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Title: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on February 01, 2012, 12:21:20 PM
She alleges torture in Mexico.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canadian+detained+alleged+Gadhafi+plot+alleges+torture+Mexicans/6084580/story.html (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canadian+detained+alleged+Gadhafi+plot+alleges+torture+Mexicans/6084580/story.html)


She's been offered 'consular services' which we know means absolutely nothing.


There's something very fishy re: Gary Peters, the security consultant she hired for her trip to Libya on a fact finding mission for SNC-Lavalin. Peters had already smuggled Saadi (3rd son) across border to Niger. The Canadian Libyan Council asked in the fall that Peters be investigated because he may have violated the UN travel ban on Saadi. Foreign Affairs seems to be protecting Peters, he was shot in Libya, landed in NL and after light questioning was allowed to continue on.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/31/government-urged-to-proble-gaddafi-sons-bodyguard-who-is-based-in-canada/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/31/government-urged-to-proble-gaddafi-sons-bodyguard-who-is-based-in-canada/)


I find it strange that Peters says all he did was hire the plane to get Ms. Vanier out of Mexico, and to collect payment. But he sent 2 partners down to do that, he did not accompany them, as if he knew what was coming. It also looks as if it was CSIS who alerted the Mexican intelligence agency about the Gadaffi escape plot, which Peters may have been aware of. In Ms. Vanier's report, sent to Foreign Affairs, she establishes that in fact NATO and the rebel leaders were committing War Crimes. And there's the cruz of the matter.


Today the Mexican authorities must decide whether to continue to hold her without charge, as their last 40 days was up yesterday. So will Canada allow this woman, whether or not she was part of the plot, to lay waste in a Mexican jail in order to hide the truth?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 01, 2012, 02:08:11 PM
They are going to hold her 10 more days w/o charge. BUT are moving her to a Federal prison, which means some b.s. charges will prolly come up. The Can. gov't is protecting the 'atrocities' in the Libyan war. The Mexican authorities are totally corrupt.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/31/vanier-canadian-mexico-jail.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/31/vanier-canadian-mexico-jail.html)


Vanier hired a Canadian-based Gadhafi bodyguard, Gary Peters, to provide her with security during her July visit.
She filed a report to SNC and CANADEM, a government-funded non-profit agency affiliated with Foreign Affairs, which claimed there had been numerous "atrocities" against civilians in the Libyan war resulting from NATO bombing missions and acts by the anti-Gadhafi rebel forces.
So what say you Mr. Peters, you've already thrown her under the bus protecting yourself, coward.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 03, 2012, 11:56:34 AM
SNC-Lavalin has changed its story. And now Peters says Vanier is a Dupe. WTF is going on here? Big corp. like SNC won't be touched. I'm really pissed about this. Hopefully some journo will keep this story alive so it doesn't just disappear.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 03, 2012, 12:18:05 PM
There is definitely something strange about this.  I came across her name when I was doing some research on Attawapiskat (http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/12/07/19089571.html).

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One version of her resume highlights consulting work conducted between the Attawapiskat First Nation, De Beers mining company and the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The period indicated lists "September 2009 - present".
A spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs said it was not the party that paid for the services, having no records of contracts with Vanier Consulting.
Her duties included "blockage issues, facilitation of relationship issues with De Beers, community issues, governance". Attawapiskat's governance is currently under question after the federal government placed the community under third-party management.


Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 03, 2012, 12:39:31 PM
I'd heard there were peeps from Native Affairs who were supporting her for her good works done in native communities.


According to wikipedia SNL/Lavalin is saying under Controversy: Canadian employee in Mexican Custody with forged Mexican passports for allegedly attempting to traffic in Lybian refugees as part of CSIS and CIA spy ring.Under investigation by Indian FBI for spying operations in India. CSIS/CIA spy ring has not been reported in any articles I've seen nor that the Indian FBI is investigating SNL/Lavalin.
The other thing is Peters who was the founder of his co., CSI International - http://csi-international.webs.com/thefounder.htm (http://csi-international.webs.com/thefounder.htm) yet in the article he says - But according to Gary Peters, whom Vanier hired for security during the trip, the mission had a second purpose. Peters, who for years had worked as a bodyguard for Saadi Gadhafi, acknowledged Vanier was used as a “dupe.”The idea for the mission was his in the service of his boss, Peters told CBC News. He said he invited Vanier to lead the trip, and suggested she approach SNC-Lavalin to fund it in hopes she would visit and draft a report to present a pro-Gadhafi side to the conflict.
Who is his boss? Who is Peters talking about, SNL?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on February 03, 2012, 01:43:58 PM

Who is his boss? Who is Peters talking about, SNL?

I think he means Saadi Gadhafi.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 03, 2012, 01:47:19 PM
I think Vanier's dad is right, this is a set-up.  Does she have something on INAC?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 03, 2012, 02:47:23 PM
I don't know, but I don't think this has anything to do with INAC. I can't stop thinking about the report she wrote re: NATO's atrocities in Libya etc. But there is so much corruption in the Private Sector and so many of the private sector co's have contracts with the Can. military. SNL did a dam and irrigation system in Afghanistan. They were being investigated for bribes for a bridge in Bangladesh.


I still don't understand why Peters is walking free, having already been questioned, he seems to know so much more than he is saying. It was HIS idea by his own admission.


P.S. Vanier's Canadian lawyer, human rights lawyer Paul Copeland hasn't had any actual contact with her, apparently just thru her Mexican lawyer (who also seems stymied and blocked) but Copeland did say back in December that he didn't know why Peters was walking free.  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/12/10/cynthia-vanier-gaddafi-mexico_n_1140573.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/12/10/cynthia-vanier-gaddafi-mexico_n_1140573.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 03, 2012, 03:24:42 PM
There's something smelly here, for sure.  She's been targeted, without a doubt.  And her connection to First Nations -- the good work she did -- just seems like it has to be part of it.  And we can be sure the HarperCons certainly don't want "her kind" -- you know, uppity Indians -- around right now.  It's smelly, I tell ya!
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 03, 2012, 04:21:21 PM
An arrest warrant is out for a fifth suspect, she said, but that person is not being identified until police have him in custody.
http://thetyee.ca/CanadianPress/2012/02/01/Cdn-Detained-Mexico-16682797/ (http://thetyee.ca/CanadianPress/2012/02/01/Cdn-Detained-Mexico-16682797/)


And one of the tips came with a picture of aGuy Fawkes Mask??? WTF? Now who would do that, not CSIS.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-held-in-mexico-faces-charges-in-gadhafi-plot/article2322617/?service=mobile (http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-held-in-mexico-faces-charges-in-gadhafi-plot/article2322617/?service=mobile)


Scroll down a bit for a picture of Saadi Gadaffi in a SNL-Lavalin Soccer Shirt.
http://castnewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-post-revealed-failed-plot-to.html (http://castnewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-post-revealed-failed-plot-to.html)


As well when the Mexican prosecutor was up here investigating, he interviewed Peters (with RCMP present) and Peters said - He said Ms. Vanier was not involved in purchasing the property or opening bank accounts.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/22/mexican-investigator-questions-canadians-over-saadi-gaddafi-escape-plot/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/22/mexican-investigator-questions-canadians-over-saadi-gaddafi-escape-plot/)

I went thru most of the Natty Post articles - http://castnewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-post-revealed-failed-plot-to.html (http://castnewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-post-revealed-failed-plot-to.html)
and Peters said in one of them (?) that Saadi Gadaffi partially paid for the fact-finding mission and SNL-Lavalin partially paid for it.

And why would Mahmod Razwan of the Can-Libyan Friendship Society (who was contacted by Vanier as a translator) say that Ms. Vanier said she worked for the UN and Foreign Affairs? Did she?  http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/17/canadian-with-ties-to-libya-arrested-in-mexico/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/17/canadian-with-ties-to-libya-arrested-in-mexico/)
Napoleon once said - It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: sparqui on February 04, 2012, 01:29:51 PM
This case is so very bizarre. I'm not sure how she ended up being recruited to do this work. Her consulting firm seems to be firmly specialized in dealing with First Nation issues and only has a staff of three (Cynthia, her partner Peter and a third support person).

Here is the pdf of her fact finding report:

www.cbc.ca/news/pdf/July-28-201-Vanier-report-to-Canadem.pdf

A few things strike me as unusual from the first page: (1) the Report is addressed to someone at CANADEM; (2) their staging-24/7 emergency control centre location was in Pristina, Kosovo; and (3) someone of their team (Canadian Libyan community member) was recruited based on input from the Embassy.

I haven't read the rest of it but it seems like this has government involvement. I really don't get why to report was written to CANADEM if according to Wiki they are a recruitment service, serving on behalf of other organizations:

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- Responds to staffing requests for peace, governance or other missions from the UN, the OSCE, other international organizations, and non-profit organizations. In an emergency, CANADEM can forward candidates within 48 to 72 hours. Many can deploy within 7 to 10 days.
- It is the only international expert roster in the world accessible to the international non-profit peacebuilding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peacebuilding) community, able to respond quickly to crises situations that would benefit from the rapid deployment of field experts .
- Has recruited over 2500 experts for UN, OSCE, and other missions in Afghanistan, Sudan, Haiti, Serbia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, and many other countries.
Built as a rapid reaction mechanism, CANADEM can identify field seasoned experts for international emergencies in 48 to 72 hours.
CANADEM provides additional support to the Canadian government and various international organizations to address recruitment problems such as gender inequalities or geographical misrepresentation of its personnel.[6]
After the events of September 11, and the increased need of the Canadian Government to build up its counter-terrorism capacity, CANADEM provided assistance in counter-terrorism capacity building by establishing a sub-roster of registrants with significant counter-terrorism capacity building expertise.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CANADEM

Nothing on her consulting services website indicates any expertise in foreign conflict zones (especially where Canada has actively participated in military missions).

I really don't get the SNC Lavalin connection and if there is one, there is no way they are going to be found guilty of wrong doing. They are way too valuable an asset. Remember it's the same engineering giant that purchased AECL's nuclear reactor division from the Harper Government™ last year:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/756853/agreement-signed-to-acquire-aecl-s-commercial-reactor-division-by-candu-energy

And whatever close ties SNC-L had with the former Gadaffi regime doesn't seem to much matter with the current regime since they've been awarded multiple projects including the Benghazi airport and coastal water infrastructure projects.


http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/756853/agreement-signed-to-acquire-aecl-s-commercial-reactor-division-by-candu-energy
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 04, 2012, 02:10:51 PM
She has a more extensive resume sparks.



Negotiator in complex multi-cultural issues and hostage taking
situations in Canada, the US, Mexico, Bahamas and elsewhere. 
 Anti-Terrorism, Fraud, and other High Risk Facilitation and
Negotiations
Appointment to the Roster of Experts of CANADEM (Resource Bank for
Democracy and Human Rights) is highly significant, and will lead to
increasing involvement in complex international situations requiring
diplomatic strategies and conflict resolution through fact finding,
mediation and negotiation. CANADEM is a rapid reaction, civilian
standby mechanism established by the Canadian Government to respond
to requests from the United Nations and their agencies.  Clients will
include private organizations, Governments, and leaders of corporations
involved internationally during crisis.
http://www.wellingtonnorthpower.com/resume.pdf (http://www.wellingtonnorthpower.com/resume.pdf)


CANADEM is funded by CIDA and Foreign Affairs, so that's why Ms. Christine Vincent sent it on to Foreign Affairs etc., Ms. Vincent is Deputy Executive Director of CANADEM.
http://www.canadem.ca/home/en/home/canadem-team.html (http://www.canadem.ca/home/en/home/canadem-team.html)


Interesting Van Loan did not know the dif between CANADEM and Canada Corps. but that was back in 2006, so understandable. http://www.canadem.ca/home/en/home/about-us/279-canadem-executive-director-speaks-at-standing-committee-on-foreign-affairs-and-international-development.html (http://www.canadem.ca/home/en/home/about-us/279-canadem-executive-director-speaks-at-standing-committee-on-foreign-affairs-and-international-development.html)





Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 04, 2012, 06:00:59 PM
I've stumbled onto this mid-Jan piece (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/snc-lavalin-developed-close-relationship-with-gadhafi-son-documents/article2302566/) in the G&M.
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SNC-Lavalin developed close relationship with Gadhafi son: documents    graeme smith (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/graeme-smith/)Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin worked closely with a son of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi to set up a joint civil-military unit in the years before the dictatorship collapsed, offering advice from experts such as the former deputy chief of Canada’s military and a former president of Hydro-Quebec.


It now has me wondering about SNC-Lavalin's relationship with First Nations communities, particularly in Ontario.  But my sleuthing hasn't found anything there yet.  I did find this (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/montreal-firm-covered-security-bill-for-saadi-gaddafi-2008-trip-to-canada/), however, confirming that SNC-Lavalin paid the tab for Saadi's visit to Canada in '08.

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The Montreal engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin footed the bill for Saadi Gaddafi’s private security team when the Libyan dictator’s son spent three months in Canada in 2008.
Asked why it had paid for Gaddafi’s Garda security contract, SNC-Lavalin spokeswoman Leslie Quinton responded, “For certain diplomatic guests, we provide complete hospitality and other services as needed.”
Other services as needed?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: sparqui on February 04, 2012, 07:10:17 PM
Thanks for the further info, Toe.

So did CANADEM recruit Cynthia on behalf of SNC Lavalin or did she approach CANADEM to have SNC Lavalin recruit her? Why doesn't the press just ask CANADEM for the terms of reference provided by the client?

And she really didn't seem to have been in Libya long enough to put a training and employee retrenchment program together. Again, if there's a contract dispute, why no paperwork as to the nature of her consulting assignment. It all seems very strange and contradictory. It's almost like SNC-Lavalin is trying to distance themselves from being cozy with the former regime but in a very stupid, clumsy way.

And then the whole Mexico part of events is weird. That Gary Peters security specialist sounds slippery to me but then again those "security" consultants tend to be shady. Still, amazing how the Harper Government is doing nothing to help this woman at all. The story as unfolding so far just stinks.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 05, 2012, 11:42:02 AM
Still, amazing how the Harper Government is doing nothing to help this woman at all. The story as unfolding so far just stinks.

That's why I started wondering wtf was going on.  I mean, the HarperCons tend to do nothing for women to begin with.  And with her connection to Attawapiskat and their nastiness, are they punishing her? I've emailed a friend who works closely with FN in Ontario/Quebec to see if he knows anything.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 05, 2012, 08:05:51 PM
I have been doing some enquiries. Stephane Roy, SCN-Lavalin's Vice-President Controller, or the 'money man'. It was eventually revealed Roy went to Mexico to meet Ms. Vanier to discuss a 'water treatment project'. Don't you find it weird 'this' has not been mentioned in any news article whatsoever, nor has it been mentioned by Ms. Vanier in the months of her incarceration in Mexico, who has been fighting for her innocence. But instead of Ms. Vanier, Ms. Davilla Huerta met him.   According to a spokeswoman for the Canadian engineering firm, Stephane Roy — who oversaw billions of dollars worth of projects in Libya — was present in Mexico City on the invitation of Canadian Cyndy Vanier,one of the accused in the case (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/03/mexico-snc-lavalin-vanier.html). Roy met with Gabriela Davila Huerta, another of the accused, on Nov. 11 when she was arrested. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html)


Mr. Roy was detained, but not held. Mexican authorities must have been scratching their heads about why Roy was there to discuss 'water'. Something tells me Mr. Roy does not fly about to negotiate water deals. Why tf would a SNL VP of money fly to Mexico to talk about a water deal. My friend says, have you heard of an amparo Toe? Nope. a form of constitutional relief found in the legal systems of various Latin American countries and the Philippines (individuals can be presumed to be innocent, or at least protected from detention). I'm not saying Roy had one, BUT it is very possible. The point is, something went down while the federales were busting Ms. Huerta and Roy was not detained, certainly not a VP of a multinational with $6B in revenues. And to remind you, No One has spoken of any water deal.

P.S. Before SNL gets this disappeared the scandal for India/SNL at Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNC_Lavalin_scandal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNC_Lavalin_scandal)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: sparqui on February 05, 2012, 09:14:36 PM
Well that is definitely weird. Why would an accounting/financial executive be involved in such a negotiation?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 05, 2012, 09:40:21 PM
There is no doubt in my mind that PMO is protecting SNL. There is no doubt in my mind that Canada went to war in Libya on behalf of SNL. And soon to Syria and then after to Iran. Canada is Corrupt to the Bone. And I don't believe it would be any different under a Liberal or NDP banner. It just is, it is a done deal and we will have to find some way to live Caplans- Why are there no Angry Canadians.


And let's not forget SNL's huge fuck-up with the Montreal bridge, I won't.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/todays-paper/Ville+Marie+Tunnel+collapse+blamed+engineers/6101175/story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/todays-paper/Ville+Marie+Tunnel+collapse+blamed+engineers/6101175/story.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 05, 2012, 10:35:00 PM
This is just getting weirder and fucking weirder!  :confused I'm still waiting to hear back from my friend.  I hope it's soon.

Oh, and I saved that wiki page, Toe.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 05, 2012, 10:45:23 PM
Well as I said the PMO is protecting SNL ferrsure. Thanks B. You twitters need to twitter more about it, as no one else is. This woman has no future, her future is done, and I'm absolutely and thoroughly disgusted by the Can. gov't, if you can even call it that. They don't deserve to be called the gov't and they must Die Down. Or else.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Alison on February 06, 2012, 01:49:55 AM
CBC did a pretty good piece on this a couple of days ago, Toe, that does mention the SNC water treatment angle - SNC is huge into water - and also SNC's changing story about its relationship with Vanier. The accompanying vid outlines SNC's material support for Gadhafi/Vanier bodyguard Gary Peters and the close ties between SNC and the Gadhafi family.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/03/vanier-snc-lavalin-mexico.html)

I don't think it's at all certain yet that we went into Libya at SNC's request though, despite their problems on the Great Man Made River Authority.
Vanier's "fact-finding" mission to Libya after the invasion was critical of NATO and atrocities, was paid for and praised by SNC, and delivered to Foreign Affairs' CANADEM.

Not to say, however, that SNC hasn't just dumped her in it, or used her as a fall guy for their failed "extraction mission" of Gadhafi's son.

Notable that historically corps often survive regime changes. Everyone talks excitedly about the coming democracy and then the uncle in the military takes over.
In his Mission Accomplished speech (http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2011/10/harpers-very-own-mission-accomplished.html), Steve said :
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"Our government shall be speaking with our allies to pretend to prepare for the end of our military mission in the next few days."
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 08, 2012, 12:07:19 AM
Ah just saw this, thanks Alison. Yes I had read that article, I guess my point was, none of the held-without-charge, but who are now charged, have ever mentioned a goddam thing about water. Only SNL has mentioned that. Doesn't compute.


Going back to Dec. 6 - “It is of no surprise that Mexico was considered to be a hideaway for this international criminal,” Mexican security expert Alberto Islas said of Gaddafi. “Mexico has a long way to go in border control and money-laundering actions if it wants to be considered part of a North America alliance.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/saadi-gaddafi-planned-escape-to-luxurious-home-in-trendy-punta-mita/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/saadi-gaddafi-planned-escape-to-luxurious-home-in-trendy-punta-mita/)


And let's not forget SNL's -A month before her arrest Vanier submitted a CAN$395,000 invoice for “consulting, training and Risk Policy Deployment Implementation Employee Re-Integration Project.” She had already been paid a retainer of $113,000, and SNC-Lavalin had refused to honour the invoice.


That’s odd. If you are of the opinion that a consultant is trying to bilk you out of CAN$395,000, why do you go down to Mexico, a country that Ms. Vanier has no familiarity with, to discuss a contract for a water project, which is outside of her realm of expertise? And why do you go if you are a money man, and not a water project guy?


We also have further evidence that Mr. Roy had a direct financial relationship with Ms. Vanier, because in December, before news broke of his presence in Mexico, Vanier’s lawyer made available documents to CBC News which quote Roy as saying to Vanier: “We have already advanced $100,000 (plus $13,000 HST) against this invoice and cannot advance any further funds as services have not been rendered.”...... :popcorn


And notice it's totally fallen off the radar, CBC/ Natty Post are no longer writing about it? So someone is putting a TIMELINE together this week. Let you know.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on February 10, 2012, 08:12:21 AM
Things that make you go hmmmm: SNC dismisses two executives with ties to Gadhafi son  (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/snc-dismisses-two-executives-with-ties-to-gadhafi-son/article2333538/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 10, 2012, 04:49:36 PM
Hmm, indeed!  All I've been able to learn outside of this article is that Cynthia Vanier does good work.  And that makes this smell even worse.

Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 10, 2012, 05:26:40 PM
Hee, it has a rather large cast of characters, and then another large cast of side characters. Here's the backnforth between me and a friend, all in one.  :popcorn


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Lavalin+execs+with+Saadi+Gadhafi+ties+sacked/6132558/story.html (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Lavalin+execs+with+Saadi+Gadhafi+ties+sacked/6132558/story.html)
 
SNC-Lavalin has sacked the two employees tied with the Saadi Gadhafi escape plot. They are executive vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa and vice-president Stephane Roy. Obviously branding these two as ‘rogue’ from SNC’s dubious Code of Ethics. And on that -
The SNC’s Code of Ethics – pretty straightforward document. http://www.snclavalin.com/pdf/code_2011-09_en.pdf (http://www.snclavalin.com/pdf/code_2011-09_en.pdf)
But when two of your biggest clients is Libya’s Gadhafi’s, for whom your building a prison, you have to wonder how Executives like Aissa and Roy never read them.
 
I wonder if SNC got the idea to distance themselves from the ‘rogue’ executives from Worldwide Veritas Solutions boss Casas?
 
Gillispie firm was linked closely until this week to Veritas Worldwide Solutions, headed by CEO Joseph Casas, a San Diego area attorney who has represented Bejarano in court.
Casas said he is distancing himself from Veritas Worldwide Security, including removing references to it from his website.
“I sent the request to take it off, just to make it abundantly clear that we don’t have a relationship with that company,” Casas said.
Casas issued a news release Thursday stating the Worldwide Solutions company had no involvement with the alleged smuggling operation.
“Veritas takes this allegation seriously and is conducting an internal investigation into why our company is being associated with this situation and whether or not any of our personnel were involved,” the statement read. “If Veritas determines that any of our personnel are found to have any involvement with this operation, they will be terminated on the spot.”

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/08/chula-vista-chief-cuts-ties-security-company/?print&page=all (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/08/chula-vista-chief-cuts-ties-security-company/?print&page=all)
When you do a Google search for VWS(ecurity) and S(olutions) you get the same website, unless my search abilities suck. As well you find Joseph Casas, as the CEO of VWS(olutions) and Mr. Gregory Gillispie as the Executive VP of Special Operations.
http://veritas-worldwide.com/en/management/executive-vp-of-special-operations (http://veritas-worldwide.com/en/management/executive-vp-of-special-operations)


From another article we have this – “
According to Gregory Gillispie, director of special operations for Veritas Worldwide Security, Huerta and Pierre are his associates through another company, G&G Holdings, and had been sent to Mexico to collect money for air travel.”
I can’t find a website for G&G Holdings, but Linkedin says he is the Chief Operations Officer, started in 2011 to the present and is the NSW Projects ManagerUS Navy Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry
2007 – Present (5 years)

 [size=0pt]Master Gunnery Sergeant[/size] United States Marine Corps Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry
July 1979 – January 2007 (27 years 7 months)
 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-gillispie/11/60b/a98 (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-gillispie/11/60b/a98)   Stuff we don’t read about in Canadian newspapers. In the same article it says – ‘Also listed among Veritas personnel, as Vice President of Acquisitions, is former Port Commissioner Michael Najera. He could not be reached for comment.’ Wow, port commissioners and chiefs of police, who also cut ties with the security company. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/08/chula-vista-chief-cuts-ties-security-company/?print&page=all (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/08/chula-vista-chief-cuts-ties-security-company/?print&page=all) http://www.10news.com/news/29948867/detail.html (http://www.10news.com/news/29948867/detail.html)
Everyone's cutting ties, now howz anything gonna get done for more aventures?
 
9 more trips?
Gillispie speaking:
“That’s when we met this Gary Peters and the other guy,” he said.
He said Mr. Peters was accompanied by a man from New Zealand.
A retired Marine whose exploits during the first Gulf War were documented in the book Storm on the Horizon, Mr. Gillispie said he was not impressed with the men. “When we met Cyndy, and these two guys that were with her, I mean we were all rolling our eyes. It was like, holy cow, what a bunch of bozos.”
He said Ms. Vanier told him she needed to conduct nine more fact-finding missions over the next year and that she was looking for an extended contract for aircraft. Mr. Gillispie said he and his partner agreed to provide a Gulfstream jet. http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/saadi-gaddafi-planned-escape-to-luxurious-home-in-trendy-punta-mita/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/06/saadi-gaddafi-planned-escape-to-luxurious-home-in-trendy-punta-mita/)
Ms. Vanier had rented jets from Gillispie on other occasions, but in the above article Gillipsie says – “He said his dealings with Ms. Vanier began when his company was contracted to provide a jet to take Ms. Vanier and Mr. Peters to Libya.”
This article says otherwise – “Michael Boffo, a training official for Veritas, said Wednesday he is worried about his two co-workers detained in Mexico and that the situation is horrible. Boffo confirmed the company has leased a plane to Vanier a couple times and also denied any responsibility for the plot.” http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/sd-firm-linked-mexican-plot-smuggle-gadhafis-son/?page=2#article (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/sd-firm-linked-mexican-plot-smuggle-gadhafis-son/?page=2#article)
The questions keep piling up, where did all the Money come from? To me it looks like both SNC and Saadi bankrolled this fiasco. According to the National Post Vanier approached SNC and they hired her. She knew Peters from her work with native communities on behalf of DeBeers Diamond and most likely Peters brought up his idea to grab Saadi and his family. Peters is free, the 2 VWS associates have had the most serious charges dropped and Ms. Vanier and Ms. Huerta are the lone fall girls for the entire corrupt, morally bankrupt multi-national corporations cape involved. Gillispie can’t get paid by Vanier, because Vanier can’t get paid by SNC who say she didn’t complete her contract. An invoice dated Oct. 21st was sent to ROY for $395,000 for consulting, training and risk deployment, which SNC has not honouredSNC/Lavalin and Saadi are responsible for these women, even the anonymous employees want SNC to stand up for Ms. Vanier. Peters probably bought the properties, entirely unrelated to Ms. Vanier’s property and he probably opened the bank accounts. But the one thing that bothers me the most is the raised eyebrows by WVS and SNC of Peters involvement and a statement – “Mexican prosecutors did not respond by deadline to questions about why the three were held, however sources suspect it may be because Security for the trip was provided by Gary Peters, CEO of Can/Aust Security and Investigations International” http://industry-icon.com/blog/2011/11/19/partners-of-us-security-firm-arrested-for-alleged-gaddafi-rescue-connection/ (http://industry-icon.com/blog/2011/11/19/partners-of-us-security-firm-arrested-for-alleged-gaddafi-rescue-connection/)  as if Peters has a very ‘special’ relationship with RCMP/CSIS and the CIA and now nobody wants to touch this except reporters and we need the RCMP to get off its ass. ITt was always known that the Mexican prosecutor, Mexican security analyst Alberto Islas said the investigation was carried out by Mexico's intelligence service, CISEN, in response to information supplied by international partners.
That would be RCMP/CSIS/CIA of course. They be so bad to let 2 women hang out to dry like that, lives over. And now that Roy is fired did SNC make him sign a confidentiality agreement?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 11, 2012, 07:37:59 PM
Imagine my surprise to see BCF upload a video from last years pro-Assad demos in Ottawa. On the vid is a letter from a SNC-Lavalin employee organizing the demo. Anyways I went to her site and sure enuf, there is the letter with SNC employee name covered over.


http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2012/02/gadhafi-mexico-plot-riles-snc-lavalin.html (http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2012/02/gadhafi-mexico-plot-riles-snc-lavalin.html)


Sheesh, lots of articles today in  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/snc-lavalins-man-in-libya-and-his-ties-to-gadhafis-son/article2335018/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/snc-lavalins-man-in-libya-and-his-ties-to-gadhafis-son/article2335018/)


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/world/americas/snc-lavalin-swept-up-in-suspected-plot-to-smuggle-a-qaddafi.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/world/americas/snc-lavalin-swept-up-in-suspected-plot-to-smuggle-a-qaddafi.html)


http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/11/saadi-gaddafi-snc-lavalin/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/11/saadi-gaddafi-snc-lavalin/)


but not a word on how to help Ms. Vanier get out of a Mexican federale prison.


The NYT's, oy don't get me started. They had 2 pages online yest. about  Calista Gingrich's helmet head. Wondering how it was achieved and perhaps something more 'realistic' might be helpful. When, and I don't know how anyone could fail to see this, especially the NYT, it is obvious not just her hair but her entire self came off a Mattel assembly line.



Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 11, 2012, 08:02:18 PM
Parents want probe.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/10/snc-lavalin-probe-sought-vanier-parents.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/10/snc-lavalin-probe-sought-vanier-parents.html)


Fucking Right!!!
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 23, 2012, 10:31:04 AM
CBC tell us the current Ambassador to Libya's spouse is an employee of SNC, as well as the former Ambassador to Tunisia. My, My, conflicts of interest/financial interests.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/22/libya-ambassador-husband-snc-lavalin.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/22/libya-ambassador-husband-snc-lavalin.html)


It occurred to me that perhaps Harper wants to contract SNC to build all these new jails. Perhaps already has promised that. One of the members of the Board of Directors of SNC is Gwyn Morgan. Gwyn Morgan was part of Christy Clark's 'transitioning team'. He's also a petro politician, CEO of EnCana at one time and an enormous influence on the petrolization of B.C. In Tunisia SNC won a contract from the now deposed dictatorship to build a $340 million gas and thermal power plant. Is there a connection between the former Ambassador to Tunisia and SNC's contract? In addition to its massive government-funded military projects, SNC has been recipient of tens of millions from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Between 1978 and 2005, CIDA distributed $1.1 billion of our tax money to corporations like SNC Lavalin, many doing business with repressive regimes around the world.  SNC also won the $13.5 million oil pipeline with Iraq, announced last spring, with a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Syria. And we wonder why Canada ignores Syria's plea to remove all Diplomats from Syria. It's not to extract Canadians, it's to keep Business open.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Syrians+plead+with+Ottawa+withdraw+ambassador/6181218/story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Syrians+plead+with+Ottawa+withdraw+ambassador/6181218/story.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 23, 2012, 11:21:44 AM
Commenter at cbc story:

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CaptainKangeroo (http://www.cbc.ca/membercentre/ViewMember.aspx?u=9432340)2012/02/23
at 5:05 AM ET
Ben Aïssa, known for his intimate ties to two of Gadhafi's sons is obviously responsible for Vanier being held in a Mexican prison. Sounds like they were just following the bosses orders to help out his major client.
 SCN Lavalin and Aissa just wiped their hands clean on this matter removing anyone associated with her. They must not have a conscience.This is something a sociopath would do. Let her take the rap and call them all rogue.

ETA:

And, from Sourcewatch (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Gwyn_Morgan), a bit more about Gwyn Morgan:

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Gwyn Morgan "a non-executive Director of HSBC (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=HSBC) "since October 2006. A member of the Remuneration Committee. Non-executive chairman of SNC-Lavalin Group (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SNC-Lavalin_Group&action=edit&redlink=1) Inc. A member of the Board of Trustees of The Fraser Institute (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Fraser_Institute) and the Energy Advisory Board of Accenture (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Accenture) Limited. A non-executive Director of HSBC Bank Canada from 1996 until April 2006. Former Founding President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of EnCana (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=EnCana) Corporation. A former Director of Alcan (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Alcan) Inc."

A Fraser Institute initiative?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 23, 2012, 11:37:58 AM
Regarding comments -  a Cardamum who described themself as a diplomats spouse laid out some current practices of spouse expectations when it comes to employment choices for them in other countries. DFAIT apparently does treaties and then when the spouse arrives finds out the treaties don't exist. The comment was removed, I can't imagine why. I saw that it had been checked for 'abusive', though there was nothing abusive about it, it simply related what happens on the ground for a diplomats spouse, altho it did contain one comment where it said (paraphrased) 'John Baird can investigate all he wants, because he will never be married', which isn't abusive considering it is an open secret Mr. Baird is gay and Canada is quite liberal about that.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 23, 2012, 12:03:54 PM
I have contacted  http://anonanalytics.com/ (http://anonanalytics.com/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 23, 2012, 12:17:35 PM
 :applause
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 28, 2012, 12:12:57 PM
SNC investigates itself. Doesn't know where $35 Million in payments went. Shares plunge 20%.


A company spokesperson declined to comment on whether the $35-million worth of payments related to Libyan projects or the recent departure of two executives.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/snc-lavalin-to-probe-35-million-in-payments/article2352286/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/snc-lavalin-to-probe-35-million-in-payments/article2352286/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 28, 2012, 02:05:03 PM
SNC's really beginning to piss me off.   :mad2 Fucking fuckers!
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 29, 2012, 01:10:20 PM
Canadian Immigration Officials grilled Gary Peters for 5 hours re: his ties to SNC
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/29/gary-peters-snc-lavalin/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/29/gary-peters-snc-lavalin/)


Watch CBSA decide he's not fit to be in Canada, deport him, and not reveal what they've gathered on anyone. Wait....perhaps I'm being needlessly cynical....just saw this:


CBC News investigation has learned the probe, which was announced this week, began in December after an anonymous "poison pen" letter sent to senior executives and board members outlined a string of unproven criminal allegations involving kickbacks, misuse of supply companies and suggestions that the company has for years been used to funnel money from SNC-Lavalin through “shell companies” back to members of Libya’s Gadhafi family.  -snip-
The poison-pen letter obtained by CBC News also alleges that Roy, who was under the direction of Ben Aïssa, had no legitimate purpose for being in Mexico in November to meet Canadian consultant Vanier and her associates. The author alleges the trip by Roy to Mexico for "business meetings" made no sense for a financial controller.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2012/02/28/snc-lavalin-internal-probe.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2012/02/28/snc-lavalin-internal-probe.html)


Now I'm back to my usual cynical self. We need a flow chart and a whistleblower.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 29, 2012, 01:33:39 PM
Boycott Bank of Montreal. This is why. They have cut-off Ms. Vanier's access to any money that is in the BMO. They say it's because of a 'review of public information' as a result, 'the account profile was no longer operating within BMO's risk tolerance as risk issues were raised in excess of a level acceptable to BMO"  Which is utter and total Bullshit, because they haven't cut off SNC-Lavalin's access to their accounts because of their risk profile. When asked why not -  “We won't be offering a comment.  We have a policy not to discuss our customers' business or our relationships with our customers.”
http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.com/ (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.com/)


Fucking Fuckers!!!

Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on February 29, 2012, 03:23:17 PM
http://t.co/TElFiZw0 system 404 error
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on February 29, 2012, 04:53:42 PM
Well I'm glad for the repository (same as my alerts) but still a big mystery and no answers.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on March 01, 2012, 12:11:10 PM
SNC's Board of Directors have lawyered up. Internal rift between Management/BoD's


“Some of these executives may need to be questioned. So I suppose that’s why they’re seeking legal advice.”
[/size]Same lawyer group that 'handled' Ms. Vanier, saying Aissa & Roy were rogue employees and they hired Ms. Vanier. Aissa is suing.  Have you noticed all the heavy hitters, including the gob use the rogue defense, when things get messy?
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/02/29/snc-brass-hire-own-counsel-following-gaddafi-connection-claims/ (http://business.financialpost.com/2012/02/29/snc-brass-hire-own-counsel-following-gaddafi-connection-claims/)




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Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on March 02, 2012, 06:51:26 PM
Good evening. Welcome to the SNC Lavalin news.

Class action proposed against SNC-Lavalin  (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/class-action-proposed-against-snc-lavalin/article2356830/)
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A Quebec law firm has accused SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. ... of misleading investors and engaging in illegal activity in Libya in a proposed class-action lawsuit on Friday.

Meanwhile, here in Ontario: Darlington nuclear plant to be refurbished by SNC-Lavalin, Aecon for $600-million (http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1139270--darlington-nuclear-plant-to-be-refurbished-by-snc-lavalin-aecon-for-600-million)
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SNC-Lavalin Nuclear and Aecon Construction have been awarded a $600-million contract for the overhaul of the four reactors at the Darlington nuclear plant.
Our energy minister is promising that "meticulous planning" will avoid cost overruns. He went on to mention a bridge in New York state that he's putting up for sale.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on March 02, 2012, 11:48:45 PM
SNC-Lavalin is working with BHP Biliton on several "potash extraction" projects here. Don't know if they're in on the new one that's proposing to take 4 million litres of water a day from the Qu'Appelle Valley watershed.  :mad2
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on March 07, 2012, 11:03:41 AM
Vanier news and speculation and poison e-mails.


http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.com/2012/03/snc-lavalins-poisoned-pens.html (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.com/2012/03/snc-lavalins-poisoned-pens.html)


Gary Peters did NOT drive Saad to Niger?



There are theories like the one provided below that come close to the thesis that La politic es la politica is developing –


I think SNC did know what the situation was in Libya during July and perhaps they hire Ms Vanier as a decoy to get Peters into Libya so they can try to remove the family to safe location. This could be arranged or financed by ben Aissa because of this close association. That makes some sense, except that it assumes SNC-Lavalin actually cares about anyone, and there is little evidence to support that. In fact, with the regime on the way out, one wonders why they would bother with Saadi. Unless, of course, ben Aissa was freelancing his own interests, and on SNC’s deep pockets – he knew that Saadi still had piles of money stashed somewhere, and was therefore happy to extend a lifeline via Gary Peters (though La politica es la politica has some evidence that Mr., Peters possibly didnot drive Saadi to the border with Niger).
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on March 26, 2012, 01:22:31 PM
Saw this link (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/snc-lavalin-ceo-resigns/article2381181/) on Twitter: 
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SNC-Lavalin CEO resigns    paul waldie (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/paul-waldie/)   Globe and Mail Update  Published Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 6:28AM EDT Last updated Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 9:36AM EDT   SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (SNC-T (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/snc-lavalin-ceo-resigns/article2381181/#)38.38-0.89-2.27%) has announced the departure of chief executive officer Pierre Duhaime amid allegations he allowed a series of unauthorized payments totalling $56-million (U.S.) to be made by a former vice president.The company outlined a series of findings from an internal review headed by the company’s board of directors.

Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on March 26, 2012, 02:01:01 PM
Yeah, I read that. I don't bother commenting on Vanier anymore I just go to Timothy Wilsons blog:  http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/ (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/)


I've never received any response to letters I put out. As well Vanier was 'grilled' last Friday by RCMP, re: the executives she was involved with SNC.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on March 26, 2012, 03:46:17 PM
I didn't have that blog marked.  Thanks, Toe!
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on March 30, 2012, 02:51:14 PM

Mexican officials have dropped the Gadaffi house accusation from Vanier's file.


http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/ (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/)


If you want to get a dose of how many millions passed thru Vanier consulting from SNC,  post below most recent

Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 04, 2012, 10:25:12 PM
I didn't catch this, but Tim did. Calderon basically hung Vanier at the 3 amigos meetings. Gee, that sounds something like Obama said about Bradley Manning.  http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/ (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/)


What judicial bias?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on April 05, 2012, 02:24:23 AM
Thanks so much for these updates, Toe.  I don't seem to get to that blog unless you post it here.  :hug
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 13, 2012, 01:00:11 PM

Apparently the RCMP are conducting a raid at SNC today. Happy Friday the 13th

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Lavalin+raided+RCMP+reports/6454702/story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/Lavalin+raided+RCMP+reports/6454702/story.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: lagatta on April 13, 2012, 02:03:05 PM
Lavalin is one of the "fleurons" of Québec Inc. Demonstrators often stop there to shout slogans or stage symbolic actions, due to its involvement in military activities and engineering projects that disregard the rights and livelihoods of many different peoples.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 13, 2012, 02:14:25 PM
Well right now they are saying the RCMP are looking for individuals no longer working there. Duhaime (sp?) and Aissa (sp?) .  They are the guys that green lit the huge payments. Meantime $56M is missing, they can't find out where it went. Ah, yeah cuz juicy bribes find a way of disappearing into foreign banks etc.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 21, 2012, 12:26:33 AM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-combustible-fortunes-of-snc-lavalins-man-in-the-middle-east/article2409837/?utm_medium=Feeds:%20RSS/Atom&utm_source=World&utm_content=2409837 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-combustible-fortunes-of-snc-lavalins-man-in-the-middle-east/article2409837/?utm_medium=Feeds:%20RSS/Atom&utm_source=World&utm_content=2409837)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on April 29, 2012, 04:47:58 PM
Ex-SNC-Lavalin exec arrested in Switzerland (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/04/29/snc-lavalin-swiss-probe-ben-aissa.html?cmp=rss)
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The former head of construction for Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has been arrested in Switzerland, where he is being held on accusations of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa.

Justice officials in the Swiss city of Bern confirm that since mid-April they have been holding former SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa.
Vanier comes into the discussion about half way through the story.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 29, 2012, 07:22:52 PM
 :applause  Hope he talks. And how deep is Harper/Baird in with SNC? Ah well check it out: a deep/abiding relationship.



That long and rather depressing list is intended to suggest that SNC-Lavalin may be able to peddle for cover abroad, but not on the home front.


After all, the fact that Gwyn Morgan, Chairman of the Board of SNC-Lavalin, is a long-time friend of Stephen Harper’s, surely has little effect on how both SNC-Lavalin and the Harper government have hung Cynthia Vanier out to dry.


Mr. Morgan is a Conservative party supporter and former fundraiser for the Conservative Party of Canada. In 2006 Stephen Harper unsuccessfully attempted to appoint Morgan as chair of a new public appointment commission. Opposition MPs objected, and Mr. Morgan was rejected, largely due to his close ties to the Conservative Party.


Also on SNC's list of board of directors is Honourable Hugh D. Segal, a conservative who moonlights as a senator in Ottawa, and who is seen by many as responsible for improving Mr. Harper’s image to make him more “electable”.


These and other board members were asleep at the wheel as former SNC-Lavalin CEO Duhaime overrode his own CFO and authorized $56 million of questionable payments to undisclosed agents, and as Mr. Roy, authorized by Mr. Ben Aissa, financed Ms. Vanier’s work in Libya.
 

Duhaime - they loved him in the good times


That same board is still actively distancing itself from Ms. Vanier. This is a feeble position that only confirms SNC-Lavalin’s continued reluctance to assume any ethical responsibility for its actions.


That may not last for long.  The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published a Staff Notice (http://www.osc.gov.on.ca/en/SecuritiesLaw_sn_20120320_51-719_emerging-markets.htm), the result of almost a year’s work that outlines its concern related to Canadian companies active in emerging markets. That notice spoke directly to the corporate governance practices of boards.


Specifically, it asked for more transparency for underwriters, better controls on foreign auditors, and enhanced disclosure of risk factors. These actions need to be understood in the context of new corporate regulations such as the UK Bribery Act and the SEC Whistle-Blower Rule, as well as last year’s watershed  enforcement of Canada’s bribery statute.


In that case, Niko Resources pleaded guilty under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act in June, 2011, for bribing Bangladesh’s energy minister. Niko was fined C$9.5 million (http://www.osler.com/newsresources/Details.aspx?id=3728).


Specific to SNC-Lavalin, there could be more leaks to come with regard to fraud and bribery. These actions are rarely secret; almost always, employees other than the principal actors are aware. The problem, of course, is that there is little incentive to speak out, particularly when a lot of money is on the line.



The RCMP may have more work to do


In time, too, we will learn more about the company’s relationship with Ms. Vanier, who was paid $100,000, billed another $395,500, and had a retainer account of about $1 million with funds from SNC-Lavalin. If Ms. Vanier had no legal relationship with SNC-Lavalin, then one expects they would be charging her company, Vanier Consulting, with fraud. Odd, that hasn’t happened yet.


Incredibly, SNC-Lavalin’s behaviour has had little to no effect on its business in Canada. In fact, the company has been on a roll of late -


Some highlights:


2012: March. SNC-Lavalin is awarded the project management, engineering, procurement and construction management contract for Vale’s $2-billion Clean AER project in Sudbury.


2012: March. SNC-Lavalin, with its partner, the European-based construction group Cintra Infrastructures, lands a $1 billion contract to build and maintain Phase I of the eastern extension of the Highway 407 toll road from Pickering to Oshawa.


2012: March. As part of a joint venture with Aecon Industrial, SNC-Lavalin is given a major contract by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to carry out the Definition Phase for the Darlington Retube and Feeder Replacement (RFR) Project. The total value of the Definition Phase is estimated at over $600 million.


2012. April. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announces a contract award for 2.5 million to a joint venture between SNC-Lavalin and Aecon Atlantic Group for the design of a new accommodation tower and dining and messing facilities at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.


With regard to that last contract, one loyal La politica reader emailed us to say: "Is there not an honest engineering company out there our government could start sleeping with?"


Apparently not.
http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/04/snc-lavalin-dysfunctional-amoral-and.html (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/04/snc-lavalin-dysfunctional-amoral-and.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: sparqui on April 29, 2012, 08:47:18 PM
This unfolding of events is  :popcorn .  Having briefly attempted to get into the international development consulting game, I feel bad for Cynthia Vanier but from my brief experience, lots of due diligence is required when teaming up with these players.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 29, 2012, 10:33:43 PM
Gwyn Morgan, chairman of the board of SNC-Lavalin and a director for The Manning Centre for Building Democracy . You can build democracy?  Oilman Morgan also on the board EnCana Corporation and on the board of the Fraser Institute. Brown shirt?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on April 29, 2012, 10:36:33 PM
 :o :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on April 29, 2012, 11:11:39 PM
I would be remiss not to point out as well Senator Hugh Segal is on the board of SNC, altho Reuters says  The Honourable Hugh D. Segal, CM, is no longer Independent Director of Snc Lavalin Group Inc., effective May 3, 2012 but is currently a  Canadian Parliamentary Member of the Trilateral Commission. 
Vanier doesn't have a chance eh?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on May 01, 2012, 09:30:00 AM
SNC-Lavalin insiders urge wider probe of operations (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/04/30/snc-lavalin-vanier.html)
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The arrest of a former SNC-Lavalin executive in Switzerland has led to a chorus of investors and insiders demanding a broader investigation into the company’s construction operations.
My turn:  :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Berlynn on May 01, 2012, 11:31:59 AM
It was interesting to hear Dewar ask about it during QP yesterday, but all I remember hearing in response was the typical no answer answer from the government benches. I suspect the NDP will be on it again today.

Pass the popcorn! :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on May 02, 2012, 07:44:52 AM
Another day, another SNC Lavalin story: Former SNC-Lavalin exec accused of funneling cash to Gadhafis (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/05/01/snc-lavalin-executive-gadhafi-email.html)
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An angry insider at engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has accused the company’s former head of construction, Riadh Ben Aissa, of secretly funneling money to members of Libya’s Gadhafi family, according to a "poison pen" email obtained by CBC News.

“Since the early 1990s Ben Aissa has organized more than 300 million [dollars in] payments to shell companies acting as intermediaries between SNC-Lavalin and the Libyan government (ie the Gaddafi family),” the anonymous insider wrote in the email, which was sent to the company's executives and board of directors in December.
I particularly enjoyed the sub-hed: Company's annual shareholder meeting Thursday expected to be lively
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on May 04, 2012, 11:59:35 PM
Police will 'find other stuff': SNC-Lavalin CEO (http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Police+will+find+other+stuff+Lavalin/6563681/story.html)
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Investigations by various authorities are ongoing into allegations of impropriety at SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the engineering multinational says, as it signalled there will be more fallout in the weeks ahead.

The Swiss government's prosecution office and the RCMP are among the agencies probing the company or its former vice-president of construction, Riadh Ben Aissa, who sits in a Swiss jail in connection with an investigation into corruption, fraud and money laundering in North Africa.

"This has been a very intense time," SNC chairman Gwyn Morgan told shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Toronto on Thursday, adding this year will be the most challenging the company has faced.

Editing to add: SNC’s mystery man in Libya (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/african-and-mideast/sncs-mystery-man-in-libya/article2423501/)
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A U.S. ambassador called him “shadowy.” The North African press has referred to him as “the bank vault” for Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s son. Libyan rebels have posted YouTube clips declaring that he’s wanted “dead or alive.”

But before the revolution that toppled Libya’s dictatorship, Abdulrahman Karfakh was an important business partner for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., ... and his role as an agent and a player in SNC projects in the country raises deeper questions about who the firm aligned itself with in order to land hundreds of millions of dollars in business there.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on May 08, 2012, 10:16:13 PM
Cyndy Vanier’s northern Ontario ties raise questions (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/05/08/tby-vanier-story.html)
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A First Nations leader in northern Ontario says he’s curious about the experiences in his community of Canadian consultant Cyndy Vanier, now in a Mexican jail and accused of masterminding a plot to smuggle members of the Gadhafi family into that country.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on May 08, 2012, 10:50:09 PM
Interesting. There are several inconsistencies in Vanier's memory around events, I'm too knackered to list them, but someone else who is looking at this story sees them as well. OTOH, this cbc article doesn't pass the smell test to me. In fact I'm pretty disappointed with it, cbc needs to dig deeper if they're going to repeat someone else's memory.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: pogge on May 09, 2012, 11:15:00 AM
Google translation of La Presse article (http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201205/09/01-4523432-genereux-dons-de-cadres-de-snc-lavalin-au-parti-conservateur.php&ei=5FyqT-OBBoLb0QHYwrimBQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB8Q7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201205/09/01-4523432-genereux-dons-de-cadres-de-snc-lavalin-au-parti-conservateur.php%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1680%26bih%3D925%26prmd%3Dimvns) about large contributions to CPC campaigns in Quebec (which they were never going to win) by senior execs at SNC Lavalin. One of the execs is the individual who is currently in custody on charges of corruption and money laundering. (Peter Kent take note: this involves real, actual money laundering). Dots are being connected. There may not be enough popcorn.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: lagatta on May 09, 2012, 11:37:02 AM
Here is the original, for those of us not requiring a translation: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201205/09/01-4523432-genereux-dons-de-cadres-de-snc-lavalin-au-parti-conservateur.php

Yep, we'll have to follow the trail of where those "campaign donations" went. I think the Marijuana party came ahead of the Cons in Laurier-Ste-Marie, Duceppe's riding (now held by the NDP, still a wasteland for the Cons - Québec solidaire MNA Amir Khadir was also elected in the same general area. Federal riding a bit larger than Provincial, of course).

Alexandre Boulerice is my MP, and he is an excellent communicator - he was in charge of communications for CUPE here.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on May 09, 2012, 12:27:32 PM
I just bought an Air Popper!  :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Boom Boom on May 09, 2012, 12:56:05 PM
Air poppers are the best - I wish I still had mine.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: Toedancer on May 09, 2012, 06:10:44 PM

Investors sue SNC.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/09/snc-lavalin-lawsuit.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/09/snc-lavalin-lawsuit.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier
Post by: sparqui on May 09, 2012, 06:49:46 PM
Cyndy Vanier’s northern Ontario ties raise questions (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/05/08/tby-vanier-story.html)
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A First Nations leader in northern Ontario says he’s curious about the experiences in his community of Canadian consultant Cyndy Vanier, now in a Mexican jail and accused of masterminding a plot to smuggle members of the Gadhafi family into that country.

She knew that "security expert" Peters from working up north:

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"Normally I don't think people get to that point where they get so totally unreasonable that someone would require a body guard," Cutfeet said. "But the other thing you have to keep in mind is that [as a professional mediator] she's recognized as being able to defuse the most difficult of these situations. So why would you need a bodyguard if you had that ability?"
KI had its own concerns about Platinex bringing in private security during its mining dispute in the First Nation. At the time, Cutfeet referred to the former British army officer hired as security by Platinex as "a militia man" — a foreign soldier hired to serve private gain.
De Beers told CBC News that Gary Peters was hired privately by Vanier, not by the company.
This is just too bizarre. And really, kevlar vest and a body guard to work with FNs in Northern Ontario? I definitely find that odd. Interesting that she was working directly for the resource exploiter and then for the FN. Usually there is a minimum period stipulated in the terms of a contract regarding working for the entity across the table from you in negotiations.
As for the CPC donations, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't another "in and out" variation of directing money where most needed without raising any red flags.


Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on July 01, 2012, 10:13:05 AM
Are we still keeping an eye on SNC Lavalin?

World Bank cancels loan over “credible evidence” of corruption by SNC-Lavalin (http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/30/world-bank-cancels-1-2-billion-bangladesh-loan/)
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The World Bank has cancelled a $1.2 billion loan for construction of a bridge in Bangladesh, saying it has credible evidence of corruption involving a Canadian engineering company.

The global lending agency said it did not receive a satisfactory response from the Bangladesh government after it raised the issue of corruption last year.

It said in a statement Friday that it has evidence pointing to “a high-level corruption conspiracy” among Bangladesh government officials, executives of Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin, and private individuals in connection with the planned 6.5-kilometre (4-mile) Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on July 01, 2012, 04:08:47 PM
Yes thanks pogge and Cynthia Vanier and Peters. The latest (who is in Mexico today for the election) from PenSword @
http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gadhafi-plan-without-cynthia-vanier.html#comment-form (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gadhafi-plan-without-cynthia-vanier.html#comment-form)



 However, La politica has learned that Mr. Peters travelled to Mexico twice on a private jet after he and Ms. Vanier went on an SNC-Lavalin sponsored fact-finding mission to Libya from July 16 to July 26, 2011.


“It was early August,” says Mr. Peters. “Went down on a Monday, came back on a Wednesday. Went down on a Friday, came back on a Saturday.”


Mr. Peters did not use the San Diego-based aircraft brokerage that Ms. Vanier had contracted for the SNC-Lavalin sponsored mission to Libya. That firm was owned and operated by Greg Gillispie, whose business partner, Gabby de Cueto, is in jail with Ms. Vanier in Mexico.


“Nobody knew,” says Mr. Peters. “My trips had nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin, Gillispie, or Cyndy. This was a personal thing.”


The two trips resulted in the purchase of a multi-million dollar compound in Punta Mita. This property was bought by an associate of Mr. Gadhafi’s, and held in a bank trust. This was not Cynthia Vanier’s widely reported “Casa Kadafi”, a home she intended to purchase in nearby La Cruz.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on July 08, 2012, 10:18:25 PM
Is SNC-Lavalin Bending Rules to Avoid Paying Taxes?

Both companies and individuals pay considerably less in taxes if they label their relationship as a "contractor" relationship, rather than an "employment" one. The company or the individual in a contractor relationship does not pay CPP, EI and WSIB premiums. -snip-

Many of the newly hired contractors brought on by SNC-Lavalin are also former AECL employees. These employees took a voluntary separation package last fall prior to the federal government's sale of AECL to SNC-Lavalin, which cost the federal government approximately 15 million dollars. Employees were offered voluntary layoff packages because SNC-Lavalin claimed the need to reduce the workforce. Now, months later, many of these "voluntarily laid-off" employees are back, doing the same jobs. But now they are called contractors instead of employees and honest Canadian taxpayers are the losers.
http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2012/week27/Friday/12070607.htm (http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2012/week27/Friday/12070607.htm)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on July 09, 2012, 12:43:32 PM
About 850 nuclear engineers now on strike
[/size]The workers became employees of SNC-Lavalin in October 2011 when the federal government sold off the commercial business of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, which designed the CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) reactor, to a unit of SNC.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/09/snclavalin-strike-idUSL2E8I92IX20120709?type=companyNews (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/09/snclavalin-strike-idUSL2E8I92IX20120709?type=companyNews)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on July 11, 2012, 09:32:38 PM

Letter from Diane Albonczy and my response (so far)

http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gadhafi-plan-without-cynthia-vanier.html?showComment=1342056451622#c8405267418315839692 (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gadhafi-plan-without-cynthia-vanier.html?showComment=1342056451622#c8405267418315839692)


P.S. That is the exact same response I received from an earlier letter to the T.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on August 16, 2012, 10:25:47 AM
Update on Vanier, National Post's Stewart Bell, Gary Peters and much more.


The second problem is perhaps more serious. It is Bell’s close connections to Canada’s security apparatus. He is not alone here: many so-called investigative journalists defer to power in order to gain access to leaked information. They get the scoop and become heroes to their bosses. Sadly, this approach allows the powers that be to lead and even direct the news.


In Canada, one recent example is a police leak of personal contact information to Bell. The person in question is Barrie Rice, who travelled to Libya and to Mexico with Ms. Vanier. Mr. Rice is a respected security consultant with A-list clients such as the Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathryn_Bigelow). He is a person of interest in this case because he knows both Cynthia Vanier, whom he believes is innocent, and Gary Peters, whom he knows is unreliable.  -snip-



It is reasonable that Bell would want to talk to Mr. Rice. What is not reasonable is that the police would leak Mr. Rice’s personal contact information to Bell, which is exactly what happened.


Wag That Dog - http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/08/wag-that-dog-cynthia-vanier-is-ill.html (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/08/wag-that-dog-cynthia-vanier-is-ill.html)


Canada sends diplomatic note/Status of all the Proceedings so far -
http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/08/cynthia-vanier-case-canada-sends.html (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/08/cynthia-vanier-case-canada-sends.html)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on September 19, 2012, 12:51:55 AM
Another month, another investigation into SNC-Lavalin and yet the feds and Ontario just keeps giving contracts to them.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/police-probe-mcgill-hospital-contract-awarded-to-snc-lavalin/article4551179/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/police-probe-mcgill-hospital-contract-awarded-to-snc-lavalin/article4551179/)


Quebec’s police task force on corruption is probing how a billion-dollar contract for a Montreal mega-hospital was awarded to a consortium led by Montreal engineering giant SNC Lavalin Group Inc.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Berlynn on September 19, 2012, 06:01:14 PM
That's got me wondering about the potash mine they're building at Findlater SK...
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on September 19, 2012, 11:14:25 PM
There's this 2011-  http://www.miningweekly.com/article/bhp-billiton-contracts-snc-lavelin-for-potash-projects-2011-03-22 (http://www.miningweekly.com/article/bhp-billiton-contracts-snc-lavelin-for-potash-projects-2011-03-22)


http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/news/contract-award-snc-lavalin-gets-nod-for-bhp-potash-hub-program/1000405543/ (http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/news/contract-award-snc-lavalin-gets-nod-for-bhp-potash-hub-program/1000405543/)


-but I didn't see anything specific to Findlater.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on September 20, 2012, 07:26:16 AM
The National Post is on the case now too: Ex-spy watchdog reportedly under microscope as anti-corruption squad raids hospital office, probes SNC-Lavalin contract (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/20/arthur-porter-reportedly-under-scrutiny-over-snc-lavalin-contract/)

Perhaps the Globe and Mail could ask its regular contributor, Gwyn Morgan, to devote a column to explaining SNC-Lavalin's business practices. That might be illuminating.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on September 20, 2012, 08:05:30 PM
Judge certifies $1 billion class action lawsuit against SNC-Lavalin (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/09/20/lawsuit-snc-lavalin-montreal.html)
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An Ontario judge has certified a $1 billion class-action lawsuit against SNC-Lavalin on behalf of investors who saw the value of their investment in the company plummet following revelations of mysterious payments in North Africa.

The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm didn't oppose the certification in exchange for the plaintiffs withdrawing their original plans to seek punitive damages.

Dimitri Lascaris, one of the lawyers involved in the case, said certifications normally take years to achieve because of opposition from defendants, but the case reached this stage at perhaps record speed.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on September 21, 2012, 12:08:49 AM
The plot thickens  ::)  with 0 degrees of separation between the Cons/SNCLavalin. Baird had to be sent to Libya to protect SNC assets when it was discovered Sandra McCardell's husband worked for SNC and a review cleared her of any wrongdoing. She's just been posted to Morocco.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on September 26, 2012, 10:38:53 PM
SNC turned a blind eye to Aissa.

Mr. Scriban, a former SNC senior vice-president who oversaw all of the company’s foreign representatives from 1994 to 1997, said that when he went to the company’s legal department with concerns about a side commission deal that had the potential to enrich Mr. Ben Aissa’s Saudi Arabian in-laws, he was told to “lay off” Mr. Ben Aissa’s case.
Mr. Scriban has also detailed how, within SNC-Lavalin’s Montreal headquarters, Mr. Ben Aissa’s work with the family of the late Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was kept secret. As the head of SNC-Lavalin International, Mr. Scriban had access to every single country file – except for the records detailing Mr. Ben Aissa’s work in Libya. “This file is so risky that people feel like hiding it,” Mr. Scriban said he recalled thinking at the time.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/former-vp-warned-snc-years-before-foreign-bribery-scandal/article4571125/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/former-vp-warned-snc-years-before-foreign-bribery-scandal/article4571125/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on October 26, 2012, 09:54:00 AM
I've never understood and it still hasn't been really explained, how Mr. Porter from Sierra Leone, not a Canadian citizen, only arrived in 2004, was named as Chairman of SIRC! How did this guy get security clearance when he had ties to an arms dealer? Just me speculating, but he had to have been privy to Harper's inner circle, no? Anyway lots of goodies in this article re: SNC and other players in this really stinky affair.


http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/05/mcgill-university-health-centre/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/05/mcgill-university-health-centre/)


The committee dissolved in late 2009; a second one was formed. Its membership was also kept secret. The SNC-Lavalin bid was selected in early 2010 and “ratified” by the MUHC board. Quebec’s health minister was advised. Mr. Angus made the formal, public announcement on April 1, 2010.
Things took some strange turns. On June 2, 2010, Dr. Porter signed an agreement with a notorious international consultant and purported arms dealer named Ari Ben-Menashe. The contract called for Dr. Porter to wire Mr. Ben-Menashe $200,000 in personal funds (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/08/canada-spy-watchdogs-questionable-200000-deal/), in exchange for a $120-million Russian aid package that a Porter-controlled company was to spend on public infrastructure in his native Sierra Leone.
Three weeks later, Dr. Porter was appointed chairman of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), which examines activities conducted by Canada’s spy agency, CSIS. Named to the SIRC board at the same time was Philippe Couillard, who had served as Quebec’s health minister until his abrupt resignation in 2008.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Holly Stick on October 26, 2012, 08:56:22 PM
I haven't followed this story much, but today some tweeters are noting #snclavalin seems to be gone from twitter, only one tweet with that hashtag in the last 7 days or more:


http://topsy.com/s?q=%23snclavalin&type=tweet&window=m (http://topsy.com/s?q=%23snclavalin&type=tweet&window=m)


https://twitter.com/trapdinawrpool/status/261972074594189313 (https://twitter.com/trapdinawrpool/status/261972074594189313)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on October 26, 2012, 11:18:06 PM
not surprised considering deep federal ties and the lobbyists involved
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on November 05, 2012, 07:40:13 AM
Canadian jailed in Gadhafi plot has surgery in Mexico (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/11/02/cyndy-vanier-mexico-update.html)
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Canadian mediator Cyndy Vanier, arrested in Mexico one year ago this week, was recently released from hospital following abdominal surgery and is back in her prison cell in Chetumal, Mexico, along the border with Belize.

Vanier says doctors conducted surgery in early October, originally to remove a suspected tumour or ovarian cyst. But she says they discovered additional internal problems, which she claims stem from a violent blow from a Mexican police officer following her arrest on Nov. 10, 2011.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: sparqui on November 05, 2012, 11:07:24 AM
She still has yet to go before the court and plead her innocence. At least Cynthia sounded strong when she was interviewed.  :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on November 28, 2012, 12:49:37 PM
Holy Moly Thunderstriking! Pierre Duhaime arrested this a.m. at his home!


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/11/28/quebec-snc-lavalin-ceo-arrested-fraud.html


by Quebec anti-corruption Squad - http://www.globalmontreal.com/ex-head+of+snc+lavalin+pierre+duhaime+arrested+by+quebec+anti-corruption+unit/6442762118/story.html
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: lagatta on November 28, 2012, 04:45:19 PM
This is wild, as the story fits BOTH in this thread and the Charbonneau Commission one! :popcorn :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on November 28, 2012, 07:46:29 PM
This is wild, as the story fits BOTH in this thread and the Charbonneau Commission one! :popcorn :popcorn

Wait....how so? Senators - CEO's

 :popcorn :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Alison on November 29, 2012, 04:12:19 PM
This is wild, as the story fits BOTH in this thread and the Charbonneau Commission one! :popcorn :popcorn


And SIRC!

[size=78%]In June 2009, SIRC announced that committee member Dr Arthur Porter would lead the investigation into CSIS's treatment of Abdelrazik.[/size]

One year later on June 23 2010, Steve appointed Dr Arthur Porter the Chair of SIRC.
Coincidentally this was the same month that Porter, also CEO of McGill University Health Centre, and Riadh Ben Aïssa, exec VP of SNC-Lavalin’s construction and infrastructure division, performed a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate SNC's successful bid to begin the $1.3-billion hospital expansion in Montreal.


Quote
I've never understood and it still hasn't been really explained, how Mr. Porter from Sierra Leone, not a Canadian citizen, only arrived in 2004, was named as Chairman of SIRC! How did this guy get security clearance when he had ties to an arms dealer?


Toe : He was Bush's choice for US Surgeon General.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on December 11, 2012, 01:19:40 AM
as debra would say in dexter - Holy Jeesus Fuck! There is a connection


The owner of the jet in which ]U.S.-born singer Jenni Rivera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenni_Rivera) died is scheduled to testify on Friday, December 14, with regard to the alleged plot to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi to Mexico in 2011. http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/ (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Alison on December 11, 2012, 02:10:14 AM
Toe :NaPo had something on that today, mentioning aircraft owner as witness for prosecution against Vanier


http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/12/10/company-in-plane-crash-that-killed-mexican-superstar-jenni-rivera-has-ties-to-alleged-gaddafi-escape-plot/
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on December 21, 2012, 12:58:41 AM
corrupt to the bone/nunez/mexican attorney general (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/12/christian-eduardo-esquino-nunezs-crash.html?showComment=1356069015660#c8017226946013313068)


and I might add so is ontario's INSET (National Security Enforcement Team) Who are they? Canadian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada)counter-terrorist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-terrorism)]security forces operating under the auspices off Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Safety_and_Emergency_Preparedness_Canada)[. These teams, formed in 2002 in response to the September 11 attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11,_2001_attacks) with members from the[Royal Canadian Mounted Police (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Mounted_Police)RCMP),]Canada Border Services Agency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Border_Services_Agency) Citizenship and Immigration Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship_and_Immigration_Canada) CSIS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Security_Intelligence_Service) and variouspolice forces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police) the municipal and provincial levels.The first of these teams were founded in Toronto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto), Vancouver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver), Ottawa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa) and Montreal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal).
An INSET operating in Toronto played a major role in thecapture of 17 terror suspects (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2006_GTA_terrorism_arrests) on June 2, 2006. The mandate of INSETs is as follows:Increase the capacity to collect, share and analyze intelligence among partners, with respect to targets (individuals) that are threat to national security.
And just to remind peeps, Gary Peters worked for Blackwater, he is a civilian contractor.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 20, 2013, 07:09:28 PM
Holy Jeebus Fuck again! Ms. Vanier has had a cyst removed from her ovaries, had dengue fever and hasn't seen her kid since last March  :o


Going to trial or dropped charges (http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/2013/01/20/cynthia-vanier-family-mexico-hearing.html)




Last post on Vanier @ http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2012/11/one-year-later-cynthia-vanier-awaits_9495.html
where some commenters think she's a hot potato coz she claimed human rights abuses during Libyan war (plus she may be good advocate for FN)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 23, 2013, 01:21:39 AM
In a recent, widely distributed article written by Diana Mehta (https://twitter.com/dianamehta) of the Canadian Press (http://www.thecanadianpress.com/)]and titled,Case of Canadian woman accused in Gadhafi smuggling plot nears turning point, says her family, there was a major inaccuracy. This was not the journalist’s fault – she had been given the wrong information.
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The Canadian Press has notified La politica that it has "refiled a replacement version that removes references to current proceedings in Mexico as [being] like 'Canadian pre-trial hearings' or a period before a trial."

CP further stated that  "We will look further into the best way to describe Mexico's different legal process."


It should be noted that the original CP story has created some confusion, with requests http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2013/01/correction-to-canadian-press-story-on.html?showComment=1358921913767#c5118751662333451174 (http://lapoliticaeslapolitica.blogspot.ca/2013/01/correction-to-canadian-press-story-on.html?showComment=1358921913767#c5118751662333451174)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on January 25, 2013, 12:15:29 PM
Millions in SNC-Lavalin bribes bought Gaddafi’s playboy son luxury yachts, unsealed RCMP documents allege (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/25/millions-in-snc-lavalin-bribes-bought-gaddafi-son-luxury-yachts-unsealed-rcmp-documents-allege/)
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The son of dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi was paid $160-million in kickbacks for steering major contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s biggest engineering and construction company, police are alleging, adding some of it paid for luxury yachts.

An RCMP search warrant document unsealed Friday said the bribes were paid to Saadi Gaddafi by Riadh Ben Aissa, who was then vice-president of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin. Mr. Ben Aissa has since left the company and is now jailed in Switzerland.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 25, 2013, 11:45:03 PM
could turn case of cynthia vanier (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/25/unsealed-rcmp-affidavit-could-turn-case-of-canadian-charged-with-helping-gaddafi-son-escape-libya/)


The Canada Border Services Agency is attempting to deport Mr. Peters, who immigrated to Canada from Australia in 2008, alleging his work for Mr. Gaddafi makes him complicit in the war crimes of the Libyan regime.

Wow I read the case against Peters last week, absolutely nothing to go on whatsoever. All allegations and no evidence.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/17/ontario-bodyguard-gary-peters-accused-of-complicity-in-war-crimes-after-helping-gaddafis-son-escape-libya/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/17/ontario-bodyguard-gary-peters-accused-of-complicity-in-war-crimes-after-helping-gaddafis-son-escape-libya/)

If you read the article there isn't any evidence that I can see, but now suddenly he's out, decision coming soon. It seems Vic Toews can't wait to see this guy out of the country and pronto. Why is that? Is it because there are so many Con connections to the SNC case? like Duhaime?  Peters is a piece of shit no doubt, but he was the guy that first came up with the plan and then had vanier hire him. Oh Vic you slimey piece of shit, your covering up for SNC/Lavalin, aren't you?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on January 26, 2013, 08:33:48 PM
Former executive accused of $160M in Gaddafi kickbacks a ‘scapegoat’ for SNC-Lavalin, brother says (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/26/former-executive-accused-of-160m-in-kickbacks-gaddafis-son-a-scapegoat-for-snc-lavalin-brother-says/)
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A former senior SNC-Lavalin executive accused by the RCMP of paying $160-million in kickbacks to the son of Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi was only following company orders, his brother claimed Saturday.

Dr. Rafik Ben Aissa told the National Post his brother Riadh Ben Aissa was “an honorable brave man and a scapegoat” for the political change that has swept across North Africa since the Arab Spring of 2011.

“He all along followed the instructions of the SNC-Lavalin’s board of trustees and was named as a model employee and even a legend in the SNC-Lavalin’s history book,” the brother, a U.S. citizen, alleged in an email.

“I have full confidence that we as a family will prevail in court of laws worldwide. After all, my brother is political scapegoat and every justice procedure he will face will read like a banana republic one.”
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 26, 2013, 11:59:14 PM
They've hired former Watergate investigator (http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/24/snc-lavalin-hires-former-watergate-investigator-to-advise-on-anti-corruption/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 29, 2013, 06:37:48 PM
Peters is out, 2 weeks to git.

At a hearing in Toronto, the Immigration and Refugee Board ordered his deportation, ruling the security services he provided to Mr. Gaddafi during the 2011 Libyan uprising made him complicit in the crimes of the regime.http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/29/ontario-based-bodyguard-in-saadi-gaddafi-smuggling-plot-ordered-to-be-deported-from-canada/ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/29/ontario-based-bodyguard-in-saadi-gaddafi-smuggling-plot-ordered-to-be-deported-from-canada/)

Well I'd sure like to see the evidence. And of course he's appealing. :popcorn
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: sparqui on January 29, 2013, 08:02:19 PM
I know that awhile back, Harper early era, many of the members of the Immigration and Refugee Board resigned and Harper stacked quite a few positions. Not that I like this "security consultant" Peters (one measly step above mercenary soldier), but Alicia Seifert's over-the-top excuses for his deportation made me roll my eyes. Seriously, she accused (not prove) that he had committed crimes against humanity and human smuggling based on newspaper coverage! This woman should not be entitled to make such decisions. For all we know, her briefcase of evidence is clippings from the Sun, National Post and Globe and Mail.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on February 07, 2013, 09:38:48 AM
Ontario & Quebec Class Action Against SNC can proceed (http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1110773/snc-lavalin-group-inc-securities-class-actions)


Wow I can't believe how fast this has evolved; most class actions take years. SNC vigorously denies payments were sent to Libya. Ha! we'll see.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on February 13, 2013, 09:48:01 AM
Fired executive sues SNC-Lavalin, says he always acted on ‘orders’  (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/fired-executive-sues-snc-lavalin-says-he-always-acted-on-orders/article8582714/)
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A former SNC-Lavalin executive that worked under Riadh Ben Aissa, the construction division boss at the centre of the alleged illicit payments scandal, is suing the engineering firm for wrongful dismissal, stating that he “always acted on (SNC’s) orders.”
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on February 21, 2013, 08:00:18 AM
SNC bribery probe widens to Algeria (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/snc-bribery-probe-widens-to-algeria/article8907906/)

Unnamed McGill University Health Centre managers implicated in alleged fraud involving $1.3B SNC-Lavalin contract (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/21/mcgill-university-health-centre-2/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on February 23, 2013, 09:25:30 PM
SNC-Lavalin in Bangladesh: World Bank sees ‘conspiracy’ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/snc-lavalin-in-bangladesh-world-bank-sees-conspiracy/article8963225/?cmpid=rss1)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on February 24, 2013, 12:51:40 AM
From the cbc article pogge posted - the acronym PCC, which, Mr. Ocampo writes, “is a euphemism used by SNC-Lavalin to indicate the costs of the bribes to be paid.”  I wondered what PCC stood for, it means -  (Project Commercial Cost/Project Commitment Cost) also from the cbc article -]With the help of a code, Mr. Shah jotted down how much would go to the minister and to a senior bureaucrat as a bribe. SNC then went from being second in contention for the project to first. The Bangladesh Minister Hossain was offered 4%. (From WB letter to the ACC).

Full text of World Bank's letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265294 (http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265294)and from that letter -g) What is the status of any efforts to receive or obtain evidence and any other relevant information from Canadian authorities?h) What is the status of efforts to access deleted emails from computers and/or email accounts of relevant parties?
Forensic Accounting, oh joy.


But when the Kadhafi regime fell, they promptly planned on using my brother as a scapegoat to protect their interests and their reputation, using the 'science fiction level' story of Saadi Kadhafi’s smuggling attempt to Mexico http://retasite.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/reta-prweb-art-feb-23-2013.pdf (http://retasite.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/reta-prweb-art-feb-23-2013.pdf)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on February 27, 2013, 12:01:39 PM
New arrests and more charges on those already arrested, including Porter.


http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Arthur+Porter+among+UPAC+arrest+warrants+MUHC+superhospital+case/8022986/story.html
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on March 02, 2013, 12:53:44 AM
The fix was in (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/01/former-executive-ben-aissa-orchestrated-the-transfer-of-22-5m-from-snc-to-bahamas-court-documents/)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on March 07, 2013, 03:55:37 PM
Taxpayer watchdog concerned about SNC-Lavalin LRT bid (http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/897668--taxpayer-watchdog-concerned-about-snc-lavalin-lrt-bid)
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A local taxpayer watchdog says choosing SNC-Lavalin for the light rail project here could tarnish the reputation of regional government.

Harald Drewitz of the Kitchener Taxpayers City Watch Spending Group said the Region of Waterloo should tread carefully before awarding the bid to SNC-Lavalin — a company with former top officials facing corruption charges.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on March 13, 2013, 10:53:46 PM
Update



http://updatednews.ca/2013/03/13/former-snc-lavalin-exec-investigated-for-alleged-bribery/ (http://updatednews.ca/2013/03/13/former-snc-lavalin-exec-investigated-for-alleged-bribery/)


Investigators are taking a look at Sami Bebawi, the predecessor of Riadh Ben Aissa, who has been detained in Switzerland for allegedly bribing one of deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadafi’s sons, reports Enquête. - snip-
“For a while, Mr. Bebawi would get some of the commissions for the work he started in the past,” he said. “I can’t imagine [management] didn’t know when we knew [of the alleged scheme] at our level.”
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on March 14, 2013, 07:43:29 AM
SNC-Lavalin senior execs accused of hiding commission fees (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/03/14/snc-lavalin-angola.html)
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Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is facing a new scandal and a $1.24-million wrongful dismissal lawsuit alleging attempted coverups by executives involving millions of dollars in controversial payments to an agent it employed for a dam project in Angola.
So... Libya, Algeria, India, Angola, Canada...
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on March 14, 2013, 08:20:42 AM
So... Libya, Algeria, India, Angola, Canada...


Yeah and one rogue employee eh?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on March 14, 2013, 09:37:18 AM
About that one rogue employee theory -- my emphasis.
Police search home of former SNC executive (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/police-search-home-of-former-snc-executive/article9758262/)
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Police have searched the Montreal home of a former executive who ran SNC-Lavalin’s international construction division, extending a probe of foreign bribery allegations to include an earlier era of the firm’s leadership.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on March 14, 2013, 06:38:51 PM
In case you haven't had enough SNC Lavalin news today...

SNC solicited by parties at provincial, municipal levels, inquiry told (http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/Charbonneau+Commission+Witnesses+admit+straw+scheme/8098766/story.html)
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A senior executive at Canada's largest engineering company has testified under oath that his firm participated in illegal political financing in Quebec.

Yves Cadotte, a senior vice-president and general manager at SNC-Lavalin, told the Charbonneau Commission on Thursday afternoon that the engineering giant was solicited by parties at both the provincial and municipal levels in the 2000s, and responded generously.
Have I mentioned lately that I believe in capital punishment for corporations?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on March 14, 2013, 07:23:46 PM

Have I mentioned lately that I believe in capital punishment for corporations?


They vote with their money, so why not?  :p
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on March 22, 2013, 07:50:14 AM
Gee, look who's in the news this morning.

‘They’ll want their questions answered’: Ontario-based bodyguard in Saadi Gaddafi smuggling plot deported (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/21/gary-peters-deported/)
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The private security contractor who bodyguarded Saadi Gaddafi during the 2011 Libyan revolution was to be deported to Australia on Thursday night after he was deemed complicit in crimes against humanity.

Gary Peters was scheduled to be escorted onto the 8:20 p.m. Air Canada flight to Sydney, according to a letter he received this week. He was to be accompanied by several Canada Border Services Agency officers.

Meanwhile...

Elections Canada asked to probe donations from SNC-Lavalin execs (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/03/21/canada-quebec-snc-lavalin-political-donations-elections-canada-probe.html)
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The Bloc Québécois has written Elections Canada demanding an investigation into political donations made to Conservative candidate Michel-Eric Castonguay in the 2011 federal election after CBC News yesterday revealed 12 executives from engineering giant SNC-Lavalin — and two of their wives — donated a total of $14,900 just two days before Canadians went to the polls.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 04, 2013, 10:00:30 AM
CBC News Alerts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CBCAlerts/status/319800521798057984):
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Chairman of troubled #SNCLavalin to step down . Gwyn Morgan and 4 directors to resign May 2

Q. Will Gwyn Morgan continue to lecture us on sound economic policy in the pages of the Globe and Mail?

A. Probably. If they won't fire Wente, why would they fire Morgan?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 18, 2013, 08:01:38 AM
SNC-Lavalin agrees to 10-year ban from World Bank projects (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/04/17/business-snc-lavalin.html)
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Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Inc. has settled a complaint from the World Bank that will see the company forbidden from bidding on any projects funded by the international monetary body for at least 10 years.

While the specific terms of the settlement are confidential, SNC-Lavalin said in a release Wednesday it has agreed to be suspended from bidding on any construction projects that are backed by the World Bank for the next decade.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 18, 2013, 10:47:26 AM
At rabble: From fracking to SNC-Lavalin: The truth about corporate kingpin Gwyn Morgan (http://rabble.ca/news/2013/04/fracking-to-snc-lavalin-truth-about-corporate-kingpin-gwyn-morgan)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 19, 2013, 06:46:11 AM
Cambodia added to list of countries allegedly affected by SNC-Lavalin (http://www.therecord.com/news/business/article/920839--cambodia-added-to-list-of-countries-allegedly-affected-by-snc-lavalin)
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The World Bank has added Cambodia to the list of countries where SNC-Lavalin is alleged to have committed misconduct, as the Montreal-based company agreed to the longest bidding ban in the global agency’s history.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 19, 2013, 07:38:23 AM
Canadian accused in Gadhafi plot released from Mexican jail (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/19/cyndy-vanier-released-mexico-jail.html)
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Cyndy Vanier, the Canadian woman accused of masterminding a plot to smuggle the son of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to Mexico, has been released from jail after a tribunal of the Supreme Court of Mexico upheld her appeal.

Vanier had spent much of the last 18 months in a prison on the Mexico-Belize border. Her appeal had raised numerous human rights and constitutional issues in her case.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on April 19, 2013, 02:49:21 PM
 :applause   I'm anxiously awaiting for Timothy Wilson to give us some inside details.


La politica has been following this case closely and had deliberately held back on some reporting as the release date neared. This story is still breaking: we will soon be in a position to report extensively on the circumstances behind the release.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on April 20, 2013, 09:43:29 AM
Jeez this isn't good and no statement from Canadian Consular or any updates from Can. media.


After being released from jail Ms. Vanier was transferred to an immigration detention centre in order to be formally deported. News reports have stated that she will be home within 24 hours; however, [/size]La politica[/color][/size]’s sources in Mexico are saying that the detention could extend to two weeks or even a month.[/color][/size]
http://www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com/2013/04/gabriela-de-cueto-on-us-soil-as-cynthia.html#more (http://www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com/2013/04/gabriela-de-cueto-on-us-soil-as-cynthia.html#more)
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Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on April 20, 2013, 09:19:22 PM

There has been a media blackout on the details of her arrival, though the CBC’s Fifth Estate had been in Mexico with Vanier, and will likely break further details.


La politica has been receiving reports from Mexico that Vanier could be detained by the RCMP upon her arrival in Canada. However, there are no charges pending in Canada that we are aware of. That said, many questions remain (http://www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com/2013/04/cynthia-vanier-linking-up-emails-in.html) regarding the involvement of Vanier and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in an alleged plot to find a safe haven for the younger Gaddafi.
http://www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com/2013/04/cynthia-vanier-arrives-in-toronto.html#more (http://www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com/2013/04/cynthia-vanier-arrives-in-toronto.html#more)


Mission Improbable - Fifth Estate - http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2012-2013/2013/04/mission-improbable.html (http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2012-2013/2013/04/mission-improbable.html)
Gary Peters is a piece of shyt, RCMP in the pocket for protection, SNC-Lavalin - not good enough to carry Vanier's chamber pot.



Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on April 25, 2013, 08:58:38 PM
SNC-Lavalin barred from bidding on Canadian foreign aid projects (http://o.canada.com/2013/04/25/snc-lavalin-barred-from-bidding-on-canadian-foreign-aid-projects/)
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Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin won’t be able to bid on Canadian foreign aid projects after the World Bank slapped it with sanctions last week over allegations of bribing officials in Bangladesh.

“Firms or individuals who have been sanctioned by a development organization, including the World Bank, for engaging in corrupt or fraudulent practices, will be ineligible to bid on CIDA-funded projects,” Canadian International Development Agency spokeswoman Amy Mills said in a statement Thursday.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on April 25, 2013, 11:22:30 PM
SNC-Lavalin may be on the hook for 'moral damages' to those who are still in jail and those released such as Vanier.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Boom Boom on May 10, 2013, 05:26:05 PM
Cynthia Vanier will be interviewed on The National tonight.
 
ETA: Good interview with Terrance McKenna of the CBC. Vanier says she's been let down by the Canadian government, the Canadian Embassy, and especially by SNC-Lavalin, and that her career is over.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 11, 2013, 08:55:13 AM
Vanier denies involvement in Gadhafi plot (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/11/vanier-interview-gadhafi.html)
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Released after a year and a half in prison, a woman once accused of trying to smuggle one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons out of Libya maintains she knows nothing about emails that appear to spell out plans to bring Saadi Gadhafi to Mexico.

“No, not possible. It’s not even within the scope of anything that I would even contemplate or do,” said Cynthia Vanier.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 15, 2013, 07:57:26 AM
SNC-Lavalin International used secret code for 'bribery' payments (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/14/snc-lavalin-international-pcc-payment-code-bribery.html?cmp=rss)
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A division of Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has for years used a secret internal accounting code that former employees say was for bribes on projects across Africa and Asia, a joint investigation by CBC News and the Globe and Mail has found.

...

“PCC, they interchangeably used the word," said former SNC-Lavalin International engineer Mohammad Ismail. "Sometimes it was 'project consultancy cost,' sometimes 'project commercial cost,' but [the] real fact is the intention is [a] bribe."
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 16, 2013, 07:38:48 AM
RCMP probe more SNC officials over alleged bribes (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/15/snc-lavalin-international-rcmp.html)
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CBC News has learned from a confidential source that RCMP are investigating a number of senior employees of SNC-Lavalin International Inc. over who knew about and who approved alleged bribes paid through a secret accounting system for projects in Africa and Asia.

Two former employees of the SNC division, engineer Mohammad Ismail and vice-president Ramesh Shah, were arrested last year and await trial in Toronto charged with bribing officials in Bangladesh in a failed bid to win a contract involving the Padma Bridge megaproject.

But the source says RCMP are now examining the roles of their bosses and other company employees, including accountants and financial controllers, who signed cheques and approved reams of internal company budgets and spreadsheets made public Wednesday by the CBC and Globe and Mail.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 23, 2013, 07:51:51 AM
Court freezes assets in widening SNC-Lavalin probe (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/23/snc-lavalin-probe-assets-frozen.html)
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The RCMP are moving to freeze millions of dollars in bank accounts and real estate holdings in Montreal and Florida in their expanding probe into Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

The force's national foreign anti-corruption unit is accusing two former SNC-Lavalin construction executives and the company itself of a number of offences including fraud, bribery and even the alleged laundering of $120 million dating back to 2001, according to newly unsealed court documents.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on May 23, 2013, 09:02:06 PM
SNC-Lavalin sought Ottawa's help to give Gadhafi’s son vice-president’s job. Globe n mail (I've run out of free articles)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 23, 2013, 09:35:53 PM
SNC-Lavalin sought Ottawa's help to give Gadhafi’s son vice-president’s job (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/snc-lavalin-sought-permit-to-give-gadhafis-son-vice-presidents-job/article12115340/)
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Canada’s flagship engineering company hoped to persuade Ottawa officials to let a Libyan dicator’s son come to Canada as a temporary foreign worker, newly unsealed court documents show.

In 2008, Saadi Gadhafi, the 40-year-old son of Moammar Gadhafi, was being touted as a potential “Vice-President Maghreb” for SNC-Lavalin, with the multinational’s executives stating that they had hoped to bring him to Montreal for his “precious services.”
They were apparently going to pay him $150,000 a year for three years for those "precious services."
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on May 23, 2013, 11:26:04 PM
That's from the RCMP?
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 24, 2013, 06:43:09 AM
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The immigration forms for Mr. Gadhafi ... were recovered by the RCMP during raids related to its corruption investigation against SNC.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 26, 2013, 09:01:14 AM
SNC-Lavalin looking to clean up its reputation (http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/05/25/snclavalin_looking_to_clean_up_its_reputation.html)
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It was the crown jewel of corporate Canada. A rock solid construction and engineering firm whose successful business battles put a national stamp on bridges, hospitals, hydro dams and nuclear facilities around the world.

But SNC-Lavalin’s reputation and confidence have been rattled by bribery and corruption scandals that have left former executives in handcuffs as their alleged activities are unravelled in the courts. The settings for these cloak-and-calculator accounting mysteries are as diverse as Bangladesh, pre-revolution Libya, Cambodia, Algeria and Montreal City Hall, just a short walk from the company’s base.

The fallout has been catastrophic for SNC-Lavalin’s global brand and its business operations.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on May 30, 2013, 07:05:49 AM
SNC-Lavalin offers amnesty to employees (http://dcnonl.com/article/id55545/--snc-lavalin-offers-amnesty-to-employees)
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SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is offering “amnesty” to employees who report potential corruption and anti-competition matters, in which they may have direct or indirect knowledge, in order to help the company.

The construction and engineering firm says it will not make claims for damages or unilaterally terminate employees who voluntarily, truthfully and fully report violations of its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct between June 3 and Aug. 31.

The offer does not extend to executives in the company’s Office of the President or Management Committee groups, or anyone who directly profited from an ethical violation.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on June 04, 2013, 06:52:25 AM
SNC-Lavalin’s offices in Algeria are raided by police over public contracts (http://www.dcnonl.com/article/id55618/--snc-lavalinrsquos-offices-in-algeria-are-raided-by-police-over-public-contracts)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on June 24, 2013, 12:43:46 AM
Trinidad and Tobago's high commissioner to Canada is Philip Buxo. Until his appointment in 2010 he worked for SNC-Lavalin, he was the director of the company’s Caricom Region Energy and Infrastructure Division. There is a government to government contract to build a penal hospital in Trinidad/Tobago and guess who is to build it and T & T now want to know if due diligence was followed and why Canada got to choose the contractor.
http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2013-06-22/govt-probe-snc-lavalin (http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2013-06-22/govt-probe-snc-lavalin)


“SNC-Lavalin is no stranger to T&T, because under the PNM it was hired to do projects. We cannot make a judgement, its a subsidiary of the company that was banned. We want to be assured that proper protocol was followed. We must also remember that these are matters of foreign relations so it is sensitive so we have to be cautious,” Moonilal said.

But president of the Local Content Chamber Lennox Sirjusingh questioned why the Canadian government was given the opportunity to choose the contractor for the Penal hospital and rehabilitation centre. He said: “How is this decided? It is not beneficial to developing local content in the host country.” Sirjusingh expressed disgust that the T&T Government would deprive locals of economic benefit by giving the Canadians permission to choose one of their own contractors.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on July 13, 2013, 10:41:01 AM
SNC-Lavalin sues to recoup $2M over alleged Gadhafi plot  (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/07/12/snc-lavalin-cynthia-vanier-gadhafi.html)
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Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is accusing Ontario consultant Cynthia Vanier and a former company executive of using millions in company funds to bankroll an illegal plot to smuggle members of the Gadhafi family out of Libya in 2011.

The company filed a motion Monday in Quebec claiming former executive vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa hired Vanier in June 2011 as part of a clandestine plot, paying her in excess of $1.8 million to arrange the move of Saadi Gadhafi and his family out of Libya — contrary to UN asset freezes and travel bans.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: sparqui on July 14, 2013, 09:40:14 PM
I have to say that my ears pricked up when I heard the $1.8 million amount. Based on the work Vanier was supposedly contracted to do in Libya, that is a pretty freaking steep amount. I have no idea of who to believe in this convoluted tale.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on July 15, 2013, 04:35:06 PM
 :chaching :iagree
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Alison on September 17, 2013, 06:39:20 AM
Canadian Companies Are The Most Corrupt And Fraudulent, According To World Bank Blacklist (http://www.ibtimes.com/canadian-companies-are-most-corrupt-fraudulent-according-world-bank-blacklist-1406502)
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Canadian companies make up 119 of the more than 250 entries from around the world on the list, marking a seven-year high for the country. The United States placed second on the list with 46 companies, and Indonesia placed third with 43, the World Bank said on Sunday.


Even if you subtract SNC-Lavalin's 58 appearances as a Canadian subsidiary and 14 times as a US one, we're still #1. :o
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Boom Boom on September 17, 2013, 08:16:20 AM
author=Alison link=topic=7496.msg213802#msg213802 date=1379414360]
Canadian Companies Are The Most Corrupt And Fraudulent, According To World Bank Blacklist (http://www.ibtimes.com/canadian-companies-are-most-corrupt-fraudulent-according-world-bank-blacklist-1406502)

 
Oh Canada! Our home and corrupt land!
 
And lest we forget, the Canadian gov't is probably one of the most corrupt as well: allowing greater income inequality between the rich and the poor at a steady rate; removing environmental protection and food safety regulations;  silencing our scientists*;  and turning a blind eye to the disappearrance of hundreds of missing aboriginal women across the country, and finally, ignoring the plight of the poorest Canadians in the country - the northern aboriginal populations. And using taxpayer funded subsidies to help their friends in the oil and gas companies, amongst others such as the F35s, Senate controversies....   :mad2 :mad2 :mad2 :mad2 :mad2 
 
*Scientists protest in Vancouver against federal muzzling  (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/scientists-protest-in-vancouver-against-federal-muzzling-1.1855877)
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on September 17, 2013, 12:51:18 PM
PMO directed RCMP to hide cost of destroying long gun registry files. And we're trusting them to get to the bottom of the election fraud.

http://www.cjad.com/NationalCP/Article.aspx?id=390557 (http://www.cjad.com/NationalCP/Article.aspx?id=390557)


The file has always been politically sensitive for the government, and an Access to Information request on data destruction by The Canadian Press was flagged by the RCMP to the public safety minister's office.
An email dated Nov. 9, 2012, included the access question, noted it was the only "firearms-related" ATIP that week and stated the "catalyst could be the recent inquiries (Oct. 16, 17, 22) to RCMP media relations" by a Canadian Press reporter named in the email.
The email appears to have been sent to at least 116 individuals within government.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Alison on September 18, 2013, 04:07:58 PM
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"Canadian companies make up 119 of the more than 250 entries from around the world on the list, marking a seven-year high for the country"
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Even if you subtract SNC-Lavalin's 58 appearances as a Canadian subsidiary and 14 times as a US one, we're still #1



Correction to that news item I posted yesterday: Having worked my way through the World Bank list for Canada, with the exception of a few numbered companies I can't find, 114 of 119 are all SNC-Lavalin or SNC-L subsidiaries.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on October 02, 2013, 06:53:34 AM
32 SNC-Lavalin employees come forward for ethical violations under amnesty program (http://www.dcnonl.com/article/id57241/--32-snc-lavalin-employees-come-forward-for-ethical-violations-under-amnesty-program)
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SNC-Lavalin says 32 employees admitted ethical violations under the company’s three-month amnesty program which ended Aug. 31.

The engineering and construction company says no new information of a material nature was revealed, but it confirmed its assessment of corruption risk.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on October 20, 2013, 11:58:39 AM
Canada's Taxpayers Are Giving Billions To A National Embarrassment (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/daniel-tencer/snc-lavalin_b_4110591.html?utm_hp_ref=tw)
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Canada won a distinction last month that most of us would rather we had lost: We had the most companies on a list of firms banned from doing business with the World Bank over corruption.

In a sense, that was something of a statistical lie. All but a few of the Canadian companies banned from doing World Bank business were actually subsidiaries of one company: SNC-Lavalin, the engineering giant based out of Montreal that has now pretty much become a national (and international) embarrassment.

The allegations that have emerged against SNC-Lavalin over the past few years are almost too many to list in this article, and stray at times into the almost fantastical.
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 11, 2014, 12:31:27 AM
http://bobmackin.ca/?p=1432


Fired manager claims company supplied false information to Service Canada
Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: Toedancer on January 26, 2014, 12:47:17 PM
Wow, Burnaby Mayor drops a Bomb on corruption, posted 3 days ago.  SNC-Lavalin up to its old tricks again.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OWoWOS69Zs

Title: Re: Cynthia Vanier/SNC
Post by: pogge on January 31, 2014, 08:15:50 PM
Two former SNC-Lavalin executives charged with bribery, other criminal offences (http://www.theglobeandmail.com//news/world/former-snc-lavalin-executive-charged-with-seven-criminal-offences/article16640145/?cmpid=rss1&click=dlvr.it)