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Group layoffs soar in Alberta

By MARIO TONEGUZZI, CALGARY HERALD

With hundreds more announced job cuts looming, group layoffs in Alberta this year have surpassed 11,000 workers, according to employer data.

Companies are required to notify the province if they intend to terminate 50 or more employees within a four-week period. The government has received 72 such notices affecting 11,399 workers, said Pam Sharpe, a Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Ministry spokesperson.

For all of 2014, the province received 35 notices involving 7,508 employees.

Of the announced 2015 layoffs, almost 75 per cent were related to the energy sector, while about one quarter involved the retail, food and financial services. Just this week Cenovus said it was cutting 300 to 400 office jobs in Calgary.

Read more » Calgary Herald
See more » http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/group-layoffs-soar-in-alberta-to-more-than-11000-so-far-this-year

Alberta delivers harsh message to Harper Conservatives

By The Canadian Press

EDMONTON — The New Democrats have toppled the 44-year-long Progressive Conservative dynasty and will form the next Alberta government.

The NDP, under leader Rachel Notley, was on its way to taking every seat in the capital of Edmonton.

The party was also making significant gains in the traditional Tory stronghold of Calgary.

Notley, the daughter of popular former NDP leader Grant Notley, will be the province’s 17th premier.

The Tories and the Wildrose were left to fight over who would finish second and form the official Opposition.

News courtesy: Vancouver Observer
Read more » http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/alberta-delivers-harsh-message-harper-conservatives

Peter Zeihan says Alberta would be better off as 51st U.S. state

American author of The Accidental Superpower argues provinc  should join America

By CBC News

Western separatism is an old theme in Alberta, but Peter Zeihan is bringing it back into the spotlight.

Zeihan’s new book is mostly about the United States and its place in the world, but he’s dedicated an entire chapter to Alberta.

It’s there that he lays out the economic case for why Wild Rose Country should bid farewell to Confederation [Canada] and join the United States. 

“Alberta as a U.S. state would not simply be rich — the richest in the Union, in fact — but would have a vibrantly well-financed and diverse economy that would put its former (and a lot of its new-found) countrymen to shame,” writes the American author in The Accidental Superpower.

”Alberta as a U.S. state would not simply be rich — the richest in the Union, in fact — but would have a vibrantly well-financed and diverse economy.’ – Peter Zeihan, The Accidental Superpower

He argues that demographics are another reason why Alberta should jump ship.”Alberta produces more energy than the rest of Canada put together, their primary export market is the United States and a merger would eliminate everything from tax liabilities to foreign currency fluctuations,” said Zeihan.

Zeihan says the province is a lot younger than the rest of Canada and as a wave of baby boomers starts to retire, the rest of the country will become increasingly dependent on Alberta.

“As the price of that retiree bulge rises, and it’s already pushing the Canadian budget to the limit, there is really only one place that Canadians can tax to fund their retiree system that they have promised their citizens. And that is Alberta,” said Zeihan.

Zeihan says if Alberta ever did choose to go out on its own, he suspects Canada’s second richest province — Saskatchewan — would follow.

Courtesy: CBC
Read more » http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/peter-zeihan-says-alberta-would-be-better-off-as-51st-u-s-state-1.2998453

White House Says Obama Would Veto Keystone Pipeline Bill

By Coral Davenport

President Obama will veto a bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if it passes Congress, his spokesman said on Tuesday, setting up a clash between the White House and the new Republican-led Congress.

“I would not anticipate that the president would sign this legislation,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said during a briefing. He later clarified that the president would indeed veto the bill.

The Keystone bill was the first introduced in the Senate in the new Congress, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the new majority leader, has vowed to make it the first measure sent to the president’s desk. The House is expected to pass the bill on Friday, while the Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.

It was widely expected that Mr. Obama would veto the measure. As written, the bill would remove the requirement that the president authorize the construction of the oil pipeline to Canada, and instead give that authority to Congress. Mr. Obama issued a veto threat to a similar bill passed by the House in 2013.

News courtesy » The New York Times »» FirstDraft
Learn more » http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/01/06/?entry=7990&action=click&contentCollection=Personal%20Tech&region=Footer&module=TopNews&pgtype=article

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Canada – Train derails in bridge collapse over Calgary’s Bow River

Train derails on bridge over Calgary’s Bow River

By CBC News

Train could be carrying diesel fuel, official says, with bridge ‘continuing to drop’

A train carrying what emergency officials say could be diesel fuel has derailed on Calgary’s Bonnybrook Bridge over the Bow River.

“The bridge is continuing to drop as we speak,” said Bruce Burrell, Calgary Emergency Management Agency director, adding that it has dropped at least two feet since emergency crews came on scene.

Burrell said that the contents of the train cars could be diesel fuel, or something similar to it.

Some nearby areas have been evacuated.

“Being a flammable product, we wanted to make sure we had people out of the area in case something happened,” said Calgary’s deputy fire chief Cam Uzeloc.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/06/27/calgary-flood-train-derailment-bonnybrook-bridge.html

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Train derails in bridge collapse near Sudbury, Ont.

CP says no risk to public after several cars topple into Wahnapitae River

By The Canadian Press

Canadian Pacific says there is no indication that a freight train derailment east of Sudbury on Sunday poses a danger to the public or the environment.

CP spokesman Ed Greenberg says one of the rail cars derailed and as a result struck a trestle bridge near the community of Wanup.

Images of the scene showed the bridge collapsed and a number of cars carrying containers fell into the Wahnapitae River.

Read more » CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/06/02/ontario-sudbury-train-derailment-wanup.html

CBC News – Canada loses 54,500 jobs in March

Jobless rate ticks higher to 7.2% as private-sector hiring slumps

By CBC News

Canada’s economy lost 54,500 jobs in March, bleak new data from Statistics Canada showed Friday.

That’s the worst month for Canadian employment since the recession of 2009. When added to the numbers for January and February, they show that Canada’s economy has lost 26,000 jobs so far in 2013 as a whole

The job losses pushed Canada’s jobless rate higher to 7.2 per cent.

“Official unemployment would have increased even more but for 12,300 Canadians dropping out of the labour force altogether and consequently not being counted as unemployed,” United Steelworkers economist Erin Weir said of the data.

Provincially, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta lost jobs, and employment edged down in Ontario. The only province with an increase was Nova Scotia.

Loonie sinks on news

Private sector hiring, the engine of growth that policymakers keep a close eye on, actually fared even worse. There were 85,000 fewer private sector workers in March, while the public sector was largely unchanged,

There was an increase of 39,000 among self-employed people that counteracted the decline.

Overall, economists had been expecting about 6,500 new jobs, so a loss of 54,500 represents a considerable miss.

Much of the losses came among those in the core working-age group of those between 25 and 54. Among those younger than 25 and older than 54, the job numbers were pretty steady.

The Canadian dollar lost half a cent to trade below 98 cents US in reaction to the news.

Courtesy: CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/05/business-jobs-canada.html

Sindhi Cultural and Solidarity Day in Calgary

Sindhi Cultural and Solidarity day is being celebrated throughout the world on 4th and 5th December. We welcome this initiative and would like to participate to offer our humble service to strengthen peaceful voice of Sindhi culture.

Wearing or displaying any symbol and artifact of Sindhi Culture will enhance the spirit of the day. Some community members have shown interest and arranging Sindhi cultural artifacts and they will be displayed in the Hall, you are also invited to wear or bring in Sindhi cultural materials of your choice to celebrate the day. Refreshment will be served

Venue: PCA HALL 507-4656, West Wind Drive NE, AB T3J 3Z5, Date/Time: December 5th 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. RSVP – Mazhar Memon, Asim Kaghzi, Sanjay Panjwani, Asif Panhwar.

The first-ever local Sindhi Meet-up in Calgary by Word Sindh Congress

by Siraj Makhdoom, Calgary, Canada
On Saturday, April 18th, 2009, the World Sindhi Congress North America chapters will host the first-ever local Sindhi Meet-up in Calgary. This event will feature internationally distinguished speakers conducting workshops aimed at educating our community on human rights, civic rights and international peace activism.
More information about the event can be obtained by contacting, Asif Panhwar via phone 403-804-2743 or email, asif.panhwar@yahoo.ca

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