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Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Some countries easing restrictions, Canada not quite yet

Wuhan China which had been the centre of the global pandemic and which had been placed on lockdown for 10 weeks, has now eased travel restrictions. Several countries in Europe are now preparing also to ease some of the restrictions »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Senior’s residences under investigation in Quebec

High death rates prompt investigations The conditions in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec at long-term health care centres and privately run retirement homes is being called into question over the high death rates from COVID-19. At a press conference »

International, Society

COVID-19 in the Arctic: all Greenland cases recovered but more in Arctic Russia

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic »

International, Politics

Canada backs UN’s call for global ceasefire amid COVID-19 pandemic

Canada “fully supports” the United Nations appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould said Friday. “Now is the time to put armed conflict on »

International, Politics

Canada cuts new deal with Saudi Arabia, clearing way for more arms sales

Canada has renegotiated a new contract with Saudi Arabia, allowing Ottawa to speak more freely about a controversial deal to export hundreds of light armoured vehicles (LAVs) and clearing the way for more arms sales to the kingdom, the foreign »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

China-backed hacking of the world’s servers uncovered

Undiscovered hacking possibly for a decade Blackberry Ltd. says it has discovered what it claims is Chinese-backed hacking of the world’s servers. Originally known as Research In Motion based in Waterloo Ontario, the company says its researchers have discovered how »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Call to WHO to ban wild animal markets to save lives

Saying  that these wild animal markets in Asia and Africa have been the source of deadly pandemics, some  200 organisations have joined in an open letter to call for an end to the sale of wild animals in markets for »

Health, International

Humanitarian NGOs urge Ottawa to make foreign aid part of its COVID-19 response

A coalition of more than 200 Canadian charities and aid groups is calling on the federal government to make international aid part of its COVID-19 response to ensure that the virus does not rebound and return after it’s been defeated »

Economy, Health, International, Politics

COVID-19, respirator masks, 3M and a cross border tiff resolved

With the spread of the new viral pandemic, a shortage of high quality respirator masks, primarily known as N-95, has occurred. With that sudden and extreme shortage there’s been an international scramble to buy them as local supplies were used »

International, Politics

Canada History: Apr. 7. 1973 – Death in Vietnam, peace accord farce

It was on this day in 1973 that a Canadian military officer was killed by North Vietnamese forces. The Vietnam war is a well-known, well documented, and well mythologised period in modern history. During the course of the war about »