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IN THE NEWS

Nov 29

On 30 November 2021, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, and its Innovation Hub in Norfolk, Virginia, are co-hosting an important biannual competition in Ottawa, Canada. The Allies are looking for ways to defend the cognitive dimension against adversaries who are rapidly weaponizing information, using especially social media and turning potentially every connected device into a vector of attack.

Nov 29

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says Canada supports the development of a global convention on pandemic preparedness being discussed today by the World Health Organization’s decision-making assembly. The WHO wants governments to develop the convention in tandem with efforts to strengthen international health regulations.

Nov 29

An Afghan mother and family, having been safely evacuated with the help of Canada’s special immigration program, had hoped to be in Canada by now. Instead, they’re stuck in Albania after spending a month in Qatar and Canada’s missions in both countries have said they have to deal with the embassy in Rome. “There's been this kind of good policy intent but there's been a tremendous amount of confusion,” says the head of the Canadian Council for Refugees. “People . . . are feeling very frustrated with the Canadian government.”

Nov 29

Two cases of the latest variant of COVID-19, which prompted Canada and many other countries on the weekend to ban travel from southern Africa, have been identified in Ottawa. Health officials say both patients had recently travelled from Nigeria.

Nov 29

In a development possibly evocative of the abrupt and still mystery-shrouded dismissal of two Chinese researchers at Canada’s highest-security laboratory last January, U.S. authorities evidently fear that Chinese scientists at U.S. universities pose a security risk. Some institutions say the concern has slowed research and contributed to an exodus of talent which could benefit China.

Nov 29

As the Taliban continue to call for Afghanistan’s frozen assets to released, leaders from an Asian political and economic alliance, including close neighbours, are calling for more foreign support to avoid further economic turmoil and a wave of refugees.

Nov 26

Despite three decades of effort, Canada's carbon emissions have risen 20 per cent since 1990 and the federal Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner says the country is unprepared for climate disasters. Jerry V. DeMarco also said in his Nov. 24 report that petroleum industry subsidies, which various governments have promised for years to eliminate, have not yielded promised reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. “We can't continue to go from failure to failure,” DeMarco said. “We need action and results, not just more targets and plans.”

Nov 26

Canadians in Ethiopia were advised by the federal government Nov. 24 to leave immediately as a civil war continued to spread. Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Trudeau called his Ethiopian counterpart to underscore “the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities, increased humanitarian access on an urgent basis and meaningful dialogue towards a peaceful resolution.”

Nov 26

A growing number of countries are imposing travel restrictions after a new variant of COVID-19 was identified in South Africa this week. Britain, Japan and Singapore are leading the response with stricter quarantine requirements as well as refusing air traffic from South Africa and several other countries in the region.

Nov 26

US officials have warned Israel that targeting Iran's nuclear scientist and enrichment facilities may encourage Tehran to speed up its nuclear program. On Tuesday, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a speech about the Israeli strategy aimed at foiling the Iranian plan, that Israel will maintain its freedom to act alone if necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Nov 26

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is prepared to retaliate against athe latest hike in U.S. protectionist duties on Canadian softwood lumber. She was not specific when she broached the prospect Nov. 24, but a previous trade dispute in 2018 resulted in countermeasures on a range of products.

Nov 26

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on French President Emmanuel Macron to “take back” migrants who cross the Channel to Britain. Hoping to avoid a repeat of this week’s tragedy in which 27 people drowned when their inflatable boat sank, Johnson publicly proposed, among other things, joint patrols to prevent more departures from France as well as reciprocal maritime patrols of territorial waters, and airborne surveillance.

Nov 26

British PM Boris Johnson use of social media to call on France to “take back” migrants prompted an angry response from President Emmanuel Macron, whose spokesman accused Johnson of “double talk” by apparently delivering a different message in private. France also withdrew an invitation to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Nov 25

Environmentalist David Suzuki has apologized for saying that pipelines could be “blown up” by activists if governments don’t act on climate change. He made the comment last weekend in a radio interview, prompting Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and others to say that he was inciting eco-terrorism. “Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately needed solution,” he said today. “My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.”

Nov 25

One of Canada’s most enduring trade disputes, over softwood lumber exports to the U.S., ratcheted up Nov. 24 when the U.S. doubled its protective duties to an average 17.9 per cent. Now well into its third decade, the dispute is the result of the U.S. lumber lobby trying to protect domestic suppliers who have been historically unable to meet demand in the housing sector.

Nov 25

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a Nov. 24 House of Commons emergency debate on B.C.’s floods to not only reassure residents of continued federal help but also to press the government’s case for more aggressive action on climate change. “This is not an isolated case,” he said, also citing devastating wildfires in B.C. last summer and recent flooding in the Atlantic provinces. “We know that this is not an isolated case,” he tsaid. “If the last year has shown us anything, it's the impacts of climate change are here sooner than expected and they're devastating.”

Nov 25

As provinces and territories clamour for more federal funding to support their overall health care systems, the debate is heating up on the question of mental health services. The Liberals had promised an initial $4.5 billion over five years in the last election campaign, contingent on compliance with national standards on accessibility but B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says the plan is inefficient and threatens healthcare fundamentals.

Nov 25

A judge in Afghanistan facing death threats from prisoners freed by the Taliban has been evacuated along with 25 colleagues and their families, according to a noted British human rights lawyer and member of the House of Lords. Baroness Helena Kennedy recently explained the September rescue effort which was made possible by, among other things, a $300,000 donation by an anonymous Canadian philanthropist.

Nov 25

Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, Inspector General of the United Arab Emirates interior ministry, was elected President of Interpol today despite a complaint by members of the European Parliament that he had been responsible for the torture of a prominent dissident in the UAE. The position is seen as largely ceremonial in that Secretary-General Juergen Stock, a former German police officer and criminologist appointed to a second five-year term in 2019, handles day-to-day management of the organization headquartered in Lyon, France.

Nov 25

A slow-moving CCG hovercraft transporting paramedics to one of the B.C. Gulf Islands sustained damage earlier this week when it collided with an anchored sailboat. The unoccupied sailboat, also damaged, evidently was not displaying a masthead light after sunset and did not show up on the hovercraft’s radar.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Nov 26)
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As a general description of the Government’s intended policy agenda going forward, the following Throne Speech extracts are of potential relevance to Safety & Security readers.

(Nov 14)
Scott Newark's picture

It has been five years since ‘The Three Amigos’ (leaders of Canada, U.S. and Mexico) last held a face-to-face meeting. What should this week's meeting in Washington cover?

(Sep 28)
Scott Newark's picture

Cases like this highlight a pressing need for Canada to modernize its Extradition Act and the Treaties under it. The questions are piling up, and a review is clearly warranted.

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