National Newswatch

Ukraine embassy calls on Canada to send weapons, expand training and sanction Russia

Jan 21 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa is calling on the Trudeau government to provide weapons to Ukraine's military, impose further sanctions on Russia and extend and expand the Canadian military training mission of its forces. The blunt Ukraine statement was sent to The Canadian Press by its embassy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced […]

Russia cyber attack warning emerges, as Joly in Europe amid Ukraine crisis

Jan 20 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's electronic spy service warned Thursday that Russian-based hackers are targeting critical infrastructure, while Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said Moscow would face severe sanctions if it makes further moves against Ukraine. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a branch of the Communications Security Establishment, said it was "aware of foreign cyber threat […]

Joly wraps Ukraine trip amid fears of Russian invasion in standoff with West, NATO

Jan 18 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada has not decided whether it will help arm Ukraine's forces with military hardware after NATO ally Britain said Monday it would supply anti-tank weapons to the eastern European country. Joly wrapped her two-day trip to Ukraine, the first leg of a three-country continental tour that will […]

China’s claim that Omicron came from Canadian mail dismissed as ‘ludicrous’

Jan 17 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A claim by Chinese health authorities that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of regular mail from Canada was dismissed Monday as being ludicrous and comical. A Chinese state-controlled news outlet first reported that the Jan. 7 infection of a Beijing resident was the […]

Trudeau warns of more Russia sanctions amid Moscow military buildup near Ukraine

Jan 12 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russia may face further Western sanctions as a consequence of its military buildup on the Ukrainian border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. And Trudeau appeared to confirm that Canada will renew its modest commitment of 200 Canadian Forces personnel to a military training mission in Ukraine, amid rising tensions between the West […]

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy raises sanctions on Russia in conversation with Trudeau

Jan 11 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the West must be ready to impose further sanctions against Russia for its military buildup on his country's eastern border. Zelenskyy delivered that message to Trudeau in their Tuesday morning telephone call, which came on the eve of a key meeting in Brussels […]

Canada seeks deeper trade links with Taiwan, as part of new China strategy

Jan 10 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's decision to pursue a foreign investment protection agreement with Taiwan, amid its ongoing tension with mainland China, was greeted Monday with widespread approval in trade and diplomatic circles. International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced Canada's intention in a statement released by her office on Monday, that disclosed her Sunday telephone call with […]

U.S. urged to use ‘Sully’ to help Canada, allies get PS752 compensation from Iran

Jan 9 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada and its allies are being urged to aggressively reach into the Iranian government's pocket to find untapped sources of assets to compensate for the regime's downing of a commercial airliner two years ago.  That includes a call to use U.S. President Joe Biden's new high-profile ambassador to the world's international aviation watchdog […]

Canada, allies condemn Iran snub of negotiations with victims’ families for PS752

Jan 6 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada and its allies are accusing Iran of snubbing the families of those killed when its military shot down a passenger jet two years ago by refusing to negotiate a settlement. The joint condemnation Thursday by Canada, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine comes after Iran ignored a Wednesday deadline by the coalition of countries […]

Hackers target families of Flight 752 victims discussing court award of $107M damages

Jan 4 2022 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Hackers targeted a Tuesday virtual news conference held by lawyers and family members of victims of the Iranian military's downing of a passenger jet two years ago. The family members, along with their legal team, had begun a video media availability to discuss a court decision that awarded them millions. An Ontario court […]

China envoy says Kovrig, Spavor confessed to crimes, warns against rejecting Huawei

Dec 10 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China's ambassador to Canada says Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor confessed to crimes before their release from his country's prisons this past September.  Envoy Cong Peiwu also said Friday Canada will pay a price if it blocks Chinese telecom company Huawei from participating in the country's 5G internet network as its Five Eyes […]