CNN: Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest honorary citizen of Canada. Malala Yousafzai has added yet another accolade to her growing list: honorary citizen of Canada. At 19, she became the youngest person to receive that honor after Canada awarded her the title during an honorary citizenship ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday. “I’m humbled to accept honorary citizenship of your country,” she said during a speech to the House of Commons, where she got a standing ovation from parliamentarians.
BBC: Malala is ‘humbled’ by honorary Canadian citizenship. Nobel Peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says she is “humbled” to become the sixth person to receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. At 19, she is also the youngest ever person to receive the honour. During the official ceremonies in Ottawa, she called on Canadian politicians to use their influence to help fund education for girls worldwide, including refugees. Ms Yousafzai is a global advocate for women’s rights and education.
Manila Bulletin: Malala makes Trudeau blush in acceptance speech for honorary Canadian citizenship. The 19-year-old advocate gave a humorous yet heart-warming speech that definitely had everyone inside the Parliament Hill – especially Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – laughing and blushing. Malala had nothing but good words for PM Trudeau, saying that she is amazed by the Canadian leader’s works. The young women’s right activist shared how people around her were more excited over the fact that she will be meeting the dashing prime minister over the fact that she will be accepting an honorary Canadian citizenship.
Bloomberg: Canada is the G-7’s surprise growth leader, for now. Almost out of nowhere, Canada has become one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world. The oil-producing nation, which struggled mightily with falling crude prices the past two years, grew at an annualized pace of almost 4 percent in the first quarter, according to the Bank of Canada’s latest estimates. No other Group of Seven economy even came close. Yet even with the economy suddenly running hot, caution prevails. The Canadian dollar has had a middling performance despite the strong economic numbers. Canada’s central bank revised up growth projections for 2017, but cut them for 2018. It also raised questions about the sustainability of the rebound and the country’s long-term growth outlook. By Theophilos Argitis.
Canoe.com: Pregnant Canadian trapped in Gaza, family says. A Canadian woman who is eight months pregnant and stuck in Gaza as she tries to get an exit visa says she’s just trying to stay positive. “Since I’ve known I was pregnant, I’ve wanted to go back to Canada and give birth there,” Bissan Eid, 24, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s safer for my baby and myself. Eid, who says she’s unable to walk or stand for long periods, thought she had every reason to believe she’d be back in Canada last December in time to resume her studies at Concordia University.
Hindustan Times: Chandigarh: Canadian minister Harjit Sajjan to inaugurate consulate office at Elante on Friday. Canada’s minister of national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan on April 21 (Friday) will inaugurate the Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh, which was shifted to the fourth floor of the Elante Office Complex, around 4 months ago. Earlier, the consulate office was in Sector 17. Sajjan, who is visiting India until April 23, will travel to New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Mumbai.
Russia Today: ‘River piracy’ phenomenon taking place at ‘breakneck speed,’ climate change to blame. A river in the Yukon territory in Canada has been re-routed as a result of climate change. Scientists believe it’s the first instance of “river piracy” caused by humans. When Dan Shugar, a geoscientist at the University of Washington Tacoma, arrived at the Slims River last year to measure the water currents at its mouth, the river had disappeared. A retreating glacier in the Yukon caused a vast stream of meltwater to be rerouted from one river system to another.
Sputnik: Canada Copter Squadron departs for Northern Iraq to fight Daesh. Sixty members of the Royal Canadian Airforce (CAF) have been deployed to provide tactical aviation for Canada’s trainers, advisors and special-forces in the war against Daesh in northern Iraq, the nation’s Defense Ministry announced in a press release on Monday. Members of the 408th Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in the province of Alberta, are replacing members of an existing chopper squadron as part of a normal force rotation, the release explained.