OTTAWA, June 28 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy grew by just
0.1 percent in April from March, Statistics Canada said on
Friday, confirming that after a strong first quarter, growth is
slowing amid continuing global economic uncertainty.
Although April marked the fourth consecutive month-on-month
gain, it was the smallest of the four increases. The figure
matched analysts’ expectations.
(Reuters) – Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum resigned on Tuesday, a day after he was charged with fraud and corruption in the latest major Canadian municipal scandal.
“I am going to put my energies into my defense and into my family,” said Applebaum, who had promised to clean up Canada’s second-largest city when he was named to the post in November.
June 17 (Reuters) – Montreal’s new mayor, who pledged to
stamp out corruption when he took office last November, was
arrested and charged with fraud on Monday in another blow to the
reputation of Canada’s biggest cities.
Michael Applebaum, whose predecessor resigned under
pressure, faces 14 charges linked to two real estate deals,
police said during a morning news conference.
OTTAWA, June 14 (Reuters) – Refinery slowdowns helped push
Canadian factory sales to their biggest monthly drop in nearly
four years in April, signaling a weak start to the second
quarter after strong economic growth in the first three months
of the year.
Statistics Canada said on Friday that sales plunged by 2.4
percent in April from March, the fourth drop in five months and
the biggest retreat since the 2.5 percent fall recorded in
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has no access to data gathered by a top-secret U.S. government surveillance program, but the nation’s secret signals intelligence agency is monitoring foreign phone and internet traffic, officials said on Monday.
An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency says the NSA is running a massive effort called Prism that scoops up information from phone companies as well as internet data from companies such as Google and Facebook.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s government on Monday declined to say whether it was using data gathered by a secret U.S. government eavesdropping program, but confirmed its own secret signals intelligence agency was monitoring foreign phone and internet traffic.
An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency says the NSA is running a massive surveillance program called Prism that scoops up information from phone companies as well as internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the European Union are still deadlocked over a long-delayed free trade agreement, officials said on Friday, casting more doubt on the pact as the EU shifts focus to a bigger deal with the United States.
The deal was initially supposed to have been finished by the end of 2011, but there is no end in sight, largely because the EU is resisting Canadian demands for much greater beef access.
OTTAWA, June 6 (Reuters) – A legislator from Canada’s ruling
Conservatives has quit unexpectedly and accused the government
of being secretive and overly controlling, boosting pressure on
Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he tries to contain a scandal
And Defense Minister Peter MacKay, who is potentially one of
Harper’s biggest rivals, suggested he also might quit if the
party adopted new rules for electing a leader that would crush
his chances of taking over one day.
OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit leapt in
April as imports hit a record high and exports edged down, a
further sign that exporters’ woes are helping to crimp growth,
Statistics Canada data indicated on Tuesday.
The April deficit hit C$567 million ($550 million), slightly
more than the C$550 million shortfall analysts had expected.
Statscan also revised March’s initial C$24 million surplus to a
deficit of $3 million.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Henry Morgentaler, a Holocaust survivor who became one of Canada’s leading abortion campaigners and spent time in jail for terminating pregnancies, died on Wednesday at the age of 90, activists said.
Morgentaler set up Canada’s first independent abortion clinic in Montreal in 1969 at a time when the procedure could only be performed in hospitals and was limited to cases when doctors deemed that continuation of a pregnancy could harm a woman.