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China calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

BEIJING/OTTAWA: China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei’s chief financial officer, calling the case “extremely nasty.” Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 and faces extradition to the United States, which alleges that she covered up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. The executive is the daughter of the founder of Huawei. If extradited to the…

Huawei CFO to appear in Canada court as Chinese media slam arrest

VANCOUVER/TORONTO: A top executive of China’s Huawei who is under arrest in Canada is set to appear in a Vancouver court on Friday for a bail hearing as she awaits possible extradition to the United States. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the daughter of the company founder, was arrested on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The arrest, revealed by Canadian authorities late on Wednesday, was part of a US investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade US sanctions against…

Canada desperately looking to fill 430,000 vacant jobs

MONTREAL, Canada: A business group warned on Tuesday that a labor shortage in Canada is deepening, with more than 430,000 jobs at small and medium-sized firms remaining unfilled for at least four months. The job vacancy rate has risen to 3.3 percent, from 2.9 percent a year ago, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said in a report. This is "above the records set before the 2008 financial crisis, and businesses are really feeling the pressure," said CFIB chief economist Ted Mallett. According to…

Trump claims win as US, Mexico, Canada sign new trade deal

BUENOS AIRES: The leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada on Friday signed a huge regional trade deal to replace the old NAFTA, denounced by President Donald Trump as a killer of US jobs. "This is a model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever," Trump said at the signing ceremony in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of a G20 leaders' summit. Trump said negotiating the deal known in Washington as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, had seen the leaders take "a lot of barbs and a little abuse."…

Canada saw a spike in hate crimes in 2017

OTTAWA: The number of hate crimes reported to police in Canada jumped by 47 percent in 2017 from the previous year, targeting mostly Muslim, Jewish or black people, the government statistical agency said Thursday. "For the year, police reported 2,073 hate crimes, 664 more than in 2016," with most of the uptick in graffiti and vandalism, incitement of hatred, assaults, and uttering threats in Ontario and Quebec provinces, said Statistics Canada. This followed steady but relatively small increases in previous years, the…

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

OTTAWA: Canada announced targeted sanctions Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month. The sanctions, which freezes their assets and bars their travel to Canada, "target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018," Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. At the same time, Ottawa continued to call for "a…

Canada asks world to stop sending mail

OTTAWA: Canada's postal service has issued a plea for the rest of the world to stop sending in mail as its striking workers rejected the latest contract offer. Canada Post, facing a huge delivery backlog as the labor unrest looked set to enter a fifth week, recently sweetened its offer to staff in a last-ditch effort to bring the rotating strikes to an end. This followed a warning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his government was prepared to step in to settle the labor dispute ahead of the upcoming holiday…

Canada becomes first industrialized nation to legalise cannabis

TORONTO: Canada became the first industrialised nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a lawful buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities like Toronto and Vancouver, which will have no stores open. Weed enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, kicked off the first permissible sales at midnight. Over 100 people braved the cold and wind in the province’s capital St. John’s, lining up outside a Tweed-branded store owned by Canopy Growth Corp., the world’s most…

PIA mulls blacklisting more than 100 air hostesses after Toronto incident

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is considering blacklisting more than 100 air hostesses after one of their crew members slipped away in Canadian capital Toronto, ARY News reported. According to details, PIA's Manager Flight Services has written to the national carrier's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman requesting blacklisting of more than 100 air hostesses who hold fake degrees. The GM Flight Services requested that the air hostesses should be banned from boarding any flight to cities in Europe…

How Trump split Mexico and Canada in NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY: A day after winning the Mexican presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a congratulatory call from US President Donald Trump. But Trump had something more important on his mind: Would Mexico’s new president consider a bilateral trade deal? Lopez Obrador responded he would be “open to the possibility” in the absence of a trilateral agreement that also included Canada, said Hector Vasconcelos, a foreign policy advisor to Lopez Obrador’s campaign who listened to the call on July 2. Lopez…