Food Poison Journal: Canadian oysters sicken 100 in California with Norovirus. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers to avoid eating raw oysters harvested from south and central Baynes Sound, in British Columbia, Canada. The raw oysters are linked to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses. In California, as of April 27, approximately 100 individuals have reported illness after they consumed raw British Columbian oysters sold by restaurants and retailers throughout the state. Laboratory testing has confirmed norovirus infection in several patients from both California and Canada. Although the number of reported new illnesses has decreased during the last week, the investigation is ongoing.
New York Times: White House delays tariffs on E.U., Canada and Mexico for 30 days. The Trump administration said on Monday that it would delay a decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico for another 30 days, giving key allies a reprieve as the White House tries to extract concessions from trading partners who have resisted those demands.The extension reflects concerns by the Trump administration of a swift retaliation on American products by European Union nations, and will also give the Trump administration more breathing room to work on a separate trade battle with China. The 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent on aluminum were set to go into effect on Tuesday and had set off a global scramble by nations trying to secure permanent exemptions.
Reuters: Canada’s Trudeau grilled on efforts to turn back asylum seekers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers faced questions in parliament on Tuesday a day after Reuters reported that Canada wants the legal authority to turn back thousands of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally. A Canadian official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Canada wants to amend a bilateral agreement to allow it to block border-crossing refugee claimants but that the United States is not cooperating. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, or STCA, asylum seekers who arrive at a formal Canada-U.S. border crossing going in either direction are turned back and told to apply for asylum in the first country they arrived in. Canada wants the agreement rewritten to apply to the entire border. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said it is reviewing Canada’s proposal but has not made a decision. Meanwhile, political opponents contrasted the Liberal government’s welcoming rhetoric with officials’ efforts to block asylum seekers.
Washington Post: Pope Francis won’t apologize for abusive church-run schools in Canada, and lawmakers aren’t happy. Few leaders have embraced the power of an apology for historical wrongs quite as enthusiastically as Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But now, the two are at odds over an apology — or, rather, the lack of one. Canadian lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a motion on Tuesday — the vote tally was 269-10 — to formally invite Francis to come to Canada and apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential schools system for indigenous children. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated the residential schools system for six years, included an apology from the pope among its 94 recommendations on ways to repair what it called an attempt at “cultural genocide.” But Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops said in a letter last month that the pope “felt he could not personally respond,” sparking fierce criticism.
The Guardian: Alleged Nazi war criminal fights deportation from Canada for fourth time. Canada’s government has gone to court to defend its latest decision to take away the citizenship of a Ukrainian immigrant for alleged ties to a Nazi killing squad in the second world war. Helmut Oberlander, 94, had been stripped of his citizenship four times over the past 23 years for having lied about his past Nazi activities during the second world war when he arrived in Canada in 1954. But each of the government’s previous decisions to revoke his citizenship were reversed on appeal, based on claims that he joined the Nazi unit under duress.
Russia Today: Australia, Canada to send military patrol aircraft to monitor N. Korean ships. Australia will send a military patrol aircraft to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring prohibited goods in defiance of United Nations sanctions, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday. Canada also plans to deploy patrol aircraft for such activities, Reuters reports. Surveillance planes from both countries will be based in the US’ Kadena air base on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, the Japanese government said in a separate statement. The announcements came a day after the leaders of North and South Korea pledged at a historic summit to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Aljazeera.com: Migrant dreams: Canada’s broken promise. When Umi, Nanik and Dwipa left Indonesia for Canada, they hoped the income they earned there would give them and their families back at home the chance of a better life. What they hadn’t realised was that they would be trapped in a form of debt-bondage: deceived and exploited by unscrupulous brokers who demanded part of their wages as repayment for getting them to Canada.
Okaz – Saudi Arabia: Canada is among the most important trade partners to the Arab world: Saudi Ambassador. The Saudi Ambassador to Canada and Chair of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors, Naif Al-Sudairy, has inaugurated the Annual Business Forum of the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC) held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In his speech, Al-Sudairy lauded the CABC’s role in advancing economic ties between Canada and the Arab countries, and opening doors of opportunities for companies on both sides. The Forum was attended by the Canadian Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, a host of Arab ambassadors to Canada, and a number of business people, economists, and financiers.
Alghad Press – Iraq: Ministry of Foreign Affairs seeks to reinstate trade agreement with Canada. The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that Iraq is seeking to reinstate the Agreement on Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic Of Iraq, signed in 1982. The Minister made his comment as he met with Omar Alghabra, Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. The Minister invited Canada to appoint an ambassador in Baghdad to advance bilateral relations between the two countries, and Alghabra, on his part, affirmed his country’s intent to take action soon in that regard.
An-Nahar – Lebanon: A day of reckoning for the diaspora and emigres of war: Lebanon’s ambassador to Canada. Commenting on the voting of Lebanese emigres in Canada for the 2018 elections, the Ambassador of Lebanon to Canada said that there are 11,200 registered voters in Canada, distributed across 8 electoral districts and 30 polling stations. Hours before closing the polls, turnout was 35% and is expected to surpass 50%. As for monitoring and transparency in vote count, the Ambassador said that the ballot boxes are under camera surveillance in each of the 8 voting centres with screens in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and votes are counted by polling agents before sealing the boxes and guarding them until loaded on a cargo plane destined to Lebanon.
Libya Akhbar – Libya: Minister of Foreign Affairs discusses return of Canada’s embassy to Tripoli. The Minister has met with Canada’s Ambassador to Libya, Hilary Childs-Adams, currently stationed in Tunisia, and discussed the possibility of re-opening Canada’s embassy in Tripoli, in addition to facilitating the visa procedures to Libya citizens. The meeting also discussed ways to promote bilateral relations, including the provision of training in various areas within a framework for building stronger state agencies.