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Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Expected in Vancouver Court Over Extradition Case

Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Expected in Vancouver Court Over Extradition Case

By The Canadian Press

Meng Wanzhou
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, arrives at a parole office with a member of her private security detail in Vancouver, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court is expected to set key court dates today for the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

The Department of Justice says in a statement the appearance is also an opportunity for Meng’s lawyers to discuss the scheduling of any pre-hearing applications they want to bring forward.

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China Blocks Canola Shipments from Viterra, Saying Pests Found Among the Grain

China Blocks Canola Shipments from Viterra, Saying Pests Found Among the Grain

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Canola Seed
Canola grower David Reid checks on his storage bins full of last year’s crop of canola seed on his farm near Cremona, Alta., on March 22, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

China blocked canola shipments from a second Canada-based producer on Tuesday over alleged contamination issues, a move that has prompted Ottawa to consider dispatching a delegation to the Asian country.

A statement on China’s General Administration of Customs website said officials detected several hazardous organisms in canola shipments from Regina-based Viterra Inc.

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Credit Agency Warns Big Risk to Canadian Schools If China Pulls Students

Credit Agency Warns Big Risk to Canadian Schools If China Pulls Students

By The Canadian Press

The logo of Huawei stands on its office building at the research and development centre in Dongguan in south China’s Guangdong province, on December 18, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Andy Wong)

OTTAWA — Moody’s Investors Services says three of Canada’s biggest universities would face a cash crunch if Canada’s diplomatic row with China results in the world’s most populous nation pulling its students from Canadian schools.

Tuition for international students is much higher than that charged to Canadians and has become a “crucial” source of income for schools, Moody’s says.

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Huawei Not Only Firm That Could Build Canada’s Eventual 5G Networks: Liberals

Huawei Not Only Firm That Could Build Canada’s Eventual 5G Networks: Liberals

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

Cell Phone Tower

OTTAWA — Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn’t the only company that can build Canada’s next-generation wireless networks, the Trudeau government said Monday as China muted its threat to retaliate if Canada bans the company.

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains offered a sharp retort to China’s ambassador to Canada, who warned last week of repercussions if the federal government bars Huawei from supplying equipment for faster, more resilient communications systems than cellphone users have now.

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Winnipeg Hospital Partners in Opening of Chinese Medical Fitness Facility

Winnipeg Hospital Partners in Opening of Chinese Medical Fitness Facility

Rizhao Medical Facility
?The Rizhao facility (right) is a three?storey building adjacent to the Water Sports Training Facility and observation tower (left) in Rizhao’s Olympic Park. (HANDOUT)

Seven Oaks General Hospital has partnered with a Chinese medical fitness centre to open the country’s first such facility.

The Wellness Institute led the development with the hospital in Rizhao City, Shandong Province, which was formerly used as the reception centre for water sports events at the 2008 Olympics.

The multi-year agreement has the Winnipeg-based institute licensed to commercialize its expertise and brand in China.

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Dean Gunnarson Breaks Free in China

Dean Gunnarson Breaks Free in China

Dean Gunnarson
Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson hangs upside down 250 feet in the air from a burning rope during a recent escape. Gunnarson is in Fuzhou, China on a three-month tour and was able to break free from chains, locks, and straight jacket during the stunt. (DEAN GUNNARSON / HANDOUT)

Human Rights Lawyer to Discuss Organ Harvesting

By Tyler Sutherland

David Matas
Human rights lawyer David Matas (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Human rights lawyer David Matas will address the reality of organ harvesting in China during a talk at the University of Manitoba on Friday.

Although the Chinese government promised last year to phase out its reliance on prisoners for transplant organs, Matas says that’s not good enough.

“You don’t slowly phase out a crime against humanity. The international community needs to demand that this practice stops right now,” he insists.

Matas will discuss his new book, “State Organs,” along with medical experts, who will update the public on new developments in forced organ harvesting.

Matas, who is also a law processor at the U of M, will speak at 100 Fletcher Argue Building, 15 Chancellors Circle, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Winnipeg Escape Artist in China for Risky Stunt

Winnipeg Escape Artist in China for Risky Stunt

Escape artist Dean Gunnarson emerges after being buried alive in Winnipeg on October 31, 2010. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson is tempting fate yet again by re-attempting to escape from a speeding bullet coaster train.

Gunnarson is currently in China, where on Wednesday he’ll try to leap out of the way of the 135 km/h-train as it approaches him on the tracks. Gunnarson will be handcuffed, chained, and padlocked around his arms and neck, and then chained to the tracks.

The last time he tried this very stunt, Gunnarson was badly injured after breaking his foot and receiving internal bleeding.

“If I told I wasn’t nervous while being chained down to those roller coaster tracks I would be lying,” Gunnarson said in an e-mail. “It is absolutely terrifying how fast this coaster launches off. It is like a fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier and I am in its path!”

If Gunnarson is successful, he will receive the award of “Best Escape Artist 2012” from the International Magicians Society.

Lt. Gov., Selinger Lay Wreaths in Hong Kong

By Sarah Klein


Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Premier Greg Selinger laid wreaths to honour Manitobans who fought to defend the British Colony of Hong Kong during the Second World War on Thursday. While in Hong Kong, the two took part in a ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery.

“Despite being sent to the other side of the world unprepared for what they would encounter, the Winnipeg Grenadiers fought valiantly in defence of the freedoms all Canadians enjoy today,” Selinger said in a statement.

“Standing on the ground where so many brave Manitobans made the ultimate sacrifice is a truly humbling experience. To all the Hong Kong war veterans who are still with us today, and to the families of all those who fought and died, thank you on behalf of all Manitobans. We will never forget.”

Lt.-Gov. Lee was born in Hong Kong in May 1944, shortly before the end of the war.

Lee, Selinger Depart for China on Trade Mission

By Tyler Sutherland

Premier Greg Selinger (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger departed on a ten-day trade mission to China on Sunday, where they will be joined by Manitoba business leaders and premiers from eight other provinces and territories.

“Manitoba’s exports to China have grown elevenfold in the last decade, from $79 million a decade ago to nearly a billion dollars today,” Selinger said in a release.

The mission will include stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and representation at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin.

Manitoba’s business delegation includes representatives from CanEquip Consulting, the Composites Innovation Centre, HyLife, the Keystone Potato Producers Association, Myers Norris Penny, OmniTRAX Canada and the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation, Palliser Furniture, Parker Hannifin and Risun Connexions. Also represented on the mission will be CentrePort Canada, the country’s first foreign trade zone.