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International, Politics

Canada pledges $40M ‘to avert catastrophe’ in Yemen

Canada is pledging $40 million in humanitarian aid for Yemen as the war-ravaged country deals with a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in addition to a resurgence of cholera, dengue fever, malaria and diphtheria, International Development Minister Karina Gould announced Tuesday. »

International, Politics

Canada cuts new deal with Saudi Arabia, clearing way for more arms sales

Canada has renegotiated a new contract with Saudi Arabia, allowing Ottawa to speak more freely about a controversial deal to export hundreds of light armoured vehicles (LAVs) and clearing the way for more arms sales to the kingdom, the foreign »

International, Politics

Saudi Arabia makes $665M payment on Canadian LAV contract

Saudi Arabia has paid about $665 million on nearly $3.4 billion the oil-rich kingdom owed in late payments for Canadian-produced Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs), according to financial results released by General Dynamics last week. Jason W. Aiken, General Dynamics senior »

International, Politics

Canada’s foreign minister is worried about jailed Saudi blogger’s hunger strike

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he is “very concerned” with reports that jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been transferred to solitary confinement after he declared another hunger strike to protest conditions of his detention. Speaking to reporters »

International, Politics

Saudi Arabia is $3.4B behind on its payments for Canadian LAVs

Saudi Arabia owes about $3.4 billion in late payments for Canadian-produced Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs), according to the latest quarterly financial results released by General Dynamics last week. The Liberal government approved the controversial deal, signed by the previous Conservative »

International, Politics

Footage of Canadian LAVs in Yemen raises new questions about Saudi arms deal

Images of what appear to be Canadian-made light armoured vehicles (LAV) captured or destroyed by Houthi rebels during recent fighting in the borderlands between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are triggering fresh calls for Ottawa to cancel its multibillion arms deal »

International, Politics

Advocacy groups call on Canada to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia

As Canada formally acceded to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Tuesday, a coalition of Canadian civil society groups is calling on the federal government to cancel its multibillion contract to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced armoured vehicles. The coalition, »

International, Politics

Canada issues muted criticism of Saudi mass beheading

Canada is “very concerned” by Saudi Arabia’s mass beheading of 37 citizens, Global Affairs Canada said Wednesday, but officials in Ottawa stopped short of condemning the execution described as “shocking” and “abhorrent” by the United Nations’ top human rights official. “Canada »

International, Politics

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger met with Prime Minister Trudeau

Canadian activist Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Wednesday to discuss her husband’s fate amid ongoing tensions between Ottawa and Riyadh. »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Saudi teen vows to fight for women’s rights, pleads for privacy

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing from her allegedly abusive family pledged on Tuesday to fight for the freedom of other less fortunate women in a public statement to media in Toronto. “Today »