Morning Update: CSIS warned Trudeau about Toronto-area politician’s alleged ties to Chinese diplomats

Morning Update: CSIS warned Trudeau about Toronto-area politician’s alleged ties to Chinese diplomats

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior aides have been warned on at least two occasions that MPs should be careful in their political dealings with former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Michael Chan because of alleged links to the Chinese Consulate in Toronto, according to national security sources.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has a file on Chan that includes information about his activities during the 2019 and 2021 federal election campaigns and meetings with suspected Chinese intelligence agents, according to the two security sources. The Globe and Mail does not identify sources at risk of prosecution under the Security of Information Act.

Chan, now deputy mayor of the town of Markham, told The Globe he was a loyal Canadian and accused CSIS of defamation, saying he had never once questioned him about his alleged involvement with the Chinese consulate.

Michael Chan, a former Liberal cabinet minister from Ontario, says CSIS never questioned him once about his alleged involvement with the Chinese consulate.Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press

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US shoots down flying object over Lake Huron as Canada works to recover wreckage in Yukon

The US military shot down a mysterious flying object near the Canadian border over Lake Huron on Sunday, the fourth time this month that fighter jets rushed in to fire on aerial objects spotted in North American airspace.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the latest object, which was intercepted in US airspace by an F-16, was considered a threat in part because of “potential surveillance capabilities”. The object was linked to an earlier radar signal picked up over Montana, which passed close to sensitive military sites, the statement said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters a recovery team was heading into the Yukon wilderness to recover and analyze the third aerial intruder shot down by a US warplane over northern Canada on Saturday.

Israel on the brink of constitutional collapse, the country’s president warns

Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to weaken judicial independence in Israel has embroiled the mighty Prime Minister in a deepening conflict with the country’s vaunted tech sector and with economic elites who warn that he is courting democratic disaster.

In an unusual address on Sunday evening, President Isaac Herzog argued for a compromise plan that could modestly limit the powers of the courts to strike down legislation while preserving the independence of the judiciary.

Meanwhile, former justices of the Supreme Court of Canada signed a public statement urging Israel to rethink proposed legal changes – including a Canada-style notwithstanding clause that could overrule decisions of its highest court.

John Tory’s departure leaves a leadership void at Toronto City Hall

Now that John Tory is about to leave after admitting that he had had a months-long affair with a former staff member, the battle lines are drawn over whether his budget should be honored.

Tory’s exit as mayor of Toronto has created a leadership vacuum at the top of Canada’s largest city. A long list of potential mayoral candidates are weighing their options to replace the Tories in an upcoming by-election.

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Turkey takes legal action against builders: So far, 131 suspects have been identified as responsible for collapse of some of the thousands of buildings leveled in the 10 provinces affected by the earthquake, said Vice President Fuat Oktay. Meanwhile, the crews continue to rescue survivors a week after the earthquake.

Paxlovid still offers protection against hospitalization, study finds: Same as the The Omicron variant has become the dominant strainthe antiviral drug continued to help prevent hospitalization of high-risk COVID-19 patients.

Rental fraud is growing amid an increase in false and falsified tenant inquiries: Criminal groups are increasingly using fake tenant apps commit real estate fraudat a time when an increasing number of potential tenants are also falsifying information to gain advantage in a hyper-competitive market.

Laith Marouf banned from re-entering Canada in 2009: THE anti-racism consultant at the center of a scandal over a series of tweets about ‘Jewish white supremacists’ was refused entry on his return from Syria and questioned by a Canadian intelligence official at the Damascus embassy.

Morning markets

Stable global markets: Global stocks have stabilized, as the U.S. dollar rose on Monday, ahead of U.S. inflation data that could define the outlook for global interest rates, while news that the U.S. Air Force had shot down another airborne object created some geopolitical uncertainty. Just after 5:30 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.26%. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 gained 0.17% and 0.48% respectively. In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei fell 0.88%. The Hong Kong Hang Seng lost 0.12%. New York futures were little changed. The Canadian dollar was down at 74.83 US cents.

What is everyone talking about

Ottawa’s new health funding is tied to better data. What will that really mean?

“We then need to follow samples of individuals over time, to determine which way of organizing primary care has patients with fewer illnesses, fewer hospitalizations and longer lives. Only with these kinds of person-level, longitudinal data can we generate evidence upon which to base valid indicators of health outcomes and relate them to current and evolving jurisdictions’ ways of delivering care. primary to their residents. .” Michael Wolfson and David Castle

These practical ideas can help reinvigorate Canada’s public sector

“To make the public sector work better, governments should always invest in ways to bring newer, more objective insights and advice, to challenge incrementalism and orthodoxy, and to help the public service develop feasible options for governments to consider. We are not doing as much in Canada as other countries, and much less than in the past. Canada has let its supply chain of idea generation and debate about its public sector erode to a pitiful state and has become more dependent on consulting firms for outside perspective. – Michael Wernick

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The top 10 most romantic getaways in Canada

From Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia, nestled in the heart of the Tobeatic Wilderness, to Parc Omega, a 2,200-acre park in Quebec where you can sleep with wolves, Gayle Macdonald reports on destinations to fall head over heels for.

Moment in time: Tonya Williams crowned Miss Black Ontario

For more than 100 years, photographers and photo editors working for The Globe and Mail have curated an extraordinary collection of topical photography. Every Monday, The Globe presents one of these images. This month we take a look at the competitions.

Beauty contests have always been superficial, anti-Semitic, sexist and, above all, racist. In the 1930s, there was a written rule in the Miss America pageant that contestants had to be “Caucasian”. There was no diversity, no inclusion. In 1968, African Americans held a Miss Black America event and showed the general public that indeed black is beautiful and no old Eurocentric beauty ideal could ever diminish that. In 1977, with the realization that the inherent racism in pageants was still alive in Canada, a pageant was held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto to crown Miss Black Ontario. The winner is pictured above – former Miss Oshawa, Tonya Williams, 18. She hardly needed the event to relaunch her career. The accomplished actor has starred in numerous Canadian productions, including Polka Dot Door, and earned critical acclaim in the CBS daytime drama. The young and the restless. It wasn’t until 1984 that there was a black winner of the Miss America pageant, Vanessa Williams. Philip King

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