Politics Insider for Nov. 19: A brand new risk evaluation predicts international actors need the aptitude to disrupt crucial infrastructure, the Tories are cut up on hiring household ties and a storied ship is lastly scrapped
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Canada’s cyber-intelligence company warned in a new risk evaluation that international actors are “very probably trying to develop cyber capabilities to disrupt Canadian crucial infrastructure“—say, the electrical energy provide. And the e-spies named names, pointing to China, Russia, Iran and North Korea because the “biggest strategic threats.” Ransomware assaults that bilk Canadians out of big sums of cash aren’t stopping, and state-sponsored business espionage will try and steal mental property from company, tutorial and authorities sources.
The federal Tories received’t look forward to an in-person coverage conference subsequent August. Celebration president Scott Lamb introduced a shift to a digital occasion to be held March 18-20. With an election perpetually simply across the nook, a refreshed coverage ebook for the O’Toole period may simply be prepared in time for a spring journey to the polls—if, that’s, the Home loses its tenuous confidence within the Liberals simply as temps begin to rise.
Yesterday, Tory deputy chief Candice Bergen advised reporters that she had no issues with an MP hiring an in-law on the taxpayer dime (see: the case of Andrew Scheer). Others in her occasion, together with Alberta MP Shannon Stubbs, disagreed with that evaluation. All of them went after PM Justin Trudeau for failing to recuse himself in issues associated to funding of a charity that paid his mom and brother. So what precisely is the distinction between a direct relation and an in-law? (Your publication correspondent, for the file, sees his in-laws as household—and never simply because they’re subscribers.)
The Senate’s nationwide finance committee handed the federal government invoice, C-9, that creates the brand new Canada Emergency Lease Subsidy. The committee’s report didn’t let Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland off the hook for a procedural flub that sparked fears that struggling companies must paradoxically pre-pay their hire so as to be eligible for the subsidy. Senators additionally inspired the federal government to develop eligibility for companies “with out a monitor file of bills” and those who have suffered income losses however not been pressured to shut.
Well being Canada has a brand new warning for Canadians: Don’t belief any ultraviolet disinfectant wands that declare to guard in opposition to COVID-19. The division “has not obtained proof to assist these claims.” A registry of diplomatically titled “promoting incidents” on Well being Canada’s web site contains two UV wand listings. The U.S.-based Meals and Drug Administration doesn’t say the wands received’t cease COVID-19, however an in depth FAQ says “restricted revealed information” prevents the company from giving the inexperienced gentle.
The assault on WE led to an immense loss: Chip Wilson, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder and former CEO of lululemon athletica, wrote an impassioned defence of WE Charity in Maclean’s. Wilson and his spouse based a charity that later merged with WE. Wilson writes the Kielburger brothers “deserve an apology from all events, they usually need to be introduced again into the hearts and minds of Canadians.”
This summer time, WE Charity grew to become cancel tradition’s newest sufferer. Headlines bent on promoting promoting as a substitute of reporting the reality, one occasion’s quest to win the subsequent federal election, and one other occasion’s questionable ethics not solely destroyed its inspirational work, however stole the dream of Marc and Craig Kielburger to create impactful philanthropy on a worldwide scale. This trifecta successfully colluded to kill off one among Canada’s biggest charitable success tales.
A rusted-out ship that has languished on the LaHave River in Bridgewater, N.S., for twenty years is lastly destined for a scrapyard. The vessel, as soon as named HMCS Cormorant, nonetheless wears the Navy grey paint job that hints at its storied previous. The Italian-built trawler was transformed to a diving assist vessel by Davie Shipyards within the Nineteen Seventies. In 1980, the Cormorant was the first to permit ladies in uniform to serve aboard. The ship’s on-board submersible additionally as soon as discovered the Breadalbane, a British ship misplaced in Arctic waters in 1853 whereas trying to find the Franklin expedition—and helped salvage the bell aboard the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Cormorant is, for now, nonetheless seen on Google Streetview.
Attn: political nerds: Former MP Barry Campbell, as soon as the parliamentary secretary to then-finance minister Paul Martin, despatched a be aware to Hill journalists about his Dictionary of Canadian Politics. Learn all about parliamentary trivialities together with the story of the bells that ring earlier than votes, or brush up on vernacular like “the flying Taj Mahal” and chequebook federalism. Or simply be taught concerning the PM’s beard.