Morning Brief: Canadian’s death-sentence appeal rejected – iPolitics

Aug 10, 2021

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— Death sentence upheld: A Chinese court has rejected Canadian Robert Schellenberg’s appeal against a death sentence for drug smuggling, Reuters reports. Michael Spavor will also learn his fate later this week. That could come as early as Wednesday. Though China denies any connection, Ambassador Dominic Barton said, “It is not a coincidence that these [proceedings] are happening right now, while [Meng Wanzhou’s] case is going on in Vancouver.” Crown lawyers are about to argue against a stay of proceedings in Meng’s case.

— Pipeline a necessary purchase: The Liberal government says it needed to buy Trans Mountain to help fund its fight against climate change. “Canada needs to ensure that in the context of that transition, it’s extracting full value for its resources and using that money to push forward in terms of reducing emissions,” Jonathan Wilkinson said on CBC’s P&P as he defended the government’s policy. The comments come in the wake of a major UN climate report that sounded a dire warning that the environment is headed off the rails.

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