As threat of invasion looms, Ukraine demands weapons and Canada develops evacuation plans

Canada faced increased pressure on Tuesday to match U.S. and British deliveries of defensive weapons to Ukraine as the threat of a Russian invasion continues to loom over Eastern Europe. The Liberal government has heard calls for arms deliveries both at home and in Kyiv, where Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly wrapped up a second day of meetings Tuesday with […]

Joly pledges financial aid to Ukraine as she watches threat of Russian invasion

Canada’s foreign minister landed in Kyiv on Monday promising additional economic aid to help keep Ukraine’s government afloat in the face of uncertainty caused by the threat of a Russian invasion. Mélanie Joly met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal yesterday. She said her visit was to show Canada’s unwavering solidarity in the current crisis. In a subsequent interview with […]

Ethics commissioner won’t investigate former envoy to China for accepting mining job

Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office said it would not investigate Canada’s former ambassador to China for taking a job with mining giant Rio Tinto, which has extensive business connections in China. “I can confirm that Commissioner Dion is not launching an investigation into Dominic Barton because he did not have direct and significant relations with Rio Tinto when he […]

Doctors say claim that China’s first case of Omicron came from Canada is not based on science

Doctors say an allegation from Beijing that China’s first Omicron case may be linked to mail received from Toronto should be treated with deep skepticism. Chinese health authorities said earlier Monday that a case of Omicron in Beijing may have spread from a package received from Canada. They urged citizens to stop ordering parcels from overseas as the opening of […]

Federal government announces $35 million in new funding for refugee settlement services

The federal government announced new funding of $35 million over the next three years to improve and expand immigrant settlement services in small towns and rural communities. “Our investment today will be essential to improving access to support services in small and rural communities that will support newcomer families and provide the tools needed for their long-term success in the […]

Crush of requests for provincial aid makes Omicron wave unique for federal response: LeBlanc

Simultaneous provincial requests for assistance and the large number of cases make this wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by Omicron different in terms of Ottawa’s response, said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc. Unlike other waves, the record wave of cases this winter hit at about the same time in all jurisdictions across Canada, “and many provinces, at the same […]

Alexa McDonough was ‘a public servant in the truest sense of the word’, says Nova Scotia premier

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said the hallmark of Alexa McDonough’s political career was the respect she had for the people she represented. “She was a public servant in the truest sense of the word and will be greatly missed by people across Canada,” Houston said in a statement Saturday. McDonough, 77, died Saturday in a Halifax care home after […]