Toronto, April 21, 2019. On Saturday night, Mantis Nest by Cuban director Arturo Soto, was successfully exhibited, as part of the Toronto Latin American Film Festival (LATAFF), organized by the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council.

OCC Statement on Trump Administration's Latest Attacks Against Cuba

Step Up Opposition to Illegal U.S. Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade of Cuba
Trump Administration Enforces Titles III and IV of Helms-Burton Act

On April 17, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump Administration will end the suspension of Titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act.

Trump’s Push to Make Cuba ‘Surrender’ Will Fail, Negotiator Says

The Cuban negotiator who normalized relations with the U.S. during the Obama administration said President Donald Trump’s push to dismantle the deal won’t dislodge the communist regime in Havana.

Cuba endured almost 60 years of U.S. aggression and can survive another bout of antagonism from Washington, Josefina Vidal, now Cuba’s ambassador to Canada, said in an interview. The latest White House measures to squeeze the Caribbean nation include curbs on travel, a cap on remittances and allowing lawsuits over confiscated property, a step that’s prompted criticism by U.S. allies.

Where is Canada’s backbone in standing up to the U.S. on Cuba?

In June, 1996, mere months after the U.S. Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act to tighten the screws on Cuba’s economy, Canada became the first country to publicly say “no” to Washington’s plan.

Back then, Ottawa announced it would introduce new legislation to blunt the bully-boy impact of Title III – an extra-territorial section of that law that prohibits non-U.S. companies from “trafficking” in what the United States claims is American property confiscated after the 1959 Cuban revolution – and threatened to take the United States to international arbitration.