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Diplomacy strikes back: ‘State’ versus the shallow state

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Like so many narratives catalyzed by Donald Trump, the targeting of America’s career diplomats is likely about more than just Donald Trump.

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, pictured, is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 15. As the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump has progressed with the help of testimony from career diplomats, Mike Pompeo has assumed the role of Secretary of Misdirectional Irony, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine's Flickr

The trajectory of America’s diplomatic brain trust over the roughly one thousand days since U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration reads like a covert degradation operation: the evacuation of talent by intimidation and harassment, the institutional devaluation, the de-professionalization of the vocation by outsiders with murky agendas.

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Feds’ priciest COVID-19 spending measures could cost more than $851-million, says budget watchdog

News|By Palak Mangat 4:27 PM ET
In accounting for the spending drives in response to COVID-19 rolled out so far, the PBO projects Canada’s deficit could soar to $184.2-billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment

News|By Mike Lapointe
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MPs join fight to stamp out COVID-19 disinformation that’s ‘spreading faster than the virus’

NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith have joined one such effort, Infotagion, an international initiative launched by U.K. MP Damian Collins.

‘We’re all under the gun’: MPs work 24-7 in the midst of a pandemic

MPs say COVID-19 case work is consuming their days, and they're turning to ‘imaginative’ ways of reaching out to make sure constituents' needs are met and their voices heard.

AFN National Chief Bellegarde calls on feds to ‘immediately’ release 10 per cent of COVID-19 funding to communities

News|By Palak Mangat
A portion of the $1-billion fund announced by the feds to scale up public health services will be directed to First Nations communities, in addition to other funding.

‘The deeper the wound, the longer it takes to heal’: Trump’s threats undermine Canada-U.S. relationship, says former envoy

News|By Neil Moss
'We are dealing with an administration that is both very unpredictable, very much America first, [and] not long-term thinking in terms of its relationship with its allies,' says former diplomat Michael Kergin.

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Feds order 30,000 ‘made-in-Canada’ ventilators

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Feds partly responsible for treatment of asylum seekers turned back at Canadian-U.S. border, say refugee advocates

News|By Neil Moss
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