National Newswatch

Trudeau, NATO partners stage theatrical rebuke of Russia at military base in Latvia

Mar 8 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — ĀDAŽI, Latvia — Justin Trudeau joined NATO allies Tuesday in staging a theatrical rebuke of Russia's war on Ukraine from a heavily armoured war-games field and in a floodlit news conference from one of the alliance's eastern European bases. The prime minister promised Baltic leaders on a whirlwind trip to Latvia that Canada will stand […]

Canada takes direction from Putin rival to sanction 10 more Russians over Ukraine

Mar 7 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — LONDON — Canada poked Russia in the eye on Monday by sanctioning 10 people identified by Vladimir Putin's top domestic opponent as the federal government works with allies to hammer Russia's economy in response to that country's invasion of Ukraine. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in London at the start of a four-country visit to […]

Canada sanctions Putin, but Ukraine calls for no-fly zone against Russian bombardment

Feb 25 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government trumpeted new sanctions against Russia's Vladimir Putin, desperate pleas from Ukrainian lawmakers for a no-fly zone to protect their civilians from Russian bombs went unanswered Friday by Canada and its NATO allies. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday Canada would sanction Putin, along with his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, […]

U.S. envoy Cohen discusses co-operation on Ukraine, convoy protest aftermath

Feb 22 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Shortly before his president announced new sanctions against Russia, and a short walk from the aftermath of the antigovernment protests that paralyzed Ottawa and key border crossings, the American ambassador to Canada saw a connection. U.S. Ambassador David Cohen said Tuesday the evolving Russia-Ukraine crisis and the so-called trucker protests also share a […]

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie plans Asia travel before tabling new China strategy

Feb 19 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's foreign affairs minister says she plans to travel to Asia and elsewhere for some first-hand research before she releases the government's much-anticipated new policy on China. Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly also says she wants to strengthen a Canada-led international convention that condemns arbitrary detention – or hostage diplomacy – so that […]

Russian invasion threat to Ukraine imminent, says Joly, amid diplomacy, cyberattacks

Feb 15 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's foreign affairs minister says the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remains high as cyberattacks undermined earlier optimism Tuesday that the Kremlin might be drawing down its military forces.  "The latest information I have is that the threat is real and imminent," Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly told The Canadian Press […]

Ottawa, other cities act to rein in escalating protests against COVID-19 measures

Feb 5 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As counter-protesters prepare to take to the streets across Ottawa and several other Canadian cities Saturday, the battle to end the week-long conflict with protesters opposed to vaccines and other COVID-19 restrictions has moved to the legal arena. An Ottawa lawyer is to appear before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to argue […]

GoFund Me called to Commons committee as links to U.S. alleged in Ottawa protest

Feb 3 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A parliamentary committee has called on GoFundMe representatives to testify about how it ensures that money raised on its platform isn’t used to promote hate, such as antisemitism and white supremacy. New Democrat MP Alistair MacGregor won the unanimous approval Thursday of the House of Commons public safety committee to invite representatives from […]

CMA, activists call on Canada to speed vaccine access globally to stop new variants

Feb 2 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian Medical Association and a group of domestic and international activists are calling on the federal government to do more to boost COVID-19 vaccination efforts in less developed countries in order to end the pandemic. Raising the international vaccination rate in less prosperous countries is the only way to prevent the emergence […]

EU envoy says unity prevails against Russia despite differences among 27 members

Jan 27 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The European Union remains staunchly united in the face of a possible Russian invasion despite concern that some countries in Europe may be waffling due to economic self-interest, says the Canadian envoy of the 27-country bloc.  Melita Gabrič, the EU ambassador to Canada, rejected reports that the EU is divided on its possible […]

Trudeau cabinet mulls new Russia-Ukraine moves as U.S. suggests new export controls

Jan 26 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Liberal government's cabinet retreat wraps later today with pressure mounting on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take substantive new action on addressing the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The options could see Canada joining its NATO allies in imposing export controls on Russia to deprive it of sensitive technology related to artificial intelligence, which is […]

Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat

Jan 25 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government wraps its cabinet retreat Wednesday, its handling of the Ukraine-Russia crisis faces growing criticism for being soft and superficial while rendering Canada missing in action with its allies. The criticism comes from not only the Conservative Opposition but from a former Canadian analyst in Europe who was on the […]

Federal government investigating cyberattack amid tensions with Russia

Jan 24 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal cybersecurity agencies confirmed Monday a recent cyberattack against Global Affairs Canada amid escalating tensions over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. The federal government is not saying who it suspects was behind the Jan. 19 attack, which has left some diplomats without access to some online services almost a week later. But […]

Canada, U.S. and allies focus on policing in discussion of Haiti’s future

Jan 21 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Strengthening Haiti's beleaguered police emerged a key theme Friday as Canada, the United States and several other allies held talks to help the embattled, poverty-racked Caribbean nation. Canada committed $15 million toward Haiti's National Police Academy to provide "support for professional and inclusive policing" as part of a broader new $50-million spending package […]