Evening Update: Families of Canadian Diplomatic Staff in Ukraine Ordered to Leave, Russian Threat Looms

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Canada is ordering family members of diplomatic personnel stationed in Ukraine to leave the country, The Globe and Mail has learned. The Embassy in Kyiv and the Consulate of Canada in Lviv, western Ukraine, will remain open.

Global Affairs confirmed this, saying that “due to the build-up of the Russian military and destabilizing activities” around Ukraine, the staff would be temporarily cut. Today, Ukrainian leaders sought to reassure the nation that an invasion of neighboring Russia was not imminent. However, the country received a shipment of American military equipment to strengthen its defenses, and Russia mustered 100,000 troops nearby.

This advances the story of last night’s news bulletin, where we talked about Haqmal to the jaw, a former Canadian Army Afghan translator who’s stuck in Kiev and fears he’ll be caught in a war zone – again.


Boris Johnson Party Inquiry

London’s Metropolitan Police today announced the force will be investigating not one, but a series of parties held at the UK Prime Minister’s Downing Street office during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The investigation could result in fines of up to £10,000.

It’s not the only investigation Johnson faces as a challenge to his leadership. He is also awaiting the findings of an internal investigation by a senior official into the parties. Between the police investigation and the civilian inquiry, the findings will be key in determining whether Johnson will face a vote of confidence in his leadership by his fellow Tory MPs.

As well: Yesterday the government announced its intention to return to test-free travel for the first time since autumn 2020. Now the European Union is looking to streamline cross-border travel based more clearly on the vaccination or infection status of a person rather than where a traveler has come.


Patricia Hawley, co-owner of Cameron’s Jewellery, displays an X-Ring at the century-old boutique in downtown Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.DARREN CALABRESE/The Globe and Mail

Meanwhile, COVID in Canada

For St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, the annual donation of X-Rings is a historic tradition – and even the early days of Omicron couldn’t stop it. But after the ring ceremony sparks a COVID-19 outbreak (and polarizes a city), students and townspeople are living with the aftermath.


Everyone’s talking about it: inflation

Interest rates could rise as early as Wednesday, which is the next opportunity for the Bank of Canada to adjust its overnight rate. The overnight lending rate is currently at 0.25% (the emergency low it was cut to at the worst of the pandemic). Experts expect the overnight rate to be 2% by the end of the year.

If you ask Rob Carrick, rising interest rates will make life harder for many of us, but do we ever need it. It analyzes how rising rates will curb inflation, stabilize the housing market and reward savers.

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

Neil Young withdraws a letter asking Spotify to remove his music: A letter briefly appeared on Neil Young’s website asking that his music be removed from Spotify, according to Rolling Stone, in protest at the streaming on podcaster Joe Rogan’s platform, which rejected the coronavirus vaccine.

Lockdowns threaten Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympics: The closures are part of China’s “zero tolerance” measures to fight the pandemic that were tightened ahead of the Games, to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. These now include mandatory tests for anyone buying medicine to treat colds, coughs, fevers and other illnesses.

Alec Baldwin and a civil action for a fatal shooting in Rust: Lawyers for Alec Baldwin and other ‘Rust’ producers are asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a script supervisor who was on set when the actor fatally shot a cinematographer .

77 years after Auschwitz, Jews pay tribute to those who saved them: This year, as the world commemorates the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Yad Vashem and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany have joined together to put highlight the stories of “Righteous Rescuers” like the Sitkowskis who risked everything, even their own lives, to save Jews from being killed by the Nazis and their henchmen.

MARKET WATCH

In a similar pattern to Monday, U.S. stocks oscillated between steep losses and modest gains. Stocks ended well off session lows, where the S&P 500 once again flirted with confirmation of a correction.

The Canadian dollar edged higher against the greenback today as some of the recent financial market concerns eased a notch and investors braced for a potential interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada. Canada. The loonie was trading up 0.2% at 1.2615 to the US dollar, or 79.27 US cents, after trading in a range of 1.2598 to 1.2669. Investors expect the Fed to signal an interest rate hike in March, while the Bank of Canada could rise for the first time since October 2018.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 66.77 points to 34,297.73, the S&P 500 lost 53.68 points to 4,356.45 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 315.83 points to 13,539.30. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index finished up 19.68 points at 20,590.98, after falling for the previous five trading days.

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TALKING POINTS

Why Ontario Shouldn’t Give Casinos a Monopoly on Regulated Online Gambling

“Casino operators who want to aggressively expand into iGaming should be given every opportunity to do so. However, gaming should also include players from outside the gaming industry. Technology and media companies, as well as entrepreneurs have every right to be at the iGaming table. -Andrew Willis

Privacy outrage over public health officials’ use of cellphone data is unwarranted

“On the one hand, we don’t really know how all the data collected by private sector companies is used. On the other hand, unwarranted fears of privacy risk hampering all sorts of very important and positive public uses of data. – Michael Wolfson, Fellow of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa.

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TODAY’S LONG READ

In this file photo taken on April 12, 2017, Saudi Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz speaks during a discussion on the role of women in the Middle East at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Basmah’s imprisonment ended as abruptly as it began, but questions remain

Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was released earlier this month, but questions remain over her freedom of movement. And three years later, it’s also unclear why she was arrested in the first place.

She was more than just a princess: the youngest daughter of the late King Saud of Saudi Arabia was an active journalist, a successful entrepreneur and an outspoken defender of human rights. His health also made headlines, a heart condition that required medical treatment outside the country became a human rights argument itself.

“The prison where she was held is notorious,” the princess’s legal adviser, Henri Estramant, told The Globe and Mail. “But I believe the time will soon come for Princess Basmah to tell the full story of her captivity herself.” Read the story here.

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