Trudeau says Canada fears armed conflict in Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again condemns Russia’s escalating aggression against Ukraine, noting that Canada fears the situation could turn into an armed conflict. Trudeau said Russia’s military build-up in various areas along the border is “totally unacceptable” and Canada is prepared to move forward with “serious consequences” if the situation escalates. We are afraid … Read more

COVID-19 boosters: 35 per cent of Canadians have third shot

Canada has enough COVID-19 vaccines to offer booster doses to all eligible, even though only 35 percent of Canadians have received the third shot so far, according to the federal health minister. “We must continue to accelerate our vaccination efforts to move towards universal coverage,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Wednesday, along with Prime Minister … Read more

Trudeau and Duclos holding COVID-19 briefing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will provide an update on the federal government’s response to COVID-19 this morning. The press conference comes as counties wait to deliver more of the 140 million rapid tests promised this month and sort through distribution of the still-limited supply of newly authorized antiviral drugs at … Read more

Russia-Ukraine tension: Canada focused on deterrence

Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said Canada is focusing on deterrence through the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) presence on the ground in Ukraine, where allies are sending weapons in response to the Russian military build-up at the border. During a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev on Tuesday, Jolie said Canada remains … Read more

Documents give glimpse of Finance Department’s outlook

OTTAWA – Newly released documents show that the Treasury Department warned last year that the pace of price increases could increase rapidly, even as the Liberal government and the central bank emphasized that inflationary pressures are temporary. In a briefing note by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland from the spring, officials identified the “issue of hyperinflation” … Read more

Small group of Canadian special forces sent to Ukraine, sources confirm

A small group of Canadian special forces have been deployed to Ukraine, a country on the brink of armed conflict with Russia, CTV News has confirmed. Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Jolie met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal on Monday during a high-stakes visit to Ukraine, and underlined Canada’s support for the country’s sovereignty from Russia. … Read more

Canada says don’t travel to Ukraine over Russian aggression

The Canadian government is urging its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine, in a new advisory citing “Russian aggression.” Moscow has stationed more than 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine, and the United States said on Friday it feared Russia was preparing a pretext to invade if diplomacy failed to meet its objectives. … Read more

Alexa McDonough: Former NDP leader dies at 77

Alexa McDonough, the former leader of the National Federalist Party, has passed away. The household name in Nova Scotia politics died Saturday after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, an online obituary states. She was 77 years old. “Today is a sad day for Canada,” said Jagmeet Singh, leader of the National Democratic Party. He … Read more

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly heading to Ukraine over Russian troop concerns

OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign minister heads to Ukraine amid growing fears of a Russian invasion. Melanie Jolie departs on Sunday for Kiev for a week-long trip that includes stops in Paris and Brussels. Her office says the visit aims to underscore Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing … Read more

Russia-Ukraine tensions: What should Canada do?

Canada could get more involved in de-escalation efforts on the Ukrainian border as Russia builds up its forces but should focus on its diplomatic strength, national security experts say. That includes invoking Russian aggression and threatening more sanctions, said Richard Faden, former CSIS director and national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a … Read more