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Dec 15, 2014

Canada, China to sign deal on return of fugitives’ seized assets

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is set to sign a deal with China to return ill-gotten assets seized from those suspected of economic crimes, the official China Daily reported on Monday, as Beijing works to track down corrupt officials who have fled overseas.

China, the world’s second-largest economy, has vowed to pursue a search, dubbed Operation “Fox Hunt,” beyond its borders for corrupt officials and business executives, and their assets.

Dec 12, 2014

No more drunken sailors: Canadian Navy bans drinking at sea

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble.

Sailors had hitherto been allowed to drink off duty. Now, they will only be able to sample alcohol on special occasions such as Christmas, if the captain gives permission. In addition, beer vending machines will be removed from vessels.

Dec 11, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., Canada transport chiefs to meet on oil train safety

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Top transportation officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said on Thursday.

Both governments are drafting safety rules for trains that move fuel from North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch to refineries.

Dec 11, 2014

U.S., Canada transport chiefs to meet on oil train safety

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Top transportation
officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next
week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains
that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said
on Thursday.

Both governments are drafting safety rules for trains that
move fuel from North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch to refineries.

Dec 10, 2014

Canada to continue in F-35 fighter program but outlines risks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will stay part of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program while a decision is made on whether to actually buy the plane, the government said on Wednesday.

But Ottawa outlined several risks to the program, which has been hit by major delays and cost overruns. The risks include software delays and limitations as well as affordability.

Dec 6, 2014

Coaches in World Cup ‘Group of Death’ put on brave face

GATINEAU, Quebec (Reuters) – Coaches of the four teams drawn together in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada put on brave faces on Saturday while other sides blessed their luck.

The United States, the world’s number one team, will play fifth-placed Sweden as well as Australia, who are ranked 10th, and Nigeria, 35th in the FIFA standings.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Coaches in World Cup ‘Group of Death’ put on brave face

GATINEAU, Quebec, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Coaches of the four teams drawn together in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada put on brave faces on Saturday while other sides blessed their luck.

The United States, the world’s number one team, will play fifth-placed Sweden as well as Australia, who are ranked 10th, and Nigeria, 35th in the FIFA standings.

Dec 5, 2014

Canada loses 10,700 jobs in Nov after two months of big gains

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s job market cooled off in November, shedding 10,700 positions after two consecutive months of big gains, and the unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 percent from 6.5 percent in October, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Analysts had expected an increase of 5,000 jobs after 43,100 were created in October and 74,100 in September.

Nov 27, 2014

Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries.

The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Nov 26, 2014

New Canada safety chief urges tougher oil-by-rail measures

OTTAWA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The measures announced by Canada
this year to boost the safety of shipping oil by rail are a good
first step but more must be done, the new head of the country’s
Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday.

Kathy Fox, new chairwoman of the independent federal agency,
said Canada and the United States must agree on tougher
standards for tanker cars that carry volatile fuels. Shipments
of crude by train have soared over the past few years as oil
output has increased while pipeline capacity has not.

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      "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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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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