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Canada: Lumber workers among first to lose work after Trump’s softwood tariffs

Hundreds of Quebec lumber workers among first to lose work after Trump’s softwood tariffs
Starting Monday, one Quebec company is cutting shifts and delaying the start of forest operations, a move that will affect more than 1,200 workers.

MONTREAL—Hundreds of Quebec forestry workers are experiencing the first sour tastes from the softwood lumber battle with the United States as they prepare for the start of layoffs.

Starting Monday, Resolute Forest Products is cutting shifts at seven sawmills and delaying the start of forest operations that will affect 1,282 workers.

Read more >> The Star
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Advocate and introduce legislation promoting the free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties.

Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand.

We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls.

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Bombardier to cut 7,000 jobs as it enters ‘year of transition’

By BERTRAND MAROTTE

MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail – Bombardier Inc. chief executive officer Alain Bellemare is vowing that 2016 will be a “year of transition” for the Montreal-based plane and train maker after significant rounds of cost cutting last year.

But many investors, analysts and observers were disappointed by worse-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and surprised by the magnitude of a new wave of cost cutting – 7,000 jobs to be slashed over the next two years –

Read more » The Globe And Mail
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Canada to lift Tehran sanctions, allow Bombardier to export to Iran

By Randall Palmer and Allison Lampert

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canada confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that it plans to lift its sanctions on Tehran and said that if Airbus is allowed to sell to Iran, then its aircraft maker Bombardier Inc should be allowed to export there as well.

“If Airbus is able to do it, why (will) Bombardier not be able to do it? In which way (is it) helping Canada, or the Iranian people, or Israel, or anyone, that Canada is hurting its own industry?” Dion said in an exchange with reporters.

Read more » Reuters
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‘Currency instability’ now a serious concern for Canada

By John Shmuel

 

TORONTO • Canada’s economy is being threatened by “currency instability” as the loonie’s rapid decline against the U.S. dollar is hurting business and consumer confidence, economists warn.

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Finally! Science proves that Canadians are way more polite than Americans.

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It is a generally assumed principle, much like the sun rising in the east or bears hibernating in the winter, that Canadians are an unfailingly polite people. They don’t like to argue; they apologize for mistakes that others make.

We accept that Canadians are exceedingly polite — and now we have some data to prove it. Two doctoral students at McMaster University, a bit outside of Toronto, compared millions of geotagged tweets from the United States and Canada from 2015. They looked at the top 10 percent of words most likely to be used by Canadians and compared them with the top 10 percent most likely to be used by Americans.

They found that Canadians, true to form, are just way nicer on Twitter. This is a word cloud of each country’s most-used words — note that some on the American side had to be blurred out, as they were not appropriate for the university’s website:

Read more » Vox
See more » http://www.vox.com/2016/1/7/10729110/canadians-polite-twitter

Long Live Canada! – Canada named world’s most well-respected country

Canada named world’s most well-respected country by holidaymakers… but the UK and US fail to crack the top 10

Findings included in the Reputation Institute’s Country Reptrak Survey More than 50 nations were ranked by an online panel of over 48,000 people
Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia rounded out the top five

By KATIE AMEY FOR MAILONLINE

Not only is it the land of maple syrup and ice hockey, but Canada can now lay claim to being the most respected country in the world.

This is the fourth time in the past five years that the country has claimed top honours, after slipping to second place behind Switzerland last year.

A recent poll has found that many foreigners consider Canada to have an effective government, a high level of development and the best quality of life over any country in the world.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3168005/Canada-named-world-s-respected-country-holidaymakers-UK-fail-crack-10.html

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Today, I wish Pakistan and India could be more like Canada

Dear Pakistan and India,

Today was a beautiful day in Canada. The sun was shining bright, and it was a warm day in the cold month of November. The temperature in my city was 20 degrees centigrade. Warmer still were the temperatures of hearts in Ottawa where our new handsome Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, whom you loved when he relished biryani in a mosque or performed bhangra with the desi community, was taking the oath of office along with 30 other ministers. Half of these ministers are women.

A 12-year-old boy from the indigenous aboriginal community led Trudeau to the ceremonial hall. The ceremony began by paying tribute to the Algonquin community on whose territory they were standing. Two indigenous ministers were sworn in. Acknowledging the centuries old injustices to the indigenous people, one of them was named minister of justice.

Today was the first time in Canada that a Muslim minister was sworn in, and that too a woman, who came here as a refugee with her widowed mother and sisters after fleeing war-torn Afghanistan.

There are three South Asians taken in as ministers. One of them holds the coveted position of minister of defence. Another was a bus driver before he came into politics. Two individuals with disabilities, one with impaired vision and another on wheel chair also became ministers. Yet another one of the minister’s parents worked as immigrant factory workers all their lives. A doctor became the health minister, and a university scientist became the minister of science. A new portfolio of immigration, citizenship and refugees was created.

An incredible step has been taken towards celebrating diversity today. The world has been watching Justin Trudeau with awe.

And yes, our premier (chief minister) of Ontario is a gay woman who is a grandmother and says family comes first.

But why am I writing this all down for you?

I was 24-years-old when, as an Indian, I married a Pakistani, and embraced my Pakistani-Indian status. I know some people would frown and wonder how that could work, but I have loved every minute of my marriage. It has been 25 years since then. But that’s another conversation.

In contrast to that, I have been a Canadian for only five years, yet I feel safer here than back home.

Sitting here, witnessing diversity unfold its virtues in Canada, my heart weeps for the havoc that has been created by ‘otherising’ and demonising diversity in India and Pakistan.

From the persecution of Ahmadis, to the killings of Shia youth, to burning Christians, to forced conversions of Hindus, to the recurrent Hindu-Muslim communal riots, to the lynching of Muslims for eating beef, to the burning of low caste children, with every new tragedy a little of Pakistani-Indian dies within me.

The unending arguments of how different Indians and Pakistanis are, despite sharing the same history, same geography, same ethnicity and even the same genetic pool, looks more ridiculous when you watch different skin colours and different ethnicities stand together in peace at the swearing in ceremony in Ottawa.

Read more » The Express Tribune
See more » http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/30132/today-i-wish-pakistan-and-india-could-be-more-like-canada/

Behind the scenes with Justin Trudeau on his 1st day as PM

CBC’s Peter Mansbridge shares unprecedented access as the new prime minister takes office

By Peter Mansbridge, CBC News

In a private moment hours before becoming Canada’s 23rd prime minister, Justin Trudeau was climbing the stairs in an empty Parliament Building, holding his two eldest children by the hands, when he made an unscheduled stop in a hallway holding the portraits of former prime ministers.

“Who is that?” Trudeau asked his son and daughter.

“Grandpapa,” Ella-Grace sings.

“That’s Grandpapa Pierre,” Trudeau told his children. “Today, he’ll be thinking of us and we’ll be thinking of him.”

He quickly raised a hand to caress the frame around his father’s portrait before abruptly announcing, “OK. Let’s go.”

It would have been impossible for Pierre Trudeau not to have played some role in Wednesday’s swearing-in spectacle.

Over the several hours Justin Trudeau spent in front of a camera and tethered to a microphone for a documentary by CBC’s The National, it is clear memories of his father were threaded through his thoughts.

Pierre Trudeau wasn’t just waiting for him in the hallway leading to the House of Commons. The memories of his dad were waiting for him in his new office. They had to be outside of 24 Sussex Drive when Trudeau pulled up in front of the empty executive mansion for the first time in years.
What was Trudeau thinking as the armoured sedan wound around the drive of his old home?

“This is weird,” was all he would offer.

Read more » CBC
See more » http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/behind-the-scenes-with-justin-trudeau-on-his-1st-day-as-pm-1.3304860

Justin Trudeau: Bringing old Canada back

BY MARIA KARI

“Sunny ways, my friend. Sunny ways. This is what positive politics can do.” — Justin Trudeau

On November 4, Justin Trudeau will be officially sworn in as the Prime Minister of Canada, following a landslide victory at the largest elections turnout in 20 years.

Trudeau is a legacy child taking over as agent of change for his father Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister, who also happens to have ushered in one of Canada’s most glorious periods. Within days of being elected, Trudeau Jr. has already begun to undo almost 10 years worth of damage left in the wake of the previous (toxic) government.

But it seems that Trudeau has captured the world’s attention not because of his political prowess but because the 43-year-old also happens to be ‘super hot’.

In fact, it seems that as of last week, the planet simply can’t stop ogling our prime minister.

Read more » DAWN
See more » http://www.dawn.com/news/1215721

Trudeau’s bold change pledge was a ruse. But Canada now has a fighting chance

Liberals took up a progressive mantle when the NDP failed to project a vision of environmental and social justice – now it’s up to the public to bend them to their will

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On Monday night many Canadians breathed out a sigh of relief. Then they breathed in a whiff of apprehension. The ousting of the Conservatives was a victory, a rejection of Stephen Harper’s politics of fear and outright hatred. But Canadians now confront a Prime Minister gifted in the art of warm, fuzzy claptrap. They won’t be offered what they dreamed of: that was never an option in this election.

The election’s most revealing poll was scarcely reported by the media. Those voting against Harper – sixty to seventy percent of Canada, a progressive majority holding steady through his decade in power – were asked in late September what kind of change they desired. They answered overwhelmingly: not moderate but ambitious, not incremental but immediate. In other words, most people didn’t just want Harper out: they wanted plentiful jobs, a healthy environment, indeed a far more just and fair country.

Read more » the guardian
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Trudeaumania: Will Canada’s new PM undo damage of Harperism?

By Hadani Ditmars

Like millions of Canadians, I allowed myself to bask in the warm after-glow of our recent federal election – one that saw the triumph of 43 year-old Justin Trudeau and the end of the Harper era.

Who could have resisted the image of the telegenic and triumphant young Trudeau, radiating warmth and humanity – qualities sorely lacking in ex-Prime Minister Stephen Harper- as he strode on-stage to make his victory speech.

Mere weeks earlier, it looked like Harper’s politics of fear and division – his odd but apparently vote garnering insistence on making the wearing of the niqab an election issue, his government’s establishment of a“hotline” to report “barbaric cultural practices” and his call for stripping dual citizens convicted of terrorist acts of their Canadian citizenship – were going to usher in another Conservative government. But October 19th’s victory speech was all about inclusiveness and diversity.

Trudeau spoke of “real change” and invoked the ghost of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier citing his comment on“sunny ways” over divisive politics. He reached out to First Nations Communities – who just enjoyed a precedent setting election of 10 members of parliament- and to Muslim Canadians – who had been targeted by Harper under Islamophobic “anti-terror” policies. He even held out an olive branch to Conservatives – who had targeted him in “attack ads”, calling them “our neighbors”, “not our enemies.”

His statements that “Canada was built by people from all corners of the world, all cultures and all faiths” – and“our enviable inclusive society didn’t happen by accident”– recalled the multiculturalist policies of his father Pierre. These were policies that ushered in an era of internationalism and diversity and one that earned Canada a global reputation as a place where human rights were upheld at home and abroad.

Read more » RT
See more » https://www.rt.com/op-edge/319487-canada-elections-justin-trudeau/

Americans can’t stop talking about how hot our new prime minister is

Hey, at least they’re finally paying attention to us.

We don’t think there has ever been a time Americans collectively paid this much attention to a Canadian federal election. Folks south of our border are showing an astonishing amount of interest, and it’s all because of, well, Justin Trudeau and his dashing good looks. ;;;;

Read more » the loop
See more » http://www.theloop.ca/americans-think-our-new-prime-minister-is-a-hottie/

In 1972 Richard Nixon predicted Justin Trudeau would be PM

As calls of congratulations rolled in to Canada’s Prime Minister-designate from leaders around the world, it appears Nixon’s gracious comment was a prophecy.

By: Thestar.com and The Canadian Press

As Justin Trudeau took calls of congratulations from world leaders Tuesday, a story emerged of a prediction for his future made a few months after his birth, by a former U.S. president.

It has already been dubbed “the Richard Nixon prophecy.” At a state dinner in Ottawa in 1972, when Justin Trudeau was just a few months old, the then-U.S. president toasted the baby’s arrival, and joked that Pierre Trudeau’s son would himself become prime minister someday.

It’s an obvious thing to say about the offspring of a fellow world leader. But it is also now the case that Nixon, who made errors and misjudgments that finally brought down his presidency, called Justin Trudeau’s ascension correctly.

Read more » The Star
See more » http://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2015/10/21/in-1972-richard-nixon-predicted-justin-trudeau-would-be-pm.html

Justin Trudeau unleashes his inner desi and Pakistan loves it

There’s just something about men in shalwar kameez and Justin Trudeau knows it.

The chiseled charmer, who just became the Prime Minister of Canada, has women all over the globe singing ‘Oh Canada’.

Read more » DAWN
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Justin Trudeau pledges ‘real change’ as Liberals leap ahead to majority government

Harper to resign as Conservative leader

By Mark Gollom, CBC News

Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s next prime minister after leading the Liberal Party to a stunning majority government win, dashing the hopes of Stephen Harper, who had been seeking his fourth consecutive mandate, but will now step down as party leader.

This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984.

Read more » CBC
See more » http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-voting-results-polls-1.3278537

Canada’s public service has been rendered ‘virtually impotent,’ former budget watchdog says

By Jason Fekete, Postmedia News

Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says the federal public service is “virtually impotent” and needs an “overhaul,” but adds the government’s official road map for the future of the bureaucracy will only exacerbate the “subpar leadership” that currently exists.

Page delivers a scathing critique of the federal public service in his new book, Unaccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill. In it, he also says the future of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer is at risk because the current PBO isn’t qualified and the office lacks independence.

The former (and first) budget watchdog, serving from 2008 to 2013, Page writes that renewal is desperately needed in the public service and that it must come from a new generation of public servants.

“The public service in Canada needs an overhaul. Normal isn’t good enough,” he says in the 209-page account. “Just as our politicians must be held accountable for their roles in leading the country, so must our public servants be held accountable as well.”

Federal bureaucrats have struggled to keep true to the values of public service, such as serving the public interest and striving to ensure that transparency in government is upheld, he argues. Public servants were not prepared for a Conservative government that emphasized ideology over evidence-based decision-making, he says.

Read more » National Post
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Rick Hillier says military can help bring in 50,000 refugees by Christmas

Former chief of defence staff outlines plan that includes transporting people by cruise ship

By Katharine Starr, Karen Jouhal, CBC News

The Canadian Forces could play a key role in helping to bring at least 50,000 Syrian refugees — far more than the government is planning— to Canada by Christmas, retired general Rick Hillier says.

“We’ve got these incredible leaders in the Canadian Forces, across the RCMP and many other places in our nation who are ready to step up,” he said in an interview with Rosemary Barton on CBC News Network’sPower & Politics.

Hillier, the former chief of the defence staff, called for the government to bring in at least 50,000 Syrian refugees over the next three months, a figure he called realistic.

Read more » CBC
See more » http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-rick-hillier-refugees-military-christmas-1.3225732

Canada-U.S. border isn’t entirely a laughing matter

By | Daily Brew

Presidential candidate Scott Walker inadvertently generated Onionesque headlines on Sunday during an interview for the TV show Meet the Press. The Governor of Wisconsin, a Republican, was asked for his opinion about building a wall along the US-Canadian border to deter the illegal entry of terrorists, migrants, and international criminals. Walker called the idea “legitimate.”

Jokes about protecting the U.S. or Canada from Justin Bieber, moose, cheese smugglers, poutine, Trump voters, and Republican party presidential candidates soon followed. At nearly 9,000 kilometres (including the border with Alaska), the U.S.-Canadian border is the world’s longest international border without a military presence, and the idea of fortifying it with a physical wall is seen as absurd, not to mention financially infeasible.

Read more » Daily Brew
See more » https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/canada-u-s–border-isn-t-a-laughing-matter-203528106.html

Canada officially enters recession

By Michel Comte

Ottawa (AFP) – Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half of the year, government data confirmed Tuesday, putting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the defensive in the run-up to October elections.

According to Statistics Canada, the economy contracted 0.5 percent in the second quarter after retreating 0.8 percent in the previous three months.

It is Canada’s second recession in seven years and it is the only Group of Seven nation in economic retreat. The figures are the weakest since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Read more » Yahoo News
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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

Canada sheds 6,400 jobs in June

Jobless rate holds steady at 6.8% as results beat economists’ expectations

By Pete Evans, CBC News

The Canadian economy lost 6,400 jobs in June as gains in full-time work were offset by losses of part-time jobs, Statistics Canada says.

The jobless rate stayed steady at 6.8 per cent, the same level it has been at since February. the data agency reported Friday.

It was a better showing than what a consensus of economists were expecting, which was a loss of about 10,000 positions.

Read more » CBC
See more » http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-sheds-6-400-jobs-in-june-1.3146182

Community Dialogue: Sindhi Nationalism and Urdu Speaking Sindhi population of Sindh

Toronto, Canada – (Press release): The World Sindhi Congress a leading Sindhi organization of Sindhi diaspora is going to organize an event in Mississauga, Canada, on July 11, 2015, from 12.00 Noon – 5.00 pm at Mississauga Valley Community Centre, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Ontario, The theme of the dialogue is: Community Dialogue: Sindhi Nationalism and Urdu Speaking Sindhi population of Sindh.

Sagir A. Shaikh, Dileep Ratnani, and several other prominent Canadians of Sindhi, Urdu speaking Sindhis, and Baloch origin of human rights activists will attend this highly interactive and candid event.

Other topics of the programme are;
1- Introduction of World Sindhi Congress – Dileep Ratnani
2- Changing fabric of Sindhi Rights movements – Sagir A. Shaikh
3- Community dialogue: Sindhi nationalism & urdu speaking Sindhi population of Sindh – Open dialogue between Sindhi and urdu speaking Sindhis.

4- Refreshment.

News courtesy: Received via Facebook message box.

Canada is already in a recession, says Bank of America

Canada is already in a recession, says Bank of America, and the loonie is set to get hammered

By John ShmuelMore from John Shmuel | @jshmuel

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become the first bank to call for a Canadian recession this year.

Economist Emanuella Enenajor and her team now say that Canada’s economy will shrink by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, following a 0.6 per cent contraction in the first. The definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of contraction.

A recession sets up the Bank of Canada for another rate cut this year, said Enenajor, and she expects that the downturn will hammer the Canadian dollar — knocking it down to just under 77 cents U.S. by early 2016, the lowest level in more than a decade.

“The economy has surprised to the downside this year, and appears to have entered a recession in 1H 2015, even after policy easing in January,” she said in a note to clients.

Economists have been making a lot of bearish calls on the Canadian economy recently, following data showing that gross domestic product has shrunk for four-straight months — the first time that has happened since the 2008-09 recession.

The Bank of Canada’s rate announcement will be on July 15, and many economists have changed their forecasts to call for another 0.25 per cent cut to be announced then. Others have said the bank will wait till later this year, given the criticism it faced following a surprise cut from 1 per cent to 0.75 per cent in January.

In a closed-door speech over the weekend, bank governor Stephen Poloz compared that rate cut to life saving surgery, saying it was necessary to protect Canada from the damage done by a collapse in oil prices earlier this year. He compared any negative effects lower rates would have on household debt, already near a record level in Canada, to post-surgery side effects.

Enenajor said a rate cut to 0.50 per cent this year, combined with a recession, will have the biggest impact on Canada’s dollar. The loonie has already fallen 8 per cent year-to-date against the greenback.

“A BoC cut in October, lower oil prices in Q3 and underpriced risks of a September Fed hike are all positive USD/CAD,” she said. “We see USD/CAD rising to 1.30 in early 2016, and upside risks in 2015 given price action and the BoC’s explicit mention of C$ in May.”

Read more » Financial Post
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Canada’s economy shrinks for fourth month, raising spectre of recession

By Gordon Isfeld

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy began the second quarter of 2015 the same way it finished the previous three-month period, continuing to contract as the collapse of oil prices squeezed output in the energy sector and the hoped-for turnaround in manufacturing again failed to materialize.

That will be discouraging news for the Bank of Canada, which has been looking for signs of a rebound in this country and in the United States after a harsh winter start to the year — greatly aggravated by the plunge in crude and an uncertain global economy.

Statistics Canada said gross domestic product — the widest measure of goods and service produced the country — declined 0.1 per cent in April. That was the fourth straight monthly contraction in the economy. The last time output declined over that many months was between November 2008 and May 2009, at the tail end of the recession.

Most economists had forecast 0.1 per cent growth in April.

Canadian GDP shrinks four months in a row

Read more » Financial Post
See more » http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/canadas-economy-shrinks-again-raising-spectre-of-recession

Canada to deport Pakistani accused of plotting to bomb US consulate

flagCaBy AFP

OTTAWA: Canadian immigration authorities on Friday ordered the deportation of a Pakistani man accused of plotting to bomb the US consulate and financial buildings in Toronto.

Jahanzeb Malik is the second Pakistani national in recent months to be ordered out of Canada on national security grounds.

Read: Pakistani accused in US consulate plot held in Canada

According to the immigration board’s written decision, Malik “planned to conduct a violent attack against a United States government building and other targets in the financial district of Toronto, which could have resulted in the death and/or serious injury of persons as well as the destruction of property”.

Read more » DAWN
See more » http://www.dawn.com/news/1186565/

Toe-to-Toe with Putin: Canada Is Keeping an Eye on Expanding Russian Military In the Arctic

by Ben Makuch

Today, in the morning hours of Moscow time, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave orders for snap military exercises in the Russian Far North. The sudden “combat readiness” maneuvers of the Northern Fleet are just the latest military flexing in the Arctic by Putin since the Ukraine crisis began in 2013.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is quoted in Sputnik News, the English wing of the state media apparatus, explaining that the exercises are designed to test Russia’s ability to defend its Arctic regions.

“New challenges and threats of military security demand the further heightening of military capabilities of the Armed Forces and special attention will be paid to the state of the newly formed strategic merging [of forces] in the North,” said Shoigu.

Back in January, Putin announced major spending plans for Russian military infrastructure in the Arctic as well as expanding the very Northern Fleet currently testing its mettle.

Canada, a major Arctic player and key opponent to Russia in the quest for expanded borders in the Far North looked at that military expansionism with concern.

“Canada is aware of Russia’s announced military infrastructure developments in its North,” said a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs at the time, “[W]e remain vigilant in our surveillance of the Arctic.”

Along with Canada, Russia and other Arctic nations are making competing United Nations bids over potentially lucrative Arctic lands, staking a claim on a region with reportedly 90 billion barrels worth of oil sitting untapped beneath the frozen crust.

“Our objective has been to obtain the most expansive continental shelf for Canada. We are working to ensure that Canada secures international recognition of the full extent of our continental shelf, including the North Pole,” said the Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

At the same time, the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) is detecting an uptick in Russian long range bombers approaching the the US and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ)—something that hasn’t happened as regularly since the end of the Cold War.

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on terrorist attack on Ismailis in Pakistan

Ottawa, Ontario – 13 May 2015 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the terrorist attack on Ismailis in Karachi, Pakistan, that killed many people and injured several more:

“Canada condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on a bus carrying Shi’a Ismaili Muslims in Karachi.

“It is particularly chilling that gunmen opened fire indiscriminately, murdering many Ismailis regardless of their gender or age. It is an affront to everyone who cherishes religious freedom. We urge the Government of Pakistan to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure that all religious minorities in the country are protected and their religious freedom guaranteed.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in this murderous attack. We also offer our heartfelt prayers that those injured may have a speedy recovery.

“I have worked closely with His Highness the Aga Khan over the years and know first-hand of the peaceful nature of the Shi’a Ismaili community here in Canada and around the world. We mourn with His Highness and the entire Shi’a Ismaili Imamat who have consistently stood for peace, pluralism and religious freedom.”

News courtesy: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/05/13/statement-prime-minister-canada-terrorist-attack-ismailis-pakistan#sthash.SA9slwmZ.dpuf

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
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