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Dec 15 15:34

Nobody Should Work Here EVER !

17-year-old Walmart employee quits over store intercom: 'Nobody should work here , ever '
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The teen quit his job at the Walmart Grande Prairie Supercentre in Alberta, Canada , by reading a prepared speech into a store-wide intercom system, Insider reports . During his remarks, Racicot noted that he has been working for Walmart for over a year and a half, and calls out his assistant manager for insulting him.

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(*Canada ? Good thing . I shudder to think what could happen to him down here , South of The Border for calling his Corporate Overlords out . )

Dec 15 12:19

Trump faces pushback after saying he may intervene in arrest of Huawei executive

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing pushback for saying on Tuesday that he might intervene in a legal case involving the chief financial official of Chinese telco giant Huawei Technologies — if such a move would help Washington secure a trade deal with Beijing.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the U.S. not to politicize extradition cases, saying that the legal process should not be hijacked for political purposes.

“Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice and following the rule of law,” she said when asked about Trump’s interview with Reuters where he reportedly said he would intervene in the case if it helped secure a trade deal with Beijing.

Dec 15 10:05

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

A Canadian Court has ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity, during an election campaign in Canada.

Dec 14 11:39

With friends like these who needs enemies? China makes Canada pay for playing US lackey

But do not be deceived by what you see. All this time Canada actually dutifully followed the US lead and even copied some of its trendiest policies. Be it following Russophobic hysteria or making billions worth of deals with some Middle Eastern autocrats, Canada was here to march in lockstep with its powerful neighbor. Its response to the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Washington’s key Middle Eastern ally – the Saudis – was also conspicuously reserved, particularly for a nation that portrays itself as a fervent champion of human rights.

Now China got a taste of Ottawa’s imitation game, as Canada seemingly decided to get involved into the unfolding economic ‘Cold War’ between Washington and Beijing. Last week Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou – the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei – provoking a furious reaction from Beijing.

Dec 13 12:55

Gilets Jaunes: A Glimmer of Hope and Sanity

Governments in North America are largely totalitarian already. It’s a covert form of totalitarianism best described as “inverted totalitarianism[1]”. One result is that people in North America for the most part have no appreciation of substantive geopolitical issues.

Consequently, we are being robbed blind, and our diseconomies are being further destroyed, for the benefit of Al Qaeda, and transnational oligarch classes. Truth is stranger than fiction.

The only glimmer of hope at the moment are the Gilets Jaunes[2] protests in France. Macron’s tax grab is all about serving imperial agendas at the expense not only of target countries, but also at the expense of a habitable planet, and a sustainable French economy as well.

Canadians spent over $32 billion[3] in 2017-2018 alone for a military that supports NATO’s globalizing, entirely toxic and supremely criminal agenda. Al Qaeda and like-minded terrorists in Syria have benefited for years thanks to our largesse.

Dec 13 09:40

CANADA ~~ NOT AS PROUD AND FREE AS YOU MAY THINK

How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel?

Trudeau’s ‘human face of neoliberalism’ is nothing but a carefully-constructed mask meant to hide the hypocritical and militant policies that Canada continues to lead.

Dec 13 08:26

China Says Second Canadian Probed For "Harming China's Security"

The detained Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, is being investigated on suspicion of "harming China’s security", China said on Thursday, days after a former Canadian diplomat disappeared in the escalating diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa.

The state security bureau in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, has been investigating Spavor since Dec. 10, an official news site for the Liaoning province government said.

Canada has been unable to contact Spavor since he notified the government that he was being questioned by Chinese authorities, Foreign Ministry spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in statement issued in Canada. Canadian officials were working hard to ascertain Spavor’s whereabouts and would continue to raise the issue with the Chinese government, Bérubé said.

Dec 12 12:27

Huawei CFO Granted Bail, Must Post C$10MM Bond And Submit To 24-7 Surveillance

After three days and a lengthy recap of both the government's case for holding Meng Wanzhou and her defense attorney's case for offering her a surety bond, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Ehrcke has ruled that he is satisfied with the terms Meng’s lawyer is proposing for her bail. The Huawei CFO will be released from custody and live at her Vancouver home under round-the-clock in-person surveillance, and she will also wear an electronic ankle monitor while she awaits extradition hearings. Meng must also surrender her passport. Meng must also cover all the costs of her surveillance, carry paperwork detailing the terms of her bail at all times, and submit to checks from the RCMP. She will also be subject to a curfew.

The financial terms of her bail were steep: They required at least five people to post $3 million in collateral and a $7 million cash deposit. Meng's next court date has been set for Feb. 6.

Dec 12 09:18

Beijing: Detained Canadian May Have Broken Foreign NGO Law

Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig from the International Crisis Group was detained by state security officials in Beijing on the night of 10 December.

If International Crisis Group (ICG) employee Michael Kovrig was performing "relevant activities" for the group in China without it being listed, then he may have broken China's foreign NGO law, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The US Programme Director of the Crisis Group Stephen Pomper has called for the immediate release of the company's senior adviser.

Dec 11 15:55

Canadian government 'deeply concerned' as China detains ex-diplomat

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig has been arrested and detained in China without explanation, the Canadian government confirmed Tuesday.

"Obviously we are aware of the situation of a Canadian detained in China," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his way into question period Tuesday. "We have been in direct contact with the Chinese diplomats and representatives. We are engaged on the file, which we take very seriously, and we are providing consular assistance to the family."

A written statement from Global Affairs Canada said that because of Canada's Privacy Act, no further information would be disclosed about the case of Kovrig, who until recently served as a Canadian diplomat in China.

Chinese officials have not given an official explanation for Kovrig's arrest.

Dec 11 12:22

Huawei CFO asks for bail and puts up more than $11million as collateral before possible extradition to the U.S. where she could face 30 years in prison for violating Iran sanctions

The chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei asked a Canadian court to grant her bail in exchange for collateral totaling more than $11million in real estate while promising to fund her own private security detail that would monitor her movements.

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei and daughter of its founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1 - the same day that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China agreed to a 90-day cease-fire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.

The U.S. has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Dec 11 11:29

US & Canada Violate International Law with the Arrest of Chinese Huawei Exec

Col. Larry Wilkerson explains that it’s not the Chinese Huawei executive that violated law when circumventing US sanctions, but it is the US that violates them by imposing sanctions that were never agreed to on an international level

Dec 10 10:38

China summons US envoy to lodge ‘strong protest’ over Huawei executive's arrest – FM

Beijing has summoned the US ambassador and lodged a “strong protest” over the detainment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, China's foreign ministry announced, according to Reuters. Washington should also "withdraw" its arrest warrant.

Any further measures will depend on the next steps taken by the US, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told the ambassador, the news agency says.

Meng was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver on December 1. She now faces possible extradition to the United States over allegedly lying about her company's ties to SkyCom, a company that tried to sell US-manufactured technologies to Iran despite sanctions.

Dec 10 09:38

Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

Dec 10 09:30

Break-in reported at detained Huawei executive’s house as she fears for her health in jail

Police have responded to a break-in at the Vancouver house said to belong to the husband of Meng Wanzhou, the detained Huawei CFO who says she is suffering from health problems in Canadian jail.

Police collected evidence at the scene of the break-in but made no arrests, according to local media sources. There are no details yet available about the number of people involved, nor the motivation for the break-in, particularly whether it is related to the high-profile international arrest of the home-owner’s wife, who is pending extradition to the United States.

Dec 09 09:28

China warns of ‘serious consequences’ if Canada doesn't release detained Huawei executive

Beijing has threatened Ottawa with consequences if it doesn't release Huawei's chief financial officer. The executive was detained over her alleged connection with a company that tried to smuggle embargoed phones into Iran.

“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Saturday.

Dec 08 12:01

Canada Arrests Chinese Evading Illegal Sanctions on Iran (ICC)

This is one of the stupidest moves ever seen by Canada, the Chinese and any foreign national evading the illegal sanctions against Iran, as deemed by the ICC, should avoid landing in Canada & America if they want to ensure their freedoms remain intact. [Previous account was banned by google, please subscribe to my new channel, ravenise006]

Dec 07 15:31

Huawei Executive Had at Least 7 Passports From China, Hong Kong - Court Files

Dec 07 13:11

Canada Urges World "Have Fewer Children" To Fight Climate Change

"A number of people do not want to believe the secret agenda is to reduce population growth. Here it is in black and white published in Canada..."

Dec 06 15:33

Trump Reportedly Unaware Of Huawei Extradition Request Before Xi Dinner While Trudeau Knew

As questions swirl over who knew what, when before, during and after the historic Trump-Xi dinner, we previously learned that National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed that he knew in advance that Canadian police were preparing to arrest Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, meaning that Bolton knew that Meng was being taken into custody when he sat down alongside President Trump for Saturday's dinner trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Trump being "mushroomed?"

Dec 03 10:52

Alberta Orders "Unprecedented" Oil Output Cut To Combat Crashing Prices

While just a few hundred miles south, WTI is flirting with the one year low price of $50/barrel, Canada's oil-producing hub, Alberta, would be ecstatic to have its oil trade at anything even remotely close to this level.

As we reported recently, Canadian oil producers are in an increasingly tough predicament. With high and increasing oil demand around the globe over the last year, Canadian oil production has increased accordingly. All of this is simple and predictable economics, but in the process Canadian oil hit a massive roadblock. Producers have the supply, and they have more than enough demand, but they don’t have the means to make the connection. Canadian export pipelines simply don’t have the capacity to keep up with either the supply or the demand.

Dec 01 13:11

Cop who shot fellow cop during argument still free, collecting pay check

NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA (CBC): ... Michael Kempa, the chair of the department of criminology at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News that in a case like this, an officer would not be charged until the investigation is complete, which is the opposite of how it would generally go for a member of the public.

"I think the public would be surprised to know that for an ordinary police officer, the default would be not to begin with a charge, because we would assume at first that probably the discharge of the firearm was reasonable, and then we'll investigate and if we find something wrong, we'll then lay a charge … for a member of the public, it's the other way around," Kempa said.

But for a civilian, he said, "we say OK, a firearm was discharged, it's probably unreasonable, we'll lay the charge and then we'll see if we've got enough to secure a conviction."

Nov 30 10:39

Police worker in critical condition after being shot by co-worker; they had been fighting with each other

NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA (CFTR 680 NEWS): Two separate investigations are underway into “an altercation” between two Niagara regional police officers that sent one of them to hospital with a gunshot wound.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the provincial police are investigating the Thursday afternoon incident in Pelham, about 20 kilometres west of Niagara Falls.

According to SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon, there was an altercation around noon between two Niagara Regional Police officers and one of them sustained a gunshot wound.

The 52-year-old officer – with 28 years of experience on the force – was taken to a hospital in St. Catharines before being transported to a trauma centre in Hamilton via Ornge air ambulance.

The officer was taken to hosptial in critical condition, but Niagara police say he is now in stable condition.

Nov 23 13:45

VIDEO - Protesters take to the streets in Calgary against Justin Castro.

Justin Trudeau Bill C-69 Protest in Calgary

Nov 19 07:09

Canada’s crude crisis is accelerating

Canadian oil producers are in an increasingly tough predicament. With high and increasing oil demand around the globe over the last year, Canadian oil production has increased accordingly.

All of this is simple and predictable economics, but now Canadian oil has hit a massive roadblock. Producers have the supply, and they have more than enough demand, but they don’t have the means to make the connection. Canadian export pipelines simply don’t have the capacity to keep up with either the supply or the demand.

Nov 16 12:07

Canada's Crude Crisis Is Accelerating

Nov 16 11:59

Faith Goldy: Special Gun Rights for Muslims?!

Faith Goldy of TheRebel.media went online to renew her Canadian gun license, and noticed an exception

Nov 09 09:33

Canada's Justin Trudeau Condemns BDS for 'Intimidating' Israel

In made the comments during a statement in the House of Commons for Canada’s apologizing for a decision to turn away a ship carrying Jewish refugees during the Second World War.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday apologized to Jewish refugees during World War II but as part of his statement on the issue and the rising of antisemitism, he unleashed an attack against the peaceful Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 10:47

Legal Battle Over Falsely Labelled Wines From Israel’s Illegal Settlements Heats Up

In January 2017, Dr. David Kattenburg of Winnipeg, Canada filed a complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about two wines produced in Israel’s illegal settlements. Those wines are sold in Canada bearing labels which falsely proclaim them to be “Product of Israel”. As such, they plainly violate Canadian law, including section 5 of the Food and Drugs Act and section 7 of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

Dr. Kattenburg, who is Jewish and the son of Holocaust survivors, reminded the CFIA that the Canadian government itself declares Israel’s settlements to be on occupied Palestinian territory and therefore a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is beyond reasonable dispute that those settlements form no part of Israel. As stated on the website of Global Affairs Canada:

Oct 30 14:47

Canada Welcomes Al-Qaeda [White Helmets] from Syria: What You Need To Know

Canadian officials say the country is preparing to resettle a group of White Helmets, a Western-backed terrorist organization founded by James Le Mesurier, a British ex-mercenary, in 2013. The group has been lauded for its “humanitarian” efforts in Syria, but have functioned more as a logistics, chemical false flag, and propaganda arm of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, complete with Financing from George Soros and the UK/US governments. Share this with your local MP and representatives.

Oct 30 09:14

Toronto private school fires head for not warning students about anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice

An exclusive Toronto private school for girls has fired its principal for hosting an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice without warning students about its anti-Semitic content.

The play was reimagined and set in Nazi Germany, and invited audience interaction with chants of “Burn the Jews” and other overt Nazi imagery.

Oct 26 08:54

Mexico may be next to legalize marijuana said incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Ebrard, who will become Foreign Minister when Mexico’s President takes office on December 1, said on Tuesday Mexico Absolutely could follow Canada’s lead in legalizing Cannabis.

Oct 25 11:44

Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza.

Oct 24 11:28

Why Is Canadian Crude Selling For Under $25?

Oct 24 10:52

'Do white people dominate the outdoors?' MEC apologizes for using only white models

In a surprising apology, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Canadian outdoor apparel giant, admitted to helping advance the “vastly incorrect notion” that the outdoors is for white people only, criticizing decades worth of its own advertisements and catalogues for depending almost exclusively on white models to sell wares.

“Outside is for everyone,” MEC CEO David Labistour said in an open letter Monday. “It’s time we acted like it.”

Oct 24 08:04

Wall of Holocaust Denial Begins to Topple: Aboriginal Museum is Forced to Display Evidence of the Canadian Genocide

For the first time in Canadian history, a public museum will exhibit evidence which makes reference to overtly genocidal policies by both the churches and government of Canada towards indigenous people, including in the deadly Indian residential schools.

Relying primarily on the research gathered by Rev. Kevin Annett in his book Hidden No Longer: Genocide in Canada, Past and Present (2010, www.hiddennolonger.com), the aboriginal advisory committee of the new Peel Region Heritage Museum in Brampton, Ontario convinced the Museum designers, Vilnis Cultural Design Works, to establish a display that shows that genocide, according to the United Nations’ definition of the crime, did occur in the Indian residential school system.

The schools were established and run jointly by the Vatican and the Crown of England in 1834, and continued until 1996. According to government statistics, nearly half of the 150,000 children in these schools died because of treatment and conditions there.

Oct 23 06:20

Canada installs Chinese monitoring devices near US naval base

Canada installs Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to US nuclear submarine bases

Canada confirms addition of hi-tech sensors built by Chinese scientists to its marine observatories in Pacific Ocean
US state department has ‘nothing to say’ on matter

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(*Announcing the intention to Up the nuclear deterrent until China comes to it's senses was statement enough )

Oct 18 02:00

Ganja now legal as Canada allows recreational use

Weed enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada`s easternmost province, kicked off the first permissible sales at midnight. Over 100 people braved the cold and wind in the province`s capital St. John`s, lining up outside a Tweed-branded store owned by Canopy Growth Corp., the world`s most recognised cannabis producer.

Oct 17 12:22

Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza.
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Oct 15 08:44

PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN …… HERE IS JUST ONE REASON WHY

Canada has announced that it is contributing $50 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Some $40 million would be allocated over two years to assist the health and education efforts of the refugee agency, a statement said.

Another $10 million is aimed at helping 460,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada’s new contribution would improve lives and “protect the human dignity” of millions of Palestinian refugees.

“This new funding to UNRWA is urgently needed, and it will bring some predictability to the agency as the needs on the ground are increasing,” Bibeau added.

Oct 14 08:27

CANADA IS 'CONCERNED' WITH KHASHOGGI'S FATE BUT WILL SELL ARMS TO SAUDIS ANYWAY – TRUDEAU

Ottawa will keep its $15bn arms deal with Riyadh despite concerns over Saudi involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the diplomatic row over human rights, Prime Minister Trudeau said.
"We respected that contract," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday, adding that his cabinet has put forward measures to make the arms sales more transparent.

"We are making sure Canadians' expectations and laws are always being followed," he said.

The contract was signed in 2014 by the previous conservative government, and has since been upheld by Trudeau. The specifics of the sales were originally not disclosed by the parties.

According to documents obtained by CBC News last month, a Canadian company is to ship 742 LAV-6 light armored vehicles to Riyadh. The same outlet revealed in March that hundreds of the LAV-6s will be outfitted as "heavy assault" and "anti-tank" types.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When ever a country wants to put on a great face, smelling mounds of bovine excrement in their excuses to allow arms sales to continue to flow,and wants to keep on taking another unhinged country's money for weapons, this is precisely the word the word that government uses, and that's "concerned".

How it translates, in diplospeak, to the leadership of that unhinged country is: we know you're assassinating non-combatants, killing infants, children, toddlers, and the medically infirm with the weapons you have purchased from us, but we really don't care, as long as the money keeps flowing to our weaponry manufacturers.

Trudeau is just as much a piece of revolting work on this issue as has been President Trump.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 15:04

Militarists’ Grip Over Canada’s Parliament

How do you feel about taxpayer-funded organizations using your tax dollars to lobby elected politicians for more of your tax dollars?

Welcome to the Canadian military.

Oct 11 07:18

Canada set to become largest country with legal pot sales

More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed

Oct 06 11:28

Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ on Internet Use

In Canada, there have been ongoing discussions and proposals about new levies and fees to compensate creators for 'missed revenue.' There have been calls to levy a tax on mobile devices such as iPhones, for example. This week the Screen Composers Guild of Canada took things up a notch, calling for a copyright levy on all broadband data use above 15 gigabytes per month.

Oct 05 17:09

Canadians Now Allowed 30 Grams Of Cannabis While Flying Domestically

By Aaron Kesel

Citizens in Canada will be allowed to pack as much as 30 grams of cannabis while traveling domestically within Canada’s borders thanks to recreational legalization.

Local travelers will be allowed to pack 30 grams of cannabis once legalization begins Oct. 17th, transportation minister Marc Garneau announced, CBC reported...

Oct 05 08:49

While Nestlé extracts millions of litres from their land, residents have no drinking water

Thomas, a university student and mother of five, has lived without running tap water since the age of 16. Her children lack access to things commonplace elsewhere, like toilets, showers and baths. For washing and toilet usage, they use a bucket.

It is a challenging existence, full of frustration, exhaustion and health problems, and reminiscent of life in some developing countries. But this is not the “third world”. It is Canada, which regularly ranks as one of the United Nations’ top places in the world to live. Moreover, this Native community is located in prosperous southern Ontario, 90 minutes from Canada’s largest and richest city, Toronto.

Meanwhile, while Thomas and her family do without water, the beverage company Nestlé extracts millions of litres of water daily from Six Nations treaty land.

Oct 03 09:37

Canada's Donna Strickland becomes third female winner of Nobel Prize for Physics

Canada's Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo became only the third woman to win a Nobel for physics on Tuesday, October 2, after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.

Oct 03 09:11

Israeli spyware used against Saudi Arabian dissident in Canada — report

A Saudi dissident living in Canada was likely spied on by Israeli phone-hacking technology, according to a Monday report.

The Herzliya-based NSO Group uses its controversial Pegasus spyware program to turn smartphones into listening devices. It has been accused of selling the technology to countries, including Saudi Arabia, who use it to spy on dissidents, journalists, and others.

The Citizen Lab, a group of academics from Toronto University, said it has “high confidence” that the Israeli technology was used to spy on 27-year-old Omar Abdulaziz, an outspoken Saudi dissident who sought asylum in Canada.

Oct 03 08:37

Canada challenges US energy dominance with 'megaproject' one day after NAFTA deal

With a major announcement by oil giant Shell on Tuesday, Canada has set itself up to become the U.S.'s biggest energy rival in supplying liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Shell officials said LNG Canada, a massive multibillion dollar LNG export project in British Columbia, will compete directly with U.S. LNG terminals on the Gulf Coast by being able to beat U.S. companies on the price of shipping the fuel to customers in China, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

The announcement came less than 36 hours after the Trump administration announced it had reached a deal with Canada on NAFTA.

Oct 02 11:31

Alberta milk producers slam new North American trade agreement: ‘What do I do now?’

Under the newly-negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), American dairy producers will get expanded access into the Canadian market.

Alberta Milk said the province’s 516 dairy farms will now be told to produce less milk, resulting in a smaller paycheque.

Mike Southwood, general manager of Alberta Milk, is disappointed with the new trade agreement.

Oct 01 07:47

U.S. and Canada Reach Trade Deal to Salvage Nafta

The United States and Canada reached a last-minute deal to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement on Sunday, overcoming deep divisions to keep the 25-year-old trilateral pact intact.

The deal came after a weekend of frantic talks to try and preserve a trade agreement that has stitched together the economies of Mexico, Canada and the United States but that was on the verge of collapsing. After more than a year of tense talks and strained relations between President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, negotiators from both sides came to a resolution just ahead of a midnight deadline set by the White House.

Oct 01 07:41

USMCA: U.S. and Canada Reach Basis of Deal to Replace NAFTA Hours Before U.S.-Mexico Deadline

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada came to a late-hours agreement Sunday to create a trilateral trade deal to replace NAFTA that is being deemed the USMCA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Senior Trump administration officials briefed reporters late Sunday night on the new deal, just one hour before the deadline set to send a U.S.-Mexico deal to Congress.

The USMCA “includes ambitious new market access provisions for our farmers and ranchers,” according to the officials. It also includes provisions to make sure the deal does not get “stale and outdated”

Provisions address digital trade, establish groundbreaking intellectual property provisions, and combat currency manipulation.

“We think this is a fantastic agreement for the United States but also for Canada and Mexico,” one of the officials stated.

Sep 28 12:03

Saudi Arabia Demands Canada Apologize: We're Not 'A Banana Republic'

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister asked Canada to apologise for demanding the release of Saudi women's rights activists and stop treating the kingdom as "a banana republic" if it wanted to resolve a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

In August, Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada, blocked grain imports, expelled Canada's ambassador and ordered all Saudi students home after Ottawa called for the release of activists detained for urging more rights for women.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the more correct description here, would be a that of a "banana theocratic monarchy".

Sep 22 10:43

Severe thunderstorm, large hail and destructive tornado hit Ottawa, 85 000 homes without power, Canada

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by large hail and a destructive tornado swept through eastern Ontario and into Quebec during the afternoon hours of September 21, 2018. The storm left widespread power outages, three seriously injured people of which one is in critical condition and more than 60 damaged homes. Several homes were completely destroyed.

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