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Canada won't take foreign policy tips from China, minister says – CBC.ca

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Canada’s foreign affairs minister is doubling down on Canada’s position on its current standoff with China in the face of blowback from Chinese officials.

China’s foreign ministry said Friday that Canada’s attempts to secure the release of two citizens detained in China by involving other countries, including the United States, is “doomed to fail” and a “waste of time.”

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in response that Canada won’t take lessons on diplomacy from Beijing.

“The only one who [is] going to dictate the foreign policy of Canada is the Government of Canada,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s The House today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told TVA’s Salut Bonjour program on Thursday that his government has asked the Trump administration to delay signing a final trade agreement with China until Beijing releases businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig.

Kovrig and Spavor have been in Chinese custody for over a year. They were arrested shortly after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on an extradition request from the United States. Her case is before the courts.

A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry took a shot at Canada for reaching out to Washington.

“If you pull chestnuts out of the fire for others, you will end up being the one getting burned,” Geng Shuang said.

Trading relationship in question

Despite the strident tone of China’s statements, it’s still Canada’s second largest trading partner. Reciprocal trade in goods between the two countries totals almost $100 billion each year, says Statistics Canada.

Champagne said Canada’s trade with the superpower doesn’t have to suffer because of the tensions caused by the consular cases. When asked if Canada could engage in trade with China and still push for the detained Canadians’ freedom, Champagne responded, “I think you can.”

Maintaining those ties is one thing — Prime Minister Trudeau told CBC News expanding them isn’t an option, given the current state of the relationship. On top of the detentions, China also halted imports of Canadian meat and canola earlier this year, causing huge issues for Canadian farmers.

“Until there is room to find that common ground, I don’t think that greater free trade with China is really something we can explore,” Trudeau told Power & Politics.

China takes no responsibility for the deterioration of the bilateral relationship. 

“The responsibility for the current difficult situation in China-Canada relations lies entirely with the Canadian side. Whoever started the trouble first should end it,” Geng said. The Chinese have indicated the standoff will continue until Meng is released.

Champagne said it’s time for a new framework for relations with China. So far, he said, Canada’s strategy of sticking to the “rule of law” argument in Meng’s case has come at a price, but Champagne maintains it was the right thing to do.

“When you believe in the rule of law, I don’t think you can pick and choose.”

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Americans fleeing Trump's presidency faced Canada's stiff immigration process – CBC.ca

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After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, many Americans considered moving to Canada, but some have realized it’s not that easy leaving their country behind.

Heather Vargas was one American who actually made the move after Trump’s inauguration in early 2017.

She moved to Halifax that same year, a plan that started as a joke the night Trump was elected.

But she has since moved back to her home state of Arkansas.

“America is my home,” she said. “Yes, America is currently a dumpster fire, but it’s my dumpster fire and I love it.”

After Donald Trump won the presidency back in 2016, hoards of Americans planned to escape to Nova Scotia, but four years later, some have realized it’s not so easy to leave their own country and culture behind. CBC’s Shaina Luck has that story. 2:13

Vargas lived in Halifax for a year and a half.

Rob Calabrese would consider Vargas one of the lucky few.

The radio announcer started the website Cape Breton if Trump Wins in early 2016 as a way to attract Americans to rural areas of Nova Scotia.

During Trump’s campaign and his eventual election, Calabrese had thousands of inquiries from Americans wanting to move to Atlantic Canada.

But only a handful of people followed through.

“People who contacted me about moving to Canada, who had means or professions that likely made them a good candidate for immigration, found that our countries are alike, but there is a culture shock even for Canada and the United States,” he said. 

“So I found that people would rarely make that move even if they were able.”

Rob Calabrese started the website ‘Cape Breton if Trump Wins’ in 2016 as a way to attract Americans to the rural area. (CBC)

And if that was the case, Calabrese discovered immigrating to Canada isn’t as easy as it seems.

David Nurse, an immigration lawyer with McInnes Cooper in Bridgewater, N.S., has witnessed this first-hand.

Nurse said he immediately started receiving calls from people who were interested in immigrating to Canada “largely or entirely because of Trump’s election” in 2016.

“What I saw in practice, though, was that not all of these individuals would have a pathway to Canada,” he said.

David Nurse is an immigration lawyer with McInnes Cooper in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. (CBC)

To immigrate to Canada, individuals must be supported through specific programs offered through the federal government, which are designed to attract the young and educated who are skilled in in-demand occupations.

“A lot of people, I guess I would say, were somewhat exploring the opportunity,” Nurse said. 

“They never obviously considered emigrating from the United States before and once they found out what was involved in terms of the effort, the cost and the time, many of them backed away.”

Vargas said she doesn’t regret her decision to move to Canada, despite it being a brief stay.

“Overall, it was an amazing experience. I’m very, very thankful that I moved to Canada,” she said.

However, she said she won’t be leaving the U.S. again.

“I want to stay, and I want to try to fight for everything that I can to make America the best country that I know it can be.”

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The 4 Keys to Paying Less On Your Car Insurance

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If one of your friends or family members got a better car insurance premium than you, it isn’t because they know someone in the industry, or they got lucky; all they did was follow these four simple steps to lower auto insurance premiums:

When it comes to car insurance in Canada, many of us pay too much. If you happen to know someone who has the same driving record as you do, yet they are paying less, it isn’t an accident, and no insurance company. What they more than likely did was used these four ways to get the lower rate:

 

1. RATE COMPARISON

Ummm, let me say state this differently, the SHOPPED! We shop prices for cars, computers, clothes, and these days EVEN gas, but when it comes to car insurance, we get the quote from the insurance rep and say “ok” and pay the rate without even shopping it!

There is a couple of reasons why we do this, and incidentally, they are myths … here is why we don’t shop

Myth #1 – there is no reason to shop because there is no difference between insurance companies when it comes to the coverage. They all charge the same price

Myth #2 – shopping rates are for new drivers who don’t have insurance yet or those people who have had accidents or tickets.

Those myths need to be BLOW OUT OF THE WATER! If you believe them, it costs you money!

If your driving record is clean, you are probably still paying way too much for car insurance because car insurance companies DON’T all charge the same; their rates do vary, and in some cases, they differ a lot.

Take the time to get a Canada car insurance quote [http://www.insurmycar.ca/quoteme.html].

 

 

 

 

2. Deductibles, consider raising them…

A deductible is the amount of the claim that YOU pay, and then your insurance company pays the rest if you are involved in an accident. We usually take the lower deductible because we want to pay less out of our pocket and have the insurance company kick in more. Good in theory, but, of course, it doesn’t work that way. We are still paying a higher premium. If you go with a higher deductible, it lowers your premium; I mean, we aren’t in accidents every day, right? So, why not elect to pay the higher deductible to save over the long run on our rate?

 

 

3. Discount, hey, do you offer any…

There are many insurance discounts you can take advantage of; here are ones to ask for:

Age – when you hit 25, the rate drops. There could be other breaks as well… ask!

Multi-vehicle discount – more than one car insured with the same company

Multi-line discount – insure the car, house, cottage, and boat and get a break if it is with the same company.

Anti-theft discount – get discounts based on the anti-theft devices you have

Low mileage discount – you’re a lower risk if you don’t drive that much.

Occupational discount – depending on the line of work you’re in, you may be one.

Auto club discount: CAA or some of the other auto clubs have discounts.

The key here … If you don’t ask, you don’t get it!

 

 

4. Watch your driving…

I know, I know, things happen when you’re on the road. However, keep in mind that your driving record is the key factor insurance company’s use in figuring out your insurance rates. The accidents you happen to get involved in that are your fault, and the traffic tickets all factor in and remain with you for a long time, so pay attention to what you’re doing!

We ALL have to pay for car insurance in Canada; that’s the law. However, we DON’T have to pay huge car insurance premiums; take the time, and use the four keys above; you can save on car insurance in Canada!

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Hong Kong considers two-week quarantine for flight crew: SCMP

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(Reuters) – Hong Kong is considering ordering flight crew entering the Asian financial hub to quarantine for two weeks, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday, citing sources.

All pilots and cabin crew, including local staff, will have to quarantine in a hotel if they stay in Hong Kong for more than two hours, three sources told the newspaper.

Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways and the government did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment on the potential mandate.

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said earlier this week that social distancing measures set to expire this week would be extended to contain infections.

 

(Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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