The Independent: How much more will Justin Trudeau have to clean up after Donald Trump? A leaked draft of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal has revealed the US government is considering slashing funds for its Great Lakes protection project, which could affect the drinking water millions of Canadians rely on. Whose responsibility is it to keep those waters clean – and what happens if one side of the pond decides it doesn’t want to do its part anymore? That could soon be the question Canada faces.
New York Times: Justin Trudeau to attend the Broadway musical ‘Come From Away.’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who has championed the arts and welcomed refugees while in office, said on Saturday that he would visit Broadway to see a new musical that highlights Canadian generosity toward stranded airline passengers after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The show is the rare Broadway musical by and about Canadians, and has been greeted enthusiastically by audiences in that country. It is now in previews on Broadway and is set to open March 12.
Wall Street Journal: Canada to extend military mission in Ukraine. Canada said Monday it plans to extend its military mission in Ukraine by another two years as the country’s Liberal government maintains a defiant tone against Russian aggression in the region. The move comes amid uncertainty about Trump’s direction on Russia and a flare-up of violence in Ukraine, David George-Cosh and Paul Vieira report.
Sputnik: Canada to extend training mission supporting Ukraine by 2 years. The government of Canada will extend its military training mission in Ukraine by two years, Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan said in a press conference on Monday. “Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2019,” Sajjan announced. In 2015, Canada first sent 200 troops to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER to provide training and capacity-building assistance to the country’s military forces and to back their efforts to maintain sovereignty.
Interfax, Ukraine: Canada extended the UNIFIER mission by 2 years. Canada has decided to extend the training mission of the Ukrainian military UNIFIER until 2019, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko announced. According to the announcement made on Twitter, priorities of UNIFIER mission remain: training of small units, demining operations, military police, medical preparation and logistics.
Russia Today: Has Gold Star father Khizr Khan had his ‘travel privileges’ revoked? Khizr Khan, the father of a US veteran who died in Iraq, and a former target of President Donald Trump’s election attacks has reportedly cancelled an appearance in Canada due to his “travel privileges” being reviewed. CTV News producer Rosa Hwang tweeted that Khan canceled his scheduled speech in Toronto after reportedly being told his “travel privileges are being reviewed” on Sunday. Has Gold Star father Khizr Khan had his ‘travel privileges’ revoked?
News.com, Australia: Canada: No plans to clamp down at border. Canada will not tighten its border to deter migrants crossing illegally from the United States in the wake of a US immigration crackdown because the numbers are not big enough to cause alarm. Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the issue had not risen to a scale that required hindering the flow of goods and people moving across the world’s longest undefended border.
Al Jazeera: Canada sees surge in border crossings as thousands seek asylum from US. The number of refugees crossing into Canada from the US has soared since late last year. Many say they are fleeing a climate of fear in the US. While there is no official tally, it is thought close to a thousand people may have crossed the border in remote areas looking for asylum. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports from the Canada-US frontier, south of Montreal.
Al Jazeera: What’s driving Canada’s progressive trade agenda? An examination of Canada’s relation with the US and its desire to explore new partnerships in the Middle East and Asia in an episode of Counting the Cost. Francios-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of international trade, discusses his country’s relationship with its neighbours and integration with the rest of the world.
Deutsche Welle: Researchers uncover ‘direct evidence’ of life on Earth 4 billion years ago. Microfossils found in Canada may be the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists have announced. The discovery supports theories about how life began, though some say the evidence may not be strong enough. Microscopic tubes and filaments discovered in rock from the Hudson Bay shoreline in northern Quebec are “direct evidence” that life existed on Earth some 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago, scientists said.