In The News This Week – January 7, 2018

Happy 2018 to all! We may have drank too much eggnog and indulged in too much turkey over the last few weeks, but never fear, we are back with your weekly news update!

In Canadian News:

  • Senator Lynn Beyak: The Senator, who has defended use of residential schools, was removed from the Conservative Caucus after she refused to take down several letters of support for her position on residential schools from her Senate website. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer stated, “racism will not be tolerated.” (CBC)
  • Diversity A Conservative Value?: Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s tolerance for diversity is being questioned based on his refusal to take part in Pride Parades. (Globe and Mail)
  • Liberal Party & Ethics:  In December, Prime Minister Trudeau’s family trip to the Aga Khan’s Island was found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act 4 times, according to the ruling by Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, who will be retiring this week. She hands over the file on whether Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s assets being outside of a blind trust constituted a conflict of interest to her replacement, Mario Dion. (Globe and Mail)
  • Minister Sajjan’s Jet Usage: The Minister of Defence reportedly cost taxpayers $670,000 for his use of the government jet over a 17 month period. (Globe and Mail)

In International News:

  • Iran Protests: People have taken to the street in mass protests in Iran in response to the government raising fuel prices and cutting cash for low income Iranians, as well as general economic inertia. As of Saturday, 22 people have died and over 1000 have been arrested. (CNNGlobe and Mail)
  • The Biggest Nuclear Button: Trump raised more than a few eyebrows with his tweet directed to North Korea that read “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”, further adding to the alarmingly incoherent policy the Trump administration has had on dealing with North Korea. The tweet was in response to the New Year address of Kim Jong Un in which he reaffirmed his country’s nuclear abilities. (The Washington Post)
  • ‘Very stable genius’: In response to Michael Wolff’s new book about the instability in the Trump Whitehouse the President shot back on Twitter stating, “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”. (CBC)

You also might want to check this round-up from Foreign Policy Magazine of 10 conflicts to keep an eye on in 2018

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Minister Harjit Sajjan, Source: Flickr

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