National Newswatch

Cyberspy agency launched operation to protect federal election from foreign attack

Jun 28 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's cyberspy agency launched a defensive operation to protect last year's federal election — including the party leaders' debate — from disruption by foreign agencies. The operation was designed to disrupt hostile cyber activity aimed at the voting system, as well as to protect political parties from foreign interference, the Communications Security Establishment […]

Canada ships seeds to Ukraine to help hard-pressed farmers targeted by Russia

Jun 27 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada is sending seeds to Ukraine, including fast-growing buckwheat, to help out with a food crisis sparked by the Russian invasion, says Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ukraine, like Canada, is one of the world's biggest exporters of wheat and supplies many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the […]

Online streaming bill could make YouTube manipulate its algorithms: CRTC chair

Jun 24 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The chairman of Canada's broadcast regulator says it might ask platforms such as YouTube to "manipulate" their algorithms to make Canadian music easier to find, under powers in the proposed online streaming bill.   Ian Scott told a Senate committee examining the bill that although the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would not […]

Russia’s misinformation campaign failing, say Canadian general, EU and NATO officials

Jun 21 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russian attempts to sell false narratives in the West about the invasion of Ukraine are failing, say a Canadian general and senior NATO and European officials.  At a security conference in Ottawa, they said misinformation campaigns by the Kremlin are being successfully thwarted and countered in both Europe and North America. But they […]

Luxembourg’s royal family took refuge in Canada during Second World War: crown prince

Jun 20 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The crown prince of Luxembourg, who is in Toronto on an official trade visit, has spoken out publicly about how his family took refuge in Canada during the Second World War. Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, heir to the Luxembourg throne, said not many people know his great-grandparents, grandfather and other royal family […]

Luxembourg’s royal family took refuge in Canada during Second World War: crown prince

Jun 20 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The crown prince of Luxembourg, who is in Toronto on an official trade visit, has spoken out publicly about how his family took refuge in Canada during the Second World War. Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, heir to the Luxembourg throne, said not many people know his great-grandparents, grandfather and other royal family […]

MPs get panic buttons to boost security, after minister reveals he got death threats

Jun 20 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — MPs are being given panic buttons to increase their personal security following a series of threats, and rising concern about harassment of Parliamentarians.  In an interview, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino revealed he has been subject to death threats on social media in recent weeks, after presenting a bill curbing gun ownership.  Mendicino […]

MPs get panic buttons to boost security, after minister reveals he got death threats

Jun 20 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — MPs are being given panic buttons to increase their personal security following a series of threats, and rising concern about harassment of Parliamentarians.  In an interview, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino revealed he has been subject to death threats on social media in recent weeks, after presenting a bill curbing gun ownership.  Mendicino […]

‘Deepfakes’ and disinformation should fall under online hate law: advisory panel

Jun 19 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Disinformation, including “deepfake” videos and bots spreading deception, should come within the scope of a future online harms bill, say a panel of experts appointed by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to help him shape a future law. Members of the expert panel, including Bernie Farber of the Canada Anti-Hate Network and Lianna McDonald […]

MPs rush over 150 amendments to streaming bill; Senate says it won’t be pressured

Jun 15 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — MPs have been forced to rush through over 150 amendments to the online streaming bill to meet a deadline imposed by the government, prompting accusations of secrecy and legislative bungling.  But senators have signalled they will not be pressured to speed up consideration of the bill, claiming they have thwarted government ploys to […]

‘Whisky war’ with Denmark over tiny Arctic island ends peacefully with deal

Jun 14 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has struck a historic deal with Denmark, settling a dispute stretching back five decades over a 1.3-square-kilometre island in the Arctic. Joly and the Danish foreign affairs minister Jeppe Kofod signed an agreement Tuesday to divide Hans Island, an uninhabited rock situated between Ellesmere Island, in Nunavut, and […]

‘Whisky war’ with Denmark over tiny Arctic island ends peacefully with deal

Jun 14 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has struck a historic deal with Denmark, settling a dispute stretching back five decades over a 1.3-square-kilometre island in the Arctic. Joly and the Danish foreign affairs minister Jeppe Kofod signed an agreement Tuesday to divide Hans Island, an uninhabited rock situated between Ellesmere Island, in Nunavut, and […]