New York Times: Canadian Politics Aren’t Cute. They’re Corrupt. The scandal surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows just how cozy the country’s elite really is. By Jen Gerson.
NBC News: Illegal border crossings from Canada quietly rising, data shows. More than 960 people crossed into the U.S. illegally from the northern border with Canada last year, according to data released from Customs and Border Protection. While that number is a tiny fraction compared to the migration across the border with Mexico, it represented a 91 percent increase from the prior fiscal year, the data showed.
Al Jazeera: The women who held Trudeau to account. The women who held Trudeau to account. Like most epicentres of power, prestige and position, Ottawa is a haven of hypocrisy. This truism has been on blatant, near nauseating display over the past several weeks, as a still brewing scandal has engulfed Canadian politics like a hard-to-extinguish bush fire.
Jacobin Magazine: Boycotting Mexico won’t help Canadian autoworkers. Canada’s autoworkers union recently announced a boycott of Mexican-made GM cars. It’s a dead-end strategy that plays into the hand of the racism and xenophobia of the Right. It’s a strategy that Canadian autoworkers should reject. With the North American automotive industry being integrated through NAFTA and now the USMCA, nationalism won’t solve the plant closure crisis or secure a better future for auto workers.
The Guardian: Michael Jackson songs pulled from radio stations in New Zealand and Canada. Three major Canadian radio stations ditched Jackson’s songs. The owner of the Montreal French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and the English-language. The Beat said his music was pulled on Monday morning. Backlash comes after documentary Leaving Neverland details abuse allegations of two men against the singer.
Al Rai – Jordan: Jordan and Canada discuss scholarship exchange. The Jordanian Minster of Higher Education and Scientific Research has met with the Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, Peter MacDougall, and called for integration between high education institutions in Jordan and Canadian universities through exchange of scholarships, common research programmes in priority disciplines, and the support of partnerships between research institutions in the two countries. The Minister thanked the Government of Canada for its support for the Ministry through a matching grant for the education of Syrian students, and for supporting the Ministry’s 2018-2022 budget with CAD $75 million for training of teachers, promote accountability, and disbursement of grants for schools to aid in their yearly development plans.
Masrawy – Egypt: We offered CAD $40 billion in aid to Egypt over 40 years: Canadian Ambassador in Cairo. Ambassador Jesse Dutton made the comment during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Embassy, International Labor Organization, and the Egyptian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises organization (MSME). Dutton also said that the MoU provides for a training program in entrepreneurship to support sustainable growth in the private sector and help entrepreneurs compete in local and global markets. Dutton welcomed the MSME earning the Gender Equality Stamp, a first among similar organizations in Arab states.
Youm 7 – Egypt: Embassy of Canada honors Egyptian women on International Women’s Day. The ceremony honored a number of leading and outstanding women in Egypt, and was attended by the Chair of the Egyptian National Council for Women. The Canadian Ambassador, Jesse Dutton, said that the ceremony celebrates the invaluable contribution of Egyptian women, and that, although challenges to development still exist, Canada supports the works of the Egyptian government, private sector, and civil society to fulfill Egypt’s needs.