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  • North American Strategic Energy Adds Diplomatic Clout

    05/24/2017 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Austin Bay
    Sophisticated American and Canadian energy industries have given the Free World an economic boost and a powerful diplomatic weapon. The North American "fracking" revolution -- hydraulic fracturing to tap vast reservoirs of "tight" natural gas and oil -- has altered the world's strategic calculus. U.S. and Canadian firms began experimenting with advanced oil and gas recovery techniques well before the "shale oil boom" made headlines. However, the development of fields in North Dakota and Texas helped develop techniques, technology and expertise. Fracking has opened previously untapped reservoirs. Frackers use improved drilling and production techniques to exploit existing fields. Information technology...
  • Canada threatens to scrap Boeing contracts amid Bombardier pricing row

    05/21/2017 7:27:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2017 | Alwyn Scott and Alana Wise
    Canada suggested on Thursday it could scrap plans to buy Boeing fighter jets if the United States backed Boeing’s claims that Canadian plane maker Bombardier dumped jetliners in the U.S. market. “Canada is reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement released late on Thursday. Canada “strongly disagrees” with the U.S. Commerce Department decision to investigate Boeing’s claims that Bombardier sold planes below cost in the United States and benefited unfairly from Canadian government subsidies, the statement added. The remarks came after the U.S. Commerce Department launched an investigation into Boeing’s...
  • Oil industry to get $235 million government loan to help clean up abandoned wells (Canada)

    05/19/2017 6:14:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 18 May 2017 | Ethan Lou
    The oil industry in Canada’s resource-rich Alberta will be on the hook for a $235 million government loan to clean up a rising number of oil wells abandoned by owners who have gone bankrupt, the province said on Thursday. The loan, repayable over 10 years, will go to the government-run, industry-funded Orphan Well Association (OWA), which cleans up wells for which no party is legally responsible, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said at a news conference. The number of so-called orphan wells in Canada spiked after the 2014 oil price crash as layoffs swept the oil patch and companies went bankrupt....
  • Dog hailed as hero after bear encounter

    05/11/2017 6:34:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 5/10/2017 | David Williams
    Kenzie Campbell says on Sunday he took Momo on a hike at Banff National Park in Alberta with his girlfriend and another friend. They didn't get very far on the Cascade Ampitheatre Trail. "We just made it to the trailhead and walked around a corner and the bear was maybe 20 feet away," Campbell said. They backed slowly out of the woods, but the bear followed and charged. "At this point, the bear was 15 feet from my girlfriend and the dog was barking and growling, so I let the dog go and she distracted the bear while we ran,"...
  • Two GOP senators come out against Trump trade nominee

    05/11/2017 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/10/17 07:40 PM EDT | Sylvan Lane
    Two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they will oppose Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for United States Trade Representative, ahead of his likely confirmation this week. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) told Lighthizer in a letter released Wednesday that they’d vote against him because “your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole.” “We fear that you do not have an appreciation for the millions of jobs created by this free trade deal, and that...
  • How Jared Kushner’s Call to Canada Saved NAFTA

    05/10/2017 7:42:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 9, 2017 | John Carney
    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, played a key role in the Trump administration’s decision to back down from its threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Exactly what that role involved, however, is a matter of dispute. Kushner was a conduit between Canadian officials and the Trump administration but accounts differ about the details. Last month, various news reports said that Trump was preparing to invoke Article 2205 of NAFTA, the first step in withdrawing from the trade agreement that the U.S. president had attacked so fiercely on the campaign trail. Several...
  • Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?

    05/09/2017 9:10:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 73 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 March, 2015 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Deer aren’t the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it’s not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets. When researchers in North Dakota set up “nest cams” over the nests of song birds, they expected to see a lot of nestlings and eggs get taken by ground squirrels, foxes, and badgers. Squirrels hit thirteen nests, but other meat-eaters made a poor showing. Foxes and weasels only took one nest each. Know what fearsome animal out-did either of those two sleek, resourceful predators?...
  • White House aides reportedly urged Trudeau to persuade Trump on NAFTA

    05/09/2017 7:46:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    nypost ^ | 5/9/17 | Chris Perez
    The personal appeal that President Trump said he received from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month — leading him to renegotiate NAFTA — was only made after Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner called Trudeau’s office in Ottawa and begged him to talk some sense into the commander-in-chief, a report says. The unconventional move was revealed Monday by the National Post, who spoke to several government sources familiar with the desperate pleas from Washington. Toronto’s Metro newspaper later revealed that Kushner was the government official who made the phone call.
  • Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business [Canada]

    05/07/2017 7:26:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Fri., April 28, 2017 | Alex Ballingall
    Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly said it’s too early to say what Ottawa will do to help Canadian news outlets, which have seen huge drops in profits and also job cuts in recent years. She said that government action must include players in the media industry as well as corporate...
  • Refugees Fleeing U.S. for Canada over Open Border, Report Says

    05/04/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | 05/04/2017 | John Binder
    Foreign refugees are continuing to flee the U.S. to Canada through the open, U.S.-Canadian Border. In a report by NBC News, foreign refugees are passing through the U.S. to Canada, specifically a small border town of less than 700 people known as Emerson. The vast majority of the refugees are of Somali descent who were originally placed in the U.S. Other refugees passing through the northern border are from Nigeria, Eritrea, and Djibouti. According to NBC, since January, more than 300 foreign refugees have crossed the U.S. border into Emerson.
  • Human Rights Tribunal rules landlord must pay Muslim couple $12,000

    05/02/2017 12:07:48 PM PDT · by tje · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 26, 2017 | MICHELE MANDEL
    It didn’t help his case that he shared a joke about a devout Muslim on his Facebook page. Now the small landlord who rented out the main floor of his Brampton home to an Arab Muslim couple must pay them $12,000 for failing to accommodate their religious practices when showing their apartment to prospective tenants. ~Snip~ His sins? John Alabi refused to remove his shoes when showing the bedroom where the couple prayed and while he always gave them the mandated 24-hour notice before showings, he didn’t always provide the five-minute heads-up they’d requested to ensure the wife was modestly...
  • Transgender candidates hope to break through in B.C. vote

    05/02/2017 11:54:32 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    CBC News ^ | 5/2/2017 | Chris Brown
    The woman pushing a baby stroller on Vancouver's seawall wants to talk about housing, and B.C. NDP candidate Morgane Oger is happy to oblige. "I'm 42 years old with a 2½-year-old, and there's no way I can purchase a home," says the woman, repeating what Oger calls a resounding theme in the downtown riding of Vancouver-False Creek. Oger reminds the voter of her party's campaign pledge to offer a $400 rebate to renters and the woman leaves happy. For a transgender candidate in the midst of what could turn out to be a history-making effort, Oger says it's how people...
  • Blast heard in Toronto's financial district underground, heavy smoke

    05/01/2017 2:59:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 1, 2017 | Reuters
    Toronto police have closed off a section of the city's downtown financial district after reports of a loud blast, a spokeswoman said on Monday, and heavy smoke was seen in the area. Heavy smoke was pouring out of sewer grates at the corner of King and Bay Street, in the heart of the city's financial core, according to a Reuters witness.
  • Lawyers Confirm Plans to Sue N.S. Government Over 'GRABHER' Licence Plate

    05/01/2017 2:11:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The controversy over Lorne Grabher's personalized licence plate, which reads "GRABHER," could be settled in court now that a group of lawyers has decided to sue the Nova Scotia government. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said Thursday it plans to file a court application later this month, saying the government officials were wrong to withdraw the man's plate when they deemed it offensive to women. "We had hoped for a reasonable ... response which would be to reinstate the plate," said John Carpay, president of the Calgary-based lawyers group. "Instead we received a letter from the Nova Scotia government,...
  • Canada's Subprime Lenders Collapse; Has The Bubble Popped?

    05/01/2017 8:29:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 05/01/2017 | Ian Bezek
    Summary Home Capital plunged as much as 60% last week.Equitable Group fell around 40% in sympathy.Home prices appear to have topped in Vancouver.Has the long-running Canadian housing bubble finally started to pop?What happens with the big five banks? It's long been argued that Canada's housing market is immune to normal financial rules, such as debt/income ratios. Given that Canada is a relatively small country, and there had been (at least in theory) a ton of foreign capital wanting to invest, there was supposedly near-infinite demand for Canadian housing in its big cities.This foreign money theory has come under scrutiny. 2016...
  • No mic? No problem: Oilers fans sing American, Canadian national anthems

    04/30/2017 6:11:44 PM PDT · by Pappy Smear · 26 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 4-30-17 | NBC Sports
    There was apparently an issue with a microphone used for the national anthems prior to Game 3 between the Ducks and Oilers in Edmonton. Canadian country music star Brett Kissel was supposed to perform the anthems, however, as he stepped up to the mic, he soon discovered that there seemed to be a malfunction. With some quick encouragement from Kissel, fans at Rogers Place stole the show with stirring renditions of both the American and Canadian national anthems.
  • Man forced to surrender his 'offensive' Star Trek license plate

    04/30/2017 1:19:59 PM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    sfgate ^ | 04/30/2017 | Eric Ting
    A Canadian man's license plate can forget about living long and prospering. After receiving multiple complaints, Manitoba resident Nick Troller was forced to hand over his license plate that read "ASIMIL8," a reference to the Borg, a popular alien race from Star Trek. The Borg are villainous cybernetic organisms who assimilate other societies into their own. The phrases "we are the Borg" and "resistance is futile" are printed on the license plate's frame.
  • Mom Sends Her ‘Gendered’ Son, 3, to Ballet Class to Make Him More ‘Girlish’

    04/30/2017 11:17:57 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 91 replies
    McLaren apparently thinks that if her child rejects random feminine tastes now, he’ll reject concepts like “kindness and decency” in the future. If I want my son to love and respect women, I am going to have to teach him to embrace—and ideally appreciate —“girlish” things. That’s why I’m weaving him a dandelion crown and signing him up for ballet. I’m going to turn the little alphabet belcher into a proud princess whether he likes it or not.
  • Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

    04/28/2017 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 April 2017 | Anna Mehler Paperny and Rod Nickel
    Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven. That is because their time in the United States could count against them when they apply for asylum in Canada, according to a Reuters review of Canadian federal court rulings on asylum seekers and interviews with refugee lawyers. In 2016, 160 asylum cases came to the federal courts after being rejected by refugee tribunals. Of those, 33 had been rejected in part because the applicants...
  • Al Gore shuns Band-Aid solutions to climate change at TED in Vancouver

    04/27/2017 8:26:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 26, 2017 | by MICHAEL RUFFOLO
    Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is warning against massive geoengineering experiments that attempt to reverse climate change, arguing instead that the focus must remain on cutting emissions that are warming the planet. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Mr. Gore told the TED Conference in Vancouver. Mr. Gore said such Band-Aids aren’t the solution. “We have to stop the pattern of behaviour that is creating this crisis,” said Mr. Gore, who was not on the TED program, but was called up from the audience. “There is a collision between human civilization as it’s presently organized, and the surprisingly fragile...