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Can COVID-19 help us address viral nature of man-made conflict?

By Alexandrine Royer       

Twenty-six years ago, Rwanda was plunged into one of the most rapid and brutal episodes of mass extermination of the 20th century.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured during a press briefing on the coronavirus, has been preoccupied with tending to consular and diplomatic issues in relation to the global pandemic. The memory of the Rwandan genocide, in which over 800,000 people lost their lives in the space of 100 days, risks being forgotten by the global community on the International Day of Reflection, which falls on April 7, writes Alexandrine Royer of the Foundation for Genocide Education. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Faced with an unprecedented pandemic, people across the world now have one thing in common: the fear of COVID-19. Everyone is now confronting a common enemy, presenting a sobering reminder for high-income countries that they are not immune to global health outbreaks.

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Ottawa mayor calls on Trudeau to send cash to people with disabilities, pass Bill C-17

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 11:54 AM ET
'To date, there have not been direct attempts by the federal government to address the concerns of many Canadians with disabilities who have few alternatives,' Mayor Jim Watson wrote in the July 14 letter.

Wernick’s warning of political violence reflects increasing polarization, say politicos, experts

There’s been a normalization of hateful language online, says terrorism expert Jessica Davis, who noted a ‘Trudeau effect’ in the extreme animosity voiced by some online.

Hybrid summer circuit in the cards as politicians try to strike balance between public health and politics

'The summer’s often the time to strengthen your fortifications or build up your beachheads and it’s harder to do this year,' says Tim Powers.

Trudeau’s penchant for political appointees shows lack of appreciation for ambassadors’ work: former senior diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'[Trudeau] neglects the fact that you need experience and competent people,' says Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016.

A look at rookie MP Sloan’s underdog leadership campaign

Team Sloan is led by former Scheer staffer Paula Iturri, and includes Ashley Brown as tour director and Daniel Paolini, who’s currently a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party executive.

Prison watchdog has ‘grave’ concerns that CSC rates Indigenous, Black inmates as higher risk

Disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous offenders placed in higher security institutions by the CSC 'doesn’t add up,' says Sen. Bernard.

More nuanced, test-focused approach needed to reopen Canada-U.S. border, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has called for Canada and the United States to 'immediately craft a comprehensive framework for phased reopening of the border.'

Canada, host countries should bolster efforts to mitigate COVID-19 spread in ‘displaced communities,’ says refugee advocacy group

News|By Beatrice Paez
'It is hard to imagine a crisis—even one half its dimension—where the international community had done so little to rally together,' says Refugees International.

Ex-Liberal MPs running in next election eagerly await start of nomination process

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.
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