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International, Politics

Freeze or thaw? What Freeland’s appointment means for Russia-Canada relations in the Arctic

The appointment of Chrystia Freeland, a fierce critic of the Kremlin and its actions in Ukraine, as Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs could put Canadian-Russian relations and the two countries’ collaboration in the Arctic back into deep freeze, argue »

International, Society

Senate report urges transparency on new UN peacekeeping role

The Liberal government must seek the approval of Parliament before sending troops on dangerous United Nations peacekeeping operations, says a new Senate report. The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence looked into the government’s plans to dramatically increase Canada’s »


Looking back at one year of Liberal Arctic policy

The development of a clear Arctic policy direction by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in its first year in power was hobbled by the loss of a key cabinet member, says one of the most prominent Canadian »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Mysterious find is not a long-lost nuke, but what is it?

The mysterious object found by an intrepid diver in the waters off the coast of British Columbia is definitely not a long-lost U.S. nuclear bomb, says the Royal Canadian Navy. “The RCN has confirmed the object is not an unexploded military »


15 years after deadly Afghan ambush reporters face new threats

The last thing I remember before my German colleague Volker Handloik died in a hail of bullets was a feverish but a very methodical mental calculation: should I stay or should I follow him and jump? Muzzle flashes from at »

Economy, International, Your Columns

Storm clouds gather over TPP as CETA sinks

It was never going to be smooth sailing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but Friday’s spectacular sinking of the Canada-EU trade deal despite frantic last ditch efforts to salvage it, brings nothing but bad omens for the 12-nation trade deal. The »


Restoring ties with Iran easier said than done: expert

News of Homa Hoodfar’s release from Iran’s infamous Evin prison has raised fresh hopes for a detente in Ottawa’s glacial relations with Tehran but a Canadian expert says restoring relations with the Islamic Republic is far from a done deal. »

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

Canada’s Baltic conundrum – Part 2

It was, perhaps, Canada’s worst-kept military secret. And so it is probably fitting that after months of build-up and speculation, the government announcement that Canada is sending a battalion-size force to be stationed in Latvia was pre-empted by news reports. »

International, Politics, Society

Canada’s Baltic conundrum

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins other NATO leaders in Warsaw for the Summit Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in July, Russia will feature front and centre among the summit’s six agenda items. Russia’s annexation of Crimea »