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IN THE NEWS

Feb 14

Researchers say they logged an unprecedented temperature of more than 20°C on an island off the northern most point of Antarctica 09 February. The continent itself saw a record 18.3° last week.

Feb 14

The personal information of at least 144,000 Canadians has been mishandled by federal departments and agencies in the past two years and not everyone affected by a privacy breach was told about it. The Canada Revenue Agency was the lead offender with more than 3,000 incidents affecting close to 60,000 taxpayers.

Feb 14

Rail freight and passenger traffic in most of the country has been shut down due to lines blockaded by First Nations groups and supporters who are disregarding court injunctions. The blockades are part of a widespread protest against a pipeline project in northern B.C. and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “the rule of law” must apply.

Feb 14

U.S. Cyber Command wants to spend $11.6 million to procure systems which would enable its personnel to deploy abroad on “hunt forward” missions to block malicious cyber activity. The proposed project is proposed for 2021 within the Air Force envelope.

Feb 14

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has revived concerns that permitting the Huawei 5G technology into the U.S. would give China access to “sensitive and personal information” through backdoors built into its software. The U.S. administration insists the global telecom giant is bound to spy on behalf of Beijing, a claim Huawei and China consistently deny.

Feb 14

The latest Middle East “peace plan” proposed by the U.S. has been rejected by the Arab League despite an initial welcome by some of its members when President Donald Trump unveiled the latest initiative in January.

Feb 13

Mark Norman, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has admitted that his officers had wrongly detained and interrogated Iranian-born travellers at the Canada-U.S. border. He says the issue, which had been denied for several weeks, has been addressed. 

Feb 12

Seventeen convicted criminals have been deported to Jamaica from Britain amidst an ongoing debate about how foreign nationals, even though found guilty of violence offences, are treated by the justice system. Deportation of 25 others has been blocked by a court order which is being challenged by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

Feb 12

China's ambassador to Britain says Conservative politicians opposed to Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network are conducting “kind of a witch-hunt”. Reacting to a letter written by a group that includes former cabinet ministers who want “high risk” companies banned, the envoy insists that Huawei is a private company with no ties to the Chinese government.

Feb 12

Two Toronto men face and array of criminal charges after being caught trying to use a drone to smuggle drugs into a federal penitentiary. The Correctional Service of Canada estimates the institutional value of the seized contraband at $75,000.

Feb 12

As evacuees from China remain in quarantine at Canadian Forces Base Treton, Ont., due to the possibility of coronavirus contagion, a University of Toronto bioethicist highlights a dilemma. Kerry Bowman said it must be demonstrated that the potential harm to others is “significant enough” to justify limiting individuals’ civil liberties. The Public Health Association of Canada says quarantine is in the best interests of the public at large.

Feb 12

LCol Alexander Vindman, a White House expert on Ukraine, and Donald Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union, have been fired for their testimony during impeachment hearings about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Vindman has been returned to the U.S. Army, as has his brother, Yevgeny, a National Security Council lawyer.

Feb 12

The U.S. government has abandoned an investigation of California’s emissions standards deal with BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen to apply the state’s strict caps to any of their vehicles sold nationwide. California’s attorney general says the federal government should be going after “real" anticompetitive activities.

Feb 12

The prospect of voter coercion and foreign election interference in Canada’s electoral process evidently pits the right to privacy against the right to freedom of expression. This is according to a briefing note prepared for Privy Council President Dominic LeBlanc and made public through an Access to Information request.

Feb 12

As Canada’s partners within the Five Eyes security coalition take different approaches to the use of Huawei 5G technology, Ottawa has yet to decide whether to permit its use and a new Angus Reid poll indicates that Canadians are divided. Some 56 per cent favour following the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in banning Huawei, 34 per cent like Britain’s limited use policy and 10 per cent evidently would have no issue with Huawei building the entire 5G infrastructure.

Feb 11

The U.S. has identified four Chinese military officers it has charged with overseeing a massive 2017 cyberattack on Equifax which resulted in the theft of personal data on more than 147 Americans and some foreign nationals listed in the credit-rating agency’s files. The whereabouts of the four suspects is unknown and China denies the allegations.

Feb 11

Public charging stations commonly found in many airports and other hubs are reportedly being used by criminals to gain access to personal data on mobile phones, tablets or laptops. So-called “juice jacking” evidently facilitates the installation of malware when a device is connected to a compromised power point even for a short-tern boost.

Feb 10

As of 10 February, more than 1,000 people in China have died from the new coronavirus compared with 774 who died worldwide in the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak which also originated in China. Meanwhile, researchers at the South China Agricultural University suggest that pangolins, an endangered species often used in traditional medicine, are the probable source of the coronavirus.

Feb 10

The World Health Organization says the equivalent of $890 million it says is necessary to help countries to handle the coronavirus outbreak, especially countries with less-developed health infrastructures. It says the “relatively small” number of confirmed cases outside of China gives the WHO a “window of opportunity” to prevent a global crisis.

Feb 10

>A Russian court says former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan must remain in custody pending trial on espionage charges. Whelan, who holds British, Canadian, Irish and U.S. and who was detained in December 2018, is liable for up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Jan 08)
Ken Pole's picture

Prime Minister Trudeau convenes the government's Incident Response Group, which is tasked with reviewing national crises or foreign developments of direct relevance to Canada.

(Dec 19)

It is with great sadness that we alert FrontLine readers to the sudden passing of Martin Rudner. The loss of such a vibrant and engaged man will be felt and mourned in many corners of the world.

(Oct 22)
FERRY DE KERCKHOVE's picture

One thing is certain from a defence and security perspective – there will be no shortage of paradoxes.

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