Covid19 North America 

Despite enormous deficit, Canada will pay less interest on debt this year than last

Here’s the bittersweet news about carrying a massive deficit during a pandemic: it’s cheaper to carry an enormous debt load in today’s economy than it was to carry a tiny debt load just a year ago. it’s about $4 billion cheaper. When federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau rolls out his fiscal “snapshot” early this afternoon to show how much the pandemic is costing us and how we will pay for it, much of the emphasis will be on why the federal government feels comfortable borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars…

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Covid19 North America 

John Bolton says he’d be happy to testify in Canada on Huawei exec’s extradition case

Of particular interest are revelations in which Bolton writes Trump connected Meng’s case to a potential U.S. trade deal with China. During an interview that aired Friday, Bolton rejected the idea that politics are involved in the case against Meng, which is based on fraud charges connected to her alleged violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran. “Look, the facts are what the facts are, and I think when you read the book it’s very clear what the purpose of the arrest was,” Bolton told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “The Current.”…

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Asia North America Technology 

‘They are applying pressure,’ Bains says of China’s push for Canada to adopt Huawei’s 5G tech

OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says China is “applying pressure” on Canada to integrate Huawei technology into its 5G network, as it remains the only Five Eyes nation yet to make a decision about the scope of its involvement. The other four members of the global intelligence alliance — Australia, the United States, New Zealand and most recently the United Kingdom — have all made some indication about whether they will outright ban China’s Huawei’s technology or apply it in a some capacity. “Clearly they are applying pressure, and…

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North America Press Release 

Indigenous people in Canada far more likely to be shot and killed by police

TORONTO — An Indigenous person in Canada is more than 10 times more likely to have been shot and killed by a police officer in Canada since 2017 than a white person in Canada. A CTV News analysis reveals that of the 66 people shot and killed by police in that timeframe for whom race or heritage could be identified, 25 were Indigenous. That’s nearly 40 per cent of the total. Adjusted for population based on 2016 census data, it means 1.5 out of every 100,000 Indigenous Canadians have been…

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Covid19 North America 

Ottawa pledges millions to promote holiday travel in Canada during pandemic

Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars to promote holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds announced by Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday include $30 million originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors through the federal tourism marketing agency, Destination Canada. The money will instead be used to help provinces and territories encourage Canadians to discover their “own backyard” as the country’s international borders remain largely closed due to COVID-19. The government is also setting aside around $40 million…

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