New York Times: Canada plans to tighten gun reviews and records. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government proposed legislation on Tuesday to restore record-keeping requirements for some rifle and shotgun sales in Canada and to expand background checks for all gun owners in the country. “Hard evidence shows a gun violence issue that is serious,” Ralph Goodale, the public safety minister, told reporters outside the House of Commons, citing increases in several categories of gun-related crimes, including a two-thirds rise in gun-related homicides. Several members of the government, including Mr. Trudeau on social media, pointed out that the legislation did not bring back the much-debated national registry of rifles and shotguns, which was eliminated by the previous Conservative government six years ago.
BBC: Canada introduces new gun control measures. Canada’s federal Liberals have unveiled long-awaited gun control measures. They include tougher background checks, including screening people with a history of violence. Proposed measures also include making retailers keep records of gun inventories and sales and giving police access to the records when warranted. Crime rates in Canada have been on a long decline but gun-related homicides and gun violence have increased. The party campaigned in 2015 on a promise to make it harder to procure and use handguns and assault weapons.
Bloomberg: Morneau says Canada will study issue of taxing technology giants. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Canada recognizes the potential disruption major technology companies can have on government revenue and will study whether a new tax regime is required for the industry. Digital taxation could impact companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc. and Neftlix Inc., and was discussed at the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires this week as the European Union considers imposing a levy on online companies. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week the Trump administration “firmly opposes” the measure.
Reuters: U.S.-Canada-Mexico World Cup bid unconcerned about anti-U.S. sentiment. Soccer officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada said on Monday they were unconcerned about any anti-American feeling as they began their final push to host the 2026 World Cup. Having presented their bid book to FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, on Friday, the heads of the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. soccer federations, Steven Reed, Decio de Maria and Carlos Cordeiro conducted a conference call from Kuala Lumpur to publicize their bid more widely. FIFA is due to choose between the three-way “United2026” bid and one from Morocco at a congress in Moscow on June 13.
The Guardian: Canada to send force including female troops to support UN mission in Mali. Canada will deploy helicopters and troops – including female soldiers – to Mali in support of an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission, the government has announced. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters that Canada would deploy two Chinook transport helicopters and four Griffon attack helicopters to provide armed escort and protection in the fight against Islamist militants in Mali. The 12-month deployment will also include an infantry unit and military trainers. A date for Canada’s first deployment in Africa since its troubled mission to Rwanda in 1994 and the exact number of troops that will be sent have yet to be decided.
RFI: Canada announces deployment of contingent in Mali. It was an election promise: Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, is recommitting his country to peacekeeping missions. Canadian peacekeepers will be deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (Minusma), marking the return of Canadian troops to Africa. But the announcement of Canadian participation in Mali, where 150 peacekeepers have been killed since 2013, was made without much details.
Assabah Aljadeed – Iraq: $600 million in loan and aid from Canada to Iraq. The Canadian Chargé d’Affaires in Iraq, Andrew Turner, announced that Canada has begun the procedure for providing Iraq with humanitarian aid of $400 million and a loan of $200 million. The long-term loan will be used to finance the development of local governments and the strengthening of governance decentralization, and the aid will be used to support refugees with foodstuff, medical supplies, and demining activities. Turner noted that Canada has assisted Iraq with $180 million within an assistance strategy launched in 2016.
Khaberni – Jordan: $40 million education grant from Canada to Jordan. The Cabinet of Jordan has approved a grant by the Government of Canada of $75 million CAD ($40 million USD) as direct support to the education sector for the period from 2018 to 2022. Paid to the Ministry of Education, the first instalment of $15 million CAD will be deposited in a Ministry of Finance trust account, and will be recorded, controlled, and disbursed in accordance with the provisions of Financial Regulations. The agreement under which the grant was made aims to support education effort all over the Kingdom and ensure quality education is being provided, especially when schools’ infrastructure and staffing capabilities are being challenged by the overflow of more than 200 thousand Syrian refugee children of school age.
Ammon News – Jordan: Canadian embassy hosts conference for women training in governance. The Canadian embassy in Jordan has organized a training conference aimed at improving the skills of women Councillors sitting on local, municipal, and governate boards in Jordan. The training included specialized sessions on the systems and interrelationships governing the boards at different levels, and on investments, contract, and unions law. The Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, Peter MacDougall, said that the conference reflects Canada’s commitment to the empowerment of women in their societies and that Jordanian women have proven to be more than capable in contributing to decision making processes in their localities.