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“Highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored” cyberattack hits Canada Government’s top research organization

Posted by Author on July 29, 2014


Note: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is in Beijing

A “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” recently managed to hack into the computer systems at Canada’s National Research Council, confirms the country’s chief information officer, Corinne Charette. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian Performs Red Opera Guided by Confucius Institute at Beijing Propaganda Show

Posted by Author on February 12, 2013


Every year in China the communist regime stages a long variety show on the only national broadcaster, China Central Television, ringing in the Chinese New Year with a good helping of pro-regime propaganda.

Joining the gaudy hosts and crooning singers in their annual ritual, the Spring Festival Gala, this past Saturday was a Canadian opera virtuoso, Thomas Glenn. He co-sung part of an old communist “red opera” that was freighted with more meaning than he realized, or was told by his Chinese handlers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian University To Close China-linked Confucius Institute

Posted by Author on February 8, 2013


McMaster University has decided to close the Confucius Institute that it has hosted since 2008, the Hamilton, Ontario-based university announced Feb 7.

The decision was made because of the hiring practices of the Beijing-linked Confucius Institute (CI), which recruits its instructors in China. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abandoned Pulp Mill in Canada’s West Coast City Become Focal-point for China’s Corruption Crackdown

Posted by Author on February 2, 2013


A long-abandoned pulp mill in Prince Rupert, B.C., has become a focal-point for the Chinese government’s sweeping efforts to crack down on corruption.

The Skeena Cellulose pulp mill, which was once the economic lifeblood of Prince Rupert but has remained shuttered for more than a decade, is embroiled in an international scandal linked to its purchase by a Chinese businessman. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lust is Chinese spies’ favoured weapon

Posted by Author on December 2, 2011


OTTAWA – A former Canadian diplomat has blown the lid off the Chinese government’s use of sex to ensnare business people and others, and then pump them to divulge secrets.

“The big thing that China is after is technology and information and military secrets,” Brian McAdam told a corporate espionage conference in Gatineau, Que.

“They are really targeting foreign scientists and engineers in a major way.”

McAdam said Chinese intelligence officials have perfected the “honey trap” – using agents to seduce visiting business people, scientists, or politicians while secretly videotaping their sexual encounter. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Cyber Attack Targets Fortune 100 Chemical Firms: Report

Posted by Author on November 1, 2011


Canadian operators of telecommunications networks, power grids, water systems and other services of vital importance are growing less prepared for a potentially devastating cyber attack, Symantec Corp. said in a report released on Monday.

In a separate report, the world’s largest security software maker also uncovered a series of attacks targeting dozens of companies in the industrial chemical production sector, which the company traced to a single user based in China.

Applied Research telephoned 3,475 companies in 37 countries between August and September, including 625 in Canada, on behalf of Symantec. The second annual Symantec Critical Infrastructure Protection Survey found providers were growing complacent about potential threats posed by computer hackers.

“Critical infrastructure providers are less engaged with their government’s CIP [critical infrastructure protection] programs, less concerned about threats and less ready than 12 months ago,” reads an excerpt from the 15-page report. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ethics probe urged over Canadian MP’s flirty emails

Posted by Author on September 15, 2011


OTTAWA— Embattled Conservative MP Bob Dechert should ask the federal ethics commissioner to review his relationship with a Chinese journalist, New Democrats say.

If he doesn’t, they say they may appeal to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson for an independent review of the controversy that has thrust the Mississauga-Erindale politician into the spotlight.

“There should be an inquiry because there are all these threads loosely hanging out there,” NDP Paul Dewar said Thursday.

“I think that would do him good stead . . . to ensure there are no question marks left on his reputation and his conduct,” Dewar said in an interview.

Dechert has gone quiet since admitting a week ago that he had sent “flirtatious” emails to Shi Rong, a Toronto-based reporter with the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese security spies often placed in newsrooms around the world

Posted by Author on September 14, 2011


BEIJING— China routinely places state security agents in Xinhua news bureaus around the world, according to a senior Chinese journalist.

Foreign correspondent jobs are appointed by the Ministry of State Security for set periods, and while they may write the occasional story, their job is intelligence gathering, he said on condition of anonymity.

The rare acknowledgement of the practice comes as debate continues in Ottawa about the relationship between Mississauga MP Bob Dechert and Xinhua News Agency’s Toronto bureau chief, Shi Rong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Xinhua Reporter Shi Rong Wanted Divorce for Canadian MP, Email Alleges

Posted by Author on September 14, 2011


A reporter with the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency wanted to divorce her husband to “continue her love affair” with Canadian member of Parliament Bob Dechert, says the email sent from her account to scores of government and media contacts last week.

The email says, in Chinese: “To continue her love affair with this member of Parliament, Shi Rong pitilessly asked to end her marriage while stationed overseas. This is the Shi Rong you should know about.”

The email sender leaves no name, but Shi has told the Globe and Mail that her account was hacked by her husband. Dechert himself said he believed the account had been hacked “as a part of an ongoing domestic dispute.”

Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian MP’s ‘flirtatious’ e-mails to China’s state-controlled news reporter exposed

Posted by Author on September 9, 2011


A senior Harper government MP with foreign affairs duties has apologized for sending “flirtatious” e-mails to a journalist with China’s state-controlled news agency, a revelation that’s embarrassed Canada’s ruling Conservatives.

Bob Dechert, Conservative MP for Missisauga-Erindale, scrambled Friday to explain amorous e-mails he’d sent in 2010 to Shi Rong, a Toronto correspondent with Xinhua News Agency.

Mr. Dechert is parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Confucius Institutes break human rights rules

Posted by Author on August 10, 2011


Profs working in Canada “must have no record of Falun Gong”

(Macleans)-A rule imposed by Confucius Institutes — an educational arm of the Chinese government that operates on at least eight Canadian campuses — breaks “all human rights codes in Canada,” human rights lawyer Clive Ansley told The Epoch Times.

The main CI website says that overseas volunteer Chinese teachers must have “no record of participation in Falun Gong,” a spiritual practice with roots in Buddhism and Taoism. China’s government vehemently opposes the practice and has arrested and killed many adherents, according to Amnesty International. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian embassy’s posting on fugitive Lai Changxing taken off Chinese Microblog site

Posted by Author on August 5, 2011


        In the slow-evolving world of diplomacy, it may be the biggest innovation since the wax seal: social media that lets Canadian diplomats go around the censors to speak directly to, and hear from, the citizens of the world’s rising superpower.

Tired of having their message telegraphed (or not) through the muddying filter of China’s official media, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing opened an account on the popular Twitter-style social networking site Sina Weibo in June 2011. Rather than waiting for the next ministerial visit before issuing a bland statement, Embassy staff now post four or five items a day on Weibo – many of them inane or irreverent, all of them in Chinese. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Rights Tribunal in Canada Finds Chinese Association Discriminated against Falun Gong

Posted by Author on May 8, 2011


New York–In a decision challenging the Communist Party’s efforts to extend the persecution of Falun Gong beyond China’s borders, the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario ruled on April 27 that a local Chinese association had discriminated against an elderly Falun Gong practitioner when revoking her membership and using demeaning labels to refer to her faith.

“I conclude that the respondents breached the [Ontario Human Rights] Code and discriminated against the complainant on the basis of her creed,” wrote tribunal vice-chair Ms. Michelle Flaherty in the decision. “The Tribunal orders the corporate respondent to pay the complainant the sum of $15,000 for loss arising from the infringement of her rights.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Vancouver hears Falun Gong’s tales of abuse ahead of bylaw vote

Posted by Author on April 20, 2011


As they prepared to vote on a bylaw that would limit Falun Gong protests outside the Chinese consulate, Vancouver city councillors heard harrowing tales of persecution faced by sect members, both in China and locally.

Ray Zhang recounted Tuesday how a gun was placed to his head during an assault on him by three men, as he maintained a dawn vigil at the Falun Gong protest hut in the summer of 2007.

Mr. Zhang had to be treated in hospital after the attack, which left him with facial bruises and a bloody left eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Absolutely impossible’ that city Vancouver not pressured by China to remove Falun Gong

Posted by Author on April 16, 2011


By Pete McMartin –

Last Saturday, I wrote about the City of Vancouver’s clumsy attempt to draft a bylaw that would effectively ban the Falun Gong from maintaining a 24-hour vigil outside the Chinese consulate on Granville Street.

To recap our story so far:

– In 2001, the Falun Gong begin their vigil to protest what the group claims is persecution by the Chinese government.

– In 2006, after five years of the Falun Gong’s peaceful vigil, then mayor Sam Sullivan decides the Falun Gong’s little shack and banners must go -not because of pressure by the Chinese government that they be removed, the mayor says, but because they contravene a street-and-traffic bylaw. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canada, China to play nice

Posted by Author on January 29, 2011


Chinese President Hu Jintao’s official state visit to Washington, D.C., last week was intended to demonstrate that China is a positive force in international relations. However, Hu’s subtle public statements revealed that China remains firmly opposed to the cherished Western values of democracy and respect for human rights, putting it on a collision course with the Harper government.

The Chinese leader got an earful from President Barack Obama on human rights during their joint press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese prison-made goods enter Canada: report

Posted by Author on January 9, 2011


An Alberta company has been importing products made at a Chinese prison camp, according to a report by the Washington, D.C.-based Laogai Research Foundation.

Canada bans the importation of any goods made by prison labour, but the foundation, which raises public awareness about the Laogai — China’s extensive system of forced-labour prison camps — indicates prison-made goods are turning up in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falun Gong Wins in Protest Site Legal Battle in Vancouver

Posted by Author on October 20, 2010


By Joan Delaney, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 20, 2010 –

Falun Gong adherents are claiming victory after a section of a city bylaw prohibiting the group’s protest signs and small hut in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver was struck down as unconstitutional on Tuesday.

The City of Vancouver was granted an injunction requiring the removal of the structures outside the consulate on Granville St. in 2006 after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that they constituted an obstruction.

Falun Gong appealed, arguing that the signs and hut were an essential part of their protest and a form of political expression protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speech: Organ Pillaging, Ongoing Crime Against Humanity by Chinese Party-State

Posted by Author on October 3, 2010


By Hon. David Kilgour, J.D.-

Remarks presented during the Conference of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) on Sept. 30, 2010 at the Palais des Nations, United Nations Complex in Geneva.

Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) is a spiritual discipline which seeks to improve body, character and ethics. It contains features of traditional systems, like Buddhism and Daoism (Taoism), combined with a set of gentle exercises. Its core principles are “truth, compassion and forbearance”, which echo those of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and other faiths. It today has practitioners in numerous countries.

In China, where it first became public in 1992, Falun Gong grew within seven years to 70-100 million practitioners by the government’s own estimate.  Some Communist party leaders in early 1999 reacted negatively at seeing citizens from all walks of life, including party members, engaging publicly in a form of exercise, which had a belief system behind it different from Marxism-Leninism. The exercises, moreover, could be done anywhere at any time, singly or in groups, indoors or outdoors. The amorphous nature meant it was impossible for the party-state to control it.

The first vilification of Falun Gong by Party elements seeking to ban it in 1999 led to protests by practitioners, mobilized through cell phones and Internet coordination. A large protest at party headquarters in Beijing enraged then party-state leader Jiang Zemin. For him and others, banning and persecuting Falun Gong became official violence easier to get away with than doing the same to  other spiritual communities because Falun Gong in China often lack Western connections. The incitement to hatred against them across China in Party media since mid-1999 has had many tragic consequences, most notably the widespread commercial trafficking in their vital organs. Read the rest of this entry »

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China threatening to kill me, Canada reporter says

Posted by Author on September 23, 2010


By ANDREA WOO, Vancouver Sun, Canada,  September 22, 2010 –

A Surrey-based reporter says China’s Ministry of State Security is threatening his family, life and livelihood for his critical coverage of the Chinese government.

Surrey resident Tao Wang moved to B.C. from China in 2007 and began working as a local general assignment reporter for the Canadian branch of Falun Gong-affiliated New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) in July 2009.

Most of his assignments for the international broadcaster have been innocuous, on topics such as the opening of the Canada Line, the Olympics and the harmonized sales tax.

However, some of his reports have been critical of the Chinese government and its practices. NTDTV is one of the few networks with dissenting views that broadcasts in the Communist nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speech: Ending Abuse of Organ Transplantation in China

Posted by Author on August 20, 2010


Revised remarks prepared for delivery to The Transplantation Society Congress, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Aug. 17, 2010, By David Matas

I am amazed it has taken this long.  Finally people are starting to take the abuse of organ transplant surgery in China seriously. There have been isolated pockets of concern before.  But an abuse which dates from the 1980’s is only now, twenty five years too late, generating widespread notice.

China, from the very moment it began transplant surgery, killed non-consenting donors for their organs.  The law even allowed for it.

The Regulations on the Use of Dead Bodies or Organs From Condemned Criminals, dated October 9, 1984, contemplated involuntary organ sourcing from prisoners sentenced to death and then executed.  The law set out three events which could allow for harvesting of organs.

One event was consent of the source, the prisoner.  A second event was consent of the family.  A third event was the refusal or failure of the family to collect the body of the executed prisoner.

The law, then, allowed organ harvesting with consent, but did not prohibit organ harvesting without consent.  That meant that, even where there was an express refusal of consent, both by the prisoner before death and the family after death, but the family refused or even just neglected to collect the body, then organs could, according to the law, still be harvested.

In 1984, when this law was enacted, China was still in the early stages of its shift from socialism to capitalism.  As the shift progressed, the health system became a major part of the shift. From 1980, the Government began withdrawing funds from the health sector, expecting the health system to make up the difference through charges to consumers of health services.

The sale of organs for transplants became the primary source of funds.  There is global demand for organs because of shortages everywhere.  The sale of organs became for hospitals a way to keep their doors open, and a means by which other health services could be provided to the community. This dire need for funds led to a rationalization that selling the organs of prisoners who would be executed anyway was acceptable and to a desire not to question too closely whether the donors wheeled in by the authorities really were prisoners sentenced to death.

Organ price lists were posted on Chinese websites. Hospitals boasted openly on their websites about the money being made from the sale of organs.

China began the organ trade by selling the organs of prisoners sentenced to death.  But the global demand for organs and the health system need for money eventually outgrew the available death row supply.  The Falun Gong community became the next source.

Falun Gong is a simple set of exercises with a spiritual foundation which started in China in 1992.  The belief behind the exercises is a blending and updating of the Chinese Buddhist and Tao traditions.

The Chinese Communist Party/state at first encouraged the exercises because they are healthful.  With official encouragement, the practice of the exercises spread rapidly to the point where there were more practitioners than members of the Communist Party.

The Party then, in June 1999, out of jealousy and fear of losing ideological supremacy, banned the exercises.  When practitioners persisted and protested, the Party/state in November 1999 got vicious — vilifying the practice through propaganda, arresting practitioners, torturing them to elicit recantations, and disappearing them if they did not recant.

Practitioners of Falun Gong quickly became the number one victims of repression in China — two thirds of the torture victims, according to the United Nations rapporteur in torture; one half of those in the slave labour camps, according to the United States Department of State Human Rights reports.  Many of those Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested and refused to recant also refused to identify themselves, in order to protect their friends, family and workplaces back home who otherwise would have been victimized for not having denounced them.  The depersonalization of the Falun Gong, their huge numbers in detention and their vulnerability as an unidentified population made it easy for them to become the next source of organs for sale.

According to research David Kilgour and I did, first in a report released in July 2006 and updated in January 2007, and then in a book titled Bloody Harvest released in November 2009, we concluded that Falun Gong were killed in the tens of thousands so that their organs could be sold to foreigners, generating a billion dollar business for China.  We launched a global campaign to attempt to end the abuse we identified, speaking in over forty countries and eighty cities about our research.

The Chinese government reacted to our work, but not always in ways which countered our concerns.  The Government took down Chinese internet information we referenced.  We archived it all so that you can see it on our website.  However, because of official blocking, internet users can no longer see it in China.

The Government through its embassies, consulates and front organizations, made every effort, wherever we went, to prevent or cancel our speaking engagements, and to bar or discourage people from meeting with us.  The Party/state churned out hostile propaganda, mostly by attacking Falun Gong or us personally, without dealing with the substance of our research.

At this Congress, the reaction of a delegate from China to my presentation, expressed during the question period, was typical of the Communist Party.  He stated that the organizers should not have allowed me to speak and attacked my presentation at a personal level without offering a hint of rebuttal.

The Chinese speaker did, to a certain extent, get his way.  Congress rules were enforced selectively to impede attendance at the event where I spoke.

At the door of the room to the Congress session where I presented, unlike any other event I and others observed at the Congress, there was an astounding number of eight security people turning away those who were registered at the Congress but who did not have blue colour coded delegate badges.  People who had stayed in the corridor outside the room during the session informed me that large numbers were denied entry.  At other Congress events, including lunch, registered attendees without blue color coded badges entered unimpeded, even though in theory the colour coding on their badges did not entitle them to entry. ….. (more details from The Epoch Times)

David Matas is an international human rights lawyer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Event Vancouver: Nobel Nominee David Matas to address to International Conference of the Abuse of Organ Transplantation in China

Posted by Author on August 17, 2010


– From “Between Heaven and Earth“:

Nobel Nominee David Matas will be part of a long list of presenters who will speak at the XXIII International Congress of the Transplantation Society to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 15-19 August. This congress will be one of the largest international gatherings of clinicians and scientists in the transplantation field and it is estimated that 4000 people will attend.

Mr. Matas is scheduled to speak at this Conference on Tuesday August 17 from 3.30 to 5 p.m. as part of a panel on Ethics, Public Policy and Economics. His topic will be “Ending abuse of organ transplantation in China”; session is numbered 036. The link to the full program is here.

Canada’s medical profession is the first in the world to develop an official policy statement on organ trafficking which will be discussed at the Congress. Buying and selling livers, hearts, kidneys and other body parts is illegal in Canada and most countries, but the enterprise continues in many developing countries. From 2000 to 2008 in B.C. alone, 93 Canadians, 90 per cent of them ethnic minorities from countries such as China, India and Pakistan, bought kidneys overseas.

“In fact my research on this matter led me to conclude that prisoners of the spiritual movement Falun Gong were the subject of having their organs taken without their consent and sometimes at the cost of their lives,” said Matas. “I’m involved in this as an activist who speaks up for human rights issues. It is the doctors and hospitals in China conducting these organ harvestings, noting that the government is not innocent in the matter. In China, without government sanctioning, nothing can happen. The solution is for this to stop. People must campaign against it publicly and speak on the issue, then getting extra territorial legislation on organ transplanting.”

Amnesty International is taking the opportunity of this Congress to call on pharmaceutical companies to exercise due diligence to ensure that they are not directly or indirectly implicated in the taking or use of organs from executed prisoners. Amnesty International believes that the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners in China must be stopped and, in establishing alternatives, much more must be done to develop and implement effective regulatory mechanisms.

As well Doctors against forced organ harvesting (DAFOH) adds in its appeal to research and pharmaceutical companies to refrain from performing clinical trials in transplant medicine in the People’s Republic of China.

David Matas is a senior legal counsel for B’nai Brith Canada and a member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Matas was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his intensive investigation over a four-year period into the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China. His work had culminated into a book called “Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs”, which was published in late 2009. Matas had won the prestigious 2009 Human Rights Award from the International Society for Human Rights for this work.

– Source: Between Heaven and Earth

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Chinese influence on Canada runs deep: MP

Posted by Author on July 30, 2010


Renata D’aliesio, Postmedia News; With Files From Katherine Laidlaw, via The National Post, Friday, Jul. 30, 2010 –

China’s influence over Western politicians runs deeper than controversial claims made by the head of Canada’s spy agency, Conservative MP Rob Anders says.

In a recent interview with Epoch Times, an international newspaper founded by Falun Gong supporters, Mr. Anders suggested politicians and government officials from Canada and other countries are being wooed with extravagant gifts, beautiful women and too-good-to-be-true business deals.

“The reach is deep, and it’s very unfortunate,” the Calgary MP told the newspaper.

“I would argue that I’ve seen things happen on a federal level as well in our own government.”

Richard Fadden, director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service, faced a storm of criticism after saying last month that his agency suspects several municipal politicians in British Columbia and Cabinet ministers in at least two provinces had fallen under the influence of a foreign government.

“I think that Mr. Fadden only gingerly scratched the surface. I feel for him that he was dragged before an investigative committee with Parliament to have to explain, and I think that this situation is far worse than what he let on.”

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said the comments of Mr. Anders and Mr. Fadden are clouding the future of Canadian and Chinese relations.

“Casting aspirations and suspicion on any community does no good in Canada, certainly does no good in China,” said Mr. Ignatieff, who addressed an audience in Toronto’s Chinatown last night.

“If you’re running a serious relationship with a serious country you don’t say those kinds of things.” he added. “As my mother used to say, it’s bush league.”

Mr. Anders’ opinions have landed him in political trouble in the past. Last month, he apologized for a comment he wrote on a card to Canadian troops in Afghanistan: “When in doubt, pull the trigger.”

The National Post

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