Coal exports expose Canada's hypocrisy

There’s growing consensus among our political leaders that Canada needs to wean itself off coal-fired electricity, but if we’re so concerned about the fuel’s greenhouse gas emissions and effect on human health, why are we so keen to ship vast quantities of the stuff to Asia?
The Port of Vancouver alone handled more than 38 million metric tonnes of coal in 2014, 11.5 million tonnes of which was thermal coal — the kind burned to produce power.
Alberta’s Rachel Notley government announced a year ago that it would shut down coal-fired power plants by 2030, a decision that was recently reinforced by Justin Trudeau’s federal government, which has expanded the measure across the country, insisting plants either close or install technology that eliminates their emissions by that date.
Ontario, which took years to deliver on its vow, finally shut down its dirty coal-fired power plants a few years ago.
“Taking traditional coal power out …
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Health-care transfers to provinces will fall short of what premiers want: Feds

Provincial ministers are criticizing what they describe as a lacklustre take-it-or-leave-it offer delivered by the Trudeau government ahead of what have become increasingly bitter talks around federal health-care funding.
Several provinces insisted Sunday that a proposal by the federal Liberals on health funding was presented as an ultimatum — even though they maintain there hadn’t been any real negotiations.
On top of that, the provincial ministers argue that Ottawa’s latest offer would likely leave provincial health budgets in an even worse financial situation than if the Liberals allow health transfers to fall, as planned, and proceed with what they had promised in their 2015 campaign platform.

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said late Sunday that he hoped the provinces would have an open mind heading into the discussions.
Provincial and territorial finance ministers were expected to turn up the pressure when they sat down for a working dinner Sunday with Morneau. Talks …
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Donald Trump voters excited by his Cabinet: ‘We have to trust him’

As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of the wealth, connections or opinions of Donald Trump‘s latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.And they’re excited. Story continues below

To them, the idea of a defense secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog” is bliss. They rejoice in an energy secretary who once said he would eliminate the Department of Energy. And while some Trump supporters balk at ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s close ties with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, they say they will trust Trump’s judgment about his secretary of state nominee.These voters, who often echo Trump’s own campaign statements, say the affluence of his Cabinet picks is an advantage, not a liability.READ MORE: Donald Trump responds to China’s seizure of US Navy glider; China says will return it “The guys …
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Jordan standoff over, Canadian among 10 killed by gunmen: authorities

A retired teacher from Newfoundland was killed in an attack in Jordan on Sunday, the CBC has learned. 
Linda Vatcher, 62, was there on vacation, visiting her son Chris Vatcher, who works in the Middle East. Chris Vatcher was shot in the attack.
Linda Vatcher hailed from Burgeo, N.L., but spent decades living and working in Corner Brook, N.L.
She had been a regular volunteer at the Salvation Army Food Bank in Corner Brook for five years and dropped off a donation for the Christmas program shortly before leaving to visit her son, food bank supervisor Jane Ash said.
“She said to us, ‘see you in a few weeks’ and she was smiling,” Ash said. “And now she’s gone.”
Ash said Vatcher loved passing out food hampers and had started a side project called Women Helping Women, where she would cook a big meal and invite women to donate …
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CanadaCanadian woman, 9 others killed in Jordan shooting ambushes

Omar Akour And Mohammed Daraghmeh, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dec 18, 2016, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

KARAK, Jordan Gunmen ambushed Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing a woman visiting from Canada, seven officers and two local civilians, officials said.

At least 34 people were wounded in one of the bloodiest attacks in Jordan in recent memory. The Canadian government said a second Canadian was among the injured, but didnt immediately have any further detail.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion offered the governments condolences to the victims families.

Security officials said in a statement late Sunday that at least four gunmen were killed and that troops continued to search the area. The statement said large amounts of weapons had been seized. It made no reference to local media reports that at one point, the attackers had held hostages.

The shootings were the latest in …
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Canadian business executives confident about Donald Trump presidency

The quarterly C-Suite Survey was conducted for Report on Business and Business News Network by Gandalf Group and sponsored by KPMG. Gandalf Group interviewed 155 executives between Nov. 16 and Dec. 8, 2016. Watch for coverage on Monday on BNN and view the full survey online at
Canadian executives are confident the election of Donald Trump will have a positive impact on their business, but most have not made changes yet to be better positioned to take advantage of his promised policies.
The latest quarterly C-Suite Survey of business leaders found 52 per cent anticipate Mr. Trump’s election will be positive news for their companies and a further 32 per cent believe it will make no difference, leaving a small minority anticipating a negative outcome.

Michael Cooper, president of real estate developer Dream Unlimited Corp., believes his company’s operations in Western Canada will benefit from Mr. Trump’s policies for the …

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Are Canadian executives prepared for a Donald Trump presidency?

In the month since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, Canadian executives have had some time to adapt to the reality of a Trump presidency and explore how Canadian-U.S. business relations will be impacted.Over half of Canadian C-Suite believes business will benefit from a Trump administration but surprisingly, only 13 per cent have a plan to respond or take advantage of the Trump effect.

And, while 85 per cent of executives in this quarter’s C-Suite Survey agree that a Trump presidency will likely have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, its influence on Canada is less clear.Read more: Canadian executives confident about Donald Trump presidencyRead more: Trump presidency puts business on collision course with Canadian government and citizensOn the one hand, 69 per cent of survey respondents believe Canada’s oil and gas sector will benefit from a Trump administration – a sentiment largely based on …

Trump presidency puts business on collision course with Canadian government and citizens

Donald Trump has made a huge impression on the leaders of the Canadian business community. He is seen as a dramatic change agent, for good and for bad.Unfortunately, Canadian business expects the good to be largely for the United States and the bad largely for Canada. The C-Suite believes Mr. Trump’s policies will be strongly supportive of business growth. The political environment for business in America is seen as vastly better than it was pre-election. As a result, Canadian business leaders think the U.S. economy has its best growth prospects in a decade.

This is not because president-elect Trump is expected to govern differently than he pledged to do in the campaign. On the contrary, business leaders think he was dead serious about his promises. Led by the expected approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, oil patch executives see him as very pro-fossil-fuel development. That beleaguered sector …