Author: Philip Walsh

A Pole, a German, a Frenchmen, and a Swiss meet in a bar, or was it a Swiss, a French, a German, and a Slovak, I forgot. However, what otherwise sounded like the beginning of a quirky joke was in fact an informal luncheon by some of the brightest analysts of the European Union in early December last year. Nationalities aside, the topic of the lunch was, of course, the Ukraine. The basic question was simple, Are We at War? Will Russia win? What’s the consequence for Europe if Russia wins? What is the European Union willingness to defend the…

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The market stage is set for what looks to be a very bumpy ride ahead, as a series of fluid situations are ramping toward inflection points that could bring about some abrupt fallout and ramifications regarding the U.S. economy, in the midst of a key presidential election year, plus new trends within our society. We’re only halfway through January, but there is already plenty to chew on for the year ahead. First, the widening out of the war in the Middle East has become more interesting after some 130 attacks on U.S. targets finally generated a response. Houthi attacks on…

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American publications are discussing the prospects for adopting a new aid package to Ukraine in light of the debate that has flared up in the US Congress on the immigration issue. Aid to Ukraine continues to be at the center of discussions in the US Congress, but the adoption of an aid package for Kyiv now largely depends on reaching a compromise on the sensitive issue of domestic immigration policy for Republicans. According to the Washington Post , one of the main reasons for the Republicans’ ultimatum position was dissatisfaction with the immigration policies pursued by the Biden administration. The reforms they proposed were never…

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Canada has released a new draft plan that the government says will help cut methane emissions from the country’s oil and gas sector by at least 75 per cent. Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault made the announcement Monday at the ongoing UN climate conference, also known as COP28, being held in Dubai. Two years ago at COP26, as part of the Global Methane Pledge, Canada committed to developing a plan to reduce oil and gas methane emissions by at least 75 per cent below 2012 levels by 2030. Canada is one of more than 150 countries signed onto the 2021 Global Methane Pledge, which…

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London (15/11 – 67) Colombo Supreme Court rules that former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, former Prime Minister Mahinda, were among several government officials whose conduct contributed to Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in decades. The court was ruling on a petition filed against 13 former officials by rights group Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) which said the Rajapaksa brothers and others were responsible for the crisis. “Their actions, omissions and conduct contributed to the crisis,” the ruling said. The court did not order any punishment, according to a statement by TISL. The two Rajapaksa brothers, two former central…

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Canadians across the country joined the millions around the world celebrating Diwali on Sunday. Diwali is a five-day festival of lights — commonly celebrated globally by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists — that occurs in October or November each year based on Panchangam, or the Hindu calendar. This year, Diwali is celebrated on Nov. 12. The origin story of Diwali varies depending on the region. All these stories have one underlying theme — the victory of good over evil. Sikhs also celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas — which commemorates the release of Guru Hargobind, a revered figure in the faith, who…

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The Council of the State Duma of the Russian Federation at its next meeting will discuss the issue of revoking ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The head of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, wrote about this in a telegram. It follows from his words that ratification will be revoked: according to Volodin, this “corresponds to national interests.” Volodin referred to President Vladimir Putin’s speech at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club. At that meeting on October 5, Putin said there was no need to change Russia’s nuclear doctrine, but that he might consider withdrawing ratification of the nuclear test ban…

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The National Governors Association hosted its monthly briefing for Governors’ legal counsel, which discussed state cannabis regulation. The landscape of cannabis legalization and regulation remains a prominent state policy question, as the discussions and issues on this topic continue to evolve. Under the federal Controlled Substance Act (CSA), cannabis/marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Over the years, however, most states and territories have departed from a comprehensive prohibition of marijuana and have passed laws and policies allowing for some cultivation, sale, distribution, use, or possession of marijuana. In addition, there are a number of recent administrative and…

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I was 18 years old when I became self-conscious about being Black for the first time in my life. I had moved to Canada just five months earlier and I was working in a clothing store in Charlottetown. As a new immigrant, I had been looking forward to the opportunities that awaited me in my new home. But some customers refused my help or turned away when I approached them, and then called on my white colleagues for assistance. I wasn’t verbally attacked, but I saw how those customers looked at me and quickly moved away when I approached to…

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Environment and Climate Change Canada expects that the province’s first significant snowfall of the season will begin Monday morning, bringing colder temperatures with it.   Erin Staunton, a meteorologist with the agency, said up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the Calgary area, starting early Monday morning through to Tuesday evening. “Some of the snow that does fall will melt on contact when it hits the warm ground, so that’s going to lead to a lot of variability in the snowfall accumulations that we’re expecting to see,” said Staunton. Staunton added that the agency currently has snowfall warnings…

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