Canada PM “very concerned” about spying report
“They didn’t realize what they were here for. When they saw the jersey for the first time, it hit them like it hits any NHL guy that’s going to don that jersey.” For many hockey fans it wasn’t the first glimpse of the red, white and alternate black jerseys that the men’s, women’s and sledge hockey teams will wear at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. Pictures of the uniforms have leaked out over the last month. But that didn’t damper the enthusiasm for the teenagers who stepped onto the ice amid club music and laser lights and skated around to show off the uniforms. “First to ever try on the Team Canada Olympic Jersey and unveil it to everyone. Speechless,” Paul Coffey’s son, Blake, wrote on Twitter afterward. “Honoured to get the opportunity to unveil the 2014 Team Canada Olympic Jersey Launch.” Hockey Canada’s reveal was another opportunity for fans to give their opinions about the jerseys. Some said it looked like Petro-Canada’s logo, while others wanted to go back to the jerseys used when Canada won gold in Vancouver in 2010. “People talking about how they feel about a jersey that’s close to their heart and represents their country is a great thing,” Nike creative director Ken Black said. The red and white jerseys feature a Maple Leaf logo with a stripe across the chest, while the black jersey has “CANADA” written across it in white letters on a gold stripe. All three include 12 gold maple leaves inside the collar to commemorate the eight men’s, three women’s and one sledge hockey gold medal the country has won at the Olympics. Black said the jerseys were inspired by the 1920 team that won gold at the Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, with touches from the 1972 national team uniform. “The best resource that we have in our country are our players and our people,” Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson said. “This really respects where it all started back in 1920.” Back then there were fewer avenues for fans to express their feelings about jerseys. This time around criticism began in early September when a photo of Jonathan Toews wearing Canada’s red jersey surfaced online.
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The report was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest case showing that Latin America’s biggest nation has been a target for United States, British and now Canadian spy agencies. The report said Canadian documents presented at an intelligence conference attended by the U.S., Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand suggest that hackers at Canada’s Communications Security Establishment used specialized software to get information from phones and computers at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. It didn’t indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to. The CSEC monitors foreign computer, satellite, radio and telephone traffic for intelligence of interest to Canada. Harper vowed to check if CSEC is following the law, nothing that there is a commissioner of the Canadian Security Establishment that does surveillance and audits the organization to make sure its operating within Canadian law. A spokeswoman for Canada’s Communications Security Establishment said the agency “does not comment on foreign intelligence gathering activities.” A spokeswoman for the Canadian Defense Department also declined comment. Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former senior intelligence officer at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said many countries are involved in commercial spying. He said Brazil itself was caught spying on Montreal-based plane-maker Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney, a Canadian aircraft engine manufacturer a few years ago. Jet-maker Embraer of Brazil is a competitor of Bombardier. “It’s not unusual at all. We’ve been doing it for a while,” Juneau-Katsuya said. “They might cry today and say they are the offended person, but they don’t have clean hands either.” Juneau-Katsuya countries that don’t do industrial espionage are at a disadvantage.