Reuters: Uber says hackers behind 2016 data breach were in Canada, Florida. The two people who hacked ride-hailing firm Uber’s data in 2016 were in Canada and Florida at the time, a company security executive told a U.S. congressional committee on Tuesday. About 25 million people whose data was compromised in the breach live in the United States, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] chief information security officer John Flynn said in written testimony to a Senate Commerce Committee panel. Of those, 4.1 million were drivers, said Flynn, whose testimony described new details about the hack, the handling of which prompted newly appointed Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi to fire two top security officials.
Reuters: Canada December trade deficit jumps as imports hit record high. Canada’s trade deficit unexpectedly ballooned to C$3.19 billion ($2.55 billion) in December as imports grew faster than exports for the second month in a row, data from Statistics Canada indicated on Tuesday. The shortfall – the 11th in a row – exceeded the C$2.20 billion deficit predicted by analysts in a Reuters poll and was the seventh largest on record. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has frequently expressed concerns about the export sector, especially given the uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). By David Ljunggren.
Market Pulse.com: Canadian dollar under pressure as global stock markets slide. The Canadian dollar is steady in the Tuesday session, after considerable losses in the past two sessions. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2556, up 0.16% on the day. On the release front, Canada’s trade deficit widened to C$2.3 billion, missing the estimate of C$2.3 billion. The US trade deficit also widened, climbing to $53.1 billion and missing the forecast of $52.1 billion. Later in the day, Canada releases Ivey PMI, which is forecast to improve to 60.7 points. In the US, the key event of the day is JOLTS Job Openings, which is expected to climb to 5.95 million. On Wednesday, Canada releases Building Permits.
Chicago Sun Time: Canadian PM Trudeau: At U. of Chicago Institute of Politics anniversary event. Spanning the last years of the Obama presidency and ushering in the Trump era, the nonpartisan University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics is delivering hefty doses of political reality to students at the Hyde Park campus. On Wednesday afternoon, the IOP marks its fifth anniversary with a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The event at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., will feature a speech from Trudeau on the importance of public service with a question and answer session with David Axelrod, the IOP founder and director.
Jerusalem Post: Former Canadian Official: Israel risks more damage if it deports migrants. “Israel never set up a valid, fair and effective refugee determination process,” Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister and attorney-general of Canada, told the Jerusalem Post recently. “Initially, Israel did the right thing,” said Cotler, one of the country’s most articulate defenders. “They gave both the Darfurians and Eritreans temporary protective stay. Then the numbers started to increase and in 2009 the discourse in Israel changed.” According to Cotler, over the last decade, Israel has made an inward turn and eschewed its responsibilities to protect asylum-seekers, preferring instead to use the African migrant issue as a political weapon.
BBC: Canada PM Trudeau faces PC backlash over ‘peoplekind’ comment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a backlash for correcting a woman who used the term “mankind”. During a town hall event in Edmonton, Alberta, last week, Mr Trudeau interrupted the young woman and urged her to say “peoplekind” instead. Critics accused the prime minister of “mansplaining”, “virtue-signalling” and making up words. But his spokesman said Mr Trudeau was “a proud feminist” whose policies reflect “commitments to equality”.
The Guardian: Canada confronts colonial past as Halifax removes statue of city’s founder. Under a bright winter sun, a harness was attached to the bronze figure of Edward Cornwallis – a British military officer credited with establishing the Canadian city of Halifax and reviled for offering rewards for ethnic cleansing – and a crane lifted it into the air. There was little fanfare when the statue was removed last week from the perch it had occupied for almost 90 years. But a modest crowd gathered on Sunday to cheer the now-empty plinth – and the city’s first public repudiation of its colonial history.
Africa news: Kenyans shocked as Odinga’s ally Miguna is deported to Canada. Kenyans have expressed shock at the news that opposition lawyer and self-proclaimed General of the resistance movement, Miguna Miguna has been deported to Canada. The Official Government Newsroom on Twitter (Nexus KE) tweeted the development saying “Miguna is headed home. The court ordered he gets released and the interior ministry obeyed the orders and even assisted him with a flight ticket home. “The account added that Miguna “renewed his Canadian passport on 16th June 2017.” Daniel Mumbere reports.
AlKhaleej – United Arab Emirates: UAE’s Ambassador to Canada presents his credentials. Ambassador Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani presented his diplomatic credentials to the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the United Arab Emirates. Al Raqbani noted the remarkable relations the two countries enjoy on all political, economic, and cultural fronts.
Sharjah 24 – United Arab Emirates: Minister of Health seeks cooperation with the UK, Canada, and General Electric. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Ministry of Health in the UAE, has met with Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, and Leslee Thompson, CEO of Accreditation Canada, and discussed opportunities for cooperation and exchange of expertise in health care, particularly in health and medicinal research and best practices. The meeting also included discussions on advancing the skills of health specialists, and on providing information systems that enable patient care and innovative solutions. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 2018 Arab Health Exhibition and Congress in Dubai.
Alghad – Jordan: Jordan to boost exports to Canada under Free Trade Agreement. Omar Abu Wishah, Chairman of the Jordan Exporters Association, invited industry to make most of the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement and boost trade between the two countries. The Association is particularly interested in facilitating the export of Jordanian food products to Canadian markets and has maintained a presence at the SIAL Canada food and beverage tradeshow since 2012. Abu Wishah made his remarks during a workshop organized by the Association, in cooperation with the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. On a parallel note, the Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, Peter MacDougall, said that the Embassy extends a hand to the business community, and invited them to seize present business opportunities. Jordanian exports to Canada surpassed $69 million in 2016, while imports surpassed $55 million.
Maan News – Palestine: Palestinian trade delegate concludes visit to Canada. The delegation, led by Hani Haik, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Palestinian Entrepreneur Corporation, chaired by Ahmad Jadallah, to boost trade between the two nations, and push products made in Palestine, including foods, marble, and IT, into Canadian markets. The signing ceremony was attended by Marwan Tabbara, Canadian Member of Parliament, Tarek Khalefih, President of the Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation, and Nabil Marouf, representative of Palestine in Canada.
Al Ahram – Egypt: Canada, Egypt sign education agreement. The agreement provides for the establishment of a University of Prince Edward Island campus within the Canadian University in Egypt, located in the New Administrative Capital just outside Cairo. The signing ceremony was attended by Jess Dutton, the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt.
Okaz – Saudi Arabia: Saudi Cultural Bureau honored Carleton University. The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau honored Carleton University for hosting the Arabic calligraphy exhibit in the context of the Cultural Days’ events to commemorate the World Day for the Arabic Language. At the ceremony, the Director of Student Affairs at Carleton University, Shannon Clarke, received a gift from the Bureau, while the Saudi calligraphy master, Rida Allaf, showcased his art.