Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, announced that a third Canadian citizen has been detained in China increasing the tensions between the countries stemming from Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on December 1st. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is ‘very concerned’ about the detainee. China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry denies awareness of a third detainee.
Canada is seeking for access to International Crisis Group (ICG) employee Michael Kovrig after he was detained in China on Monday by the Beijing National Security Bureau. Canadian officials say they do not know Kovrig’s holding location or the reason for his detainment. The ICG says it is worried for Kovrig’s health and safety.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a formal apology on Wednesday for the country’s 1939 refusal to accept a ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees. Trudeau added that more will be done to protect Canadian Jews from violence and called on all Canadians to ‘stand up against xenophobic and antisemitic attitudes.’
Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalize possession and use of recreational cannabis on Wednesday. Cannabis will be sold both in stores and online and delivered to homes. Canadian provinces will have the power to regulate laws regarding marijuana sales such as minimum purchasing age. Concerns persist over the issue of impaired driving.
A man walked along a Toronto street, firing shots into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing one before dying in a gunfire exchange with the police on Sunday. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said the shooting was not random and terrorism was not ruled out. The shooting comes amid a rise in Toronto gun violence.
A total of 12 people have died in the Montreal, Canada heatwave. Canada Weather issued a heat warning for all of southern Quebec, including Montreal, and Montreal’s response level was raised to ‘intervention’ after a spike in heat-related calls. Montreal’s Public Health Department said most victims lived alone and none had access to air conditioning.
Canada’s parliament passed the Cannabis Act on Tuesday legalizing the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. Legal sales of cannabis are likely to begin before the end of the summer. The bill will now pass to the representative of Queen Elizabeth for approval as a formality. The legislation is expected to create a multibillion-dollar industry.
Alex Minassian who drove a van onto the pavement striking pedestrians was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder on Tuesday. Minassian posted on Facebook minutes before the attack and praised killer Elliot Rodger and referenced the ‘incel’ Reddit group. Members of the misogynistic ‘involuntarily celibate’ community applauded Minassian’s attack.
The GoFundMe campaign created for the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team on Friday has surpassed its goal and received $4 million in pledges. A bus carrying the team to a playoff game crashed with a tractor-trailer which resulted in the deaths of at least 15, including the team’s head coach, and leaving another 14 injured.
Canada is set to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says its expansion is ‘a vital project in the national interest.’ The pipeline’s expansion, which has been protested by indigenous groups and environmental activists, is a key part of Canada’s effort to boost oil exports to Asia.