Sputnik: Islamic Cleric Fetullah Gulen may flee US to Canada, Turkish Deputy PM claims. Turkish authorities fear that Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, suspected by Ankara of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt, may flee the United States to Canada, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday. Gulen, a Turkish Islamic preacher, has been living in exile in the United States since 1999. His followers have been accused by Ankara of being behind the July 15 military coup attempt by members of the Turkish military, when over 240 people were killed and some 2,000 were wounded. Ankara has repeatedly asked the United States to extradite Gulen.
Sputnik: Canada to provide $239.5mln assistance for Middle East – Foreign Ministry. The Canadian government will provide $239.5 million in humanitarian and development assistance for the Middle East over three years, Global Affairs Canada announced in a press release on Monday. Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon will receive the aid, the foreign affairs ministry said. The funding will be provided to cover basic needs of people hit by conflicts in the region, including food, shelter, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, according to the release.
Deutsche Welle: Canadians fear rising xenophobia, hate crimes in wake of mosque attack. Canada has seen a spike in suspected hate crimes since a fatal attack on a mosque in Quebec City. Experts now say rising xenophobia and divisive, political rhetoric is cause for concern, Jillian Kestler-D’Amours reports.
TIME: Canada says it will resettle 1,200 Yezidi refugees fleeing persecution by ISIS. Canada announced plans Tuesday to accept 1,200 Yezidi refugees fleeing persecution by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, following a resolution last year to resettle members of the beleaguered minority group. Agence France-Presse reports that the resettlement process has begun, and some 400 refugees have already arrived in Canada after comprehensive security screenings, according to Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. By Feliz Solomon.
Le Figaro: More and more migrants are trying to reach Canada walking from the US. The hostile political climate towards refugees created by the election of Donald Trump is pushing many people, including families, to brave snow and cold to try to reach Canada through rural areas. For several weeks now, there has been an increase in crossings at the Canada-US border. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) conducted a mission at the Canada-US Lacolle border crossing, about 70km south of Montreal.
Europa Press: Canada registers an increase in asylum seekers across the United States. Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will hold discussions with senior US officials on the increase in asylum seekers arriving from the US to Canadian soil and the impact they could have on the current Canadian refugee system.
Xinhua: Canadian market slumps to three-week low. Canada’s main stock market in Toronto closed at its lowest point since Feb. 2 on Monday, as steep losses in gold stocks outpaced gains in Health Care and Energy sectors.
Bloomberg: Foreigners’ bets on Canada’s housing market start with its banks. One puzzle around the run-up in Canadian home prices is the extent to which foreign money is the driver. The idea is that rich people from places like China are buying up homes as an investment with no intention of ever living in Canada, pushing up the cost of housing for everyone else. Facing complaints about a lack of data, governments are racing to gather more information about just how much non-Canadian cash is fueling meteoric gains in Vancouver and Toronto real estate. But they needn’t look far. Just ask the banks. By Theophilos Argitis.
Al Jazeera: Canada’s own immigration ban. While the world is outraged, and rightly so, by recent policies south of its border, we are quick to forget that not too long ago the Canadian government imposed its own ban of sorts, one that aimed to restrict entry into the country of a specific group of people fleeing persecution. It did so on the premise that these people were “bogus refugees” undeserving of Canada’s protection and explicitly targeted them as “criminals”. A story by Dafina Savic and Debbie Folaron.
Moharnews, Iran: CETA: French MPs want to stop ‘anti-democratic’ free trade deal. Over 100 French leftist lawmakers have signed a motion demanding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada be referred to the Constitutional Court over what they say is an issue of sovereignty.
AlGhad, Jordan: $10 million education grant to Jordan from Canada. Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury, and the Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, Peter Macdougall, signed an agreement to grant CAD $10 million to support the education sector in Jordan. The grant will be dedicated to expedite formal education to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The Minister lauded the grant, and pointed to previous grants by Canada to support the education sector in Jordan, including $20 million to the general budget, $20 million to The Queen Rania Teacher Academy for staff development, and $31 million to UNICEF’s “No Lost Generation” initiative.
Mubasher.info, Egypt: $530 million trade surplus with Canada in 2016. The Ministry of Trade and Industry in Egypt reported that Egyptian exports to Canada increased by 35% in 2016, setting the balance of trade at a surplus of $529.5. The export boost is attributed to rugs, garments, food products, oranges, onions, medical herbs, and lemons. Oranges export alone surged by 500%, and black honey by 240%, according to the report.