can continue to move forward with the project and map out Africville.

Foreign buyers 1.3 per cent of Vancouver sales

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VANCOUVER – The rate of foreign investment in Metro Vancouver housing has fallen to 1.3 per cent since the introduction of a new tax targeting international buyers, according to new data from the British Columbia government.

The drop is dramatic compared with the seven-week period before the tax was introduced when foreign buyers accounted for 13.2 per cent of the residential purchases in the region.

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The province brought in the 15-per-cent property transfer tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver on Aug. 2 in an effort to cool one of the hottest housing markets in North America.

“The number of offshore purchasers has dropped dramatically, and that means the pressure on local purchasers, often first-time purchasers, is much reduced,” said cabinet minister Andrew Wilkinson, speaking on behalf of the finance minister on Friday.

“That’s exactly what our goal was and we’re glad to see the market is calming down.”

Between Aug. 2 and Sept. 30, there were 152 home purchases involving foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver, or 1.3 per cent of all residential transactions. That is slightly less than the provincial average of 1.7 per cent during the same period.

The province received an additional $10.1 million from the new tax.

Wilkinson said the goal of the levy was not to collect more taxes from offshore investors, but to get them to reconsider buying into Metro Vancouver’s market.

“It was never our goal to get to a certain revenue amount with the tax. The goal was to calm down the real estate market.”

But the province cautioned that it’s unclear how many transactions that would have occurred in August or September were rushed through completion in July in order to avoid the tax. Data from the coming months will provide a more accurate picture of how the market is changing, it said.

Wilkinson added that real estate markets are seasonal and more transactions are typically recorded in the spring, so more data is needed before reaching long-term conclusions.

The total value of purchases involving foreign buyers was $318 million, or 1.8 per cent of the overall value of purchases in Metro Vancouver.

The province said auditors have sent 150 letters to buyers to verify their citizenship or permanent residency status. Of the 150 letters, 85 audit files have been opened to investigate if the additional tax should have been paid.

The composite benchmark price, or the representation of a typical residential property, in Metro Vancouver was $931,900 last month, a 28.9 per cent increase from September 2015 but a 0.1 per cent decline from August 2016.

The new data released by the province suggests Victoria has not seen a flood of foreign buyers since the tax was introduced in Metro Vancouver.

In the Capital Regional District, encompassing southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, foreign buyers represented 3.5 per cent of the residential real estate market between Aug. 2 and Sept. 30. In the period before the tax, they represented 3.9 per cent.

Last month, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in B.C. Supreme Court arguing the new tax violates over 30 international treaties where Canada has committed to treat foreign nationals as favourably as citizens.

The lead plaintiff is Jing Li, a 29-year-old Chinese student who has been studying in Canada since 2013 and said the tax impeded her purchase of a Langley home.

Premier Christy Clark has said the tax has a solid legal basis.

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U.S. Supreme Court to rule in landmark transgender rights case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed for the first time to rule on transgender rights in a case in which a Virginia public school district is fighting to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys’ bathroom.

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    White House confident in legality of transgender bathroom rules

    Alberta bar’s ‘you must use bathroom of your birth gender’ sign spurs outrage

    The justices agreed to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s appeal of a lower court’s April 19 ruling that transgender students are protected under U.S. laws barring sex-based discrimination. The case involves a 17-year-old transgender student named Gavin Grimm, who identifies as male and sued to win the right to use the school’s boys’ bathroom.

    The case, due to be argued and decided before the end of June, will be one of the biggest of the court’s term.

    READ MORE: Federal court overturns Virginia school’s transgender bathroom rule, calls it discriminatory

    The court remains one justice short following the February death of Antonin Scalia, which left it with four conservatives and four liberals. That raises the possibility of a 4-4 ruling that would leave in place the decision favoring Grimm by the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A 4-4 ruling would set no nationwide legal precedent.

    The court until now had generally steered clear of taking up potentially divisive cases such as this one while it remained shorthanded. The court already has issued 4-4 rulings on four occasions since Scalia’s death.

    The Supreme Court has not directly ruled on transgender rights before. But in 1994 the court did rule in favor of a male-born transgender prison inmate identifying as a woman who was held with male prisoners and said she was beaten and raped by another inmate.

    READ MORE: US judge blocks Obama transgender school bathroom policy

    The issue of allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity rather than their birth gender has become the latest flashpoint in the long U.S. battle over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

    The matter heated up after North Carolina passed a Republican-backed law in March that required people to use bathrooms that corresponded to their gender at birth in government buildings and public schools. The North Carolina law also blocked local measures protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

    In the Virginia case, the Supreme Court in July voted 5-3 to temporarily block the appeals court decision from going into effect, a move that prevented Grimm from using the boys’ bathroom when the new school year began in September while the case remained under appeal by the school district.

    READ MORE: A more tolerant country? Most Canadians support transgender rights, poll suggests

    Grimm told his parents he was transgender during his first year in high school in 2014 and began attending school as a boy in September 2014. With the school’s permission, Grimm used the boys’ bathroom for about seven weeks without incident. But after complaints from parents, the county school board adopted a new policy in December 2014 that required students to use the bathroom that corresponded to their gender at birth.

    Since then, Grimm has had to use a separate restroom. Grimm, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued in 2015. A federal judge ruled in favor of the school district in September 2015, prompting Grimm to the 4th Circuit.

5th girl commits suicide on a northern Saskatchewan First Nation

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Another young girl has committed suicide in northern Saskatchewan, the fifth indigenous girl to take her life this month.

A grief counselor for the school on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, near Loon Lake, said the 13-year-old committed suicide on Tuesday.

Her funeral was held on Friday.

READ MORE: Victim’s family says suicide a problem across northern Saskatchewan for years

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  • Brad Wall says more needs to be done after rash of suicides in northern Sask.

  • Northern Saskatchewan communities in mourning after 3 youth suicides

  • Fourth suicide involving young girl in northern Saskatchewan rocks communities

    Grief counsellors were brought in to help students cope.

    A letter has also been sent out to parents encouraging them to watch for signs of suicide in their children.

    “Due to the circumstances of this loss, our school and education team has mobilized an immediate crisis response team that has been actively working with our students both directly and indirectly connected to the loss,” reads the letter dated Oct. 25 and sent out by the First Nation’s school.

    “Parents are encouraged to speak to our counselling department in the event that students show unusual signs during this time.”

    The Makwa Sahgaiehcan band office said support staff is available for those who need someone to talk to, and are encouraging everyone in the community to seek support.

    Earlier this month, two girls from Stanley Mission, one from La Ronge and a girl from Deschambault Lake committed suicide.

    All were between the ages of 10 and 14.

    Both the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation declared a state of crisis following the suicides.

    READ MORE: State of crisis declared in 2 Sask. First Nations following youth suicides

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government is prepared to work with indigenous communities to deal with “this ever-occurring tragedy” across the country.

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said that his government is working to support communities and that a meeting will be held with northern leaders.

    READ MORE: NDP says Ottawa not funding enough mental-health workers after youth suicides

    Health Canada has stated it is providing support to allow seven mental health therapists to travel weekly to Stanley Mission to provide counselling to at-risk youth, six days a week, until the end of December.

    With files from , MBC

Langley homicide victim identified as 27-year-old Shaun Clary

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The dismembered body found on a stretch of rural road in Langley on Wednesday morning has been identified by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

The male victim is 27-year-old Shaun Alan Clary and police believe he had gang associations and the homicide was targeted.

But IHIT is quick to point out that while investigators are aware of the heightened tension between particular gang associates, it is too early to assume this conflict is directly responsible for this homicide.

Currently police are unable to confirm if Clary’s homicide is linked with other homicides, or other recent cases of violence.

“The targeted and barbaric nature of this homicide is not lost on investigators or the public, and we are working tirelessly to gather evidence to move forward,” said IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster in a statement.

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“There are individuals out there who have the intimate details in regards to the flagrant disregard for Mr. Clary’s life. We are looking to speak with those individuals and ultimately hold those responsible, accountable.”

Neighbours in the area called the homicide disturbing and unnerving. They are especially concerned given that 10 days ago, a 56-year-old Burnaby man who was a senior member of the Hells Angels was found dead about a 10 minute drive away. In that case, 27-year-old Jason Wallace was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of Robert Green on Oct. 16.

On the same day as Green’s death, another shooting happened when a male victim was shot in the leg near the Greater Vancouver Zoo just after 7 p.m.

He was found at the nearby McDonald’s in the 26400-block of 56 Avenue. The victim, a 29-year-old from Mission who is known to police, was rushed to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. So far, police have not arrested anyone connected with the shooting.

IHIT investigators are in the early stages of the investigation and is working with Langley RCMP to continue canvassing the area and find any witnesses.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers.

~ with files from Amy Judd 

49 people have died from opioid overdoses in NS this year

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Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says 19 different organizations are now working together to try and create an action plan for opioid drug use in the province.

Dr. Robert Strang says representatives from government departments, professional associations, health authorities and corrections are working on the plan. One of the things they are looking at is over-prescribing by doctors.

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“We have to acknowledge that there’s been a significant over-prescribing of higher potency opioids,” said Strang.

“That’s why one of the streams have to be working with front line care providers on more appropriate prescribing and prescription monitoring.”

READ MORE: Canada ranked second in world for per-capita opioid use

Opioid drug use is a long standing problem – but the use of illegal Fentanyl is creating new challenges.

“What we’ve seen in British Columbia and moving eastwards and we’re starting to see some sings of in Nova Scotia, is illegally produced Fentanyl, which is typically coming from China,” said Strang.

WATCH: Parents of Edmonton man accused of manslaughter in fentanyl death speak out

So far this year, 49 people have died in Nova Scotia as a result of an opioid overdose. Health officials say nearly a dozen others have been saved through the use of Naloxone, which temporarily blocks the effects opiates have on the body.

Seven of the deaths this year in the province have been from Fentanyl – two from illicit Fentanyl and five from prescriptions.

Fentanyl is the same drug that led British Columbia to declare a public health emergency in April after an alarming number of deaths.

“If we’re seeing 49 people who have overdosed and 11 people who have been rescued from Narcan. Based on a per capita basis, that’s almost as bad as B.C., that’s almost as bad as Alberta,” said Dr. David Milne.

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Halifax Regional Police say they are considering following the lead of the RCMP and providing officers with Naloxone kits, in case they come across a Fentanyl overdose.

“We are concerned about it cause there are incidents where we have found it within the city,” said Detective Darrell Gaudet, Halifax Regional Police.

“As a result of that we’ve taken precautions with our members and how to react to it.”

WATCH: Nova Scotia RCMP given Naloxone kits amid spreading fentanyl crisis

Strang says officials are working to create a comprehensive plan on how the province can combat the issue of opioid drug misuse.  He hopes their recommendations will be in place early next year.

Russia voted out of UN Human Rights Council

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The General Assembly voted Russia off the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions in Syria.

The 193-member General Assembly elected 14 members to 47-nation council, the U.N.’s main body charged with promoting and protecting human rights.

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READ MORE: Russia criticizes UN report linking Syrian government to chemical weapon use

Russia, which received 112 votes, lost its regional seat to Hungary, with 144 votes, and Croatia with 112 votes.

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin played down the importance of the loss.

“It was a very close vote and very good countries competing, Croatia, Hungary. They are fortunate because of their size, they are not exposed to the winds of international diplomacy. Russia is very exposed. We’ve been on council a number of years, I’m sure next time we’ll get in,” he said.

READ MORE: Russia delays UN meeting on Ukraine, refusing to discuss human rights

Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, Brazil, Rwanda, Hungary, Cuba, South Africa, Japan, Tunisia, the U.S. and U.K. all won seats on the council. Guatemala was the only country running for a seat beside Russia to not be elected.

Human rights groups had called for countries to reject the candidacies of Russia and Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s election, however, was a foregone conclusion since it was running unopposed for its regional seat.

“In rejecting Russia’s bid for re-election to the Human Rights Council, U.N. member states have sent a strong message to the Kremlin about its support for a regime that has perpetrated so much atrocity in Syria,” said Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director at Human Rights Watch. “Next year, U.N. member states should make sure that all regional groups have real competition so no one is guaranteed victory.”

Britain’s Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay said she was delighted with her country’s re-election to the council.

“The UK has been a strong advocate of the vital work of the Council since its inception, and we are honoured to continue to serve as a member,” Anelay said in statement.

Your Manitoba: October 2016

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Your Manitoba October 31; Falcon Lake, Man.

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Roughriders ready for another shot at Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings

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B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings is going to look for any opening the Saskatchewan Roughriders give him on Saturday.

Jennings and the Lions face a Saskatchewan pass defence that has learned from the last encounter between the two teams. When they met in mid-July, Jennings scorched the Roughriders secondary for 429 passing yards and three touchdowns en route to a 40-27 come-from-behind win.

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Saskatchewan’s secondary has seen a marked change since July. Head coach Chris Jones picked up starters Kacy Rodgers and Jeff Hecht, and Matt Webster has since returned from injury, rotating
with Hecht at safety.

That consistency has led to improvements. As of Oct. 23, when playing Saskatchewan, CFL teams have the lowest pass completion percentage (64.7), lowest pass attempts (544) and lowest pass completions (352). The Riders also sit fourth in the league in average pass yards allowed per game (295).

“Defences are doing a good job of game planning and scheming against certain things, and they want to contain me,” said Jennings. “It usually opens up other things. I’m just trying to take what the defence gives us.”

Jones admitted he was “a little bit hard-headed and stayed in some pressure (packages)” in the loss.

But he said absent 52- and 59-yard bombs from Jennings, the outcome may have been different.

“I mean it was a tie ball game at the end of the third quarter, nearly,” said Jones. “So I’ve got to do a good job of putting us in favourable calls in certain situations. And we certainly have to go out and do a good job of executing against a very good offence.”

The Riders (5-11) are coming off a bland 19-14 loss to Montreal last week. They’re hoping to close out a rebuilding year with a win and say goodbye to Mosaic Stadium with a victory before moving to their new home a few blocks west.

Jones also says he’s evaluating players for roster spots next year.

Despite having clinched a playoff spot, the Lions (10-6) will look to secure a playoff game at home and host the West division semifinal. If Saskatchewan wins and if the Blue Bombers beat the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday afternoon, Winnipeg will host the West semifinal.

The Lions lead the league in rushing yards (1,754) and rushing touchdowns (22).

Meanwhile, Jennings is finding success in the air with 4,678 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns, both landing him third among quarterbacks. The second-year QB has proven adept at throwing – accurately and deep – when he’s forced to scramble outside of the pocket.

Riders defensive back Ed Gainey isn’t taking Jennings lightly.

“Anytime you’ve got a quarterback that can create space and get out of the pocket and hold that ball a little bit longer, it’s going to be a hard job on us to plaster on (to receivers),” said the five-year vet. “He has a nice arm and he trusts it.”

This year is the first season Gainey has been on a team that’s missed the playoffs.

Still, he said the birth of his son on Oct. 21 is pushing him to finish strong.

“Going back to see my son (on Oct. 23), that was definitely a boost for me. And I think that’s going to be the motivation factor these last two games,” he said.

The Roughriders and the Lions will wrap up the regular season in their rematch Nov. 5 in Vancouver.