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Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian prosecutors will ask a court to disregard a former U.S. government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s legal team in her U.S. extradition case, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “unnecessary,” documents released on Wednesday showed.

The affidavit was submitted in July in which Michael Gottlieb, who was a White House lawyer under President Barack Obama, testified that U.S. President Donald Trump had departed from longstanding legal policies designed to promote the “impartial administration of justice,” with his comments that he was willing to use Meng as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that the extradition should be thrown out in part because the case against her in the United States is tainted by political interference, pointing to comments from Trump about her extradition.

She was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States.

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Canada Says Buy-Side Accords To Be Probed Under Civil Law

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 1:23 PM EST) — Canada’s antitrust enforcer has said it will handle no‑poaching, wage-fixing and other types of agreements between purchasers under a civil provision in light of updated U.S. guidance indicating that such agreements would be criminally investigated.

In a Friday statement, the Competition Bureau Canada said it would not assess buy-side agreements under a criminal provision — known as Section 45 of Canada’s Competition Act, which covers “conspiracies, agreements or arrangements between competitors” and prohibits competitors from fixing prices, allocating markets or limiting product supply.

Instead, buy-side agreements would be investigated by the CBC under Section 90.1 of the Competition Act, a civil…

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Linda and Lou Van de Vorst Receive MADD Canada Excellence In Public Policy Award

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MADD Canada’s first Robert M. Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy is being presented to Linda and Lou Van de Vorst for their work to reduce impaired driving and strengthen provincial impaired driving laws. 

“The Robert M. Solomon Award was established to recognize a volunteer or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of MADD Canada’s public policy initiatives to strengthen impaired driving laws,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “With their passionate efforts to change impaired driving laws in Saskatchewan, Linda and Lou truly embody the spirit of this award and we are honoured to name them as its first recipients.”

In January 2016, Linda and Lou’s son Jordan, daughter-in-law Chanda and grandchildren, Kamryn and Migure, were tragically killed in an impaired driving crash.

Since that time, Linda and Lou have worked to strengthen impaired

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Linda and Lou Van de Vorst Receive MADD Canada Excellence In Public Policy Award – Press Release

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MADD Canada’s first Robert M. Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy is being presented to Linda and Lou Van de Vorst for their work to reduce impaired driving and strengthen provincial impaired driving laws. 

“The Robert M. Solomon Award was established to recognize a volunteer or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of MADD Canada’s public policy initiatives to strengthen impaired driving laws,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “With their passionate efforts to change impaired driving laws in Saskatchewan, Linda and Lou truly embody the spirit of this award and we are honoured to name them as its first recipients.”

In January 2016, Linda and Lou’s son Jordan, daughter-in-law Chanda and grandchildren, Kamryn and Migure, were tragically killed in an impaired driving crash.

Since that time, Linda and Lou have worked to strengthen impaired

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Defense Grilling of Canada Police Witness in Huawei CFO’s U.S. Extradition Case Continues | Top News

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A police officer who denied asking Canadian border agents for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s phone and laptop passcodes on the day of her arrest two years ago will continue to face cross-examination on how he obtained them Tuesday.

The witness testimony is part of Meng’s U.S. extradition hearing taking place in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Meng, 48, was arrested while on a layover at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, 2018. U.S. prosecutors charged her with bank fraud, accusing her of misleading HSBC Holdings PLC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, allegedly causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions.

Meng has said she is innocent of all charges against her and has mounted a defense seeking to prove that Canadian and U.S. authorities illegally directed the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) examination. Her lawyers assert police used the border agency’s additional

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Wisconsin issues recount order sought by Trump in two counties | US & Canada

The Wisconsin Elections Commission issued an order Thursday to recount more than 800,000 ballots cast in two heavily liberal counties at President Donald Trump’s request.

The order, required by law after Trump paid $3m for the recount, was agreed to after rancorous debate for more than five hours on Wednesday night that foreshadows the partisan battle ahead.

“It’s just remarkable the six of us in a civilised fashion can’t agree to this stuff,” Democratic commissioner Mark Thomsen said hours into the debate. The commission is split 3-3 between Democrats and Republicans.

The recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties, where Joe Biden outpolled Trump by a more than two-to-one margin, will begin Friday and must be completed by December 1.

Milwaukee County officials said they plan to finish the recount by Wednesday. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell has not provided an estimated completion date.

Biden won statewide by 20,608 votes. Trump’s

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Huawei defense probes Canada border official in CFO’s U.S. extradition

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou questioned a Canadian border official in court on Wednesday about his agency’s communications with U.S. and Canadian authorities ahead of Meng’s arrest two years ago.

FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Defense attorney Mona Duckett asked Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer Sanjit Dhillon whether he purposely omitted mention of the U.S. arrest warrant when he questioned Meng before she was arrested, “as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) instructed.”

“No, the RCMP didn’t instruct me to do anything that day,” Dhillon said. “I didn’t have a strategy, I was having a conversation with her” during his interrogation of Meng, he added.

Hearings in the British Columbia Supreme Court this week and next week consist of witness testimony from CBSA and RCMP

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Defense probes Canada border official on law enforcement role in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou probed a Canadian border official in court on Wednesday about his agency’s communications with U.S. and Canadian authorities ahead of Meng’s arrest two years ago.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Defense attorney Mona Duckett questioned Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer Sanjit Dhillon about whether he purposely concealed from Meng that there was an arrest warrant out for her from the U.S. when he questioned her before she was arrested, “as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) instructed.”

“No, the RCMP didn’t instruct me to do anything that day,” Dhillon said, adding that “I didn’t have a strategy, I was having a conversation with her” during his interrogation of Meng.

Hearings in British Columbia Supreme Court this week and next week consist of witness

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Law firm withdraws from Trump election suit in Pennsylvania | US & Canada

The law firm leading President Donald Trump’s challenge to the United States presidential election results in Pennsylvania is backing out of a federal case it filed on Monday.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has abruptly withdrawn from Trump’s effort to challenge votes from Philadelphia and other Democratic-leaning counties where Democrat Joe Biden has been declared the winner, according to a court filing first reported by The New York Times.

The move reflects the difficulty facing Trump as he tries through litigation to reverse his defeat in the US presidential election.

“In all of these cases, the law firms are faced with an ethical dilemma,” said John Hardin Young, an election lawyer in Washington, DC and former counsel to the Democratic Party.

“They run up against” federal rules of procedure that require “a complaint be based in law and fact”, Young told Al Jazeera.

“All of these complaints are looking for

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Canada border officer had concerns about interviewing Huawei CFO ahead of arrest

By Tessa Vikander and Moira Warburton

VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian border officer told a court on Wednesday he had concerns about intercepting and interviewing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou before police arrested her on a warrant from the United States almost two years ago.

Scott Kirkland was one of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers to intercept Meng when she disembarked at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018. Kirkland told the court he was worried that “our examination would be argued as a delay in due process,” testifying in the latest round of hearings in Meng’s U.S. extradition case.

He and other officers “knew this was going to be a big deal” once he realized that Meng was a high-profile person with a U.S. arrest warrant out for her. Kirkland said he suggested CBSA skip its interview and instead simply identify Meng and hand her over to

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