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IN THE NEWS

Apr 07

The head of a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee overseeing U.S. COVID-19 relief funds is being ousted by President Donald Trump less than a week after he was appointed by an inter-agency group of officials. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general since before Trump took office in 2016, is being replaced by Sean O’Donnell, his counterpart at the Environmental Protection Agency. When he was at the Justice Department, Fine earned a reputation for independence in the aftermath of the September 2011 terrorist attacks.

Apr 07

After President Donald Trump railed on social media about Minnesota-based 3M exporting personal protective equipment to Canada and Latin America, the company has struck a deal with the White House that should resolve the issue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 06 April that that Canada had been having problems for weeks with incomplete or non-delivery of COVID-19 countermeasures.

Apr 07

President Donald Trump has given a new committee 120 days to complete national security reviews of foreign telecommunications providers’ proposed operations within the U.S. The executive order issued 04 April comes as the Trump administration tries to balance national economic priorities against a crackdown on Chinese service providers considered security threats.

Apr 07

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in a London hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened. While he has received “oxygen support,” Johnson was not on a ventilator, and his Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, is standing in.

Apr 07

As the federal government continues to weigh its options on 5G communications, the Chinese telecom giant Huawei has donated more than a million masks, 30,000 goggles and 50,000 pair of gloves to Canada’s COVID-19 campaign. This was after Health Minister Patty Hajdu had confirmed that chronic underfunding had left Canada’s stockpile of personal protective equipment ill-equipped to handle a pandemic.

Apr 07

At a time when tensions between Russia and its Arctic neighbours are increasing, its interests and ambitions in the region for at least the next 15 years are essentially unchanged. A new paper from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, comparing Russia’s latest policy framework with one published in 2008, indicates that the Arctic remains the main resource base for economic growth.

Apr 06

Police in Tunis are using at least one home-grown robot to ensure that residents of the Tunisian capital are complying with a COVID-19 lockdown. Developed by Enova Robotics and using thermal imaging and lidar, the four-wheeled unit enables monitoring personnel to ask pedestrians to present ID and other documents to justify their presence outdoors.

Apr 06

President Donald Trump has dismissed Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community who first alerted Congress last year to the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump’s impeachment trial. Trump told Congress 03 April that he had lost confidence in the official, who was appointed in May 2018, and who was immediately put on administrative leave until his dismissal became official in 30 days.

Apr 05

As the Canadian Armed Forces prepares to respond to requests for assistance from federal, provincial or municipal governments, local residents can expect to see military personnel and vehicles from on the roads as they travel to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden on Monday April 6, 2020.

Apr 02

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is “realistic” to expect that measures to control COVID-19 could remain in effect “for a number of more weeks, perhaps more months.” Government modelling suggests that a best-case scenario indicates that current measure continue “until at least July.” Trudeau says that while social distancing and self-isolation are effective, vigilance and more public cooperation are key to beating the pandemic.

Apr 02

Health Minister Patty Hajdu suggests that decades of government underfunding are responsible for a current shortage of emergency gear needed to combat COVID-19. Shortages of masks and other equipment have forced the government to try to secure supplies in a competitive global environment.

Apr 02

The U.S. was warned in 2017 that it lacked adequate medical supplies and bedspace to deal with a novel corona virus outbreak. The Department of Defense predicted in a report that “the most likely and significant threat is a novel respiratory disease” of a type common around the world.

Apr 01

The next UN climate change summit, scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November, has been been postponed to sometime in 2021 due to concerns about the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced 01 April by British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who was to preside over the 26th annual gathering.

Apr 01

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants Parliament recalled again to deal with proposed legislation which would provide for additional financial support for Canadians and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. Meanwhile, Finance Department officials expect the support to be available in three to six weeks.

Apr 01

Corrections Canada and the National Parole Board have been asked by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to consider early release of some inmates due to concerns about COVID-19 in crowded facilities. The potential health impact on prison staff also is a key consideration.

Apr 01

While NATO is not a humanitarian relief agency, Elisabeth Braw, who directs the Modern Deterrence program at the Royal United Services Institute in London, says it could play a key role in tacking the COVID-19. Although not the kind of “attack” foreseen in the alliance’s treaty, it is nonetheless the worst national security crisis to hit any of its member states. She suggests its “formidable” resources could play a pivotal role in not only dealing with this enemy while also proving NATO’s worth as a mutual defence alliance.

Apr 01

Hungary’s parliament has given Prime Minister Viktror Orban’s government the power to rule by decree for as long as the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency remains in effect. Among other things, the legislation provides for prison terms for spreading false information or interfering with efforts to contain the outbreak.

Mar 31

The growing uncertainty about the extent of the potential spread of COVID-19 has prompted the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries to cancel this year’s CANSEC trade show, scheduled for 27-28 May. CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani said 31 March the organization took the decision only after exploring “every possible option” with the City of Ottawa, the industry and contractors.

Mar 31

Former public safety minister Ralph Goodale has been appointed special adviser to the federal government as it continues to tackle Iran’s missile attack on a Ukrainian International Airlines flight in January. All 176 persons aboard, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 Canadian permanent residents died. “The families and loved ones of the victims deserve to know how and why it happened," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

Mar 31

A federal wage subsidy announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is designed to cover 75 per cent of wages and salaries, is being made available to all employers which can demonstrate sharp drops in revenues attributable to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the PM warned 30 March that while the program largely relies on an honour system for eligibility, there would be “serious consequences” for employers who try to “game” the program.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Apr 01)
Chris's picture

The federal government has done, and is continuing to do a very credible job of providing solid information and leadership during the health crisis facing the globe. Someone should tell Andrew Scheer to stop making COVID-19 a misguided political campaign (he lost already) and get onboard with trying to help Canadians deal constructively with the many challenges. 

(Mar 29)
Chris MacLean's picture

HBO has released a documentary on the rapid spread of disinformation to the public. It shows how it is being embraced and justified by the people creating it, and how readily it becomes accepted.

(Feb 27)
Chris MacLean's picture

With the first case of "community spread" of COVID-19, the alarm comes "not despite that low fatality rate, but because of it." Let's not forget, we already learned the most important measures during the SARS outbreak of 2003.

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