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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...

Apr 17
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Iran prosecutor says 10 indicted for Ukraine plane shootdown

Iran prosecutor says 10 indicted for Ukraine plane shootdown

AdvertisementTen officials have been indicted in Iran over the 2020 military shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176 people, a prosecutor said Tuesday, an announcement coming just as Tehran begins indirect negotiations with the West over its collapsed nuclear deal with world powers.More than 100 of the 176 victims -- at least one of whom was pregnant -- had ties to Canada, and 55 were Canadian citizens.The timing of the announcement comes after Iran faced withering international criticism last month for releasing a final report into the shootdown of Ukraine International...

Apr 6
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Ontario imposes four-week provincewide 'shutdown' to combat spike in COVID-19 cases

Ontario imposes four-week provincewide 'shutdown' to combat spike in COVID-19 cases

The Ontario government is imposing a provincewide “shutdown” in an effort to combat a recent spike in COVID-19 infections. Premier Doug Ford says the change will take effect Saturday and continue for at least four weeks. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Try refreshing your browser, or. The government is asking Ontarians to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication and other essential services, but stopped short of imposing a stay-at-home order like it did in January. Ford says retail stores will see limits on capacity while restaurants will be...

Apr 1
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'Dollar clearing' doesn't give U.S. jurisdiction to charge Meng Wanzhou: lawyer

'Dollar clearing' doesn't give U.S. jurisdiction to charge Meng Wanzhou: lawyer

VANCOUVER --A lawyer for Meng Wanzhou says payments between a Huawei subsidiary and an HSBC client that were cleared in American dollars do not give the United States jurisdiction to charge the executive.American authorities are seeking the extradition of the Huawei chief financial officer on fraud charges linked to a 2013 meeting in which they allege she lied to the bank about a subsidiary of her company.The subsidiary, Skycom, was doing business in Iran, which authorities allege put HSBC at risk of violating American sanctions, and they also point to payments that were cleared through the...

Mar 31
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In split decision, Supreme Court says the federal carbon price is constitutional

In split decision, Supreme Court says the federal carbon price is constitutional

AdvertisementOTTAWA --The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal carbon price is entirely constitutional.The split decision upholds a pivotal part of the Liberal climate-change plan, accounting for at least one-third of the emissions Canada aims to cut over the next decade.Chief Justice Richard Wagner says in the written ruling that climate change is a real danger and evidence shows a price on pollution is a critical element in addressing it."It is a threat of the highest order to the country, and indeed to the world," Wagner wrote for six of the nine judges.Given that, said Wagner,...

Mar 25
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Air Canada to resume some flights to sun destinations in May

Air Canada to resume some flights to sun destinations in May

AdvertisementMONTREAL --Air Canada says it will restore some service along routes to Jamaica, Mexico and Barbados beginning in early May after Canadian airlines suspended all flights to sun destinations in January at the request of the federal government.Air Canada will operate three flights per week from Toronto to Mexico City starting May 3, and one flight per week from Toronto to Kingston, Jamaica and Bridgetown, Barbados beginning May 5 and May 9, respectively.The suspension on flights to sun destinations was intended to last until April 30.Air Canada said in its most recent earnings...

Mar 23
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China slams Canada's treatment of First Nations in response to sanctions

China slams Canada's treatment of First Nations in response to sanctions

OTTAWA --China lashed out Tuesday against Canada and other western countries, saying they have no right to criticize the regime's human-rights record, considering their own.The criticism was part of the China's against the regime this week over alleged human-rights violations against minority Muslims in Xinjiang region.Canada, the U.S., U.K. and EU all issued sanctions against four Chinese officials and one entity Monday, a concerted effort designed to pressure China to put an end to what allies called "a systematic campaign of repression."China moved swiftly to issue retaliatory sanctions...

Mar 23
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PHAC president given until Friday to explain why two scientists were let go

PHAC president given until Friday to explain why two scientists were let go

OTTAWA --The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada has been given until the end of the week to explain why two Canadian government scientists were let go 18 months after being escorted from Canada's only Level 4 laboratory.Iain Stewart came under fire Monday from opposition MPs after he repeatedly refused to explain why PHAC terminated the employment of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng, in January.Stewart told the special committee on Canada-China relations that he could not provide details due to privacy issues and "security with respect to the investigation" still...

Mar 23
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Iroquois lacrosse team aims to make Olympic competition under its own flag

Iroquois lacrosse team aims to make Olympic competition under its own flag

AdvertisementIroquois Nationals lacrosse star Randy Staats was angry at first, but he now says an international snub of his team only fuelled his desire to play on the world stage.Three years ago, the International Olympic Committee granted the sport of lacrosse provisional status for the 2028 Games, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.But to make the Olympics, the Iroquois Nationals, strong competitors in other international venues, will have to prove to the International Olympic Committee that they represent a sovereign nation distinct from Canada or the United States.Lacrosse players...

Mar 13
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'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing

'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing

A long line of cars was backed up at the Carway border crossing in southern Alberta this week as First Nations members and others took advantage of free COVID-19 vaccinations from the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana. James McNeely, the public information officer for the tribe, said that despite a slow start in getting vaccines for the reserve’s 10,000 residents, 98 per cent of those eligible have been vaccinated. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Try refreshing your browser, or. Many members of the reservation, 150 kilometres south of Lethbridge, have relatives in Canada and, with...

Apr 22
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