Rights complaint filed, and Canadian suicide linked to Israeli financial scandal
Lethbridge prof has pay reinstated
The University of Lethbridge has lodged a human rights complaint against a professor it suspended for espousing anti-semitic views and reinstated his pay because it could take years for the case to be heard. Anthony Hall was suspended without pay last fall for online comments and Youtube videos in which he said the Holocaust should be a matter of debate and for suggesting Zionist links to the 9/11 attacks. Hall is a tenured professor of liberal studies who has taught at the Alberta university for 26 years. He is still banned from teaching or supervising students and is not allowed on campus.
Edmonton man lost his life savings
An Edmonton man took his own life Dec. 21 after losing more than $200,000 to an Israelirun binary options trading firm. Frederick Turbide, 61, shot himself after losing his savings and borrowed money totalling $300,000, two-thirds of it on 23Traders. com, which operates from Israel, The Times of Israel reported. A man calling himself Julian Wellington told Turbide he was calling from Britain or Toronto, Turbide’s family believes, and he used a number with a Toronto area code. Initially Turbide was told he was making profits and was urged to invest more money. In his suicide note, he blamed 23Traders.com for his death. The binary options industry has flourished in Israel for nine years, scamming thousands worldwide out of billions of dollars with little intervention from authorities.
Swastika drawn on Soo writer’s lawn
Police in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., have opened an investigation after a swastika was found in the snow on the front lawn of a writer for B’nai Brith Canada. The swastika and a sexist slur were drawn Jan. 14 at the home of Sara Mccleary, who writes online posts on anti-semitism. Mccleary said at first she thought the drawn symbol was random, but then realized she was targeted. “I’ve said before in previous posts that I live in a small city with a tiny Jewish population. What are the odds that it would just so happen to be in my front yard, when my name and face is on [B’nai Brith’s website] every week?” she wrote Jan. 16.