Morning Update: Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects feel abandoned waiting for refuge in Pakistan

Morning Update: Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects feel abandoned waiting for refuge in Pakistan

Updated: 6 days, 1 hour, 48 minutes, 40 seconds ago

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Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects aimed at promoting the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan say they’re stranded in Pakistan and running out of money for food and rent, more than a year after they thought they would be cleared for resettlement in Canada.

Life in Pakistan is becoming increasingly difficult for Afghan refugees. They can’t work because of their immigration status, their children are not in school, they are rationing their meals and, in some cases, facing eviction. And they can’t return to their home country for fear of being targeted for retribution by the Taliban.

Nasima Nasrat in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Nov. 20. Ms. Nasrat worked on a project funded by the Canadian government that was aimed at supporting women’s economic empowerment.Janice Dickson/The Globe and Mail

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Bank CEOs warned Freeland about threat to Canada’s reputation during convoy protests

Canadian bank CEOs told Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland that Canada’s reputation was at risk as several key border crossings remained blocked by protesters last winter, a warning that came on the eve of the federal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act.

Another CEO relayed the comments of an investor, who had said, “I won’t invest another red cent in your banana republic in Canada.”A summary of the Feb. 13 call was tabled Thursday with the Emergencies Act inquiry, which ends hearings Friday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the final witness.

“If the investor you speak of is American, tell them we are not like the USA who had people literally invade their legislature,” Freeland told the CEOs in a forceful rebuttal. “If they are a Brit, remind them of Brexit. If they are French, remind them of the Yellow Vests. If they are German, look at how badly they are handling Russia right now.”

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The Kremlin has made it plain that it is intentionally making life hard for Ukrainians in an effort to force Volodymyr Zelensky’s government to negotiate a ceasefire. Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Thursday that Ukraine could “end suffering” by accepting Moscow’s demands.

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For much of the last year, Campbell has been an undercover man of the cloth, using his pastoral credentials to gain entry to the sanctuaries where faith in the former president has been cultivated, reports Nathan VanderKlippe.

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Thank you, Doug Ford, for exposing the lie at the heart of Canada’s modern democracy

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Is this the end of the Boyboss?

“Mr. Bankman-Fried’s downfall, while unusually dramatic, has occurred at a moment when things are not looking rosy for many of the other T-shirted boy geniuses of tech. With layoffs hitting the sector, from Meta to Amazon, the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world have lost a bit (a lot) of their sheen. Let us also not forget about Elon Musk, whose apparent ineptitude at running Twitter has become the stuff of satire. This suggests an end to the era when tech, crypto and all the other money matters that humanities majors, including yours truly, never figured out are treated like gods of all things sensible.” - Phoebe Maltz BovyToday’s editorial cartoon

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Moment in time: Nov. 25, 1895

Banff hot springs park is established

Hot springs pool in Banff, Alta.Library and Archives Canada

Near the end of the 1883 Canadian Pacific Railway construction season, three workers set out prospecting around Siding 29, soon to be known as Banff, along the southeastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in present-day Alberta. Working their way through swampy terrain toward the north side of Sulphur Mountain, the men chanced upon warm water and the smell of sulphur from the now famous Cave and Basin hot springs. One of the men built a crude shack, as part of a larger plan to lay claim to the site and turn the spa-like waters into a tourism destination, especially with the CPR transcontinental line running nearby. But the John A. Macdonald Conservative government was not about to let the health-benefiting hot springs fall into private hands. Drawing on the American precedents of the Arkansas Hot Springs and Yellowstone National Park, Canada set aside 26 square kilometres of land as the Banff Hot Springs Reserve. The government order, approved this day in November, 1885, said that the mineral springs “promise to be of great sanitary advantage to the public ... and they are hereby reserved from sale or settlement or squatting.” Two years after this modest beginning, the reserve was enlarged to become Rocky Mountains Park. Bill Waiser

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