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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in December 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why have Canada and Australia taken such a different approach to China?

Canada is conspicuously absent from the new security pact signed between the U.S., the U.K. and Australia on China. Is it time for Canada to take a page from the Australian playbook on managing China?
Anita Anand, Canada’s minister of public services and procurement, opens a box with some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured last March through a deal with the Serum Institute of India. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL

Canada is virtue signalling while waffling on global access to COVID-19 vaccines

Despite some public virtue signalling, the Canadian government is not doing all it can to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines. Canada has yet to announce its position on the WTO patent waiver.
At the end of 2020, India applied to the WTO for a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights related to Covid-19. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Intellectual property and Covid-19: how can we accelerate vaccination globally?

Licensing agreements between pharmaceutical companies and the Medicines Patent Pool, in cooperation with the WHO, could accelerate access to doses for the poorest countries.
Health-care workers put on personal protective equipment before testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Why trade restrictions must be eliminated during COVID-19’s second wave

As we stare down a second wave of COVID-19, there are far better alternatives to prevent shortages and ensure adequate supply of medical goods than trade restrictions.
Italian fishers unload a fishing net aboard a trawler during a fishing trip in the Tyrrhenian Sea in April 2020. Fishing subsidies are resulting in serious overfishing. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Fisheries subsidies fuel ocean depletion and hurt coastal communities

Everyone who cares about marine biodiversity, fish, fishers, coastal communities and fishing industry workers of today and tomorrow must push for the end of fisheries subsidies.
Harvesters work on a soybean harvest in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. (Pixabay)

Coronavirus: Another chance to transform the global food trade

For the second time this century, crises have led to calls to transform our global food system. We can start with restructuring the global food trade so that it complements local food systems.

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