Meng Wanzhou Writes About Her Year In Canada 

Lawyer for Huawei CFO says fraud allegations a facade

Huawei executive's case in limbo 

Chinese envoy calls on Canada to take ‘concrete steps

Canada’s economy may soon endure something it hasn’t faced in 68 years: A recession without the U.S. in the same boat.

“I think we’re just on the precipice of embarking on a serious recession,” Mylonas said in an interview from Bloomberg’s Toronto office. “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” 

Oxford says Canada’s fragile economy is already shrinking (it predicts 0.3% GDP decline in Q1),
as the impact of the virus and oil crash compound earlier problems from rail blockades,
Ontario teacher strikes, and severe weather in some areas of the country.

China  ban canola shipments, 43000 farmers out of business

Al Mussell, research lead of Agri-Food Economic Systems, discusses China's decision to revoke Viterra's license to sell canola and why lower crop prices could be likely for Canadian farmers.


Henry L What was Trudeau thinking? Expecting China to send you a thank-you note after
you kidnapped Huawei’s CFO?

Joseph Marton Canada's prime minister is focused on gay rights, female rights, all legal free marijuana, and genderless birth certificate. Canadians do not care for employment, savings,  business, or export. Get high, collect employment and watch NHL 
D Tango FFS let Meng go. We are not a colony of America, if they want her, let them get her themselves. Drop the are arbitrary treaty with the Yanks down south, let Meng go, let our farmers sell to China. Ffs
Susan Auger Every sector is in disarray with Justin. He's turning Canada into a 3rd world country
can tho China is making statements here. listen up Canadian!! It’s NOT about your canola!!
JC Saucedo, I didn't know about Huawei phones but I want one now
khatun 777 Canola is pure poison and should NEVER BE INGESTED!
Lulu Berry China should STOP buying GMO products, period.

Sean Pan To stop things from getting worse, Trudeau needs to release Huawei's CFO.
It should be obvious to every Canadians.
tfylhk Keyword is Meng Wanzhou when you can face the fact?
Peter Canada, you just turn China into an enemy. The relation will not be the same again.
It will take like 100+ years to normalize again. Meanwhile, take your canola and get lost.

Backed by Gold China should ban all produce from Canada and stop every transaction
with Canada like what Saudi Arabia did. Historically it has been proven that all Anglo Saxon countries’ politicians just cannot be trusted.
Kwokman Lam China announced they will grow their own canola this year meanwhile in order to fill the gap, they will import from Pakistan, India, and Russia replacing Canada! Game over for all Canadian grains exporting to the Chinese market.

George Lai No talk and waste time. Just 1 move release Huawei,s CFO. Everything
will be solved and back to normal automatically
Sm Chan Mr.Trudeau, if he is not dumb, should now know how the Chinese felt when his
government followed what his US master told him to do the dirty job to kidnap Madam Meng.
Henry Woon Is stupid for the Canadian government to get involved and arrested MENG.
Instead of a friend, they are making an enemy.
Sunny Looi Chin Sun Canada it's too late now even miss meng is released,
relationships with China will not be normal anymore. Canada you really asked for it.

Danielle Smith China suspending Canadian canola
 William C Looks like Canada shot herself in the footwork for the Trump administration
Stanley MarzecPlease note. It was not arrested, it was kidnapping. It is a big difference when it comes to the rule of law.

Happy Marsh  How do you know those canola oil has no problem? is it because Canada
is a country of "rule of law"? LOL!
David Duchesne Very simple China hates little potatoes boy
Moz Art! Canadian are so fool people, they are lost canola and Huawei 500 million us dollars projected 
Canada-China dispute creates

What Canada export to China In a nutshell, commodities, resources.

"Mineral products" made up $4 billion — or 25 percent — of Canadian exports to China in 2011.

The major items include nickel, copper, and in recent years potash, which is used in the manufacture of fertilizer. China is also a major buyer of our wood and paper products, which accounted for $1.4 billion in 2011, as well as fish products and oilseeds like canola.


The Globe and mail Since the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1, the Chinese government has not responded to requests to speak with Canadian federal ministers. Some five different ministers have made such requests.


Canadian Robert Schellenberg has been sentenced in China for drug trafficking. 

The low in China for drug trafficking is the death penalty. 

 A B.C. judge told Robert Lloyd Schellenberg he was lucky to be living in Canada when he sent him to jail for drug trafficking in 2012 for possession of both cocaine and heroin as well as possession of cannabis resin and methamphetamine.

His criminal record dates back to February 2003, when he received a six-month sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking. The ruling came after a sudden retrial of a 15-year sentence for allegedly conspiring with others to smuggle 222 kilograms of methamphetamine from China to Australia in 2014.
Yu Zihao LOL, he trafficked 220 meths what do u expect.
daokedao123 China saved damn lots of Australian families by catching him together with the 220kg drugs
Elsa Tadesse It was 2014? Oh, they know how to lie. China is not like America who continues to lie. God bless you China
Bugatti Boss Canada is trying to defend a Drug dealer who was found guilty of smuggling 220 KG of METH!, How many people would have suffered from that much Meth?! He deserves what he gets!

Australian police seize 200 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $200m discovered at Melbourne Dock in tires of a truck that arrived from China.

Virus Sirus Yea DW China should let him go with 220 Kg of drugs back to Canada

john wing kay Ip Young Canada prime minister is a digger nothing about international political

John Koh The ball is on Trudeau's foot. Only he can dissolve the crisis which he creates.

Sim W Because 15yr sentence was too harsh so he's been reduced to the death sentence 

Something you need to know about  Meng Wanzhou

Huawei beats Apple in smartphone sales for the first time

Apple's iPhone sales in China were down 30 percent 

President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman met with Huawei 

Dutch Telecom Partners with Huawei

Huawei is beating Samsung 

Huawei to enter high-end electronics 

Huawei/Honor Smartphones  

India may reject US demand for an outright ban on Huawei 

Chinese Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye: For clear reasons, the current China-Canada relations are facing serious difficulties.”

OTTAWA — China’s ambassador to Canada says the bilateral relationship is now at “rock bottom” compared to any time since diplomatic ties were first established decades ago. In the prepared text for a speech Thursday, Lu Shaye said he’s saddened Canada-China relations are at what he called a “freezing point.”

Lu’s remarks come at a time of heightened tensions following the December arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on an extradition request by the United States.

The Huawei executive’s arrest has enraged China, which has since detained two Canadians on allegations of endangering Chinese national security sentenced two Canadians to death for drugrelated convictions, and blocked key agricultural shipments.

Lu did not mention Meng’s arrest — but he said the China-Canada relationship is now facing serious difficulties.


Canadian canola and pork exports, and threatened more pain to come.

“Trade with China has fallen off a cliff,”

China strongly urges Canada to immediately release the Huawei executive 

or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,'' Le said.

China's Influence in Canada 

In the wake of Canada's Huawei diplomatic crisis, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Manthorpe tracks Canada's historic relationship with China and the Communist party's efforts to exert influence in Canadian affairs. The Agenda welcomes Manthorpe to discuss his book, "Claws of the Panda: Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada."


CHINA-CANADA TENSIONS ARE NO PASSING STORM: By Charles Burton, May 1, 2019, So the federal government politely urging Beijing to grant visas to our agricultural specialists to show the Chinese that our canola seeds are not contaminated as they falsely claim, or seeking mildly supportive press releases from Australia, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Spain, Denmark — and even from more significant actors such as the European Union, NATO, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and, oh yes, the United States — is evidently not going to get us anywhere.

Mr. Charles Burton Please remove the word ( falsely ) from your article,
you are not a food expert.

Please  post the communications letter of the federal government to qualified
the word ( politely )

Demand for Canadian canola soars

The dispute, however, has not spoiled China’s appetite for canola, which is mainly processed into vegetable oil. While China is buying less from Canada directly, it has bought canola oil instead from Europe and the United Arab Emirates, with some of that oil made from Canadian canola ???, traders said.

Demand for Canadian canola soars

Demand for Canadian canola soarsC

China covers a large percentage of shortage with soybean imports from Brazil, the U.S., and Argentina.

Please read the following article 

The federal government unwittingly allowed the sale of genetically modified canola seeds in 1997 that were "seriously contaminated," according to government documents that have only now come to light.



'Contaminated' farm seed sold in a genetic mixup


This article was published more than 10 years ago.
Some information in it may no longer be current.

The federal government unwittingly allowed the sale of genetically modified canola seeds in 1997 that were "seriously contaminated," According to government documents that have only now come to light.

The virtually unpublicized incident involving canola seeds produced by Monsanto Canada Inc., one of the main proponents of genetically modified food raises questions about Ottawa's ability to tightly regulate food safety in a biotechnological age. The documents say the seeds were not harmful, and they were eventually recalled, the first and only such action involving genetically modified foods. access-to-information documents show that some of the seeds, marketed on the Prairies in 1997,
were planted by two farmers before the recall and that some were processed into edible oil.
"This incident has sent shock waves through the domestic biotech-plant-breeding organizations/industry as well as internationally," the Canadian Food Inspection Agency declared in one of the documents. They were obtained by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin for The Globe and Mail. Yesterday, government officials stressed that the seeds posed no danger to the health of Canadians or to the environment. But the documents suggest widespread confusion at the time. The incident began in March 1997 when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved two new strains of canola that were genetically modified by Monsanto to resist its weed-killer, Roundup. But something went wrong.

Limagrain Canada Seeds Inc., which handled, produced, and distributed the Monsanto product, sold seeds that were not the same ones approved by the CFIA.

The products hit the market just before seeding season, and Canadian farmers quickly bought 60,000 bags enough to fill 70 tractor-trailers or plant 600,000 acres."Our office has been advised that the seed of LG3315 has possibly been seriously contaminated with genetic material from the parental line, GT200 [which was not approved]" said a letter from CFIA to Limagrain on April 15, 1997.
The error was not discovered until April after some farmers planted the seed. It turned out that seeds that were approved by the government had subsequently been cross-bred with seeds that were not fully approved by the CFIA.

The result was an untested product with unknown characteristics. The documents, which include letters, reports, and communiqués related to the incident, do not explain how the seeds were mixed together. Monsanto -- not the government regulators -- discovered the mistake."Monsanto has now completed its investigation and found that the varietal purity problem was not a result of genetic engineering," CFIA documents say.
The mistakes were twofold, Monsanto told the government.
In the first place, seeds that were not approved by the CFIA should have been destroyed; and the companies should not have allowed the seeds to get mixed up and bred together."While the loss of these acres is disappointing, it is business as usual and a very manageable situation,

Monsanto said in a statement at the time. Ottawa and Monsanto agreed that a recall should begin immediately, and the companies and government devised ways to destroy the seeds. But deadlines were missed repeatedly, and the companies found it difficult to track down every last seed and dispose of it, the documents show.
Two farmers had already planted their canola, and the companies had to broker deals with them to have their crops plowed under. One farmer resisted for months, the documents show. Some of the seeds used in testing in 1996 were crushed and turned into edible oil and feed for animals.

CFIA officials are not certain if these seeds were contaminated. Health Canada tested the contaminated canola in 1997 to see if it would be dangerous but found no "significant" health risks.
When the seeds were finally recovered or the crops destroyed in the summer of 1997, the companies and the federal government could not agree on how to dispose of them. Limagrain wanted to turn the seeds into industrial oil and fertilizer.

But much of the seed was heavily treated with fungicides that were considered hazardous waste.

Government authorities told the company it had to bury everything in a landfill. By November 1997, the companies and government officials agreed that the contaminated seeds had been adequately withdrawn and destroyed.
The government documents show, however, that there was a discrepancy between the amount of seed bought by farmers and the amount actually disposed of. In some cases, the documents show more seed bought than destroyed, but other data show fewer seeds were bought than destroyed. The discrepancy amounts to thousands of kilograms of seed, but a Limagrain report blames the difference in packaging and inaccurate scales.
In a separate document, Monsanto fingered Limagrain for the fact that the seed got out at all. Many grain farms and the growing biotechnology industry have embraced genetically modified crops as more efficient, but consumers are increasingly wary about their health and environmental effects and inadequate government testing. The massive recall and the only one so far in Canada for genetically modified crops prompted immediate changes in government requirements and company practices, to bolster the credibility in an anxious international grain market. The government and the companies believe that the fact that Monsanto detected the error and officials were able to withdraw the contaminated seeds proves that the system works, the documents say. However, environmentalists said the incident proves that government regulators are too reliant on the company
data and self-regulation.


The life of the contaminated canola seed: April 14, 1997, Monsanto Canada tells the federal government that it has detected something wrong in canola seed LG3315, a seed genetically modified to be resistant to Monsanto's herbicide, Roundup.
April 16 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspends the registration of LG3315.Monsanto and seed company Limagrain being the recall 20,000 bags of seed.
April 25 - Registration is suspended for a second genetically modified canola seed, LG3295. Companies begin recalling 40,000 more bags of seed. The deadline for withdrawal is set for May 15.

End of May - Seed withdrawal ends after companies plow under a farmer's field and collect 60,000 bags of seed.

July - Companies ask to revise the disposal plan to allow more time.

July 23 - Documents show companies were unable to persuade one farmer to allow his contaminated crop to be plowed under.

August - Canadian Food Inspection Agency allows companies more time for and approves revised disposal plan. September - Government, and companies argue about how best to dispose of seed. Government prevails.

October, November - Seed is buried in secret landfill sites in Western Canada.

Nov. 7 - Limagrain says it has cleaned up its LG3295 seed and asks for registration to be reinstated.

Jan. 14, 1998 -The government reinstates the registration of LG3295, saying it is now safe.
May 1999 - Companies request de-registration of LG3295 because they have created new seeds with better yield. 

How many kilos per bag?
How much is the cost per bag?
How many millions of acres of farmland were cultivated at the time 
Monsanto Canada tells the federal government that it has detected something wrong in canola seed.
What was wrong?
The government reinstates the registration of LG3295, saying it is now safe.
What is the name of the independent company that made the analysis and the report? 

Who has this document?
Why was it never recall at the time?
Why they didn't burn the seed ?.
What is the name of the security company that protecting the buried seeds? 
The seed was buried in secret landfill sites, how nice, haw conventions nobody knows only a few hundred tractor trailers drivers, few hundred farmers a lot of inspectors, a lot of owners of the secret lank fills sites, many spectators. and who knows who.
There no secrets these days, WHEN YOU REFER TO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

Was a Colombo television episode,  In China, they have a new call COLOM BOO LEE CHOO
Contaminated' farm seed sold in a genetic mixup. 
Star Calgary 

Canadian farmers look to the federal government for action in the canola standoff with China


By Rosa Saba Star Calgary Wed., March 27, 2019

CALGARY—Canadian canola producers are increasingly worried about the future of their crops as a second company has had its export license revoked by China amid concerns the issue could be more political than scientific.

Saskatchewan company Viterra Inc., had its license revoked by China on Tuesday, the second Canadian canola company to have that happen after Manitoba’s Richardson International had its license pulled earlier in March. Chinese customs officials cited the same pest concerns with Viterra’s shipments as with Richardson’s.

Some are saying the issue is a political one, not scientific, linking it to the ongoing situation with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1, and the extradition process began on March 1.

The ministers of international trade and agriculture were called to appear before the parliamentary trade committee next week regarding the ongoing issue.

Just after the second ban was announced, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s considering sending officials to China in an effort to sort out the situation.

Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs with the Canola Council of Canada, said though companies’ permits being revoked is a big issue, the standoff is affecting more than just those two companies.

On March 21, a press release from the council stated China had stopped buying canola seed from Canada altogether, only taking in processed products, such as oil and meal. China is a significant buyer of both processed and unprocessed canola from Canada, accounting for around $3.5 billion every year, or about 40 percent of Canadian canola exports.

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“They’ll be back,” he said. “The markets will adjust, and we’ll get through this.”

China says it blocked sales from Canadian exporters because of contaminants in the seed. But with comments this week telling Canada to “correct the mistakes it made earlier,” the quietly understood became the obvious: the canola moves are retaliation for Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

China has already jailed two Canadians in the wake of the Meng detention.

Canada is not without clout in the canola fight with China

By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist  

Thu., March 28, 2019 

China has kneed Canada right in the canola, There’s no denying: it hurts to the tune of $2.7 billion in exports per year.

But while China’s blocking of Canadian canola seed has implicated the wherewithal of 43,000 farmers and is wrapped up in the complex battle for economic supremacy between China and the United States, Canada is not without power in this dispute.

Take a look at Richard Gray.

The University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist who farms canola with his son didn’t foresee this exact situation, but he had enough suspicion about the market this year that he took steps to hedge some of his contracts in advance.

For one, China has been culling hundreds of thousands of pigs over the past few months to contain the spread of African swine fever. Those pigs would normally be eating a lot of Canadian canola. So Gray locked in at a price a few months ago and plans to forge ahead with his plans to grow the crop, as usual, this spring.

Gray quickly acknowledges that not everyone took the same steps and there is a lot of short-term pain and uncertainty on the Prairies. But he also believes the Canadian canola industry is sophisticated enough to roll with China’s ups and downs. 

Even though China is by far Canada’s biggest customer of canola, and right now no one in China is buying Canada’s canola seed, the world generally needs it all, and Canada’s product will find a lucrative home.

Richard Wolff responds to Trump's Huawei ban


Robert Chan Very well explained. 100 percent agree. Time will tell.

vocalbc This is a man of immense wisdom. You earned my respect.
Henry David Thoreau United States has done this before to French Company Alstom around 2013.
They capture their executive (sounds familiar?) and then force Alstom to sell their assets to the American
Company GE, which was their direct competitor.
PK Wong Truth in a nutshell by Prof Richard Wolf. Well done. Huawei will overcome and so will China.
장소정 This incident is not only a lesson for China but also a warning for other countries. The mandatory technical
monopoly of the United States is a very bad thing for people all over the world.
sauhaun Ur so right, I have had this urgent urge to switch away from all American products for the last few weeks
John Choy If Huawei is down, everyone should know dealing business with American companies may one day in the future get into big trouble! Thanks, Professor Wolff!
Ed Applederry shooting himself in the foot is Trump's specialty.
Tim Basset Thank you, Richard, yes he is an idiot, narcissist of the worst kind, as you have pointed out damage for the future, interestingly CHINA has sent this novice the damage they can do, my prediction in a matter of not too many days this fool will back down, thinking he has won. Footnote he is the product of a rotten/ corrupt system, America’s days are very much numbered
Richard aurre Can't wait for the USD to lose its status as the world's reserve currency, which should bring down the Empire.
Julie Wilson Trumpty Dumpty is not only dangerous to America, but he's also dangerous to the entire world!!! He's the devil's advocate!!!
Artist1974CH Richard, I agree with you! With all this banning of Huawei, even having a war with Iran, and so on, will backfire on the USA. I really do believe the collapse of the American Empire is getting closer.

NathansHVAC The angrier you get Mr. Wolff, the more I know Trump is helping America.
OTTO Profound words professor Wolff. Please continue to educate us so we can someday all awaken from our slumber. Many thanks, Sir.
Allielump As Canadian shoppers everyone I know goes out of their way at the stores to NOT buy American anything..esp dairy
Derick zhou  As an American, I feel shame and lost the future. I can’t agree more with Mr. Wolff.

Christina Bai national security excuses

Huawei chief legal officer: U.S. attacks are “trial by the legislature”


Meng’s case, which is expected to last years, has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing.
Soon after her detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, charging them with espionage. Hearings are scheduled to wrap up in April 2021.

The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, wanted by the United States on fraud charges, has already been leading a cushy life in her gated, seven-bedroom mansion in Vancouver, out on $8 million in bail and awaiting the outcome of her extradition hearing.

But now it turns out that her life as one of the world’s most famous detainees is more comfortable than previously known, and that she wants even more freedoms, according to new details that emerged during a two-day bail hearing this week.

Ms. Meng receives regular private painting lessons and massages at the mansion. She has gone on private shopping sprees at stores reserved for her and her entourage, albeit with a GPS tracker on her left ankle.
She spent Christmas Day at a restaurant that opened just for her, her husband, her two children, and 10 other guests.

This week, her legal team made another request: that she be allowed to leave her home without security guards.
A judge is expected to rule at the end of the month.

Ms. Meng, 48, daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, has been held in Canada for more than two years on an extradition request from the United States.

Her detention has severely strained Canada’s relations with China.
At the same time, her luxurious living conditions have raised hackles in Canada, where critics have contrasted them with the dire, truncated lives of two Canadians jailed by China in apparent retaliation.


This week’s hearing underlined how the pandemic has affected Ms. Meng’s life and spilled over into her legal case. Her defense team argued that her rotating security detail potentially exposes her to the coronavirus. But the prosecution countered that she and her family had flouted pandemic protocols, by, among other things, sharing plates of food among a large group.

Ms. Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018, during a layover on a trip from Hong Kong to Mexico. In an indictment against Ms. Meng and Huawei, the U.S. Department of Justice charged her with fraudulently deceiving four banks into making transactions to help the company illegally evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. She has denied the charges.

Ms. Meng currently lives in a mansion valued at about $14 million Canadian dollars, about $11 million U.S. dollars, in Vancouver’s exclusive Shaughnessy neighborhood. She is allowed to move relatively freely in Vancouver; before the pandemic, she attended a concert by a Chinese singer.

But the terms of her bail subject her to 24-hour surveillance by a security team, at her own expense, and she must be at home during a nightly 11 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew.

Her confinement, though, has not been devoid of stress. Douglas Maynard, the president of the security firm monitoring her, told the court that there had been several threatening letters sent to her in June and July of 2020 and that the Chinese consulate had asked the Canadian government to return Ms. Meng immediately to China for her safety.


In Canada, critics have contrasted her opulent living conditions with those of the two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who were detained shortly after Ms. Meng’s arrest and accused of espionage. For two years, they have been isolated and subjected to harsh conditions in jail in China, unable to see their families.

During this week’s hearing, Ms. Meng’s defense team argued that her security guards undermined her ability to go outside with her children because the guards attracted too much media attention. Ms. Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong testified that posed a potential health risk to Ms. Meng since she had undergone surgery for thyroid cancer several years ago and suffers from hypertension.

But prosecutors from Canada’s Department of Justice argued that allowing her to roam freely without guards posed too much of a flight risk. Mr. Maynard said that her ankle bracelet had failed “on many different times.”

Mr. Liu and their two children — a daughter, age 12, and a son, age 18 — were given permission to come to Canada in the fall. He and the two children plan to return to Hong Kong at the end of February, he said.

Mr. Liu acknowledged in court that he and their two children had contact with Ms. Meng during the two weeks after they arrived in Canada from Hong Kong, despite rules requiring a 14-day quarantine.

Prosecutors noted that in May when a court decision could have resulted in her being freed, a plane had been chartered to potentially take her back to China if the judge ruled in her favor. In the end, the judge ruled against her.


Mr. Liu said Ms. Meng would obey her bail conditions, and wanted to be a “good mom and a good example to the kids.”

Tracy Sherlock contributed reporting from Vancouver.

The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, wanted by the United States on fraud charges, has already been leading a cushy life in her gated, seven-bedroom mansion in Vancouver, out on $8 million in bail and awaiting the outcome of her extradition hearing.

But now it turns out that her life as one of the world’s most famous detainees is more comfortable than previously known, and that she wants even more freedoms, according to new details that emerged during a two-day bail hearing this week.

Ms. Meng receives regular private painting lessons and massages at the mansion. She has gone on private shopping sprees at stores reserved for her and her entourage, albeit with a GPS tracker on her left ankle. She spent Christmas Day at a restaurant that opened just for her, her husband, her two children and 10 other guests.

This week, her legal team made another request: that she be allowed to leave her home without security guards. A judge is expected to rule at the end of the month.