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IN THE NEWS

Jan 24

Steve Shand, the Florida man charged in the human smuggling case that resulted in the deaths of four persons in Manitoba metres from the U.S. border last week is being released for custody, subject to strict conditions. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer said she believes these conditions will assure his appearance in court. Investigators believe the victims were part of a larger group of Indian migrants.

Jan 24

Five years after he was freed due to a lack of evidence, Ottawa academic Hassan Diab faces the prospect of a new trial in connection with a bombing in Paris 40 years ago. Prosecutors said today they are planning a trial next year but have not requested extradition. The French appeals court last year overturned a lower court decision to release Diab but that has been rejected by the senior Court of Cassation, which has ordered the new trial even though French investigators concluded he was in Lebanon writing university exams at the time of the attack.

Jan 24

The U.S. has suspended 44 flights to China by Chinese airlines over the next two months as a spat over coronavirus pandemic-related travel rules escalates. between the United States and China. The Department of Transportation notice was issued Jan. 20 “in response” to Chinese aviation authorities orders which forced US carriers to cancel the same number of flights.

Jan 24

The Russia navy is planning live-fire exercises in international waters southwest of Ireland but within its offshore economic management zone, posing a potential threat to commercial aviation. in the region. "We don't have the power to prevent this happening,” Simon Coveney, Ireland’s minister of foreign affairs and defence, acknowledged today. “I've made it clear to the Russian ambassador in Ireland that it's not welcome.”

Jan 24

Global Affairs Canada access some “internet-based services” evidently remained unavailable today after a “cyber incident” Jan. 19. While it remains unclear whether there is a direct link, the breach was discovered on the same day the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security warned operators of critical infrastructure to be ready for a Russia-based threat.

Jan 24

Britain’s High Court ruled today that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can petition the Supreme Court to block his extradition to the U.S., which wants to prosecute him for releasing thousands of classified documents a decade ago. The High Court’s chief justice said Assange's case had raised a legal question over the circumstances in which judges received and considered assurances from the U.S. about how he could be treated in prison.

Jan 24

As vaccinated majorities in wealthier countries become increasingly impatient with science-denying minorities who refuse or oppose vaccination, stretching critical care resources, the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a debate about how hospital admissions are handled.

Jan 24

A prominent Turkish journalist has been detained by authorities for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “There is a very famous proverb that says that a crowned head becomes wiser, but we see it is not true,” Sedef Kabas said on live television. “A bull does not become king just by entering the palace, but the palace becomes a barn.” Facing up to four years in prison, she is the latest among thousands who have been charged with insulting the NATO country’s leader.

Jan 24

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked Canada for a $120-million loan designed to support his country's economy as Russia continues its military buildup along its border with Ukraine. Canada has the third-largest Ukrainian population, some 1.3 million, in the world after Russia and Ukraine itself.

Jan 24

Russia’s ambassador to Canada says Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has an “open invitation” to visit Moscow to meet with officials. Oleg Stepanov said Jan. 23 that the invitation was extended in December and that Joly had “expressed her interest. Joly’s office has confirmed receipt of the invitation but had yet to respond.

Jan 24

The families of all personnel at the U.S. embassy in Kiyv have been ordered to leave as fears of a Russian invasion increase. The State Department said Jan. 23 that non-essential embassy staff also could leave at government expense.

Jan 21

The exposure deaths of four persons on the edge of Manitoba’s border with the U.S. this week after a van linked to the victims was intercepted in North Dakota has led to human smuggling charges being laid against a Florida man.

Jan 20

A suggestion Jan. 19 by President Joe Biden that the U.S. might limit its response to any “minor incursion” into Ukraine has angered Ukraine President Volodymyr. “There are no minor incursions,” Zelensky said on social media today. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.”

Jan 20

RCMP say four people, one an infant, were found dead Jan. 19 in Manitoba within metres of the U.S. border. They are believed to have died from exposure. The RCMP began a search after being notified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who apprehended a group which had items meant for an infant but did not have a child with them.

Jan 20

A court in Pakistan has sentenced a Muslim woman to death for “blasphemy” by using the WhatsApp messaging platform to share images deemed to be insulting to the prophet Muhammad and one of his wives. The woman testified that she was lured into an online religious discussion with a man she refused to befriend and her conviction, which is mandatory by law in such cases, is subject to appeal.

Jan 20

Canada Post employees risk being sent home during the coronavirus pandemic if they opt to wear masks not issued by their employer even if their own choice can be more effective. “The mask requirements, like our vaccine mandate, are mandatory,” a post office official said, citing direction from Employment and Social Development Canada.

Jan 20

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is being urged by more than 400 climate scientists and other academics to abandon a planned tax credit for companies which build carbon capture and storage facilities. The idea was broached in last year’s federal budget and design consultations were completed last month. In a letter to Freeland, the scientists decry it as a huge subsidy to the petroleum industry and contradictory to the government’s climate change commitments.

Jan 20

Major international airlines resumed scheduled flights to the U.S. today after a flurry of cancellations Jan. 19 over concerns about possible systems issues caused by the rollout 5G mobile telecom services which operate in a frequency band also used in aviation.

Jan 20

The RCMP says militant critics of mandatory masks and lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have been carrying out more protests at politicians’ homes as well as their constituency offices. “Nobody in the course of doing their job should be faced with threats of violence, threats to their family” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. “That applies for health-care workers or for politicians or anyone else.”

Jan 19

Afghanistan’s acting prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, wants foreign governments, particularly those of other Islamic countries, to officially recognise the Taliban administration. His first major public appearance since assuming office last September, it included appeals by other Taliban for less foreign restrictions on Afghanistan’s finances.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Nov 26)
Scott Newark's picture

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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