RCMP sifted through 51000 of Bruce Carsons emails for 3 separate investigations

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP have obtained 51,000 of Bruce Carson’s emails which have been used in three separate investigations against the former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to a second recently unsealed RCMP court document obtained by APTN National News.The emails were first uncovered during the RCMP’s initial investigation of Carson for alleged influence peddling that resulted in a charge on July 2012 and is scheduled for trial May 26. In that case, Carson allegedly used his influence to help an Ottawa water filtration company try and land lucrative deals with First Nations suffering from dirty water.Part of the Crown’s case will be based around Carson’s emails written between June 30, 2010 and March 17, 2011, according to a new RCMP search warrant application, otherwise known as an Information to Obtain, unsealed this week at the request of APTN National News.The RCMP is also currently conducting two additional illegal lobbying investigations against Carson.The ITO details how the RCMP seized more than 51,000 of Carson’s emails from the servers at the University of Calgary and the laptop computer he used at the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which was linked to the university.Carson was the head of the CSEE at the time the RCMP launched an investigation of his activities. Once news surfaced of the investigation, the organization immediately transferred Carson’s laptop and his emails to its law firm, McCarthy Tetrault LLP.According to the ITO, filed on Oct. 27, 2011, the RCMP wanted to obtain three separate search warrants all targeting Carson’s electronic correspondence. The warrants targeted the University of Calgary’s servers which held Carson’s emails, the Calgary offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, which held an electronic copy of Carson’s emails, and Calgary Archives Inc., which held Carson’s laptop in case inside the media vault.The RCMP wanted Carson’s laptop for forensic analysis in case he had tried to delete information.“I believe that the seizure and examination of the laptop computer used by Carson may provide evidence of the offence that may not be available through the email examination,” wrote Sgt. Jody Vale of the commercial crimes unit in Ottawa’s A Division, who filed the ITO.It now turns out when the RCMP seized all of Carson’s emails it also obtained evidence of other alleged crimes.But it would take the Office of Lobbying Commissioner to point them out to the RCMP, according to a separate ITO. The lobbying commissioner sent a letter of complaint to the RCMP on July 2012, as a result of their own investigating into Carson.According to the RCMP, Carson was lobbying illegally for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada and CSEE according to a different RCMP search warrant application. The RCMP is investigating his lobbying activities on behalf of both organizations. Carson co-founded EPIC and was director CSEE prior to March 17, 2011.This past November, the RCMP went to a judge to request a search warrant to seize emails already in the RCMP’s possession in Ottawa, known as A Division as part of their illegal lobbying investigation.“As part of this investigation I executed a search warrant, directed toward the peace officers of the A division integrated technological crime unit in order to gain access to electronic data … seized during a previous investigation in relation to Mr. Carson,” said Const. Marie-Josee Robert in her application for a production order to obtain Carson’s CIBC bank records filed on Nov. 21, 2013. “The execution of the said judicial authorization yielded important evidence supporting the charges listed in this information.”That “previous investigation” was triggered by APTN National News on March 16, 2011. That same day Harper directed his now chief of staff Ray Novak to call in the Mounties to investigate Carson based on information provided to the Prime Minister’s Office by APTN National News reporters.“These materials contain troubling details about recent actions and claims made by Mr. Bruce Carson,” wrote Novak to the RCMP at the time. “The materials we have seen may provide evidence of matters inquiring investigation by the RCMP.”APTN National News told the PMO’s former director of communications Dimitri Soudas earlier that week it had obtained emails written by Carson that showed he was allegedly trying to use his federal government contacts to help an Ottawa water filtration company, H20 Pros, sell First Nation communities  water filtration systems through government contracts. The company had a financial agreement with Carson’s then-fiancee.Carson told APTN during multiple interviews he was only helping the company because his fiancee Michele McPherson worked there. Carson had witnessed a contract where McPherson would receive a cut of the profits, but according to the RCMP she didn’t appear to be involved much in the efforts to obtain contracts on First Nations.McPherson was a former Ottawa escort and the RCMP was told she first met Carson as a “client” around February 2010, according to the ITO used by the RCMP to obtain his emails.Prior to the RCMP executing search warrants, they had received dozens of Carson’s emails from two sources – Nicolas Kaszap, a former owner of H20 Pros and Liz Brant, an employee with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, where the company was trying to sell water filtration systems with the help of Carson.“I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence,” wrote Vale. “I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence.”Vale said Brian Heidecker, chair of CSEE during Carson’s time there, told her that when APTN’s story came out they transferred all Carson’s emails to the law office of McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary.Vale requested on Oct. 3, 2011, that they preserve all the data until a search warrant was obtained.Carson told APTN National News previously he thought he may be able to slip through a loophole in lobbying laws that allow people to “lobby” if it makes up less than 20 per cent of their work.“I guess my issue in this thing is that I don’t want to look like I’m an unregistered lobbyist in here because I’m not a lobbyist,” he said. “I really don’t want the lobbying commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this.“Yeah, so this would be like one tenth of one per cent of my time so we’re all right,” he said.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddressjbarrear@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Wilmington Selectman Frank West Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.Sincerely,Frank WestFormer Wilmington SelectmanNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Hasina govt wants improved gen elections

first_imgSheikh Hasina.File photoNoting that the voting right is the people’s basic right, prime minister Sheikh Hasinaon Monday said her government wants the national election to be improved further in the country.”The voting right is the basic right of people. We want them [people] to exercise it properly. We want the national election to be improved further in our country,” she said asking members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to be careful so that people can exercise their constitutional rights.The prime minister was addressing the 38th national rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at Ansar-VDP Academy in Shafipur, Gazipur.”Your (Ansar and VDP) every member will have to be always ready for the arrangement of upcoming election in a fair and peaceful manner,” she said.Mentioning that Ansar and VDP men are the members of a disciplined force, Sheikh Hasina asked them to maintain peace and discipline at any cost as it is their sacred duty.She directed the Ansar and VDP members to sincerely perform their duty following the chain of command.Hasina said the Ansar and VDP members have been contributing to the country’s socio-economic development working at the grassroots level.She thanked all members of the Ansar and VDP for playing a strong role in preventing arson attacks on railway and buses by BNP-Jamaat men.Stating that Bangladesh is now a global role model for its development, Hasina said her government took Bangladesh to the highway of development governing the country from 2009 to till now.In this connection, she referred to Digital Bangladesh campaign, construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, launching Bangabandhu Satellite in March next, construction of Padma Bridge, and increasing the national budget to Tk 4 trillion from only Tk 610 billion in 2009.Hasina assured that no one will remain homeless and hungry in the country and everybody will get healthcare services and education facilities.Turning to the Rohingya issue, she said Bangladesh’s image has been brightened in the international arena for giving shelter to over 1 million Rohingyas as they fled their home in Rakhine amid persecutions by Myanmar military.Reiterating that there will be no place for militancy and terrorism on Bangladesh, the prime minister urged all, including guardians, teachers, Imams (Muslim clerics) and leaders of other religions, to remain alert so that the youths cannot be engaged in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.On the occasion, an attractive parade of different contingents of Ansar-VDP was arranged with parade commander deputy director Amzad Hossain.Earlier on her arrival at the parade ground, Sheikh Hasina was received by home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan and Ansar and VDP director general Major General Sheikh Pasha Habib Uddin.The prime minister also handed over medals to total 127 members of Ansar and VDP for their outstanding performance in service.Of them, Bangladesh Ansar Medals were given to six members, while the president’s Ansar Medals to 20, the president’s VDP Medals to nine, Bangladesh Ansar Services Medals to 12, the president’s Ansar Services Medals to 33, Bangladesh VDP Services medals to 10, the president’s VDP Services Medals to 37 members.last_img read more

Neo4j rewarded with 80M Series E plans to expand company

first_imgOn 1st October, Neo4j was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market. This could possibly be the companies last private fundraise. In 2016, the company got a $36 million Series D investment. Neo4j has been successful with around 200 enterprise customers to their credit including Walmart, UBS, IBM and NASA with customers from 20 of the top 25 banks and 7 of the top 10 retailers. The round for series E was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from existing investors Creandum, Eight Roads and Greenbridge Partners. As reported in Techcrunch, this is what he has to say: “If your mental framework is around building a great company, you’re going to have all kinds of options along the way. So that’s what I’m completely focused on,” Eifrem explained. This year, the company was focussed on expanding into artificial intelligence. Since Graph databases help companies understand connections in large datasets and AI involves large amounts of data to drive the learning models, both of them used hand-in-hand will benefit the organization. Eifrem has expressed intentions to use the money to expand the company internationally. He also plans to provide localized service in terms of language and culture wherever their customers happen to be. This news seems to have gone down well with Neo4j users: Source: y combinator Head over to Techcrunch to know more about this news. Read Next Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible From Graph Database to Graph Company: Neo4j’s Native Graph Platform addresses evolving needs of customerslast_img read more