Highlights/protests

International

Canada calls on Algeria to set a date for free elections ‘without delay’

Canada’s Global Affairs department has issued a statement saying it is “closely following ongoing developments in Algeria.” After weeks of protests, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika promised to not seek a fifth term that would have extended his 20 years in» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Society

Pipeline protests continue: Second roadblock remains

The Wet’suwet’en First Nations continue their protest over plans to run a natural gas pipeline over their claimed territory in northern British Columbia. They continue to block an access road into the area A first barrier was taken down by» 

Environment, Indigenous

Moose cull in Nova Scotia questioned, and high cost

(public commenting open on all RCI stories- comments will be posted after moderating) Canada’s national parks service, Parks Canada is receiving some backlash for a moose culling programme. Called “Bring Back the Boreal” (forest), to pilot project involves a moose» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society

Major setback for pipeline project

Court rules original approval deeply flawed. Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal had dealt a major blow to the Trans Mountain Pipeline project. Long opposed by several Indigenous groups and environmentalists, the company had planned to build a second pipeline to» 

International, Politics

Canada calls for an end to violence in Nicaragua

Canada is calling for an immediate stop to the “violence, repression, arbitrary detentions and human rights violations currently taking place in Nicaragua,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. Ottawa is also urging the government of President Daniel Ortega to» 

Economy, International, Politics

G7 protests: so far so good, but..

G7 leaders meeting near Quebec City, little damage from protesters Major political gatherings are typically the site also of major and often destructive protests. Given the possible threat of terrorist action, and the known violence of some groups of protesters,» 

International, Politics

Freeland joins Putin in congratulating Armenia’s opposition leader

There aren’t many things that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Russian President Vladimir Putin seem to agree on but Armenia’s Velvet Revolution appears to be one of them. Hours after Armenia’s opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime» 

International, Politics

Armenian protesters gear up for general strike

The leader of a grassroots Armenian protest movement that forced the country’s veteran leader to step down called for a nationwide strike after the ruling party thwarted his bid to take over as interim prime minister on Tuesday. After a» 

International

Armenian Canadians join Velvet Revolution in their homeland

Many Canadian Armenians are watching with baited breath as a non-violent grassroots protest movement in Armenia is about to complete the transfer of power from the governing party to the leader of the opposition whose unprecedented campaign of civil disobedience» 

International

Canada closely monitors deadly Iran protests: Global Affairs

Despite having no embassy or diplomats posted to Iran, officials with Global Affairs Canada say they are closely monitoring the increasingly deadly protests as the country’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed unnamed foreign nations for the growing unrest. “In recent»