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Jun 30

The extreme views facilitated by the Muslim Association of Canada, have been ongoing, yet the organization continues to receive millions in federal funding. Speakers at the upcoming conference in Toronto will include one who advocates the death penalty for homosexuality and another who says it's OK to beat your wife. An ongoing Canada Revenue Agency audit has identified links between the association and foreign entities, and the MAC is seeking a court order to have the audit shut down.

Jun 30

After “two intense days of proximity talks” in Qatar about resuscitating Iran’s moribund multinational nuclear accord, the affair ended unproductively June 29. “We are disappointed that Iran has, yet again, failed to respond positively,” a U.S. official said. The EU, which brokered the meeting, said it would “keep working with even greater urgency to bring back on track a key deal for non-proliferation and regional stability.”

Jun 29

The Canadian government has yet to appoint a successor to Dominic Barton, its Ambassador to China who resigned in six months ago. The government’s position this week was that a replacement would be named in “due course” and that Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly had discussed with her Chinese counterpart “the challenges of recent years, including cases of arbitrary detention, and the importance of frank dialogue.”

Jun 29

Two men described by authorities as “illegal aliens” have been charged in Texas in connection with the deaths of 51 migrants found in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio earlier this week.

Jun 29

A judge who presided over court appearances of “Freedom Convoy” organizers says there have been threats and other offensive messages from Canadian and U.S. sources that police considered serious enough to require intervention. “It's intimidation,” said the judge whose identity is protected. “It's trying to influence a court decision, and that's serious.”

Jun 29

The day after it was dropping its opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, Turkey’s justice minister said today that he will press for the extradition of 33 Kurdish expatriates it considers “terror suspects” from the Nordic countries. Finland and Sweden have said they would “address Turkey's pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously.”

Jun 29

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said today that Canada is discussing with European allies the potential for exporting oil and natural gas from Atlantic terminals as alternative to Russian imports. “It is important for Canada to be able to step up and to help our European friends that are dealing with very difficult energy realities,” she said. “We need to do it in a way that we’re also dealing with the climate change issue, and And this is exactly the conversations we’re having, particularly with the Germans and also with the Spanish.”

Jun 29

A Quebec resident who pled guilty earlier this year to ransomware attacks that cost companies millions of dollars has pled guilty to similar charges in the U.S. Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins was arrested by RCMP in January 2021 and was sentenced to seven years in prison before being extradited for trial in Florida earlier this year.

Jun 29

Individuals described as pro-Chinese agents have been using social media to pose as local residents and environmental activists unhappy with rare earth mining projects in the U.S. and Canada, according to a Virginia-based threat intelligence consultancy. The misrepresentation is designed to give China, the largest producer of rare earth minerals, a competitive advantage.

Jun 29

Canada is broadening its diplomatic reach in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to help counter Russian disinformation in the region. In addition to a new embassy in Armenia, offices in Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia will be upgraded to full embassies and staff will be increased at the embassy in Latvia.

Jun 29

At the request of a commission of inquiry into the government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act to address “freedom” protests earlier this year, the Liberals have waived cabinet confidence, only the fourth such move in Canadian history. “This exceptional step recognizes the fundamental importance of the commission's work and how critical these documents are in inquiring into why the government declared a public order emergency,” commission lawyers said.

Jun 28

The remaining member of a group that killed 130 persons and injured hundreds of others in Paris in 2015m Salah Abdeslam, has been found guilty of terrorism and murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 30 years. The court handed down prison terms to 19 others convicted for their roles, ranging from two years to Abdeslam's sentence.

Jun 29

The expansion of NATO's rapid reaction force marks a new phase of its response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and is intended to send a stronger message of deterrence to Russia.

Jun 28

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today agreed to endorse NATO membership for Sweden and Finland in a trilateral deal to “support … each other's security.” The two Nordic states agreed not only to address concerns about their handling of Kurdish nationalists deemed terrorists by Turkey but also to lift restrictions on weapons sales to Turkey.

Jun 28

Less than a month after being appointed Australia’s Minister for International Development & Pacific, Pat Conroy announced today that his country will set up a school to train Pacific island militaries amidst mounting competition for security ties in the region. He disclosed the plan ahead of a forum in Fiji at which regional leaders are expected to press for a trade and security pact with 10 countries which have diplomatic ties to China.

Jun 28

The Dominican Republic, a popular Caribbean destination for Canadian tourists, has been added to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Level 3: Covid-19 High” risk category along with Kuwait. As of the weekend, there were some 115 Level 3 designations, accounting for nearly half of the places monitored by the CDC.

Jun 28

Iran and Argentina are trying to join the five-national BRICS group, the economic coalition currently comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Jun 28

Tamara Lich, one of the organizers of the “freedom convoy” which paralyzed downtown Ottawa for a month, faces a new charge of breach of recognisance under the Criminal Code. Arrested in Alberta June 28, she had been released on bail in March subject to an array of conditions, including not contacting many others linked to the protest.

Jun 28

There has been no Canadian government followup so far on a U.S. announcement that diplomats showing mysterious symptoms first noted at their embassy in Havana several years ago will be compensated. The “Havana Syndrome”, also reported by Canadian diplomats and their families there, evidently resulted in long-term cognitive impairment, The president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers says Ottawa needs to “get to the bottom of what this is so that we can figure out what the best way of helping people is.”

Jun 27

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S., today pledged ongoing support for Ukraine. “We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” they said in a statement on the second day of their G7 summit in Germany which also included EU representatives.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Jun 27)
Chris MacLean's picture

Keeping Russia "at bay" is not a solution to the carnage happening in Ukraine. With Russia firing 10 times the amount of ammunition than Ukraine, Putin knows he will win, unless something changes.

(Jun 20)
STEPHEN SADLER's picture

It is now 11 years since I served in Afghanistan, and almost a year since those who helped us were abandoned to the increasing brutality of Taliban rule, it's time the govt cut the red tape and made good on its promises.

(Jun 17)
Scott Newark's picture

Bill C-26 is an important and complicated piece of legislation that will finally address a core cyber security vulnerability by requiring certain protective actions to be taken. These background notes will provide useful details for FrontLine readers.

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