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.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The head of Canada’s central bank
on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to
abandon its ultra-easy money policy, saying it showed the U.S.
economy is gaining traction, but warned weaker oil prices will
crimp Canadian growth.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond
purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor
market slack as “significant” in a show of confidence in the
TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police need more resources and not extra powers to deal with the threat posed by extremists after two deadly attacks, say legal and security experts, as the government pledged to deliver tough new anti-terror legislation.
Canada’s Conservative government said it will soon introduce a bill to enhance the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency and is planning other legislation designed to allow police to preempt threats and crack down on hate speech.