Afternoon Debrief – January 16, 2018

Korean Peace Summit calls for no nuclear weapons

The North Korea Summit in Vancouver has foreign ministers calling for an abandonment of all nuclear weapons in the country. Without doing that, they say the nation will fail to ever reach broad acceptance or see an end to sanctions from other parts of the world.

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freehand,
delivered opening remarks at the summit alongside U.S.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson (@CanadaFP)

The meetings involve 20 international representatives considering security and cooperation for the Korean Peninsula.

Japan’s Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, says nations are naive if they believe North Korea is sincere in their discussions with South Korea and the inclusion of athletes at the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang. He also called the recent missile tests over Japan an “outrageous provocation.”

Ex-Liberal sentencing begins

Sentencing for a former communication director for the B.C. Liberal party is underway in Vancouver, where Brian Bonney could face up to 23 months of a community sentence.

Bonney pleaded guilty last October to one count of breach of trust for a strategy he was involved in to win ethnic votes in the 2013 provincial election. The process involved using government resources to attract multicultural voters. Christy Clark has since issued an apology for her involvement in the scheme.

The trial sees a special prosecutor pushing for the court to send a strong message against the breach of trust. Bonney’s representation rests on the argument that the information he shared with staffers “could be called confidential but was available to others.”

Missile Mishap questions posed close to home

Days after an alert spread across Hawaii warning about a “ballistic missile threat”, a

The alert issued in Hawaii was out for 38 minutes before
being corrected. (Tulsi Gabbard/Twitter)

similar error occurred in Japan. NHK News issued an alert through their online service and twitter saying that North Korea had launched a missile their way. Several minutes later, the broadcaster removed the issue and NHK apologized several times on air saying it was a mistake with their alert service.

The issue with these alerts in Japan and Hawaii has begged the question: what kind of service is in place in BC?