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Canada aims to ratify trade deal after lifting of tariffs

May 19, 2019 - 9:28 AM

But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it would be 'naive' to think US protectionism is no longer a threat

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman

May 16, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(4th UPDATE) Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrest 'recently,' but did not provide a date, and adds he had no information about where they were being held

DETAINED. This file picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holding photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. File photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

U.S. nears metal tariffs deal with Canada, Mexico

May 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

'I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S.

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:36 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers among 11 nations representing nearly 500 million consumers in the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to counter China's growing economic influence

AGREEMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint media availability in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 28, 2019. Photo Lars Hagberg/AFP

Duterte’s trash threat embarrasses, infuriates Canadians

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Some say, 'shame on us,' others call the Philippine president a ‘boor'

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Otso Diretso bets on Duterte’s Canada rant: Be tough on China too

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Reelectionist senator Koko Pimentel says that President Duterte's threat of war against Canada is just ‘exaggeration’

Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc campaign in several towns in Pangasinan on April 24, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Canada vows to resolve garbage row after Duterte threat

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Canadian embassy says their country 'is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada'

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Duterte tells Canada he's sending back their garbage

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The Philippine President advises Canada to 'prepare a grand reception' for their tons of trash

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Bodies of 3 mountaineers found in Canada

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

American Jess Roskelley and Austrians Hansjorg Auer and David Lama were killed by an avalanche

TRAGIC. The 3 mountaineers were already descending when the avalanche hit. Photo by Handout/Parks Canada/AFP

Extensive flooding in eastern Canada forces evacuations

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Warming weather over the Easter weekend brings spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick

Homes on the verge of being flooded in Laval, Canada, where water remains at a dangerous level on April 21, 2019. Flooding in eastern Canada forced the evacuation of 1,200 people while more than 600 troops have been deployed in response, authorities said Sunday, April 21, 2019. Warming weather over the Easter weekend has brought spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick. MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP / AFP

Canada reunites Syrian refugee family after fire claims 7 kids

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:24 PM

After the traumatizing experience of losing her 7 children, a Syrian refugee is set to be reunited with her siblings and other family members in Canada

CULTURE OF HELP. Canadians welcome refugees in a protest in Toronto. Photo by arindambanerjee / Shutterstock

[OPINION] Life in Toronto, and the tinge of sadness that remains

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A former Manileño reflects on the joy and loneliness of being an immigrant

In Canada, 4 killed in 'targeted' shootings

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:42 PM

A motive had not been established by Monday night, but the victims and the suspect all knew each other, local media report

Venezuela accuses Canada of supporting Trump's 'war adventure'

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:56 AM

In a statement, Venezuela's foreign ministry says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'has invalidated Canada as a reliable actor in dialogue'

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade at Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on April 13, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Canada has quietly cut off aid to Nicaragua over rights violations

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:38 AM

A Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman says: 'Our government is concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation and economic downturn in Nicaragua.'

University students protest against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega with Nicaraguan national flags at the Central American University (UCA) in Managua on April 10, 2019. The government of President Daniel Ortega said Monday it was ready to continue talks with the opposition on resolving Nicaragua's deadly political crisis. The Central American country has been gripped by a year of political crisis since months of street protests erupted last April leaving more than 325 people dead, most of them opposition demonstrators.  INTI OCON / AFP

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

Ian Veneracion to sing with Patti Austin for concert tour

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Ian Veneracion joins American R&B singer Patti Austin on her 'Soul and Heart Canada Tour' this April

Canadian couple find lost ticket to become last-minute lotto millionaires

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:29 AM

The winning lotto ticket that had been forgotten in a book for months is found two days before the last day for claiming the jackpot

MILLIONAIRES. Screenshot from the Loto-Québec site. Translated caption says in part: Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque claimed a prize of $ 1,000,000 two days before the expiry date of their precious ticket! ... the couple of Montrealers discovered just in time that he had a winning ticket to the 100 $ ULTIME lottery, whose draw took place on April 5, 2018.

Canada experiencing warming at twice global level – report

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Average temperatures have risen by 1.7 degrees Celsius since 1948 – double the global average of 0.8 degrees Celsius, and 'will warm further in the future, driven by human influence,' says a report by Environment and Climate Change Canada

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST. Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal during the march for climate, on March 15, 2019. Photo by Martin Ouellet-Diotte/AFP

Locsin thanks Canada for sheltering Filipina 'Snowden refugee'

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Thank you, Canada, we owe you big time,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Canada gave asylum status to Filipina Vanessa Rodel

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after she and her daughter Keana arrived in Toronto, Canada, on a flight from Hong Kong, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Filipina who sheltered Snowden fled PH over sexual violence

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Get to know Vanessa Rodel, who obtained asylum status in Canada years after sheltering US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Canada grants asylum to Filipina who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:44 AM

(UPDATED) Vanessa Rodel is among a group who sheltered Edward Snowden, putting him up in her apartment in 2013 while he was in Hong Kong on the run from US authorities

NOW IN CANADA. Lawyer Robert Tibbo (R) embraces Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana as the pair arrive in Canada at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Priest stabbed during mass at Canada's biggest church

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:45 PM

The suspect is arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience, while priest Claude Grou is taken to hospital

CHURCH ATTACK. Catholic Priest Claude Grou was stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass on March 22, 2019, at Canada's biggest church, Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, police said. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Canada's new caregiver program raises more questions than answers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Since the Canadian government has not laid out the criteria for the new program, it has raised a lot of uncertainty about who will qualify for it

NEW PROGRAM. Care workers attend an information session about the Trudeau government's new caregiver program. Photo by Marites Sison

PH bobsled team nabs bronze in Canada tiff

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Competing against 9 Canadian teams, the Philippines records the third best race times over two heats

BUILDUP. The Philippine bobsled team seeks to reach the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Contributed photo

Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

Canada's new caregiver program falls short of expectations – migrant worker groups

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'We still don’t have permanent resident status on arrival, which is needed to get at the cause of exploitation in our work,' says the Caregivers' Action Centre

PERMANENT STATUS NOW. Supporters hold a rally at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s headquarters in Toronto, urging the Canadian government to grant permanent status upon landing to migrant workers. File photo from The Origami Magazine

Canada political crisis hurts Trudeau's image as elections loom

Mar 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Trudeau's government has been rocked by accusations of meddling in the criminal prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin

NO WRONGDOING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied accusations of "inappropriate" meddling in the prosecution of a corporate giant, as the country's golden boy leader battles his worst crisis since taking office. File photo by Lars Harberg / AFP

Battling political crisis, Trudeau denies wrongdoing

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Facing calls to resign over the snowballing scandal, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the allegations head-on, saying he had learned 'lessons' from the crisis, but denying any wrongdoing

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. - Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on December 16, 2018, as criticism mounts over the kingdom's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. Trudeau had earlier said that it would be "extremely difficult" to withdraw from the contract, signed by the previous conservative administration, "without Canadians paying exorbitant penalties." (Photo by Lars Hagberg / AFP)

Canada budget minister quits in fresh blow to Trudeau

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Jane Philpott, who also served as Treasury Board president, says she no longer had confidence in Justin Trudeau's government over the allegations that senior officials attempted to head off the prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin

RESIGNING. In this file photo taken on August 28, 2017 Jane Philpott arrives at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce changes to his cabinet. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

China suspects detained Canadian of spying

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Another Canadian in Chinese detention – businessman Michael Spavor – is one of Michael Kovrig's main sources of intelligence, according to reports

ARRESTED. File photo of former diplomat Michael Kovrig of Canada who was detained by China. AFP Photo

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou lodges complaint against Canada authorities – lawyers

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

The complaint is lodged on the same day Canadian justice launches Wanzhou's extradition process to the US

WANZHOU. This TV image provided by CTV to AFP shows Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as she exits the court registry following the bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 11, 2018. CTV/AFP file photo

Canada appeals court upholds ruling awarding damages to smokers

Mar 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The tobacco companies have one month to launch an eventual appeal before Canada's Supreme Court

HISTORIC RULING. Quebec's Appeals Court rules that the three companies should pay a whopping amount to tens of thousands of smokers suffering from emphysema, lung cancer or throat cancer. Rappler file photo

Canada government 'meddling' case: deciphering the controversy

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Here's what you need to know about the political crisis rocking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government

ACCUSER. In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 former Canadian justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to give her testimony about the SNC-LAVALIN affair before a justice committee hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Canada 'deeply troubled' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trudeau government in crisis after Canada minister's resignation

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation follows a chorus of demands for the Canadian government to come clean about whether Justin Trudeau's office had pressured her

Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Canadian jihadist says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mohammad Ali begins doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the jihadists start losing territory and turning against foreigners

'HUNG OUT TO DRY.' Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks to AFP at a detention center in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

More schools in Canada to teach Filipino language

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says this will help the Filipino community 'continue to grow deep roots and make this province even greater'

Canadian diplomats hit by mystery symptoms in Cuba sue Ottawa – report

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Fourteen people, including current and former diplomats and their families, are seeking Can$28 million in damages from the federal government

Quebec City mosque shooter to be sentenced on February 8

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The 29-year-old faces the prospect of life in prison if ordered to serve 25 years consecutively for each of the 6 murders for which he pleaded guilty

FOR SENTENCING. Alexandre Bissonnette, a suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the court house in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 21, 2017. File photo by Mathieu Belanger/AFP

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Canada is 'also taking action to resettle 100 refugees from Niger, rescued from Libyan migrant detention centers, including victims of human smuggling,' Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says

OPENING DOORS. Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Trudeau sacks Canadian envoy to China after Huawei controversy

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks for and accepts the resignation of Canada's Ambassador to China John McCallum

SACKING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fires Ambassador to China John McCallum, but not before hailing the latter's two-decades worth of public service. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Australian detained in China receives consular visit – official

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Embassy staff made a consular visit to Yang Jun in the afternoon, according to a brief statement released by the Australian department of foreign affairs

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From

U.S. to seek Huawei exec's extradition from Canada

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, is free on a $7.5 million bail and is awaiting a hearing on her extradition

This TV image provided by CTV to AFP shows Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as she exits the court registry following the bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 11, 2018. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, was released on Can$10 million (US$7.5 million) bail on Tuesday in a case that has rattled relations between China, the United States and Canada. CTV / AFP