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Oct 22, 2014

Canadian retail sales unexpectedly drop 0.3 percent

OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Canadian retail sales dropped
unexpectedly in August as consumers pulled back for the second
straight month, heightening uncertainty about broader economic
growth and weighing on the Canadian dollar.

Retail sales dropped 0.3 percent in August, pulled down by
lower gasoline prices and weaker sales of new cars, food, and
housing-related items, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.
Analysts forecast sales would be unchanged from July.

Oct 21, 2014

Canada police kill ‘radicalized’ driver after he rams two soldiers

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec “had become radicalized,” the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

The Canadian government did not specify what it meant by radicalized but in the past has used the term to refer to Canadians who become supporters of militant Islamic groups.

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.

    • 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
      Languages:
      English, French, Russian
      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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