National Newswatch

Canada’s cyber spies taking down sites as battle against COVID-19 fraud begins

Mar 23 2020 — Catharine Tunney — As the fight continues to slow the spread of COVID-19, Canada’s foreign signals intelligence agency is waging war against another type of virus: disinformation. The Communications Security Establishment says it’s already taken down a number of fraudulent sites that have spoofed the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Revenue, and most recently, Canada Border Services […]

Canada, U.S. closing border to non-essential traffic: Trump

Mar 18 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Canada and the United States have reached an unprecedented deal to close the shared border to non-essential travel, as both countries try to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to U.S. President Donald Trump. “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our northern border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not […]

Intelligence group secretly crafts new ‘insider threat’ policy

Mar 15 2020 — Catharine Tunney — New rules to prevent an insider from betraying Canada’s most valuable information were quietly drafted in the weeks after a top RCMP employee was charged with passing along national secrets, according to officials. The secretive Canadian Committee on National Security Systems is in charge of crafting official protocols for all the departments that need to […]

Canada’s cyber intelligence agency working on ‘Holy Grail’ of encryption

Mar 8 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s cyber intelligence agency says it’s working on what it calls the “Holy Grail” of data encryption to protect government information as the number of reports of privacy breaches, malware attempts and ransomware hits continues to grow. Encryption mainly works in transit — which protects data when it’s being sent — or “at rest”, which […]

Separate policing services would not solve Indigenous-Crown tensions on their own, critics say

Feb 28 2020 — Catharine Tunney — As tensions between the RCMP and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in northern British Columbia continue to trigger protests across the country, some observers are suggesting the federal government could use an existing policing program to help resolve the impasse. Many Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters have been at odds with the RCMP since officers arrested […]

OPP arrest 10 demonstrators at Tyendinaga blockade site, charges pending

Feb 24 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Ten protesters have been charged by Ontario Provincial Police officers who moved against the rail blockade near Belleville, Ont. this morning — where protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga have crippled passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks in solidarity with anti-pipeline protests in northern B.C. Police and CN Rail had warned […]

B.C. RCMP say they’ll leave outpost on Wet’suwet’en territory if road is kept clear

Feb 20 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he’s hoping the RCMP’s offer to leave their outpost on Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C. will lead to the barricades coming down, as talks aimed at ending the rail blockades crippling the country’s rail network continue. “I’m very hopeful that that will satisfy the concerns that were raised,” said […]

Information about 69,000 Phoenix pay system victims sent in error

Feb 18 2020 — Catharine Tunney — More than 69,000 public servants caught up in the Phoenix pay system debacle are now victims of a privacy breach after their personal information was accidentally emailed to the wrong people, says Public Services and Procurement Canada. The problem-plagued electronic payroll system has improperly paid tens of thousands of public servants since its launch in […]

Federal government warning of voter coercion, foreign election interference through private messaging services

Feb 9 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government is worried about the risk of voter coercion and foreign election interference through private messaging services — a concern that could pit the right to privacy and free expression against Canada’s election laws. The warning was tucked into a briefing note prepared for President of the Privy Council Dominic LeBlanc about ongoing […]

Liberals won’t demand licensing requirements for news organizations: Guilbeault

Feb 3 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Less than a week after an expert panel recommended sweeping changes to Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications landscape, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault was forced today to clarify the government’s position on media licensing. “Let me be clear. Our government has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations, nor will we try to regulate news […]