Court told Australian carpenter has $596 million in the bank

When an Australian man was pulled over by police, they clearly had no idea what can of worms they were opening.

Phillip Johnathan Harrison, a bricklayer and carpenter, was driving a high-end sports car when police pulled him over. Inside, they found 12 grams of ice (a methamphetamine), Viagra and ecstasy, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

But that wasn’t where the story got weird.

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The 29-year-old Gold Coast native told police that he was worth $12 billion and later told his lawyer the government had supplied him with the Audi sports car.

Public defender Nick Hanly said Harrison told him that he had netted the money over the past year but couldn’t say where it had come from.

“He said he wasn’t at liberty to say,” Hanly told the court at Harrison’s bail hearing. “At this point, I was considering getting mental health to come in.”

Harrison then allowed Hanly access to his bank accounts which showed a cash balance of $596 million (AUD) and a real estate portfolio of $1.56 billion, according to the Australian.

If it were true, Harrison would be one of the 50 richest people in Australia.

“I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes,” Hanly told the court.

Harrison was granted bail at the hearing, and afterwards, he refuted his lawyer’s claims over how much property he owned.

“My lawyer was delusional, I told him not to say it, duty solicitor not very good,” he said to ABC.

“I just have to have a bit of a think about what the hell’s gone on here. A lot of wrong has been done here, that’s for sure.”

“I didn’t lie about that. It’s $1.2 million in land, the rest in shares, ASX. I own the ASX 200, I’m in control of it,” Harrison said. The ASX 200 is an Australian stock exchange.

Harrison said he had no idea whether the bank totals were correct.

“It’s the banks that do all the adding up, I don’t really know,” he said.

Harrison denied that he made his money as a drug dealer but rather, he made it on stocks.

“How would I make billions in drugs without being caught? My investments, my ideas in cars, apps, trade, I sold them overseas, have been for years,” Harrison said.

Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament takes over Calgary’s Olympic Park

CALGARY- The Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Challenge is under way this Easter weekend. The paralympic sporting event is the largest tournament of its kind in western Canada.

The Calgary Sledge Hockey Association was formed four years ago to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to play the sport.

According to the organization, only three per cent of children with a disability are currently participating in sport.

President of the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association, Dominic Shaw, said the opportunity helps participants succeed down the road.

“It’s not just physical; it’s social. You’re going to make friends with similar disabilities.”

“We’ve seen a lot of younger players develop over the years,” Shaw said. “They go on to great jobs, great schools. They just gain that self confidence.”

WATCH: Global’s Brendan Parker tries sledge hockey

More than 180 players from across western Canada will take part at the weekend tournament at WinSport Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park.

All funds raised go directly to the organization to pay for ice time and equipment costs.

Click here to find out more about the programs.

Seventy-five exhibitors are also taking part in the Community and Recreation Expo, which runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Chase Martens’ body found after 5 days, no sign of foul play: Manitoba RCMP

AUSTIN, Man. —; The search for two-year-old Chase Martens has ended tragically.

“Earlier today a family, a community and a province’s worst nightmare became a reality,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

RELATED: Timeline of missing Manitoba boy Chase Martens

Martens was last seen Tuesday night in the front yard of his family’s home in Austin, Man. His body was found in a creek about half a kilometre south of the home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, five days later. RCMP say there’s no sign of foul play.

RCMP first announced on 桑拿会所 at 2:45 p.m. that Chase Martens’ body was found.

“This appears to be exactly what we thought it was, a tragedy,” Paquet said

On Saturday, RCMP announced that they found the body of Chase Martens, who went missing 5 days earlier.

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His body was found by a group of Winnipeg volunteers. Paquet thanked everyone who helped spread word of the search over social media and all of the volunteers who came out to help.

“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family.”

WATCH: Global’s Skyview-1 helicopter over the search on Wednesday and Thursday

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“There’s no obvious signs of foul play but we need to, we owe it to the family, to the province to exercise due diligence,” Paquet said.

RCMP, along with hundreds of volunteers, scoured fields, bushes and waterways around the home for days before his body was found. The mounties thanked the volunteers for all their help over the past week.

The autopsy is expected to be done Sunday.

WATCH: Parents of Chase Martens made an emotional plea Thursday

Police were also using drones to help with the search, and they had recently began focusing search efforts on nearby bodies of water.

RELATED: How police are using drones in the search for Chase Martens and other missing people

Austin is about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds came out to help search for two-year-old Chase Martens

Searchers walk in a line near where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Members of the canine unit out searching for missing two -year-old Chase Martens.

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The line of searchers scouring the area near Austin, Manitoba where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Vehicles lined up as searcher tried to find two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP canine unit searching Hwy. 1 near Hwy. 34 for two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP update media about the search for missing two-year-old Chase Martens in Austin, Manitoba on March 23.

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The command centre set up at the home where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Searchers use quads to help look for Chase Martens Friday afternoon near Austin, Man.

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Fogo about it: Trudeaus spend Easter Weekend at famous Newfoundland hotel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending his Easter weekend in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He and his family will be staying at the Fogo Island Inn, according to multiple reports.

A video on YouTube shows Trudeau carrying his youngest son while disembarking a plane at Gander International Airport (the closest major airport to the Fogo Island Inn), before boarding a smaller plane Friday afternoon.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and their other two children followed behind them.

The Prime Minister is taking “private appointments,” according to his itinerary on the Prime Minister’s Office website.

Trudeau wished Canadians a happy Easter in a statement issued Sunday, where he asks Canadians to think of others on the holiday.

“It is a sacred time for many, and an opportunity for us all to extend a helping hand to those in need, and to reflect on the notions of personal sacrifice and compassion that underlie the occasion.”

The Inn is located on Fogo Island, off the North coast of Newfoundland. The famous hotel has been featured in many articles from National Geographic, to the New York Times.

For an in-depth look at the inn, read The West Block’s 2014 interview with innkeeper Zita Cobb here.

GALLERY: Inside the Fogo Island Inn

One of the “Labrador” rooms at the Fogo Island Inn. All rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.

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One of several custom wallpapers that cover select walls throughout the Fogo Island Inn. Caribou were transported to the island several decades ago.

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The key fobs for guest rooms at the Fogo Island Inn are items found on the shores of the island including berries, birch bark, cod skulls, lures and thread spools. Each item was sent to Rotterdam for bronzing.

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Director of photography Kirk Neff films Tom Clark and Zita Cobb walking down a hallway at the Fogo Island Inn, which rests on the northern coast of Fogo Island, NL.

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A chalkboard in the lobby of Fogo Island Inn suggests some indoor and outdoor activities for guests. On this cold day in April, the indoor activities look nice.

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No. 54: Lovely ocean view at Fogo Island Inn in Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland.

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Caught on camera: Florida thieves get away in movie-esque car heist

Ten thieves, one car dealership and a hasty escape after simultaneously stealing several vehicles: sounds like the plot from the next (or any) car heist film.

Nope, it’s what happened in Tampa, Florida as car thieves broke into the Prespa car dealership, stealing eight vehicles and damaging 14 others in the process.

Tampa Police said the suspects were dropped off at the dealership by a minivan, which was stolen in Orlando prior to the heist.

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Police released security footage on their YouTube page showing two of the suspects breaking into the dealership’s main building, rummaging for a box containing keys belonging to cars parked in the lot and then joining up with the rest of the crew.

In the video, the suspects can be seen creeping through the car lot cautiously, crouching and keeping hidden as each of them choose which vehicle to take (a 2012 white Dodge Ram, 2005 BMW Model X3 – these thieves had options).

Once they had what they came for, the suspects in their stolen vehicles lined up at the exit gate waiting.

The minivan, which dropped them off, rammed the gate and the suspects fled speedily from the lot.

The suspects entered two additional vehicles during the heist but only drove them within the lot – one was left with the engine running and the other smashed into a building within the dealership.

Tampa police wrote on their YouTube page that the Dodge Ram was later recovered and the BMW was abandoned after it was involved in single-vehicle crash.

The police believe the suspects to be involved in a criminal group operating out of Orlando and warned Tampa residents that this vehicle heist might turn into a crime spree.

At least 65 killed in bomb blast targeted at Christians in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group has claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bombing in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 65 people.

Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the Associated Press that a suicide bomber with the faction deliberately targeted the Christian community.

The explosion took place near the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park – which was crowded with Christians celebrating Easter -local police chief Haider Ashraf said. He said the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.

The explosion killed 65 people and wounded over 300, said Deeba Shahnaz, a spokesman for Lahore rescue administration.

Punjab’s chief minister Shahbaz Sharif announced three days of mourning and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice, said Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government.

A Pakistani injured man from a bomb blast talks on his cell phone at a local hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March, 27, 2016.

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The park was manned by police and private security guards, police chief Haider Ashraf said. “We are in a warlike situation and there is always a general threat but no specific threat alert was received for this place,” he added.

Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, convened an emergency meeting of the country’s intelligence agencies to begin to track down those responsible for the attacks, said army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa.

WATCH: A bomb blast in a park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday has killed 60 people and wounded 300. A breakaway faction of the militant Taliban group in Pakistan has claimed responsibility.

Salman Rafiq, a health adviser to the Punjab government, called on people to donate blood, saying that many of those wounded were in a critical condition.

One witness, who wished to be identified only by his first name, Afzal, told AP that he had taken 20 children to hospital and carried 3 dead bodies to a police car. “I can’t explain to you the tragic situation,” he said.

Another witness, Tariq Mustapha, said that he had just left the park when he heard an explosion. He said his friend was still missing.

A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a local hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March, 27, 2016.

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Footage broadcast on local television stations showed chaotic scenes in the park, with people running while carrying children and cradling the wounded in their laps.

A witness, not identified by name on Pakistan’s Geo TV station, said he was heading toward a fairground ride with his wife and two children when he heard a huge bang and all four of them were thrown to the floor. A woman was shown crying while looking desperately for her missing five-year-old son.

A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said that the United States “condemns the attack in the strongest terms,” describing it as a “cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park.” Ned Price said the U.S. would continue to work with Pakistan and its partners to “root out the scourge of terrorism.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the attack, tweeting that it was a “deplorable” act and offering his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

Transcript Season 5 Episode 27

THE WEST BLOCK

Episode 27, Season 5

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Host: Tom Clark

Guests: Bill Morneau, Bruce Anderson, Romeo Dallaire

Plane Talk: Erin O’Toole

Location: Ottawa

Tom Clark: On this Sunday, the first Liberal budget is tabled and reaction has been pouring in. We have the results of the first poll. And we’ll speak with Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

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Then, as more Canadian troops head to Iraq, are they ready to encounter the thousands of children that ISIS has turned into soldiers? Retired General Romeo Dallaire is here on how to defuse that threat.

And, we take flight with Conservative MP Erin O’Toole for some ‘Plane Talk’ about his political ambitions and musical choices.

It is Sunday, March the 27th and from the nation’s capital, I’m Tom Clark. And you are in The West Block.

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Tom Clark: Well Canadians now have the first Liberal financial blueprint for the next year and beyond. The government has cut taxes for the middle class and forecasts a $29.4 billion dollar deficit. The goal: to stimulate the economy.

Well joining me now is Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Minister thanks very much for being here.

Bill Morneau: Tom, great to be here.

Tom Clark: On the question of the deficit, $29.4 billion dollars, the reason you put that forward is that it is going to stimulate spending, which is going to grow the economy. How do you know that?

Bill Morneau: Well, let me get to our reason. Our reason really is really about following through on the commitments we made to Canadians. We told them two things. We said we’re going to improve the life of you and your family. We’re going to help the middle class. And we’re going to invest to grow the economy. I think your question is really about the future generations creating economy.

Tom Clark: Well it’s saying though, that the premise that you put forward to Canadians is that stimulus spending is going to grow the economy. And my question is, how do you know that?

Bill Morneau: Well, what we’re really saying is that the time is right to make investments. We’ve got the lowest interest rates in history. We’ve got the best debt versus our Gross National Product (GNP) in the G7 countries. And we’re facing a low-growth environment. I mean we’ve been growing at a slow pace for the last decade and we’ve got demographic change. So making the investments to improve our future rate of growth, to help us to get to a more innovative economy, to improve our infrastructure, those things are going to make our economy more productive. Our plan is really about changing our growth trajectory over the future generations so people have more jobs.

Tom Clark: But I think that’s the point I’m getting to, how do you know that for a fact that that type of spending is actually going to grow the economy? What did you look at to say, ‘Ah there, it worked over there; I’m going to do it here.’

Bill Morneau: Well, let me break down what we’re doing. So $11.5 billion dollars in new measures this year, so those $11.5 billion dollars worth of new measures actually create jobs. So we’ve calculated about 43,000 new jobs. In next year, 2017-18, it’s about $14.5 billion dollars of new measures. We calculate about a cumulative impact of about 100,000 new jobs. So we do know those things, you can’t say with precision it’s 43,000 exactly, 42,999 or 43,001. But the point is they definitely improve a job situation right now. And what they do is they prepare us for the future. And some of the measures that we’re talking about are things like making investments in universities, so better research facilities, labs, incubators, things that will help us to grow the economy over the long term. So we are making investments for the next generation of Canadians, and that’s just doing what we know is the right thing to do at this time.

Tom Clark: Let me ask the question another way then. What metrics should Canadians be looking for? What number should they be looking for to prove that this is working?

Bill Morneau: Well, I think what Canadians are going to want to see is that we have an ability to impact their lives today, so they’ll want to see a marked improvement in their life.

Tom Clark: And what does that mean exactly?

Bill Morneau: Well, in case of middle class Canadians what’ll it mean? Nine million middle class Canadians got a tax reduction on January 1st, so they’ll see that as a benefit. They’re going to put that money back into the economy. They’re going to see—

Tom Clark: But how does that show up as a metric? I’m sorry to interrupt, but how does that show up as something, a number that people can look at to say, ‘Aha, Morneau was right, this is improving the economy?’

Bill Morneau: Well, to that point, they’re going to want to know that they’re seeing more growth next year and the year after and the year after. So we actually in our projection—

Tom Clark: So GDP growth is what you’re talking about.

Bill Morneau: GDP growth, yeah.

Tom Clark: Yeah.

Bill Morneau: So what we put in our projections, we use the private sector economists’ growth projections and we took a factor of prudence because the private sector economists over the last few years have been more optimistic than it’s turned out, so we were prudent. I think to the extent we’re successful, we will see growth paces that are at the level that we projected or better, and that’ll be an important metric for me, for Canadians. Of course, not everything is within our control because of the global economy. What is in our control is what we can do for Canadians right away, so those tax reductions I talked about. What we’ve done with the child care benefits for Canadians, that they’ll see that right away, so we’ve re-looked at our child care benefits so that rather than giving child care benefits to millionaires, we are now focusing our efforts so that 9 out of 10 families with children will get about $2,300 dollars more per year. They’ll see that in their cheques starting in July.

Tom Clark: Time is running away with me and I’ve only got 20 seconds left. But let me ask you this question: Nowhere in the budget did it point to when you are going to come back into balance, which is I presume something that you want to do. So let me ask you, what date are you going to be back in balance?

Bill Morneau: Well, what we’ve done in our budget is we’ve said we’re going to make these investments. They’re going to help us to grow the economy. We’ve framed out for people what different growth rates look like. So in our estimation, with the measures that we’ve taken and with a more robust economy, we’ll get to a balanced budget in about five years. Our priority though, is to make the investments today, to improve people’s lives and improve the next generation of Canadians.

Tom Clark: Minister Morneau, thanks very much for coming into today. I appreciate your time.

Bill Morneau: Thanks Tom, great to be here.

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Tom Clark: So, just how is this budget being perceived outside of the precincts of Parliament Hill? Joining me now Bruce Anderson of Abacus Data. Bruce thanks very much. I want to go to one slide because you polled public opinion right after the budget and I want to start with a word cloud. You asked everybody what word do you associate with. And I mean, there it is, you can see the biggest word out there, ‘deficit.’ So let’s go right to the heart of it. What did you find about what Canadians felt about the $29 billion dollar deficit this year?

Bruce Anderson: Well that word cloud is a really good indication of just what the debate has been in the weeks leading up to this budget, Tom. Everybody was talking about will Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Morneau be able to contain themselves to that $10 billion dollar deficit that they promised and if they don’t, how will Canadians react? So it wasn’t a surprise for me that the deficit was a number that popped out when people were first talking about what they heard about it. What was really interesting though is that of the people who said the deficit was the one word that came to mind, a majority of them actually said that it was an acceptable budget. And that’s really the essential story about this budget, is that people are a little bit taken aback at the size of the fiscal imbalance. But they generally think that this is a decision that’s going in the right direction.

Tom Clark: And I mean it seems a bit contradictory because in that question, most Canadians said they’d prefer that the deficit wasn’t that big, but then went on to say it’s okay.

Bruce Anderson: Yeah, I think we have those numbers. Why don’t we just put them up on the screen if we can? Where we get 67 per cent who say, “I wish the government had spent less of my money.” That’s a pretty broad cross-section of Canadians and obviously includes a lot of Liberal voters in there. But at the same time, 71 per cent could agree with a different statement, which is “I’d rather not have such a large deficit, but it’s probably the right choice for now.” And I think that really is an indication that the Liberals, through the campaign and in the period thereafter, have been able to persuade people that the combination of the priorities that they want to spend money on and the condition of the economy warrants this kind of imbalance.

Tom Clark: You’re talking about political goodwill propelling this budget along. When you asked people about their overall impression of everything that was in the budget, what did you find?

Bruce Anderson: Well we found that there’s a reasonable number of people said that it was a good budget. Not many people who said it that it was a bad budget. The bulk of opinion is it’s an acceptable budget under the circumstances. And by many standards, historically, that’s a pretty good passing grade for a government. But I think it reflects the fact that there’s a qualified endorsement of the direction that the government’s going in. People think that this is a different kind of budget from that which they gotten from previous governments. On the whole, there’s a tendency to think it’s better. That it puts a focus on priorities that voters agree with. And most of the policy initiatives of the government these days, of either government that we’ve seen in the last few years, reaction tends to fall along partisan lines. And so we look really closely at well how do Conservatives feel about this budget? Are they dead set against it? And all of our analysis so far shows about 40 per cent of Conservative voters are more or less willing to go along with this budget.

Tom Clark: So it’s not predictable in terms of approval or rejection on the basis of party lines then. You’re saying it crosses both.

Bruce Anderson: It’s not black and white. Conservative partisans in the House of Commons are going to have to be cognizant of the fact that while they might want to rail about this reckless spending budget, that four out of 10 of their supporters, four out of 10 of the people that voted for them last fall, aren’t sure that it’s that reckless a budget.

Tom Clark: Ah, in 20 seconds, is there a ‘but’ coming from Canadians on all this?

Bruce Anderson: I think there’s always a ‘but’. I think that people have expressed a degree of confidence rather than skepticism in this government. But they’re going to want to see results on the issues that matter over time. How quickly, what kind of results remains to be seen. But they’re also going to want to be reassured that there’s a measure of financial discipline. That it isn’t a government that doesn’t care about the size of the deficit, but rather one that has thought this through carefully and is keeping an eye on the spending side.

Tom Clark: Bruce Anderson, Abacus Data, always great having you here, Bruce. I appreciate your time.

Bruce Anderson: Pleasure to be here.

Tom Clark: Thank you. Well, still to come, how high are Conservative Erin O’Toole’s political ambitions? But first, Romeo Dallaire on how to diffuse the threat of ISIS child soldiers, that’s next.

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Tom Clark: Welcome back. Well it was another deadly attack by ISIS. Suicide bombers killed dozens of civilians in Brussels last week. The list of the atrocities committed by the terrorist group is growing all the time. Added to the horror, ISIS is recruiting an army of child soldiers. They call them the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate.’ This ISIS propaganda video, which has not been independently verified, but is believed to be recorded at an ISIS training camp, and it shows the indoctrination first hand.

Earlier this week, I spoke to our country’s leading expert on this issue. Here’s that interview:

Joining me now, a man who has been seized with the issue of child soldiers, General Romeo Dallaire: former Canadian senator, former general. Thank you very much for being here, general. There was a study done for the Counter Insurgency Institute at West Point by the Georgia State University about a month ago that showed that in the past year, ISIS has eulogized 89 child soldiers. In other words, soldiers, children, who have died fighting for ISIS. Do we have any idea of the size and the scope of the child soldier problem in Syria and Iraq right now as it pertains to ISIS?

Romeo Dallaire: I think that the scale will scare people because they are recruiting them so young, at eight, six, seven and they’re building up their forces as they keep them in the schools and indoctrinating them and then throwing them into the field in years to come. So they’re into a generational exercise. And so when the figure 100,000 is spoken of, it is not too much because it does reflect the whole buildup of this capability and the sustainment. Now, the eulogizing of the child soldiers is an extraordinary propaganda tool that they have. When they show that even the youth have committed themselves to this cause, and they will specifically give them a task that they will make public and really publicize as a mission for a young child, although many of the children are not necessarily in the front lines all the time in the fighting.

Tom Clark: You talk about the front lines, and as you know, Canada is sending more troops to be on the ground in a training capacity, which means that there could be occasions when Canadian soldiers are going to run up with the problem of child soldiers. I just want to get inside the military mind for a minute. Let’s say you’re on point duty, on guard duty, and you see coming down the road, a 10-year-old, clearly with an explosive vest on of some sort. You order the kid to stop. They kid keeps on coming. What do you do?

Romeo Dallaire: The question is, is you can’t let the child get close because you know that they will blow him up. There’s no doubt in our mind that they’re doing that with the aim of creating casualties and of course creating the stigma to those who are going to have to face them. Meaning, we have this ethical and moral dilemma of shooting children. And so how do you neutralize children used in that such a fashion, apart from using lethal force? And that then causes our soldiers to have psychological problems because we’ve got guys coming back who’ve come back from Afghanistan who can’t look at their own children because of what they had to do with child soldiers over there.

Tom Clark: So what do we do? What advice are you giving to the Canadian government as to how to train Canadian soldiers to deal with the situation?

Romeo Dallaire: Well since 2010, it’s been at Dalhousie University where we created an institute around this whole new conceptual framework, ‘doctrine’ is the term they used, on how to prepare soldiers for children who are not a socio-economic problem in those conflicts, but they are in fact a threat. They’re an actual operational threat and so we’ve got to look at them as a security threat. So security forces, who have looked at child soldiers more or less as either a combatant or push them aside or even avoided confronting them because they say kids will move back and we’ll re-deploy, are now given through the training, the doctrine, the tactics that will prepare the soldiers for such scenarios and give them options to try to reduce the need to use kinetic force.

Tom Clark: You know one thing that just keeps on occurring to me over and over again, you’re talking about 100,000 child soldiers in Syria and Iraq. What happens to them after presumably peace comes? You’ve now twisted an entire generation, I mean these kids from as you say, as young as age six, have been trained to kill. What do we do about that in five, ten, fifteen years from now?

Romeo Dallaire: Well this is the point where we argue that in fact whenever a force is recruiting children to conduct its operations, you can expect that force to move to the extremes of mass atrocities and even genocide because if they’re ready to use kids to do all the killing and so on, they’re ready to go to the ‘full Monty.’ However, the use of children also gives them a sustainment. So you’ve got wars going on in Africa that have been five, six, seven, eight years, and they ultimately become adults. Now these conflicts that use the children, we have been essentially trying to get the kids out, hopefully. And then we put them through demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration and hope that they don’t get re-recruited. We put all our efforts into that. The NGO world, all the money and so on, the UN and UNICEF, has put all this money into picking up the pieces afterwards. What we’ve argued, and what now has been recognized, is that you go at them before they’re recruited, so prevention recruitment, including in the school systems and so on. And when they’re used, how to make them ineffective, how to make them a liability to the guy who wants to use a child. And that means that if our soldiers are better trained at making these kids ineffective, then it becomes a weapon that’s not as useful as they thought.

Tom Clark: Romeo Dallaire, always a pleasure talking to you sir. Thank you very much for being here.

Romeo Dallaire: Well thank you.

Tom Clark: Well coming up next, the future of the Conservative party and a little Greased Lightning. It’s time for some ‘Plane Talk’ with Erin O’Toole.

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Tom Clark: Welcome back. Conservative Erin O’Toole became a Member of Parliament in a 2012 by-election. And last fall, he lost a bid to be the interim leader of the Conservative Party. So, does he still have leadership ambitions? We put that to him, among other things when we took him up for ‘Plane Talk.’ Take a listen:

Erin O’Toole, good to have you on ‘Plane Talk’.

Erin O’Toole: Great to be here.

Tom Clark: You’ve been in the military, you’ve been a corporate lawyer, you’ve been a cabinet minister, now you’re an Opposition MP, what was the best job of all those? What did you like the most?

Erin O’Toole: Yeah, I joke about this a lot, Tom. At 43, I’m a lot of formers. I’m a former air force officer, former lawyer, former—I hope to be some of those things again, certainly for a veteran to be able to serve as minister of Veterans Affairs, what a tremendous honour that was for me. I’m still in touch with a lot of the people I’ve met and stakeholders and I’m still passionate about it. But for about a year, I had the ability to implement some change, some modernization of the department. So, for my career to this point, that’s been a profound honour and something I look at with a lot of satisfaction for some of the things we did. There’s regret too because I wish I had more.

Tom Clark: Let me ask you about your own personal ambitions because a lot of people are talking about you when it comes to the Conservative leadership race, would you ever want to lead your party?

Erin O’Toole: I want to be involved in rebuilding the party and making sure that we’re a strong viable option to win in 2019.

Tom Clark: But if a group of people came to you and said look, Erin, we need your help here. We think you’d be a good leader, you wouldn’t say no to them.

Erin O’Toole: I wouldn’t if I thought I could help the cause. We’ve got an amazing team and the team is sometimes overlooked. One third of our team is brand new to the House and they’re terrific. So if I can help, I’ll help. At one point in the future, maybe. But I think right now we’ve got some good people potentially looking at it. I’m not saying yes. I’m saying no. But I would not place a bet on it, Tom.

Tom Clark: You know it’s interesting when you said not yes, not no. That was the first time we hit some turbulence up here. [Laughs]

Erin O’Toole: [Laughs] That was probably my wife’s vibes because it’s a demanding job and even my brief time in cabinet, it’s consuming. And I was responding to veterans personally late in the evenings and my wife saw the toll it took on me. And a young family, I can only imagine what the prime minister’s stress, both prime minister Harper and prime minister Trudeau. It’s all consuming. There is no break from it, so it’s tough on families.

Tom Clark: It brings up an interesting question, politics is never forever. At some point it always ends. What do you want to do after this?

Erin O’Toole: I’m still a lawyer and I’m going to maintain my legal skills. And I would like to practice law again, but I think I’d also like to teach it and write. I love speaking. Every week I’m not in Parliament, I speak at at least one school in my riding. I love that format. I respect teachers and professors. And so I’d like to do a combination of that, practice law, and then also teach and write.

Tom Clark: So again, this is a question I ask a lot of people. I think that anybody involved in a stressful job, such as you, has a special place in their hearts for music. Who’s your favourite musician?

Erin O’Toole: Well I’m of a certain age that I’m sort of a new wave sort of music aficionado for sort of 80’s music. In high school, my favourite band was a band called The Smiths which is sort of alternative. My favourite Canadian band was Sloan. But I did sing in musicals in high school. So I sang in Grease and in Godspell.

Tom Clark: Who were you in Grease?

Erin O’Toole: Grease, I was Kenickie. I sang Greased Lightning.

Tom Clark: Well okay, I mean, you know, okay, we’ve got to have a little bit of—ladies and gentlemen, Erin O’Toole with Greased Lightning.

Erin O’Toole: (Sings) Go Greased Lightning – you’re burning up the quarter mile. Greased Lightning–

Tom Clark: Go Greased Lightning. Sorry—

Erin O’Toole: Yeah, Greased Lightning – you’re coasting through the heat lap trial.

Tom Clark: Greased Lightning, go Greased Lightning.

Erin O’Toole: You are supreme, the chicks’ll dream for Greased Lightning. Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. That’s it. [Laughs]

Tom Clark: Who do you most admire, either in history, any time at all, who is your lifetime hero?

Erin O’Toole: I quote Churchill a lot. I think as a Conservative politician, everyone admires. Churchill was a Liberal for a while—

Tom Clark: He was everything.

Erin O’Toole: [Chuckles] Both sides can look to Churchill, but it’s really leadership under pressure. And what I admire about Churchill was he also tried to articulate his vision and to inspire.

Tom Clark: If there’s one thing that you want to accomplish during the life of this Parliament, so you’ve got another three and a half years to do it, what would that be?

Erin O’Toole: I want to see the Conservative Party a viable force in 2019. And to do that, we have to be an effective Opposition and that is our role. And so we have to not just criticize and be critical, we have to offer some alternative vision.

(Plane lands)

Erin O’Toole: Well done!

Tom Clark: High praise from an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force, I can tell you.

Erin O’Toole: Well they say any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

Tom Clark: Well they also say if the machine is usable after you land, then that’s a really good landing.

Erin O’Toole: You’ve got both.

Tom Clark: Erin O’Toole, what a pleasure to have you up. Thank you so much.

Erin O’Toole: It’s been great flying with you, Tom.

Tom Clark: Thank you, sir.

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Tom Clark: And that is our show for today. Thanks very much for joining us. Now as we leave you today, we want to extend our condolences to the family of Conservative MP Jim Hillyer, who passed away in Ottawa last week. I’m Tom Clark, see you next Sunday.

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B.C. tests whale protection traffic sensor

VICTORIA – A remote undersea glider equipped with acoustic sensors is patrolling deep water canyons off the west coast of Vancouver Island in a bid to set up a traffic alert system to prevent large ships from crashing into whales.

University of Victoria researchers launched the glider off Flores Island north of Tofino to measure whale traffic in an area near shipping zones for vessels using ports in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Alaska and Washington.

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The glider has enough battery power to spend three weeks in the ocean gathering data, said geographer David Duffus, director of the university’s whale research lab.

“The idea behind the gliders is they can work in real time, or near real time,” said Duffus. “The glider rises at a certain interval and sends a signal to a satellite.”

READ MORE: High number of male baby orcas cause for concern, say researchers

Ships can pick up the signals through an automatic identification system that can read whale locations and allows ships to change course or speeds in an effort to avoid collisions, he said.

The glider’s current route stretches 70 kilometres north of Tofino to the continental shelf, then patrols the shelf’s southern waters before returning northwards through an area near Ucluelet called La Perouse Bank in Barkley Sound, said Duffus. Both regions are believed to be major habitats for grey and humpback whales, but endangered blue, fin and sei whales can also be found in the waters.

He said two highly endangered Pacific right whales have also been reported in the waters, the first such sightings in more than 60 years.

READ MORE: Baby boom continues for orcas in B.C. waters

“Big whales are subject to ship strikes from big ships,” Duffus said. “On the East Coast, it’s one of the major mortality problems for some highly endangered species. ”

The glider project is a collaboration with Dalhousie University in Halifax where the underwater devices were launched almost two years ago to research migratory paths and habitats of endangered Atlantic right whales.

“The data on the West Coast here is extremely sparse,” Duffus said. “We don’t know the magnitude of the (ship strike) problem. On the West Coast we’re still in unknown territory, but we do know that ship strikes do happen and it’s been named in all the species-at-risk reporting on the big whale species as a potential but unknown hazard.”

He said whale warning systems are already in place in some U.S. waters where vessels are required to change course or speeds if whales are in the area. There have been some Canadian shipping lane changes in waters known to be whale habitat, he added.

Data from the first glider patrol should be available later this spring, he said.

“I’m a whale ecologist and it’s terribly exciting,” Duffus said. “This is our pilot run and we’re pretty excited about just the act of discovery of the whales.”

‘All I heard was gunshots firing’: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting off Edmonton’s Whyte Ave

EDMONTON – Police confirmed that one man was killed and another man injured outside Tribute Lounge just off Whyte Avenue Sunday morning.

Police taped off a scene in front of the bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street after being called to reports of “many gunshots” at around 2:40 a.m. Blood, bullet casings and pieces of clothing were visible outside the bar.

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Police said the two men appeared to have gunshot wounds. The man who died is believed to be in his thirties. The second man was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. By Sunday afternoon he was in stable condition, police said.

EPS said they do not believe there are any other victims.

Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter with the Homicide Section said Sunday afternoon police had one suspect – a man in his thirties – in custody who they were going to question.

“They were at the bar prior to the incident,” Hunter said. “There was some type of argument inside the bar which moved outside.”

Police said the parties involved are known to them.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Police investigating after it was reported shots were fired outside a bar near 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Police investigating after it was reported shots were fired outside a bar near 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Police investigating after it was reported shots were fired outside a bar near 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Police investigating after it was reported shots were fired outside a bar near 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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Shots fired outside an Edmonton bar on 81 Avenue and 105 Street, March 27, 2016.

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The noise from the incident caught the attention of neighbours.

“All I heard was gunshots firing. I wanted to look outside but I [was] scared,” said Garry Martinez, who lives at 81 Avenue and 105 Street.

“I heard about two or three [gunshots].”

Leon Azul saw the crime scene after coming out of the church across the street from the bar.

“I’ve been to Tribute Lounge about a year ago. A lot of people go there. It’s really fun,” he said.

But Azul said news of a shooting did not come as a surprise.

“Some people just get mad and they get really aggressive and someone now has a gun.”

The news is troublesome for Cody Cunningham, who frequents Whyte Avenue. He walked by the crime scene Sunday afternoon.

“It’s scary. It’s always scary when you hear something like that because it could be anybody,” he said.

WATCH: Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter on the three suspicious deaths in Edmonton over the Easter Weekend

There were a total of three suspicious deaths in the span of two days over the Easter Weekend in Edmonton.

A man was found suffering from undisclosed trauma near Belvedere LRT Station early Sunday morning. He later died in hospital.

Police were looking for two female suspects in that investigation.

READ MORE: Police search for 2 female suspects after man found near Belvedere LRT Station dies 

The body of another man was found in a hotel suite near 118 Avenue and 34 Street Saturday morning.

Police were speaking to the other person inside the suite at the time, who called 911.

READ MORE: Suspicious death at Edmonton hotel under investigation 

Hunter said the three suspicious deaths were not related. Until autopsy results are completed, police are treating them as homicides.

“It is a lot of work,” Hunter said. “We pull resources from other units… All three investigations are proceeding well with a lot of help from the public.”

He said it is concerning, but couldn’t pinpoint an exact cause for the high number of suspicious deaths.

“We live in a big city and when you live in a big city, things come along with that,” Hunter said. “Like I said, it is concerning.

“We will work to do everything we can to conclude these investigations as quickly as possible.”

Hunter said, out of a total of about 21 homicide investigators, nearly all were called out to work this weekend.

Ottawa’s guidance to CSIS being kept under wraps

OTTAWA – The federal government has issued guidance to Canada’s spy agency on using contentious new anti-terrorism laws — but most of the instructions won’t be made public.

Many passages of the ministerial direction to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, issued last July, were withheld from release due to provisions of the Access to Information Act concerning security, internal deliberations and cabinet confidences.

The office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said ministerial offices are not involved in the processing of access requests, nor should they be.

WATCH: More Canadians joining ISIS: Goodale

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But the federal decision to keep much of the ministerial direction under wraps did nothing to reassure those with concerns about C-51, the omnibus security bill that received royal assent early last summer.

The legislation gave CSIS the power to actively disrupt suspected terrorist plots, even allowing the spy service to take actions that breach the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as long as a judge approves.

“One of our greatest concerns with C-51 is that CSIS has been given extraordinary new powers, including the power to break the law and violate the Constitution,” said Josh Paterson, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

“While some details need to remain secret, it’s troubling that so much of the minister’s high-level, general direction to CSIS on how the agency should interpret its new powers is blacked out. The government should be more transparent about the direction it is giving our spy agencies as to how they should be accountable.”

While the public safety minister does not dictate day-to-day decisions by CSIS, he periodically issues written directions to the spy agency that broadly guide its actions.

The July direction combined and replaced two previous instructions, one on spy agency operations and another on accountability to the minister. In drafting it, Public Safety officials consulted CSIS, Justice Canada, the RCMP, Foreign Affairs and the office of then-public safety minister Steven Blaney.

READ MORE: Federal agencies already using new Bill C-51 information-sharing powers

The direction set out “overarching parameters for CSIS’s use of its new powers” under C-51 and Bill C-44, which addressed matters including source protection and use of judicial warrants, says a July 29 memo to Blaney.

Elements of the direction that were released to mention fundamental principles CSIS must follow, including respect for the rule of law and the use of operational methods “reasonable and proportional” to the threat.

The direction also stresses the fair treatment of human sources who help CSIS and says the spy service’s activities abroad must respect Canada’s foreign policy interests as well as the security of overseas missions and personnel.

However, the details on how all this must be done have been stripped out of the direction and several annexes.

“The really interesting stuff, I’m sure, is in the redacted portions,” said University of Ottawa law professor Craig Forcese, co-author of “False Security,” a book critiquing C-51.

Forcese said the direction should include things like guidance to CSIS about being careful not to step on the RCMP’s toes and potentially derail a criminal prosecution.

“I think we need to know some of these details,” said Forcese, who questioned classification of parts of the direction as cabinet secrets.

WATCH: Ralph Goodale: No threat believed to be imminent for Canada at this time

Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale, said responsibilities for Access to Information requests are delegated within each department and are processed outside of ministers’ offices.

“Avoiding political interference or the appearance of it is crucial for the integrity of the regime. We don’t have a comment on particular decisions,” he said.

“Having said that the goal of our government is to make government information open by default. In the meantime, we have to operate under the existing act.”

Riot at Brussels attacks shrine; 13 anti-terror raids made

BRUSSELS – Belgian riot police clashed Sunday with hundreds of right-wing hooligans at a temporary shrine honouring victims of the Brussels suicide bombings, as investigators launched fresh anti-terror raids, taking four more people into custody.

Police used water cannon when scuffles broke out in front of the Bourse, which has become a symbolic rallying point for people to pay their respects to those who died in Tuesday’s attacks. Black clad men carrying an anti-Islamic State group banner with an expletive on it trampled parts of the shrine, shouting Nazi slogans. Ten were arrested and two police officers injured.

WATCH: Police used water cannon to force a few hundred protesters out of the Place de la Bourse in Brussels on Sunday. 

“We had 340 hooligans from different football clubs who came to Brussels and we knew for sure that they would create some trouble,” Police Commissioner Christian De Coninck said. “It was a very difficult police operation because lots of families with kids were here.”

Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur expressed his disgust, with Belgium still in mourning over the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and subway, which killed at least 31 people and injured some 270

WATCH: Anonymous threatens total war against ISIS following Brussels attack 

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“The police were not deployed to protect people from these hooligans but a whole other threat,” said Mayeur told RTL television.

People trying to pay their respects were also dismayed.

“It was important for us to be here symbolically,” said Samia Orosemane, a 35-year-old comedian. But, she added, “there were lots of men who were here and doing the Nazi salute, shouting ‘death to Arabs’ and so we weren’t able to get through.”

“We are all here today for peace, and for the brotherhood among peoples. Not for right-wing ideas. It’s neither the time nor the place,” said Theophile Mouange, 52.

Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, said Sunday morning’s raids were linked a “federal case regarding terrorism” but did not specify whether it had any links to the March 22 attacks.

Thirteen raids were launched in the capital and the northern cities of Mechelen and Duffel. An investigating judge was to decide later whether to keep the four in custody. Five were released after questioning.

READ MORE: Brussels attack victims from Belgium and abroad
Suspected plotters also were arrested Sunday in Italy and the Netherlands, though few details of their activity were released immediately.

Tuesday’s bomb attacks are also tearing at the fabric of the government, justice system and police, and Belgium’s interior minister sought Sunday to contain the growing criticism of the government’s handling of the tragedy.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon conceded Sunday that decades of neglect had hampered the government’s response to violent extremism. He said the government has invested 600 million euros ($670 million) into police and security services over the past two years but that Belgium’s justice system and security services are still lagging behind.

Jambon, whose offer to resign Thursday was declined by the prime minister, also acknowledged some shortcomings prior to the attacks.

“There have been errors,” he said on VRT television.

Jambon said it takes time to hire anti-terror specialists and specialized equipment and insisted that the government’s new investments need time before they become visible to the public.

As international pressure on Belgium has mounted for serving as an unwitting rear-base for extremist fighters who launched the Nov. 13 massacres that left 130 dead in Paris, the government has felt forced to defend its choices and the actions of investigators. Lawmakers, meanwhile, are demanding an inquiry.

Belgian police and the army have been deployed, sometimes around the clock, at major buildings and sites in the capital in increasing numbers since November, when Brussels went into lockdown over fears that top Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam had returned and was hiding there.

As it turned out, Abdeslam did return, but police did not find and arrest him until March 18, four days before suspects from his network exploded suicide bombs in Brussels.

Shell’s Arctic offshore energy exploration permits may have expired

Environmentalists say talks on creating a third national marine conservation area are being held up over Arctic offshore energy exploration permits that may not legally exist.

“Looking at the permits, it looks like the rights expired in 1979,” said Alex Speers-Roesch of Greenpeace.

The federal government has been trying for years to protect the waters of Lancaster Sound, the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage and home to a wealth of Arctic seabirds and mammals. The effort is strongly supported by local Inuit hunters and land claim groups.

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READ MORE: US bars oil drilling off Atlantic coast

But drawing the exact boundaries of the area, off the north coast of Nunavut’s Baffin Island, has been at least partly held up over 30 exploration permits issued in the early 1970s to Shell.

Ottawa, under the previous Conservative administration, argued to keep the permits outside the area; Inuit and environmental groups wanted the protected area to include them and block industry activity. Shell wants compensation for any rights it loses.

But researchers have now found those permits may not be valid.

“Exploration rights are supposed to not last longer than nine years,” said Speers-Roesch. “When we were looking at the existing exploration rights in the Arctic, the Shell permits stood out because they’ve been around for decades.”

An Access to Information search found no evidence the permits had been renewed. Nor could Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the responsible department.

The department acknowledged there was no record of renewal, but pointed out there’s no legal requirement that “permits be stamped for renewal purposes.” However, the department must let companies know when permits are about to expire — and there’s no record of that happening, either.

“The validity of the Shell permits is indeed a legal question and not simply a ‘clerical issue,’ ” wrote spokesman Michel Chenier.

But Chenier argued the permits are valid because both the company and the government have acted as if they were.

READ MORE: Pipe breaks off, falls to ocean floor as rig moved during storm off Nova Scotia

“Both industry and government have continuously treated the 30 Shell permits as being valid and subsisting from the original date of issue to the present and will continue to do so in the future.”

But Nigel Bankes, a professor of resource law at the University of Calgary who’s familiar with the issue, said “I don’t think that’s good enough.”

He points out Canada’s regulatory regime has changed twice since the permits were granted and there’s no evidence they were kept up to date.

“It doesn’t look to me like these permits were properly maintained.”

Exploration permits are designed to encourage companies to get on the property and work, he said.

“No one would contemplate an exploration permit should be held forever.”

Shell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to notes from a consultation meeting on Lancaster Sound held in May 2014, Shell downplayed the value of the permits and called a federal study into their possible oil and gas reserves “highly optimistic.” The notes say the area won’t be a priority for Shell for at least 15 years.

But at the same meeting Shell insisted on conducting seismic tests on its permit areas before it will consider swapping them.

Inuit are unlikely to agree.

In 2010, land claims groups went to court to force a German research vessel with plans to conduct tests in Lancaster Sound to turn around mid-voyage. Another court battle is ongoing over seismic testing off Baffin’s east coast.

Chris Debicki, of Oceans North Canada, called the uncertainty a chance to move ahead on the creation of the protected area. He said all other companies that have held exploration permits from the 1970s-80s have either relinquished them or allowed them to lapse.

“It would be an opportunity to expand the Marine Conservation Area,” he said. “It’s not an appropriate place to consider drilling.”

Ottawa has currently protected less than one per cent of Canada’s marine areas. The goal by 2020 is 10 per cent.

Autopsy of Chase Martens to be performed Sunday

AUSTIN, Man. – An autopsy is set to be performed today on a two-year-old Manitoba boy whose body was found in a rural creek this weekend.

Hundreds of searchers spent days looking for Chase Martens in an area around the community of Austen.

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“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said at a news conference.

Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play and it appears he just walked away from his home.

RELATED: Timeline of missing Manitoba boy Chase Martens

They say investigators will continue working to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death.

Chase disappeared on Tuesday sparking a frantic search.

Police say the creek where he was found is only about a half kilometre from his home.

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Searchers walk in a line near where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Members of the canine unit out searching for missing two -year-old Chase Martens.

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The line of searchers scouring the area near Austin, Manitoba where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Vehicles lined up as searcher try to find for two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP canine unit is searching Hwy. 1 near Hwy. 34 for two-year-old Chase Martens

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RCMP update media about the search for missing two-year-old Chase Martens in Austin, Manitoba.

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The command centre set up at the home where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Searchers use quads to help look for missing Chase Martens Friday afternoon near Austin, Man.

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