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China, Russia using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political influence, experts say

China, Russia using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political influence, experts say

OTTAWA --China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19 vaccines to grow their international soft power by giving doses to desperate countries in order to have more political influence over them, experts say.Benjamin Gedan, deputy director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington, called the practice "vaccine diplomacy," noting that it happens when countries seek to grow their international prestige by distributing vaccines to nations that need them.He said authoritarian governments, including those in China and Russia, have taken the lead in vaccine...

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The RCMP have 'let down' Indigenous fishers facing violence in Nova Scotia: minister

The RCMP have 'let down' Indigenous fishers facing violence in Nova Scotia: minister

AdvertisementOTTAWA --The RCMP in Nova Scotia have failed to properly protect Indigenous people embroiled in an ugly dispute over lobster fishing, Canada's Indigenous services minister said Monday.Marc Miller was one of four federal cabinet ministers who took part in a news conference that followed a turbulent weekend in the southwestern corner of the province, where a lobster pound was burned to the ground and police accused one person of assaulting a Mi'kmaq leader and another of setting fire to a van owned by an Indigenous fisherman."Indigenous people have been let down by the police,...

October 19, 2020
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Activists urge Trudeau government to act on disappearances in Sri Lanka

Activists urge Trudeau government to act on disappearances in Sri Lanka

OTTAWA --A group of Tamil Canadians is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for legal changes to remove sovereign immunity as a defence for international crimes.Such a move would enable Sri Lankan families to seek justice for their disappeared loved ones, said Kumenan Kunaratnam, a Tamil activist in Ottawa, in a Parliament Hill news conference Monday.A civil war gripped the country between 1983 and 2009, with insurgents who sought a separate Tamil state battling a central government dominated by Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese.Amnesty International estimates at least 60,000 people have...

September 14, 2020
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