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RBC Sees Bleak Outlook For Canadian Manufacturing

RBC Sees Bleak Outlook For Canadian Manufacturing | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
TORONTO — A monthly survey of purchasing managers suggests the outlook for Canada's manufacturing sector remains negative but is not quite as dire as in December because of a pickup in export demand.

The RBC Canadian Manufacturing PMI registered 49.3 in January, just below the 50-point mark that indicates a neutral outlook.

Royal Bank noted in its commentary that the December reading of 47.5 was a record low for the five-year-old index. Any measure below 50 is considered a negative outlook for the coming months.
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#Billionaire #Governor Taxed The Rich & Increased Minimum Wage: Look What Happened #Minnesota

#Billionaire #Governor Taxed The Rich & Increased Minimum Wage: Look What Happened #Minnesota | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

When Minnesota governor Mark Dayton took office in January of 2011 he inherited quite the difficult situation to turn around. The midwestern state was drowning in a $6.2 billion budget deficit and had a troubling 7% unemployment rate.


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Canada, Mexico Resent U.S.'s 'Unaccaptable' TPP Side Deal

Canada, Mexico Resent U.S.'s 'Unaccaptable' TPP Side Deal | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — North America's three foreign ministers will be all smiles when they meet Friday to discuss the upcoming Canadian-hosted leaders' summit, but Canada and Mexico may bring some lingering resentment towards their American amigo on trade.

Mexico's former ambassador to Canada said the United States jeopardized relations with its two continental neighbours when it struck a side deal with Japan on trade in automobiles last summer during the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

A landmark 12-country Pacific Rim trade deal, which covers 40 per cent of the world economy, was eventually struck in October. Canada plans to sign the deal next month before consulting with Parliament on future ratification.
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I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist

I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
We live in a society that, like it or not, is dependent on oil (petroleum hydrocarbons) and petroleum hydrocarbon-based products.

Our food is produced on farms that need heavy equipment to operate. That food is shipped around the world by air, water and rail, all of which rely on petroleum hydrocarbons to operate. Petroleum hydrocarbons also serve as the feedstock of the petrochemical industry, which forms the basis of all the things that make our modern world work.

They are the building blocks of our plastics, our computers, the tools we need to keep us healthy and the drugs we take when we are sick.
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Stocks higher as oil surges on rumour of Saudi production cut

Stocks higher as oil surges on rumour of Saudi production cut | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
North American stocks were trading higher on Thursday as oil companies are surging along with strong earnings reports for companies like Facebook and Under Armor.

The price of oil rose 7 per cent Thursday, briefly trading above $34 per barrel as the Russian government continued talks with Saudi Arabia and OPEC about cutting production.

"If there was a cut it would be very bullish and there's a reaction that's pushing oil higher," said Brenda Kelly, head analyst at London Capital Group.
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Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea

Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Economists ignore how much harm was done to workers.
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Government Discriminated Against Children On Reserves: Tribunal

Government Discriminated Against Children On Reserves: Tribunal | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The federal government discriminated against children on reserves in its funding of child welfare services, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal said in a landmark ruling Tuesday.

The quasi-judicial body published its findings nine years after a complaint from the Assembly of First Nations and The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, which argued the federal government failed to provide First Nations children with the same level of services that exist elsewhere.

In the decision, which is considered legally binding, the tribunal found First Nations are adversely impacted by the services provided by the government and, in some cases, denied services as a result of the government's involvement.
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Agency allowed toxic pesticides on crops for years, says audit

Agency allowed toxic pesticides on crops for years, says audit | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency allowed the agricultural industry to continue using an “unacceptable” pesticide on potato crops for more than a decade after concluding it had high acute toxicity, said a new audit tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.
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malek's comment, January 26, 2:05 PM
we enjoyed toxic substance to allow dear users and suppliers exhaust their stocks, grrrrrrrr
pdeppisch's comment, January 26, 2:49 PM
The story of: mining and coal dust and "black lung"; tobacco and cancer; love canal, etc. etc. etc. grrrrrrrrr
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How Kate Upton is helping Uber win the hearts and minds of consumers

How Kate Upton is helping Uber win the hearts and minds of consumers | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
This is part two of a three-part series. Read parts one and three.

What do Kate Upton, Brett Wilson and a unicycle-riding musician playing fire-breathing bagpipes behind a Darth Vader mask have in common?

They've all been enlisted by Uber in its ongoing fight to win hearts and minds in cities around the world. But Uber's approach to gaining traction in new markets doesn't stop at a supermodel, a former dragon or the Unipiper.

A look at how Uber gets what it wants reveals a company whose true expertise lies in identifying cracks in the current system and then prying open those fissures until they're big enough to drive an app down the middle.

Uber playbook: Why the ride-hailing app will be coming soon to a city near you

Uber's origin story dates back to a winter night in Paris in 2008, when founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp were stranded without a cab. Oh! To be able to get a ride at the press of a button, they mused. And with that, Uber was conceived.

The actual unfolding of events isn't quite so pat. But then again, neither is Uber.
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pdeppisch's comment, January 26, 12:09 PM
She is a very, very mmmmmmm Tatsache! :)
malek's comment, January 26, 2:06 PM
long live the Tatsache!
pdeppisch's comment, January 26, 2:47 PM
YES! :)
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Indigenous politician demands that NEB protect salmon, not Kinder Morgan

Indigenous politician demands that NEB protect salmon, not Kinder Morgan | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
To Adam Olsen, deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party and member of the Tsartlip First Nation, the sockeye salmon are like family. Their lineage is sacred and their protection is an honoured, inherited responsibility. He even has an image of salmon emblazoned on his wedding ring.


"It is something I associate with so closely," he told National Observer. "I grew up on a guide fishing boat with my dad, a sports fisherman, in the Saanich Inlet."

Olsen presented intervener at the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Friday in Burnaby, B.C. His speech, delivered with pointed fingers and arms in the air, was so passionate that it even broke the poker faces of the panelists into an unmistakable smile.

Arms in the air, he demanded to know why the NEB would even entertain the idea that oil — now with plummeting prices — was worth more than B.C.'s sockeye salmon.
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Canada will sign TPP - but 'signing does not equal ratifying,' Freeland says

Canada will sign TPP - but 'signing does not equal ratifying,' Freeland says | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The federal government has confirmed that it intends to sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a meeting next week in New Zealand.

But that doesn't mean the Liberal government will ultimately ratify the 12-country treaty, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday.

"Just as it is too soon to endorse the TPP, it is also too soon to close the door," Freeland wrote in an open letter posted on her department's website.

"Signing does not equal ratifying.... Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made."
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malek's comment, January 25, 4:32 PM
To sign or To ratify..that's the question. Canada for Sale?
pdeppisch's comment, January 25, 4:37 PM
YUP! :(
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Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health

Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
January 22, 2016 1:00 P.M.Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario is seeking public feedback on a draft action plan to improve pollinator health and reduce pollinator losses.

Pollinators, including honey bees, are essential to Ontario's agricultural sector and contribute approximately $992 million worth of economic activity annually to the economy. The province became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules introduced on July 1, 2015, to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.
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Trudeau is “Breaking the Promise He Made” By Allowing Trans Mountain Pipeline Review to Continue Under Old Rules

Trudeau is “Breaking the Promise He Made” By Allowing Trans Mountain Pipeline Review to Continue Under Old Rules | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The next round of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) hearings for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline are scheduled to begin January 19 in Vancouver, B.C.

Climate advocates and critics of the National Energy Board are disappointed the review process will continue on under rules established by the previous federal government, especially since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to make the process more credible and evidence-based.

The Liberal party platform promised to immediately review the process, restoring “robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments” as well as restoring “lost protections” eliminated during the former government’s sweeping changes to environmental law. 
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The Unlikely Part Of Canada That's Winning On Wages

The Unlikely Part Of Canada That's Winning On Wages | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
What a difference an oil-price crash makes.

Remember the days when it was a given Alberta had the strongest labour market in the country? Well those are a distant memory now.

And if wage growth is anything to go by (and it usually is), the new winner is … Prince Edward Island. Yes, the island province, population 140,000, has led the country in wage growth over the past year, with wages jumping 3.2 per cent in a year, according to Statistics Canada data.
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Canada's spy agencies broke surveillance laws, watchdogs reveal

Canada's spy agencies broke surveillance laws, watchdogs reveal | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canada’s two spy agencies have come under attack by their Ottawa watchdogs for breaking the rules of telecommunications surveillance.

A report released on Thursday revealed that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has unlawfully shared data with foreign allies, while a report on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service made public on the same day said CSIS has been neglecting to tell judges who authorize surveillance operations they are retaining elements of communications intercepts they are ordered to destroy.
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Soldier With PTSD Fights For Right To Have Service Dog On Base

Soldier With PTSD Fights For Right To Have Service Dog On Base | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
EDMONTON — The chief of defence staff says the military is looking for a sensitive way to accommodate a service dog belonging to a soldier who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gen. Jonathan Vance says he is "very likely'' to side with Sgt. Jeffrey Yetman in his fight to keep his service dog at his side while visiting essential facilities at the Edmonton military base he calls home.

Yetman was recently informed that his service dog, Diego, was not permitted to accompany him to the mess hall, the gym and the family resource centre at Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton.
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Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans

Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego also uncovered some good news?concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.

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pdeppisch's comment, January 29, 10:56 AM
I am 75 and can still sail! :) And eat whitefish caught in Georgian Bay. :)
malek's comment, January 29, 2:29 PM
Amazing, I like the pride in your voice
pdeppisch's comment, January 29, 11:39 PM
Thank you! :)
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Islands in the Sky: Chopping Ancient Walbran Valley Forest Spells Extinction for Treetop Species

Islands in the Sky: Chopping Ancient Walbran Valley Forest Spells Extinction for Treetop Species | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
High in the trees that have been growing in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island for up to 1,000 years, unique colonies of insects and invertebrates are thriving.

Carpets of soil which develop in the massive branches of the old-growth trees contain a plethora of species not found anywhere else on Earth and, since 1995, University of Victoria entomologist Neville Winchester has climbed more than 2,000 trees to document and catalogue this life in the tree-tops.

“These ancient forests are a repository of biodiversity,” said Winchester, who has had more than a dozen beetle mites, aphids and flies named after him and who is giving a public talk this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria.

Together with UVic graduate students, Winchester has conducted one of the most extensive canopy research projects in North America, using ropes to scale trees the equivalent of 18-storeys high in the Carmanah and Walbran valleys.
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'Mindless' Clark Slammed For LNG Comments

'Mindless' Clark Slammed For LNG Comments | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER— Premier Christy Clark had sharp words Monday for what she calls the "forces of No'' in British Columbia who mount resistance efforts to government initiatives purely out of a fear of change.

First Nations leaders quickly shot back at the premier, labelling her comments "paternalistic'' and "mindless.''

Clark made the statements during a news conference where she fielded questions about opposition to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, environmental concerns over liquefied natural gas development and tax breaks for the mining industry.
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Canadian pipeline regulator oversight inadequate, says audit

Canadian pipeline regulator oversight inadequate, says audit | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Outdated computer systems, inaccurate information and confusion within Canada’s national pipeline energy regulator is putting public safety and the environment at risk, warns a new audit tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.


The audit by the federal environment commissioner, Julie Gelfand, found that the National Energy Board has made some progress since its last major audit by the commissioner’s office in 2011, but that many problems persist in the regulator’s enforcement of safety rules and its response to violations.
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More than just a cheaper ride: Why we need to talk about Uber

More than just a cheaper ride: Why we need to talk about Uber | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Outraged taxi drivers the world over telling anyone who will listen that Uber is the devil in corporate form makes it tough, even for those so inclined, to blithely accept at face value the company's argument that it's just a technology firm disrupting a sheltered industry.
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Examining the Uber playbook: How the ride-hailing app aims to conquer cities

Examining the Uber playbook: How the ride-hailing app aims to conquer cities | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
This is part one of a three-part series on Uber. Read parts two and three.

A memo to the mayors of Canada's biggest cities: Uber, whether you like it or not, is going to win.

Don't agree? Talk to your counterparts in New York, Chicago, Portland and more than 350 other cities around the world.

In the span of six years, Uber, a tech supernova backed by some of the deepest pockets in Silicon Valley, has all but conquered the U.S. Now, the playbook developed in its blitzkrieg through America is being applied in Canada and the rest of the world.

CBC Forum: Do you want Uber to operate in your city?
It's said there's nothing new under the sun and that's especially true for Uber. Court injunctions, rioting cabbies, think pieces bemoaning workers' rights, arguments about the "gig economy" and the fate of the middle class — Uber has seen it all before.

For now, Uber is just a cheaper way to get a lift, but that's just the start of its ambitions. Meanwhile, the tactics it uses to get what it wants have larger ramifications than merely catching a ride on a Friday night.
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Liberals target Tory union, citizenship laws as Parliament returns: Chris Hall

Liberals target Tory union, citizenship laws as Parliament returns: Chris Hall | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
He's been to Turkey, the Philippines, London, Malta and Paris. And now, fresh from his efforts to rebrand Canada with billionaires and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Justin Trudeau takes his front row seat in the Commons today for the first full sitting of Parliament since his election in October.

Different audience. Different task.

No matter how adept the prime minister might be at convincing international audiences that his new government represents the face of Canada — of resourcefulness over resources — the challenge at home is to deliver what's already promised.
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malek's comment, January 25, 4:34 PM
Classic shock
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BoC Report Shows We Live In A Whole New Canada

BoC Report Shows We Live In A Whole New Canada | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
It’s as if we’re living in two different countries.

Well, OK, in Canada that’s always sort of been the case.

But we’re not talking about the language divide here. We’re talking about the new face of Canada’s economy: Weak energy provinces, where investment is collapsing and joblessness is rising, and the rest of Canada, which is seeing at least a partial economic revival.
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Elizabeth May begs NEB to let Kinder Morgan expansion "die here"

Elizabeth May begs NEB to let Kinder Morgan expansion "die here" | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Moments before Elizabeth May took the stand at the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, she admitted she was nervous.


“I don’t want to get too angry,” she told National Observer with a smile, organizing a massive stack of documents and pages upon pages of handwritten notes.

When she stepped before panelists on Thursday however, the Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands was confident and comprehensive. She got straight to the point:

“I think the National Energy Board is completely unsuited and should never again be put in charge of environmental assessment,” she said boldly, criticizing the 2012 omnibus bill that put the board in charge in the first place. She first urged, then implored, and then begged to have the expansion proposal "die here" at the hearing in Burnaby, B.C.
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