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PM Trudeau under fire for being soft on Chinese firm’s takeover of Canadian satellite-technology company

This past summer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government came under heavy fire from Canadians and Conservative politicians, as well as the U.S. defense and security professionals for Ottawa’s approval of a controversial Chinese firm’s takeover of a Vancouver satellite technology company without full-fledged national security review. This revealed Trudeau’s and his Liberal government’s very soft and “naïve” stance toward national security matters – and China. This Canadian company, Norsat International sells military-sensitive satellite technologies and materials to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Its defense clients also include the Republic of Ireland Department of Defense, Taiwan Army and […]

Surge of international students at Canadian universities, B-schools

Canadian universities are increasingly popular with international students. Particularly, interests from American students are rising to record levels, as more of them appreciate Canada as a tolerant, stable and freer nation of more diversity in a world beset by political uncertainty, and division within countries. According to the Globe and Mail (May 14), unprecedented numbers of international students are coming to Canadian universities this fall, with some institutions seeing jumps of 25% or more in admission of students from abroad. Applications from international students were up by double digits this year, with record levels of interest from American students. Many observers had suggested that the election of Donald Trump was […]

Canada kept busy dealing with growing influx of asylum seekers fleeing Trump’s America

The number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the U.S. into Canada has been rising rapidly since the turn of the year, keeping Canadian police and refugee officials busy. During the first two months of 2017, 1,134 asylum seekers were intercepted by Canadian police guarding the borders while crossing over from the U.S. into Canada. The number is already nearly half the total of illegal border crossers arrested during 2016. Most of them have been arrested when they tried to enter Quebec from New York. (Of the total, 677 were caught in Quebec, 161 in Manitoba, 291 in British Columbia and five in Saskatchewan.) Most of these asylum […]

Canada warily awaits President Trump’s debut

Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. President in the November election, defying all predictions and wishes against him. In Canada, which had opposed his presidency long before the election, more vehemently than any country, probably except Mexico, politicians and citizens are equally shocked by Trump’s victory. Three weeks before the Jan. 20 inauguration, the Trump administration is taking shape as names of people for major White House and Cabinet posts are being announced. While the world is watching anxiously what the Trump presidency would bring to them, Canadian people still seem to be having difficulty to accept Trump’s “surprise” victory – now already two months earlier. There seemed to […]

Liberal government allowing more immigrants to come to Canada; Over 300,000 newcomers landed in past year, highest since 1971

Canada is known as a multi-ethnic, multi-culture country friendly to newcomers. Even during the past 10 years of the Conservative rule, new immigrants were arriving in Canada constantly every year. Immigrants have been increasing rapidly since the Liberal Party took power a year ago. When antipathy is rising toward immigrants in the U.S., Britain and many other countries — as shown by the Donald Trump phenomenon and Brexit — Canada is increasing the immigration target for years to come, and even relaxing regulations on incoming temporary foreign workers is being discussed. According to the latest Statics Canada report of its annual population count, in the past year to July, 320,932 […]

‘The Sophie Effect’ on Canada’s fashion industry

Justin Trudeau has been enjoying still rising his popularity since he took office as Canada’s Liberal prime minister 10 months ago. Equally popular is his charming wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, former television personality, journalist, activist working for various causes, and 41-year-old mother of three. Soon after she became the Canadian prime minister’s wife, the term “Sophie effect” has been the talk of the town. Wherever she goes she always draws lot of Canadian media’s attention to what she wears – which Canadian designers’ clothes, shoes and bags. She has said in public that she wants to play roles to promote Canadian designers on the world stage when she accompanies her […]

Will ‘President Trump’ get more Americans moving to Canada?

With two weeks to go before the U.S. Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland, Ohio, it is almost certain that the controversial, divisive real estate tycoon Donald Trump will be nominated as he party’s presidential candidate. Trump has enraged Americans and their neighbors and worried allies and even alienated his Republican colleagues with his outspoken, coarse statements – that he would build walls along the border to stop Mexican immigrants and drugs from coming into the U.S. and “arm-twist” Mexico to pay for the walls, that he would repatriate all illegal immigrants in the U.S., and that he would ban Muslims from entering the country. By inflaming populism and nationalism […]

Justin Trudeau’s first visit to Japan – a “holiday in Tokyo”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit Japan last week for bilateral talks with his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, and Group of Seven summit in Ise-Shima, western Japan – his first ever visit to Japan and a full debut before the leaders of Canada’s advanced Western partners since taking office last fall. Trudeau is the newest-comer among the G7 leaders, but enjoyed more media attention, at least outside the G7 conference, during his week-long visit. Japanese media covered his and his wife’s favorably, playing up the couple’s visits to the Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace and their “holiday in Tokyo.” Soon arriving in Tokyo on Monday, May 23, with Sophie Gregoire, […]

Serious delays of new sleek streetcar delivery hit Toronto transit renewal

The streetcar system of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, is the largest such system in the Americas in terms of ridership, number of cars and track length, as Wikipedia describes. It is one of the few existing streetcar systems with its history dating back to the mid-19th century – 1861 – when a horse-drawn street railway began. This Toronto streetcar system is now adding a new prize – a fleet of 204 21st-century, low-floor, safer and more comfortable, accessible streetcars to be manufactured by Montreal-based Bombardier and put into service completely by the end of 2019. However, there are so far only 17 of such light rail vehicles – painted in […]

Canada moving toward marijuana legalization

Canada is moving toward legalization of recreational marijuana, which the Liberal Party has promised in last year’s election. There are many problems that must be cleared for legislation to be written for legalization, and everybody understands that recreational marijuana will not become available overnight to buy freely at stores. Still a sense of expectation is growing among Canadians and marijuana producers as if legalization of cannabis would happen any time soon. When Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party defeated the Conservative Party in the October election, stock prices of marijuana-related companies shot up, as much as by 7 % on the TSX Venture Exchange. Immediately after taking office, Prime Minister instructed his […]

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