02 Nov 2021

Toronto subways hit by ransomware as US lawmakers slam ‘burdensome’ cybersecurity rules

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been hit by a ransomware attack that forced conductors to use radio to communicate, took the organization’s email system offline, and made schedule information unavailable to passengers. The TTC confirmed the ransomware attack after its IT staff detected unusual network activity. TTC runs all

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30 Sep 2021

Canadian Vaccine Passport App Exposes Data

According to recent reports, the Canadian vaccine passport app called PORTpass may have exposed personal information belonging to hundreds of thousands of Canadians. The app’s operators allegedly left data such as names, identification documents, and email addressed on an unsecured website stored in plain text and accessible to the public.

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10 Aug 2021

Canadian citizen loses appeal against Chinese death penalty

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian national, has lost his appeal against a death sentence in China that he received due to charges of drug smuggling. The Chinese court upheld the sentence due to the evidence against him being deemed sufficient. Schellenberg was initially sentenced to 15 years in jail, however,

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01 Jun 2021

Canadian Indigenous Community Discovers Remains of Boarding-School Students

In a shocking and horrifying discovery, a Canadian west-coast indigenous community uncovered the remains of more than 200 indigenous children it believes to have attended a state-run school. The case has reopened wounds about Canada’s historic mistreatment of indigenous people. The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in the province of

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23 Mar 2021

U.S. and Its Allies Sanction China Over Treatment of Uyghurs in a Collective Action

The US, Canada, and their European allies have levied sanctions against Chinese officials in collective action in response to China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and significant human rights violations. The coordinated blacklisting is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to forge coalitions against Beijing for several different conflicts. The European

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22 Mar 2021

Second Canadian Is Tried in China on Spying Charges

Michael Kovrig was detained for more than two years in China on espionage charges and was tried in secret on Monday in a Chinese court. The former diplomat was tried in a court in Beijing and more than two dozen diplomats were barred from attending the trial. The diplomats were

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19 Mar 2021

China’s Espionage Trial of Canadian Citizen Ends, Verdict Awaited

A case at the center of a diplomatic standoff between the US, Canada, and China has ended. The case involves espionage charges for Michael Spavor, a Canadian national. China alleges that Spavor was probing into and illegally providing state secrets to foreign actors. As the countries await the verdict, there

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12 Feb 2021

As Huawei Talks Stall, Detention of Two Canadians in China Drags On

Two Canadian nationals apprehended in Beijing have remained there for two years, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. The two Canadians have been at the center of a high-stakes standoff between Canada, the US, and China. The men have been accused of espionage and jailed for the duration

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04 Feb 2021

Canada declares the Proud Boys a terrorist group

Following the January 6th attacks on the US capitol, Canada has added the Proud Boys to their ongoing list of terrorist entities including groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS, and al-Shabab. This move comes as Public Safety Minister Bill Blair described the group’s ideology as, “violent,” and the “most significant threat to

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04 Feb 2021

Clearview Facial-Recognition Technology Ruled Illegal in Canada

This week, Canadian authorities ruled that the use of facial recognition technology from Clearview is prohibited due to violations of federal and provincial privacy laws. Clearview has received backlash from the security industry for its controversial practice of harvesting faceprints from the internet and selling them. The company could feel

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