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Appointment of U.S. Arctic coordinator signals more muscular American policy

The appointment of James DeHart as the U.S. coordinator for the Arctic signals the region’s growing importance to Washington as an arena of geopolitical competition with Russia and China, say Canadian and American defence experts. DeHart, a career diplomat with extensive experience in global defence and security issues, is »

International, Politics, Society

Meng Wanzhou asks Canadian court to stay ‘poisoned’ extradition case

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou are asking a Canadian court to stay extradition proceedings against the top Huawei executive, claiming U.S. President Donald Trump has “poisoned” the judicial process and undermined its integrity and fairness. In court documents filed in the »

Politics

Arctic features prominently in new Canadian defence marching orders

Beefing up Canada’s surveillance, defence and rapid-response capabilities in the Arctic are among the top priorities outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the marching orders handed to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday. Sajjan’s mandate letter – a set »

Economy, International, Politics

NATO at 70: leaders meet in London today

Most alliances historically don’t last more than a couple of decades, but the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance is 70 this year, and has grown over that time to its now 29 members. Originally formed as a protection against the Soviets, »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Warships gather in Baltic

There’s a lot of activity in the Baltic Sea this week. Yesterday saw the start of Northern Coasts (NOCO 2019).  Over 40 surface ships, submarines, related aircraft, and some 3,000 troops are involved from 18 nations including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

New study shows trees attacked by insects warn their relatives

Unlike the tree-like Ents in the Harry Potter film that have a language, trees don’t actually talk of course, but new research shows they do have a way of communicating with each other. It is the first study to show »

International, Politics

Trudeau and Pompeo discussed the Arctic as Washington pivots attention north

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Canada-U.S. cooperation in the Arctic during Thursday’s visit by the top American diplomat to Ottawa, amid signs that Washington is growing increasingly concerned by geopolitical challenges posed by »

International, Politics

Reforms and defence policy first, weapons later, Canada tells Ukraine

Ukraine needs to carry out deep structural reforms and develop a clear defence policy before it goes on a shopping spree for sophisticated Western and Canadian military equipment, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The issue of Canadian Ukrainian military and »

Politics

Canada’s new warships to cost up to $14B more than projected, says PBO

The new generation of Canadian warships is expected to cost the federal treasury up to $14 billion more than the government projected in 2017, according to the latest report by the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer. The updated cost estimate of »

International, Politics, Society

Soldiers’ memorial to fallen Canadians in Afghanistan not open to families, veterans

‘An Insult’: Families of fallen and veterans not invited to dedication (public comments open on all stories- will be added after moderating) It was a memorial built by Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan to honour their fallen comrades and was »