Low-carbon government promised by 2025

The Liberal government is promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal operations by 40 per cent within a decade.The ‘greening government’ strategy was announced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Calgary where she promised a government that will eventually be run on renewable energy. While in Ottawa, Treasury Board President Scott Brison vowed to track departments’ progress in meeting the 2025 target with the creation of a new Centre for Greening Government.Brison said the government is leading by example and the target marks the government’s contribution to the climate change strategy.“The government must do its part to meet the challenges of climate change to leave a prosperous and sustainable economy and a strong middle-class for the next generations,” said Brison.The government has had various green or energy efficiency initiatives over the years and some say the easy reductions have largely been made. This plan, includes some …
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Canada’s trade minister Chrystia Freeland walks out of EU trade …

Trade minister Chrystia Freeland is interviewed by Belgian media after walking out of talks with Wallonia’s prime minister.
/ Financial PostRona Ambrose, the Conservative Party’s interim leader.
/ Financial PostTrade minister Chrystia Freeland has “walked out” of talks with Wallonia’s prime minister.
/ Financial PostCanadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland today walked out of talks with a Belgian region holding up passage of a free trade deal with the European Union.
/ Financial PostOTTAWA — Canada’s trade deal with Europe may not be dead yet, despite trade minister Chrystia Freeland walking out of talks with Wallonia’s prime minister, Paul Magnette, as it appeared the Belgian region would miss an EU deadline for CETA support Friday.Just hours after Freeland said she was “very, very sad” and leaving the country due to the trade talks collapsing, the president of the European Parliament announced a last-minute meeting with her for Saturday morning.“We can’ …
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Voicing Opinions: The Results of Metro Weekly’s 2016 Election Survey

Excerpts from Metro Weekly’s Online Election Survey. Comments have been edited for length and clarity.
Len Griffith82, West Va., Gay, DemocratVoting for Hillary Clinton
She is no worse or better than any politician. However she does understand how to get things done as president, whereas Trump has no idea. I think this whole thing started as a self promotion to improve his “brand” and he never thought he would get this far. She has conducted herself in the election with sanity and grace. Not taken Trump’s bait to sling dirt at every breath. She has even resisted pointing out that damn near everyone in congress uses their personal email on occasion.
Most people do not read news or reports, so they take what is fed to them on TV as the truth. Trump has demonstrated his ignorance by claims that are not true in fact. He has planted …
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Is Canada a country worth boasting about? The Economist certainly thinks so

Well, aren’t we just lovely? The venerable Economist magazine says so with its cover story this week, titled Liberty Moves North, and the inside pages given over to encomiums lauding Canada’s tolerance, openness, diversity and prosperity. Thanks to a hip and with-it federal government that’s smartly attuned to the good sense of globalization, Canada is about as good as it gets, we are happy to be told.
The Canadian weakness for flattery from the rest of the world being the persistently infantilizing national character trait that it is, we lap it up. At the same time, in equanimity, Canada does deserve praise these days, and The Economist’s treatment of Canada’s exceptionally sunny outlook in the increasingly miserable and inward-looking milieu of the Group of Seven economies wasn’t just another photo spread of our tousle-haired prime minister hugging pandas and larking it up at Pride …
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Pakistanis in Denmark: Ministry to send PM summary on Danish dual nationality plea

ISLAMABAD: A summary is likely to be sent to the prime minister on resolving the longstanding issue of over 20,000 overseas Pakistanis in Denmark who seek dual nationality.
The matter has been pending with the federal government for a long time and the delay has created difficulties for the Pakistani community living in the European country.
The Danish bill aiming to deter migrants
Talking to The Express Tribune, Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis’ Senior Adviser Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar said the development took place after consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the interior ministry and other authorities.
“Soon a summary is going to be moved to the PM for final approval,” he said. “After this approval, Denmark will become the 19th country, whose citizens of Pakistani origin could have a dual nationality,” said Khokhar.

Currently, Pakistan has a treaty of dual nationality with 18 other countries. These include Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, …
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Barrie investment advisor wins Canadian Business Excellence Award


Investment adviser Keith Richards has received a 2017 Canadian Business Excellence Award for private business.




Richards owns ValueTrend Wealth Management – WorldSource Securities Inc. and won the award by clearly demonstrating a strategic approach and marking results in satisfying customers, engaging employees and being innovative.


His company was one of 19 recognized by the annual awards.


Richards’ office is on Worsley Street and he is a regular guest on Business News Network, a contributor to the Toronto Star and is the author of two books.


The annual business awards program recognizes achievements from private businesses in Canada, with a luncheon Nov. 1 in Toronto to present the awards.

Canada's Shopify posts smaller-than-expected third-quarter loss

(Reuters) – Canadian e-commerce software maker Shopify Inc SHOP.TO reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday as more merchants used its software platform to set up and manage online stores.

Merchants use Shopify’s software platform to design, set up and manage their stores across sales channels including the web, mobile devices, social media and brick-and-mortar outlets.

The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble Co, Tesla Motors Inc and the New York Stock Exchange.

Revenue from Shopify’s merchant solution business more than doubled to $49.7 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Shopify gets a bulk of its merchant solutions revenue from fees that it charges its clients, or merchants, when their customer orders are processed through Shopify’s payment system.

Revenue in the company’s subscription business, which makes money from the fees Shopify’s clients pay to use its platform, rose 68.6 percent to $49.8 million.

The company raised its full-year revenue forecast, for …

Canada's Shopify posts smaller-than-expected Q3 loss

(Fixes Reuters Instrument Code in paragraph 1)Nov 2 Canadian e-commerce software maker Shopify
Inc reported a smaller-than-expected
quarterly loss on Wednesday as more merchants used its software
platform to set up and manage online stores.Merchants use Shopify’s software platform to design, set up
and manage their stores across sales channels including the web,
mobile devices, social media and brick-and-mortar outlets.The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble Co,
Tesla Motors Inc and the New York Stock Exchange.Revenue from Shopify’s merchant solution business more than
doubled to $49.7 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Shopify gets a bulk of its merchant solutions revenue from
fees that it charges its clients, or merchants, when their
customer orders are processed through Shopify’s payment system.Revenue in the company’s subscription business, which makes
money from the fees Shopify’s clients pay to use its platform,
rose 68.6 percent to $49.8 million.The company raised its full-year …

Recognizing Champions of Innovation, Collaboration and Digital Transformation Across Canada's Public Sector

Recognizing Champions of Innovation, Collaboration and Digital Transformation Across Canada’s Public Sector

OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 2, 2016 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) —

GTEC Announces 12 Medallists and Two Leadership Award Recipients During the Annual Distinction Awards Ceremony and Gala
GTEC, Canada’s internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada’s public sector, announced 12 recipients of the coveted Distinction Award Medal and two Leadership Awards during its annual awards ceremony and gala on the eve of November 1, 2016. In the presence of nearly 500 distinguished guests, GTEC recognized these champions of innovation, collaboration and digital transformation across all levels of government. These accomplished leaders are taking action on key opportunities and challenges facing the public sector, from the refugee crisis to the sustainable health care, economic reform, security and climate change.
The 2016 Distinction Award Medallists were recognized for leading strategic initiatives that address critical opportunities and challenges …

5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada (that have nothing to do with a Trump win)


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As Republican nominee Donald Trump climbs in the polls in the final days of the U.S. presidential election campaign, pledging to “Make America Great Again,” there’s a slew of public figures who have made quite a different pledge. Actors Bryan Cranston, Neve Campbell, Lena Dunham and even comedian Chelsea Handler have threatened to cross the border if Trump becomes U.S. President when Americans go to the polls on Nov. 8. They’re not the first people to threaten to move north of the border. Tens of thousands of Americans are right behind them. Earlier this year just after Trump’s success on Super Tuesday, searches for the phrase “Move to Canada” spiked on Google












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and were higher than any time in Google history. Regardless of what you think of the chances that the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality-television star or the former Secretary of State …