National Newswatch

Second Canadian fight leaves chaotic Kabul on Friday with 106 Afghans on board

Aug 21 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A C-17 Globemaster transport plane evacuated 106 more Afghans from the chaotic Kabul airport on Friday and brought them to a safe third country, Canadian officials said Saturday. The flight was Canada's second one out of Kabul since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last weekend, a development that destabilized the country, sowed chaos […]

Canada heralds first COVAX vaccine in Africa; NDP criticizes Canada for using program

Feb 24 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — International Development Minister Karina Gould says the first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana is a significant milestone for a new global vaccine-sharing program created to bring doses to low-income countries. "This is the first time in history that such a mechanism has been created. And we've been huge supporters and champions […]

Conservatives win all-party support of Uighur genocide vote in House of Commons

Feb 22 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously in favour Monday of a Conservative motion declaring as genocide the atrocities committed against ethnic Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang province. Liberal backbenchers answered the Conservative call to back what was a largely symbolic declaration. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all but one of his cabinet ministers […]

Chinese ambassador denounces pending vote by Canadian MPs on Uighur genocide

Feb 20 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China's envoy to Canada is telling Canadian parliamentarians to butt out of his country's internal affairs through their pending vote on declaring a genocide against ethnic Muslim Uighurs in its Xinjiang province. Cong Peiwu, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, reiterated his government's view that there is no mistreatment of Uighurs, labelling accusations from […]

Trudeau pledges more cash as G7 leaders aim for wider COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Feb 19 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government has agreed to boost its funding for vaccine rollouts in lower-income countries, pledging $75 million more to the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program as other wealthy countries step up their commitments as well. The announcement came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted Justin Trudeau and their G7 counterparts for a […]

UN, rights watchdogs urge Canada to save its ‘arbitrarily detained’ children in Syria

Feb 18 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A United Nations rights advocate and Human Rights Watch Canada say the Trudeau government isn't living up to its new international campaign against arbitrary detention because it is abandoning 25 Canadian children trapped in northern Syria. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering […]

Canada, dozens of allies, declare arbitrary detentions immoral amid Kovrig, Spavor

Feb 15 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada and a coalition of 57 other countries offered vocal support Monday for a new international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. The new declaration was born out of a year of behind-the-scenes diplomacy, spearheaded by former foreign affairs minister François-Philippe Champagne, and was the result of a […]

World economy will lose trillions if poor countries shorted on vaccines: OECD

Feb 9 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government is forced to explain delays rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, some of the world's economic and health leaders are warning of catastrophic financial consequences if poorer countries are shortchanged on vaccinations. At a video meeting convened by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday, Secretary-General Angel […]

World economy will lose trillions if poor countries shorted on vaccines: OECD

Feb 9 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government is forced to explain delays rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, some of the world's economic and health leaders are warning of catastrophic financial consequences if poorer countries are shortchanged on vaccinations. At a video meeting convened by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday, Secretary-General Angel […]