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International, Politics

Canada’s new ambassador in China visits detained Canadians

Canada’s new ambassador to China led his first consular visits with detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig over the past week, CBC News reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. Global Affairs Canada officials announced Monday that Canadian consular officials conducted »

International, Politics

China urges release of Huawei exec with new Canadian envoy

Chinese officials welcomed Thursday the appointment of a new Canadian envoy to Beijing saying it would “help bring China-Canada relations onto the right track” but also urged Ottawa to “to reflect upon its wrongdoing” and immediately release a top Huawei »


Opposition MPs seek study into claims government pressured ex-diplomats

A number of Canadian parliamentarians are interrupting their summer break to gather in Ottawa today to discuss whether a parliamentary committee should look into allegations that a federal official pressured two former diplomats to co-ordinate with the Liberal government before »

International, Politics

Canadian officials met with detained Canadian in China

Canadian consular officials in China visited with Michael Spavor, a China-based Canadian entrepreneur who’s been detained for 186 days on suspicion of “endangering national security,” Global Affairs Canada said Thursday. “Canadian consular officials continue to provide consular services to him »

International, Politics

Venezuela closing consulates in Canada amid diplomatic tensions

Venezuela is temporarily closing its consulates in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in response to Canada’s decision last week to shut down its embassy in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, Venezuelan officials announced Saturday. “The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of »

International, Politics

Hard-line Chinese ambassador to Canada leaving for Paris

Several news agencies have reported that China’s ambassador to Canada is being given a new posting and he will leave sometime this month after only two years in Canada. Although his comments over trade and diplomatic disputes with Canada, have »

Health, International, Politics

‘Havana Syndrome’ forces Canada to halve its diplomatic presence in Cuba

Canada will reduce its diplomatic presence in Cuba by half after another Canadian diplomat came down with symptoms of a mysterious illness that has bedevilled U.S. and Canadian diplomats posted in Havana, Canadian officials announced Wednesday. This latest case brings »

International, Politics, Society

China invokes death sentence for a Canadian

A Canadian in jail in China on drug charges has now been sentenced to death. Already in jail on drug trafficking charges, 36-year-old Robert Schellenberg was retried this week and had is original 15 year sentenced increased to the death »


Arctic Council nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from across the North.  Today, we look at this week’s announcement that an international forum of the world’s eight circumpolar countries has been nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious awards. »

International, Politics

More than just bromance: Trudeau-Macron tandem driven by shifting geopolitics

When G20 leaders meet in Hamburg next week many observers will be watching the budding bromance between France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The G20’s two youngest leaders – Macron is 39, Trudeau 45 »