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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Covid19 North America 

Legions across Canada could close permanently, asking feds to help

Royal Canadian Legion halls across the country have been shuttered for months due to COVID-19, and now a number of them are facing the prospect of never being able to reopen. With most ineligible for the host of federal aid programs being offered to help keep other businesses and charitable organizations afloat, hundreds of these facilities could be forced to shut their doors forever without federal intervention. Legions are often seen as the heart of many communities where Remembrance Day celebrations are held and meals are made and delivered to…

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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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Covid19 North America 

Canada’s foreign minister shouldn’t have financial obligations to China

In less tumultuous times, revelations about the foreign affairs minister being deeply indebted to a state-run bank controlled by one of Canada’s main adversaries might be very big news indeed. As it turns out, dealing with the pandemic in addition to focusing on important issues around racism and police brutality have relegated the plight of François-Philippe Champagne to the proverbial back pages. Understandably so, perhaps — the latter might be somewhat scandalous, but the former issues are much more impactful on so many levels. But this matter concerning the minister…

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Covid19 North America 

Unprecedented 500,000 jobless claims send Canada’s labour market into freefall

Speaking outside his residence in Ottawa, Trudeau said Service Canada has received more than 500,000 applications this week, 20 times the number recorded in the same week a year ago. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development’s office confirmed Trudeau was referring to applications for unemployment insurance. The speed of the meltdown in the labour market has no precedent. The largest number of jobless claims for a whole month was 499,200 in 1957, according to Statistics Canada data. “This is of course an unprecedented situation and it is putting…

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