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  • We should swap for MengReuel S. Amdur
    March 9, 2019

    Canada is holding Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese bigwig, for possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. wants to try her on charges alleging that business interests controlled by her firm Huawei are trading with Iran in violation of U.S, sanctions. In retaliation, China has arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, charging them with endangering national security. China has also increased Canadian Robert Schellenberg's sentence for drug offenses to capital punishment.

  • Looking beyond: Fears grow of all-out conflictJaved Akbar
    March 9, 2019

    Relations between India and Pakistan have always been minefield of mutual recriminations, communal antagonisms and military confrontations. Despite this grim record, the two South Asian nuclear powers have made sporadic progress at the negotiating table whenever both sides demonstrated statesmanship, restraint and perseverance. During bilateral talks, India with a sense of belligerency stresses interdependence and a preponderance of Indian military power in the region. Pakistan is characteristically more interested in emphasizing distinctions, forging external security ties and maintaining countervailing forces against Indian bullying tactics.

  • How to keep your Permanent Residence Status in CanadaEdward C. Corrigan
    February 21, 2019

    If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada you keep your status as a Permanent Resident until it is taken away from you in a legal proceeding or you surrender it to Canadian authorities. You can lose your status as a Permanent Resident of Canada for convictions that are considered "Serious Criminality."

  • Brexit: A Divorce Like Few OthersAnna Kucirkova
    February 10, 2019

    Even if you're a casual follower of the news, no doubt over the past couple of years you've seen a story or two about Brexit.

  • Ambassadors Address Gender Reuel S. Amdur
    November 26, 2018

    Rima Alaadeen and Souriya Otmani, from Jordan and Morocco respectively, share on a couple fronts. They are the only Arab female ambassadors to Canada, and they both attribute much of their progress in the foreign services to the attitude and policies of their countries' progressive kings. Both governments have implemented more progressive family codes. In Jordan, according to Alaadeen, if your children don't go to school or marry under the age of 18, you go to jail.

  • Men and SuicideReuel S. Amdur
    November 26, 2018

    On November 22, the Royal Ottawa Hospital's psychiatrist-in-Chief Rajiv Bhatta gave a presentation on men and suicide. "Men have low rates of depression compared to women, yet they are four times more likely to die by suicide." Thus, of people with depression only a third are men, while some 75 to 80% of deaths by suicide are by men.

  • Parents and Grandparents Program in Canada will open to interested sponsors in early 2019. Edward C. Corrigan and Selvin Mejia
    November 18, 2018

    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has closed its Parents and Grandparents Sponsor Program for Canadian citizens and permanent residents for 2018. The Federal Government in December 2016 decided to change the process for acceptance of an Application to Sponsor a Parent or Grand Parent from a first come first serve basis to a lottery approach. This year the online submission form to show interest closed at noon EST on February 1, 2018.

  • The Challenge of Alzheimer's DiseaseReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    Person A: "I've just learned that there is a new cure for Alzheimer's."

  • New NAFTA HurtsReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), son of NAFTA, means that Canada has been forced to make some important concessions. The notorious tariff on steel and aluminum, exempted from coverage as being necessary for defense, may be a prelude to other similar exceptions. The ongoing softwood lumber battle is not resolved, as the U.S. appeals and appeals, but objects when Canada does to the World Trade Organization.

  • Khashoggi's murder could be a game changerJaved Akbar
    October 24, 2018

    The murder of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen.

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