FEBRUARY 2017 ISSUE
Government of Canada
Canada’s New Foreign Policy
Trudeau Strengthens His Hard Line against Russia?
Is Freeland's Appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs aimed at Putin, or at Trump?
By Jim Miles
The CBC today (Tuesday, January 10, 2016) presented the news concerning Chrystia Freeland’s new appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada’s Trudeau government, noting mainly that she was on the sanctions list from Russia. The announcer also noted that she is of Ukrainian background and is very opposed to Russia’s supposed actions in Ukraine.
Changes to the Ministry: Prime Minister's Statement
News from Prime Minister's website
On January 10, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on changes to the Ministry:
Chrystia Freeland, currently Minister of International Trade, becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs, and retains the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations.
Call to Spend $200 Million to Save Canadian Journalism
By Susan Delacourt
Days after Canada’s largest newspaper chain announced a fresh round of layoffs, the federal government is being handed a dozen options today to help fix the ailing news media business in Canada — ranging from taking digital ads off the CBC to injecting funds into local, indigenous and investigative journalism.
The recommendations come in a new report from the Public Policy Forum, tasked by the government to look into concrete measures to stem the sharp decline of the journalism industry.
‘This is A Real Emergency’
Chilling artifacts from when Canada prepared for nuclear annihilation
By Tristin Hopper - National Post
Nuclear threats once again seem to be in vogue. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is threatening to test a ICBM that would allow him to send atomic weapons to the U.S. mainland. Just before Christmas, U.S. president-elect Donald Trump seemed to be calling for a renewed nuclear arms race with Russia.
And just after Christmas, a fake news story prompted Pakistan’s defence minister to take to Twitter to threaten nuclear war with Israel.
But we’re still far from the hair-trigger madness of the Cold War, when the slightest misstep threatened to ignite nuclear armageddon between NATO and the Soviet Union.
Two Persons' Wealth = That of Poorest 30 Per Cent Of Canadians
"This is not a report about the rich and the poor. It's about the super-rich and the rest of us."
By Nicole Thompson
The two richest Canadians (David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr.) have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations.
The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians.
10 Ways Vancouver Created a Greener,
More Efficient Transportation System
By Cat Johnson – Shareable
In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada's British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.
As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible. These are some notable points mentioned in the video: