National Newswatch

Beijing may have tried to discourage Canadians from voting Conservative: federal unit

Jun 23 2022 — Jim Bronskill — A federal research unit detected what might be a Chinese Communist Party information operation that aimed to discourage Canadians of Chinese heritage from voting for the Conservatives in the last federal election. The Sept. 13, 2021, analysis by Rapid Response Mechanism Canada, which tracks foreign interference, says researchers observed Communist Party media accounts on Chinese […]

Federal unit flags apparent Chinese campaign to sow doubt on return of ‘two Michaels’

Jun 21 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — A federal unit that tracks foreign interference has identified what appeared to be a co-ordinated information campaign by Chinese state media outlets to control the domestic narrative around the return of the "two Michaels" to Canada. Rapid Response Mechanism Canada found the effort also seemed intent on fostering confusion or doubt in Canada […]

Key enterprises could face penalties under federal bill to bolster cybersecurity

Jun 14 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Key enterprises in the banking, telecommunications and transportation industries would be among those required to bolster cybersecurity and report digital attacks — or possibly face penalties — under a federal bill introduced Tuesday. The legislation is intended to flesh out Liberal government efforts to protect critical infrastructure following last month's announcement that Chinese […]

Tim Hortons app collected vast amounts of sensitive data: privacy watchdogs

Jun 1 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — The Tim Hortons mobile ordering app violated the law by collecting vast amounts of location information from customers, an investigation by federal and provincial privacy watchdogs has found. In a report released Wednesday, privacy commissioners say people who downloaded the Tim Hortons app had their movements tracked and recorded every few minutes, even […]

Canada banning China’s Huawei Technologies, ZTE from 5G telecom networks

May 20 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — The Liberal government is banning Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE from Canada's long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. "Telecommunication companies in Canada will not be permitted to include in their networks products or services that put our national security at risk," Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Thursday in Ottawa. "Providers who already […]

Financial intelligence agency highlights criminal risks of underground banking

May 5 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Canada’s financial intelligence agency is warning that unregistered money-transfer services are ripe for abuse by criminals trying to launder cash and fund terrorist activities. In a new advisory on the risks of underground banking, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, says everyone from students to seniors could […]

Countrywide action to crack down on handguns needed, advocates tell federal minister

Apr 21 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Prominent firearm-control advocates are urging the Liberal government to abandon plans to allow provinces to ban handguns, saying regional measures will lead to a disastrous patchwork across Canada. In a new letter to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, several high-profile groups call instead for countrywide measures to phase out the private ownership of […]

Canada sends Quebec man to United States to face ransomware charges

Mar 10 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — A Quebec man has been extradited to the United States to face charges in Florida arising from alleged participation in an elaborate ransomware operation. Following a request from U.S. authorities, Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins was arrested in Gatineau, Que., in January of last year. Police executed a search warrant at his home, seizing 719 Bitcoin […]

Canada sends Quebec man to United States to face ransomware charges

Mar 10 2022 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — A Quebec man has been extradited to the United States to face charges in Florida arising from alleged participation in an elaborate ransomware operation. Following a request from U.S. authorities, Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins was arrested in Gatineau, Que., in January of last year. Police executed a search warrant at his home, seizing 719 Bitcoin […]