Intel Briefs

Brexit Requiring Parliamentary Approval

The British High Court has ruled that the United Kingdom required parliamentary approval in order to withdraw from the European Union, thereby potentially delaying or challenging the process of the U.K. leaving the EU.

CSIS Illegally Collected and Stored Domestic Intelligence

The Canada Security Intelligence Service has been found by a federal court to have illegally collected and stored intelligence about Canadians, domestically and on a mass scale, and to have lied about it. Data collected includes email addresses and telephone numbers Canadian citizens engaged in communications with over the course of several years.

Earth's Magnetic Field Weakening

The earth's magnetic field, which shields the planet from cosmic radiations and thereby allows life to thrive, has recently been unexpectedly shifting. It has weakened by about 3.5% over North America, and strengthened by 2% over Asia. Besides possibly indicating a pole flip, the consequences of changes in the earth's magnetic fields are not well known.

Anthrax Outbreak in Siberia

Over 2,000 reindeers, along with several villagers, have been contaminated with Anthrax in the Yamalo-Nenets region of Siberia. The outbreak is the result of a several-hundred-year old naturally contaminated caribou carcasse thawing following melting of permafrost.

Anthrax is treated by combining Ciprofloxacin (400mg) and Clindamycin (900mg) through IV for 14 days.

Oil Spill on BC North Coast Unresolved

The relatively minor oil spill involving 6,100 Liters of diesel, oil and sludge released 500km north of Vancouver after a tug ran aground on October 13 still remains unresolved. This has resulted in avoidable contamination of sensitive habitat in the great bear rainforest, and demonstrates Canada's inability to manage environmental crisis on any scale.