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IN THE NEWS

Jul 07

Members of the public will see a larger number of military vehicles on the roads between Canadian Forces Base Borden and various units across Ontario on 8 July 2020.

Jul 07

>New York-based Clearview AI, pending the results of federal and provincial privacy investigations, is not making its facial recognition software available in Canada. The company came under scrutiny earlier this year when it reported having collected billions of images from the Internet. Its last client in Canada was the RCMP.

Jul 07

Citing unspecified “frequent violent actions” by Canadian police,China has warned its citizens to exercise caution in travelling to Canada. The advisory was posted on social media 6 July by its embassy in Ottawa. Bob Rae, the newly-appointed ambassador to the UN, calls the warning “bizarre” and suggests it should not be taken seriously.

Jul 07

Former military journalist Ivan Safronov, who joined the Russian space agency less than two months ago as an advisor to its director general, has been arrested for treason. Roskosmos says the arrest was not related to his job with the agency. Russian state security has accused Safronov of passing on information to an unspecified NATO member.

Jul 06

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t joining Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and President Donald Trump in Washington 7 July to celebrate the new North American trade agreement. “While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the Prime Minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament,” a spokesperson explained. Also, Trudeau told reporters he is concerned about rumourfs of new U.S. aluminum and steel tariffs.

Jul 06

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent condemnation of China’s new security law for Hong Kong has drawn a predictably sharp response from Beijing. A foreign ministry spokesman said 5 July that Canada should “stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s other internal affairs in any way so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations.”

Jul 06

Veteran federal and Ontario politician Bob Rae, 71, has been appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. He replaces Marc-Andre Blanchard who has served since April 2016 and who had indicated earlier that he would be leaving. Rae, 71, most recently served Trudeau as a special envoy for humanitarian and immigration issues.

Jul 04

A Manitoba member of the Canadian Rangers faces 22 criminal charges in relation to an attack on Rideau Hall, the estate housing the Governor General’s residence and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s temporary official residence. Corey Hurren, 46, was arrested after a pickup truck rammed through the estate’s main gate 2 July and the driver proceeded on foot toward the residences until a 90-minute negotiation with RCMP ended quietly. Most of the charges relate to possession and transportation of firearms and Hurren has been remanded in custody.

Jul 04

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, scheduled to present a federal government “economic and fiscal snapshot” on Wednesday 8 July, says that “as hard as it’s been over the last few months,” mainly due to COVID-19’s economic impact, “the really tough choices will still be to come.” The challenge, he explained, is that “we'll need to think about where we invest and how we support people without creating bad incentives.”

Jul 04

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the focus of an Ethics Commissioner’s inquiry over his decision to have a charity with which he and his wife have personal ties to manage a $900-million student support program, has ended the proposed arrangement.

Jul 04

In response to China’s increasing crackdown on Hong Kong, the Canadian government has suspended an extradition treaty with the former British colony and is restricting exports of sensitive goods. “This process demonstrated disregard for Hong Kong's basic law and the high degree of autonomy promised for Hong Kong under the 'one country, two systems' framework,” Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said 03 July. “Hong Kong's role as a global hub was built on that foundation. Without it, Canada is forced to reassess existing agreements.”

Jul 04

Zheng Yanxiong, a veteran Communist Party apparatchik perhaps best known for his role in quashing a 2011 land dispute in a Chinese village, has been put in charge of overseeing a new law providing up to life imprisonment for Hong Kong residents accused of “subversion” and “terrorism” activities. Zheng previously was secretary general of the party’s governing committee in the southern province of Guangdong.

Jul 04

An audio recording obtained by the Canadian government suggests that Iran permitted air traffic in and out of Tehran’s international airport during a period of intense military activity that saw a Ukrainian airliner downed by missiles six monhs ago. The recording is of a conversation between Iran’s accident investigation team and a Canadian family member of one of the 17 victims. The investigator, who explained that closing Tehran airspace could have exposed an imminent missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, has since been removed.

Jul 04

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's legal battle over access to more than $1 billion in gold stored at the Bank of England has been rebuffed by Britain’s High Court of Justice which explained in its ruling that the U.K. had “unequivocally recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president.” Maduro had said he needed the gold to fund its COVID-19 but Guaidó warned that it would be used for corrupt purposes.

Jul 04

A bill drafted by Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies to require masks in public during a growing COVID-19 crisis has been vetoed by President Jair Bolsonaro, a persistent pandemic denier. His country ranks second only to the U.S. globally in terms of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. Bolsonaro also rejected a proposal to distribute masks to the poor.

Jul 03

Another attempt by First Nations to block expansion of the TransMountain pipeline between Alberta and a B.C. export terminal has been shut down by the Supreme Court of Canada. Without giving reasons, as usual, the court has refused to hear the challenge by the three appellants which now are considering other unspecified legal options.

Jul 03

Manitoba resident Corey Hurren, a Canadian Ranger and former regular member of the Canadian Armed Forces, is being held by RCMP after a pickup truck was used 02 July to ram through the games at Rideau Hall. The driver, who was reportedly armed with a long gun, was arrested without incident after moving on foot toward the official residences of the Governor General and the Prime Minister, neither of whom was home.

Jul 02

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces, identified only as an armed member of the Canadian Rangers, is in RCMP custody after a pickup truck registered in Manitoba was used to ram the gates at Rideau Hall early 02 July. after which the driver proceeded on foot toward the official residences of the Governor General and the Prime Minister, neither of whom was at home. The Department of National Defence confirmed the suspect’s military status but declined further comment “at this time” as it is an RCMP investigation.

Jul 02

Nearly 78 per cent of Russian voters have backed constitutional reforms which, among other things, are designed to keep President Vladimir Putin in office until 2036. He is already the longest-serving leader in modern Russia since Soviet-era dictator Joseph Stalin and his political opponents say his aim is to be “president for life.”

Jul 02

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neanyahu’s latest push to annex parts of the occupied West Bank was not implemented July 1 as expected even as his British counterpart urged him to call off the internationally-condemned plan. A member of the Israel cabinet says officials were still working on details with the U.S. administration, a staunch supporter of the annexation despite concerted Palestinian opposition.

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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