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Oct 10, 2014

Canada adds more jobs than expected, jobless rate near 6-yr low

OTTAWA/TORONTO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Canada added a
significantly more-than-expected 74,100 jobs in September and
the jobless rate fell to a near six-year low of 6.8 percent,
according to data that was met with some skepticism but also
helped boost the currency.

Analysts had forecast a gain of 20,000 positions and said
the jobless rate would remain at 7.0 percent. Unemployment last
hit the 6.8 percent mark in December 2008.

Oct 8, 2014

Canada seeks to jail 80 who took part in foreign terror plots

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada wants to arrest 80 people who returned to the country after taking part in suspected terrorism-related activities, the public safety minister said on Wednesday.

Canadian security officials have fretted for years about the number of young men traveling abroad to join militant groups, including Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 7, 2014

Canada to badly miss 2020 emissions-cut target -official watchdog

OTTAWA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Canada is set to badly miss a 2020
target for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, in part
because of its failure to regulate the booming oil and gas
sector, Parliament’s environmental watchdog said on Tuesday.

The scathing report by Environment Commissioner Julie
Gelfand will add to the political challenges faced by the
right-leaning Conservative government, which polls show could
lose power in an election set for 2015.

Oct 7, 2014

Canada ill-placed to ensure safety of Arctic shipping -watchdog

OTTAWA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – - Canada will have trouble
ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the
sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament’s environmental
watchdog said on Tuesday.

Canada, said Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, had “no
long-term national vision” to cope with more shipping in the
region, where firms are trying to exploit reserves of oil, gold,
diamonds, iron ore, zinc and other commodities.

Oct 7, 2014

Canada to badly miss 2020 emissions-cut target, official watchdog says

OTTAWA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Canada is set to badly miss its
2020 target for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, in part
because of its failure to regulate the booming oil and gas
sector, Parliament’s environmental watchdog said on Tuesday.

The scathing report by Environment Commissioner Julie
Gelfand will add to the political challenges faced by the
country’s right-leaning Conservative government, which polls
show could lose power in the election set for next year.

Oct 3, 2014

Canada to take part in air strikes against Islamic State

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian fighter jets will take part in U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq for up to six months, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Harper told the House of Commons Canada also planned to send an air-to-air refueling aircraft and two surveillance planes to the region. He did not say how many jets would take part in the campaign.

Oct 3, 2014

Canada posts unexpected trade deficit as exporters struggle

OTTAWA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Canada unexpectedly posted a C$610
million ($545 million) trade deficit in August as exports
dropped and imports rose by the largest amount in almost two
years to hit a record high, Statistics Canada data showed on
Friday.

Market analysts had expected a C$1.55 billion surplus after
a revised C$2.20 billion surplus in July.

Oct 2, 2014

Canada opposition unhappy with plans to fight Islamic State

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s main opposition parties signaled on Thursday that they might oppose government plans to send fighter jets to the Middle East, putting more pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he struggles in the polls ahead of an election next year.

Harper is expected to announce on Friday that Ottawa wants to send at least six CF-18 fighter jets to participate in a U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants who have taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. expands effort to track foreign fighters in Syria: security official

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States is making “enhanced and concerted efforts” to track foreign fighters in Syria who may be planning attacks on American territory, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on a visit to Canada that about 12,000 people from around the world had traveled to Syria over the last three years to fight in the civil war and join militant groups such as Islamic State, also known as ISIL.

Sep 30, 2014

Canada’s economy stalls in July after 6-month growth streak

OTTAWA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Economic growth in Canada
stalled unexpectedly in July, breaking a six-month streak of
gains and ensuring the Bank of Canada will be in no rush to
raise interest rates.

Statistics Canada said on Tuesday that real gross domestic
product in July was unchanged from June. Market analysts had
expected a 0.2 percent advance.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1987
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      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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