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IN THE NEWS

May 11

The National Rifle Association’s attempt to use bankruptcy as protection against a New York regulatory action involving alleged corruption within the organization was dismissed today by a federal court judge in Texas. The judge did not believe the bankruptcy courts were meant to be used in such cases and was troubled in the secretive nature of the bankruptcy filing.

May 11

The manager of three Canadian Security Intelligence Service teams says he was taken aback by his superiors’ dismissal of recommendation that masking against the possible spread of COVID0-19 should be mandatory at CSIS headquarters in Ottawa. Gary Vos Smith also says he was told that by continuing to challenge the policy that masks were optional, he was not fulling his duties.

May 11

The World Health Organization says the COVID-19 variant first found in India last year is an issue of “global concern” because studies indicate it can be spread more easily than others. Variants from the U.K., South Africa and Brazil have been similarly designated.

May 10

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki apparently is failing on her commitment 17 months ago to respond within six-months to public complaints filed with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission. The CBC reports that she has not responded to any complaints within that time frame.

May 10

Much of the Vancouver International Airport precinct and adjacent suburbs were essentially shut down for a while May 9 as police handled what was believed to be a gang-related killing outside the main terminal. The suspects in the shooting managed to evade police pursuit and their getaway vehicle was later found burned 28km from the crime scene.

May 10

Four days into a shutdown of nearly half of the U.S. east coast petroleum supply due to a ransomware cyberattack, the federal government and Colonial Pipeline were still working today to secure the network. The has disrupted fuel supply, triggering retail sales restrictions and pusheing benchmark gasoline prices to a three-year high

May 07

A senior House of Representatives Democrat from New York state is pressing the Biden administration to come up with a detailed plan as soon as possible for the resumption of non-essential travel to and from Canada. Chuck Shumer also wants the definition of currently-exempt essential travellers amended to include vaccinated persons who have property, educational, medical or business reasons for crossing the border.

May 07

The government has restarted the contract for two new Coast Guard icebreakers. The largest ships in the Coast Guard fleet, they will play a critical role in enabling the Canadian Coast Guard to patrol and protect Canada's 243,000 km of coastline.

May 06

The common law spouse of the man responsible for killing 22 people in April 2020 in Nova Scotia is pleading not guilty to charges she illegally provided him ammunition.

May 06

In a 12,400-page communique at the end of their two-day summit in London, foreign ministers from Canada and the other G-7 countries included an anodyne critique of China and Russia, both of which rejected the characterizations. Potentially setting the tone for a G-7 leaders meeting in June, they reiterated concerns about Beijing’s human rights record and expansionism and Moscow’s aggression in eastern Europe.

May 05

Chinese President Xi Jinping would be making “a very serious mistake” if he ordered an invasion of Taiwan, says U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We are committed to making sure that Taiwan has the means to defend itself,” he says. “That commitment is not going away. And at the same time, I think it would be a very serious mistake for anyone to try to disrupt by force the existing status quo.”

May 05

Federal authorities have fined hundreds of Canadian air passengers who have refused hotel quarantine on arrival. The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is “aware” of 513 passengers being ticketed since late February.

May 05

Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat sentenced to 20 years in Belgium for planning a bomb attack in France in 2018, has abandoned an appeal. Judges had ruled that diplomatic immunity as third counsellor at Iran's embassy in Austria did not protect him against charges of using the post for state-sponsored terrorism.

May 05

Luiz Henrique Mandetta, fired last month as Brazil’s health minister, says President Jair Bolsonaro ignored repeated warnings that his approach to COVID-19 could cause the health system to collapse. “I warned Bolsonaro systematically of the consequences of not adopting the recommendations of science,” he told a Senate commission investigating the government’s handling of the pandemic.

May 05

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been unable to form a new government by a midnight May 4 deadline after the fourth general election in two year. His Likud Party was left well short of a parliamentary majority and his far-right allies evidently have refused to join a government supported by a small Islamist Arab party.

May 05

Nine more individuals, including two from Turkey’s main procurement agency, have been charged in an ongoing industrial espionage case. Others include active and retired military personnel and three persons in the private sector. The government detained 33 other individuals in January and March.

May 03

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin could be meeting in a third country this summer. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says Biden “believes that such a summit would be valuable in establishing better understandings between our two countries and the possibility of getting this relationship on a more stable, predictable path.”

May 03

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau is in London for a meeting with his counterparts from the other G-7 countries: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. It is their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

May 03

Having been officially designed a terrorist entity, right-wing Proud Boys Canada has dissolved while continuing to reject the government’s characterization. The decision was announced by its U.S. parent organization.

Apr 30

The constitutionality of Ontario’s COVID-19 public health orders, particularly expanded law enforcement powers, is being challenged by 19 active and retired police officers who have filed a notice of application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. “Many of these regulations are not specific enough, they’re too vague and broad and aren’t clear enough to enforce uniformly,” their lawyer said April 29. “Many of these COVID measures force these officers to breach . . . an oath that includes upholding the constitution.”

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Apr 29)

A serving police officer reflects on the state of policing today with a message to colleagues: "We can't be defensive." This highlights, for Canada as well, the critical thinking that must sweep aside any remnants of the culture that has mangled the concept of equal Justice.

(Apr 20)
Chris MacLean's picture

On all three counts against him, former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the deadly-force arrest of George Floyd. It's an important step on a journey that must not pause.

(Mar 30)
Scott Newark's picture

This overview of the Ontario Budget 2021 highlights items that will impact safety and security for our readers. A big push is being made to support Indigenous women, victims of crime, and to help those with mental health and addiction issues. More probation and parole officers will be hired. And a made-in-Ontario tobacco strategy is making progress on addressing unregulated tobacco.

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