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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.

Nov 25, 2014

Canada failing veterans with mental illnesses: official watchdog

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is failing its veterans with mental illnesses, an official watchdog said on Tuesday in a stinging report that could hurt the Conservative government less than a year before the next election.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who reports to Parliament, said the federal Veterans Affairs ministry was “not adequately facilitating timely access to mental health services”.

Nov 19, 2014

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

OTTAWA (Reuters) – U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its ageing fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday.

The comments were a rare public expression of unhappiness by Boeing about the way Canada is conducting the process to buy new fighters.

Nov 18, 2014

Canada silent as Keystone vote nears, Obama criticizes project

OTTAWA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Canada kept quiet as debate over
the Keystone XL pipeline unexpectedly raced through the U.S.
Congress because it does not want to inflame a heavily
politicized issue, two sources familiar with the matter said on

Canada, which has loudly backed TransCanada Corp’s
proposed project in the past, also had no response to unusually
sharp words by U.S. President Barack Obama who said last week
Canada wanted to “pump their oil, send it through our land, down
to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else.”

Nov 7, 2014

Canada posts second month of big job gains, jobless rate dives

OTTAWA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Canada unexpectedly added 43,100
new jobs in October and the unemployment rate dropped to a near
six-year low of 6.5 percent, prompting market optimism that the
sluggish job market might finally be improving.

Analysts had expected a loss of 5,000 jobs after the
outsized gain of 74,100 positions in September.

Nov 4, 2014

Canada posts surprise Sept trade surplus as energy imports drop

OTTAWA, Nov 4 (Reuters) – A rise in exports and a sharp drop
in energy imports caused by refinery shutdowns helped Canada
post a surprise trade surplus of C$710 million ($623 million) in
September, Statistics Canada data showed on Tuesday.

Analysts had expected a deficit of C$100 million. The
surplus – the fourth in five months – follows a revised C$463
million deficit in August.

Nov 3, 2014

Hollande says Iraq army must do more; bombing won’t end ISIS crisis

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Iraqi army must do more to show it can fight Islamic State militants who have taken over a third of the country, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday.

The Iraqi army, riven by sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, put up little resistance earlier this year as the Islamic State fighters mounted a major offensive.

Oct 31, 2014

Canada security services struggle with extremist threat, resources gap

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s spy agency and national police force are so constrained by a lack of resources that they can’t keep close track of all the Islamic extremists who may be a potential threat at home and they have also had to abandon some counter-espionage work and criminal investigations, according to current and former intelligence and police officials.

    Ray Boisvert, former assistant director of intelligence at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), said the spy agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would need extra operatives if they were to be able to monitor more of the people they see as a possible threat.

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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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