OTTAWA (Reuters) – China’s decision to investigate two Canadians for suspected spying highlights a sharp and unexpected deterioration in bilateral ties just months ahead of a trip by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Beijing.
The detention of the couple, long-time residents in China who ran a coffee shop on the border with North Korea, could also make life tougher for the small group of Canadian government ministers who favour closer economic links with Beijing.
OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 31 (Reuters) – The recent hacking
attempt on a sensitive Canadian government computer network is
similar to attacks mounted by an elite unit of the Chinese army
based in Shanghai, according to a cybersecurity expert.
Canada said on Tuesday “a highly sophisticated Chinese
state-sponsored actor” had broken into the National Research
Council, a leading research body that works with major companies
such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.
Beijing on Thursday accused Canada of making irresponsible
accusations that lacked credible evidence.
OTTAWA, July 31 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy grew more than
expected in May, expanding for a fifth consecutive month, but
most likely not enough to persuade the Bank of Canada to raise
Statistics Canada said on Thursday that gross domestic
product (GDP) grew by 0.4 percent in May from April, more than
the 0.3 percent forecast by market analysts. Year-over-year
growth was 2.3 percent in May, up from 2.1 percent in April.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.
Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, the government’s leading research body, works with major firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc..
OTTAWA, July 29 (Reuters) – Canada on Tuesday took the
unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key
computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising
tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to
Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese
state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National
Research Council. The council, the government’s leading research
body, works with major firms such as aircraft and train maker
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the U.N. civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine last week, killing almost 300 people. The plane crashed in territory held by Russian-backed separatists, raising fears the wreckage might be tampered with.
OTTAWA/MONTREAL, July 18 (Reuters) – The U.N. civil aviation
body said on Friday it was not responsible for issuing warnings
about potential dangers such as military conflicts, saying that
duty fell to individual nations.
The role of the International Civil Aviation Authority has
come under scrutiny after a Malaysian airliner was shot down by
a missile on Thursday over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.
OTTAWA/MONTREAL, July 18 (Reuters) – The U.N.’s aviation
body on Friday said it did not have the authority to close
global air routes, seeking to distance itself from
responsibility after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over
Malaysia’s transport minister said earlier that the
Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
had shut the route after a Malaysian Airline jet was
brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298
OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 18 (Reuters) – Canada’s annual
inflation rate edged up to a 28-month high in June, the second
month in a row it has exceeded the Bank of Canada’s target,
posing a challenge to the central bank’s view that recent
strength in prices is temporary.
Annual inflation rose to 2.4 percent last month, Statistics
Canada said on Friday, the highest rate since the 2.6 percent
seen in February 2012. It also surpassed forecasts for inflation
to hold at May’s 2.3 percent level.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Shrugging off a recent surge in inflation as temporary, the Bank of Canada held its key overnight interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday, as expected, and insisted it could just as easily cut rates as raise them.
In the statement that accompanied the rate decision, the bank, however, did omit language it had used in its June rate statement that said the downside risks to its inflation outlook remain important, an acknowledgement that overall inflation hit 2.3 percent in May and that core inflation was also higher than expected.