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IN THE NEWS

Oct 27

Veterinarians have started to detect leishmania in Canadian and U.S. dogs. This dangerous parasite can cause a flesh-eating disease in both animals and humans. Some forms of the disease can lead to severe disfigurement or even death. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are affected every year, but the parasite has largely remained out of North America, until now. The disease has been detected in dogs in 2 provinces and 18 states so far.

Oct 27

The Federal Court of Appeal has granted a request from the federal government to temporarily suspend a lower court’s decision that would have scrapped the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States at the end of January. By accepting the government’s application, the court is maintaining the status quo at the border, meaning asylum seekers will still be sent back to the U.S.

Oct 27

With NDP and Bloc Québécois support, the Conservatives succeeded in giving the House of Commons health committee a mandate to investigate the federal government's COVID-19 pandemic response. A motion approved by a vote of 176 to 152 authorizes the committee to call on the Liberals to disclose documents and to have key ministers testify.

Oct 27

Two Toronto federal constituencies remain in Liberal hands after Oct. 26 byelections. Toronto Centre candidate Marci Ien captured 42 per cent of the vote while, in York Centre, Ya'ara Saks won with 45.7 cent of the vote. The Liberals had captured more than 50 per cent of the vote in each riding in the 2019 general election.

Oct 27

Two Toronto federal constituencies remain in Liberal hands after Oct. 26 byelections. Toronto Centre candidate Marci Ien captured 42 per cent of the vote while, in York Centre, Ya'ara Saks won with 45.7 cent of the vote. The Liberals had captured more than 50 per cent of the vote in each riding in the 2019 general election.

Oct 27

B.C. Premier John Horgan evidently is on track to a legislative majority after an Oct. 24 general. He had a 41-seat minority government in the 87-seat legislature but indications are that his New Democratic Party would capture 55 seats in the latest vote once mailed ballots had been counted.

Oct 27

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has acknowledged that it uses a commercial database to track persons in the U.S. without legal warrants. Several Senators say the arm of the Department of Homeland Security has refused to provide legal justification.

Oct 27

The Chinese foreign ministry is planning to impose sanctions on Boeing’s defence division?, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and “revelevant American individuals” for supplying weapons to Taiwan. However, a ministry spokesman gave no further details.

Oct 27

A pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron to defend his country’s state secularism has prompted his Turkish counterpart, to call for a boycott of French products over what he considers “oppression against Muslims.” The interaction between the two NATO members follows the murder of a teacher in retaliation for his displaying contentious cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. 

Oct 26

The Angus Reid Institute says a new national poll indicates that nearly 40 per cent of Canadians believe there is a “serious problem” with how police interact with non-white people. However, calls in some communities to “defund” police are not widely endorsed.

Oct 26

A retired U.S. career diplomat says that Secretary of Statre mike Pompeo and his immediate predecessor, Rex Tillerson, have undermined and ultimately “weaponized the institution for the Trump administration’s domestic political objectives.”

Oct 26

A federal pilot program in Alberta will assess the feasibility of using rigorous COVID-19 testing and monitoring of visitors to reduce the legal requirement for 14-day quarantining. Beginning next week, the program will apply at the Coutts land border crossing with Montana and at Calgary International Airport.

Oct 26

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to resign for having defended officers’ handling of a dispute between commercial lobster-fishers in Nova Scotia. Lucki says she has no plans to step down.

Oct 26

The U.S Coast Guard is deploying enhanced response cutters in the Western Pacific. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien says China’s “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and harassment of vessels operating in the exclusive economic zones of other countries in the Indo-Pacific threatens our sovereignty, as well as the sovereignty of our Pacific neighbors and endangers regional stability.”

Oct 26

Roman Waschuk, Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, says Canada’s presence in Eastern Europe shows that while we have military “bite” there, it could benefit from added “bark” in regional discussions.

Oct 26

A number of national security court cases could be undermined if information about intelligence-sharing is compelled during testimony, according to a briefing note prepared for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. The question essentially pits the Canadian Security Intelligence Service against the Department of Justice.

Oct 26

RCMP and Border Services Agency officers who detained Hauwei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 are to be grilled by defence lawyers. They characterize the Canadian permanent resident’s arrest as part of a plan to violate her Charter rights in a bid to have her extradited to the U.S.

Oct 26

Five days of talks in Geneva have yielded a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement between Libya's warring factions. UN envoy Stephanie Williams, former Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, says that “all military units and armed groups on the front lines shall return to their camps” and that this would be “accompanied by the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters . . . within a maximum period of three months.”

Oct 23

After a record 41,622 confirmed COVID-19 cases in one day, the French government is imposing a curfew on two-thirds of its population. Night curfews were introduced in Paris and eight other cities a week ago, but 38 more cities and regions are joining them – a total of 46 million people.

Oct 23

Russian President Vladimir Putin says nearly 5,000 people have been killed in the fighting between Azeri and Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. He also has called on the U.S. to help with arranging a peace agreement in the region which is part of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic with a large ethnic Armenian population.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Oct 26)
JOE SPEARS's picture

Canada’s National Search and Rescue (SAR) regime requires a reboot. In British Columbia, an ongoing Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) mission is currently highlighting gaps in the existing system. The Vancouver police remain adamant that they will not use federal SAR air assets. It doesn't make sense.

(Oct 14)
JOE SPEARS's picture

It is time for frank discussions of the risks related to recreational activities around powerful rivers in populated areas.

(Sep 23)
Scott Newark's picture

The following extracts from today's Speech from the Throne examines how it impacts the safety and security of Canadians.

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