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Mar 25, 2015

Canada transport minister: CN accidents can’t be fluke of nature

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – Three Canadian National Railway
Co derailments in the same area in three weeks are a
significant problem and cannot be explained away as a fluke of
nature, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said in an
interview on Wednesday.

CN Rail oil trains came off the tracks and caught fire near
the small northern Ontario town of Gogama on both Feb. 14 and
March 7. A third train hauling empty cars derailed in the same
area on March 5.

Mar 17, 2015

Canadian Conservative MP apologizes over anti-niqab comments

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A legislator with Canada’s governing Conservatives apologized on Tuesday for saying Muslim women who do not want to remove their face-coverings when taking the citizenship oath should “stay the hell where (they) came from.”It was the second embarrassing backtrack this month by the ruling Conservatives as they gear up for an October election that they have signaled they will center around the economy and the fight against what they call “jihadist terrorism.”

The incident occurred on Monday when Conservative Member of Parliament Larry Miller spoke out against a woman who is fighting in court for the right to wear her niqab, at her citizenship ceremony.

Mar 14, 2015
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Canada PM’s anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic, says opposition leader

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(Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Toronto, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

A Canadian opposition leader on Friday compared Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of Islam to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on gays, ratcheting up political rhetoric over the religion as Harper’s ruling Conservatives seek re-election in October.

Mar 13, 2015

Canada PM’s anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic: opposition

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian opposition leader on Friday compared Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of Islam to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on gays, ratcheting up political rhetoric over the religion as Harper’s ruling Conservatives seek re-election in October.

Harper said this week that the niqab, a face-covering veil worn by some Muslims, was “rooted in an anti-women culture” as he defended the government’s desire to ban women from wearing a niqab during the oath of citizenship.

Mar 12, 2015

Canada’s railways can’t dictate terms on grain backlog: Harper

By Randall Palmer

(Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and Canadian National Railway Co have such huge market power that they cannot be allowed to dictate how Canada’s grain shipment backlog is cleared, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

Harper said in an appearance in Saskatchewan that the grain backlog was not nearly as bad as it was a year ago in the wake of the record 2013 harvest, but he said the government was still concerned.

Mar 12, 2015

Canada’s broadcast regulator relaxes quotas for local content

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s broadcast regulator is relaxing long-standing requirements for television broadcasters to carry a certain amount of Canadian-produced content, saying some protections are no longer needed in a world of abundance and choice.

It is also making it much harder for established broadcasters to tie video-on-demand services meant to fight Netflix Inc’s online content to their other TV or Internet services, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said on Thursday.

Mar 12, 2015

Bank of Canada economist signals Fed hike may not be matched

OTTAWA, March 12 (Reuters) – Do not count on the Bank of
Canada to match possible interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal
Reserve, one of the Canadian central bank’s economists suggested
on Thursday.

Economist Rhys Mendes told the House of Commons finance
committee the Bank of Canada would view a Fed rate hike as a
sign the U.S. economy is strengthening, which would be good for
Canada.

Mar 11, 2015

Canada toughens oil tank car standards, wants even new ones out by 2025

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest.

The announcement comes after a rash of fiery derailments in Canada and the United States, including some that involved the newer, improved rail cars, and as more oil increasingly travels by rail due to higher output and a shortage of pipelines.

Mar 11, 2015

Canada minister: oil train rule timing may differ from U.S.

OTTAWA, March 11 (Reuters) – While the United States and
Canada are near agreement on a tougher standard for oil-by-rail
tanker cars, they may diverge on the phase-in period, Transport
Minister Lisa Raitt told Reuters on Wednesday.

She said they were close “on a tank car standard agreement,
but not necessarily on the time frame. … Time is of the
essence for us.”

Mar 10, 2015

Canada lawmakers hear Hong Kong democracy activist over China’s objections

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Veteran Hong Kong democracy campaigner Martin Lee, testifying on Tuesday at a Canadian parliamentary committee over the objections of the Chinese government, appealed to Ottawa to stand with those struggling for democracy in Hong Kong.

“I hope the Canadian government and the Canadian Parliament will speak up for us at this difficult stage,” Lee told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.