Oh, Canada. Our largely ignored neighbor to the north had a tough week to say the very least, with two terrorist attacks. I’ve got the details for you. There was also another incident involving someone scaling the fence at the White House this week. It makes me wonder why there isn’t just a higher fence or perhaps an electric fence, considering this is the second incident in a month.
After you read the stories, if you would like to discuss American security vs. Canadian security, it might be an interesting debate for the comments. Comment or tweet me @AmandaLauren.
Shootings in Canada
On Wednesday morning, Michael Joseph Hall, aka Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed Nathan Cirillo, an army reservationist, at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Cirillo was a single father to a six-year-old son. Reports say he was devoted to his job and passionate about rescuing dogs. It is currently unknown why Bibeau targeted Cirillo specifically.
After killing Cirillo, Bibeau, who was being followed by armed police, stormed into a parliament building and fired shots. He was ultimately shot and killed by Kevin Vickers, who is a sergeant-at-arms in Canada's House of Commons and a retired Royal Canadian Mountie. While there were two separate incidents, it was believed that Bibeau acted alone.
Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, who was in the building at the time of the shooting, made a speech the following day where he said:
But let there be no misunderstanding: we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.
So, why the hate? Bibeau was a convert to Islam and a petty criminal, who was previously convicted for drugs and robbery. He was recently designated as a “high-risk traveler” by the government and had his passport seized. On October 8th, the Canadian Police announced they were investigating three national security cases that were linked to terrorism that involved 90 individuals, but no one has come forward to say Bibeau was involved. Still, that might explain his disdain for the government.
The shooter’s mother, who is a senior Canadian immigration official, made a statement to the media apologizing for her son’s actions.
[I] apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos [my son] created. We have no explanation to offer. No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them.
It should also be noted that on Monday, there was a hit-and-run car crash that injured two people, including a solider, at a strip mall in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Martin Rouleau-Couture was identified as the person driving the car. He was shot and killed by police on the scene. Rouleau was a jihadist and the event was declared a terrorist attack. As a result, Harper raised the terrorism alert level. Reports say this might have provoked Bibeau.
18 Years of Academic Fraud At UNC
UNC is known for its excellent athletic and strong academic programs, but all of that is about to change. Back in November 2009, there were rumors swirling around that counselors boosted the grades of football players so they could stay on the team. Well, all of that came to a head when an investigation found that for approximately 18 years, 3,000 students -- 47% of which were athletes (more than half of which were football players) -- received As and Bs for taking non-existent classes in the African-American Studies department. The administrator of that department, Deborah Crowder, who retired in 2009, orchestrated the scheme, where she had counselors “steer” students into taking non-existent classes. The report said,
Those counselors saw these paper classes as 'GPA boosters' and steered players into them largely in order to help them maintain their GPAs and their eligibility under the NCAA and Chapel Hill eligibility rules. At least two of those counselors went so far as to suggest what grades Crowder should award to their players who were taking her paper classes.
After Crowder retired, the coaches knew there would be a huge problem because athletes would be upheld to the same academic standards as all other students. At that point, a meeting between academic counselors and football staff took place where a PowerPoint presentation was given. One slide read:
"What was part of the solution in the past?
* We put them in classes that met degree requirements in which
-- They didn't go to class
-- They didn't take notes, have to stay awake
-- They didn't have to meet with professors
-- They didn't have to pay attention or necessarily engage with the material
* AFAM/AFRI SEMINAR COURSES
-- 20-25 page papers on course topics
-- THESE NO LONGER EXIST!"
As you can probably guess, the coaches are denying any responsibility for what happened. At least nine employees so far have been fired or are under disciplinary review. UNC and the NCAA are currently reviewing the independent investigation.
Another White House Intruder
You read that correctly, there has been another huge security breach at the White House. If you haven’t been keeping up, this is the second time in about a month this has happened. On Wednesday evening, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, who was unarmed, scaled the north fence at the White House. Guard dogs intercepted the man before he could make it across the lawn. According to reports, Adesanya tried to fight off the dogs, named Jordan and Hurricane, kicking and punching them. But don’t worry, they were taken to the vet immediately after the attack and have been cleared to return to work. No word if they got treats for a job well done.
Aesanya has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer (for attacking the dogs), four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, and as well as one count of making threats. He had been previously arrested at the White House in July, for unlawful entry, which is only a misdemeanor.
Dominic’s father, Victor Adesanya, told a CNN affiliate his son is a paranoid schizophrenic who refuses to take medication.
• Melissa Rivers is suing the medical facility where her mother Joan Rivers died because no one will give her a clear story on what exactly happened during the procedure that killed her. Rivers tried to obtain this information without suing, but was denied, so her only option is to file a lawsuit.
• Former New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice will be serving her prison sentence starting on or before January 5th, at a minimum-security camp in Danbury, Connecticut aka the “Orange Is The New Black Prison.”
• NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola working in Liberia, has been declared free of the virus.