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For the week of Nov. 5, 2023:

Finally, the Government of Canada has banned the use of WeChat on government devices.

Prof. Benjamin Fung (McGill/YouTube)

Two years since the 2021 federal election, in which Conservative Kenny Chiu was subject to disinformation and lost his Steveston-Richmond East seat. Five months after proof that another Conservative, Michael Chong, was targeted by a Chinese diplomat. 

Treasury Board president Anita Anand announced the ban of the Chinese social media, messaging and payment app on the same day she banned the use of Russian-made anti-virus products. 

One of Canada’s top professors on datamining and cybersecurity said the federal ban was overdue.

Benjamin Fung of McGill University’s School of Information Studies had been warning officials for years about how the Chinese Communist Party has manipulated WeChat for its goals. 

Fung is host Bob Mackin’s guest on this week’s edition of thePodcast. 

Plus, headlines from the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Northwest. 

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