Morning Brief: Joly heads to Ukraine

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Joly heads to Ukraine: Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is visiting Ukraine this week in a high-stakes, six-day trip to “reaffirm Canada’s steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” She will meet with the Ukrainian prime minister and deputy prime minister in Kyiv as that country remains under threat of invasion by Russia.

Her visit comes just after NATO’s secretary-general said it is now ‘up to Russia‘ — rather than Ukraine — to de-escalate tensions and prevent war, and Canadian national security experts said Canada can and should be more engaged in de-escalation efforts.

Meanwhile, the federal government urged Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine in a new advisory, citing “Russian aggression” and the “military buildup” along the border.

Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “As the capital braces for what one city official predicted could be a ‘once every 10 years’ snowstorm, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is currently scheduled to hold an in-person media availability on Parliament Hill this afternoon, although the flurry of increasingly stark weather warnings, he may end up appearing via video instead.”

Champagne to hold supply chain meetings: Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne has agreed to meet with manufacturers and exporters to discuss supply chain woes and possible solutions to the ongoing snarls. The talks are scheduled for the end of the month.

Tory MPs want O’Toole to revive China committee: The Globe and Mail reports that Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is under pressure from MPs who want him to bring back the parliamentary committee on Canada-China relations. Pierre-Paul Hus, John Williamson, Chris Warkentin and Michael Cooper, Garnett Genuis and Conservative foreign-affairs critic Michael Chong would all like to see the committee reinstated.

Liberals spend big on outsourcing: An analysis by The Globe and Mail finds that the federal Liberals are spending 40 per cent more on outsourcing contracts than predecessors, despite the 2015 campaign promise to reduce the use of consultants. The federal government spent $11.8 billion on such contracts in the 2020-21 fiscal year, up nearly 42 per cent from the total spent in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

CSIS poll finds Canadians wary of police, intelligence: A survey commissioned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has found that most Canadians are opposed to expanding the powers of the police and intelligence services. Fifty-two per cent of respondents disagreed that those agencies should have more power, while only 32 per cent agreed.


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Elsewhere: Beijing reports first Omicron case. Microsoft detects highly destructive malware waiting to be triggered in Ukraine. U.S. accuses Russia of sending saboteurs into Ukraine to create “pretext for invasion.” Thousands of Malians join mass demonstrations called by military junta. Tonga smothered with ash after volcano erupts; tsunami waves crash from New Zealand to Washington state. Boris Johnson reportedly plans to scrap COVID-19 self-isolation law. Credit Suisse chairman resigns over COVID breaches. Djokovic is deported.






Mexican agents have raided 75 warehouses and stores, seizing 380,000 boxes of… Kellogg’s cereal.

The consumer protection agency seized the sugary loot because cartoon drawings depicted on the boxes violated new health laws that ban marketing to children, and because they did not clearly state nutritional values.

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