"Refineries in the main importing regions of Quebec and Atlantic Canada have been slower to recover from the pandemic impacts compared to refineries in the rest of Canada," the CER said in its analysis.
Canada denies it breached Meng's rights. Government lawyers have called on the judge to throw out the allegations, which they said were "supported only by speculation and innuendo," and proceed to extradition.
The Ottawa Group, which brings together the EU and 12 countries including Brazil, Canada and Switzerland, will meanwhile demand that countries commit not to hinder the flow of medical goods during the pandemic, and remove customs duties on those considered essential.
Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s ruling generals on Thursday for toppling the civilian-led government while Japan said it had agreed with the United States, India and Australia that democracy must be restored there quickly.
Japan's real wages fell for the 10th straight month in December. Data also showed the country's currency in circulation and bank deposits rose at a record pace in January, a sign companies and households continued to hoard cash due to uncertainty over the pandemic.
Much like the spread of a contagious disease, positive social movements -- whether to ban slavery, or install democracy -- "can be irreversible and difficult to stop" once they cross a certain threshold, they note.