Daniel Proussalidis - November 8th, 2013
OTTAWA – Canada’s list of banned terrorist entities is growing, with the addition of two Islamist groups Friday.
The list now includes two more al-Qaida-linked groups: Jabhat Al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Defense of the Syrian People, and the Signatories in Blood, which is active in West Africa.
Jabhat al-Nusra is one of the rebel groups taking over territory in northern Syria recently, creating new concerns for Western backers of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The Signatories in Blood is believed to be behind a hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant last January that also included Canadian involvement, along with suicide bombings in Niger in March.
Public Safety Canada says in its regulatory filings for the expanded list that “everyone who knowingly participates in or contributes to any activity of a terrorist group … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment.”
Daniel Proussalidis - November 1st, 2013
OTTAWA – A French naval defence contractor is meeting potential Canadian business partners for the construction of up to 15 new combat ships — Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) — even before the feds choose a design.
The ships will eventually replace the Navy’s destroyers and frigates.
Officials with shipbuilder DCNS toured several Quebec companies this week as part of a networking opportunity organized by bureaucrats with the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec.
Patrick Boissier, president and CEO of DCNS, is trying to position the company to provide the design for the new ships to be built on the East Coast as part of the feds’ $36.6-billion shipbuilding strategy. Read more…
Daniel Proussalidis - October 24th, 2013
OTTAWA – Amid the global threat of germ warfare, Canada’s military is taking its first steps toward creating a device sci-fi fans might recognize as a Star Trek tricorder.
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) says it wants to develop a “hand-held biological sensor for real-time detection of bioaerosols.”
So DRDC is offering private companies up to $50,000 for a study to determine what kind of device could be developed for soldiers.