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Islamic State worse than Nazis? PM Tony Abbott angers Jewish Australians

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CANBERRA, Australia – Australia’s prime minister angered some Jewish leaders on Thursday by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II.

It is the third time this year that gaffe-prone Prime Minister Tony Abbott has riled Jewish Australians with Nazi analogies.

Abbott used an interview with Sydney Radio 2GB on Thursday to credit Nazis with a sense of shame for atrocities they committed.

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“The Nazis did terrible evil, but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it,” Abbott said. “These people boast about their evil, this is the extraordinary thing,” Abbot said of Islamic State fighters.

“They act in the way that medieval barbarians acted, only they broadcast it to the world with an effrontery which is hard to credit,” he added.

However, Executive Council of Australian Jewry President Robert Goot said there was a “fundamental difference between organized acts of terrorism and a genocide systematically implemented by a state as essential policy.”

He said while there is no question that Islamic State is “profoundly evil,” Aboott’s comments suggesting that it is in some respects worse than the Nazis were “injudicious and unfortunate,” Goot told reporters.

Those responsible for state-sponsored genocide were high government officials who operated in secret “not out of any sense of shame, but to avoid being held criminally responsible,” Goot added.

Abbott later said he wasn’t in the business of ranking evil, but stood by his comments.

“I do make this point, that unlike previous evil-doers, whether we’re talking about Stalin, Hitler or whoever, that tried to cover up their evil, this wretched death cult boasts about it,” Abbott told reporters.

Abbott’s Cabinet is expected to agree next week to a U.S. request to extend air strikes against Islamic State targets beyond Iraq into Syria.

Abbott apologized in March for comparing the opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten to German World War II-era propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. He had described Shorten in Parliament as “the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy.”

In February, Abbott apologized to Parliament for describing a 10 per cent reduction in defence industry jobs under a former Labor government as a “holocaust of jobs.”

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‘Discriminatory and unconstitutional’: religious groups react to Saint-Lambert zoning decision

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WATCH ABOVE: Religious groups are speaking out after a zoning law change that states only nine sites in Saint-Lambert can be used for places of worship. As Global’s Kelly Greig reports, eight of them are already taken by Christian churches.

SAINT-LAMBERT— Author Mark Twain once said that in Montreal, you can’t throw a stone without breaking a church window.

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While that might be true on the island, in the South Shore city of Saint-Lambert, that saying doesn’t exactly apply.

The city is proposing a zoning change making it illegal to have a place of worship outside very specific zones.

The number of zones would be reduced from 19 to nine.

Eight of the spots are already occupied by Christian churches.

“I hope it is not a phobia issue because, why? Do you have many issues of people coming to ask for cultural centres?” asked Samer Mazjoud, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum.

“To the best of my knowledge, none of the other cultures went to the city and applied for anything.”

He said the issue was brought to his attention last week and he’s already heard complaints from the Muslim community.

“Why should they be deprived? Because we don’t like their culture? This is something very discriminatory. It could very well be unconstitutional too.”

“There’s a possibility that some residents will go the legal side and challenge this in court,” he said.

That claim holds water with Steven Slimovitch, a lawyer and B’Nai Brith’s National Legal Counsel.

“We were quite surprised. We’ve always felt the courts have been clear,” he said.

“It would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to ban religious buildings if you will at large and that’s ostensibly what the city is trying to do.”

The Mayor of St-Lambert was unavailable for an interview Thursday.

He did state previously that the bill was not intended to target any religious communities, but was to protect business areas.

The proposal would also change the definition of a community centre to exclude religious activities.

Even though the bill was passed in city council with a vote of six to one, it’s still not set in stone.

There’s a public hearing next Wednesday to discuss the decision and it could be overruled.

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Blood Tribe man says drugs, alcohol addictions can be beat

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WATCH ABOVE: Emery Three Persons has been in a fight with drugs and alcohol for over thirty years. But at the age of 47 he’s finally clean and has reopened his business Cyclone Towing.

At the age of 47, Emery Three Persons is proving it’s never too late to start over. This week marked the official grand reopening of his business, Cyclone Towing.  Not too long ago, it seemed like an impossible proposition.

“I was the baddest and the worst guy around,” said Three Persons.

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He doesn’t shy away from who he was.  He’s battled substance abuse since the age of fifteen.

“I ran into the drugs and the boozing just seemed to take over,” he said.

Using everything from marijuana, to excessive amounts of alcohol, to cocaine – the addiction almost ended in tragedy.

“I was suicidal because… I tried, I was so tired of life,” said Three Persons. “I took a whole lot of medication, I thought it was going to do me in.”

But, Three Persons survived and eventually the law caught up with him.  He had his license suspended multiple times, lost his business and was sentenced to nine months in prison. It was during that time he discovered faith and realized what’s important.

“I need to put (the drugs) aside. I got children and that was one of the main things I needed to put it aside for. It was actually my kids that saved me.”

Even with the support of family, recovery was difficult.  But, in January, Emery finally got his business back, and can now say he’s been clean for over a year.

“It’s awesome! I’m so happy, and really blessed that things are going good,” said Three Persons. “There’s nothing I’d rather do then keep building this company.”

As Blood Tribe officials continue to fight the rise of Fentanyl, Emery Three Persons is living proof drugs and alcohol can be beaten.

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5 US university soccer players suspended for game after blackface incident

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WATCH ABOVE: Five women from Whitworth University’s soccer team were suspended after attending a costume party as the Jackson 5 and wearing blackface makeup. Katie Chen reports.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Five members of the women’s soccer team at a private Christian university in Washington state were suspended for one match Wednesday after a social media post surfaced showing them dressed in blackface and afro wigs.

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Whitworth University, a liberal arts school in Spokane, said in a statement the players were suspended from the game following their actions at an unofficial team event Monday night. The players were attempting to appear as members of music group The Jackson 5 at an informal event at a local bowling alley, The Spokesman Review reported.

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“In light of the impact that these actions have had on Whitworth and the greater Spokane community, we feel it is in the best interest of all involved to take this action at this time,” head coach Jael Hagerott said in a statement Wednesday.

“While their intentions were not malicious, the outcome of their actions was painful for many in our community. We feel that this punitive response is proportional to their actions.”

His decision was supported by the university’s administration.

No further punishment will be taken by the university athletics department, but Whitworth’s normal student-conduct process is moving forward, KXLY-TV reported.

According to the Spokesman Review, athletic director Tim Demant and other university officials said Tuesday they met with all five players, whom they declined to name, and said the players said they were not aware of the racist implications of the use of blackface.

The university said in statement Tuesday that a photo of the players was posted on social media, and “constituents from both the campus and external communities have expressed concern with the photo’s content.”

“As a Christ-centered university that believes in the value of all individuals, we are seeking to use this situation as an opportunity to educate, redeem and restore,” Demant said in a statement Wednesday.

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Man charged with fraud for evading tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge

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WATCH: Surrey RCMP discovered one driver who used a little tape and a little deception to avoid paying tolls using a prop that may have been inspired by the movies. Julia Foy reports.

A Port Coquitlam man has been charged with two counts of fraud after he was spotted evading tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge.

It turns out the man was using a cable system inside the car to lift up the license plate to avoid the toll cameras.

The loop and cord inside vehicle used by driver to manipulate license plate.

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In December, 2014, an off-duty Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) member was following a car headed towards Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows across the Golden Ears Bridge from Surrey.

No license plate was visible on the vehicle and this caught the officer’s attention.

“Officers are always looking for uninsured vehicles,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “The officer was very surprised when he saw a valid BC license plate magically lift into place after they had passed the toll cameras.”

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The officer recorded the plate number and began making inquiries. Police were able to identify the owner of the car and the driver. When they saw the driver cross the bridge again, he was arrested for fraud.

Gregory Murray, 49, was charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000 on Aug. 6. Police have also seized the car, a 1993 Geo Metro and are applying to have the car forfeited to Crown.

“Thousands of people cross the bridge daily with the vast majority paying their tolls. This serves as a reminder to anyone actively trying to defeat the toll system that it is a criminal offence and that you could lose your vehicle and face charges,” says Schumann.

Anyone with more information about toll evasion is asked to contact the police force in their jurisdiction or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or 杭州夜生活solvecrime杭州丝足.

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