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Feb 12, 2015

U.S. Transportation Dept pushes tough oil train standards-sources

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The U.S.
Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be
reinforced and advanced braking systems installed to prevent
accidents from becoming fiery disasters, according to sources
familiar with the plan.

The proposal, which now faces a White House review,
envisions safety improvements that public advocates endorse but
oil and rail leaders have said would mean high costs for modest
safety gains.

Feb 10, 2015

Bank of Canada’s Wilkins: economy still below potential

OTTAWA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The Canadian economy is still
operating below its potential and one sign of this is labor
market slack, a senior Bank of Canada official said on Tuesday,
calling the recent sharp drop in oil prices a “setback”.

In some of the first remarks by a Bank of Canada policymaker
since the central bank cut interest rates last month, Senior
Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins laid out the reasons for the
surprise move, reiterating that the bank thought it would take
too long to close the output gap if it did not act.

Feb 9, 2015

In blow to Canada’s PM, legislator quits to join opposition

OTTAWA, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Canadian legislator Eve Adams left
the governing Conservatives to join the opposition Liberal Party
on Monday in a fresh blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper ahead
of an election scheduled for this October.

Sitting alongside Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Adams told
reporters: “The party no longer shares my values”. She also
blasted what she called Harper’s mean-spirited leadership.

Feb 5, 2015

Canada Dec trade gap almost doubles, but export volumes rise

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Low oil prices helped Canada’s
trade deficit to sharply widen to C$649 million ($519 million)
in December, but in a more promising sign for the economy,
export volumes surged.

The deficit was, however, smaller than the C$1.20 billion
shortfall expected by analysts. Statistics Canada’s official
release on Thursday also cut November’s deficit to C$335 million
from an initial C$644 million, citing a number of revisions.

Feb 3, 2015

Canada foreign minister quits amid talk of government tension

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird resigned on Tuesday in a surprise move that leaves the Conservative government without one of its most capable politicians as it heads into an October election in which it faces a tough fight against a revitalized Liberal Party.

Baird’s resignation came amid talk of a split with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office over Russia policy, but Baird, 45, said it was simply time to start a new chapter in his life, and he paid warm tribute to Harper.

Feb 2, 2015
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Wife of flogged Saudi blogger Raif Badawi says his health is worsening

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(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom’s clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband’s health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment.

Jan 30, 2015

Canada GDP shrinks, stirring talk of another rate cut

OTTAWA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy unexpectedly
shrank by 0.2 percent in November, prompting market talk that
the Bank of Canada will cut interest rates in March for the
second time in six weeks.

Analysts had expected no growth from October. The
month-on-month decline was the largest since a 0.4 percent drop
in December 2013.

Jan 29, 2015

Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is worsening

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom’s clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband’s health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment.

Raif Badawi, 31, a blogger and founder of the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, received 50 lashes on Jan 9. The second of 20 rounds in total has twice been postponed on medical grounds.

Jan 28, 2015

Snowden files show Canada spy agency runs global Internet watch: CBC

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday.

Critics said the revelations, made in 2012 documents obtained by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and leaked to journalists, showed much more oversight was needed over Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Jan 27, 2015

Canada Liberals can lift spending and avoid deficits -Trudeau

OTTAWA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – If Canada’s opposition Liberals
win the election set for this October they would be able to
boost spending on their priorities without necessarily running a
budget deficit, party leader Justin Trudeau told Reuters on
Tuesday.

Trudeau’s centrist Liberals are neck and neck with the
governing right-of-center Conservatives in the runup to the
election.

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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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      1987
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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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