USA Today: North Korea releases jailed Canadian pastor on humanitarian grounds. North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for allegedly attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un on humanitarian grounds, state media reported Wednesday. Rim Hyon Su, also known as Hyeon Soo Lim, was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor in Dec. 2015. His release came a day after Canadian officials said a delegation led by the country’s national security adviser had traveled to North Korea to discuss his jailing, Canada’s Global News website reported. Three Americans are currently detained in North Korea.
Reuters: Amid standoff with U.S., North Korea releases jailed Canadian pastor. North Korea freed a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there on humanitarian grounds, the official KCNA news agency said on Wednesday, just hours after the United States warned it would counter any threat from the North with “fire and fury”. The release came a day after Canadian officials said a delegation led by the country’s national security adviser had traveled to North Korea to discuss the case of Hyeon Soo Lim, sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015. North Korea had accused Lim, who served in one of the largest churches in Canada, of attempting to overthrow the regime.
Washington Post: North Korea says it released Canadian detainee. North Korea said Wednesday it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for alleged anti-state activities over health reasons. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on “sick bail” following a decision by the country’s Central Court. The agency didn’t provide further details. The office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier said that a delegation led by his national security adviser, Daniel Jean, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to discuss Lim’s imprisonment.
San Francisco Chronicle: A back road to hope: US immigrants stream over into Canada. A back road to hope: US immigrants stream over into Canada. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, migrants who came to the U.S. from across the globe — Syria, Congo, Haiti, elsewhere — arrive here where Roxham Road dead-ends so they can walk into Canada, hoping its policies will give them the security they believe the political climate in the United States does not. “In Trump’s country, they want to put us back to our country,” said Lena Gunja, a 10-year-old from Congo, who until this week had been living in Portland, Maine.
The Guardian: Genetically modified salmon hits the shelves in Canada – and sells quickly. Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish, and about five tonnes of GM salmon have been sold in the country in recent months. The sales figure was revealed in the most recent earnings report of the US-based AquaBounty Technologies, whose hybrid Atlantic salmon – which contains a gene from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean pout – has been at the heart of a heated debate over transgenic animals as food. In recent months, approximately five tonnes of GM salmon has been sold in Canada at a market price of US$5.30 per pound.
BBC: Canada debates women in ‘religious headgear’ buying lingerie. How a tweet intended to “celebrate diversity” caused an uproar in multicultural Canada. It started earlier this week when a radio business reporter, Michael Kane, tweeted an observation he made outside a lingerie shop in a shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. He wrote: “I’m just a reporter: saw two modestly-dressed women with religious headgear come out of Victoria’s Secret store in the Eaton Centre”. Kane later said his statement was meant to “celebrate diversity” and described it as a “joyful observation” of the complexities of multicultural life. But he was subject to a strong grilling on Twitter. By Anisa Subedar.
Nessma TV, Tunisia: Canada grants Muslims a cemetery in Quebec City after 20 years of demands. The Mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, approved the grant of 6,000 meter-square patch; a first in the City’s history. President of the Islamic Center of Quebec thanked the Mayor via Twitter, as well as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and described the decision as a crucial and bold step.
LBC Group – Lebanon: Forest fires continue in western Canada, emergency state renewed. The government of British Columbia announced the renewal of emergency state until 18 August, expanding its firefighting capabilities while ensuring the safety of residents. Authorities said that the majority of the 46 thousand evacuees returned to their homes, while 7 thousand are still displaced. The province is still fighting 122 fires with 3,800 firefighters, while Mexico announced sending 108 others for help.
Alaan TV, United Arab Emirates: Canada opens a stadium to house refugees crossing from the United States. The Olympic Stadium in Montreal will temporary open its doors to house a surge in refugees crossing from the United States. More than 4,300 have illegally crossed the southern border since January, mostly destined for Quebec. Francine Dupuis, spokesperson for the PRAIDA program for receiving and integrating refugees, said that waves of arrivals are usually intermittent and subside quickly, which doesn’t seem to be the case this time. While the Stadium will be used as needed until the fall, other centres in Montreal have opened their doors to receive the incoming refugees.