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Rift with China Stalls Huawei’s Ambition for Canada, Says Security Experts

Huawei Technologies Co. is aspiring to become the top supplier of 5G technology in Canada. Everything seems going their way until an extradition case was ruled to proceed to the next stage by a BC Supreme Court judge. The case was against Meng Wanzhou, one of Huawei’s executives and the founder’s daughter. 

 After this, Huawei’s ambitions are put in jeopardy. Jonathan Berkshire Miller, an international security issues expert, said in an interview on Thursday that Canada tried to keep Huawei’s role in 5G technology separate from the legal setback the company suffered. But China’s recent moves, including blocking Canadian exports of canola and the arrests of a Canadian ex-diplomat and a Canadian entrepreneur is pushing Canada to think otherwise. 

 Although US officials deemed Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network technology is a threat to national security, Huawei continued to be a long-time supplier of necessary equipment for the federal government in Ottawa. Miller said that after this rift between China and Canada, there would be a significant pressure against Huawei from different national security communities and other allies of Canada. 

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The Ottawa Senators Looking Forward After Some Off-Season Changes Rocks the Game

According to Pierre Dorion, the general manager of the Ottawa Senators, the team is looking back on last year’s highlights and looking ahead at the uncertain 2020-2021 campaign as some off-season changes are being made underway. Dorion will hold the Senator’s end of the season press conference with local media through a Zoom call on Thursday afternoon. 

The usual conference used to be held at the Canadian Tire Centre, but due to the pandemic, Dorion held it through his office at his Ottawa home, where he stayed since March. He discussed some of the changes involved, such as putting coach D.J. Smith behind the bench, the drafts set on June 26, and some other off-season changes, including new faces on the team. The deputy commissioners have not yet released the date for the next season. It is to be confirmed when the Senators will start their season training. 

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Ontario Municipalities Request for Federal Provincial Aid Remains Unanswered

According to Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph and the chairman of Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario, municipalities across the province issued requests to the Ontario federal government about the terrible financial situation they are in but are left unanswered. They felt like the government is turning a blind ear on their plea.

The municipalities are forced to make meets end for their constituents and sacrificed laying off thousands of staff and reconsider service cuts due to unsecured funding from the government. Guthrie puts transit as an example. He said that they couldn’t keep it running the way it is because of the dire circumstances. 

It can be remembered that earlier this month, the LUMCO estimated a $415 million revenue loss and proposed a relief plan that will focus on addressing this huge loss dating from April to June. Guthrie said that both government levels agreed on the plan, but it seems that the talks are dragging on. He said that the longer it takes, the harder it is for small municipalities to cope and recover. He felt like small municipalities are being caught in the middle of a stand-off between provincial and federal issues being passed among parties.