Wall Street Journal: Canada announces new antidumping measures. Canada’s government said it would bring in new rules to prevent diversion and transshipping of steel and aluminum. The announcement comes several days after the U.S. introduced global tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, aimed at protecting domestic steelmakers from cheaper offshore imports. Canada was among several countries to receive temporary exemptions to the tariffs until May 1. The U.S. indicated last week that the exemptions could be extended if officials are satisfied with those countries’ efforts to address global excess capacity in steel and aluminum.
Wall Street Journal: Canada’s immigration system leaves some employers wanting. Calgary-area farmer Ray Price has seen a steady increase in demand from Asia for his pork products in recent years but says he can’t find enough workers to expand his business. With an aging local workforce and Canada’s restrictions on lower-skilled immigrants, “we are chronically short on people,” he said. “Calgary has professionals, engineers and people like that, but what we need are people who want to learn meat processing.” As U.S. lawmakers seeking to revamp America’s immigration system have praised Canada’s, Mr. Price’s experience highlights a downside.
Bloomberg: Canadian dairies are booming amid Trump’s trade threats. As the U.S. takes aim at Canada’s dairy sector as it attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the nation’s farmers and processors are forging ahead with some of their biggest expansions and investments in more than a decade. That’s partly to do with rising demand for butter, which consumers increasingly view as a healthy part of their diet. Canada’s dairy sector receives tariff and quota protections from its government, and also benefits from a new policy, the so-called Class 7 pricing formula, which helps it deal with the leftover skim milk from butter-making. By Jen Skerritt.
Bloomberg: Cambridge Analytica saga ensnares a tiny Canadian data shop. A tiny data analytics firm in a quiet provincial capital in Canada’s far west has found itself at the center of the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s role in U.K. and U.S. elections. AggregateIQ, based in Victoria, British Columbia, is alleged by former Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie to be the technology behind Cambridge Analytica’s work in using social media data to help win elections. AggregateIQ firmly denies it’s owned or directed by Cambridge Analytica.
BBC: Justin Trudeau apologises for Canada Tsilhqot’in hangings. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for the 1864 hanging of a group of indigenous leaders by British colonial authorities. Five First Nation chiefs were called to what they thought were peace talks to end a war in what is now British Columbia. Instead, they were tried and hanged over the killing of 14 white settlers. The incident is considered one of the most infamous episodes in Canadian history.
Russia Today: Evidence first: Several European countries refuse to follow UK lead in Russia diplomat expulsions. On Monday, 18 European Union nations, other European countries, the US, and Canada announced they would be expelling Russian diplomats from their territories in solidarity with the UK’s recent decision. However, there have been some dissenting voices in the sea of uniformity. On Tuesday, Switzerland noted that it would wait for the results of the investigation before taking any action. Austria, an EU member, said it would not be taking any “national measures,” while noting its desire to “keep the channels of communication to Russia open.” Cyprus also declined to expel any Russian diplomats without any further evidence. Slovakia was not eager to jump the gun either. Last week, ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at a European Council summit dinner in Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stressed the need for an investigation into the Skripal case before jumping to conclusions.
El-Massa – Algeria: 3 priorities define areas for Algeria-Canada cooperation: Political Advisor at Canada’s embassy in Algiers. In an interview, Greg Daniel DeFede [sic] expressed his comfort with the level of cooperation between Canada and Algeria within the ‘Capacity-building in the West Africa Region’ Working Group, which the two countries co-chair under the Global Counterterrorism Forum. DeFede said that the Working Group aims to assist the Sahel countries in evaluating the state of security in the region and adopting appropriate counterterrorism frameworks along with their necessary action procedures. As for peaceful conflict resolutions, DeFede said that Canada has signed a bilateral consultation agreement in 2011 and held a related session in 2015, with another session scheduled this year. On another front, DeFede noted the many joint projects between the two countries in education, water resources, and the development of local communities, and said that a Canadian development fund has financed 7 projects this year, 3 of which contribute to the political empowerment of women across 12 provinces. Finally, DeFede said that raising the number of weekly flights should strengthen the economic and humanitarian ties between the two nations, noting that he expects the number to rise this year from the current 11 per week.
Mauritanian News Agency: Mauritanian Minister of Parliamentary Relationships and Civil Society attends social event. Madame Awa Cheikh Sidiya Tandia attended an event organized by the Network of Mauritanian Women Journalists in partnership with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Nouakchott. The event, attended also by the Canadian Ambassador to Morocco and Mauritania, Natalie Dubé, focused on the mandate of the Network in creating responsible media and increasing social, intellectual, and health awareness in the the Mauritanian society. A documentary film titled ‘Eve of Mauritania, Politics and Development’ was played at the event, and told the story of the political development of women in Mauritania in the period between 1958 and 2018. The Network also announced at the event the release of the new ‘Aicha’ magazine issue, which comes in celebration of the International Women’s Day. President of the Network, Khdeija Mint Mouchtaba, said that both the film and magazine aim to create full awareness of issues and interests of Mauritanian women.
El-Balad – Egypt: Canada’s Ambassador to Egypt celebrates completion of training program with ILO and Methanex.Ambassador Jesse Dutton attended an event celebrating the completion of the ‘GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise’ program, which was supervised by the Egyptian National Council for Women and the UN International Labour Organization and supported by the Government of Canada and Methanex Corporation. The program trained 108 women in founding and managing small enterprises, in an attempt to alleviate poverty and provide suitable work opportunities for Egyptian youth. Dutton stated that the program is in line with Egypt’s aspirations to achieve financial independence for women, as well as with Canada’s policy for international development and women’s empowerment.
Saudi Press Agency – Saudi Arabia: Saudi Ambassador to Canada meets Ottawa Mayor. Ambassador Naif Bin Bandir Alsudairy, who’s also the President of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association, has met with the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, and discussed the coordination between the Association and the City of Ottawa for the participation of embassies in the city’s major events this summer. The City has extended the invitation to HE the Ambassador to build on the striking success of the Saudi Cultural Days festival held in September of last year and organized by the Embassy and the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information, which came in celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.