National Newswatch

CSIS first alerted Ottawa to national-security concerns of two scientists at top disease laboratory

May 12 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s spy agency urged the removal of security clearances for two scientists who were later dismissed from the country’s top infectious-disease laboratory because of national-security concerns relating to their work with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to two sources. In January of this year, Xiangguo Qiu, who headed the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies […]

Alberta vows to curb university’s research ties to China

May 4 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Alberta government is expressing alarm and vowing to take action to curtail the University of Alberta’s collaboration with China in strategically important scientific and technology fields. Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said he intends to speak to the University of Alberta’s administration about the need to curb scientific research that could undermine Canada’s national […]

Federal elections watchdog looking into WE Charity, researcher says

Apr 9 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s elections watchdog has been making inquiries about whether WE Charity carried out activities that benefited the Liberal Party in violation of electoral laws, according to a researcher who said a senior investigator from the office recently interviewed her. Vivian Krause, an independent researcher and blogger who testified about WE Charity at the House of […]

Canada urged to play bigger role with allies to counter China in the Indo-Pacific

Apr 5 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada is being urged to join an informal four-country alliance that is taking on greater significance in the Indo-Pacific amid rising concerns over China’s expanding military and political influence in the region. For the first time earlier this year, the Royal Canadian Air Force participated in exercise Sea Dragon, an anti-submarine warfare drill in Guam […]

Canadians can buy Xinjiang cotton products despite Ottawa’s vow to stop forced labour imports

Mar 29 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canadians can purchase bath towels, quilts and clothes through online retailers such as Amazon and eBay that are advertised as made with cotton from China’s Xinjiang region, a crop that human-rights activists and academics say is almost certainly the product of forced labour. Critics say the ease with which consumers can purchase Xinjiang cotton products […]

Top Defence official says China is a threat to Canadian Arctic

Mar 10 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — China is a growing threat to Canadian interests in the Arctic because of its “voracious appetite” for natural resources, a top Department of National Defence official warned Wednesday. In surprisingly frank comments to the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence, deputy minister Jody Thomas said Beijing is turning its attention to Canada’s Northwest Passage as […]

Canadian-linked foundation offers travel to China in exchange for research from academics, scientists

Mar 9 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A foundation with Canadian connections and murky origins that operated out of a house in Southern California has been offering Canadian academics and scientists business-class flights to China and stays at five-star hotels in exchange for sharing their research. Shrawan Kumar, a pioneer in spinal biomechanics, turned down an invitation earlier this year from the […]

Trudeau warns China of ‘possible consequences’ over treatment of Uyghurs

Mar 3 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is warning Beijing of “possible consequences” from the international community after its envoy to Canada dismissed reports of genocide, forced labour and relocations of Uyghur Muslims as the “lie of the century.” Ambassador Cong Peiwu held a virtual news conference Wednesday with select Canadians news outlets, including The Globe and Mail, […]

Canadian documents show new link between Khashoggi killers and Saudi Crown Prince

Feb 25 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Documents filed in a Toronto court provide yet another link between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and come to light as U.S. President Joe Biden is preparing to release an intelligence report that concludes the kingdom’s de facto ruler approved the killing. Saudi records, filed in […]