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Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

G20 leaders promise developing countries they be won’t left out in COVID fight

Canada joined other Group of 20 countries on the weekend to promise developing nations that they will not be left out when the time comes to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and medical equipment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other »


Global Affairs says ambassador visited Kovig and Spavor in Chinese detention

Canada’s ambassador to China has visited two Canadians detained in China for nearly two years, according to a news release from Global Affairs Canada. The release says Ambassador Dominic Barton was granted on-site virtual access to former diplomat Michael Kovig »

International, Society

Almost 40,000 Canadians trapped overseas are now home

Nearly 40,000 Canadians stranded overseas because of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be safely home by this weekend, following a long-running and massive government operation that began in March. They will have been repatriated from 100 countries around the »

International, Society

Canada turns to foreign carriers to get citizens home

Ottawa is turning to nearly a dozen foreign airlines to help get about 5,000 Canadians still stranded overseas back home. Many are in secluded islands or on remote mountains in countries that are locked down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Economy, Health, International

Getting stranded Canadians home: tact, diplomacy and patience required

Efforts to get Canadians home from far-flung locations around the world continue unabated and–like everything else in the time of COVID-19–it’s not easy. As a Westjet flight heads to Guatemala City today to pick up stranded Canadians, their compatriots in »

Politics, Society

Ottawa works to bring thousands of stranded Canadians home

The federal government continues to work around the clock to bring tens of thousands of stranded Canadians home in what is being billed as the largest repatriation effort in Canadian history amid the growing COVID-19 global pandemic, officials say. Just »

International, Society

Efforts continue to bring Canadians home

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the government is sending more flights to countries around the world to repatriate Canadians who have been unable to make it home as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. Speaking on the CBC radio »

International, Society

Canadian resident finally home after 11 years in Iranian prison

After 11 years behind bars in Iran’s infamous Evin prison, Saeed Melekpour, an Iranian-born Canadian resident, is safely back in British Columbia, where he rejoined his sister Maryam last Friday. It was Maryam Malekpour who refused to let go after »


U.S. envoy in Ottawa seeking support for EU Venezuelan sanctions

Global Affairs Canada is dancing around comments by the U.S. point man on Venezuela that Ottawa and Washington are joining forces in efforts to convince the European Union to take action against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. Elliott Abrams made the »

Arts & Entertainment, Politics

Canada must develop cultural diplomacy strategy, says Senate committee

Canada’s world-class arts and culture are top foreign policy assets and the federal government must develop a comprehensive strategy to make cultural diplomacy a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy, says a Senate committee report. Canadian artists are known around the »