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International Trade Minister Mary Ng, pictured on Sept. 15, 2020, says a still-to-be negotiated comprehensive trade deal with the U.K. will include 'ambitious chapters on the environment, women's economic empowerment, labour, and digital trade.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Lack of sunset clause in Canada-U.K. interim deal could stick us with status quo, say opposition MPs

News|By Neil Moss
Canada and the U.K. have agreed to 'strive to conclude' a comprehensive trade deal by 2024, but without a sunset clause, the current transitional pact could be in place for years to come.
Opinion|By Alan Williams
The message to the Navy should be 'you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what we need and can afford.'
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The ‘loose’ cultures on average had five times the infection rate of the ‘tight’ ones, and eight times the death rate.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria says the Feb. 10 call between Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi was 'very positive.'
The objective of nationalists is to sabotage Justin Trudeau, who needs Quebec votes at the next election, by attacking his father’s legacy. It’s ugly politics and worse journalism—but not surprising, considering the sour
Our institutions have been built largely by white men, with white men in mind. However, the contemporary presence of women in elected office is forcing all levels of government to deal with the realities of childrearing.
While Canada’s substantial effort on this issue is to be lauded, a return to first principles around the long-established rules of international human rights law must inform this international effort going forward.
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It is difficult to claim you ‘jumped’ to do the right thing if the whistleblower’s handprints are clearly imprinted on your back.
The ‘loose’ cultures on average had five times the infection rate of the ‘tight’ ones, and eight times the death rate. If you compare the most libertarian with the most conformist, say the United States vs. Japan, then the contrast is astounding: about 25 times as many American cases and deaths per million.
At the risk of jinxing it, it seems like the virtual spaces our lives have migrated to in lockdown have become more humane.
The post-COVID era will be politically definitive. Canadians will have to decide if they are a progressive social democracy or a nation of backward-looking reactionaries with one foot in the Trump camp.
The spectacle of almost five years of effort by the United States and its allies to cobble together an exit strategy is but another large lesson in the futility of most of the wars of our times. 
Foreign Policy
Climate change poses an existential threat which we must resolve to address as an international community. We cannot allow politics to diminish our ability to solve this crisis.
News|By Neil Moss
Former Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove says the declaration is a recouping of the 'past glory' of Canada's multilateral work on the international stage.
News|By Neil Moss
The special committee was created through a Conservative motion that was backed by the Liberals, Bloc, and NDP. Nearly half of the members of the committee are members of the International Trade Committee.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
This suggests that the pattern is getting stronger—and the latitudes where the loops are stalling include most of the major ‘breadbasket’ regions of the northern hemisphere. If we’re looking at a future of synchronized crop-killing droughts and heatwaves in those regions, world food production is in big trouble.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Now the UN is getting involved: the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said it will soon question the United Arab Emirates about Princess Latifa.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So the first priority for the sane wing of the Republicans must be to provoke a split as soon as possible—and make sure that it looks like the Trumpites who are to blame.
Foreign Policy
Plus, the Canadian economy contracts by 5.4 per cent in 2020, the sharpest decline on record.
Pierre-Yves Bourque has taken over as director of parliamentary affairs to the foreign affairs minister, following Brook Simpson’s exit to do the same job for now-Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
While modern technologies make a virtual gathering possible, longtime Liberal Kevin Bosch says he 'can’t wait to get back to a time when there are real flesh and blood conventions again.'
Feature|Neil Moss
The 'Ambassador of Note' distinction is given to envoys that were involved in an 'ongoing activity or a single major event' that had 'significant impact on Canadian foreign policy or on how Canada was seen in the world.'
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
Feature|Neil Moss

Canada-Philippines ties positive despite past flare-ups, says new Filipino envoy

A political appointee, the Ottawa posting is Rodolfo Robles' first. He was previously selected to be the Philippines' permanent representative to the UN until the appointment stalled.
Feature|Neil Moss

New Haitian envoy pushes for direct aid and investment, away from NGOs

Ambassador Weibert Arthus says working as a diplomat during the pandemic has been 'very difficult' and submitting his letter of credence virtually was 'really, really bizarre.'
Feature|Neil Moss

New Serbian envoy hopes for ‘more intensive’ political dialogue with Ottawa

A potential Serbian accession to the EU could be attractive to Canada, as the new ambassador says it would be 'very much' interested in accessing the Canada-EU free trade pact.

Dutch envoy sees Canada as ‘fertile ground’ to address climate change 

‘We have to start, we have to stimulate, we have to get our acts together in order to achieve our goals,’ says Goverdina Christina Coppoolse.
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