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IN THE NEWS

Jan 18

After 2020 criticism of its procurement policies, Global Affairs Canada paid $250,000 to consulting firm Deloitte for a report that, as Conservative MP Kelly McCauley put it, "essentially says, ‘Don’t buy sensitive security equipment from despotic regimes that spy on you and keep your citizens in their jails.'"

Jan 18

Seven weeks after the U.S. formally exited from the Open Skies treaty, Russia has confirmed plans to follow suit. The announcement by the foreign ministry sets in motion a months-long notice period. Russia ratified the reciprocal overflight pact in 2001.

Jan 18

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey has called a general election for Feb. 13 in a bid to convert his government’s 19-seat Liberal minority in the legislature to a majority. It will be Furey's first election since he replaced party leader Dwight Ball in August.

Jan 17

Aleksei Navalny, the Russian opposition politician, has been arrested immediately on his return to Moscow from Germany, where he had been treated for neurotoxin poisoning blamed on Russian agents. He was taken into custody at passport control and evidently is slated to stand trial on alleged corruption charges.

Jan 15

Facing a corruption investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the National Rifle Association is declaring bankruptcy and plans to reincorporate in Texas. James, who says she will continue her efforts to have it dissolved, commented Jan 15 that “the NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt.”

Jan 15

The federal government’s international travel restrictions, a key element of its COVID-19 campaign, will keep the Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel until at least Feb 21.

Jan 15

New federal regulations are designed to ensure that Canadian companies are not complicit in human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang province. Exports of Canadian products to China would be prohibited if there is a chance they could be used for surveillance, repression, arbitrary detention or forced labour.

Jan 15

The union representing more than 19,000 RCMP personnel is pressing for clearer guidelines on when body-worn cameras can be turned off. National Police Federation President Brian Sauvé says that while they “contribute to a greater level of context, transparency and accountability for both police and citizens,” there also are “very real privacy issues” to resolve.

Jan 15

When Canada enters the second phase of a national mass COVID-19 vaccination program in April, the Army officer leading the federal government’s logistics plan says at least a million doses of vaccines a week can be expected. April is when general public shots will be available and the government expects some 20 million doses to be delivered to the provinces by June.

Jan 15

Voters in the Netherlands will be going to the polls in March after Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government abruptly quit. It was prompted by a scandal in which thousands of families were wrongly accused by the government of welfare fraud. Announcing his decision, Rutte said “the buck stops here.”

Jan 15

The incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will ask Congress to approve a $1.9 trillion economic recovery package which would include more than $10 billion for a spate of IT and cybersecurity initiatives. “This an urgent national security issue that cannot wait,” Biden’s transition team says.

Jan 15

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been advised that Iran has begun installing equipment for producing metallic uranium, another violation of its multinational agreement to constrain its nuclear capabilities. Iran has told the IAEA that the new development is part of its “declared aim to design an improved type of fuel.” Germany, a party to the 2015 agreement which the U.S. eventually abandoned, says the development is “not likely to build trust.”

Jan 14

After weeks of bureaucratic delay, an international scientific team led by the World Health Organization has arrived in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the source of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The group iss expected to spend two weeks in quarantine before beginning its fieldwork.

Jan 14

A website promoting armed protests in the U.S. ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration in Washington has been shut down by the Montreal company hosting its cloud servers. The site billed itself as the “press platform” for the so-called Boogaloo movement of often violent gun advocates who embrace the idea of a second Civil War.

Jan 13

Donald Trump has become the first U.S. President be to be impeached a second time when the House of Representatives voted 232-197 in favour of a Democratic Party resolution accusing him of “incitement of insurrection.” Prompted by his incitement of a mob which stormed Congress last week, the resolution was supported by a small number of Republicans. Trump now faces a trial once the Senate returns from a seasonal recess.

Jan 13

François-Philippe Champagne has been promising a tougher line on China for over a year. It is curious that, at the precise moment he finally announced tough new measures aimed at addressing human rights violations in Xinjiang province, he was being shuffled out of the foreign affairs portfolio. John Ivison examines the cabinet shuffle puzzle pieces.

Jan 13

Effective Jan. 26 and in line with a policy already implemented by Canada, U.S.-bound airline passengers now will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to their departure. “Combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible,” says Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jan 13

Donald Trump’s YouTube channel, which has some 2.8 million subscribers, has been suspended for at least a week because of concerns that postings could lead to “ongoing potential for violence". It’s the latest in a series of moves by various technology companies to try to contain the outgoing President's often inflammatory rhetoric.

Jan 13

Combing through digital media, the Federal Bureau of Investigtion says it expects to open more cases for a range of crimes including murder, sedition and theft of national security information arising from last week’s attack on Congress. The FBI says it has received more than 100,000 responses to its request for help in identifying protestors and so far has filed charges against 70 individuals.

Jan 13

In a bid to head off potential disruption at next week’s presidential inaugurations, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff have warned that any protests by service members would be a bad idea. Citing last week’s ransacking of Congress, in which several veterans were involved, they have told personnel that “the rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and insurrection.”

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Jan 12)
Chris MacLean's picture

As we anxiously await deliverance from COVID-19, remember the lessons learned in 1955. We must not rush production beyond its capacity to produce and administer a safe vaccine.

(Jan 10)
ROSS FETTERLY's picture

A pandemic reinforces the importance of Provincial government roles in the daily lives of the Canadian population, and communication is key to confidence in the process.

(Dec 14)
ROSS FETTERLY's picture

As Canada receives 249,000 vaccines for first-phase distribution, the coordination – on a massive scale – will benefit from military operational planning and execution.

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