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Ex-Saudi intelligence czar under heightened security in Canada following new threats

10 Aug 2020; MEMO: Former Saudi intelligence czar, Saad Al-Jabri, who last week made the explosive allegation that Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman had made several attempts to assassinate him, has been placed under heightened security in Canada after a new threat against his life.

Canada to levy huge tariffs against U.S. re-imposing duty on Canadian aluminum

OTTAWA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Canada is to levy 3.6 billion Canadian dollars (about 2.7 billion U.S. dollars) on U.S. products as countermeasures against U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposing a 10-percent tariff on Canadian aluminum, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.

Freeland told a news conference that the countermeasure tariffs will take effect in 30 days after the Canadian government consults Canadians on precisely which U.S. products to target. "Canada will respond swiftly and strongly."

Canada's Trudeau faces third ethics probe over charity grant program

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing his third conflict of interest probe, after Canada’s ethics commissioner on Friday launched an inquiry into a government contract awarded to a charity that Trudeau has family ties to.

Ethics commissioner Mario Dion’s office said it will look into whether in picking WE Charity Canada to administer a C$900 million ($664.5 million) student grant program Trudeau broke rules that prohibit politicians from making, or participating in, decisions that further their personal interests.

Canadian arrested in Egypt early in 2019 returns home after release, needs medical treatment

03 July 2020; MEMO: Yasser Albaz, a Canadian engineer who was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of a business trip in February 2019, has been released and is back in Canada but needs medical treatment, his family said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in February he had raised the case of Albaz during a meeting in Addis Ababa with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

WADA says U.S. report misleading and inaccurate

MONTREAL, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released a formal response to a U.S. government report which threatens to withhold funding if WADA doesn't make what the U.S. deems sufficient reform.

In a letter to James W. Carroll, director of the office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on Friday, WADA president Witold Banka said it was "with great disappointment" that he read the 19-page ONDCP report.

Canada’s loss of UN Security Council seat a blow to Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau arrived on the world stage with rock star popularity in 2015. He declared “Canada is back” and made winning a seat on the powerful U.N. Security Council a top foreign policy priority.

But Canada lost out to Norway and Ireland this week in a three-way race for two seats. It was Canada’s second consecutive defeat in a bid for a seat and an especially big blow to Trudeau.

Canada spy agency warned of 'shock waves' from arrest of Huawei founder's daughter

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s intelligence agency warned that arresting the daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zheng would set off global “shock waves” and seriously affect ties with China, just before her detention in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request, new court documents show.

Released on Friday, the documents show the involvement of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in the December 2018 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, which soured diplomatic ties between Ottawa and Beijing.

Canada's Trudeau: police video of aboriginal chief arrest shocking

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that black and indigenous people in Canada do not feel safe around police after a police dashcam video emerged of the violent arrest of a Canadian aboriginal chief.

The arrest has received attention in Canada as a backlash against racism grows worldwide in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck.

Canada, U.S. discuss extension of cross-border restriction to non-essential visits

OTTAWA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Canada and the United States are discussing extension of the cross-border agreement restricting all non-essential traffic beyond the June 21 set last month, CBC reported Wednesday.

It is unclear how long the agreement will be extended. The two countries reached an agreement in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel to fight the spread of COVID-19.

It bans recreational visits while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross the border for work.

COVID-19 pandemic still threatening Canadians' health, Trudeau says

OTTAWA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned on Thursday that the COVID-19 pandemic remains serious in Canada.

The rise in infections has slowed across all age groups and in most regions of the country, but Trudeau said the situation remains serious in some regions where large numbers of new cases are still being reported, as well as in places like long-term care homes.

"I want to be very clear. We're not out of the woods. The pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians," Trudeau said at a press conference on Thursday.

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