Canada: Russia sanctions LGBTQ activist, Freeland and Joly's staff, singer Chantal Kreviazuk

Foreign Minister Joly to meet German counterpart in Montreal amid Russia tensions

  Foreign Minister Joly to meet German counterpart in Montreal amid Russia tensions MONTREAL — Canada's foreign affairs minister is to hold a public event in Montreal today with her German counterpart, following Canada's controversial decision to send parts of a Russian natural gas pipeline back to Germany. The Foreign Affairs Department says Mélanie Joly will participate in a "fireside chat" with German federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. Before the chat, theThe Foreign Affairs Department says Mélanie Joly will participate in a "fireside chat" with German federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

OTTAWA — Russia sanctioned a raft of Canadian public figures on Friday including Maj.-Gen. Michael Wright, head of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, and the pastor who officiated the first gay marriages in Canada.

  Russia sanctions LGBTQ activist, Freeland and Joly's staff, singer Chantal Kreviazuk © Provided by The Canadian Press

Moscow's latest round of sanctions target multiple staff of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and is of Ukrainian heritage.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly's media team, Maeva Proteau and Adrien Blanchard, are also banned from entering Russia.

Also on the Kremlin list are Ian Scott, head of broadcasting regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which this year banned the Russian state-owned broadcaster RT from Canada's airwaves, and retired general Rick Hillier, former chief of the defence staff.

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Russia has also sanctioned pastor Brent Hawkes, the LGBTQ activist who officiated Canada's first legal gay marriages, and Juno-award winning singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, who is of Ukrainian and Indigenous heritage.

The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement it's taking the steps in response to Canadian sanctions, including those against Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, which the ministry said was an insult to Orthodox believers around the world.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2022.

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State Dept. backs up Canada's decision to return Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany .
WASHINGTON — The federal government has found a powerful supporter for its decision to allow a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Europe to resume operations. The U.S. State Department says it backs Canada's decision to send repaired turbine equipment vital to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline back to Germany. Spokesman Ned Price says it's the right decision because it will allow Europe to fortify its gas reserves in the short term. Price saysThe U.S. State Department says it backs Canada's decision to send repaired turbine equipment vital to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline back to Germany.

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