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Aug 09, 2019

Senior Canadian and U.S. military staff are reported to have agreed to an overhaul of the North America Aerospace Defence Command. Emerging threats, including North Korean ballistic missiles and rapidly advancing cruise missile technology evidently are among the reasons for the development.

Aug 08, 2019

U.S.-based Chase Bank is forgiving all outstanding debt owed by users of its two Canadian credit cards: the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa and the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa. The bank retired both cards last year but recently sent letters to all customers informing them about wiping all cardholders' debt so the company can complete its exit from the Canadian credit card market.

Aug 08, 2019

Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs since 2010, has been appointed Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats for a five-year term.The agency brings together members of NATO and the EU to provide training on hybrid threats. Tiilikainen’s predecessor,Matti Saarelainen, moves Oct. 1 to the Finnish Security Intelligence.

Aug 07, 2019

The federal ethics commissioner has opened an inquiry into the conduct of B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido, whose former law firm is linked to a secretive 'bare trust'  real estate deal that helped an alleged Chinese “drug boss” hide his ownership stake in a $7.8 million condo development.

Aug 07, 2019

Pakistan is suspending trade with India in response to the latter’s decision to strip its portion of the mostly Muslim Kashmir region of its long-standing autonomous status. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan also plans to expel India's ambassador while its own newly-appointed ambassador to India had yet to take up his post.

Aug 07, 2019

Two persons have been arrested after a data breach at Revenu Quebec resulted in the release of the personnel files of 23,000 of the agency’s current and former employees. The agency says an internal investigation showed the data was not used for malicious purposes or sold to third parties.

Aug 07, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump says there is a "very strong" political appetite in Congress for bipartisan legislation to require background checks or other restrictions on firearms ownership. for gun users. Leaving Washington to visit Texas and Ohio, where weekend shootings left 31 victims dead and dozens injured, he says he has had “plenty of talks” which suggest growing support among legislators.

Aug 07, 2019

Visits or calls from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service or law enforement agencies, often to Muslim students, are said to be increasingly common at universities across the country. A University of Toronto law professor and a criminal lawyer said it's an issue few students apparently are willing to discuss because of the stigma.

Aug 07, 2019

Subject to confirmation by autopsy, the bodies of two British Columbia teenage fugitives suspected of three murders have been found in northern Manitoba. RCMP teams, backed by Canadian Armed Forces personnel at one stage, had been searching for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky since late July.

Aug 07, 2019

The United States’ main Asia-Pacific allies are being warned by China that they risk countermeasures if they accept deployment of intermediate-range U.S. missiles,. Singling out Australia, Japan and South Korea, the foreign ministry says any deployments would “not serve the national seurity interests of these countries.”

Aug 06, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has thanked Britain for its “strong and public stand” on the two Canadians detained by China. During a joint news conference with her British counterpart, Dominic Raab, she said freeing Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is a priority as Canada navigates “challenging” circumstances.

Aug 06, 2019

Dwayne Charette has been appointed President of Airbus Helicopters Canada, replacing Romain Trapp, who has been promoted to President of Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Aug 06, 2019

Unusually aggressive wildfires in the Arctic are releasing waves of greenhouse gases, lasting longer, reaching deeper and burning at higher latitudes than in previous years, and experts say this is fuelled by climate change.

Aug 06, 2019

The United States administration has designated China as a currency manipulator after its central bank devalued the Yuan as the two countries' rrade dispute escalates. The announcement followed on the heels of President Donald Trump’s accusation on social media that China use currency exchange to steal U.S. business and undermine commodity prices.

Aug 06, 2019

China’s central bank is rebuffing U.S. claims that it devalued the Yuan in a bid to gain a competitive trade advantage, saying China is “resolutely oppose” to such practices.

Aug 06, 2019

As Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests continue to escalate in the former British colony,the commander of its People’s Liberation Army garrison says violence should not be tolerated. Meanwhile, a spokesman for China's Hong Kong and Macau Office said the local government and police were capable"of handling the protests.

Aug 06, 2019

A state of emergency has been declared around the Siberian city of Achinsk after a fire at a military depot set off huge explosions. Thousands of residents have been evacuated within a 20-kilomere radius around the depot.

Aug 06, 2019

Large-scale cyber attacks by North Korea evidently generated as much as $2 billion dollars which may be used to underwrite its weapons programs, according to a report presented to the United Nations North Korean sanctions committee. Among other things, the report cites forced transfers of funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges.

Aug 06, 2019

As it launched its fourth in a series of missile launches in less than two weeks, North Korea has lashed out again at the United States and South Korea for continuing military exercises. There are suggestions that North Korea is trying to build leverage ahead of negotiations about its nucler capabilities.

Aug 05, 2019

Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend prompted President Donald Trump to state that “hate has no place” in the U.S., but there are accusations that his own remarks over the years have been a factor. “Perhaps more has to be done,” he said after an attack in El Paso left 20 dead and another in Dayton claimed 11 lives.

Aug 05, 2019

India has revoked a section of its constitution which guarantees significant autonomy in Kashmir, a Muslim-majority border state which has been a flashpoint in relations with Pakistan ever since India’s independence and partition 62 years ago. Both nuclear power claim full control but, in fact, each controls only parts of it.

Aug 05, 2019

China’s central bank has permitted its Yuan to fall below the politically-sensitive level of seven to the U.S. dollar for the first time in 11 years, a possible precursor to a further escalation in the countries’ trade war. It came only a few days after President Donald Trump slapped more tariffs on imports from China.

Aug 03, 2019

No active shooter now, but numbers of casualties yet to be confirmed. One suspect is in custody, possible accomplice not being ruled out yet.

Aug 03, 2019

A Jordanian man who has been declared a danger to Canada’s security for spreading ISIS propaganda on the internet is being released from custody to live in rural B.C. while the government tries to deport him. Immigration and Refugee Board Member Geoff Rempel ordered the release of Othman Hamdan on Friday afternoon, rejecting Canada Border Service Agency’s concerns that he is a risk to national security.

Aug 03, 2019

At least 11 people died and 63 others rescued when three ferry boats separately capsized in bad weather Saturday between two central Philippine island provinces, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

Aug 02, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland finally managed to meet with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to discuss tensions following Canada’s arrest of a Huawei executive on a U.S. warrant last December and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians. They met Aug. 2 on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations summit in Bangkok.

Aug 02, 2019

Five days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate John Ratcliffe to succeed Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, the Texas Republican congressman has withdrawn. Democrats excoriated him as a Trump loyalist who would undercut the traditional independence of the intelligence agencies and other Republicans had been unusually silent.

Aug 02, 2019

Green Party leader Elizabeth May suggested that “if” engineering firm SNC is found guilty on corruption and fraud charges, they should be forced to perform “community service” by repairing water infrastructure on native reserves. This solution “would keep the workers working. The shareholders of SNC-Lavalin wouldn’t like it, but maybe they should have paid more attention.”

Aug 02, 2019

Elliott Abrams, the U.S. administration’s special representative for Venezuela says Canada and the U.S. want the European Union to impose sanctions on the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Aug 02, 2019

Three of Canada's largest producers of bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands have kicked off a national bid for public support in the run-up to the Oct. 21 federal general election. In full-page ads in some 30 daily newspapers, they urge voters to press “leaders of all political stripes” to support the energy sector.

Aug 02, 2019

No sooner had U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed official optimism about the prospect of satisfactory trade talks with China, set to resume next month, President Donald Trump ramped up the pressure with a statement that he will impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn't already taxed.

Aug 02, 2019

A $45-billion increase in the U.S. military budget, to $2.7 trillion over the next two years, has been approved by the Republican-controlled Senate. However, the vote of 67-28 divided the Republican majority with 30 voting “yes” and 23 voting “no”. The budget breakdown is $738 billion in 2020 and $740 billion in 2021 compared with $716 billion this year.

Aug 02, 2019

Advances in quantum computing evidently pose a threat to levels of encryption currently seen as secure. While a major breakthrough is not considered likely for several years, it is estimated that weaker cybersecurity algorithms will be vulnerable earlier.

Aug 01, 2019

After a meeting Aug. 1 in Thailand with China’s top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against Chinese "coercion" of Southeast Asian neighbors in disputes over the South China Sea and its dam-building on the Mekong River. However, Pompeo said both countries want to improve ties.

Jul 31, 2019

Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, seen as an eventual heir to the Al Qaeda terrorist leadership, has been killed but other than that he died within the first two years of the current U.S. administration, when and where is unclear. His death was disclosed by anonymous U.S. officials.

Jul 31, 2019

The German government, which has resisted the use of military assets to protect commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf, evidently is worried that Britain may be drifting closer to an American-led response to Iranian activities, an approach previously rebuffed by France as well as Britain.

Jul 31, 2019

Canadian Armed Forces personnel helping police to track down two murder suspects in northern Manitoba have been withdrawn at the request of the police as the hunt stretched into its ninth day. “We want to be . . . focused with our own resources and determine where we should go from here," a police spokesperson explained.

Jul 31, 2019

Australian regulators are planning the world's first office dedicated to scrutinising algorithms used by such companies as Facebook and Google. The proposed branch of the Competition and Consumer Commission wants to know how these and other companies match advertising to their users.

Jul 31, 2019

A plan by U.K.-based OneWeb to launch a constellation of satellites to provide global internet coverage has failed in its latest attempt to get approval in Russia. The company has been seeking regulatory permission since 2017 for its proposed use of specific communications frequencies but the State Commission for for Radio has refused permission.

Jul 31, 2019

The stuttering trade talks between the U.S. and China evidently are due to resume in September after senior officials met briefly in Shanghai today. President Donald Trump has been pressing for a new trade deal before his current term ends.

Jul 30, 2019

The next federal general election will take place as scheduled, on Monday, Oct. 21, despite a federal court directive. An orthodox Jewish group had pushed for a one-week delay because the original date is a holiday on the group’s calendar but Elections Canada points out there are advance polling options.

Jul 30, 2019

Despite military thermal imaging aircraft being approved on July 26, the teenage fugitives wanted for murdering three people are still at large. The exhaustive door-to-door searches in Northern Manitoba towns have not been successful and the RCMP is said to be regrouping. Communities are being vigilant.

Jul 30, 2019

Capital One Financial Corp. confirmed July 29 that personal data on some six million Canadian customers – including names, addresses, phone numbers and about one million social insurance numbers – were among those obtained by a hacker. The U.S. Justice Department says a former employee of a Seattle-based technology company has been arrested. Capital One, headquartered in McLean, Va., says it became aware of the hack July 19.

Jul 29, 2019

Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who has overseen the the country’s 17 intelligence agencies since March 2017, is stepping down in August. The decision was confirmed in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who said he would nominate Texas congressman John Ratcliffe as Coats’ successor. Coats and Trump have been at odds over several high-profile issues but the President said he expects Ratcliffe to “inspire greatness.”

Jul 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has partly cleared the way for President Donald Trump’s administration to divert $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense budget for construction of sections of a wall along the border with Mexico. The ideologically-divided court’s 5-4 ruling overturned a lower court’s decision which had blocked the transfer pending other legal appeals.

Jul 26, 2019

In a 5-2 decision released today, the Supreme Court has ruled that Canada's military justice system does not contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There are no juries in the military courts martial system, only a judge and a military panel. The military prosecutor retains the discretion of the whether to push cases to the civilian justice system or not.

Jul 26, 2019

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier says he would prefer to fence-off some sections of the border with the United States to block illegal refugees and that if he became Prime Minister he would declare the entire border an official port of entry “and send back to the U.S. anyone trying to enter illegally.”

Jul 26, 2019

Woody Johnson, the United States’ ambassador to the United Kingdom, is predicting that with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, bilateral relations with be “sensational” because Johnson and President Donald Trump have much in common. When he was Mayor of London, Johnson once called Trump “stupefyingly ignorant.”

Jul 26, 2019

European and international warrants have been issued by Austria for the arrest of a Russian military officer it says recruited an Austrian officer who allegedly spied for Russia since the 1990s. Police say Col. Igor Egorovich Zaytsev “is suspected of inducing a retired 70-year-old colonel of the Austrian army to carry out an intelligence operation to the detriment of Austria, to reveal state secrets and to deliberately give up military secrets."

Jul 26, 2019

Egypt's Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, Nabila Makram, has suggested to a Canadian audience that anyone who criticizes Egypt from abroad will be punished. A video of her comments in Mississauga, Ontario, show her making a slicing motion as she says "we only have one country... and we cannot bear any negative word about it abroad."

Jul 25, 2019

The Government Accountability Officer has put out no fewer than 38 recommendations on how federal agencies can improve their cybersecurity risk management. All but one of the 23 agencies reviewed had already designated an executive responsible for security but none evidently had a risk management strategy in place and there was a general lack of coordination between cybersecurity in particular and agency-wide management functions in general.

Jul 24, 2019

Two former Canadian ambassadors to Beijing have been contacted by Global Affairs with a troubling message from the PMO to "speak with one voice to support the strategy of the government".

Jul 24, 2019

The Center for Science and Democracy has mapped 131 U.S. military sites at which a number of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination has been found in drinking water or groundwater. Exposure is associated with a range of health impacts, including various cancers and reproductive and immune system problems.

Jul 24, 2019

While patrolling the St Lawrence shoreline in South Glengarry, the Cornwall regional task force arrested two men unloading bags of unstamped, fine cut tobacco weighing 704 kilograms from a boat to a waiting truck.

Jul 24, 2019

A judge has ruled that Canada’s chief electoral officer must reconsider the Oct. 21 date for the federal election because it coincides with the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret. Voting and campaigning are forbidden for Orthodox Jews on the holiday.

Jul 23, 2019

A total of 640 firearms were reported lost by police or public agencies between 2005 and 2019, another 173 were reported stolen from sources such as DND and RCMP.

Jul 23, 2019

According to Statistics Canada data for 2018, Hamilton was the worst city in Canada for reported number of hate crimes (17 per 100,000 people). Quebec City is next in terms of haters, with 11 per 100,000, and Ottawa is not far behind (9.8 hate crimes per 100,000 people.

Jul 23, 2019

President Donald Trump brought the leader of Pakistan to the White House on Monday to discuss a peace deal in neighboring Afghanistan, declaring he could end the longest U.S. war in a week but doesn’t want to wipe the country “off the face of the earth.”

Jul 23, 2019

Boris Johnson, who has promised to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union by Halloween (with or without a deal), will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the Conservative Party leadership on Tuesday.

Jul 22, 2019

The federal government has awarded a $12 million contract to KPMG of Ottawa, to design and deliver a new industrial security system to replace the electronic systems used for the Contract Security Program and the Controlled Goods Program with a single self-service electronic interface.

Jul 22, 2019

Hundreds of firefighters are battling wildfires in a forested, mountainous area of central Portugal. The Portuguese army has sent soldiers and machinery into the area to open routes for firefighters. The biggest operation – involving 800 firefighters, 245 vehicles including bulldozers, and 13 planes and helicopters – is tackling a fire in the municipality of Vila de Rei.

Jul 22, 2019

Wildfires in the Arctic last month emitted 50 megatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere – as much as all of Sweden does in a year, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The intensity and duration of fires at this latitude have been particularly “unusual.”

Jul 22, 2019

With levels of cancer-related trihalomethanes in the community's water supply remaining well above Health Canada safety standards, the leader of Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency to force the government into finding a solution.

Jul 22, 2019

A major anti-government march in Hong Kong descended into chaos late on Sunday. Police fired successive rounds of teargas on demonstrators who retaliated by throwing the canisters back at them. After police started firing rubber bullets, the crowd finally dispersed.

Jul 19, 2019

A successful multi-layered operation conducted by York Regional Police over the past week aimed for the top  and punched mobsters right in their assets. Fifteen people have been arrested, one of whom is an alleged Mafia boss. The investigation reportedly stretched to Italy

Jul 18, 2019

Canadian border agents are turning away improperly-documented visitors to Canada in record numbers thanks to new guidelines that help intercept foreign nationals whom they have reason to believe will remain on a permanent basis or intend to work or study in Canada without proper visas.

Jul 18, 2019

Carleton University Professor Stephen Saideman has received a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to create an inclusive and innovative defence and security community.

Jul 18, 2019

In a move considered overdue by many, the World Health Organization has finally declared the Ebola outbreak in the Congo as an international health emergency.

Jul 18, 2019

A Calgary pediatrician facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference of a minor is allowed to resume seeing patients, following a Court ruling that found the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta had overreacted in its effort to protect public safety.

Jul 17, 2019

Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, is again urging Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear treaty, and calls it a “global responsibility” to preserve and implement the deal.

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