Washington Post: Canada turned to the WTO because Trump has threatened NAFTA. Another round of renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement just wrapped up — and U.S., Canadian and Mexican trade ministers report that progress remains slow, especially in rules governing trade in the auto industry. But in remarks to the press Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer directed his most searing criticism toward Canada, which he accused of having launched a “massive attack on all of our trade laws.” By Chad P. Bown.
New York Times: In Canada, a ‘Perfect Storm’ for a #MeToo Reckoning. Michelle Rempel was debating a sexual harassment bill in Canada’s House of Commons on Monday when she suddenly fell silent. Ms. Rempel, a Conservative lawmaker from Alberta, dropped her prepared remarks onto her desk, stretched out her arms and turned her palms up. “I don’t want to sit in this place and have this conversation again,” she told the chamber. “I don’t want another woman coming into my office. This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.” Monday’s frank debate in Canada’s seat of power about sexual harassment and politics was the latest, and most potent, response to the #MeToo movement that is sweeping the nation in ways that have surprised even hardened Canadian feminists. By Ian Austen and Catherine Porter.
USNews.com: Canada debates new harassment legislation amid #MeToo storm. Canada’s parliament began debate on Monday on new legislation to tighten workplace harassment rules, including those governing politicians, as allegations of sexual misconduct mounted against lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum. The bill, introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in November, gained a new prominence after a federal cabinet minister and two provincial party leaders stepped down last week after being accused of inappropriate behavior.
Fox News: Amid growing US immigration crackdown, Canada quietly enforcing own laws. Amid an ongoing illegal immigration crackdown in the United States and the Trump administration’s hardline rhetoric, Canadian officials fear more illegals living in the U.S. could be driven to seek refuge north of the border. More than 13,000 people crossed into Canada illegally in 2017 alone, according to Canadian government data. That’s more than five times the number intercepted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2016. The influx created a massive backlog of refugee claimants and, this year, the Canadian government wants to avoid a repeat –especially after the Trump administration announced it would be ending the temporary protective status of an estimated 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S., though that change won’t occur until 2019.
Los Angeles Times: Worried about Trump-stoked exodus of immigrants, Canada discourages illegal crossings. In a private dining room at Zov’s restaurant in Tustin, a Canadian envoy made his pitch to about a dozen immigration attorneys and immigrant rights leaders. Pablo Rodriguez, a member of Parliament, leaned over from his seat in the middle of the table and asked everyone to spread the word: Please do not cross into Canada illegally. “Get the facts and make a decision based on the right facts, before leaving your jobs and taking your children out of school and going up there hoping to stay there forever,” Rodriguez said. “Because if you don’t qualify … you will be returned and in this case not to the United States. You will have lost your status and would be returned to your country of origin.” Worried that anti-immigrant rhetoric and decisions from the Trump administration could drive more people across its border, the Canadian government is trying to nip that in the bud.
Reuters: Why Canada is the next frontier for shale oil. The revolution in U.S. shale oil has battered Canada’s energy industry in recent years, ending two decades of rapid expansion and job creation in the nation’s vast oil sands. Now Canada is looking to its own shale fields to repair the economic damage. Canadian producers and global oil majors are increasingly exploring the Duvernay and Montney formations, which they say could rival the most prolific U.S. shale fields. Canada is the first country outside the United States to see large-scale development of shale resources, which already account for 8 percent of total Canadian oil output. China, Russia and Argentina also have ample shale reserves but have yet to overcome the obstacles to full commercial development.
Express.co.uk: Eclipse 2018: When is the Super Blue Blood Moon in YOUR area? UK, USA and Canada locations. The total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red – a Blood Moon – because of the reddish-orange glow the Moon takes on during the eclipse. However the lunar eclipse will not be visible everywhere in the world, but is visible in large parts of the US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Australia. The January 31 supermoon marks the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in North America for more than 100 years. People living in North America, Alaska or Hawaii, the sunrise will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday January 31 and the best view will be on the west coast of the US, Alaska, western Canada and Hawaii.
News Asia: Canada ‘serial killer’ linked to five deaths, targeted gay men. A landscaper charged in the deaths of two Toronto gay men is a suspected serial killer, police said Monday (Jan 29), as they linked him to three additional victims and scoured sites around Canada’s largest city for more remains. Bruce McArthur, 66, was arrested earlier this month and charged Monday with three additional premeditated murders after human remains were found “hidden in the bottom of (large) planters” at a property that he used for storage, Toronto police’s lead investigator Sergeant Hank Idsinga said.
Almowaten – Saudi Arabia: Saudi embassy to Canada wins Diplomacy award, Ambassador ranks first. The embassy won the ‘Canada’s Ambassador of the Year & Public Diplomacy Awards 2018’ for the Middle East region, while the Saudi Ambassador to Canada, Nayef bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, ranked first. Al-Sudairi stated in a press conference that the award is yet another achievement for Saudi diplomacy. The voting for the prize is supervised by the International Diplomacy Council, University of Ottawa, and the Dutch Diplomatic Magazine.
Egypt Today – Egypt: Canadian delegation to Foreign Relations Committee: We laud Egypt’s efforts in combating terrorism. Tarek Radwan, Chairman of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, held a meeting with Omar Alghabra, Canadian Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs). Alghabra lauded Egypt’s efforts in fighting terrorism, as well as its role in achieving the Palestinian reconciliation and resolving the recent impasse in Lebanon. Radwan stressed that Egypt faces unique challenges in regards to human rights which run in parallel to challenges in the development of education, health care, and water and electricity. He added that all the appropriate laws and necessary measures must be implemented for order to be established in the country. The meeting was attended by Jess Dutton, Ambassador of Canada to Egypt, and a number of Committee members.
Alrai – Jordan: $2b in aid from Canada to refugee-hosting countries: Blanchard. The Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, Marc-André Blanchard, said that Canada has granted $2 billion in aid to countries hosting Syrian refugees, namely Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq, as well as to internally displaced refugees in Syria. Blanchard lauded the roles played by the Jordanian army, border security, and the Jordanian people in accommodating the refugees and providing for their living; that, despite Jordan’s limited resources. He said that it’s incumbent upon the international community to support local economies in Jordan that shouldered the burden incurred by the influx of refugees, such as sharing of educational and health care services, by developing profitable enterprises and projects.