CSIS loses bid to keep closed-door hearing a secret in B.C. terror trial

VANCOUVER - Canada's spy agency has lost a fight to keep secret some information presented before a British Columbia court during a closed-door hearing for two people found guilty on terror charges.

See Full Article

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce has ruled that it is possible to protect the privacy of a Canadian Security Intelligence Service source without the proceedings being kept entirely confidential.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody have been found guilty of planting bombs at the B.C. legislature in 2013, and their lawyers are now arguing that couple were entrapped by police.

Part of the trial was held in-camera last week, and lawyers for the Crown and CSIS argued that information revealed during the hearing would risk identifying the alleged spy-agency operative who may have been involved in the undercover operation.

Now the judge has given CSIS lawyers until Tuesday afternoon to suggest to her what information should be excluded -- from both the hearing and her ruling -- in order to protect the person.

The edited version of the hearing is expected to be released to the media by Wednesday.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'Just a baby': Vigil mourns 14-year-old Indigenous girl found dead in Vancouver

    Canada News CTV News
    A vigil was held on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Tuesday for an Indigenous girl whose body was found there a year after she went missing. Noelle O'Soup was one of two people whose remains were in a room at a single-room-occupancy building on May 1, Vancouver police have confirmed. Source
  • 'I just pray that they are going to be fine': Witnesses recall violent shooting at B.C. bank

    Canada News CTV News
    Fabien Cousineau had just stepped outside after buying some bicycle parts Tuesday morning when a police officer came and told him not to move. Unable to get to his truck, Cousineau stayed where he was. Source
  • It may be summer, but people are still skiing in Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    Large amounts of snow this past winter, combined with a late melt, has carved a path for summer skiing in Alberta. Skiing resort, Banff Sunshine Village opened for the summer last week and hopes to welcome skiers from across the country until Sunday. Source
  • Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump White House aide, now in spotlight

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - A year and a half after the deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection, the most memorable recounting of former president Donald Trump's behaviour that day came from a young woman who had graduated from college just a few years earlier. Source
  • Biden team strains to flex muscles in abortion fight

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's top health official said Tuesday that "every option is on the table" when it comes to helping women access abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Source
  • Colombia needs drug policy changes to end internal violence, truth commission says

    World News CBC News
    Colombian leaders must recognize how drug trafficking has penetrated the country's culture, economy and politics and how the global war on drugs is driving its internal armed conflict, Colombia's truth commission said on Tuesday in a long-awaited report. Source
  • Ukraine's president says Putin has become 'a terrorist'

    World News CTV News
    UNITED NATIONS - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday of becoming "a terrorist" leading a "terrorist state" and urged Russia's expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the UN Security Council, Zelenskyy urged the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate "the actions of Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil" and to hold the country accountable. Source
  • Canadians who want a Nexus card will have to travel to U.S. to get it

    Canada News CTV News
    A Nexus card is supposed to help put low-risk Canadians on the fast track when crossing the U.S. border, but at least 330,000 Canadians aren’t sure when their applications will be processed. "It's been a major disappointment, because it's taking so long," said Toronto resident Margaret Cassidy, who applied for a Nexus card in 2019. Source
  • Police: Carbon monoxide killed 3 tourists at Bahamas resort

    World News CTV News
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Carbon monoxide poisoning killed three U.S. tourists found dead at a resort in the Bahamas in May, police announced Tuesday. Authorities did not provide further details, saying the deaths were still under investigation. Source
  • New study examines cannabis use and emergency room visits

    Canada News CTV News
    Emergency room visits and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among Canadians who use cannabis than among those who don't, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers at Unity Health Toronto, compared data from almost 4,800 people who reported cannabis use in the preceding 12 months with data from more than 10,000 people who reported never having used cannabis. Source