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Mar 27, 2015

Canada government to dilute controversial anti-terror bill

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government will soften controversial draft anti-terror legislation after critics said it could be used to target people taking part in peaceful protests.

The move, signalled on Friday, represents a significant concession by the governing right-of-centre Conservatives, who until now have refused to countenance changes to a bill they say will combat the threat of “jihadist terrorism”.

Mar 25, 2015

Canada transport minister says spate of CN Rail accidents no fluke

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – Three Canadian National Railway
Co derailments in the same area in three weeks, two of
them involving oil trains, cannot be explained away as a fluke
of nature, Canada’s transport minister said Wednesday, adding
she is satisfied for now with steps CN has taken to prevent
another accident.

CN Rail oil trains came off the tracks and caught fire near
the small northern Ontario town of Gogama on both Feb. 14 and
March 7. A third train hauling empty cars derailed in the same
area on March 5.

Mar 25, 2015

Canada says won’t tell railways where to ship grain for now

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – The Canadian government will
not, for now, start telling railways where to ship farmers’
grain but it will decide within days whether to extend its
requirements on how much grain they must haul, Transport
Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.

In an interview in her parliamentary office, Raitt said
farmers and shippers have questioned whether the government’s
grain-shipment minimums are still required and whether Ottawa
should tell the country’s two dominant railways, Canadian
National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
, on which corridors grain should be shipped.

Mar 25, 2015

Canada transport minister: CN accidents can’t be fluke of nature

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – Three Canadian National Railway
Co derailments in the same area in three weeks are a
significant problem and cannot be explained away as a fluke of
nature, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said in an
interview on Wednesday.

CN Rail oil trains came off the tracks and caught fire near
the small northern Ontario town of Gogama on both Feb. 14 and
March 7. A third train hauling empty cars derailed in the same
area on March 5.

Mar 24, 2015

Canada says to launch air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against its positions in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack Islamic State positions in Syria, which have also been hit by jets from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Mar 24, 2015

Canada will expand anti-ISIS bombing campaign to Syria: sources

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada plans to expand its mission against Islamic State militants by sending fighter bombers to attack targets in Syria as well as Iraq, two well placed political sources said on Monday.

The expansion means Canada is set to become only the second nation after the United States to bomb the militants in Syria.

Mar 17, 2015

Canada transport watchdog wants new tank cars in service earlier

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s transportation watchdog said on Tuesday that recent fiery derailments of trains hauling crude oil mean a new generation of stronger tanker wagons should be introduced ahead of schedule.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is probing two accidents within the last month involving Canadian National Railway Co oil trains which came off the tracks and caught fire near the small northern Ontario town of Gogama.

Mar 13, 2015

Canada PM’s anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic: opposition

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian opposition leader on Friday compared Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of Islam to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on gays, ratcheting up political rhetoric over the religion as Harper’s ruling Conservatives seek re-election in October.

Harper said this week that the niqab, a face-covering veil worn by some Muslims, was “rooted in an anti-women culture” as he defended the government’s desire to ban women from wearing a niqab during the oath of citizenship.

Mar 11, 2015

Canada’s anti-terror fight could be hit by lack of finances

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A lack of resources could threaten Canada’s efforts to combat terror attacks at a time when the government is talking up the threat of jihadist violence, say top current and former security officials.

The right-leaning Conservative government wants legislators to pass a bill that would for the first time allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency to interrupt suspects’ travel plans and communications.

Mar 6, 2015

Low oil prices push up Canadian trade deficit to near record

OTTAWA, March 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit in
January more than doubled to a near-record C$2.45 billion ($1.94
billion), Statistics Canada said on Friday, amid a slump in oil
prices that has crimped the resource-dependent economy.

The deficit – considerably wider than the C$1 billion
shortfall expected by analysts – was the second highest after
the C$2.87 billion recorded in July 2012.

    • About David

      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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      1987
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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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