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  • Target pulling out of Canada

    01/25/2015 7:54:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 15 January 2015
    Target Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday that the company was unable to find a realistic scenario in which the 133-store Target Canada would become profitable before at least 2021. It is Cornell's first major move since becoming CEO in August. Cornell, who's been tasked with maintaining the retailer's momentum and reclaiming its image as a purveyor of cheap chic fashions and home decor, said it was a difficult decision "but it was the right decision for our company." "We have determined that it is in the best interest of our business and our shareholders to exit the...
  • Black Lives Matter Protest Fizzles at Modern Language Association

    01/23/2015 7:57:42 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 23, 2015 | Don Irvine
    The Black Lives Matter protest movement, found its way to the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Vancouver, but failed to attract much support from the left wing attendees. With an estimated 7,000 left-wing professors and their protégé’s in attendance the protest managed to only attract about 150 people or so who listened to a litany of speeches vilifying police actions against blacks across the country. After the speeches it was time to actually march and more than half of those assembled apparently decided that their dedication to this issue didn’t extend to spending any time in the 40 degree...
  • NAFTA Encourages Violence in Mexico, MLA Panel Alleges

    01/23/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 22, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, U.S. and Mexico, signed by President Clinton encourages graphic posts of murders of Mexicans by cartels and corrupt officials, panelists on a panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Vancouver, Canada claimed. Professor Hilda Chacon, Nazareth College of Rochester, said the graphic images of executed Mexican students and other civilians were due to the emergence of the Internet and cyberspace. This creation of “a complex, mirage of images of violence” has created “an exoticized good for violent consumption…[in]…post-NAFTA Mexico.” Ignacio Corona of Ohio State University, said, “There is no...
  • Christian Lawyers and Doctors Need Not Apply: A scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada.

    01/22/2015 1:05:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Cardus Daily ^ | 01/22/2015 | Albertos Polizogopoulos
    It has become a scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada. In 2014, lawyers and doctors were targeted by their own professional associations for direct attack because of their religious beliefs. For Christian lawyers, the first salvo was fired at Trinity Western University’s law school. TWU, which exists to “develop godly Christian leaders” in a variety of marketplaces, requires its students and staff to sign a Community Covenant. This pledge, based on religious beliefs, to abstain from certain activities and behaviours during their time at TWU, includes the use of alcohol on campus, viewing pornography, and “sexual intimacy...
  • 'Possible threat' at Ottawa hotel: Cops

    01/21/2015 5:49:59 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | January 21, 2015
    Ottawa cops have sealed off an area in the east end due to a “possible threat” involving chemicals and/or explosives. Cops say they are at the scene at St-Laurent Blvd. and Joseph Cyr Street and asking the public to avoid the area. The original call came in at about 10:15 p.m., involving a vehicle possibly connected to an investigation in Nova Scotia, sources tell the Sun. “CBRNE and HAZMAT attended the scene to investigate a threat made by a suspicious male who had possibly checked in at the Chimo Hotel located in the 1100 block of Joseph Cyr,” police said...
  • Canadian drilling services firm files bankruptcy

    01/20/2015 5:28:48 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 19, 2015 | Vicki Vaughan
    A Canadian company that expanded into South Texas in 2012 with a pioneering waterless technique to fracture shale rock has filed for bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize. The company, GasFrac Energy Services Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, may be the first firm to seek bankruptcy protection among those that established a South Texas presence as drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale boomed. GasFrac filed Chapter 15 bankruptcy in Canada on Thursday and later that day in federal bankruptcy court in San Antonio. A U.S. Chapter 15 case is ancillary to a primary filing in the debtor’s home country. GasFrac...
  • Boom: Canadian troops and ISIS exchange fire in first confirmed ground battle in Iraq

    01/19/2015 4:55:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    It was only a matter of time before Western soldiers serving as advisors to Iraqi troops began to take on a role more closely resembling conventional ground forces. Any soldier or journalist who has served as a combat advisor or alongside one knows that, when the gunfire starts, the distinctions between advisor and combatant quickly blurs. That blurring has begun. On Monday, a Canadian brigadier general confirmed to reporters that Canadian troops were recently engaged by forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and they returned fire. Via The Lebanon Daily Star: Canadian special forces exchanged gunfire with...
  • Canadian special forces in firefight in Iraq

    01/19/2015 1:18:28 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    SUN ^ | 1-19-2015 | QMI Agency
    Canadian special forces got into a firefight with Islamic State fighters last week while on a training mission with Iraqi forces. Special forces commander Brig.-Gen. Mike Rouleau said Canadian snipers took out an ISIS mortar position after coming under fire near the front lines last Monday. "(We) were fired upon and returned fire by sniper positions," Rouleau told reporters. He said it was the first time Canadian trainers have come under fire, and he still considers the risk to the 65-70 Canadians on the ground in Iraq to be low. SNIP--- In December, the defence department denied Canadian snipers armed...
  • Enbridge, Enterprise deliver high-volume Canadian crude to the Houston area

    01/19/2015 8:36:44 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Canada-based Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) and Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) celebrated Jan. 16 the beginning of delivery of Canadian tar sands crude oil to the Houston area through a new pipeline system. While the Keystone XL pipeline remains mired in political debate, Enbridge and Enterprise on Dec. 21 delivered the first high-volume Canadian crude to Freeport, Texas through the newly completed Seaway Pipeline system twin loop and the new Flanagan South pipeline. The two pipeline systems connect in Cushing, Oklahoma, with the new Seaway loop delivering up to 450,000 barrels of oil a day of Canadian crude...
  • Infected and undocumented: Thousands of Canadians dying from hospital-acquired bugs ( Canada)

    01/19/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    Ms. Smith’s tragic demise was more dramatic than many cases of hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Necrotizing fasciitis is a frightening, but rare, complication. Still, about 8,000 Canadians a year die from bugs they contract in facilities meant to make them better, while many more see their hospital stay prolonged by such illness. Yet after years of well-intentioned work and millions of dollars spent on combatting the scourge, the details and extent of the problem remain murky. No national statistics, for instance, document the number of surgical-wound infections like Ms. Smith’s, one of the most common types of hospital-acquired pathogens. A federal...
  • Canadian, American Survivors of Devil's Brigade to Receive Highest Civilian Honour

    01/18/2015 11:37:40 AM PST · by kristinn · 23 replies
    CTV News ^ | Sunday, January 18, 2015 | Andy Johnson
    The surviving members of a legendary force of Canadian and U.S. soldiers will be honoured in Washington for their courage and bravery -- and the rough-and-tough tactics that helped win the Second World War. Known as the Devil's Brigade, the elite fighting force was made up of roughly 1,800 Canadians and Americans, many of them lumberjacks, miners and rural tough guys with survival skills. They were tasked with getting behind enemy lines and waging unconventional warfare against the enemy. The surviving veterans will be presented with a Congressional Gold Medal on Feb. 2, by leaders of the U.S. House and...
  • Amal Clooney to Egypt's Sisi: Pardon jailed Al Jazeera journalist

    01/17/2015 11:07:11 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/17/15 | jpost.com staff
    British-Lebanese human rights lawyer urges Egyptian president to expedite release of Canadian-Egyptian reporter.British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has called on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to release and pardon an imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian journalist for Al Jazeera, whom she represents. The attorney - who recently wed Hollywood star George Clooney - released a statement Friday, expressing disappointment over the lack of "concrete" progress toward the release of Mohamed Fahmy following a meeting with Egyptian and Canadian diplomats, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird expressed cautious optimism for Fahmy's release after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri...
  • Inside Canada’s secret world of medical error: ‘There is a lot of lying, there’s a lot of cover-up’

    01/16/2015 4:07:10 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    incidents point to dangerous breakdowns in the Canadian health-care system. But don’t expect to find any public record of either apparent blunder — or of thousands of similarly harmful and sometimes deadly mistakes that occur in facilities across the country each year. Most instances of the system hurting rather than healing patients, in fact, are not even reported by staff internally, a National Post investigation has documented. Research suggests that about 70,000 patients a year experience preventable, serious injury as a result of treatments. More shocking, a landmark study published a decade ago estimated that as many as 23,000 Canadian...
  • Canada may be better haven than Israel for French Jews, says rabbi

    01/15/2015 2:10:54 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 24 replies
    The Star ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | anon
    WASHINGTON—Canada may be a better answer than Israel as the safest of harbours in the event of a spiking Jewish exodus from France, a prominent American rabbi said Wednesday. Citing direct contact with potential Jewish émigrés who say they are reluctant to trade the uncertainties of France for the complications of Israel, Washington-based Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is calling on both Canada and the U.S. to open immigration channels ...
  • Conservatives pull ahead of Liberals, could be on cusp of majority: poll

    01/15/2015 1:27:59 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    Global News ^ | January 15, 2015 | Amy Minsky
    OTTAWA —The tie is broken: Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have pulled out in front of the Liberals — and they could be sitting on the cusp of majority territory, according to the most recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted exclusively for Global News. This is the year Canadians will elect a new government, and the Conservatives have started it off with an overtaking of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The two parties ended 2014 neck and neck, after the Conservatives had spent a couple of months rallying from behind. Although a four-point lead may not look like much, it could be enough for a...
  • Canada disses Obama, postpones meeting with U.S. over Keystone pipeline: report

    01/15/2015 11:12:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    The White House confirmed Thursday that Canada has postponed the North American Leaders Summit scheduled for next month but would not say whether tension over the Keystone XL oil pipeline is the reason. Canada, this year’s summit host, announced Thursday that the summit will be held later in 2015, though no exact date has been set. Some Canadian media outlets, such as the Toronto Sun, reported that the meeting was rescheduled because of President Obama’s continued indecision on Keystone, which...
  • War On Shale: EPA Targets Fracking Boom With New Regs

    01/15/2015 10:09:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15. 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: In spite of dramatically lower methane emissions from fracking, according to the EPA's own data, the agency wants to impose draconian regulations on the oil and gas industry similar to those on coal. The new rules that the White House announced on Wednesday aim to cut oil emissions of methane, a target of environmental groups, by 45% below 2012 levels, despite the fact that the emissions already show a sharp decline even as shale oil and gas production has skyrocketed. This war-on-shale action mirrors the administration's war on coal, with EPA rules impossible to meet economically and sometimes...
  • TARGET Closing all stores in Canada

    01/15/2015 6:18:02 AM PST · by golux · 97 replies
    CBC ^ | 1.15.2015 | CBC Staff
    Target says it plans to discontinue all operations in Canada and seek protection from creditors, less than two years after opening to much fanfare. In a release early Thursday, the U.S. retail chain said it will close all its locations in Canada. There are 133 stores across the country with about 17,600 employees. The company launched in Canada in the spring of 2013. But after high expectations, the chain failed to deliver as customers faced higher-than-expected prices, and empty shelves as the retailer had problems with its distribution chain. Executives repeatedly promised they would get it right, but ultimately decided...
  • Canadian proposal to euthanize incompetent

    01/14/2015 6:32:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 1/13/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    In the 1990s the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. But the Court has again taken up the issue–and hence, I suspect the handwriting is on the wall.  That seems so clear that culture of death advocates are already making serious proposals to determine the look of the beast that seems to be a-aborning. University of Victoria bioethicist Eike-Henner W. Kluge has made news with a “Legislative Proposal” that would:1. Establish euthanasia death courts–also being proposed in the UK–in a country that doesn’t permit capital punishment;2. Allow a broad license to be euthanized based on almost wholly subjective criteria;3....
  • Lesbian premier orders Ontario’s sex-ed update to teach kids about giving sexual ‘consent’

    01/13/2015 6:14:16 AM PST · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/12/15 | Pete Baklinski
    Former Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Ben Levin (L), who was arrested in 2013 for making child pornography, attends Toronto Pride in 2013 with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Ontario’s lesbian Premier, Kathleen Wynne, has specifically requested that the proposed sex-education curriculum slated for all schools next fall include a component teaching kids about giving sexual “consent” from “the very earliest stages.”Wynne asked the Ministry of Education to “finalize a new health and physical education curriculum that gets at some of the root causes of gender inequality, and starts at the very earliest stages to develop an understanding of healthy...
  • Diesel exhaust a danger after 2 hours, indicates UBC study

    01/11/2015 1:51:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 54 replies
    CBC News ^ | 1-8-15 | unattributed
    Just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust is enough to cause significant damage to the human body, a new UBC study concludes. The study, led by Dr. Chris Carlsten, looked at how pollution particles affect the way genes are expressed in the body. Sixteen non-smoking adult volunteers with asthma were put in an enclosed booth about the size of a standard bathroom, and made to breathe diluted and aged exhaust fumes equal to the air quality along a Beijing highway, or a busy port in British Columbia. Carlsten says the impact of the pollution "exceeded our expectations." "Quite rapidly,...
  • Islamic banking set to boom in Canada

    01/11/2015 6:10:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    vancouversun.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Douglas Todd
    After emerging largely unscathed from the financial crisis that hammered North American and European financial institutions, Islamic banking has momentum. Worth $1 trillion in assets, Islamic banking is being lauded by British Prime Minister David Cameron and supported by Canada’s Conservative government, major banks and credit unions, leading business schools and influential Muslims across the country. Islamic banking — which bans interest payments, pure monetary speculation and investing in such things as alcohol, gambling, pornographic media and pork — is being sold as the next big thing in financing for Canada, which is home to just over a million Muslims.
  • Stephen Harper reflects on Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald

    01/09/2015 7:57:02 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | January 9, 2015 | Stephen Harper
    Sir John A. Macdonald, our first prime minister, famously described himself as a practical man. He even jokingly called himself a mere “cabinet maker.” He seldom had much to say about lofty constitutional, political or legal theory. Instead, he cultivated a reputation as a man who, while others philosophized, got things done: It was a small vanity. Unfortunately, historians have taken him too much at his word. They will concede that Macdonald was sufficiently crafty to steer the Fathers of Confederation towards a union of the British North American colonies and territories. Yet they give him little credit for having...
  • RCMP Arrests Two Individuals for Terrorism Offences

    01/09/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Today, following a national security criminal investigation, the RCMP Ottawa Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) arrested and charged two individuals from Ottawa with a number of terrorism offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. Ashton Carleton Larmond (D.O.B. 1990-11-21) has been charged with Facilitating terrorist activity (Sec. 83.19), Participation in the activity of a terrorist group (Sec. 83.18), and for Instructing to carry out activity for a terrorist group (Sec. 83.21 (1)). Carlos Larmond (D.O.B. 1990-11-21) has been charged with Participation in the activity of a terrorist group (Sec. 83.18) and for Attempting to leave Canada to participate in...
  • US issues global travel warning after terror attacks

    01/09/2015 5:58:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada. […] The State Department’s warning says attacks against Americans are becoming increasingly prevalent. It also cites an increased risk of reprisals against U.S. and Western targets for the U.S.-led intervention against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. …
  • Half-blind fish gets fake eye to keep bullies at bay

    01/09/2015 5:57:53 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    Metro News Ca ^ | 1-9-15 | by Thandi Fletcher
    A one-eyed copper rockfish at the Vancouver Aquarium is now sporting a glass eye to prevent it from being bullied by other fish. Dr. Lesanna Lahner of the Seattle Aquarium fitted the aging rockfish with a bright yellow taxidermy eye to help protect it from being “picked on” by other fish that viewed its empty eye socket as a sign of weakness. “It’s doing well,” Lahner told Metro. “Since it’s had the prosthetic eye, it’s been out and about and acting more like a normal rock fish.” Lahner, who has been fine-tuning the procedure for the past few years, lent...
  • Shell to cut 5 to 10 percent of jobs at oil sands project

    01/09/2015 4:02:34 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) will cut between 5 and 10 percent of the just over 3,000 jobs at its Albian Sands mining project in northern Alberta, a company spokesman said on Friday, although he refrained from connecting the move to plunging oil prices.
  • Jihadists have declared war, world must respond: Canada's Harper

    01/08/2015 2:42:18 PM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1/8/15 | Julie Gordon
    The deadly attacks in Paris serve as a vivid reminder that jihadists are at war with those they disagree with, and the world must confront them, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. "The international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they'd think and act," Harper told reporters when asked about Wednesday's attack.
  • Mark Steyn To Western Media: "Man Up" (Short Title)

    01/08/2015 10:20:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 8, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Free speech proponent Mark Steyn scolded Western media on “The Kelly File” for being all bark and no bite in support of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo following a brutal terrorist attack Wednesday that left 12 dead.Steyn told Megyn Kelly the Western media needs to “man up” and not “retreat even further into self-censorship” in the aftermath of the massacre in Paris.
  • Parliament Hill hero Kevin Vickers to be named ambassador to Ireland: report

    01/08/2015 8:29:09 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jason Fekete
    House of Commons Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers will be appointed Canada’s new ambassador to Ireland, according to several media reports. Vickers was hailed as a hero for his role in the Oct. 22 shooting in Centre Block on Parliament Hill and taking down lone gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. He has been credited with firing the final shot that killed Zehaf-Bibeau in a gun fight in the Hall of Honour near the Sergeant-at-Arms’ office. That was just outside the Library of Parliament entrance, down the hall from where the Conservative and NDP caucuses were holding their weekly meetings. The sergeant-at-arms is responsible for...
  • In wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks, secularist groups to seek end of Canada’s blasphemy law

    01/08/2015 8:24:31 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    National Post ^ | January 7, 2015 | Shanifa Nasser
    The heads of two Canadian organizations promoting secularism will ask the Department of Justice to abolish a section of the criminal code that makes blasphemy illegal, following Wednesday’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Section 296 of the Criminal Code makes “blasphemous libel” punishable by up to two years in jail in Canada. No one been prosecuted under the law since 1935. As late as 1980, the law was used to charge the Canadian distributor of Monty Python’s film Life of Brian; the charges were later dropped. Only last month, the heads of Humanist Canada and the Centre for Inquiry, a national...
  • ‘Israeli kindness changed my life,’ says Hamas escapee in Canada

    01/06/2015 8:09:01 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/6/2015 | Elhanan Miller
    The trouble at home started when, as a teenager, he began questioning the beliefs and actions of his parents, both ardent Hamas supporters. “I ended up having a big fight with them, and ran to Israel,” the youth told The Times of Israel in a phone conversation Monday from Edmonton, Canada, where he eventually sought political asylum. A tragic experience in an Israeli prison cell that night sparked a chain of events which would turn the teenager’s belief system on its head, leading him to convert to Christianity and change his name to John Calvin, after the 16th century French...
  • Obama will veto Keystone bill

    01/06/2015 11:41:01 AM PST · by thackney · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    President Barack Obama will veto the Keystone XL bill if Congress passes a measure green-lighting the oil pipeline, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced on Tuesday. Newly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline project as the first of the new Congress. The bill has some bipartisan support, but environmentalists and progressives have heavily lobbied the White House to oppose the pipeline.... Earnest added that the White House reviewed the text of the bill to authorize the pipeline on Monday....
  • High Noon on the Gulf Coast: Canada, Saudi Oil Set for Showdown

    01/06/2015 10:43:07 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | January 06, 2015 | Catherine Ngai
    As a test of wills between OPEC nations and U.S. shale drillers fuels a global oil market slump, a brewing battle between Canadian and Saudi Arabia heavy crudes for America's Gulf Coast refinery market threatens to drive prices even lower. While the stand-off between the oil cartel and U.S. producers of light, sweet shale oil has captured the limelight in recent months, the clash over heavier grades - playing out in the shadowy, opaque physical market - may put even more pressure on global prices that have halved since mid-2014. Two factors will come into play over the next few...
  • While Keystone XL debate flares, other pipelines quietly progress

    01/05/2015 10:41:53 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | 1/4/2015 | Rob Chaney
    Like a lot of other dramatic bluster coming south out of Canada this winter, the Keystone XL pipeline stands poised for its big approval fight this month. Advocates claim it will put Montana in the mix for North American energy independence. Opponents say it will allow the most polluting oil on the planet to contribute to global warming while putting water supplies at risk. The U.S. Senate fell one vote short of approving Keystone during its lame-duck session last month, even though President Barack Obama threatened to veto the measure. But what if it doesn’t matter? While the Keystone project...
  • Oil extends rout, falls below $51 a barrel

    01/05/2015 6:50:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 01/05/0=15 | William Watts
    Oil futures continued to tumble Monday, knocked to fresh 5 1/2 year lows as investors remain focused on a surging dollar and growing supplies of crude oil. Meanwhile, news reports last week said Russian oil production continued to rise in December. “The reason behind what could be the next leg lower? The economic conditions the oil markets face have not changed, which is eliminating buyers from even considering entering [long] positions,” said Jameel Ahmad, chief market analyst at FXTM. A rising U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated crude more expensive to users of euros, yen and other units.
  • Oil price drop expected to hurt fringe areas in Bakken the most

    01/04/2015 6:09:26 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    In Forum ^ | Jan 2, 2015 | Katherine Lymn
    en Chorn had a good vacation in Minnesota last month, making it to a Vikings game, a hockey game in Duluth and getting engaged. But while he was gone, the price of oil hit him personally. “While on vacation, I got a call from someone who’s covering for me and said, ‘Hey your rig’s being laid down,’” said Chorn, who does geology work on rigs for Sunburst Consulting. He’s had a slow six weeks since then. The oil price drop will impact fringe regions in the Bakken the most, experts said, because the oil there costs more to extract. “I...
  • Outlook 2015: Q and A with oilpatch veteran Jim Gray

    01/02/2015 8:32:32 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | January 1, 2015 | Deborah Yedlin
    With oil prices sliding downward, Jim Gray — a veteran of Alberta’s energy business — provides perspective. 1. There has been a lot of gloom and doom over the oil price slide. What do you make of the 50 per cent drop in the price of oil since June? There are many precedents for a 50 per cent slide in oil prices. Just since 1983, there have been four principal slides. When you look at the history of oil prices since 1983, you’ll see the rate of recovery is tied to how quickly prices fell. In 1986, prices dropped between...
  • Calgary shooting: up to 7 injured, 2 with life-threatening injuries

    01/01/2015 10:36:38 AM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 37 replies
    CBC News via Yahoo ^ | January 1, 2015 | CBC News
    As many as seven people were shot overnight at a New Year's Eve party in the southwest Calgary neighbourhood of Killarney, including two people in critical condition, police say. Det. Steve Adair said city police received multiple 911 calls from the 1900 block of 36th Street S.W. at about 5:05 a.m. MT Thursday. The number of people shot is unclear, but it's believed to be between five and seven. Responding officers located five people in and around the house with possible gunshot wounds and Adair said two other people later showed up at local hospitals for treatment. Those injured in...
  • False rape allegation sparks violence

    12/31/2014 6:24:27 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 27 replies
    The Star Phoenix ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Hannah Spray
    A man who stormed into a bonfire party with a handgun, believing his girlfriend had been raped by the men there, came out of the whole mess the worst for wear. Janos Papp, 57, ended up being viciously beaten by the men at the party - who had not raped his girlfriend, it turned out. She had made the story up after her ATV broke down and she was angry the men at the party were too incompetent to help her.
  • Canadian Police: 9 Dead at 3 Separate but Connected Edmonton-Area Crime Scenes

    12/30/2014 3:14:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 30, 2014
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  • A Workforce Designed For $100 Oil Is Not The Same One Needed At $50 Oil

    12/30/2014 10:09:16 AM PST · by thackney · 48 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 12/30/2014 | Joseph Triepke
    As 2014 winds down, many unanswered questions swirl in the industry. How deep and long will this downturn be? What companies will be most impacted? What will the ripple effects of lower oil prices look like? Answers to these questions will become more clear next year, but today we got one new answer. Many man camps, the semi-permanent housing facilities supporting the influx of workers in busy oil plays, will be folding up and disbanding. The leading man camp company has announced that it will be closing lodges in Canada, evaluating US rooms in light of a lower occupancy outlook,...
  • Canada Rejects U.N. Arms Treaty

    12/30/2014 8:15:39 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/28/2014 | Robert Farago
    Signing the Arms Trade Treaty would not improve upon how we assess exports of military items. Canada already has some of the strongest export controls in the world. The ATT actually brings countries up to our export control standards. It is important that such a treaty should not affect lawful and responsible firearms owners nor discourage the transfer of firearms for recreational uses such as sport shooting and hunting. We’ll make sure that any treaty we sign onto is good for Canada, and good for Canadians‎.
  • The Pipeline and the Damage Done {Obama’s Keystone Kops routine}

    12/30/2014 5:41:33 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | JAN 5, 2015 | FRED BARNES
    For a symbolic issue, the Keystone pipeline has sure caused a lot of damage—to Canadian-American relations, to Democrats, to President Obama. And it feeds, underscores, or reflects a variety of political divisions, some of them quite bitter. I’ll get to Keystone’s victims shortly, but first the explanation of why the issue is purely symbolic. If the pipeline is built, it will carry oil from northern Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. If it is not built, the crude oil will be transported either to Canada’s west coast or to New Brunswick, a maritime province in the east, where it...
  • ‘Violent’ Armed Robbers Ignore Canada’s Gun Laws

    12/28/2014 7:37:54 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/27/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    According to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), “two men brandishing weapons entered the Hot Delivery Restaurant located at 3002 Cambie Street… around 7:30 pm.” Once inside, they “ordered everyone to the floor.” They then “ransacked” the business looking for items to steal, striking one male patron before fleeing to a getaway car waiting outside.
  • Mexico crisis engulfs major institutions but hits the left hardest

    12/27/2014 7:21:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    La La Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
    When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peńa Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabia’s oil power play targets Iran’s economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakota’s shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam

    12/21/2014 10:10:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said. Two Tu-95 Bear H bombers made the flight around Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the western Pacific, on Dec. 13. No U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow the bombers. Separately, two Canadian F-18s intercepted two Bear bombers that intruded into the Alaska air defense identification zone on Dec. 8 that a military spokesman called “unwanted, provocative, and potentially destabilizing.” Around the same time in Europe, NATO jets intercepted Russian...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...