NEWS BRIEFS: CANADA
30 April 2023 (CTV)
The federal government announced today that “the deteriorating security situation” in Sudan has forced it to suspend evacuation flights for now. Approximately 400 Canadian citizens and permanent residents had been rescued so far but Defence Minister Anita Anand said that about 230 are still seeking assistance through Global Affairs Canada.
24 April 2023 (CP)
Fifty-eight Canadians and one German were evacuated from Sudan today on a German aircraft and an RCAF CC-117 Globemaster III was on standby in the region to help evacuate more as a military conflict continued to escalate. Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly had said earlier in the day that there were talks with “like-minded countries” to help others.
21 April 2023 (CBC)
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said April 20 that evacuating citizens and diplomatic staff from Sudan is currently “impossible” due to security risks arising from the fighting between two military factions. However, she said “we are assessing the situation constantly” and advising personnel to shelter in place. There are at least 1,500 Canadians in Sudan but registration is optional.
21 April 2023 (Reuters)
Forty sniper rifles and ammunition, new radios for the eight Canadian Leopard 2A tanks being prepared for Ukraine in Poland, as well as nearly $35 million in cash for non-lethal procurements, make up a new $39-million Canadian support package. Defence Minister Anita Anand announced it today while in Germany for talks with NATO allies.
21 April 2023 (CTV)
Some 700 resident single military personnel at CFB Petawawa, Ont., are without heat or hot water after civilian workers who maintain services were deemed non-essential during the Public Service Alliance of Canada strike. Family housing is not affected.
19 April 2023 (CBC)
More than 155,000 unionized federal employees went on strike today after the government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada failed to reach a deal before a midnight deadline. However, the two sides remain at the bargaining table.
18 April 2023 (CBC)
More than 60 former sen ior security officials, military commanders and politicians, including five former defence ministers, are pressing the federal government to take security and defence more seriously. Along with a former Supreme Court of Canada judge, they have shared their concerns in a letter released April 17 by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.
18 April 2023 (AL Jazeera)
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and her G7 counterparts today pledged more intense sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. They also closed their three-day meeting in Japan by formally criticizing China for its recent aggression in the Taiwan Strait and North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
17 April 2023 (CTV)
With the House of Commons and Senate back today from their winter hiatus, two weeks-long spring sessions before summer have a packed agenda for MPs, including discussion of precedence for 25 government bills. They include a pending budget approval bill as well as Bill C-21, which would amend several statutes to improve firearms controls.
14 April 2023 (CTV)
“Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle was a factor” in the drownings of four Royal Military College cadets when their vehicle plunged into the St. Lawrence River abutting the Kingston campus in April 2022. The Office of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal said today that this was the finding of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.