The Guardian: To tackle the contaminated blood scandal, Britain must learn from Canada. The devastating impact of the contaminated blood disaster on British families is all too familiar to Canadians. Thousands of families in both countries remain haunted by a story that is layered in tragedy. Although Theresa May has finally capitulated to demands for a public inquiry two decades after Canada’s, there are early warning signs about how it will be handled. Stark lessons can be learned from the Canadian experience. In the 1980s and 90s, up to 30,000 Canadians were infected with hepatitis C and 2,000 with HIV from contaminated blood products. By Kat Lanteigne.
UPI: Canadian oil struggling for world position. The Canadian oil sector should expect growth in exploration and production, but its place on the global stage is still uncertain, a trade group said. The National Energy Board said that, as of July 7, it expected total production of crude oil and equivalent will be 4.05 million barrels per day for the year, which, if the forecast proves accurate, would be about 5 percent higher than last year. Crude oil prices are up more than $10 per barrel from this time last year and Western Canadian Select, the nation’s benchmark for the price of oil, is moving higher in early Tuesday trading, while rival benchmarks lose ground.
Business Insider: A famous startup incubator suspended its Canada fund after its founder admitted to being ‘a creep.’ Startup incubator 500 Startups has suspended one of its funds after founder Dave McClure admitted to being “a creep” towards female founders. According to BetaKit, the company’s Canada arm has suspended its startup fund after investors expressed concerns that McClure would be involved. 500 Canada had managed to get $25 million (£15.2 million) in imminent funding commitments from local institutional LPs.
Radio France Internationale: Lyme disease progresses in Canada. The progression of Lyme disease is worrying in Canada, where authorities recently reported an increase in the number of cases, which could increase due to climate change. Last year, nearly 1,000 cases were recorded across the country. In 2009, there were fewer than 150. Three provinces are particularly affected: Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Even the Canadian capital, Ottawa, is now considered at risk. A thing never seen.
La Presse: Justin Trudeau asserts Canada is with its allies against North Korea. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to work with its allies to ensure that North Korea will abandon its nuclear ambitions. However, on a tour of forest fires in British Columbia on Monday, Trudeau said it was too early to determine whether Canada would participate in military action against North Korea. Trudeau called the recent North Korean missile tests provocative and irresponsible.
Deutsche Welle: EU-Canada passenger data deal struck down. The European Union’s top court has ruled that an agreement between the EU and Canada on the exchange of airline passenger data needs to be modified in part. The judges found the deal is not in line with fundamental laws. The European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that the EU-Canadian accord on the sharing of airline passenger data in parts violated fundamental EU privacy laws. The ruling came as a blow to governments in Europe that had recently stepped up measures in favor of data retention in the wake of a spate of militant attacks over the past years.
Russia Today: Ottawa probes claims Saudi Arabia used Canadian-made weapons against own citizens. Ottawa said it is investigating local media reports claiming that Saudi Arabia deployed Canadian-made combat hardware against its own civilians. Opposition and human rights groups are calling on the government to suspend arms exports to Riyadh. Saudi Arabia launched a military operation against suspected militants in Shia-dominated Awamiya in the Eastern Province in May. The ongoing mission has resulted in casualties, both among police and local residents, Reuters reports, citing witnesses and activists. Reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian-produced military vehicles against its own citizens later emerged in the Globe and Mail newspaper in July.
Ad-Dustour – Jordan: Canada to send training officers to Iraqi police post Mosul liberation. The step comes in a concerted effort with the anti-ISIL international coalition to build core competencies in the Iraqi security apparatus and shift towards a new policing approach. Peacekeeping efforts lead by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will also train Iraqi women police to better deal with cases of domestic abuse and human trafficking.
Alhurra – United States: Canada investigates use of its armoured vehicles against Saudi citizens. John Babcock, a spokesperson of Global Affairs Canada, stated that Canada is investigating the reports accusing the Saudi government of the violations, and that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, is deeply concerned of the reports. He added that the Canadian government will take action if serious violations of human rights have been confirmed.
Argaam – Saudi Arabia: TransCanada to make final decision on Keystone XL in December. The second largest pipeline operator in Canada has put, in a first, a time horizon regarding its final decision on investing in Keystone XL pipeline since Trump’s approval in March. Paul Miller, Executive VP at TransCanada, said that the decision will depend on shipping requests and regulatory processes in Nebraska.
An-Nahar – Lebanon: Aboriginal-inspired fashion show in Canada. Vancouver city hosted a first-of-kind fashion show inspired by the designs of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, mixing the modern with the traditional. Joleen Mitton, the show’s curator and a former model, said that she wants to present the models’ culture, whom most are Aboriginal.
Alanba – Kuwait: Canada’s ambassador visits Algonquin College Kuwait. Martine Moreau, Canada’s ambassador to Kuwait, paid the visit to the first Canadian college in Kuwait, Algonquin College, and met with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.