Highlights / Canada

Arts & Entertainment, International

Juno Awards to “amplify Black voices” and bring “a more equitable industry”

On Monday night, June 29, the ceremony of the Juno Awards that celebrates the best achievements of the year in the Canadian music industry was broadcast on CBC Music’s website, CBC Gem, and social media channels. The original ceremony was »

International, Politics

Canada ends military exports, extradition treaty with Hong Kong, says Trudeau

Canada is ending the export of sensitive military goods to Hong Kong and suspending its extradition treaty with the territory after Beijing imposed its new national security law on the city, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. The federal government »


Tim Hortons mobile app under investigation by Canada’s privacy commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), Canada’s privacy agency, announced today that they are investigating the Tim Hortons mobile application after media reports raised concerns about how the app may be collecting and using data about people’s movements and »

International, Politics

Repatriate Canadian former ISIS fighters and family members, rights group urges

An international human rights group is urging the federal government to “immediately” repatriate dozens of Canadians, including 26 children, held in detention facilities for ISIS suspects in northeastern Syria for “rehabilitation, reintegration, and, as appropriate, prosecution.” Human Rights Watch says »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Montreal Jazz Fest goes online with “la creme de la creme” of local music scene

On Thursday, June 25, as I was writing this second Safe&Sound music column, the Montreal International Jazz Festival was supposed to be launching its 41st edition, with such seminal artists as Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen, Harlem-born bluesman Taj Mahal or »

International, Politics

Families of victims of downed Ukrainian flight accuse ICAO of double standards

The families of those killed on Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 are expressing frustration over the UN aviation agency’s apparent inability to condemn the destruction of the passenger jet by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Fifty-five Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents »


McDonald’s ends Beyond Meat trial run

McDonald’s is no longer offering its plant-based burger after a six month trial. Last year, the fast food chain had partnered with Beyond Meat to launch a 12 week trial of the P.L.T.  (plant, lettuce, tomato) in select restaurants in »


Long time anchor for Canadian entertainment news show steps down 

Ben Mulroney, the longtime host of the daily Canadian entertainment news show, etalk, announced this morning that he is stepping down from his position in order to promote diversity. During a broadcast of Your Morning, a morning talk show that »

International, Politics

Canada will be ‘very, very careful’ in reopening borders, Trudeau says

Despite pressure from the travel industry, airlines and certain regions of the country, the federal government “will be very, very careful” about reopening Canada’s borders to international travellers and tourism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. “Every step of the »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, International

‘New wave’ of Inuit throat singers reach the Canadian mainstream music scene

This week marks the beginning of this Safe&Sound music column dedicated to Canadian artists, and as we are celebrating on this coming Sunday, June 21, the National Indigenous Peoples Day, this first edition will be dedicated to a very special »