WRITERS

(2021,
KEN POLE

With cybersecurity experts saying "the internet’s on fire", the federal government is warning all organizations to be on guard against a “critical internet vulnerability” that could be exploited by organized crime. A number of government departments took some services offline over the weekend to assess the threat posed by software used by an estimated two-thirds of web servers worldwide.

(2021,
KEN POLE

The explicit reasons for the eventual dismissal of Drs. Qiu and Cheng from the National Microbiology Laboratory were immediately shrouded in secrecy. Was it legitimate or was it an ignorant reaction during a pandemic? The executive suite revolving door at PHAC in recent years may be contributing to the lack of transparency.

(2021,
KEN POLE

The government has restarted the contract for two new Coast Guard icebreakers. The largest ships in the Coast Guard fleet, they will play a critical role in enabling the Canadian Coast Guard to patrol and protect Canada's 243,000 km of coastline.

(2020,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

As 2020 rolled in, few could have guessed that members of the Canadian Armed Forces would soon be helping elderly Canadians battle an invisible enemy: the novel coronavirus that had emerged in China's Wuhan province in late 2019.

(2020,
KEN POLE

The Canadian Armed Forces has long appreciated the value of the biennial U.S. Navy-led Rim of the Pacific war games, having been involved from the first one in 1971. Hence plans are underway for CAF participation in the scaled-down 2020 version of the world’s largest international military exercise imposed by COVID-19.

(2019,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

The Speech from the Throne signals that the new minority Liberal government is prepared to stay the course on the defence, security and foreign policies it committed to in the previous Parliament. Read the full text and some context here.

(2019,
KEN POLE

The defence portion of the 2019 federal Budget includes commitments to spend $1.39 billion (over the next two years) for renewing its Middle East Strategy, and up to $105.6 million (over three years) in continued support for Ukraine, while also stepping up Canada’s cyber security efforts.

(2019,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

The Government of Canada is ramping up efforts to ensure that neither the coming election campaign, nor the vote itself, are influenced by malicious, net-based interference.

(2018,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

Fully operational by mid-August, the Canadian task force is fully involved in logistical support, ferrying UN soldiers around the country in Chinook and Griffon helicopters for “presence projection” missions.

(2018,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has been set up by the government as a single point of authority for combatting cyber crime.

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