OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China uses arbitrary detentions as a tool to achieve its international and domestic political goals.He brands that as a pressure tactic that is worrying not only to Canada, but to its Western allies.Trudeau offered that assessment during a meeting today with the editorial board of the Toronto Star where he was asked to respond to the latest upbraiding of Canada by the spokesman for China’s foreign ministry.Asked earlier today about Trudeau’s appointment of business consultant Dominic Barton as Canada’s new ambassador to China, spokesman Geng Sheng said Canada needs to reflect on its “mistakes” and immediately release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on a U.S. extradition request.China has imprisoned two Canadian men, ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, on suspicion of spying in what is widely viewed as retaliation for Meng’s arrest.Trudeau says he doesn’t want to escalate tensions with China, but notes Beijing gave speedy approval to Canada’s request to appoint Barton as its ambassador.The Canadian Press read more

It ruled small traces of arsenic, found in her supposed victims, were not uncommon in the human body and that tests carried out at the time proved inconclusive. But Sarah Chesham, a farmer’s wife from Essex, fell victim to a “miscarriage of justice”, legal and medical experts have determined following a review of her conviction in 1851. She became known as “Sally Arsenic” after her two sons and husband died from suspected poisoning, and her subsequent execution featured in newspaper cartoons at the height of Victorian England’s ‘poison panic’. Her descendants have now written to David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, in a bid for a posthumous pardon so their ancestor’s name will be cleared. Chesham,… read more