Evening Update: Ukraine must accept it will never join NATO, says President Volodymyr Zelensky

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Volodymyr Zelensky’s words caught the attention of Canada and its allies on Tuesday, but what matters most is what was heard in the Kremlin. On the 20th day of Russia’s invasion of his country – a brutal day that left five civilians dead in a bombed out building in kyiv – Ukrainian President Zelensky told his European allies that his country had to accept that it would not join never NATO.

Keeping Ukraine out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a stated goal of Russian President Vladimir Putin and, according to him, a condition for ending the war.

Also on Tuesday, Canadian parliamentarians heard Zelensky directly in a video address in which he asked them to imagine air raid sirens and bombs raining down on Vancouver, Edmonton or the CN Tower. The Ukrainian President’s speech (watch the video clips or read a transcript of the speech) was part of a call for Canada to do more in the Russian invasion.

More coverage on the war in Ukraine:

Home prices in Canada hit a new high in February, CREA says

Canada’s National Real Estate Association says home price growth may soon start to slow, but the latest numbers show an unprecedented jump. The price of a typical house in Canada, adjusted for volatility, rose 3.5% from January to February, reaching $868,400.

But in some of the tightest markets, as borrowing costs are expected to rise and more properties come on the market, estate agents are noticing a drop in multiple offers and bidding wars.

Housing Market Commentary:

The highway that disappeared

After the Nov. 15 atmospheric storm in British Columbia, Highway 8 barely resembles the ribbon of scenic highway along the cliffs along the Nicola River that supported tourism and rural livelihoods. With a spring thaw on the way, residents are tackling what could be permanent displacement.

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

Nunavut will not publish TB statistics: Nunavut’s health minister says releasing detailed statistics on TB cases, as requested by the Information and Privacy Commissioner, would expose residents of hamlets in the territory to stigma.

Who will investigate military sexual assault allegations? Months after Defense Minister Anita Anand said she planned to ask civilian law enforcement to investigate military sexual misconduct, some police forces say they can’t absorb these new cases without additional resources.

US Senate Approves Permanent DST: The US Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to make daylight saving time permanent from 2023, a step toward ending the practice of changing clocks twice a year. However, the House of Representatives still has to approve the measure and President Joe Biden has to sign it. The idea also has supporters in major Canadian provinces, but they advocate waiting to harmonize the move with US neighbors.

Montreal police chief retires Sylvain Caron, whose term as Montreal’s police chief was due to end at the end of 2023, is now announcing that he will retire in April.

MARKET WATCH

On a day when the TSX was flat, US equities rallied as investors began to price in the upcoming Fed policy announcement.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 599.1 points, or 1.82%, to 33,544.34, the S&P 500 gained 89.34 points, or 2.14%, to 4,262.45 and the Nasdaq Composite added 367.40 points, or 2.92%, to 12,948.62.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index finished up 7.06 points, or 0.03%, at 21,187.84. The loonie rose 0.3% to 1.2785 per greenback, or 78.22 cents US.

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TALKING POINTS

Conservatives are killing each other to get to the top

Campbell Clark: “This campaign is getting mean, brutal and personal. Liberals were once notorious for turf wars, but this is a public knife fight. Canadian Conservatives seem to have a lot of bad blood. And in this area, it goes further than tweets.

Galen G. Weston defines a new vision for Loblaw, far removed from the bread wagon days of his family’s roots

Andrew Willis: “Building long-term wealth means more than raising money by exiting a low-growth business like the bakery, as Mr. Weston did last year. It means putting that money back into the business, trying to position retail and real estate operations for a new generation of customers. … Weston sees growth potential in health and wellness that doesn’t exist in grocery stores.

Canada can reconsider itself as a great energy arsenal for democracy

Grant Bishop: “If we don’t meet the continued global demand for hydrocarbons, it will be kleptocracies and dictatorships that will continue to benefit from the extraction of energy and dirtier materials. Our main objectives should therefore be to develop and deploy technologies to decarbonize our own energy consumption; rapidly decarbonize our oil production; and rapidly increasing oil and liquefied natural gas export capacity to supply the world.

LIVE BETTER

Do you have plans for your pet after your death?

At one point, the pet-focused estate plan in the will drawn up by Terry Cooke and his partner Wes Pastuzenko might have seemed a bit eccentric. In it, the inseparable members of their feline family, Meika and Floyd, must stay together if they survive the Manitoba couple.

But such provisions are now commonplace, especially among retirees who increasingly view their furry friends as “companions” rather than “pets,” says Toronto attorney Barry Seltzer.

Mark Rylance dresses to kill in refreshingly old-school gang drama The Outfit

First-time director Graham Moore has created a welcome distraction from the early events of 2022, writes Barry Hertz.

With small pyrotechnics and lots of beautiful dialogues, The clothe plays like a quick adaptation of an acclaimed stage play – but it’s an entirely original on-screen work. And starring the wonderful Mark Rylance, The clothe arrives as something of a late-career star vehicle for the oft-supporting player – yet the British actor is brought in scene by scene by his various lesser-known co-stars.

TODAY’S LONG READ

The Christchurch Massacre May Have Had a Canadian Connection, But There’s a Reason You May Not Know

Mosque shooting survivor Temel Ataçocuğu arrives at Masjid An-Nur on March 15, 2022 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He traced the Christchurch Mosque shooter’s journey, walking and cycling 360 kilometers for peace and to commemorate the third anniversary of the terror attack.Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

According to a forensic report into the 2019 massacre of 51 Muslims by a young man in Christchurch, New Zealand, the shooter may have been influenced in part by content he read or saw on Rebel Media, a Canadian online publisher of right-wing media. Equipment. The evidence, in fact, shows that the shooter gave money to Rebel Media.

It is reasonable to conclude that he felt influenced by organizations like Rebel Media, as they were among the few places in the world then promoting the collection of ideas that would be central to his racist manifesto.

But Canadians may not be aware of this connection between the Christchurch massacre and their country’s fringe media – and that’s because Rebel Media publisher Ezra Levant went to great lengths to make sure he stays out of the press.

Read Doug Saunders’ full article.


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