Surveillance

Ethics Report Due In 90 Days

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

A federal ethics investigation of a Department of Industry board will be finalized within 90 days, the Commons ethics committee was told yesterday. Records show then-Industry Minister Navdeep Bains ignored repeated warnings in appointing a Liberal Party donor with a known conflict.

“I deal with conflicts of interest,” Ethics Commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein told the committee. An investigation into Sustainable Development Technology Canada will be completed soon, he said.

“I can tell you now certainly by the 1st of August you will see the reports,” said von Finckenstein. Two directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada were investigated, he said. Von Finckenstein did not name the directors.

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Chinese Spy Hunt Is Ongoing

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

No one can provide “100 percent clarity” there are no Chinese agents on the federal payroll, says the nation’s spy chief. David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told MPs he could not discuss ongoing investigations.

“We can never rest,” Vigneault told the Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations. There was “a relentless effort by the People’s Republic of China” to infiltrate institutions, he said.

“They are using all methods to be able to acquire technology, know-how and data,” said Vigneault. “From that point of view I am not sure anyone can provide a level of 100 percent clarity on this. From the Canadian Security Intelligence Services’ point of view in terms of transparency, we are absolutely focused on the issue.”

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British Lawmakers Back Nanny State Smoking Ban for People Born After 2009

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

The British government’s plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party.

The bill, a key policy announced by Sunak last year, would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born after January 1, 2009. If passed, the bill will give Britain some of the toughest anti-smoking measures in the world. Authorities say it will create modern Britain’s “first smoke-free generation.”

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TECHNOLOGY Chinese diplomats are quietly meeting with Hill staffers about TikTok After a bill that would force the sale of the company passed the House, diplomats from the Chinese Embassy met with Hill offices to push talking points defending the app.

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

The Chinese Embassy has held meetings with congressional staff to lobby against the legislation that would force a sale of TikTok, according to two of the Capitol Hill staffers.

TikTok, which is owned by the Beijing-based company ByteDance, has repeatedly denied a relationship with the Chinese government and sought to distance itself from its Chinese origins. But now, with the fate of legislation to force the sale of the company facing an uncertain path forward in the Senate, the Chinese Embassy appears to be leveraging its political weight to protect the company’s future in the United States.

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Google lays off employees, shifts some roles abroad amid cost cuts

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

Alphabet-owned Google (GOOGL.O), opens new tab is laying off an unspecified number of employees, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday, marking the latest cuts at the technology giant as it cracks down on costs.
The Google spokesperson said the layoffs are not company-wide and that affected employees will be able to apply for internal roles, but did not specify the number of employees impacted nor the teams involved.
A small percentage of the impacted roles will move to hubs the company is investing in, including India, Chicago, Atlanta and Dublin.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Public Can Sue Officials Who Block Them on Social Media in Some Circumstances A two-pronged test to determine a First Amendment violation.

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court has established a significant precedent for free speech in the digital realm. On Friday, the court unanimously ruled that, under certain conditions, government officials may face lawsuits for violating the First Amendment if they block critics on social media. This decision introduces a critical test for assessing whether officials are acting within their governmental capacity when they silence online dissent.

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Unmasking the Bias of “Misinformation Experts” Exposing the bias of “misinformation experts,” raising critical questions about free speech and the true guardians of truth online.

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

Unmasking the Bias of “Misinformation Experts”
Exposing the bias of “misinformation experts,” raising critical questions about free speech and the true guardians of truth online.

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RCMP search GC Strategies’ office as company partner testifies in House of Commons

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

The RCMP said it has searched the office of a contractor who worked on ArriveCan.

An RCMP spokesperson said in a Wednesday interview with CBC News it had executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a location listed as GC Strategies’ mailing address in Woodlawn, ON.

The spokesperson said the search warrant was unrelated to an ongoing investigation into ArriveCan.

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GC Strategies Chief brings doctors note asking MPs to be nice to him “I’m supposed to not participate in any activity that would cause any undue stress as being diagnosed with having acute mental health flare ups,” Firth said before MPs from all parties.

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

GC Strategies managing partner Kristian Firth was admonished by the house speaker Greg Fergus in Canadian Parliament, an event that hasn’t happened in over 100 years, and shortly after claimed he suffered from mental health issues which a Liberal MP asked about in an attempt to pause the entire spectacle.
I’m supposed to not participate in any activity that would cause any undue stress as being diagnosed with having acute mental health flare ups,” Firth said before MPs from all parties.

Firth added that he’s “actively undergoing therapy” and on medication.

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Canada is making cars with eye monitors and kill switches This includes a camera that monitors a driver’s eye and head movements to see if they may be intoxicated, as well as infrared sensors that measure alcohol levels. If your car decides you’re over th

By Valerie / April 17, 2024 /

A Canadian company is creating anti-drunk driving technology that monitors your eye movements and alcohol levels via cameras and infrared sensors that can trigger a kill switch in your car.

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