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Canada introduces new gun control measures

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/JIM YOUNG

Canada’s federal liberals have unveiled long-awaited gun control measures.

They included tougher background checks, including screening people with a history of violence.

Proposed measures also include making retailers keep records of gun inventories and sales and giving police access to the records when warranted.

Crime rates in Canada have been on a long decline but gun-related homicides and gun violence have increased. — Reuters

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Freeland: ‘Idea’ that Canada could pose nat’l security threat to U.S. ‘hurtful’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Canada Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to media in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, said on Wednesday (June 13) that the U.S. is violating the “very rules it helped to write” for slapping tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Freeland was being awarded the Diplomat of the Year Award from Foreign Policy magazine.

Earlier on Wednesday, Freeland said after talks with members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee that U.S. trade actions against Canada are illegal under World Trade Organization rules. She reiterated that point when delivering remarks after receiving the award in diplomacy.

Freeland said Canada believes the U.S. use of a national security rationale to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports is “more than absurd — it’s hurtful.” — Reuters

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Trump, Trudeau, and Pena Nieto celebrate 2026 World Cup bid win with tweets

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, overwhelmingly winning a vote by soccer’s world governing body on Wednesday (June 13), even though U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with his neighbors and others during his 18 months in office.

Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on the U.S. southern border and paid for by Mexico as part of a tougher immigration policy, just days ago personally criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a trade dispute.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro suggested to reporters on a conference call after Wednesday’s vote at FIFA’s Congress in Moscow that bringing the three countries together was more of a challenge than any Trump effect in overcoming the challenge from the competing bid from Morocco.

The North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit for FIFA – greater than any previous World Cup finals – a financial shot in the arm for world soccer’s governing body, which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery scandal ensnaring top officials.

Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the World Cup, said their tournament would make $5 billion.

Trump praised the outcome on Twitter as the result of “a great deal of hard work.” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted “We did it!” and Trudeau also took to Twitter to say: “Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on this bid – it’s going to be a great tournament!”

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries’ economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped.

Although it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three countries, most matches will be played in the United States. As part of the bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be president when the World Cup kicks off in 2026. — Reuters

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US legislators pass bill to help curb campus shooting

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, hours before an expected vote to repeal Obamacare in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence, one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 407-10, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

“Congress actually took action today to not just do something but to start addressing the problem with a strong bill — the Stop School Violence Act that gives students, teachers and law enforcement more tools to actively identify a potential shooter before a tragedy,” Louisiana representative Steve Scalise said.

The House-passed bill would authorize federal grants, totaling $50 million a year, to fund training, anonymous reporting systems, threat assessments, intervention teams and school and police coordination.

The measure, however, would not allow any of the funding to be used for arming teachers or other school personnel. The White House said the legislation would be improved by lifting that restriction.

Since that massacre, student protesters have successfully lobbied for tighter gun controls in Florida.

Hundreds of them gathered outside the capitol on Wednesday to take their argument to a US Congress that has long resisted placing new limits on firearms and gun sales.

“I came out here to let Congress know and let the president know that I want more thorough gun control and they should start to listen to us,” said Semret Hailie, a high school student.

“We’re we’re turning our backs against the people who won’t stand up for us. We’re hoping that will get their attention and they will start to represent what we’re fighting for,” said Catherine, a high school student at Potomac, Maryland.

The House bill does not address many of the gun control initiatives backed by students, teachers, and families of shooting victims at the Florida school.— Reuters

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