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Canada introduces new gun control measures

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2018 02:45 AM

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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Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:17 AM

Canadian man Robert Lloyd Schellenberg being sentenced at court in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China | Reuters

A Chinese court on Monday (January 15) sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling, prompting Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of using the death penalty arbitrarily.

The ruling, and Trudeau’s reaction, could aggravate already sour relations between Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a Chinese executive in Canada and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians.

Schellenberg was told in court he had the right to appeal to Liaoning High Court within 10 days upon receiving the ruling, the intermediate court said in a second statement.

The case is likely again to test relations between Beijing and Ottawa, which have been tense since Canada’s arrest of a Chinese executive at the request of the United States in December, followed by China’s detention of two Canadian citizens on suspicion of endangering state security. — Reuters

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

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:35 PM

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 admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:47 PM

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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