Highlights/Africa

International, Politics

Canada’s Michaelle Jean loses bid to head “La Francophonie”

Officially it’s the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, or more simply “la Francophonie”. It represents some 58 nations and governments as members with several more as observers Canada’s Michaelle Jean, as Secretary-General since 2014 had been seeking a second term» 

International, Politics, Society

Canadian Head of “La Francophonie” criticised, may be headed for the door

Second term for Canadian in doubt Michaelle Jean has had a highly successful career, Born in Haiti, she came to Canada as a refugee, eventually to become a well-known broadcaster on Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcasting network.» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada plays a key role in Ebola vaccine

Canadian and Chinese researchers worked together on a new vaccine to fight the Ebola virus which claimed more than 10,000 lives in West Africa four years ago. The vaccine was recently approved by Chinese regulators and the National Research Council» 

Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canada to fund fight against female genital mutilation

(public commenting is open at very bottom of page) The federal government is set to announce a major funding effort to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female circumcision. The money- at least $3million-, will» 

International, Politics

Canada’s development aid in Africa driven by compassion and self-interest: minister

Canada’s re-engagement with Africa is driven as much by compassion and the great need for humanitarian assistance in the region as by self-interest, says International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. On her most recent trip to the region last week, Bibeau» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, International, Society

Protest planned for African Trophy Hunting trade show event

This weekend will see a gathering of African outfitters, guides and various other related exhibitors at a hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Screen grab of the Africa Hunting Show webpage © afrciahuntingevents.ca The Africa Hunting trade show is making its annual rounds» 

International, Politics

Trudeau heads to Liberia and Madagascar on first official visit to Africa

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking his gender equality and gay rights message on his first official visit to Africa. Trudeau will make a quick stopover in Monrovia, Liberia, tomorrow where he will meet with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf» 

Politics, Society

Canada’s African peacekeeping mission options

Stay away from Mali and be transparent about the risks. That’s the advice Stephen Saideman would give to Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan as he weighs his options for a yet-to-be-announced peacekeeping mission in Africa. “I’d warn him off Mali,”» 

International, Politics, Society

Conservatives challenge Trudeau on Africa peacekeeping mission

A plan by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canadian peacekeepers on a yet-to-be-disclosed peacekeeping mission somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa drew heavy fire from the opposition Conservatives as Parliament resumed Monday. The conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa» 

International, Society

People with albinism murdered, dismembered in Africa

Many people with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa are living in terror. Since November 2014, at least 18 of them have been killed and at least five are missing in Malawi alone. A Canadian group is planning a campaign to counter the»