Help is on the way for people erroneously flagged as security threats on the “no-fly list,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Wednesday.
The minister said he hopes to have a new system for individuals who have names similar to those of genuine terror threats in place later this month — and up and running in time for the holiday travel season.
“It wasn’t just an inconvenience. It was very traumatic for those families, and I think it’s concerning to the kids,” Blair said in an interview with CBC News.
“It was the right thing to do, and we’ve been working through it.”
Canada’s no-fly list — formally known as the Passenger Protection Program or the Secure Air Travel Act — dates back to 2007 and is meant to stop potential security threats from boarding commercial planes.
The old system was built on names rather than unique identifiers, such as dates of birth or passport numbers. As a result, some Canadians — including young children — have been mistakenly flagged by the system because their names match, or are similar to, the names of real security threats.
For years, the families affected by the system and the advocacy organization they formed to respond to it, the No-Fly List Kids, have lobbied the government to fix the problem — arguing the experience of being barred from boarding a commercial aircraft is traumatizing.
The final provisions of the Secure Air Travel Regulations came into effect on Wednesday, transferring the responsibility for screening travellers against the list away from air carriers and to the federal government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the regulations in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
In the coming days, certain travellers will be able to apply for a “Canadian Travel Number” – a unique number they can use when they book air travel to distinguish them from those on the list, says a media release from Blair’s office.
Application launching within 2 weeks
The release said the application is scheduled to launch online within two weeks and will allow travellers to apply before air carriers start to transfer to the new centralized screening system beginning in late November.
When asked why it’s taken so long to fix the issue, the minister said it took both legislative and regulatory changes to get to today.
“It was also necessary to develop and test and implement some pretty complex IT systems,” Blair said.
Public Safety said new regulations will also allow the government to screen travellers against the list before they arrive at the airport for their flight — up to 72 hours before takeoff — to prevent delays at check-in.
“It will be a central database managed by the government rather than data that’s handed over to the airlines,” Blair said.
“That really does, in my opinion, improve its utility in maintaining a secure and safe environment on the airlines. We’re able to make more information available in that.”
St Kilda fans have been left up in arms after the AFL’s official score review system failed to hand the underdogs a goal on the verge of half-time against the reigning premiers.
With Richmond taking control of the contest after a number of fine first-half goals, it was a shot on goal from Saint Jack Sinclair that was forced to go to the ARC after the goal umpire was unsure of whether Tigers defender Nick Vlastuin had touched the ball.
With the umpire’s call being a touched behind, an unclear picture meant the reviewer was unable to change the decision, leaving a point to the Saints.
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Saint’s perfect timing
A number of former players were frustrated with the call, with many believing there was a clear gap between Vlastuin’s fist and the ball.
In even more remarkable circumstances, the defender appeared to not remonstrate with the umpire to indicate he touched it – until the ball came back into play and then was taken through the behinds.
It was a decision that stunned five-time premiership Hawk Dermott Brereton.
“When we saw the split-screen so they run concurrently … when you see distance between the fist from one angle and you see it from the other side, you know that that‘s the only point of contact that could happen. That kind of looks conclusive to me,” he told Fox Footy.
Herald Sun journalist Jon Ralph added: “That‘s what the AFL ARC System is there for – for multiple angles, which you can cross-reference and correlate. I think we get silly if we start doing ’snicko’ for these kind of incidents, but again, it is the best person in the ARC and they’ve been working through it all year. I think they probably should have made that decision, but I’m sure the AFL will say it was not conclusive.”
Triple premiership Lion Alastair Lynch believed Vlastuin’s actions told the full story.
“Probably the biggest giveaway was Nick Vlastuin. He knew. It‘s like when you snick one to second slip and you still wait for the umpire’s decision. He knew he was gone,” he said.
“That last ‘touch’ wasn’t touched,” Eddie McGuire added on Fox Footy.
”We were in a pretty good angle from where we were and it clearly looked like it went through for a goal.”
Former St Kilda player Jason Gram questioned how that could be missed, suggesting he would happily go into the AFL’s bunker.
While former Blue and Giant Dylan Buckley declared the decision was “weak”.
SF: Rich vs StK: Live Looked like a pretty big gap between hand and ball to me… unlucky for the Saints#AFLTigersSaints
“No back-up. Nobody standing up for me. People got sick of hearing the excuse that I’d been abused.”
St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis issued a statement on Sunday in response to the ABC piece.
“Reading about the impact of racism on Robert Muir’s life in today’s ABC article will no doubt be confronting for everyone involved in football, as it was for me personally,” Finnis said.
“We admire Robert’s courage to speak out about the racism he has endured and lack of support provided by our club when he needed it most. We apologise unreservedly to Robert and his family and are humbled that he continues to love our club.
“Today we celebrate the contribution Indigenous players have made to our game as part of the Sir Doug Nicholls Round. However, we must face the reality that the St Kilda Football Club has made grave errors in the past and may still be failing to grasp the full impact of the hurt felt by individuals, their families and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
Muir, 66, was dubbed “Mad Dog” during a career that was dotted with suspensions as he reacted violently in the face of racism from players, officials and fans.
He told the ABC that he hated the nickname and didn’t want to be known by it. Muir also spoke of a difficult upbringing in which he suffered violence at the hands of his father.
“We are committed to reconciliation and justice, and must ensure that this commitment is not just about celebration of culture, and initiatives to support past and current players and junior footballers. We must also acknowledge our mistakes, and take action to repair harm and ensure mistakes are never repeated,” Finnis added.
“We will reach out to Robert to apologise personally, to provide the necessary support now and in the future, and to ensure he feels the respect and sense of belonging he deserves as one of the St Kilda Football Club’s pioneering Indigenous footballers.
“We have much to learn from Robert’s story and are committed to rebuilding his relationship with St Kilda and our game at his pace.”
The AFL echoed the Saints’ sentiments with a statement of its own on Sunday.
“The AFL join with St Kilda Football Club in apologising for the disgraceful racism and disrespect Robert Muir endured during his playing years in our game and thank him for his courage in speaking out today.
“Unfortunately there are too many stories like this in our code and country’s history. We would like Robert to know we acknowledge his story, and, along with the St Kilda Football Club, will be making contact to understand further how we can respond, in accordance with Robert’s wishes.
“We will be there to assist with a process of recovery and reconciliation and we also understand that there will be similar stories from our game’s past that we need to address.”
Carlton was awarded a free kick downfield when Andrew Brayshaw was ruled to have made late contact on Sam Docherty in the dying seconds. Docherty’s kick went out on the full inside forward 50 and the Blues were gifted one final roll of the dice.
The free kick should have gone to the player who was closest to the Sherrin when it landed out of bounds. That man was Gibbons but instead, Newnes worked his way towards the umpire and snagged himself the kick.
The Herald Sun reports the league will today acknowledge the umpire made the wrong call.
Speaking on the Sunday Footy Show, former Richmond and Western Bulldogs star Nathan Brown said Newnes showed plenty of smarts to con the umpire into giving him the ball, because he doubts Gibbons would have been successful with his attempt.
“I think he (the umpire) is speaking to Newnes there, and maybe he thinks Jack Newnes is the closest,” Brown said.
“Jack Newnes did a great job to get this free kick.
“I don’t think Gibbons would have made the distance.”
Journalist Damian Barrett added: “Clearly, as Browny pointed out, Michael Gibbons should have been taking the kick and not Jack Newnes.”
Adding to the drama, some footy commentators believe Newnes took his kick from the wrong spot. Channel 7’s Brian Taylor claims he should have been kicking from further out from goal.
“Where did it go out of bounds? This is something that no one has talked about so far,” Taylor said yesterday.
“The boundary umpire … look at that, indicates 49m out (from goal). The field umpire, after all of the confusion, says it’s 40m out because he got lost about where the boundary umpire said the mark was.
“This means that Newnes has to go from kicking a potential 55m kick to a 45m kick. It is the difference between him getting the distance, and not getting the distance and changes the skill of the kick as well.
South Australian MP Troy Bell will face trial for allegedly misappropriating $2 million of public funds after a failed bid to halt his prosecution, despite the judge finding “mistakes and errors” had been made during the anti-corruption investigation.
Troy Bell will face trial over accusations he misappropriated public funds
A judge ruled SA’s ICAC exceeded its powers but not to the extent that a trial should be halted
Mr Bell’s lawyer flagged a possible appeal of the judge’s decision
District Court Judge Liesl Chapman today refused to put the proceedings on hold indefinitely.
But she did find the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) exceeded its powers by continuing to investigate Mr Bell after he had been charged.
“There were certainly mistakes and errors which were unhelpful.
“The conduct of the ICAC is not such that allowing the prosecution of Mr Bell to proceed would bring the administration of justice into disrepute.”
Marie Shaw QC, for Mr Bell, flagged a possible appeal of Judge Chapman’s decision.
On the eve of his 50-day trial, the independent Member for Mount Gambier applied to Judge Chapman for his criminal prosecution to be put on hold indefinitely because he could not receive a fair trial.
His lawyers submitted that the ICAC illegally continued to investigate the politician after the matter was referred to the DPP in May 2017.
Ms Shaw previously told the court that the ICAC had “interfered with the administration of justice” by working “arm in arm” with the DPP to prosecute her client.
Mr Bell has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of theft and six counts of dishonesty, and stands accused of misappropriating $2 million of education funding between 2009 and 2013 before he was elected as an MP.
Yet another weekend, an additional horrible oversight from the bunker.
You are heading to get erroneous calls in matches, but it was a disgraceful simply call on the weekend in the Sharks-Dragons match — and I nevertheless really don’t fully grasp how they acquired it mistaken.
We imagined it was a check out 1st up in the commentary placement at Kogarah, but the 1st perspective we experienced of the replay, we realised Matt Dufty obtained his hand to the ball and it should have been a line drop out.
When the referee gave the test, we have been all gobsmacked.
Then the messages commenced piling in to us on ABC Grandstand expressing the similar thing.
We’re hunting at a little screen in our box at Kogarah, the photograph isn’t fantastic, we have to squint at it for the reason that it really is so small — and we nonetheless received the connect with right.
The bunker referees sit in a area with 3 huge screens with all the angles, a high-definition photo and their full career is to see whose hand gets to the ball first. How do you things that up?
I can understand that there are some conclusions that you are not able to rule on so you have to go with the on-field choice, but that was just a plain, outright insane mistake — and every person seeing the match agrees.
I’m not stating the Dragons would have gained had the consider not been supplied, but if that try does not get awarded, it could have been a distinct ball game — and I’m indicating this as a Sharks supporter.
The Dragons players will now be wondering that they ought to have place on their own in superior positions to even now gain the match.
But at the finish of the day, the Dragons had been nevertheless compelled to hunt for 4 points that they shouldn’t have had to chase.
Bunker faults beginning to mount
I know that everyone tends to make problems, but we seem to be acquiring it all the time at the minute, each week anything leaves us thinking, “How is that doable?”.
The bunker said it was an tried offload by Taupau, but there have been obviously two persons in the deal with, and it should have been judged a strip.
Blake ran 90 metres and scored for a try out and Manly, really rightly, blew up about it. It failed to price tag them the video game in the conclusion, but it was another lousy conclusion.
On both equally instances, the gamers ended up not allowed to problem it, but even if they experienced, it’s only heading to be sent to the exact very same persons that built the decision in the very first place — and they are likely to stick with their get in touch with due to the fact they never want to appear silly.
I do not know what the remedy is — possibly you can find even distinctive engineering that can be employed, but it frustrates me and I know that it frustrates admirers too.
It might be the situation that they require some additional ex-footballers in there, or even just far more men and women watching.
I fully grasp it will take time if they are all heading to have a debate about each choice, but if there are three folks in there, at the very least bulk procedures in all those limited selections.
The bunker should really be receiving the conclusion suitable 99 times out of 100.
You might be likely to get mistaken calls in matches, but technologies is meant to do away with the really lousy ones and that is not going on at the second.
You you should not have self-confidence that when the referees go to the bunker, they’re going to get the determination correct.
The referees are pretty much much better off not likely to the movie mainly because, at the minute, it can be a coin toss.
Brilliant Bulldogs supply wet-climate masterclass
I thought each and every game coming into this weekend — with the exception of the Canberra-Souths game — would be a blowout, but all the groups genuinely stepped up.
The Bulldogs, in particular, shipped a ideal recreation of damp-temperature football, specifically in the 1st 40 minutes.
They were amazing at coming out of their have stop, satisfied to function to a certain point on the industry, at which issue Lachlan Lewis and Kieran Foran’s kicking video game took more than.
Every time the Knights put the pressure on, Lewis would appear up with a ridiculously extended kick to get the ball down the other end, change the Knights around and wait around for them to make a miscalculation.
The most impressive thing was their completion fee, which was ridiculously higher for a soaked climate recreation — and it wasn’t just sprinkling, it was pouring down in Newcastle for the complete game.
In the very first 50 %, the Bulldogs completed 20 sets out of 22. Some teams do not even entire at that rate on bone dry times, so they were being genuinely fantastic, inspite of letting issues slip a bit towards the stop.
The Bulldogs ended up pleased to just go as a result of their system, the ahead pack just ran tricky and immediate and Foran, who led the aspect brilliantly, kicked down that remaining edge.
They place collectively five or six similar sets coming out of their own stop of the area at 1 level, it was stunning to enjoy.
Aiden Tolman was really superior also, taking part in 80 minutes all over the middle, functioning for 201 metres and generating 48 tackles, all on hefty ground. It was just great damp-temperature football.
If it rained every weekend and the Bulldogs performed like that, they would be really difficult to conquer.
Enjoy out for the Gold Coastline Titans
Gold Coast have certainly taken a few of steps in the suitable direction this year.
On Sunday they competed really tough and came up just small against a authentic high quality facet in Penrith. They had their possibilities in the sport also, but just failed to choose them.
Penrith did not perform their ideal, but that is for the reason that Gold Coastline did not let them.
They’ve also received large Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Herman Ese’ese to appear next year into that pack, which could be just one of the greatest in the competition up coming yr.
You have obtained to give Justin Holbrook a little bit of a wrap for that.
He is taken on a aspect that has been down on self-assurance, finding crushed week in 7 days out, but he is created some tricky phone calls, bringing people today in and out the aspect and now he is setting up the workforce that he needs to get there.
With those gamers coming in, the players that are there at the minute will genuinely want to put their very best foot forward, simply because they will want to be component of one thing particular.
Signings like Fifita should support with recruitment also.
As a participant, you could possibly search up there now and imagine, “Which is a good ahead pack, I could go up there and we could do some thing special”.
You can find no much better feeling than going to a club and acquiring a little bit of a hand in winning their first premiership, so some that may sway some players in producing a go north.
As well as, if you happen to be looking at the way of living and having the prospect to do a thing that you appreciate in actively playing NRL football, that’s most likely the ideal area in the planet to go.
This afternoon, the AFL conceded there were multiple cases of “missed or unwarranted free kicks” during last night’s match at Adelaide.
“I actually do feel a little bit for the umpires at the moment with the holding-the-ball issue,” former Crows captain Walker said.
“It’s been raised in the industry and now I feel it’s making it tougher and tougher for our umpires to adjudicate the game.”
Walker said players were now accepting being second to the ball rather than trying to win it, because of the way holding the ball is being adjudicated.
“You can clearly see that blokes are now thinking twice about, ‘Do I get the ball and then get tackled or do I let someone else get it and I’ll tackle them?'” he said.
Earlier this season, the AFL sent a memo to clubs emphasising the specifics of the holding-the-ball rule.
The memo read: “Where a player is in possession of the football and has not had prior opportunity, a field umpire shall award a free kick if the player is able to, but does not, make a genuine attempt to correctly dispose of the football when legally tackled.”
AFL football operations general manager Steve Hocking said errors had been made during the Crows-Saints clash.
“We acknowledge there were decisions in [Monday] night’s game that were either missed or unwarranted free kicks and we will continue to work towards ensuring stronger consistency in decision making, particularly with regards to holding-the-ball decisions,” he said.
The “monkeygate” Test in January 2008 remains one of Australia’s most memorable victories this century, and not necessarily for all the right reasons.
Michael Clarke’s three wickets late on day five have been embedded in Australian sporting folklore, but a series of bitter spats during the match resulted in the Indian squad threatening to return home halfway through the tour.
Legendary cricket umpire Steve Bucknor was right in the thick of it at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and has conceded a pair of errors he made “might have cost India” a precious Test victory against Australia on foreign soil.
Those two critical mistakes undeniably helped the Australians attain their 16th consecutive Test victory, which equalled the all-time record.
On day one, Australia was reeling at 6/134 in Sydney, with all-rounders Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg at the crease.
After reaching 30, Symonds edged a delivery from paceman Ishant Sharma through to the wicketkeeper — but the Queenslander was granted a life, with Bucknor unmoved at the non-striker’s end.
Symonds went on to reach 162 not out — his second Test century and highest score in international cricket — and Australia posted a commanding 463 for their first innings total.
Bucknor made another error on day five — with his side needing 333 runs to win, Indian great Rahul Dravid was given out caught behind, when in actuality the ball had scrapped his front pad on the way through to the wicketkeeper.
There was no DRS available at the time, so Dravid made his way back to the pavilion, and the rest is history.
Speaking to Mid-Day, Bucknor admitted the errors still haunt him to this day.
“I made two mistakes in the Sydney Test in 2008. Mistake one, which happened when India were doing well, allowed an Australian batsman to get a hundred. Mistake two, on day five, might have cost India the game,” Bucknor said.
“But still, they are two mistakes over five days. Was I the first umpire to make two mistakes in a Test? Still, those two mistakes seem to have haunted me.
“You need to know why mistakes are made. You don’t want to make similar mistakes again.
“I am not giving excuses but there are times when the wind is blowing down the pitch and the sound travels with the wind. The commentators hear the nick from the stump mic but the umpires may not be sure. These are things spectators won’t know.”
Before his retirement in 2009, Bucknor umpired 128 Test matches, which was a record before Aleem Dar passed the milestone in December 2019. The Jamaican also umpired five consecutive World Cup finals between 1992 and 2007.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains names, images and descriptions of people who have died.
Lawyers for a vulnerable Aboriginal man who was jailed for weeks in a court bungle and slapped with a fine for sleeping on a park bench during the coronvirus state of emergency say the case reeks of “unfairness and injustice”.
Dwayne Kennedy was told he did not need to appear in court on April 2 but a warrant was issued for his arrest
He was held in custody for two weeks and was twice denied bail before he was released following an emergency hearing in the Supreme Court
His lawyer says the stressful ordeal came after Mr Kennedy’s own sister died in custody in January
“I was very angry and outraged that this happened to my client,” criminal lawyer Tessa Theocharous said.
“Police came upon him and they actually issued him with a fine for being outside his house, despite him having homelessness issues.”
“It seems the police were acting with maximum prejudice against him.”
Yorta Yorta and Mutti Mutti man Dwayne Kennedy is facing numerous charges of shop theft, allegedly for stealing perfume, vitamins and alcohol from various chemists and bottle shops around Melbourne.
Under coronavirus state of emergency restrictions and court practices to implement social distancing, Mr Kennedy was not required to show up for a court hearing on April 2 at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
However, when he did not show up for his hearing, prosecutors asked for a warrant for his arrest and the court granted it.
Police documents accessed by the ABC showed that the next day, police found Mr Kennedy “asleep on a bench” in Collingwood, where he allegedly told them he was “about to go home and he lived around the corner”.
Police arrested Mr Kennedy on a warrant and, the documents showed, also fined him with a $1,652 infringement “for unlawfully being outside his place of residence during the COVID-19 outbreak”.
“His lack of regard for remembering court dates, as well as flouting the current Health laws surrounding COVID-19, are deeply concerning to police,” the documents said.
‘Mystified’ judge releases Kennedy immediately
Mr Kennedy spent the next two weeks in a Melbourne prison on remand and was twice denied bail, before his lawyers sought an emergency hearing in the Supreme Court calling for his immediate release on Friday.
During the hearing, police prosecutor James Kibel admitted that the warrant for Mr Kennedy’s arrest on April 2 should never have been sought from the courts.
“I don’t appear in the Magistrates’ Court, but in the circumstances I do concede the warrant was issued in contrary to the practice direction,” Mr Kibel said.
In granting Mr Kennedy’s immediate release on bail, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye described the case as “a string of errors”.
“I’m rather mystified that it has come to this. It’s most unfortunate,” Justice Kaye said.
“I’ll refrain from being critical because it’s a very difficult time for all of us involved in the legal process.
“Errors are being made because of the pressure lawyers and practitioners are under at the moment.”
It is unclear if Mr Kennedy will still be charged with a COVID-19 infringement, as indicated in the police documents.
Victoria Police would not confirm the infringement.
However, a spokesperson said that since early April, Victoria Police had put in place a new policy “to proactively review every infringement that has been issued to determine whether it was appropriately issued or whether a warning would have been more appropriate”.
“We are still reviewing all of the fines issued to date, however, those that were not properly issued or do not pass the common sense approach will be withdrawn,” the spokesperson said.
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Family ‘reeling’ from sister’s death in custody
Ms Theocharous said the case was especially troubling due to Mr Kennedy’s status as a vulnerable Aboriginal man with an acquired brain injury.
“My client’s sister unnecessarily passed away in custody. He was then unfairly imprisoned for two weeks before the Supreme Court granted him bail,” Ms Theocharous said.
“The family is still reeling from the shock and grief about having a loved one unnecessarily pass away while in custody.
“The stress and anxiety around having another family member go into custody when they’ve had another family member just die in custody can’t be over explained. It’s caused a great deal of harm and upset.”