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A former leader of the banned Babbar Khalsa terrorist group has been ordered to appear at an immigration hearing to decide whether he should be admissible into Canada.
Gurmej Singh Gill arrived in Vancouver to visit relatives in late November and was to return to his home in the British city of Birmingham Dec 22. But he was ordered to appear before an immigration and refugee board adjudicator due to his alleged link to the banned outfit, the Vancouver Sun reported Tuesday.
It is not the first time the former Babbar Khalsa leader has run into problems with Canadian immigration officials. He was arrested at Vancouver airport in August 2001 when he arrived for his son’s wedding in Surrey in Canada’s British Colombia province and was sent back to Britain without attending the festivities.

untitledFor years, Gill used the pseudonym Gurmej Singh Babbar and regularly visited British Columbia, where he once lived.
According to the report, Babbar Khalsa was banned in Canada in 2003, years after it had been linked to the June 23, 1985, Air India bombing that left 329 people dead.
Two men tied to the Babbar Khalsa were charged and later acquitted in the bombing, which remains Canada’s deadliest act of terror.

Why is this guy even being given a hearing?
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Dear Readers:
Your ever faithful reporter is going to go against current opinion and suggest that you NOT smoke marijuana.
First of all, it’s no better, and perhaps even worse for you lungs than tobacco is, and more important:
“Weed causes sever panic attacks in a certain percentage of the people that smoke it ……………..!”
That’s why I don’t smoke it no more!
But, just the same, instead of just reducing the penalty for possession from a criminal offense to a fine, certain areas here in North America are making it legal!
140101224047-18-legal-weed-085-horizontal-galleryIraq war veteran Sean Azzariti described his purchase of recreational marijuana — legally — as a historic moment Wednesday.

“It’s huge,” he said at a marijuana store along a light industrial corridor outside downtown Denver. “It hasn’t even sunk in how big this is yet.”
Indeed, before the 3D Cannabis Center opened at 8 a.m. MT, more than 100 people were waiting in snowfall and cold under gray skies to be the next buyers of recreational pot under a landmark law voters approved in 2012. The dispensary was one of a handful that opened to lines of waiting people on New Year’s Day, with scores more expected statewide in coming months.

imagesMassachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.
Surveillance tape shows the man entering a side door at the rear of the restaurant, heading down the stairs and coming back up carrying a large object wrapped in a trash bag.
No arrests have been made.
A staff editorial appearing in Thursday’s edition of The New York Times argues that the Obama administration should make some sort of arrangement that would allow NSA leaker Edward Snowden to return home. “When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law,” the Times editorial board writes, ”that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.
The crux of the argument is this:

028dac13b0679113340f6a706700393bConsidering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.

The other part of the argument is a systematic dismantling of any argument against Snowden’s actions. “Why didn’t he just bring the NSA’s activity to the attention of superiors?” He did. “Didn’t he know about the executive order protecting whistleblowers?” They don’t apply to contractors like Snowden. “His actions have severely compromised national security!” There is no proof of that.

Chris Sevier, the Nashville attorney* who sued Apple back in July for failing to prevent him from accessing porn on his iPhone (citing unfair competition and breach of marital contract — apparently, Mrs. Sevier can’t keep up with the seductive wiles of thousands of interchangeable “21-year-old porn stars”), has decided to return to the public eye with another baffling legal filing. This time, Sevier is targeting A&E for cutting ties with Duck Dynasty figurehead Phil Robertson** over his anti-gay remarks delivered earlier this month.

asshole trophy* The term “attorney” is used loosely here. As a whip smart and deadly handsome commenter pointed out back in July, Sevier’s license to practice law has been temporarily revoked and placed on “disability inactive status,” which basically means the court finds him (at this point) too mentally incompetent to represent others in the legal arena.
If you live in the Northeast, get ready to get pummeled.

A complicated storm system “will raise havoc” this week, dumping a foot of snow and spreading sub-zero wind chills across parts of the region, the National Weather Service said.
12imgOn top of the bone-chilling cold, much of Long Island, New York, will be under a blizzard warning from Thursday night to Friday afternoon.
Then on the weekend the Maritimes are expected to get whacked!
“Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely,” the Weather Service said. “This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous.
Do not travel.”

The latest move to loosen up Saskatchewan’s liquor laws went into effect New Year’s Day.
Strip shows and wet t-shirt contests in bars are now legal under provincial law.
imagesCARDWSU7It’s the end of an era in a province where the combination of alcohol and stripping has long been banned.
Performers still cannot be fully nude: women will still have to cover their nipples and full frontal nudity is not allowed.
By the time you finish lunch on Thursday, Canada’s top paid CEOs will have already earned the equivalent of your annual salary.
It may be hard to swallow, but according to an annual review by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, by 1:11 p.m. on Jan. 2, the average top paid Canadian CEO will have been earned as much as the average full-time worker’s yearly income.

Why is this man smiling? Hunter Harrison, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was paid $49.1 million in salary, stock options and bonuses in 2012. (The Canadian Press)