5 at 5: Harper tells Russia to back off in Ukraine

Also, new helicopters, more on the stolen SINs, Phelps comes back and Snowden coverage wins a Pulitzer

Sean Kilpatrick/CP

Sean Kilpatrick/CP

Stephen Harper talks tough over Russia action in Ukraine. As Russian actions become increasingly more aggressive in eastern Ukraine, Harper assembled a photo op Monday with the ambassadors to Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia to express his displeasure. “When a major power acts in a way that is so clearly aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic, this represents a significant threat to the peace and stability of the world and it’s time we all recognized the depth and the seriousness of that threat,” Harper said. He also announced that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to Europe for meetings with allies. Russia, however, didn’t appear to be listening to the Canadian Prime Minister. Pro-Russian activists attacked another government building in east Ukraine and Russia continues to deny that its agents are fuelling the ongoing unrest.

Finally, a deal for new military helicopters. The Canadian Press is reporting that the Canadian military may soon get its new maritime helicopters to replace its aging Sea Kings. The government is closing in on a $5.7-billion deal with Sikorsky, maker of the Cyclone helicopter, says the report. The new helicopters were first ordered in 2004, but only four of the 28 aircraft have been delivered to a base in Halifax so far.

Approximately 900 SINs stolen from Canada Revenue Agency. The CRA is blaming the Heartbleed bug for allowing someone to steal 900 social insurance numbers from its online tax filing system. The theft came after the Heartbleed bug—a flaw in a commonly used encryption software—was publicized, but before the CRA temporarily shut down its site to fix the security gap. Service to the CRA site was restored Sunday. Anyone who was affected will find out via a registered letter and the CRA will offer them free access to credit protection services. As news of the stolen SINs comes to light, a security expert warns that additional thefts are likely; an estimated two-thirds of all servers were affected by the bug.

Swimmer Michael Phelps un-retires. The American swimmer and owner of a record-holding 22 Olympic medals (18 of them golds) is plunging back into the pool for a meet in Arizona on April 24-26. The competition will mark Phelps’s first since he retired after the 2012 London Games. While there is already speculation that Phelps, 29, will compete at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, his coach cautioned against thinking too long-term. “I think he’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes,” coach Bob Bowman told the Associated Press. “I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.”

Pulitzer Prize winners announced. The Guardian US and The Washington Post picked up a 2014 Pulitzer for their work on the Edward Snowden story and National Security Agency surveillance. The Boston Globe netted a win in the breaking news category for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. The top fiction prize went to Donna Tartt for her bestselling novel The Goldfinch.


5 at 5: Harper tells Russia to back off in Ukraine

  1. Moscow has repeatedly denied any role in Ukraine’s unrest, which erupted in full two months ago when then-president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country amid protests in Kyiv. The West cannot directly substantiate this even.. It is true- USSR unilaterally withdrew from Europe over twenty years ago. Since then, NATO expanded towards Russia and tried to encircle Russian territory on all fronts – just look at the map. They tried to take over energy supply lines. Now they just implemented the first phase of NATO takeover over Ukraine. It is NATO and USA that continued fighting the “cold war”, not the other way around. CIA director made a secret trip to Ukraine’s capital Kiev under an assumed name, met with senior law enforcement officials and personally proposed the special operation against protesters.
    Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych, who insists he remains the country’s legitimate president, said late Sunday that Ukrainian special forces launched the operation after meeting with Brennan. United States is considering supplying arms to Ukraine, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. Tell the US to get out… after all they are behind all this fiasco..

    • NATO = New American Terror Org.
      PASS this ON…

  2. “Pulitzer Prize winners announced. The Guardian US and The Washington Post picked up a 2014 Pulitzer for their work on the Edward Snowden story and National Security Agency surveillance.”
    This news speaks volumes on the diabolical hypocrisy of the U.S.A.
    Edward Snowden’s brave revelations earn a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.
    President Putin saved this great American, Edward Snowden, from being sent to Guantanamo Bay, the U. S. naval base in Castro’s CUBA. Thus, President Putin had to be demonized! Wake up citizens of America and Canada. Now, you know who the real terrorists are:
    NATO = NEW AMERICAN TERROR ORG. | Spread this truth!
    See me, Juro Knezic, on Facebook for full details.
    Juro GD Knežić (London, Canada)

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