Le Service des archives de la NouvelleÉcosse commémore la Déportation des Acadiens

first_imgLe 8 octobre est une date importante dans l’histoire de la Déportation des Acadiens. C’est à cette date en 1755 que les navires britanniques ont quitté Grand-Pré, déchirant ainsi la communauté acadienne francophone qui vivait dans cette région depuis trois générations. Le Service des archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse a souligné ce triste anniversaire par le lancement d’une nouvelle ressource Internet entièrement dévouée à l’histoire de la Déportation. Le site Web, intitulé Au coeur de l’Acadie : Archives concernant la Déportation, 1714-1768, utilise des documents numérisés pour présenter un compte rendu factuel des événements qui ont précédé cette date en 1755, des descriptions de la Déportation telle qu’elle s’est déroulée dans diverses communautés, ainsi que des dossiers pertinents des années qui ont suivi. « La Déportation est un événement important dans l’histoire de notre province, et cette nouvelle ressource nous offre encore plus de renseignements sur les Acadiens en Nouvelle-Écosse, » a annoncé Rodney MacDonald, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Nous sommes heureux d’ajouter l’histoire de la Déportation aux ressources en ligne des Archives, et nous continuerons à travailler en vue d’offrir encore plus de ressources en ligne. » Puisque l’on ne détient aucun document écrit par les Acadiens de cette période, le site Web contient surtout des documents créés par le gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal et à Halifax. Les journaux privés du colonel John Winslow, commandant des troupes de la Nouvelle-Angleterre et superviseur de la Déportation, constituent l’un des plus importants documents de cette nouvelle ressource. Winslow a passé l’été et l’automne de 1755 à Fort Beauséjour (sur l’isthme de Chignecto) et à Grand-Pré. Dans ses journaux, il a consigné les événements qui se déroulaient chaque jour, par exemple la proclamation de déportation, le rassemblement et la détention des Acadiens, l’incendie de leurs maisons et de leurs fermes, l’approvisionnement des navires, puis le départ des navires. Selon l’archiviste provincial Brian Speirs, le nouveau site Web constitue la ressource Internet la plus importante et la plus complète de documents sources de première main relatifs à la Déportation. « Il s’agit d’une nouvelle ressource très intéressante pour les généalogistes, les historiens communautaires, les spécialistes en la matière et les Acadiens de partout, » a déclaré M. Speirs. « La ressource en ligne permet la recherche d’un mot ou d’une phrase, ce qui encourage un nouveau type de recherche qui était auparavant impossible avec les index traditionnels ou les livres publiés. » Le site Web a été élaboré en collaboration avec l’Office des affaires acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, affirme qu’il est heureux que cette nouvelle ressource fasse la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine acadien. « Cette ressource permet aux descendants acadiens de partout d’obtenir de l’information sur cet événement important dans leur histoire, et elle met l’accent sur la diversité que les Acadiens apportent à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le site Au coeur de l’Acadie s’ajoute trois ressources connexes qui se trouvaient déjà sur le site Web des Archives : des documents numérisés des registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749; une base de données consultable des registres de St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755, et; une exposition virtuelle de photos historiques intitulée C’est ici chez nous : Les Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Grâce à ses services sur place et en ligne, le Service des archives et de la gestion des dossiers de la Nouvelle-Écosse aide les chercheurs et les visiteurs de partout à obtenir de l’information sur eux–mêmes, sur leur famille, sur leur communauté et sur leur province. Le site Web Au cœur de l’Acadie se trouve à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/deportation .last_img read more

Federal revenue agency targets 26B in missing taxes over five years

OTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency is boosting its efforts to hunt down tax dodgers — including those who shelter cash offshore — under an expanded plan expected to recoup $2.6 billion in unpaid taxes over the next five years.The agency shared some specifics Monday on how it will improve detection, auditing and prosecution of tax cheaters with help from a five-year, $444-million government commitment — an investment nearly one-sixth of the anticipated return.“We really want to put the axe into everything that touches tax evasion,” Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier told a news conference.“There are people today, I imagine, who must be nervous.”Details of the agency’s plan follow media reports on the so-called Panama Papers, a leak of 11.5 million records from a Panamanian law firm that shed light on the use of offshore tax havens around the world.The extra government funding to fight tax evaders was announced in last month’s budget.Under the plan, Ottawa will intensify its detection work abroad by examining all international funds transfers over $10,000 to and from Canada. So far, the agency said it has already collected information on all such exchanges since January 2015.The agency will also zero in on four selected international jurisdictions this year for deeper scrutiny.The first on the list is the Isle of Man, which saw $860 million worth of electronic transfers with Canada over a 12-month period. The agency said it has assessed the risk for all 3,000 transactions involving about 350 individual taxpayers and 400 companies.Lebouthillier declined to release the names of the other three jurisdictions that will go under the microscope. She said she didn’t want to tip off tax dodgers and give them the opportunity to transfer their offshore assets to avoid being caught.The agency will also launch a special program aimed at stopping groups that create and promote tax evasion and tax avoidance schemes for the wealthy. It said it will be able to increase its investigations of such schemes 12-fold.The new government money will allow the agency to hire more auditors and specialists, who will focus on “high-risk” individuals and multinational corporations.“It’s unthinkable and it’s also intolerable that people can pay specialists to allow them to evade taxes,” Lebouthillier said.“There are people who defraud the government, who do not pay their part.”Her agency also reiterated that it will begin work to estimate the so-called “tax gap,” the difference between what is owed in taxes and what is actually collected.Lebouthillier has indicated Canada will work with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which uses the tax gap measure to help develop policies that target evaders.She said she will attend an OECD meeting this week in Paris that will address the issue of tax shelters. Ottawa plans to collaborate with international partners on the matter.Lebouthillier also announced that a new advisory committee has been created to explore the issue of offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.The committee will be made up of seven experts and chaired by Western University law professor Colin Campbell. The vice-chair will be Dalhousie University professor Kimberly Brooks.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the Panama Papers highlighted the concerns people around the world have about political leaders and other powerful figures using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.So far, about 350 Canadian interests are mentioned in the leaked documents and there’s no indication any of them have broken the law.Last week, Canada’s financial intelligence agency announced it had fined a Canadian bank more than $1 million for failing to report suspicious dealings and transfers. The agency has refused to say which bank was fined.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Federal revenue agency targets $2.6B in missing taxes over five years by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, listens to a question as she makes an announcement on new initiatives to combat aggressive tax avoidance and offshore tax evasion during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Monday, April 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Oxford University student cleared of rape charge as yet another case collapses

first_imgLawyers asked for the case to be dropped hours after Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, raised eyebrows when she said photographs and social media accounts do not necessarily need to be fully checked in rape cases.She insisted she does not believe anyone is in jail after being wrongly convicted because of failures to disclose evidence.She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The police obligation is to pursue all reasonable lines of enquiry. That doesn’t mean going into every single avenue of your life.”Ms Saunders met senior police officers and barristers on Thursday to discuss concerns that vital material is not being disclosed. Isaac Itiary, left, and Liam Allan both had cases against them dropped too An Oxford University student has become the latest accused rapist to have his case dropped against him after two years on bail amid wider public concern about the actions of police and prosecutors.Oliver Mears, 19, was told he was to be found not guilty following a review of evidence just days before he was due to go on trial.The Crown Prosecution Service said it decided to offer no evidence against Mr Mears after reviewing evidence handed to them by Surrey Police, some of which was only received last week. A police spokeswoman told the Times prosecutors decided to discontinue the trial “for a number of reasons”.It comes at a time where the Metropolitan Police has ordered a review of all its investigations into rape and serious sexual assault following the collapsed trials of Liam Allan, 22, and Isaac Itiary, 25. A third case against Samson Makele, 28, was also halted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday after his defence team unearthed key images from his mobile phone which had not previously been made available, law firm Hodge Jones and Allen said.Chemistry student Mr Mears, of Horley, Surrey, was arrested weeks after his 17th birthday and accused of raping and indecently assaulting a woman in July 2015. He was charged last June. He reportedly left St Hugh’s College because of stress. His lawyers complained of a failure to disclose evidence, including social media material, which they believed may have proved his innocence. His trial was due to start on Monday at Guildford Crown Court, but his hearing was brought forward to Thursday morning.center_img Isaac Itiary, left, and Liam Allan both had cases against them dropped too Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more