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Jan 14, 2015

Canada insists on oil train tanker phase-out ahead of U.S.

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Canada is committed to
taking outmoded tank cars off the rails years earlier than U.S.
officials envision, sources familiar with negotiations say,
leaving the trading partners at an impasse as they try to
harmonize oil train safety measures.

In the wake of the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster, in which 47
people died after an oil train derailed and blew up in Canada,
both nations agreed to retire older versions of the tank car
model involved in that tragedy, the DOT-111.

Jan 14, 2015

‘Five Eyes’ countries to meet on anti-terrorism fight – Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The five nations that make up the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network will meet in London next month to confer on strategies to fight terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks, Canada said on Tuesday.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the so-called Five Eyes – the United States, Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand – had scheduled a meeting for Jan 22.

Jan 12, 2015

Canadian police make third arrest in alleged ‘terrorism’ case

OTTAWA, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Canadian police seeking to break
up what they describe as a “terrorist” cell have made the third
in a series of arrests in the case, a police official said on
Monday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Suliman
Mohamed, 21, was charged on Monday with “participation in the
activity of a terrorist group.”

Jan 9, 2015

Canada loses jobs for second month in a row, housing cools

OTTAWA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s job market continued to
gently cool off in December, shedding 4,300 positions after a
loss of 10,700 jobs in November, while the hot housing market
showed signs of decline.

Statistics Canada said on Friday that the unemployment rate
had remained unchanged at 6.6 percent.

Jan 7, 2015

Canada trade deficit bigger than forecast as cheap oil bites

OTTAWA, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The retreat of oil prices helped
push Canada’s trade deficit to near a two-year high in November,
signaling the challenges that cheaper crude pose for the
petroleum-exporting nation.

Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday that the November
deficit jumped to C$644 million ($546 million) from a deficit of
C$327 million in October, much higher than the C$300 million
shortfall forecast by analysts.

Dec 17, 2014

Canada PM says hosting U.S.-Cuba talks allowed discretion

OTTAWA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s decision to host secret
talks between the United States and Cuba on normalizing
relations allowed the two countries the discretion they needed,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.

In a brief statement, Harper congratulated the two on their
successful dialogue and said Canada supported a future for Cuba
that fully embraced the values of freedom, democracy, human
rights and the rule of law.

Dec 15, 2014

Canada, China to sign deal on return of fugitives’ seized assets

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is set to sign a deal with China to return ill-gotten assets seized from those suspected of economic crimes, the official China Daily reported on Monday, as Beijing works to track down corrupt officials who have fled overseas.

China, the world’s second-largest economy, has vowed to pursue a search, dubbed Operation “Fox Hunt,” beyond its borders for corrupt officials and business executives, and their assets.

Dec 12, 2014

No more drunken sailors: Canadian Navy bans drinking at sea

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble.

Sailors had hitherto been allowed to drink off duty. Now, they will only be able to sample alcohol on special occasions such as Christmas, if the captain gives permission. In addition, beer vending machines will be removed from vessels.

Dec 11, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., Canada transport chiefs to meet on oil train safety

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Top transportation officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said on Thursday.

Both governments are drafting safety rules for trains that move fuel from North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch to refineries.

Dec 11, 2014

U.S., Canada transport chiefs to meet on oil train safety

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Top transportation
officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next
week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains
that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said
on Thursday.

Both governments are drafting safety rules for trains that
move fuel from North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch to refineries.

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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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