National Newswatch

Canada to grant passport waiver to Venezuelans caught in border limbo

Aug 19 2019 — Evan Dyer — Immigration and Citizenship Canada has reached an agreement that will allow Venezuelans caught up in their country’s administrative meltdown to remain in Canada even if their passports and other documents are no longer valid, CBC News has learned. As millions of Venezuelans have poured out of the country, questions of establishing identity and verifying documents […]

For Canada, the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia could be far more tense than most

Jul 10 2019 — Evan Dyer — The coming Group of Seven summit takes place next month in Biarritz, a town known for topless bathing — not beheading. The next Group of 20 summit, however, will be held next November in an altogether more forbidding environment: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will take place in the modern surroundings of the new King Abdullah […]

Trudeau prepares to talk trade, China with Trump today in Washington

Jun 20 2019 — Evan Dyer — The Trudeau government believes that it’s in a relatively benign moment of its complicated relationship with the Trump administration, with both sides pulling in the same direction on ratification of the agreement called the new NAFTA (and with the U.S. in the midst of disputes with other countries like China, Iran and Mexico). That helps […]

MP Michael Cooper disparaged ‘goat herder cultures’ in 2008 law class discussion, lawyers claim

Jun 18 2019 — Evan Dyer — Conservative MP denies allegation, says he’s taking ‘all necessary legal measures.’ Conservative MP Michael Cooper made comments deriding “goat herder cultures” during a discussion about Islam’s compatibility with Canadian democracy when he was a law student at the University of Alberta a decade ago, according to two lawyers who have come forward to talk about […]

Ottawa braced for Russian retaliation after barring state media from Lima Group talks

May 14 2019 — Evan Dyer — Canadian officials decided on short notice to deny accreditation to all Russian and Venezuelan state media outlets planning to attend an international conference in Ottawa this winter — even though they knew the action likely would provoke retaliation against Canadian media. “We can expect reciprocal action against Canadian media in Russia,” Alison Grant, Global Affairs […]

New Zealand: the Five Eyes ally that came up short in Canada’s Huawei dispute

Apr 27 2019 — Evan Dyer — One of Canada’s closest allies has declined to back Canada in its ongoing dispute with China, despite at least one personal call to its leader by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Although New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is often seen as a natural partner for Trudeau’s progressive brand of politics, and her country is a […]

Bias at the border? CBSA study finds travellers from some countries face more delays

Apr 24 2019 — Evan Dyer — The Canada Border Services Agency is conducting a series of tests to learn if its human agents, and its passport-reading machines, are prone to discriminating against certain kinds of travellers. The CBSA’s research to date, obtained by CBC News through Access to Information requests, suggests that most of the discrepancies in the treatment of different […]

As a government crackdown in Nicaragua got bloodier, Ottawa quietly cut off aid

Apr 14 2019 — Evan Dyer — Even as it waged a campaign against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Canada’s government was engaged in a much less visible effort to pressure another Latin government that has long been a darling of the left: the ruling Sandinistas of Nicaragua. But while Canada was at the forefront of public diplomacy against Maduro’s “Bolivarian” regime in Venezuela, […]

Venezuelan family of Maduro critic pleads for Ottawa’s help after his arrest

Jan 29 2019 — Evan Dyer — A former Venezuelan military officer who was leading efforts to persuade his comrades to stop supporting the Nicolas Maduro regime has been captured by pro-Maduro forces in Venezuela. The wife and two adult children of Col. Oswaldo Garcia Palomo are living in exile in Montreal. Their story was covered by CBC News last week. They’re […]

Canadian charity used donations to fund projects linked to Israeli military

Jan 4 2019 — Evan Dyer — The Jewish National Fund of Canada, one of the country’s long-established charities, has been the subject of a Canada Revenue Agency audit over a complaint that it used charitable donations to build infrastructure for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), in violation of Canada’s tax rules. The JNF funds numerous projects in Israel, such as reforestation […]

Trudeau prods Saudi crown prince again on case that sparked Twitter row

Dec 1 2018 — Evan Dyer — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release women’s rights activist Samar Badawi when he spoke to him at a dinner hosted by Argentine President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires Friday night, a senior government official told CBC News. In a press conference after the closure of the G20 summit, […]

Jair Bolsonaro, ‘Brazil’s Trump,’ is on track to win the presidency. For Trudeau, that spells trouble

Oct 27 2018 — Evan Dyer — He’s said things that might make Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blush and survived a stabbing that almost took his life. Now, Jair Bolsonaro is expected to win a powerful mandate Sunday to become president of Brazil, the world’s fifth-biggest country. Bolsonaro is Brazil’s answer to Donald Trump, a man who outrages progressive Brazilians with his […]

Canada will meet with Saudis to discuss diplomatic rift: Freeland

Sep 25 2018 — Evan Dyer — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’ll meet with her counterpart from Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The goal of the meeting would be to begin to mend fences between the two countries after an explosive dispute this summer following Canadian criticism of the kingdom’s […]

Canada faces steep odds in battle to join UN Security Council

Sep 24 2018 — Evan Dyer — With nearly two years to go until the vote for the 2021 United Nations Security Council, it may seem strange that Canada is lobbying other nations that are gathering on the east side of Manhattan for the 73rd UN General Assembly. That is indeed the focus of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at this week-long event, attended […]

Why Canada and Mexico don’t see eye to eye on NAFTA dispute settlement

Sep 13 2018 — Evan Dyer — When it comes to trade dispute settlement mechanisms, Canada and Mexico agree that NAFTA needs one. They just don’t agree on which one is most worth saving. The North American Free Trade Agreement has three chapters that lay out how to resolve disputes: 11, 19 and 20. A curious aspect of the talks to date […]