BBC: Justin Trudeau wants ‘seamless’ UK trade deal after Brexit. Justin Trudeau told the BBC’s Yalda Hakim that he wanted a deal that would “flip over the day after Brexit”. The Canadian prime minister is in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). An EU-Canada trade deal, known as CETA, came into force last year.
Reuters: Cuba says Canada’s withdrawal of diplomat families unjustified. Cuba said on Wednesday Canada’s decision to withdraw the families of diplomats posted at its embassy due to mysterious illnesses that have affected both its staff and that of the U.S. embassy in Havana was “lacking justification.” Canada and the United States say some of their diplomats posted on the Communist-run island have reported symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and nausea since late 2016, with medical specialists even detecting possible brain injuries. Canadian and U.S. investigations have so far not turned up a cause for the illnesses but both countries have said it could be man-made.
CNBC: Cadillac President Johan De Nysschen replaced by head of GM Canada. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is leaving General Motors and will be replaced by the head of GM Canada, Steve Carlisle, the company said Wednesday. The move was largely unexpected by some industry observers. Carlisle led a resurgence of the GM Canada franchise, the company said. The automaker led retail auto sales in Canada last year, and Buick, GMC and Cadillac set sales records in the country that year.
Bloomberg: Canada oil recovery faces threat from potential rail strike. A potential strike by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. workers threatens to derail a recovery in Alberta’s beaten-down heavy oil prices. On Tuesday, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers each gave Canadian Pacific a 72-hour strike notice informing the company of their plans to strike at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on April 21.
France 24: Trudeau urges nations to make Paris climate deal ‘reality’ in French parliament speech. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the first address to France’s parliament by a Canadian leader, called on the signatories of the 2015 Paris climate accord to ensure the landmark deal became a “reality”. Trudeau, one of just a handful of foreign leaders given the honour of a parliament speech since 1958, said the risks presented by global warming could be tackled only by global action an implicit dig at US President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw from the deal.
VICE News: Canada smokes even more weed than the government thought. With legalization now only months away from becoming the law of the land, Statistics Canada is starting to get a better idea of just how much weed Canadians are smoking. According to numbers released on Wednesday, 14 percent of Canadians (or around 4.2 million people) reported using cannabis in the past three months, with 56 percent of them being “daily” or “weekly” users. (That’s around 2.4 million people.) That figure is higher than the government’s previous best guesses when it came to cannabis use.
Al Khaleej – United Arab Emirates: Dubai opens investment in health care to Canada. The Dubai Health Authority has signed a MoU with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service that provides for the opening of investment opportunities in healthcare to Canadian institutions, and the exchange of expertise in infrastructure development and technology, improvement of facilities’ operational efficiency, and medical education, training, and vocational development. The MoU was signed by the Authority’s Chairman of the Board and Director-General, and by the Consul General of Canada to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Emmanuel Kamarianakis.
Al Qabas – Kuwait: Canadian delegation seeks health care cooperation in Kuwait. The delegation, which included a representative of Canadian medical universities, nursing colleges, medical training institutes, and hospitals and companies, held an open forum discussion with specialized Kuwaiti bodies to review opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. The delegation’s head, Andrew Padmos, stressed the importance of the visit especially at a time when the Kuwaiti healthcare sector is experiencing an increase in demand for services and projects. The visit also aims to introduce educational opportunities in Canada to the Kuwaiti community, with the goal of increasing the number of students in Canada on the one hand, and Canadian teaching staff in Kuwait on the other, as well as to seek ways to cooperate on projects of mutual interest, he added. On her part, Trade Advisor at the Canadian Embassy in Kuwait, Tammy Ames, said that this delegation is the largest the embassy has received, with about 30 institutions specialized in health education. She noted that the size of the Canada-Kuwait investment has reached $106 billion CAD. Finally, the Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait, Martine Moreau, said the embassy has health cooperation as a top priority in light of increased demand and need for trained and skilled staff.
Al Bawaba – Jordan: OCTAL continues to promote Omani exports to Canada. Within a framework to promote exports and increase trade with Canada, Oman’s leading PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) packaging manufacturer, OCTAL, has been working with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to ensure the continuity of exporting PET sheets and resins to Canada without any additional fees. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal had previously raised concerns related to PET product dumping and government subsidies, and thus evaluated imports from China, India, Pakistan and Oman. Evaluation results indicated the fulfillment of Omani products of all predefined conditions. Export Development Canada has recently designated Oman as a Key Market for Canadian business and investment, thanks to the steady growth in the Omani economy stable market conditions, which eventually lead to an increase in the Oman-Canada bilateral trade and investment.
Saudi Press Agency – Saudi Arabia: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) receives Canada’s Special Envoy. The Secretary-General of the OIC has met with the Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates, and Special Envoy of Canada to the OIC, Masud Husain, and exchanged opinions on various issues of shared interest, including the Rohingya crisis, combating Islamophobia and extremism, and encouraging tolerance and peace. The Secretary-General lauded Canada’s multiculturalism and diversity, while the Ambassador stressed Canada’s strong desire to work with the Organization on issues that both parties have agreed to define.
Khaberni – Jordan: Education and resettlement program open for refugee students in Jordan. The Student Refugee Program (SRP), supported by the Government of Canada, is open for applications from refugee students currently residing in Kenya, Malawi, Jordan and Lebanon. The SRP is a resettlement program which provides opportunities for refugee students to continue their post-secondary studies in Canada, in addition to financial assistance provided in-kind, such as reduced or free tuition and accommodation fees and a small sum of money to buy basic necessities.
Maan News – Palestine: Canadian parliamentary delegation concludes visit to Palestine. The delegation visited a number of Palestinian cities, including Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron. Arrangements were made for several MPs to visit Gaza Strip, but the approvals necessary were not granted. During the visit, the delegation met with each of the Palestinian President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Economy, Minister of Culture, Chief of Police, members of the Legislative Council, and mayors, business communities, representatives of civil societies, and religious leaders of the different cities. The visit, which included 18 Canadian MPs lead by MP Marwan Tabbara, was organized by the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group and financed by the Palestinian community in Canada.
Mosaique FM – Tunisia: Tunisian olive oil brand wins Product of the Year Canada award. Oleiva won the internationally-recognized red stamp by the votes of thousands of consumers in Canada. The award recognizes innovation in consumer products in terms of design, functionality, packaging, or ingredients, and the selection of winners is based on consumer voting and rating of the judging committee against criteria of value and innovation. Winners can use the recognition stamp for marketing and communication purposes for two years.
Yabiladi – Morocco: UNESCO: Anti-extremism programme launches in Morocco. UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, stated in a speech given during the inauguration of the 204th Executive Council session that the UNESCO, in cooperation with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, will soon launch a programme, financed by Canada, which aims to prevent extremism by enabling vulnerable youth in each of Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. UNESCO has recently published the results of a study on the radicalization of youth via social media, and will soon publish notes designed to alert educational circles of the importance of combating antisemitic phenomena. Azoulay said that, even at times of high tension, dialogue can be established, especially in areas such as culture, art and sports. These areas transcend violence, and stimulate the youth to engage in dialogue, she added.