National Newswatch

Federal ministers cite need for international war crimes probe of Russia

Mar 31 2022 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 — 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 says the "war machine" of President Vladimir Putin is destroying houses, hospitals and schools. "In the face of Putin and the Russian military's flagrant […]

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

Mar 9 2022 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 […]

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

Feb 2 2022 — Mike Blanchfield — 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. Dr. Katharine Smart, the president of the leading association of Canadian medical professionals, says raising the international […]

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

Jan 21 2022 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 […]