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The scandal within the ruling Liberal Party government, gets another jolt
The ongoing dispute over allegations that the highest ranking members of the Liberal government were trying to pressure the former attorney general in a legal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has gone on for almost three months. In the latest shock earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau removed two high-ranking women, former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former president of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott, from the Liberal caucus. Citing actions by Wilson-Raybould, including the covert taping of a phone call with the country’s highest ranking bureaucrat, Trudeau said internal trust had been broken and the women had to go
Marc spoke with Duane Bratt, political science professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary who says the move has tarnished the prime minister’s self-declared reputation as a feminist and as a politician who wanted to break with typical “old school” politics.
Canada urged to help stop ‘cultural genocide’ of Uighurs
Evidence from U.S. satellites seem to support allegations that China is holding up to one million ethnic Uighurs in “re-education” camps.
They are allegedly being “educated” to abandon their Islamic religion, learn Mandarin, and abandon Uighur culture. Members of the World Uighur Congress were in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, to ask Canadian officials to continue pressure on China.
Lynn spoke to professor Charles Burton, former diplomat at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, who says China is engaging in “cultural genocide” of the Uighur minority.
We’re up here!’ Nunavut territory celebrates 20th anniversary
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Canada’s newest territory. Carved from the vast Northwest Territories, the new territory is known as “Nunavut”, which is Inuktitut for “our land.”
Carved from the huge Northwest Territories, Nunavut covers nearly 2 million of square kilometres in Canada’s northern and eastern Arctic.
Levon spoke to Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq about the 20 years of the new territory and about the 20 years to come.
Visit ‘Mars-on-Earth’ in Canada’s High Arctic
NASA has established a training and testing base on Devon Island, in the very High Arctic of Nunavut, because they think the area most resembles the surface of Mars.
Recently Google took cameras to the area to add some landscape to their “streetview” maps. Google couldn’t use their typical cameras though as they were too heavy for the extremely limited cargo loads available on flights to the base. Marie-Claude plays a short excerpt of the promotional video.
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