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IN THE NEWS

Oct 18

Hong Kong has banned Air Canada flights from Vancouver after a passenger on an Oct. 13 flight tested positive for COVID-19. The ban will remain in effect until Oct. 29 and the carrier said it has four scheduled during that period but that cargo service would continue.

Oct 18

An unidentified Canadian is among 17 members of a U.S. aid organization kidnapped Oct. 16 in Haiti. They were visiting an orphanage when their bus was hijacked by a gang just outside Port-au-Prince.

Oct 18

After eight “undeclared Russian intelligence officers” were expelled from NATO’s military mission in Brussels Oct. 6, Russia said today that it was shutting down its involvement in the mission. It also has cancelled the accreditation of alliance staff at the NATO mission in Moscow

Oct 17

Colin Powell, the career U.S. Army officer who went on to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then Secretary of State, died today at the age of 84 from complications due to COVID-19. He is reported to have had multiple myeloma which suppressed his immune system.

Oct 17

The prospect of losing one seat in the House of Commons in the next redistribution of federal ridings, reducing the number of Quebec MPs to 77, annoys the Bloc Quebecois. Overall, the number of seats is set to increase by four to 342 to reflect undated census data. Alberta increases to 37 seats from 34 while Ontario and British Columbia gain one each, to 121 and 43 respectively. “It is out of the question . . . to see the power of francophones diminish,” says Alain Therrien, the BQ’s critic on democratic institutions.

Oct 17

With the U.S. border set to reopen Nov. 8 to Canadians fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, there will be a cost on their return. All returnees will be required to proof of a negative test within 72 hours of re-entry, at a cost of at least $129.

Oct 17

Mark Forkner, a former chief technical pilot at Boeing, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he misled the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration about safety issues with the 737 Max, two of which crashed overseas in 2018 and 2019, killing everyone aboard. Prosecutors say that he hid information about the control software in a bid to save the company millions of dollars.

Oct 17

Nicolas de Lacoste, appointed France’s ambassador to Belarus late last year, has left the country at the insistence of the host government. There are suggestions that it was because he had presented his credentials to the Belarusian foreign minister rather than to the country’s autocratic president.

Oct 17

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada stands to collect as much as $4.5 billion annually through a deal with 135 other countries that will require major corporates to pay more in taxes. “There are still some final details being hammered out, so the numbers . . . are not exact,” she said Oct. 16.

Oct 15

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that Canadians with mixed COVID-19 vaccines will be able to cross the border when it reopens Nov 8. The only proviso is that only vaccines approved by the U.S. or World Health Organization will be recognized. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/u-s-canadian-travellers-mixed-vaccines-...

Oct 15

The Italian government’s decision, effective today, to require all workers to have a “Green Pass” confirming vaccination against COVID-19, has prompted widespread protests. An estimated three million workers remain unvaccinated and non-compliant workers are liable for a fine of up to €1,500.

Oct 15

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a cabinet shuffle for Oct. 26 and plans to begin a new Parliament Nov. 22, giving new ministers four weeks to settle into their portfolios. The PM’s office also said today that he would be talking with opposition leaders next week about issues such as running the session while the fourth wave of COVID-19 persists.

Oct 14

The U.S. had little to no regard for the World Trade Organization in recent years but its top negotiator said today that the Biden administration believes the WTO is “a force for good” and “we want it to succeed. The Trump administration’s blockage of key appointments are widely blamed for the organization’s current paralysis on key global issues.

Oct 13

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is giving the province’s healthcare workers an extra month to comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations before they could be suspended without pay. Confirming the extension to Nov. 15, he said today that “it would be irresponsible to roll the dice with the health of Quebecers.”

Oct 13

A new Arctic strategy published today would ban development of new hydrocarbon development in the region. The European Commission acknowledged that the EU still imports petroleum resources from the North but said it will work “towards a multilateral legal obligation not to allow any further hydrocarbon reserve development in the Arctic or contiguous regions.”

Oct 13

The World Health Organisation today unveiled a new scientific advisory group, including a Chinese animal health expert, tasked with assessing new high-threat pathogens such as COVID-19. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that understanding is “essential for preventing future outbreaks with epidemic and pandemic potential.”

Oct 12

Canada is among two dozen countries which have joined an initiative led by the EU and the U.S. designed to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent from 2020 levels by 2030. The notion is to give momentum to the issue in advance of the UN climate summit which begins Oct. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Oct 12

The U.S. will open to all non-essential visitors from Canada and Mexico in November, lifting a 19-month COVID-19 ban. White House officials confirmed the decision Oct. 12, saying that all must provide proof of vaccination but they would not specify which vaccines would be acceptable or whether mixed doses would be compliant.

Oct 12

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, widely regarded as a potential Liberal Party leader, is well known to the Russian intelligence apparatus for her Cold War campaign in support of Ukraine while she was a Harvard University exchange student. The KGB actually lauded her efforts against its political masters and even tagged her with a personal code name.

Oct 12

The first face-to-face talks between U.S. officials and the Taliban, held in Qatar, reportedly focused on containing extremist groups active in Afghanistan, humanitarian aid and evacuating U.S. citizens.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Sep 28)
Scott Newark's picture

Cases like this highlight a pressing need for Canada to modernize its Extradition Act and the Treaties under it. The questions are piling up, and a review is clearly warranted.

(Aug 27)
Chris MacLean's picture

What are economists in Canada saying about efforts to guide a strong recovery? What are epidemiologists around the globe saying about the swing towards vaccine-resistant mutations that will render current vaccines ineffective?

(Aug 18)
Scott Newark's picture

A repeat offender commits armed robbery while on bail. Despite previous convictions and a firearms prohibition order, our system released him early from his latest offence. He has now violated that release and taken off. Revolving door indeed.

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