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International, Politics

Champagne meets Belarus’s exiled opposition leader in Lithuania

Canada “will always be on your side” Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told exiled Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during their meeting in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Friday. Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania following the crackdown against tens of »

International, Politics

Champagne discusses foreign policy challenges with NATO and EU leaders

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne discussed a panoply of foreign policy and security challenges, ranging from the ongoing war in Nagorno-Karabakh to the situation in Belarus and the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, in meetings with top NATO »

International, Politics

Canada imposes sanctions on Belarusian officials

Canada and the U.K. are imposing coordinated sanctions against 11 Belarusian government officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko and his son, following the disputed presidential election and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday the »


A woman reacts while sitting on the ground near Belarusian law enforcement officers, who disperse a crowd during a protest against the inauguration of President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020. Canada has joined a chorus of other Western democracies who condemned Wednesday’s inauguration of Lukashenko as “illegitimate.” (Tut.By via REUTERS)
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International, Politics

Canada calls for investigation of alleged human rights violations in Belarus

Canada is joining forces with 16 other member-states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to call for an international investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations in Belarus following last month’s contested presidential election in »

International, Politics, Society

Belarusian Canadians demand Magnitsky Act sanctions against Lukashenko regime

Members of the small Belarusian community in Canada are demanding Ottawa take a tougher stance against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko who has faced unprecedented protests after claiming a landslide victory in a highly controversial election on Aug. 9. »

International, Politics

Canada will not accept ‘fraudulent’ elections in Belarus, says foreign minister

Canada does not accept the results of the Aug. 9 “fraudulent” presidential election in Belarus and calls for “free and fair elections,” Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Monday as tens of thousands of Belarusians marched to demand the resignation »

International, Politics

Canada ‘deeply concerned’ by post-election crackdown in Belarus

Canada is “deeply concerned” by the violent crackdown of Belarusian authorities against protesters who came out in their thousands to voice their discontent with the official results of the country’s presidential election, says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. Dozens were »


People enjoy the sunset by the lake on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.

People enjoy the sunset by the lake, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Breastfeeding: study shows another benefit from birth to teen years

It is one of the biggest research evaluations of the benefits of breastfeeding. In a longterm study, breastfeeding was shown to clearly reduce incidence of eczema in babies and youth from birth through to 16 years of age. Dr. Michael »