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Finally, it was reported today that Canada will offer a “path to protection” for Afghans who assisted the Canadian military during the country’s war, which lasted more than 10 years. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will implement “special immigration measures to provide a path to protection in Canada” for Afghan interpreters, local embassy staff, their families and those “who have provided critical support to the operation and presence ( of Canada) “in the country, because they are in danger of reprisals as the Taliban retake swaths of territory, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said today.
The list “is not exhaustive,” he continued, but did not offer further details. A press release said cooks, drivers, construction workers and security guards are also eligible. The program will apply to those who had a “significant and lasting” relationship with Canada, Mendicino said. When Canada resettled Afghan interpreters in 2011, 12 months of service were required. Mendicino did not provide further information on eligibility. The IRCC, Global Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defense currently have teams in Afghanistan that help locate eligible individuals, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said. Aidan Chamandy reports.
If you have itchy feet and are eager to travel, you may want to cool your heels for a while. Or you may have to. A leaked Treasury Board filing obtained by Politico reveals that Canada will not have a national COVID-19 vaccine passport system until December 2021, as soon. But thanks to the total lack of national infrastructure, the delay could extend beyond that. Meanwhile, the EU The vaccine passport is online, the UK has a national digital record of proof of vaccination, and Australia and New Zealand are working towards a uniform digital record. South of the border, the United States has a national standard for its vaccination cards.
Meanwhile, although we share a border and much more, Kirsten Hillman says that doesn’t mean things are always going to line up.. For example, the reopening of that border. In a panel today alongside Acting U.S. Ambassador Arnold Chacon at the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, Canada’s envoy to the U.S. says that both Canada and the U.S. have the right to take their own unilateral decisions on COVID-19 travel restrictions. Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that people should be happy about it. That Canadian Press story.
Looking ahead to the upcoming elections: The leader of one of Canada’s newest federal parties, which is trying to be a kind of Bloc Québécois of the West, says he is ready for his first election and hopes to have 25 candidates on board by which time the court order is dismissed. Last year, the Calgary-based Maverick Party, formerly Wexit Canada, became eligible to be on the next ballot. Conservative politician Jay Hill, who was the leader of the House of Government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is the party’s acting leader, at least until members have chosen a suitable replacement.
In an interview with iPolitics, Hill said the party is as prepared as possible for an election that he, like many, suspects will be called in August or September. The party has nearly 20 candidates running in western Canada, most of them in Alberta, but Hill said the goal is to have at least 25 by the time the election is called. “The reality is that we are going to run in a select number of constituencies,” he said. “We have specifically targeted the strongest conservative constituencies where the division of votes (is a) is not an issue.” Jeff Labine has more.
As Canadians cheer on the country’s Olympians at the Tokyo Games in the coming weeks, there are more things the federal government could be doing off the field to help Team Canada succeed. The federal government could boost the funding through Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), which is a “lifeline” for many athletes, said Liberal MP and former Olympian Adam van Koeverden, who is also the minister’s parliamentary secretary. of Heritage. “I continue to believe that athletes deserve an increase in AAP, and that is something that I feel I am in a unique position to work on,” van Koeverden told iPolitics’ Rachel Emmanuel on Friday.
“So, you are taking on a very important job.” The queen and her future representative, Mary Simon, sat down to chat with Zoom last night.
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Former Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers to Chair Federal Advisory Panel on Prisoner Isolation (Balloon)
Green Party chairman blames Annamie Paul for the need to launch a legal challenge (The star)
Greens push second quarter fundraiser amid party turmoil (CP)
Liberal NS Leader Says Party ‘Helped’ With Dartmouth South Candidate’s Statement (CBC)
Senior Erin O’Toole Official Helped Social Conservative Candidates Get Party Nominations (The star)
O’Toole awarded taxpayer-funded contracts to party insiders and supporters. (Global)
Former employees say racism and rampant sexual harassment at Royal Canadian Mint (CBC)
The government interferes with the ‘exclusive jurisdiction’ of the Chamber (CBC)