Tag: Canada

Scholars and Ex-Diplomats Warn of Chill After Canadians Detained in China

BEIJING — Warning that China’s arrest of two Canadians has created a dangerous chill for people working on policy and research in that country, more than 100 academics and former diplomats have signed an open letter calling for the two men to be immediately freed. Made public on Monday, the letter was an international cry […]

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Norway and Canada Go Head to Head Over the World’s Tallest Moose Statues

The rivalry between Canada and Norway has always seemed to reflect the nature of their residents: mannerly. Consider what happened during a cross-country skiing event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. A Norwegian coach gave a Canadian skier a pole so she could compete after her own had broken, enabling Canada to win a silver medal. […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Brexit

ImageA broker at the stock market in Frankfurt on Wednesday, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit plan.CreditMichael Probst/Associated Press What’s going to happen with Brexit? A second referendum? A disorderly hard exit? A new offer from the European Union that isn’t as offensive as the deal that just […]

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Canadian Sentenced to Death in China for Drug Smuggling Will Appeal

HONG KONG — A Canadian man sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling intends to appeal, one of his lawyers said Wednesday, as a diplomatic rift between Canada and China deepened and information emerged about the man’s past drug convictions. The man, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, was tried, convicted and sentenced on Monday in […]

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Home Embraces All Things Canadian. (O.K., Maybe Not Winter.)

TORONTO — She wants to go to college to study architecture. She would like to take English classes. She is wondering about how to harness her newfound media stardom. But mostly, the celebrated Saudi-turned-Canadian-refugee Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun just wants to experience what it is like to be a teenager, free to do what she wants […]

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Canada’s Air Controllers, Purveyors of Pizza Goodwill

MONTREAL — Being nice in Canada can sometimes feel like a full-time job. There was that time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cuddled with two baby pandas. Over the weekend, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed a Saudi teenager at Toronto airport with a warm embrace after she had fled abusive members of her family and been […]

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I Fulfilled My Dream of Doing Stand-Up in My Underwear

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. If anyone asks me about the most memorable set I have ever performed, I tell them about the first time I performed in my underwear at a sex club. When I got onstage at Oasis Aqualounge in Toronto, I noticed that the audience was entirely dressed in towels […]

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Saudi Teenager Fleeing Family Arrives Safely in Canada

TORONTO — It was another proud moment for Canada: a Saudi teenager who had just been granted asylum walking through the arrivals gate at Toronto airport embraced by the country’s popular foreign minister. Wearing a gray sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Canada,” 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled at the throng of cameras that greeted her. […]

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Double-Decker Bus Crashes in Ottawa Station, Killing 3 and Injuring 25

OTTAWA — An afternoon commute in Canada’s capital turned to horror after a double-decker city bus became impaled on a passenger shelter, leaving three people dead and 25 injured, officials said. Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, said that one victim was standing on the platform at the time of the collision, and the other […]

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‘A Serious Erosion of Civil Liberties’: Backlash Grows Over Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws

Can you be pulled over and ordered to blow into a breathalyzer, under threat of arrest, for the simple act of returning empty liquor bottles in the middle of the day? Sure can, at least if you’re living north of the border. It happened to a 70-year-old man in Mississauga, Ontario last weekend. As part […]

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Seals Are Stranded in a Canadian Town, and People Wonder What to Do

LONDON — The intruders arrived during the night with the wind and high tide. By the morning of Jan. 3, it seemed like the little Canadian town had been overrun. Seals, dozens of them. Seals on the beach, seals on streets and driveways, seals in parks and backyards. More than a week later, they are […]

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This Photographer Captured What Canada’s Military Looks Like at the Arctic Front

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Arctic Front is the first chapter in a long-term project examining Canada’s post-Afghanistan military, presenting the viewer with a glimpse of contemporary military culture—whether that is in training, peacekeeping, capacity-building, or all-out war. It’s a project that is the meeting of my two lives, as I spent more […]

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China’s Ambassador to Canada Blames ‘White Supremacy’ for Feud Over Arrests

BEIJING — China’s ambassador to Canada has said that “Western egotism and white supremacy” were behind calls for Beijing to release two detained Canadians, further straining relations between the countries after the arrest in Canada last month of a Chinese technology executive. The ambassador, Lu Shaye, wrote on Wednesday in an op-ed for The Hill […]

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American Detained in Moscow Also Has British, Irish and Canadian Passports

WASHINGTON — The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that is certain to put more pressure from the West on Russia. The man, Paul N. Whelan, could benefit from stepped-up efforts by multiple governments to secure his release. But […]

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Sonic Bust? Chevrolet Subcompact Dead In Canada, Report Claims

As our previous story detailed, new car buyers are leaving the passenger car market in droves, so it’s not surprising to see automakers getting up and leaving the party. General Motors capped off 2018 by announcing its intention to drop six car models, leaving the fate of its remaining sedans and hatches in question. North of […]

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U.S. Renews Travel Advisory for China, Warning of Arbitrary Detention

The United States renewed a travel advisory for China on Thursday that warned American citizens could face arbitrary detention there, a move that came amid tense relations between the countries dominated by trade disputes and the recent American-requested arrest of a high-profile Chinese executive in Canada. The rights of foreign nationals in China have received […]

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Luxury Weed Tourism Is the Hot New Trend in Canada

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. A businessman from China hopped on a private jet last month, landed in Canada and went hiking on the Cascade Range in BC. And then he smoked a fat blunt. This experience cost $12,500 [$9,272]. It’s part of a ‘high-hiking’ tour hosted by Butiq Escapes, a luxury weed […]

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‘Birth Tourism’ Is Legal in Canada. A Lawmaker Calls It Unscrupulous.

RICHMOND, British Columbia — Melody Bai arrived in Vancouver from China in the late stages of pregnancy with one goal: to give birth to a Canadian baby. Awaiting her was an elaborate ecosystem catering to pregnant women from China, including a spacious “baby house” where she spent four months, attended to by a Mandarin-speaking housekeeper. […]

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China to Retry Canadian on Drugs Charge Amid Diplomatic Spat

BEIJING — A Chinese court on Saturday ordered the retrial of a Canadian man on a drug-smuggling charge after prosecutors argued that his original 15-year prison sentence for his conviction had been too light, most likely creating another source of contention between two countries whose relations have deteriorated rapidly this month after a string of […]

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