Financial Times: EU-Canada passenger name recognition deal struck down. Europe’s highest court has struck down an EU-Canada security pact on the transfer of sensitive airline passenger data, saying there was no legal justification for several parts of the agreement. In an ruling on Wednesday that declared the agreement struck in 2014 cannot be concluded in its current form, the European Court of Justice said many parts of the pact were not limited “to what is strictly necessary and do not lay down clear and precise rules.” In binding findings that mean the agreement will have to be revised, the court said the pact was “incompatible with the fundamental rights recognised by the EU.”
Reuters: Canada’s Trudeau: NAFTA dispute resolution system is essential. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that a fair dispute resolution system is essential for any trade pact that the country signs, including a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States earlier this month released its goals for talks on NAFTA, which include a desire to eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism that has hindered the United States from pursuing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases against Mexican and Canadian firms. Trudeau’s comments to reporters echoed those a week ago by Canada’s ambassador to Washington David MacNaughton and puts Canada and the United States on course for a potential clash when renegotiations begin. The first round of talks will start on Aug. 16.
Rolling Stone: Justin Trudeau: The North Star. He was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada’s prime minister. Is he the free world’s best hope? Join me as we visit a nation led by a man who wore a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy T-shirt on national television, rides a unicycle and welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees with open arms. By Stephen Rodrick.
Russia Today: Russia’s Kaspersky Lab gives away free antivirus software worldwide, including Canada. The announcement came amid US allegations the company is vulnerable to Russian government influence, a charge Kaspersky has vehemently denied. Last month, US senators said they planned to bar the Pentagon from using Kaspersky Lab software. In response to the allegations Eugene Kaspersky said he was ready to reveal the source code for the company’s software to the US government. The cybersecurity company says the new product is immediately available in the US, Canada, and many of the Asia Pacific countries. In September, Kaspersky Lab plans to cover India, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Latin America. Europe, Japan and South Korea will be able to get access to the free antivirus in October. Thailand and Vietnam will be able to join in November.
Aljazeera: Canada’s ‘untouchable’ spies. Canada’s Islamophobic, homophobic and sexist spies remain unpunished in the malleable name of national security. Canada’s spy service is a “rat hole”. That blunt, malicious description of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was not proffered by an invective-hurling anarchist, but by Michel Simard, a 34-year veteran police and intelligence officer in 2000…Canada’s spies are, in effect, “the Untouchables” and the existing parliamentary and impotent quasi-judicial oversight mechanisms meant to keep them in check are a mirage, intended to convince the gullible that the rule of law and criminal code still apply. A story by Andrew Mitrovica.
Youm7 – Egypt: Canada investigates espionage case of Mohamed Fahmy. The former Aljazeera journalist accuses Qatari officials of financing a private investigations firm in Canada to hack into his personal accounts. Fahmy’s attorney stated that the Canadian police have completed its investigation, and reported to Canada’s intelligence agency. Fahmy’s accusations come after the New York Times confirmed receiving a file with hundred of printed personal emails, detailed phone calls record, credit card bills, home and workplace pictures in Canada, and a list of his wife’s favorite shopping outlets. Fahmy’s case versus Aljazeera is scheduled for hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2018.
Enab Baladi – Syria: Paralympic Syrian woman refugee wins ping pong tournament in Canada. Dima Duhouk, the only female participant, won a gold and a silver medals in Hamilton on July 14. Duhouk said that her win comes despite the absence of a sports club in her area, in addition to the fact that she has been in Canada for only 4 months. Duhouk lauded Canada’s facilities and treatment of those with special needs. “We get treated here like citizens. Canadians are very nice, and they don’t treat us as refugees.”
El Massa – Algeria: President of the Algerian Constitutional Council discusses bilateral relations with Canadian Ambassador. The Council’s President, Mourad Medelci, and the outgoing Ambassador, Isabelle Roy, expressed their welcome of the good bilateral relations enjoyed by the two countries, and discussed potential for collaboration between the Council and the body mandated with constitutional control in Canada.