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Canada’s spy chief: Espionage has reached Cold War-level

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OTTAWA — Canada’s spy chief warned Tuesday that state-sponsored espionage against his country has reached “levels equal to, or greater than those witnessed during the Cold War.”

Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said in a report presented to parliament on Monday that foreign governments “continue to covertly gather political, economic and military information” in Canada through diplomatic missions, various organizations and by recruiting agents or informants.

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A number of state-owned enterprises and private firms with close ties to foreign government or intelligence services have also pursued “opaque agendas” through investments in Canada.

“Canadian interests have been damaged by espionage activities through the loss of assets and leading-edge technology, leakage of confidential government information or applications, and the coercion and manipulation of ethno-cultural communities,” the report said.

Dubious foreign corporate acquisitions, it said, also “pose potential risks” related to critical infrastructure, control over strategic sectors and the illegal transfer of technology.

The report goes on to explain that Canada’s “open society with strong international relationships and advanced industries such as telecommunications and mining — make it attractive to foreign intelligence agencies.”

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Its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other multilateral and bilateral defence pacts, and close ties to the United States also make the country an attractive target for espionage, it said.

In the post-Cold War world, state actors are compelled to seek ways of remaining competitive both strategically and economically, the report said.

“As a world leader in communications, biotechnology, energy extraction technologies, aerospace and other areas, Canada remains an attractive target for economic espionage,” it said.

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Something is killing galaxies — and science is on the case

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In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why.

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide survey (VERTICO), is investigating, in brilliant detail, how galaxies are killed by their environment.

As VERTICO’s principal investigator, I lead a team of 30 experts that are using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) to map the molecular hydrogen gas, the fuel from which new stars are made, at high resolution across 51 galaxies in our nearest galaxy cluster, called the Virgo Cluster.

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Trudeau in blackface: A symptom of Canada’s widespread anti-Black racism

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The news that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed in blackface when he was a student and a teacher has once again made blackface the topic of the day — this time in the middle of a Canadian election campaign.

The revelation that, as a 29-year-old teacher, Trudeau appeared in blackface at an “Arabian Nights” fundraiser at his school has made news around the world. Other images subsequently surfaced that showed a young Trudeau performing in blackface at high school talent shows.

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Iran ‘assures’ FIFA that women can attend soccer qualifier

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Sunday that world footbalil's governing body has been "assured" by Iranian authorities that women will be able to attend a World Cup qualifier in Tehran next month.

FIFA had demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums following the 'Blue girl' incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium.

"We have been assured, that as of the next international game of Iran, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums," Infantino told a FIFA conference on women's football in Milan on Sunday.

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