Beginning of reservations for Ukrainian refugee flights to Canada

OTTAWA — Early next week, Ottawa will begin reserving seats on a first-come, first-served basis for the first of three federally chartered flights to ferry Ukrainian refugees to Canada. Some 900 refugees from Ukraine are expected to arrive in late May and early June, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told The Star on Friday, as efforts … Read more

Limits to drug decriminalization may make matters worse: advocates

As Canada’s death toll rises from a toxic drug supply, advocates say it’s ‘unconscionable’ that the federal government has yet to make a decision on demands to decriminalize drug possession. drugs in some parts of the country. Not only is the delay worrying, but there is also a growing fear that the government’s final decision … Read more

Politicians on all sides are being pounded by misinformation and conspiracy theories. What can Canada do?

Ottawa – As Jagmeet Singh left a campaign office in Peterborough on Tuesday, confronted by a crowd hurling death threats and swear words, the NDP leader felt he was suffering the effects of an illness that afflicts many our democracy more and more. “Polarization and misinformation,” Singh said, was behind the assault on a crowd … Read more

A look at the Conservative leadership debate in Edmonton

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre pledged Wednesday to replace the governor of the Bank of Canada as he seeks to fend off attacks from rivals on his economic vision for Canada. The promise came as the personal tastes and political tactics of the six running candidates came under scrutiny during the first formal … Read more

After a rowdy first round, the Conservative leadership candidates reconvene for a second debate. Here’s what to watch out for

OTTAWA — An event that educates, energizes and engages. That’s what the Conservative Party says are its goals for Wednesday night’s leadership debate, the first of two formal opportunities for the six contending candidates to present their vision for the party and the country – and also try to defeat their opponents. Five of the … Read more

The Story of Justin Trudeau’s Secret Trip to Ukraine

OTTAWA — Air raid sirens sounded in kyiv as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a small Canadian delegation made a secret visit to the capital on Sunday amid very real fears that Russia would escalate its war against Ukraine. Yet, said one of these Canadians, “we felt safe. We were kept safe. Plans were in … Read more

Tory leadership hopeful asks party to reconsider race disqualification

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership hopeful Grant Abraham said Monday his campaign had missed $30,000 to meet the entry fee for this year’s contest and hadn’t garnered enough signatures from party members. . But despite not meeting those thresholds, he still believes he has earned the right to be on the ballot and wants the party … Read more

Canada has made a point of reopening its embassy in Ukraine. Why?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to reopen the Canadian embassy in Kyiv on Sunday sends a signal to Russia that Canada is steadfast in its support for Ukraine, the federal government has said. Canada is slowly restoring its diplomatic presence in the Ukrainian capital nearly three months after closing its embassy when Russia began mobilizing … Read more

Justin Trudeau makes a surprise trip to Ukraine

Justin Trudeau made a surprise one-day trip to Kyiv to reopen the Canadian embassy in person the same day he and other G7 leaders pledged to tighten tougher sanctions on Russia for its attacks on the ‘Ukraine. It was a day of symbolism and anticipation for Western countries’ support for Ukraine, as Trudeau spent the … Read more

Justin Trudeau makes a surprise trip to Ukraine

Justin Trudeau made a surprise one-day trip to Kyiv to reopen the Canadian embassy in person the same day he and other G7 leaders pledged to tighten tougher sanctions on Russia for its attacks on the ‘Ukraine. It was a day of symbolism and anticipation for Western countries’ support for Ukraine, as Trudeau spent the … Read more