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Dec 10, 2014

Canada to continue in F-35 fighter program but outlines risks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will stay part of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program while a decision is made on whether to actually buy the plane, the government said on Wednesday.

But Ottawa outlined several risks to the program, which has been hit by major delays and cost overruns. The risks include software delays and limitations as well as affordability.

Dec 6, 2014

Coaches in World Cup ‘Group of Death’ put on brave face

GATINEAU, Quebec (Reuters) – Coaches of the four teams drawn together in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada put on brave faces on Saturday while other sides blessed their luck.

The United States, the world’s number one team, will play fifth-placed Sweden as well as Australia, who are ranked 10th, and Nigeria, 35th in the FIFA standings.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Coaches in World Cup ‘Group of Death’ put on brave face

GATINEAU, Quebec, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Coaches of the four teams drawn together in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada put on brave faces on Saturday while other sides blessed their luck.

The United States, the world’s number one team, will play fifth-placed Sweden as well as Australia, who are ranked 10th, and Nigeria, 35th in the FIFA standings.

Dec 5, 2014

Canada loses 10,700 jobs in Nov after two months of big gains

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s job market cooled off in November, shedding 10,700 positions after two consecutive months of big gains, and the unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 percent from 6.5 percent in October, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Analysts had expected an increase of 5,000 jobs after 43,100 were created in October and 74,100 in September.

Nov 27, 2014

Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries.

The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Nov 26, 2014

New Canada safety chief urges tougher oil-by-rail measures

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.

Nov 25, 2014

Canada failing veterans with mental illnesses: official watchdog

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”.

Nov 19, 2014

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

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.

Nov 18, 2014

Canada silent as Keystone vote nears, Obama criticizes project

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
Tuesday.

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.”

Nov 7, 2014

Canada posts second month of big job gains, jobless rate dives

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.

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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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