Highlights / Michael Kovrig

International, Politics

Trial of Michael Kovrig concludes with verdict to come later

The trial of Michael Kovrig, one of the two Canadians held in China for more than two years on espionage charges, concluded in a closed Beijing courtroom on Monday with the verdict expected at an unspecified later date. Kovrig, a »


Trudeau slams China’s ‘coercive diplomacy’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday slammed what he called China’s “coercive diplomacy” and decried the “lack of transparency” surrounding the trials for detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. Spavor’s closed-door trial in the northeastern city of Dandong lasted »


No verdict rendered as Michael Spavor faces spy charges in Chinese court

The trial of Canadian businessman Michael Spavor in Dandong, China ended quickly on Friday. The closed-door hearing lasted about two hours. No verdict was announced. Observers, including diplomats from Canada and other Western countries, were not allowed to enter the »


Trials for the ‘Two Michaels’ being held in China are set to begin Friday

Two Canadians arrested and jailed over two years ago in China on espionage charges appear set to have their days in court–beginning tomorrow. Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, were arrested in December 2018. Their detention »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

RCMP chief says there’s more to be done for people facing threats from abroad

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the federal police force should–and will–do more to help people in Canada who face threats, intimidation and coercion by foreign governments, including China’s. “If people are getting intimidated, as soon as they’re brought to our »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

Trudeau and Biden agree to move forward together on COVID and climate change

“The United States has no closer friend than Canada. That’s why you were my first call as president, my first bilateral meeting.” U.S. President Joe Biden/Feb. 23, 2021. And so began yesterday’s virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and »


China lashes out at Canada for leading arbitrary detention declaration effort

China is severely criticizing Canada for joining 57 other countries in endorsing a declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign citizens for political purposes. The Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations “aims to protect citizens of all countries who »

International, Society

Canada launches coalition against arbitrary detention

Canada has created a coalition of 58 countries plus the EU to denounce the arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. In announcing a new Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations, Canada’s Global Affairs Minister Marc Garneau refused »

International, Politics

China allows consular access to one of Two Michaels, but not the other

Chinese officials have allowed Canadian diplomats in Beijing on-site virtual consular access to detained Canadian Michael Kovrig but COVID-19 travel restrictions have prevented Canadian officials from visiting the second Canadian detainee, Michael Spavor, according to a news release from Global »


Global Affairs announces some movement in treatment of the ‘Two Michaels’

There appears to be some movement in the continuing showdown between Ottawa and Beijing over the detentions of two Canadians arrested over two years after Canada–acting on an extradition request by United States–arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of »