MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON — A group of 14 nations urged Venezuela on Thursday to hold elections and release “political prisoners,” in a joint statement that kept open the option of seeking to suspend the South American country from the Organization of American States.
The statement, which Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said was aimed at encouraging Venezuela to “re-establish democracy,” called for dialog and negotiation to resolve a crisis in the oil-exporting country, which is suffering severe food and fuel shortages.
Suspending Venezuela from the OAS was a last resort, the nations said, and something that should be avoided unless other diplomatic efforts have been exhausted.
“We reiterate that inclusive and effective dialog is the right path to achieve lasting solutions to the challenges faced by the Venezuelan people,” the statement said.
Venezuela has jailed around 100 government opponents it accuses of inciting violence and planning the overthrow of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition activists and human rights groups say they are prisoners of conscience.
In October, Venezuela’s election board suspended the opposition drive for a recall referendum against Maduro despite the country’s crushing economic crisis, the government’s unpopularity and public opinion in favor of a plebiscite.
Venezuela has also delayed until 2017 elections due in December for state governorships.
The declaration by the 14 nations called for the separation of powers, the rule of law and the establishment of an electoral calendar for postponed elections.
The group that signed the declaration, which includes regional powerhouses the United States, Mexico, Canada and Brazil, also called on Venezuela to recognize the legitimacy of the country’s national assembly, which has been defanged by Maduro’s government since the opposition won a majority in 2015.
Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s foreign minister, called Videgaray “servile” and a “traitor” for siding with Washington in a new push to isolate her country, which has been at loggerheads with the United States since the left-wing government of the late President Hugo Chavez.
“Foreign Minister @LVidegaray attacks Venezuela to please his imperial owners,” Rodriguez said on Twitter. “He is building walls with Latin America instead of defending the sovereign rights and interests of its people.”
The pressure by countries, including several former Venezuelan allies who have elected right-of-center governments in recent years, follows a call by the head of the OAS to expel Venezuela if it does not hold general elections quickly, a move that would require the support of two-thirds of the Washington-based body’s 34 General Assembly members.
Luis Almagro, secretary general of the OAS and a former foreign minister of Uruguay, calls Maduro’s government a dictatorship. He said earlier this month that, if Venezuela did not comply quickly, it should be suspended for violating rules that require members to adhere to democratic norms.
In the past the OAS suspended Cuba and Honduras for breaking with democracy but was criticized for not taking such action against right-wing dictatorships during the Cold War.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was concerned by the state of democracy in Venezuela.
“We urge the Venezuelan government to comply with the constitution … and hold elections as soon as possible,” Toner told a briefing for reporters.
“We’re not pushing for Venezuela’s expulsion from the OAS at this time. We do think that the OAS is the appropriate venue to deal with the situation in Venezuela,” he said.
However, a senior White House official said suspension from the regional body remained an option. Although numbers supporting Thursday’s declaration fell well short of the requirement to take strong action through the OAS, the official said the statement was a significant first step.
“If Venezuela continues down the path that it’s on, the notion that it’s going to belong to an organization committed to democratic principles doesn’t make much sense,” the official told Reuters, adding that the United Sates could also consider sanctions. “There are going to be ramifications,” the official said.
Mexico’s decision to openly take a stance on the situation in Venezuela is a shift from a usual preference by Latin America’s second-largest economy not to interfere in other countries’ affairs.
“We should not continue to be indifferent, we cannot continue to be indifferent,” Videgaray said earlier on Thursday, emphasizing that Mexico would respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and act according to international law and in agreement with the countries of the Americas.
Mexico’s change in tack may reflect an effort to have constructive relations with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly antagonized Mexico.
“It reinforces what has been a general comment throughout these past weeks and months about how important Mexico is to the United States, not only bilaterally but as a regional player,” said Andres Rozental, former deputy foreign minister for Mexico.
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As with any neighbour you’ve known for years, New Brunswick is on a first-name basis with its beer. Here, it’s just Moose – Moose Green for the lager, and Red for the original Moosehead beer, even though the ale no longer has a red label.
But that doesn’t mean they always drink the beer from Moosehead Breweries Ltd. At a pub in uptown Saint John, a lager order goes through without a hitch, but when asked for the ale the bartender hesitates. Instead, he pours a taste of a pale ale from a Fredericton craft brewer, Graystone, to compare with a taste of Moosehead’s ale.
“Moose Green, I love it. I drink it like it’s going out of style,” he says. But pointing to the two glasses, he insists, “You can just tell one is a domestic” – a bigger brewer – “and one’s not.”
This is Moosehead’s problem. For the growing number of people gravitating to craft beer in search of new flavours (or just a cooler-looking label that will confer a bit of hipster status), it’s too big to love. And outside of its home turf, the situation is even worse.
“‘You guys are owned by Molson, aren’t you?’ That’s a consistent piece of feedback,” says Trevor Grant, vice-president of sales and marketing at the independent, family-run brewery.
More than 1,200 kilometres away, on a craft-heavy pub menu in downtown Toronto, Moosehead lager is listed under “Macros and imports we don’t hate.” This kind of grudging respect is about as good as it gets for a big-ish brewer these days.
Moosehead is indeed a macro compared to the newest players on the beer scene. There has been a boom in licensed breweries in Canada – reaching 644 last year, a huge jump from 290 just seven years earlier – driven largely by operations producing less than 2,000 hectolitres (200,000 litres) per year, according to Beer Canada. (Moosehead contributed too, opening the Hop City craft brewery in Toronto in 2009.)
But while Moosehead is bigger than those upstarts, and is the fourth-largest brewer in Canada – behind Molson, Labatt and Sleeman – it is a distant fourth. The big two have more than 75 per cent market share of beer sales nationwide. Moosehead has 2 per cent to 3 per cent.
The company draws roughly $200-million in annual revenue – a number that has stayed relatively flat for at least eight years, though the makeup of the business has changed: it is selling more of its own beer and beers it distributes in Canada such as Boston Beer Co.’s Sam Adams. That has made up for losses in its contract brewing business – most notably when it lost the Guinness account a few years ago – and the steep decline in its U.S. sales amid the explosion of competition from both craft beer and imports there.
The Oland family has been managing these business challenges all while grappling with personal tragedy: the brutal murder in 2011 of Richard, brother of the chairman, Derek, and uncle of the current CEO. With the accused, Richard’s son Dennis, awaiting a second trial, they will not be able to put the ordeal behind them for some time, even as professional demands loom.
Moosehead needs to grow. To do that, the leaders believe they need to tell their story as an independently-owned operation as old as Confederation. Sure, it has emphasized its conveniently patriotic founding date – 1867 – on packaging and in ads for years, but without the money to wallpaper its brand across consumers’ field of vision, and lacking some consistency from one ad campaign to another, the message hasn’t really stuck.
Meanwhile, competitors with deeper pockets have been freely, and some might say dubiously, riding the wave of Canadian heritage. Molson Coors Brewing Co. – now a multinational – trades on the slogan “ I am Canadian“; and Sleeman, now owned by Tokyo-based Sapporo Breweries Ltd., has used its ads to romanticize its “
Since the beginning, two forces have seemed to stalk the company now known as Moosehead: in-fighting, and disaster.
The latter struck repeatedly in its early days: the Dartmouth brewery burned down in 1878; was rebuilt and then burned again in 1896. Fire hit the family’s house next door in 1905. Fires weren’t unusual in those days, with brewery kettles heated over open flames. Moosehead, as it’s known now, might never have existed if it weren’t for a much greater disaster: the Halifax Explosion. That day in 1917, Susannah’s son Conrad and six other employees died in the destruction of the Dartmouth brewery. Derek Oland, the company’s executive chairman and father of the current generation of managers, remembers his father P.W. telling stories of the sound of the blast, the windows of his schoolroom shattering and the sight of dead horses on the road on his walk home that day.
While the Halifax operations were rebuilt, the family branched out to New Brunswick, buying the Red Ball brewery in Saint John. A decade later, they bought the James Ready brewery – where the beer is still brewed today, in a building dating back to 1886 – and in the files there, they found a registration for the name “Moosehead.” Moosehead Pale Ale was launched in 1933. In 1947, the company was renamed Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
But the family was plagued by other problems – with each other.
In-fighting dates all the way back to Susannah’s son and successor, George W.C. Oland. When he died, he left each of his sons a brewery, each with vastly different fortunes – a recipe for resentment – and all of which competed with one another. According to the book Last Canadian Beer by Harvey Sawler, Sidney Oland got the largest operations in S. Oland & Sons and the Keith’s brewery back in Halifax, as well as just over one-fifth share of New Brunswick Breweries (later Moosehead). George Bauld got the rest of that operation in Saint John. Geoffrey was left the Red Ball brewery in Saint John, the smallest, which Sidney would later buy in order to compete with George Bauld on his turf. In retaliation, Moosehead opened a plant in Dartmouth; and then Sidney opened yet another brewery in Saint John. This corporate version of a sibling slap-fight would continue until the Halifax branch of the Olands sold out to Labatt in 1971 for an estimated $12-million.
George Bauld’s son P.W. would repeat his grandfather’s mistake in clumsy succession planning – in his case, dawdling over the choice of which son would take over. It didn’t help that Derek and Richard Oland had never really been close as brothers, let alone as colleagues.
“Dick and I just didn’t agree. He had his way of doing it and I had mine, and Father couldn’t make up his mind,” Derek said. “…That schism between us, you can’t have that.”
In 1980, Derek resigned. P.W. coaxed him back with a promotion. Dick, reading the tea leaves, left. Derek became president in 1982.
He has been more cautious about succession planning, buying back the shares from his brother and sister in 2007 to consolidate ownership. He is now in the process of meting out those shares to the next generation. Derek also handed the CEO role to two non-Oland executives, until he felt his son Andrew was ready. Derek has required each of his sons to work elsewhere before pursuing a career at Moosehead – a policy Andrew plans to uphold – and insists they were free to choose other jobs, as their brother Giles has done. Derek and his wife Jackie worked to foster respect between the boys – something that had been missing between Derek and Dick.
“I’d make up with him,” Derek said in the 2009 book Last Canadian Beer by Harvey Sawler. Derek now says he and and his brother were in a good place before tragedy struck the Oland family in 2011.
Dick’s bludgeoned body was discovered on the floor of his office. His son Dennis was the main suspect.
“We are convinced, absolutely convinced, that he had nothing to do with it,” Derek says. “He’s an innocent man that happened to be the last known person to have seen my brother. But we know that he wasn’t the last person. So what we are doing is we are defending him and supporting him in every way we can. It was not well investigated.”
Dennis was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2015. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal overturned the conviction last October, but a new trial is not expected until at least 2018.
“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” says Derek. “What it does to your family. Just terrible stuff.”
A huge, handmade dewdrop-shaped copper kettle lends some nostalgia to the Moosehead brewhouse, but not much function. It sits beside a large old console covered in dials, lights, and diagrams of the brewing process. All that work is now done on a laptop, and in the stainless steel equipment on the other side of the room, which smells sweet and grainy from the most recent batch.
“They don’t have that beauty,” Karen Cousins, Moosehead’s director of communications, says of the steel vessels. The old stuff is for show. “People love looking at them.”
But there haven’t been too many people through here in recent years: the tour of Moosehead that Ms. Cousins is leading today does not happen often. It’s something the company hopes to change. This cruise season, 144,000 passengers and 57,700 crew will come through Saint John’s port – arriving in a city with plenty of charm but a limited number of tourist attractions. Brewery tours could be an opportunity to remind people of Moosehead’s independence, and its heritage.
It’s one part of a broader marketing effort. An ad campaign launching this spring for the 150th anniversary will link the brewery’s past with key moments in Canadian history. The family wants to launch more brews under the Moosehead brand umbrella, and is considering digging into the archives to revive some heirloom recipes.
On carts in the brewery sit bags of fragrant hops destined for the company’s new limited-edition “Anniversary Ale.” Like many beers brewed here, most of Moosehead’s ingredients are Canadian – the grain, the water, the yeast it grows in its on-site lab – but hops are harder to come by locally, particularly at the scale that a relatively big brewer needs.
“They cleaned me out of the two major varieties I grow,” says Veronica Paul, who runs the conveniently-named Moose Mountain hop farm in Maplehurst, N.B.
“People just know us for Moosehead lager. We wanted [this ale] to be a step forward, telling people about our brewing credentials, and doing it in a bit bolder style than maybe people are used to from Moosehead,” marketing head Mr. Grant says.
But credibility is a funny thing. Moosehead is caught in the middle. Even with the rise of craft beer, the vast majority of beers quaffed in Canada are still blonde lagers. For Moosehead, experimenting with new brews is a way to give the flagship brand a more “premium” image – to make its easy-drinking lager more attractive on a store shelf than other easy-drinking lagers such as Bud or Molson.
Moosehead is already making craft beer. It owns Hop City, the brewery behind brands such as Barking Squirrel and Hop Bot IPA. In January, it abandoned a plan to build a new small-batch brewery in Saint John, but still plans to build a facility that will allow it to make more experimental beers.
“My personal opinion is, everything should be under Moosehead – it’s a strong brand,” says Craig Pinhey, a Saint John-based sommelier and beer writer. “In other countries, they think of it as a premium brand, not only as mainstream. It’s only here that we think of them as mainstream.”
Lagers may taste light, but they are deceptively hard to make because there is nowhere to hide: unlike a hoppy IPA, a lager has no strong flavours to mask imperfections.
Moosehead has a handle on that quality, but lacks some of the complexity of flavour of European counterparts such as Pilsner Urquell, says beer writer Stephen Beaumont.
“The parallel story to them in a lot of ways is Yuengling, the oldest U.S.-owned brewery,” Mr. Beaumont says.
“Yuengling has built an almost cult-like following, and they’re not doing a whole lot different – you could argue that Yuengling lager is a little bit more evolved than a Budweiser or a Coors Light, but essentially they’ve positioned themselves as a niche label rather than a niche beer. Moosehead has been trying to do that, with varying degrees of success.”
That kind of heritage-based loyalty could give Moosehead a boost in its planned expansion across Canada. Forty per cent of its sales come from Ontario, a market where the company did not sell a drop 25 years ago. New Brunswick and the United States count for roughly 20 per cent each. The remainder comes from a mix of international sales in about 15 countries, and the rest of Canada combined. That’s a lot of untapped territory, especially in the West.
“Outside of Molson and Labatt, no one – Sleeman is close – no one has a full Canadian business across all 10 provinces,” Andrew Oland says. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve.”
The sixth generation likens the importance of this project to their father’s expansion into the United States in the 80s – Moosehead went south before it went west, largely because of the patchwork of provincial regulations complicating alcohol sales across Canada.
The U.S. push forced the company to invest in modernizing its operations. It was the debut of its familiar green bottle, chosen because Americans equated the green glass with other premium imports such as Heineken.
Ironically, despite the premium image the green glass is worse for the beer because it lets in more light. The company says as long as they are shipped in closed cardboard and stored in the dark rather than light-up beer fridges it should be fine. It led to the design, by a professional, of the current Moosehead label. Before then, Derek’s father P.W. drew many of the designs himself, including the original moose. And it was the birth of the slogan, “The Moose is Loose,” which has never been Derek’s favourite.
“You can’t laugh at the moose,” he says. “If you do, you’re laughing at yourself. It’s a majestic animal that roams the woods of most of Canada, and it says what we want about our company.”
Moosehead succeeded in building a premium import image, and saw incredible growth in the United States – reaching 26 states in the first year alone. Eventually, though, Moosehead was unwilling to compete on price and did not control its own distribution – all as competition heated up.
“It’s probably one of my biggest disappointments,” Derek says.
Now, Moosehead is looking to Canada for its next phase of growth, and it believes that its independence could be a selling point.
“You have to buy yourself out every generation … bringing the shares back to one or two or three individuals,” Derek says of the control that has helped the brewery stay independent. They have had plenty of offers. “If we wanted to sell, people could be killed in the rush,” he says. “It’s a joke – but we know this place wouldn’t be the same. It would be a branch plant, at best.”
None of the seventh generation currently works at Moosehead. Andrew’s children are all in their 20s, but the rest are much younger. “We’re not going anywhere for a while,” Andrew says. “It’s not my job to tap [the next generation] on the shoulder. It’s their job to initiate the conversation.” Still, he acknowledges that while it’s possible someone outside the Oland clan could once again lead the company – not least because it helps to recruit talent if a surname is not a requirement for advancement – but that would not be ideal in the long term. “We would like to see Moosehead continue to be a multigenerational family business,” Andrew says. “I think you can have non-Oland leadership for a period of time, but you can’t have it forever, because then I’m not sure it’s really a family business.”
Canada’s largest school system will no longer plan trips to the U.S. over fears students will be unfairly stopped at the border because of their heritage or country of birth.
“We don’t want to put our students in a position where they are traveling to the U.S. with their friends and classmates and then be denied entry to the U.S. for no legitimate reason,” Ryan Bird, spokesman for the Toronto District School Board, said Friday. “Equity, inclusiveness, fairness are key principles for us as a school board.”
Although judges have temporarily blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, Bird said the board did not want to take the chance of it being put back into effect considering the months it takes to plan a school trip abroad.
The board said it will allow 25 trips involving 900 students to proceed as planned. However, Bird said if one student or staff member is denied entrance into the U.S. for no legitimate reason, then everyone on the trip will return to Toronto and the other planned trips will be canceled.
The Toronto district school board oversees 584 schools attended by 246,000 students. Bird said hundreds, and potentially thousands, of those students are from the six-Muslim majority countries listed on the ban — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. About 23% of students in the district were born outside of Canada.
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection stressed that there are no new travel restrictions that would impede school excursions from Canada.
“As far as like a student coming across the border and a bus making a field trip, nothing is different than what it was for a field trip last year… so I don’t know what the concerns would be about this year,” said Dave Long, a CBP public affairs officer for Buffalo, N.Y., the busiest land entry point on the Canadian border and the one that Toronto buses would normally go through.
Long said schools normally contact border officials before a trip and provide a list of students, so that any problems, such as with documentation, can be sorted out before they get to the border. Long said he had not heard of the Toronto school board’s decision before being contacted by the Los Angeles Times.
Out of the 1.2 million people coming into the U.S. daily, about 300 to 600 people are denied entry.
For Canadians, the amount of people turned back in the first quarter of 2017 was less than the first quarter of the last three years. In January and February 2016, about 3,500 Canadians were found inadmissible versus about 2,600 in the first two months of this year, according to the CBP.
In January, the Canadian government said U.S. officials gave assurances that Canadian citizens, including those with dual citizenship, would not be affected by the restrictions.
However, there have been cases of Muslim Canadians saying they were not allowed into the U.S. despite having Canadian passports.
This month, a Muslim Canadian woman says she filed a complaint with the U.S. after she was denied entry in February. She said she was stopped for four hours at the Quebec-Vermont border and asked questions about her mosque and opinions of President Trump.
“You turn on the television and you see stories about people being stopped at the border for no apparent reason,” said Bird, the Toronto school board spokesperson.
He said the school board, which organizes dozens of trips to the U.S. each year, had been closely looking at Trump’s executive order since it was announced.
Other Canadian school boards have also canceled U.S. trips over similar fears. The Greater Essex County District School Board, south of Toronto, canceled all trips to the U.S., which were scheduled for February, over concerns of equity, officials said.
Last week, the Girl Guides of Canada announced it would not plan future trips to the U.S. so “that no girl is left behind.”
Jovanovski is a special correspondent.
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The Canadian budget released
this week added little stimulus spending, but recent signs of
economic strength and federal funds already in the pipeline have
boosted expectations that the Bank of Canada may have to shed
its doom-and-gloom outlook.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled a wait-and-see fiscal
blueprint on Wednesday with only minor new spending, but his
economic growth forecasts have already been dismissed as stale
and overly cautious after recent signs of a long-awaited pickup
in jobs and retail sales.
“(The) national economy is no longer circling the drain …
and if you thought the economy was coming back, then the case
for incremental spending must be less compelling,” Warren
Lovely, head of public sector research and strategy at National
Bank Financial, wrote on Thursday in a note to clients.
Signs of economic growth reduce the likelihood the Bank of
Canada will need to cut interest rates again, said economists,
who expect a somewhat more upbeat assessment by the central bank
when it releases its policy statement in April. The Bank of
Canada cut rates twice in 2015 as lower oil prices hit growth,
and has left rates at 0.5 percent since then.
“As much as (Bank of Canada Governor) Stephen Poloz might
like to remain dovish, he’s going to have to give a nod to the
reality that the economy is, at least for now, doing better than
they thought,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC
First-quarter growth could be above 3 percent, Shenfeld
said, surpassing the Bank of Canada’s 2.5 percent forecast.
The central bank downplayed fourth-quarter strength in its
policy statement this month, pointing to “competitiveness
challenges” for exporters and subdued growth in wages and hours
Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri had a similar message in a
speech on Tuesday and said the latest strong retail sales
numbers were consistent with the pick-up in growth the central
bank had been expecting.
But any acknowledgement by the Bank of Canada of the
stronger data is likely to be offset by its wariness about
uncertainties in U.S. trade and tax policy, economists said.
“Without any more clarification in terms of U.S. policy,
it’s very prudent for a central bank to remain cautious and
remind (investors) that we have a big downside risk to our
outlook,” said Charles St-Arnaud, senior economist at Nomura.
Poloz said in January that a rate cut would be on the table
if downside risks materialized, though economists largely expect
the next move will be a hike in the second quarter of 2018.
Shenfeld said he expected the bank to highlight the U.S.
policy risks but saw a limit to how dovish Poloz can be.
“Clearly, it wouldn’t be credible, for example, to say as
they did last October that they’re actively considering a rate
cut now,” Shenfeld said.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Richard Chang)
Canada’s federal government
lobbed the problem of Toronto’s hot housing market back to
Ontario on Thursday after its new budget did nothing to rein in
real estate speculators, boosting expectations a foreign buyers
tax may soon be imposed in Canada’s largest city.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a federal solution to a
local problem was not the best way to address concerns about
high housing prices in response to criticism Wednesday’s budget
had not done anything to help cool high home prices.
“We recognize the tools of the federal level are necessarily
pan-Canadian, and there are tremendous differences and variances
between the housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto and housing
markets in other cities,” Trudeau told reporters in Toronto.
“So we’re working very closely with provinces and municipal
authorities to ensure that the impacts that we need to have in
certain areas of the country don’t result in unwanted
impositions or negative impacts on other parts of the country,”
Toronto prices have shot up 113 percent since early 2009,
while Canadian prices as a whole have jumped 65 percent,
according to the Teranet-National Bank price index.
Vancouver housing prices have declined since the province of
British Columbia imposed a 15 percent tax on foreign buyers in
that city in August, mostly targeting people from mainland
China, and many expect Ontario will soon impose a tax in
Ottawa has repeatedly tightened mortgage lending rules in
recent years on concerns about a housing bubble, but the boiling
Toronto market has barely slowed.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa last week urged
federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to consider raising
capital gains taxes, among other measures, to rein in
But developers and other market observers expect the next
move to come from Ontario, or perhaps the city of Toronto
itself, because the national market has cooled.
“I somehow think a foreign buyers tax is coming,” said Ben
Myers, senior vice president at Fortress Real Developments in
Toronto. “I think they should make some kind of move now, even
if it is small, to signal that ‘we’re on this.’ And I think it
should be something Ontario-based.”
A Sousa spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests
for comment. Toronto Mayor John Tory will consult with experts
next week to consider options and get feedback on how a foreign
buyers tax has been working in Vancouver, spokesman Don Peat
Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in
Toronto, said he believes a foreign buyers tax is the best and
quickest fix for Toronto because even if it only affects foreign
investors, a small portion of buyers, it sends a broader signal
that the government will act to stop speculation.
“The foreign buyers tax is a good first pass because we
already have the precedent from Vancouver, it’s pretty fast and
easy to implement … the message alone will target domestic
speculation as well,” Kavcic said.
(Additional reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto and
Leah Schnurr in Ottawa; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Canadian province of Saskatchewan will review regulations and
engineering standards for pipelines around bodies of water
following a Husky Energy Inc oil spill last year into a
Husky’s July 2016 spill into the North Saskatchewan River
forced the cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford to
temporarily find alternative sources of drinking
water. In total, 225 cubic meters of oil blended
with distillates leaked, with 60 percent contained on land,
Saskatchewan’s ministry of economy said on Thursday.
“Since the Husky spill in July, we’ve recognized that we
need to do better when it comes to preventing incidents,” Energy
and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said in a statement.
Pipeline safety is a sensitive issue in Canada, where Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in November approved a new
Kinder Morgan Inc pipeline. Pipelines are
viewed by the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan as
critical to move crude to tidewater, but they have drawn fierce
opposition from environmental and indigenous groups.
On Monday, the Alberta Energy Regulator said it was
responding to a Husky crude oil spill in that province.
Saskatchewan’s economy ministry said the province would
strengthen regulatory standards for pipelines around water to
deal with risks such as slope movement. It will also review the
design of existing pipelines near water. The Husky pipeline that
leaked was built in 1997.
The government concluded that a buckle in the pipeline
cracked and caused the spill due to ground movement on a slope
of land over many years, mirroring the company’s earlier
The findings will now be reviewed by Saskatchewan justice
officials for possible charges against Husky, government
spokeswoman Karen Hill said. A Husky spokesman could not
immediately be reached.
In its 2017/18 budget, released on Wednesday, Saskatchewan
said it would hire more inspectors for the oil and gas industry.
(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by
Jordin Canada drove through the lane and dished a no-look pass to her left, where forward Monique Billings stepped into the post and converted another basket.
UCLA fans marveled at how smooth it all looked, and Billings and teammates hollered in celebration.
Canada’s reaction? Hardly noticeable. She’d already picked up her assignment on defense.
“She’s really shy, she’s incredibly humble, she’s sort of timid at first, but then she has this lioness roar that comes out of her in competitive situations,” Coach Cori Close said about her 5-foot-6 point guard.
The Bruins’ entire game plan begins with Canada, a junior from the Windward School who spurned interest from several powerhouse programs to stay home and help build UCLA into a national contender.
“This women’s basketball team has never won a national championship here, and I think it would be very special,” Canada said after practice this week.
“Even if we didn’t end up winning a championship,” she continued, pausing to bendg over and knock on the hardwood floor at Pauley Pavilion, “it’s just about creating a legacy and creating that tradition of what UCLA basketball is about.”
UCLA, the No. 4 seed in the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional, cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, routing No. 13 Boise State and No. 5 Texas A&M last weekend at Pauley. That earned the Bruins a shot at No. 1 seed and unbeaten-since-2014 Connecticut in a regional semifinal at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday.
Canada notched double-doubles, her eighth and ninth of the season, in the first- and second-round games. She scored 15 points and dished for 16 assists — the most ever by a Bruin in an NCAA tournament game — against the Broncos and followed with 12 points and 11 assists against the Aggies.
But Canada’s impact this season has extended well beyond her team-leading averages of 17.8 points and 7.0 assists per game. Teammates challenged her to become a more vocal leader, and Close pushed her to evolve from a shooting guard into a floor general.
“Her job is to facilitate and make everybody else better,” Close said. “Being a point guard for me is the hardest position on the floor because it’s always her fault. … If Kari [Korver] misses a shot, it’s her fault that she didn’t give her a good enough pass. If [Monique] doesn’t get a shot made, it means that you didn’t lead her to the basket enough. … Or if we didn’t get a good defensive possession it’s because she didn’t have enough urgency to start it off.
“That’s something that I think she didn’t like it, and it wasn’t fair her first two years, and now she embraces that role.”
Said Korver: “She used to be very quiet and we had to push her to step up and be a leader because you need your point guard to be a leader. She’s really stepped into the role and owned it.”
This is the first time the Bruins (25-8) have advanced to a regional semifinal for a second consecutive season. Last season, as a No. 3 seed, UCLA fell to No. 2 Texas in a Bridgeport Regional semifinal.
If UCLA pulls off an upset Saturday over Connecticut (34-0), which has won four consecutive NCAA titles and 109 consecutive games, Canada’s legacy could be bigger than she ever imagined.
But she hesitated to respond when asked about the possibility of defeating the Huskies andadvancing to a regional final, which would match the Bruins’ best finish in the NCAA tournament, for the first time since 1999.
“It does excite me, a little bit, but at the same time I can’t be too excited because we haven’t even played the game yet and you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Canada said. “If we just focus on us, that can happen. But we just have to continue to stay focused and engaged on what we can do to get better.”
Said Close: “She came here to do something that’s never been done, to raise the program to a level it hasn’t been before. … She has done exactly that, and she’s not finished.”
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Although Canadian Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned a debt-cutting pledge in a
budget on Wednesday, the cautious nature of the document and an
unsteady opposition means he is unlikely to suffer much damage,
say analysts and insiders.
The stay-the-course budget targeted export growth and some
measure of tax reform and unveiled little extra spending, but
did promise more money for social housing.
Although Trudeau’s Liberal government last year promised to
keep cutting the debt-to-GDP ratio, the budget shows the ratio
will increase slightly. That said, deficits for the next three
years will be a shade smaller than forecast.
“I don’t think there’s much for the opposition to grab on to
… if the Liberals had created either a bigger deficit hole, or
spent money, they would have been targets,” said Nik Nanos, head
of polling firm Nanos Research.
“A no-news budget is just much more difficult because the
opposition parties are basically shadow-boxing,” he said in a
Trudeau is in no immediate political peril, since the next
election is not due until October 2019 and he is still popular.
A Nanos poll on Tuesday put the Liberals on 41.9 per cent
support, the official opposition Conservatives at 28.5 per cent
with the left-leaning New Democrats at 17.1 per cent. If an
election were held now, the results show Trudeau would win a
A government source, who declined to be named because he was
not authorized to speak to the media, said the budget’s promises
of long-term fiscal responsibility should appeal to the
political right while the plans for social housing would placate
The Conservatives said the lack of tax relief would hurt
Canadian businesses once U.S. President Donald Trump followed
through on promises to cut taxes.
Liberals though said it was impossible to judge what exactly
would be in Trump’s budget, which could yet be many months away
from final adoption.
The challenge for the opposition parties is that both of
them lack permanent leaders and will be holding contests later
this year to fill the position.
“It allows the Liberals to get away with a budget that is
really not going to address a lot of crucial questions,” said
Kathy Brock, a political science professor at Queen’s University
“If there were strong opposition parties with permanent
leaders I think they’d be hitting this budget pretty hard.”
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernard Orr)
Steven Naismith scored the equaliser as Scotland laboured to a friendly draw with Canada at Easter Road.
Falkirk’s Fraser Aird produced a fine finish to send Canada ahead following poor defending from the hosts.
Untidy play at the other end allowed Naismith to level, the forward diverting Tom Cairney’s shot home.
Neither team created much after half-time but Canada, ranked 117 in the world, looked as likely to find a winner as the home side.
Scotland are currently second-bottom of Group F going into Sunday’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia at Hampden.
Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, and national boss Gordon Strachan have said Sunday’s fixture is a “must-win” for the nation’s qualifying hopes.
Scotland continue to struggle
With a crucial qualifier just a few days away the Scotland fans who turned out on a miserable night in the capital would have been expecting a performance against Canada that would give them hope heading into the Slovenia match on Sunday.
But on this performance there was little for the hardy few to cheer about.
The centre-back pairing of Christophe Berra and Charlie Mulgrew were opened up ever so simply time after time in the first half. Up front Chris Martin struggled to hold on to the ball with a first touch as heavy as the Easter Road surface.
In former Scotland youth players Aird and Scott Arfield the visitors had the two best players on the pitch, with Toronto-born Falkirk winger Aird, whose parents are Scottish, scoring his first international goal.
He capitalised on some calamitous defending by Lee Wallace and had several chances to add to his tally.
Burnley’s Scottish-born midfielder Arfield, who has a Canadian father, went off injured late on to be replaced by Charlie Trafford.
A glimmer of hope
The Canada goal after 11 minutes stunned the crowd of 9,158 into silence. Not that they had much to cheer about, but there were a couple of encouraging displays for Strachan’s side.
With no natural right-backs in the squad, Derby County’s Ikechi Anya was again given the role after playing the position in November’s defeat by England. And the 29-year-old proved once again his versatility, going forward at every opportunity and attempting to link up with both Robert Snodgrass and debutant Tom Cairney.
Poor start affected Scotland – Strachan
And in Cairney, there was a player who at times showed a willingness to get forward and support his strikers. It was his shot that was turned in by Naismith for Scotland’s equaliser.
Apart from a cross from Snodgrass that hit the post, there was little else for the fans to cheer about.
Anya will likely continue at right-back on Sunday and although there were appearances in the second half for John McGinn, Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes, none looked to have done enough to force their way into the starting line-up, with Rhodes passing up a late chance.
3WallaceSubstituted forRobertsonat 45′minutes
8CairneySubstituted forMcGinnat 76′minutes
11NaismithSubstituted forRhodesat 62′minutes
14O BurkeSubstituted forBannanat 45′minutes
9MartinSubstituted forGriffithsat 62′minutes
1ThomasSubstituted forLeutwilerat 45′minutes
17TissotSubstituted forCorbin-Ongat 68′minutes
16ArfieldSubstituted forTraffordat 90+4′minutes
10JacksonSubstituted forFiskat 76′minutes
Home TeamScotlandAway TeamCanada
Shots on Target
Match ends, Scotland 1, Canada 1.
Second Half ends, Scotland 1, Canada 1.
Substitution, Canada. Charlie Trafford replaces Scott Arfield because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Scott Arfield (Canada) because of an injury.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Nikolas Ledgerwood.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Scotland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Leigh Griffiths.
Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Junior Hoilett (Canada).
Offside, Scotland. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Leigh Griffiths is caught offside.
Foul by Christophe Berra (Scotland).
Adam Straith (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Nikolas Ledgerwood.
Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Scotland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Fletcher with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Nikolas Ledgerwood.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Adam Straith.
Allan McGregor (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Straith (Canada).
Foul by Christophe Berra (Scotland).
Junior Hoilett (Canada) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Canada. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Canada) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikolas Ledgerwood.
Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Junior Hoilett (Canada).
Substitution, Scotland. John McGinn replaces Tom Cairney.
Substitution, Canada. Ben Fisk replaces Simeon Jackson.
Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.
Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield.
Substitution, Canada. La’Vere Corbin-Ong replaces Maxim Tissot because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Leigh Griffiths (Scotland) because of an injury.
Delay in match Maxim Tissot (Canada) because of an injury.
Offside, Canada. Jayson Leutwiler tries a through ball, but Simeon Jackson is caught offside.
Substitution, Scotland. Leigh Griffiths replaces Chris Martin.
Substitution, Scotland. Jordan Rhodes replaces Steven Naismith.
Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.
Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.