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Canada sanctions 17 Saudi officials linked to Khashoggi murder

Canada announced Thursday targeted sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals linked to the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi but the man who the CIA and Turkish officials believe ordered the killing is not on Ottawa’s sanctions list. The sanctions »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canadians divided over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

A new survey shows Canadians are relatively evenly divided over selling Canadian made weaponry to Saudi Arabia, specifically a deal for armoured vehicles developed by London Ontario based General Dynamics. It was, and is, a massive arms deal worth some »

International, Politics, Society

Canada moving toward weapons sales to Ukraine: Russian anger

During the working visit to Canada last week of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, trade and security issues were discussed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was security concerns that have raised the ire of Russian officials who have expressed strong »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Is Canada responsible when its arms sales are used against civilians

53 % say no Most people, including Canadians, don’t realize that Canada is a major exporter of military hardware abroad, in fact one of the top ten 10 exporters of military and defence technology in the world. In light of »

International, Politics, Society

Canadian-Armenian community up in arms over Canadian defence exports to Azerbaijan

Canada’s Armenian community has launched a coordinated grassroots and lobbying campaign to convince the Liberal government to annul export permits for the sale of Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers to Azerbaijan, according to Armenian community leaders. The campaign started after Radio »


EXCLUSIVE: New video purports to show Canadian LAVs being used in Saudi crackdown

New video footage obtained by Radio Canada International appears to show for the first time Canadian-made Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) being deployed by Saudi security forces in an operation to quash resistance by Shia militants in the restless east of »


Ottawa scrambles to investigate reported use of Canadian arms in Saudi crackdown

Barely a year after the Liberal government approved a deal to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) in a $15-billion megadeal, Ottawa is scrambling to cope with the fallout from reports that Saudi security forces have deployed »

International, Politics, Society

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked UN report piles pressure on Ottawa’s Saudi arms deal

A leaked United Nations report detailing potential war crimes committed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen is raising new questions about Canada’s controversial plan to sell $15 billion worth of advanced armoured vehicles to the ultra-conservative kingdom. In its »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Backdoor to U.S. allows Canada’s military industry to avoid laws on exports to Iraq

Canada’s military industry, which normally would be subject to Canada’s laws on exports to such countries as Iraq, has a backdoor loophole to avoiding those laws through sales to the United States, according to the non-governmental organization Project Ploughshares. The »