US, Canada pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

United States President Joe Biden says that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to work towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. “We’re launching a high-level, climate-ambition ministerial and to align our policies and our goals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” Biden said in a speech on Tuesday following a bilateral meeting […]

Biden-Trudeau meeting: A ‘return to stability’ after Trump

Montreal, Canada – In 1969, then-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau famously described Canada’s proximity to the United States as akin to sleeping with an elephant: “No matter how friendly or even-tempered is the beast … one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” Decades later, with Joe Biden in the White House, the “elephant” […]

Canada’s parliament says China’s treatment of Uighurs genocide

Non-binding motion comes amid increasing pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take harder line against China. Canada’s parliament has passed a non-binding motion that says China’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority constitutes genocide, heaping pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to do the same. The motion, sponsored by the opposition Conservative Party, […]

Biden to hold virtual meeting with Trudeau next week

Joe Biden’s first meeting with foreign head of government since becoming president will be with Canada’s Justin Trudeau. United States President Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting next week with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in what will be Biden’s first official meeting with a foreign head of government since he took office last […]

At Biden’s G7 debut, leaders focus on COVID recovery

Group of Seven leaders sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. Group of Seven leaders, who control a little under half of the world’s economy, on Friday sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. US President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi debuted […]

UK and Canada impose sanctions on Myanmar generals after coup

The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s ruling generals for toppling the civilian-led government, while Japan has said it agrees with the United States, India and Australia that democracy must be restored there quickly. Western countries have condemned the February 1 overthrow and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which […]

Dining woes: Canada’s restaurants suffer worst year on record

Food trucks, bars and taverns were hit the hardest by lockdowns and restrictions, with sales dropping 48 percent. Canadian restaurants and bars suffered their worst year for sales on record in 2020. Sales at eating and drinking establishments in Canada dropped 28% from the year before, Statistics Canada reported Thursday in Ottawa. That’s the largest […]

Canada, US and allies denounce ‘immoral’ arbitrary detentions

Canada, the US and 56 other countries endorse declaration denouncing political detention of foreign nationals. Canada, the United States and a coalition of 56 other countries have endorsed a non-binding declaration denouncing the state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. Released on Monday, the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations “aims to […]

India to ship COVID-19 vaccines to Canada as diplomatic tension eases

ROME: Top Italian Catholic clergy and politicians have been paying tribute to the imam of the city of Perugia, who died aged 72 from COVID-19. Abdel Qader Mohamad, a retired medical doctor who had lived in Perugia since the 1970s, was respected by the city’s Muslim community and strived to maintain good relations with the […]

Annual march honours missing, murdered Indigenous women in Canada

On 30th anniversary of Vancouver march, advocates call for action to stem violence against Indigenous women and girls. Over 100 people marched through downtown Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday afternoon as part of an annual event to honour and remember Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered and gone missing across the country. Banging drums […]

Canada to ask air travellers to wait on COVID tests in hotels

Air travellers to Canada will quarantine in a hotel starting on February 22 as they await the result of a coronavirus test, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau previously announced stricter restrictions would be imposed on non-essential air travellers in response to new, likely more contagious coronavirus variants. Government officials confirmed that – with […]

Yellen pledges US cooperation, urges G7 to ‘go big’ on virus aid

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G7 peers that Washington ‘places a high priority on deepening our international engagement and strengthening our alliances’. United States President Joe Biden’s administration told allies Friday that it was committed to re-engaging with them in order to steer the global economy out of its worst slump since the […]

Air Canada ‘encouraged’ by government aid talks amid travel slump

The airline said it’s going to burn more cash this quarter after reporting 4Q revenue that trailed analysts’ estimates. Air Canada’s top executive sounded more optimistic on the chances of a government aid package, as a prolonged travel slump forces it to further cut capacity. Canada’s biggest airline said it’s going to burn more cash […]

As Yellen prepares for G7 talks, leaders look for US cooperation

The G7 will meet this week to discuss the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and how to tax giant digital firms. Leaders are looking to the Biden administration to show a willingness to work together after four years of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda. The new administration of United States President Joe Biden joins […]

Canada declares far-right Proud Boys a ‘terrorist’ organisation

Canada has added the far-right Proud Boys organisation to its list of “terrorist entities”, following pressure from lawmakers to take a harder line against far-right extremism after the deadly riot at the United States Capitol last month. In a news conference on Wednesday, Public Security Minister Bill Blair said the federal government added 13 groups […]

Huawei CFO case: Judge rejects Meng’s request to nix security

Prosecutors for the Canadian government argued Meng Wanzhou should be considered a flight risk. Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s request to loosen the bail terms set during her release from jail in 2018 was rejected a Canadian judge on Friday, as she continues to fight extradition to the United States. Meng is facing charges […]

Canada to quarantine arriving travellers, suspend flights south

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will introduce mandatory testing at airports for people returning. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced stricter restrictions on travellers in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus – including making it mandatory for travellers to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when […]

Four years after Quebec mosque attack, a promise ‘not to forget’

Montreal, Canada – Four years have gone by since a gunman stormed a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, killing six people and injuring several others. But Boufeldja Benabdallah says the passage of time has not made the pain go away. “It still feels like it was yesterday,” said Benabdallah, co-founder and spokesman of the Quebec […]

Canada’s lawmakers grant citizenship to imprisoned Saudi blogger

A human rights defender, Badawi is in jail in Saudi Arabia for blogging about free speech and ‘insulting Islam’. Members of Canada’s House of Commons decided to grant citizenship to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned in his home country for nine years and whose wife and three children live in Canada. The […]

Fly me to the moon: Three men to pay $55m each for SpaceX flight

Axiom Space’s first private space crew will be led by a former NASA astronaut and include an Ohio real estate and tech entrepreneur, a Canadian financier and an Israeli businessman. The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55m to fly on a SpaceX rocket. They’ll be led […]

Rich couple took COVID vaccine meant for Indigenous: Charges

Canadian couple charged with flying to rural, First Nations settlement and posing as residents to take vaccine. Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker has resigned, the company said on Monday, after he and his wife were charged with travelling to a northern Canada settlement that is majority Indigenous and misleading authorities in order to receive […]

Canada protesters renew push to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Toronto, Canada – Activists in the Canadian province of Ontario have staged a protest at the site of a transport company they say is involved in transporting Canadian-made, light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia. Approximately 30 demonstrators blocked Paddock Transport International trucks in Hamilton, a city about 70km west of Toronto, for a few […]

As COVID surges in Canada, workers ‘can’t afford to get sick’

Toronto, Canada – When Carolina Lopez woke up with a sore throat in November, her mind immediately went to the worst-case scenario: COVID-19. For the Toronto resident, who works two jobs as a restaurant server and cleaner, a COVID-positive diagnosis would not only affect her health – it could mean losing the pay she needs […]

Canadian officials meet ex-diplomat held in Chinese custody

Ottawa says foreign ministry officials met online with Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China since December 2018. Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms […]