National Newswatch

Canada pushing G7 on new laws to seize and repurpose frozen Russian assets: Joly

Apr 27 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is working with G7 allies to craft new legislation that would allow for not just the freezing of sanctioned Russian assets, but seizing them on behalf of Ukrainian war victims. The recent federal budget declared Canada's intention to pursue the seizure-of-assets route, which has been the subject of a bill […]

Envoy Bob Rae condemns UN Security Council veto after historic General Assembly vote

Apr 26 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Bob Rae, the Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, denounced as undemocratic the Security Council's veto power as the General Assembly voted to subject the world's most powerful body to more public scrutiny. The General Assembly adopted a consensus motion Tuesday that would require any of the five permanent veto-wielding members of the […]

New variants will fuel COVID pandemic unless global vaccine rate rises: Gavi, UNICEF

Apr 25 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — With pandemic restrictions easing across Canada, a House of Commons committee was warned today that disruptive new variants of COVID-19 will continue to emerge every few months unless the low vaccination rate in poorer countries rises.  The message was delivered to the Commons foreign affairs committee by the head of Gavi, the international […]

Russian sanctions target Canadian premiers, journalists, military, political staff

Apr 21 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russia targeted 61 Canadians — from politicians to journalists — with fresh sanctions on Thursday over Canada's actions against the country for its invasion of Ukraine. Many of those named, including provincial premiers, military personnel, political staff and journalists, treated their inclusion on the latest list from President Vladimir Putin as a proverbial […]

Foreign Minister Joly in Finland as calls grow for Russian war crimes trial

Apr 4 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is condemning Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians as abhorrent and senseless and says new Canadian sanctions are coming against Russia as a result. "This weekend, the world witnessed an abhorrent and senseless attack on innocent civilian lives in Bucha," said Joly during a trip to Helsinki Monday. Her […]

Foreign Minister Joly in Finland as calls grow for Russian war crimes trial

Apr 4 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is condemning Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians as abhorrent and senseless and says new Canadian sanctions are coming against Russia as a result. "This weekend, the world witnessed an abhorrent and senseless attack on innocent civilian lives in Bucha," said Joly during a trip to Helsinki Monday. Her […]

Federal ministers cite need for international war crimes probe of Russia

Mar 31 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russia's blocking of humanitarian aid to Ukraine and its bombing of medical facilities should be the subjects of an international war crimes investigation, says Canada's international development minister. Harjit Sajjan offered that view as a half dozen extra RCMP investigators head to The Hague to assist in the International Criminal Court investigation of […]

More RCMP sent to bolster international court war crimes investigation of Russia

Mar 29 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada is sending additional RCMP officers to assist the International Criminal Court investigation into possible war crimes by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Tuesday the "war machine" of President Vladimir Putin is destroying houses, hospitals and schools. Canada was one of several dozen countries to refer […]

Beef emerging as sticking point in free trade talks between Canada and Britain

Mar 24 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A potential clash over hormone-treated Canadian beef is emerging as a sticking point as free trade talks between Canada and Britain formally begin. In an interview with The Canadian Press, U.K. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan confirmed her government would not compromise on allowing hormone-treated Canadian beef into Britain. "In terms of hormone-treated […]

Canada sanctions Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich as Trudeau departs Europe

Mar 11 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — WARSAW, Poland — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau capped a weeklong European trip Friday by slapping new sanctions on the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who has become an international poster boy for the largesse that enabled President Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine.   Abramovich is a major shareholder in Evraz, a British multinational manufacturing company that […]

Ukraine can’t negotiate with ‘gun to head,’ says Joly as Trudeau presses allies

Mar 9 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — BERLIN — Canada's foreign affairs minister called for a ceasefire in Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday, arguing the Ukrainian government needs the breathing room as it heads into talks with the Putin regime. "We need to make sure to support Ukrainians while diplomatic talks are happening by imposing maximum pressure … it’s more than […]