Russia Today: Canada to arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Iraq – reports. The Canadian Defense Ministry says it has received official approval from Iraqi authorities to supply Kurdish Peshmerga forces with light weapons, communication tools, defense equipment and medicine to help them fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. While no exact timeframe has been announced as to when the armaments will be delivered to Iraq, the bidding process has reportedly begun already. The ministry is currently working on “adequate controls” that would ensure the forwarded equipment will be used according to the stated objective.
Newsweek: Trudeau walks tightrope in response to ‘grizzly bear’ Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a low key approach to dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid clashes while indirectly signaling the two leaders’ differences to a domestic audience. Insiders acknowledge the cautious strategy could anger progressives whose support helped bring Trudeau to power in 2015 but say for now, he has no choice but to hold fire: Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States and could suffer if it is targeted by Trump. Still, few in Ottawa have experienced anything like Trump, insiders said.
The Daily Caller: Trudeau sets up ‘war room’ to monitor Trump. President Donald Trump has so unnerved Justin Trudeau that the Canadian prime minister has set-up a “war room” within his office to monitor what Liberal government insiders are calling “the unpredictable U.S. president” and to respond at a moment’s notice. The team is led by long-time Liberal advisor Brian Clow, formerly chief of staff to foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, and is designed to provide advice and quick responses to Trump’s trade policy, especially with regard to NAFTA.
Reuters: Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada. Refugees in the United States fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive U.S. presidential campaign are flocking to Canada in growing numbers. Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. 1 and Jan. 25 – more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most braved the freezing prairie winter to walk into Canada. A story by By Rod Nickel and Anna Mehler Paperny.
BBC: Trump travel ban: Canada’s tech firms see opportunity. As US tech giants take steps against President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Canada’s tech scene is hopeful the executive order will help bring much needed talent to the sector north of the border. Canadian firms see an opportunity to lure talent even as they struggle with the impact of the ban on their business, and are seeking a fast-track visa to help them bring top candidates to cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
News-Arabia: Petition seeks to prohibit Donald Trump from entering Canada until he withdraws travel ban. An Alberta high school teacher has introduced a petition calling upon the Trudeau government to prohibit U.S. President Donald Trump from entering Canada until he withdraws his executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, Globalnews.ca reported. Petition e-813 will remain open for signature until May 31. It will need to garner at least 500 validated signatures before it can be presented in the House of Commons.
Manchester Evening News: Why Canada is a great place to do business. Canada and the UK have long enjoyed deep historical ties and common values. Those links, strengthened by economic ties, are set to be bolstered even further as Canada looks to build on its trading links with the UK. Britain is already Canada’s third-largest trading partner, with more than $20bn (£11.5bn) of exports last year – from Greater Manchester that number is £250m. In the 2015 Prosperity Index, Canada stood out for being the “freest country in the world” with its tolerance of immigrants, minorities, freedom of expression and beliefs.
Daily Mail: Wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reveals how she felt ashamed while struggling with bulimia as a young woman. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau may seem like she has it all, but Gregoire Trudeau struggled with bulimia as a young woman, and counts the outpouring of support she’s received as the most important gift in her life. The 41-year-old recounted her struggle and eventual advocacy at an event on Thursday in Ottawa, Canada, during the country’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week. A story by Jessica Chia.