National Newswatch

AP source: No word by weekend on Blue Jays’ return

Jul 15 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays won't find out by this weekend whether they will get permission from the federal government to play in Canada soon, a government official familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday. A team spokeswoman said the club continues to work with the federal government toward playing […]

AP source: No word by weekend on Blue Jays’ return

Jul 14 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays won't find out by this weekend whether they will get permission from the federal government to play in Canada soon, a government official familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday. A team spokeswoman said the club continues to work with the federal government toward playing […]

Canada denied access to trials of jailed Canadians in China

Mar 18 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Canada said Thursday that its consular officials have not received permission to attend the trials of two Canadians who were arrested in China two years ago in a move widely viewed as a pressure tactic over Canada’s detention of an executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael […]

Canada opposition party says Olympics shouldn’t be in China

Feb 16 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Canada’s main opposition party on Tuesday urged the government to press the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing, arguing China is committing a genocide against more than 1 million Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region. Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said Canada should not be turning a […]

AP source: Liriano gets minor league deal with Blue Jays

Feb 3 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because no announcement had been made. The 37-year-old Liriano did not […]

AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract

Jan 26 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added […]

Keystone XL pipeline halted as Biden revokes permit

Jan 20 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office. The 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometre) pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, […]

Canada in touch with Biden admin about disputed oil pipeline

Jan 19 2021 — Rob Gillies, The Associated Press — TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that his officials have already made the case to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration for a long disputed oil pipeline that reports say Biden will cancel on his first day in office. Trudeau said that over the last several days, including Tuesday, his officials have […]