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IN THE NEWS

Jan 24

Some three years after the fact, details are available on a major “real world” test of cyber  cooperation between the U.S. and coalition partners in their Daesh campaign. Operation Glowing Symphony in November 2016 was the largest exercise of its kind operations and the details show that U.S. Cyber Command considered sharing information typically held closely. The details are in documents released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by George Washington University archives.

Jan 24

As the death toll from a coronavirus continues to rise slowly but steadily from initial diagnosis in early December, China has widened its travel restrictions in Hubei province. As of 24 January, they affect some 35 million residents in 10 cities. At least 26 fatalities have been reported in China and a few isolated cases have been confirmed elsewhere, including France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. (one case each in Chicago and Seattle), and Vietnam.

Jan 23

Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre, first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, announced 23 January that he would not seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He had served in two cabinet portfolios in the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and most recently has been Opposition finance critic.

Jan 23

Alberta’s auditor general plans to investigate how the province has been left to clean up 3,406 oil and gas wells left behind by bankrupt companies and why an arm’s-length government agency failed to address the situation. An additional 94,000 inactive wells in the province also could require remediation at public expense.

Jan 23

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in predominantly Buddhist Muslim Myanmar despite its military’s insistence that it was combatting extremists. Thousands of Rohingya have died and more than 700,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh during an army crackdown that began in 2017.

Jan 23

Volkswagen Group has been fined $196.5 million in the Ontario Court of Justice after pleading guilty to having illegally imported 130,000 VW, Audi and Porsche automobiles that violated emissions standards. The company and the federal government had agreed to the penalty handed down 22 January by Judge Enzo Rondinelli.

Jan 23

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ metaphoric Doomsday Clock has ticked 20 seconds closer to midnight, to 100 seconds, the closest it has ever been to the prospect of a global catastrophe. Created in 1947, when it was set at seven minutes to midnight, the iconic marker has shifted back and forth 23 times and had been at two minutes since 2018. The latest shift, announced 23 January, reflects growing concern about the “existential” threats of nuclear war and climate change, which the group says are exacerbated by cyber-enabled information warfare.

Jan 23

Dave Calhoun, the new chief executive officer at Boeing Inc., says the company expects to resume 737 Max production in a matter of months even as it also begins a “clean sheet” design of a new jetliner. Max production was stopped in December after two fatal crashes attributed mainly to a control software problem.

Jan 23

A Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport owned by Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Columbia-based Coulson Group, crashed 23 January while fighting wildfires in Australia. The three-member crew of American residents died.

Jan 22

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh wants a “thoughtful approach” to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which suggests that the Liberal minority government’s preference for fast passage is at risk. Singh pointed out 22 January that the pact’s forerunner, the North American Free Trade Agreement, had to amended to suit U.S. political interests.

Jan 22

Former Alberta MP Ron Ambrose has announced that she will not seek the Conservative Party of Canada leadership. She said on Facebook 22 January that she “struggled” with the decision. Ambrose, who held portfolios in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, including the government's procurement arm, Public Works & Government Services, resigned from the House of Commons in 2017.

Jan 22

Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people in China’s Hubei province and the epicenter of a potentially-deadly coronavirus outbreak, is effectively being quarantined by the Chinese government. Effective 23 January, Beijing is cancelling air and train travel from the city and suspending internal bus, subway and ferry services. The pneumonia-like virus has killed at least 17 persons and affected more than 400 others since its diagnosis in December.

Jan 22

The Canadian Security Intelligence Services is being sued for racial and religious discrimination by a longtime employee who alleges that his Muslim faith marked him as a target. File last week in Federal Court, the action alleges a pattern of bullying and prejudice stretching back almost two decades.

Jan 21

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest announced 21 January that he will not seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. The former federal cabinet minister said, among other things, that the organization had changed significantly since he quit in 1998 to enter provincial politics.

Jan 21

The first case of the potentially deadly Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. has been reported in Seattle. The federal Centers for Disease Control says the patient, in his 30s, had travelled from Wuhan in Hubei province, where the virus first was identified in December.

Jan 21

The global corporate tax environment is in sore need of an overhaul, says Tim Cook, chief executive officer at Apple Inc. His call for an end to tax havens being used as “headquarters” by companies seeking to reduce their tax liability, flows from an Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development recommendation. Apple itself has been at the centre of just such a controversy.

Jan 21

A lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei telecom executive facing possible extradition to the U.S., has accused the U.S. of trying to use Canada to enforce its economic sanctions against Iran. Her counsel said at the beginning of a B.C. Supreme Court hearing that despite the Crown’s claims to the contrary, the case is all about the sanctions the U.S. alleges Meng has tried to circumvent. “We're being asked to impose on Canada an obligation to assist the U.S. in the enforcement of its sanctions — sanctions that we have expressly rejected.”

 

Jan 21

An outbreak of coronavirus in China has resulted in more stringent screening of passengers arriving at Vancouver International Airport. Also, the Public Health Agency of Canada in introducing arrivals-screen messages reminding travellers from Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the outbreak has claimed a number of lives, that they must advise Canada Border Services Agency personnel if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Jan 21

Draft legislation introduced by a group of senior U.S. Senators could require common operational standards for mobile networking equipment as a way to avoid Chinese providers which the U.S. considers a national security threat. The bipartisan bill has been welcomed by the domestic telecom sector.

Jan 19

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid David, says U.K. manufacturers cannot expect any regulatory “alignment” with the European Union after Brexit. He declined to say which EU rules would be scrapped but the automotive, pharmaceutical and food and drink sectors all have expressed concerns.

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 oMartin 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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