Reuters: Canada’s Trudeau to tell Trump: we’re not your problem at NAFTA. When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets President Donald Trump on Wednesday, he will try to persuade the U.S. leader to focus on Mexico as a source of potential problems at talks to update NAFTA. Although Trudeau officials were confident Trump would mostly target Mexico as the three nations started to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, Washington has slapped duties on Canadian Bombardier airliners and lumber exports in recent months and talked tough on dairy and wine. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Trudeau would “explain really clearly to the President … that Canada is not America’s problem”.
New York Times: Canada to pay millions in Indigenous lawsuit over forced adoptions. For decades, Canadian social workers forcibly separated indigenous children from their families, putting them up for adoption by nonnative families in Canada and around the world. On Friday, the Canadian government took a step to make amends for that adoption program, which began in the 1960s and lasted till the 1980s, by agreeing to pay 750 million Canadian dollars in legal settlements. The settlement — affecting as many as 30,000 people — is part of a broader push across Canada in the last few years to grapple with its legacy of injustices against the country’s indigenous populations.
Deutsche Welle: ‘Sixties Scoop’: Canada agrees to compensate forcibly-adopted indigenous people. The Canadian government on Friday agreed “in principle” to pay up to 800 million Canadian dollars (€544 million, $638 million) in compensation to all First Nations and Inuit children forcibly removed from their homes in a process known as the “Sixties Scoop.” From the 1960s to the 1980s, Canada’s child welfare services forcibly removed indigenous children from their parents and placed them with non-native families in parts of Canada, the US and elsewhere. Victims of the decades-long process of forced adoption will receive a payout of a maximum of 50,000 Canadian dollars each, though the amount could be half that if there are more than 20,000 claimants.
Haaretz: Canada opens first national memorial to Holocaust victims. Last week the first Canadian national memorial to victims of the Holocaust was dedicated in Ottawa, the capital. The modest site, on an area of three dunams (three-quarters of an acre), is located opposite the Canadian War Museum, and was designed by American Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind, who was chosen in 2014 along with a team that included a historian, a landscape architect and an artist. They beat out five other teams, including that of Israeli designer Ron Arad and British architect David Adjaye, who are also competing with him for the design of the Holocaust memorial in London. According to the Toronto Star, there are 17,000 Holocaust survivors living today in Canada, about a quarter of them below the poverty line.
Menara – Morocco: Finance City makes Casablanca ideal link for Canada-Africa commerce. The General Director of the Finance City Authority of Casablanca, Saïd Ibrahimi, said in a speech during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Afrique Expansion Forum in Montreal that Morocco is the only African country that is currently at an advanced stage of the free-trade negotiation process with Canada. Besides the country’s political stability, economic and social dynamism, and unique geographic location bridging Europe and Africa, Morocco is the second largest investor in Africa and is considered to be among the top five countries in the continent with solid infrastructure. The country also witnessed inter-Africa trade growth of 9.1% annually for the period from 2008 to 2016, and that is in part due to the business facilitation services provided by the Casablanca Finance City. Ibrahimi said that Africa is on track to be a global economic powerhouse with its GDP potentially rocketing tenfold by 2050, amounting to $29 trillion.