Balloon Only Tip of China’s Spying/Interference/Intimidation in Canada

The story getting most of the attention in Canada, as well as the United States over the past week, was that Chinese Spy Balloon, finally shot down Saturday on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast.

But in Canada, the bigger story should be the ongoing spying, interference and intimidation of Chinese-Canadians that the Chinese government has conducted here for years!

In November, Global News’ best national reporter, Sam Cooper, detailed how Canadian intelligence officials had warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that China had funded ” a clandestine network of at least 11 federal candidates running in the 2019 election.”

Read Cooper’s full report here: https://globalnews.ca/news/9253386/canadian-intelligence-warned-pm-trudeau-that-china-covertly-funded-2019-election-candidates-sources/.

“Based on recent information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), those efforts allegedly involve payments through intermediaries to candidates affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), placing agents into the offices of MPs in order to influence policy, seeking to co-opt and corrupt former Canadian officials to gain leverage in Ottawa, and mounting aggressive campaigns to punish Canadian politicians whom the People’s Republic of China (PRC) views as threats to its interests,” Cooper reported.

That is not only a violation of Canada’s sovereignty … it’s also illegal!

The Asian news publication The Diplomat has also reported extensively on how China has interfered in Canadian elections:

“In 2011, Bob Dechert, a Conservative member of parliament and a former parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, was caught sending flirtatious texts to a Xinhua News reporter suspected of engaging in espionage. In 2019, pro-China groups were present in Toronto to prevent demonstrators from protesting against the controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong. Bloomberg News also reported that pro-China agents posed as residents in attempts to spark protests to stop the extraction of rare earth minerals in the United States and Canada,” news journal informed its readers.

Read more here: https://thediplomat.com/2022/11/chinas-interference-in-canadas-elections/.

” In addition to making illegal campaign contributions, China has used multiple tools to influence the Canadian public, ranging from broadcasting state-sponsored propaganda on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to exerting government control over China-based social media platforms such as WeChat and TikTok. The regime has also used traditional tactics, such as espionage and diplomatic coercion, as well as employing its United Front network in Canada, to advance its political agenda,” The Diplomat reported.

This is scary stuff!

And there’s more: China has its agents planted here in Canada … not just at its Embassy and Consulates across the country, but in our Canadian Chinese community itself … watching, influencing and no doubt intimidating people here to support China’s interests and agenda.

Global reporter Stewart Bell revealed just recently that a Chinese charity organization in BC is under “scrutiny” by the RCMP for its ties to Beijing.

“Representatives of the B.C. society have taken part in gatherings along with members of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO), the website said,” Bell reported. “The Canadian government alleges the UFWD and OCAO are key parts of the Chinese Communist Party’s covert efforts to pressure and manipulate Chinese communities outside China.”

Read Bell’s full story here: https://globalnews.ca/news/9403212/wenzhou-friendship-charity-chinese-communist-party/.

No charges have been laid in that case as yet, but I have no doubt the Chinese government is indeed active inside our country, using influencers and even agents who exert pressures (and I wouldn’t surprised, even threats involving family “back home”) in attempts to soften or even silence criticism of the Chinese regime in Canada?

The Guardian newspaper revealed police were even investigating claims China has been operating secret police stations in Canada: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/27/canada-secret-chinese-police-stations-investigation.

China, under President Xi Jinping, is NOT a friend, NOR a partner.

It is a brutal, aggressive, human-rights-ignoring dictatorship that disrespects human rights, international law … and, as we now see clearly, other nations’ sovereignty.

Their violation of Canada’s air space to deliver their easily visible spy balloon to the US is nothing, compared to their covert, complex and subversive activities that are clearly aimed at interfering with our democracy.

The despicable treatment of the two Michaels … imprisoned in China without any legal justification for 1,020 days … showed the cruelty of the Xi regime.

China has disrespected, mistreated and tried to bully Canada, and apparently is also increasing its efforts to interfere and subvert our democracy.

The Canadian government MUST wake up!!! And MUST act to protect our country, our people from China’s illegal behaviours.

Not just “monitor” what is happening.

Harv Oberfeld

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Vancouver: North America’s MOST Sour, Dour City?

Failing any last-minute financial reprieve, this year‘s Vancouver Folk Music Festival is canceled… and may never sound another note.

The three-day summer music fest fell victim to Covid in 2020 and 2021 and was to return this year, but reportedly fell $500,000 short in financing… another casualty of Vancouver’s sour, dour lack of imagination and/or funding by governments and business.

And it may NEVER return.

“Adding insult to injury, the VFMFS could be dissolved entirely,“ reported Celebrityaccess.com website.

Yet another loss to Vancouver … and more evidence how the city has become one of the most sour, dour places in North America when it comes to organizing/supporting or even allowing public family fun and entertainment.

Just weeks ago, the grinches at the infamously sour, dour Vancouver Parks Board announced the Stanley Park kids’ train would not be running during the Christmas/New Year Bright Nights celebrations.

The Stanley Park Ghost Train was also cancelled by the same sour, dour Parks Board during Halloween week … because it was mechanically not fit to ride the rails due to maintenance problems.

However, as some superb reporting by Global TV’s Jordan Armstrong embarrassingly pointed out, many, many other similar trains have operated for decades throughout North America without any problems.

On a LOT less money than the sour, dour Parks Board had at its disposal … with a 2022 Budget of $144 MILLION!!

How pathetic! Incompetence? Ideological paralysis? Or just “no fun” sensibilities?

And who can forget how the sour, dour City of Vancouver killed the fun streetcar trolley that used to carry locals and tourists alike from Science World to Granville Island!

Gone!

(In a really progressive city, that environmentally friendly streetcar would have been expanded to carry thousands more from downtown or Yaletown to Granville Island … but in Vancouver, it was killed.)

The City Hall that has spent MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars on bike lanes couldn’t find $100,000 to support a revenue-generating tourism and Granville Island farmers’ market, arts/retail outlets!

Read it and weep: https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2012/06/28/false-creek-streetcar-service-cancelled/.

Then there was the very highly popular Royal Hudson (or equivalent) nostalgia train excursion that carried hundreds of thousands of money-spending tourists and locals to Squamish over the years … with the superb bonus opportunity of a mini-cruise return aboard the MV Britannia.

Killed!

Cumberland, Maryland has its Scenic Photo Rail; Durango has its Photographers’ Special; Lake Placid, Florida has its Sugar Express; and, there are numerous other nostalgic/photo train excursions all around the US and Canada … supporting TOURISM jobs …and providing just plain fun for adults and kids.

But not in “no fun’ sour, dour Vancouver.

Also cancelled last year, Vancouver’s Formula E summer event, the Canada Day fireworks and the New Year’s eve fireworks.

This year the 2023 Vancouver International Auto Show was killed… and reportedly in danger,  Vancouver CelticFest.

The Daily Hive, in fact, did a full story on how bad things have become on the West Coast: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/cancellations-vancouver-events-scene-2023.

The problem, it seems to me, is that we have a sour, dour City Hall, sour, dour Parks Board, sour, dour provincial government and sour, dour business community that do not understand investing in these kinds of projects and entertainment are NOT a liability, but smart investments that not only enhance the quality of lives of Vancouver residents and other British Columbians, but also provide huge returns on investment in terms of jobs, spending in restaurants, hotels, entertainment … and attracting visitors.

And not to be ignored … all the TAX revenues those events produce as well.

The Folk Fest alone has often drawn more than 40,000 people each year … each of them SPENDING money to be there … and most of them also spending on eats/drinks before and after as well.

Other cities get it; other provinces/states get it; other countries get it.

So they get will the money that our sour, dour unimaginative “leaders” push their way.

And THEIR residents/visitors will enjoy the better quality of life Vancouver used to have as well.

Harv Oberfeld

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