Hello,Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended his testimony at the inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act on Friday by saying politics had nothing to do with his government’s decision to invoke the legislation. When they said they did not, Mr. Rouleau thanked Mr. Trudeau for his testimony, which began just after 9:30 a.m. The Prime Minister was the final witness to testify at the inquiry studying the act’s use. “I am absolutely, absolutely serene and confident that I made the right choice,” Mr. Trudeau said. PRIME MINISTER'S DAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa, held private meetings and appeared before the Public Order Emergency Commission.
Still, the challenging international environment, uncertainties over the supply situation and high energy prices are increasingly slowing Swiss factory activity, Credit Suisse analysts said. China’s Caixin/S&P Global manufacturing PMI stood at 49.2 in October, up from 48.1 in September. The private sector survey was in line with an official PMI released on Monday that showed China’s factory activity unexpectedly fell in October. Japan’s au Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing PMI fell to 50.7 in October from September’s 50.8 final, marking the weakest growth since January last year. India was an outlier with factory activity expanding at a stronger pace in October as demand remained solid.3 months ago The Globe and Mail
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Russian-controlled Ukraine, October 14, 2022.ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/ReutersRussian attacks were reported across large areas of Ukraine on Thursday, with heavy shelling in numerous regions damaging infrastructure, including electricity supplies to Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Ukrainian officials said. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has again been disconnected from the power grid after Russian shelling damaged the remaining high voltage lines, leaving it with just diesel generators, Ukraine nuclear firm Energoatom said. The plant, in Russian hands but operated by Ukrainian workers, has 15 days’ worth of fuel to run the generators, Energoatom said. KHERSON COUNTEROFFENSIVEIn the south, a Ukrainian counteroffensive has left Russian forces fighting to hold their ground around the city of Kherson, where Russian-installed authorities are urging residents to evacuate, the Ukrainian military said. Residents who had collaborated with occupying forces were leaving and some departing medical staff had taken equipment from hospitals, the Ukraine military said.3 months ago The Globe and Mail
As the main victim of Japanese aggression during the Second World War, China has long opposed any rearmament by Tokyo. The issue is also controversial in South Korea, which was part of a Japanese colony until 1945. Nevertheless, most analysts agree the two countries need to pull together if they are to push back against China and North Korea. “The relationship between Japan and South Korea is vital,” Mr. Roughead said. On Sunday, South Korea is due to take part in Japan’s naval fleet review, despite objections to the Self-Defense Forces’ use of the Second World War-era “Rising Sun” flag.3 months ago The Globe and Mail
The ishiyaki wagyu, a searing hot rock along with slices of maldon salt-flecked wagyu beef, is equal parts satiating and interactive. There is also notable value to be found in Ryuko’s open rolls, especially during the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour. Ryuko’s tobiko bibimbap is the true showstopper on the menu. Ishiyaki wagyu cooks on a hot stone.Todd Korol/The Globe and MailOn the drink menu is a red and white wine blend from Grace, Japan. The cocktails are the low point of Ryuko thanks to glaring unbalance.2 months ago The Globe and Mail
Phillip Lipscy is a professor of political science and director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. With Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arriving in Ottawa for his first bilateral visit to Canada on Thursday, it’s time for Canada and Japan to rethink their relationship. Meanwhile, Canada has announced its much-awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy, which promises a “generational Canadian response” to the rising influence of the region. The country is also actively boosting its defence capabilities in response to many of the same threats identified in Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. However, it is worth the effort to expand this relationship, so Canada and Japan can contribute to each other’s successes.22 days ago The Globe and Mail
Mr. Kishida told reporters that the two countries would vigorously object to any efforts by Beijing to shift the balance of power in Asian waterways through which significant amounts of global trade pass. In that sense, I am confident that Canada will play a major role as a resource-rich country,” Mr. Kishida said at the start of the meeting. But the Prime Minister did not make a commitment to ease regulatory approval for phase two of the multibillion-dollar project. Mr. Kishida will play host to the annual summit of the G7 industrial powers in May in Hiroshima. In London on Wednesday, the Prime Minister and his British counterpart agreed to bilateral military exchanges and joint drills.21 days ago The Globe and Mail
“Yours is such a culture of indirections,” I observed, early on in our 16 days together some years ago. I had thought I knew something of Iran before arriving: I’d financed my first book with a 6,000-word article on Iranian history for the Smithsonian Magazine. Everything interesting about Iran lies in its ambiguities, its nuances, all I couldn’t explain to myself. I’d travelled across Beirut and Damascus and Jerusalem in advance of this trip, journeyed through Yemen, Oman and Turkey. Others might credit both to other cultures, but the fact he wanted to claim them for Iran seemed telling.20 days ago The Globe and Mail