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Jun 16, 2014

Canada economists less worried by low inflation than central bank

OTTAWA, June 16 (Reuters) – Canadian economists are not too
concerned about low inflation, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said
after meeting several of them on Monday, sending a different
message than the one sounded recently by Bank of Canada Governor
Stephen Poloz.

Overall inflation rose to the central bank’s 2 percent
target in April, but Poloz said last week that underlying
inflation is still at a low 1.2 percent, which leaves Canada
“vulnerable to a downside shock at any time”.

Jun 12, 2014

Bank of Canada eyes China risk, still elevated housing concern

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canada’s financial system is robust despite lingering concern about a stretched housing market, while external risks from China have increased, the Bank of Canada said on Thursday.

The bank said in its semiannual Financial System Review that household debt and overvalued housing remained the most important vulnerability.

Jun 4, 2014

New Canadian law to make buying sex a crime

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Prostitutes in Canada will generally be allowed to sell their services, but for the first time it will be a crime to buy sex from them under a government bill introduced on Wednesday to replace legislation the Supreme Court struck down in December.

The Supreme Court had suspended for a year the effect of its decision, which struck down a ban on brothels and street solicitation on the grounds that it compromised the safety of sex workers, to allow time for a new law to be enacted.

Jun 4, 2014

Bank of Canada holds rates, dovish on inflation

OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its main
interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday and said the risks of
low inflation loom as large as ever despite a
faster-than-anticipated rise in prices, remarks that some
economists interpreted as being dovish.

The central bank also flagged weaker-than-expected global
growth and the possibility of slightly less underlying momentum
in the United States, and noted that the Canadian economy grew
only modestly in the first quarter.

Jun 4, 2014

Bank of Canada holds rates, frets over low inflation

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada kept its main interest rate on hold at 1 percent on Wednesday, as expected, and said the risks of low inflation loom as large as ever, though prices have been rising faster than it had anticipated.

The central bank also flagged weaker-than-expected global growth and the possibility of slightly less underlying momentum in the United States and noted that the Canadian economy grew only modestly in the first quarter.

May 30, 2014

Canada will not fund abortion abroad, issue too divisive, PM says

OTTAWA, May 30 (Reuters) – Canada will refrain from funding
abortions abroad as it promotes maternal and children’s health
in poor countries because the issue is too divisive and could
undermine a broader push to save lives, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said on Friday.

The Conservative leader has resolutely resisted any attempt
to restrict abortions in Canada, where the procedure is legal,
but he has acquiesced to demands from within his caucus not to
promote abortion in other countries.

May 29, 2014

Canada signals decision on replacing jet fighters may come soon

OTTAWA, May 29 (Reuters) – Canada signaled on Thursday it is
likely to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether to
replace its aging CF-18 fighter jets with F-35 stealth fighters
from Lockheed Martin Corp or hold an open competition
among aircraft makers.

Public Works Minister Diane Finley said on Thursday the
Conservative government will finish its review of reports on how
to replace its jet fighters in the coming weeks. Her spokesman,
Marcel Poulin, said both a government decision on how to proceed
and the release of the review are likely to come in that period.

May 23, 2014

Inflation jumps to Bank of Canada’s 2 pct target in April

OTTAWA, May 23 (Reuters) – - Canada’s annual inflation rate
rose to the central bank’s 2 percent target in April for the
first time in two years, Statistics Canada said on Friday,
further dampening talk of a cut in interest rates.

The jump from 1.5 percent in March was exactly as expected
in a Reuters survey of analysts, as was the 0.3 percent monthly
rise in prices from March.

May 16, 2014

Canada restaurants buck foreign worker program changes

OTTAWA, May 16 (Reuters) – Possible changes to make it
harder to bring temporary foreign workers into Canada may force
some restaurants to curb their hours or even shut down, and
could hamper important exports if not properly structured,
employers groups warned on Friday.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister
Chris Alexander on Thursday bandied about with employers and
unions several ideas for reforming the temporary foreign worker
program, which has recently come under enormous criticism.

Apr 23, 2014

Canada to move unilaterally to phase out old rail cars

OTTAWA, April 23 (Reuters) – Canada will require that the
use of older rail cars for carrying crude oil be phased out
within three years, even though the United States has yet to
make such a rule change, according to documents seen by Reuters
on Wednesday.

The unilateral move is a response to recommendations that
followed an investigation into a fiery rail-car derailment in
Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July that killed 47 people.