For over ten years, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and other public security agencies have been targeting Chinese Canadians politicians and researchers as a fifth column for the People’s Republic of China.
Some Canadian journalists rely heavily on CSIS in what amounts to a form of modern Sinophobia.
This discussion, featuring Andrew Mitrovica, Midori Ogasawara and Georgia Kelly, explored the ethics of responsible, anti-racist reporting in an era of misinformation.
Andrew is a writer and teacher. He spent a long time as an investigative reporter at various places in Canada, including CBC, CTV, the Globe and Mail, and Walrus magazine. He wrote a book about Canada’s spy service: Covert Entry: Spies, Lies, and Crimes Inside Canada’s Secret Service. (Random House). He has been a columnist with Al Jazeera English for seven years.
Midori is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on social consequences of surveillance and technologies, including national security intelligence activities. Dr. Ogasawara worked for Japan’s national newspaper The Asahi Shimbun as an investigative journalist. In 2016, she interviewed the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and published two books (2016, 2019) that unveil the NSA’s secret spying activities in Japan. Her latest article discusses how Canada’s legislation has been legalizing previously illegal surveillance activities (2022).
Georgia is an assistant editor at rabble.ca, and a section editor at the University of Toronto’s student newspaper the Varsity. She likes to write about immigration and multiculturalism in Canada, as well as labour and housing issues.
Moderator: Bianca Mugyenyi, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
Organizers: Canada China Focus, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute