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Displacement, disease, deluge: trouble comes in threes for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By Dominique Godbout and Minaz Kerawala      

As the narrow escape from Cyclone Amphan and the ongoing threat of COVID-19 have shown, the Rohingya refugees remain extremely vulnerable and need all the help that Canadians can extend them.

Fatema Khatun, a Rohingya refugee and a mother of eight, pictured on June 19, 2018, at the Kutupalong camp: 'I had my own home and houses were big. We farmed, ploughed our land, and grew betel leaf. These were our sources of income. We earned a good living and we were able to save some money once everything else was looked after. Now, we have no money and our country is divided. We came here through the border.' Photograph Développement et Paix-Caritas Canada

MONTREAL—Brewing in the Bay of Bengal in mid-May, Cyclone Amphan became the region’s worst storm since 2007. Fearing devastation, aid agencies scrambled to draw up emergency preparedness plans to buttress the 34 Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District. Pandemic-related precautions and a paucity of resources greatly hampered their work.

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WE Charity highlights loopholes for ‘celebrity’ and secret lobbying, warn observers who call for long overdue review

'I’m of the opinion that organizations understand the rules so well that we have seen that they will make sure they don't have to report if they don't want to,' says ethics scholar Ian Stedman.

Public services too ‘stretched’ to deliver student-grant program, says employment minister

Small Business Minister Mary Ng says the extent of her interactions with the organization was limited to that initial pitch, and did not extend to the since-cancelled contract for the student-grant program.

‘Weak’ trade growth in 2019 caused by ‘trade policy uncertainty’ and ‘mixed economic signals’, Global Affairs report suggests

News|By Neil Moss
Canada's export growth with China declined by 16 per cent in 2019 and growth in exports to the United States slowed to 2.5 per cent.

Fundraising amid pandemic ‘incredibly difficult’ for Green leadership hopefuls as Paul takes clear lead

The second- and third-place fundraisers are hitting the road, holding socially distanced campaign events across the country as they try to close the gap with leader Annamie Paul.

Venezuela winter elections will be fraudulent, warns envoy, calling for continued support

Last November, Canada officially recognized Orlando Viera-Blanco, a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, as the country’s ambassador.

Official Languages Committee to probe WE Charity deal

News|By Palak Mangat
Liberal MP Sherry Sherry Romanado, who voted along party lines to oppose the motion, says the probe falls outside the scope of the committee's mandate.

‘Extraterritorial reach’ of national security law in Hong Kong could have chilling effect on freedom of speech in Canada, say activists

News|By Beatrice Paez
Cherie Wong of the Alliance Canada Hong Kong says Canada’s intelligence and police agencies appear to be ill-equipped to respond to the 'malicious and sophisticated' ways in which Beijing allegedly suppresses criticism.

WE was ‘at no point’ creating a program for feds, says top bureaucrat

News|By Palak Mangat
'There were many sources. Public servants wanted to help; ministers wanted to help. A problem had been identified and a multitude of ideas were put forward,' says Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart.

Upper Chamber staff harassment ‘more widespread,’ and could happen again, say former Don Meredith Senate employees

Sexual harassment is ‘more widespread’ in the Senate than the Don Meredith case, says one of his former staffers.
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