Author: Frank Allison

Canada said it would take back 23 of its citizens who were held in Islamic State camps in north-east Syria. The group includes six women, 13 infants, and four men. British-Canadian dual national, Jack Letts, whose British citizenship was revoked, is among the men who will be brought back. Lawyer Barbara Jackman, representing one of the four men, said the parents were happy with the court’s decision. The judge asked that the men should be repatriated “as soon as reasonably possible,” Ms Jackman said. The repatriation would be the largest so far for Canada after the so-called Islamic State caliphate…

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Canada is sending four combat-ready battle tanks to Ukraine and will be deploying “a number” of Canadian Armed Forces members to train Ukrainian soldiers on how to operate them. Defence Minister Anita Anand made the announcement on Thursday alongside Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre, vowing that in addition to the initial four Leopard 2 tanks, Canada may send additional tanks at a later date. Canada’s delivery of the tanks will take place “in the coming weeks,” while the provision of trainers, as well as spare parts and ammunition, is pending co-ordination with allies, said the defence minister. The…

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Across 10 out of 15 sectors, payroll employment (the number of employees receiving pay or receiving benefits from their employer) increased in November 2022—a good indication of a strong hiring climate, and a returning to pre-COVID economic output in Canada. As a result, many industries also saw a decrease in job vacancies—as employers were more effectively able to hire to fill openings, in the face of looming labour shortages. Overall payroll employment increased by 7,100 jobs, as increases in the professional scientific and technical services, public administration, and finance and insurance sectors were offset by significant decreases in the retail…

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A Canadian pastor is facing his final trial after three years of repeated fines, arrests and imprisonment for keeping his church open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artur Pawlowski, pastor of the Cave of Adullam congregation in Calgary, said he is accused of causing $400 million worth of damages for officiating a church service during the trucker blockade at the U.S.-Canada border last year. “This is the final culmination of over 40 tickets for the COVID tyranny, the house arrest, the prison, all of that stuff,” Pawlowski told Fox News Digital ahead of his trial, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 2,…

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Former finance minister Bill Morneau says he disagreed with the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used vaccine mandates as a wedge issue during the 2021 election, arguing it further polarized the debate in Canada. “When you react to social media, when you react quickly to the 24/7 news cycle, you find yourself taking decisions, saying things that exacerbate the strongly held opinions of the people who are putting out those points of view,” Morneau told host Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s The Current. “The decision in the last election campaign to use the vaccine mandate as a wedge issue —…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the US Patriot air defence system to be delivered to Ukraine as outdated, adding the Russian military knows how to counter them. The US announced a new $US1.85 billion ($2.75 billion) military aid package during a visit to the White House by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday. The package includes one Patriot battery — deemed to be one of the most advanced US air-defence systems, offering protection against attacking aircraft as well as cruise and ballistic missiles. “They say they may send Patriot there, fine, we will crack the Patriot too,” Mr Putin told reporters, adding that the deliveries would only extend…

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