This month, a delegation of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto members and lawyer Saron Gebresellassi visited the U.S.-Canada border at Lacolle, Que., with the goal of offering legal support for the mostly Haitian asylum-seekers at the crossing.According to BLM’s social media, they witnessed “whole families being detained and denied their Charter right to speak to legal counsel.”This mistreatment, of course, makes up only one small part of the broader injustice faced by migrants crossing from the United States into Canada. Indeed, many face increasingly virulent racism in Trump’s America, as well as arrest at the Canadian border.While most will be released after a brief period of detention, they are very likely to be removed at a later date; the rejection rate of Haitian refugees in 2017 was 90 per cent as of November.According to the Canadian government, 2017 was a record year for intercepted crossings on land borders. But what is too frequently ignored in these … [Read more...] about Do Black migrants lives matter at the U.S.-Canada border?
The head of Google’s parent company contrasted divisive U.S. politics against Canada’s innovation and immigration-friendly policies Thursday, adding his company owes this country a favour — one the Prime Minister said he’d be sure to call in. Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt said during an onstage chat with Justin Trudeau in Toronto that his company is “enormously thankful to Canadians” for the country’s artificial intelligence innovations. “We now use it throughout our entire business and it’s a major driver of our corporate success,” he said at Google’s Go North conference. “So we owe you, right. And we remember.” Read more: Thales creates new artificial intelligence hub in Montreal Facebook follows Google, Microsoft to Montreal with new AI research lab … [Read more...] about Google parent chair says company owes Canada, worried about U.S.-Canada relations
WASHINGTON—A referendum in 10 days on the future of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula would violate international law, U.S. President Barack Obama declared on Thursday. Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country’s new government. “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law,” Obama said. “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Obama spoke hours after Crimean lawmakers set a March 16 date for a referendum on whether the region should become part of Russia. Russian forces began moving into Crimea about a week ago, despite warnings there would be costs for such actions. … [Read more...] about U.S., Canada and Europe reject March 16 Crimean referendum to join Russia
DETROIT—President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5-billion (U.S.) bridge between the U.S. city and Canada. Obama sent his $3.9-trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress on Tuesday, but it doesn’t include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza. The plaza is a vital part of the planned New International Trade Crossing to link Detroit and Windsor, Ont. … [Read more...] about No money in Obama’s budget plan to build customs plaza for U.S.-Canada bridge
OTTAWA—No one can predict if Canada will end up a winner, a loser or a mere bystander in the Trump administration’s drive to re-write cross-border trade rules to benefit American workers and industries. But Larry Rosen, head of one of Canada’s most successful retailers, will be watching warily as negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States launch formal talks Wednesday in Washington to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement. The CEO of Harry Rosen high-end men’s clothing isn’t afraid of the new e-commerce world. The Toronto retailer, with 18 stores, 1,000 employees and a flourishing in-store and online Canadian clientele, says business is good. But Rosen does fear what he calls “unfair” competition and warns of what lies ahead for many of Canada’s 45,000 storeowners if Ottawa caves to U.S. demands to allow up to $800 tax-free and duty-free online shopping—the cap now is set at $20 before customs rates apply. … [Read more...] about Here’s what to expect as crucial NAFTA talks between U.S., Canada and Mexico begin this week