Grant Robertson

CH1 Podcast EP007 - Down with the sickness

Down with the Sickness

Ironically enough, and following the dismantling of our own Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), Canada was in trouble. Lacking our own internal resources and processes, Canada made the fateful decision to double down our commitment to the WHO, and increased our funding by almost $1 BILLION to this organization.

Ottawa turned off ‘wrong tap’ on pandemic surveillance, former intelligence adviser says

Ottawa turned off ‘wrong tap’ on pandemic surveillance, former intelligence adviser says

When it came to the novel coronavirus, this meant prioritizing information provided by the Chinese government and the World Health Organization over potentially valuable clues from “informal” sources that might better indicate how aggressively the virus was spreading, and what steps are needed contain it. Such information, known as open-source intelligence, was dismissed within the department as merely “rumours,” the analysts said.