Porter Airlines celebrates 10 years in business

TORONTO – 

When pilot Robert DeLuce launched Porter Airlines 10 years ago with just one route, a handful of employees and two airplanes, the Chapleau, Ont. native realized his lifelong dream: air travel could one day return as a glamorous, safe, and relatively inexpensive experience.
After nearly 18 million passengers, 240 million kilometers, 23 destinations, 400-plus employees and 26 airplanes, Porter is flying high with talk of additional hubs, new destinations, more planes and a U.S. customs stop at its Toronto home base.
Billy Bishop Airport, formerly Toronto Island Airport, is now the ninth busiest airport in Canada with 2.5 million passengers a year.
To celebrate its achievements over the years, Porter deployed two of its original crews to fly commemorative flights on its anniversary through their original route between Toronto and Ottawa.
With aviation a hot topic these days, Postmedia spoke to the passionate CEO about the future of flying ­­— and the …

Opinion: Small businesses are the backbone

Last weekend, while Americans were recovering from their Thanksgiving feasting, the nation’s retailers were having their Super Bowl.The sales push began on Thanksgiving Day and continued into Black Friday for major retailers, leading into Small Business Saturday and then into Cyber Monday.Small businesses, defined as having 500 or fewer employees, have long been the backbone of the U.S. economy. According to the Small Business Administration, the nation’s 28 million small businesses represent 54 percent of all U.S. sales and have provided 55 percent of all jobs since the 1970s.The 77 million people that make up the small business workforce would rank as the 17th most populous country in the world, just ahead of Iran.Each small business has its own unique story.”All the corner shops in our towns and cities — the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores — these didn’t come out of nowhere,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. …

Under Pressure and ‘Reputational Damage’ Caused by BDS: G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel


Dec 3 2016 / 7:03 pm

BDS has gained remarkable success against Israel in the past years (Photo: BDS Vancouver)

In a press released issued December 2, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said the the world’s largest security company, G4S, announced today that “it is selling most of its Israeli business after an effective campaign against the company, waged by the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, caused it ‘reputational damage.’” 
Reacting to the breaking news and to “the fact that G4S will nonetheless maintain some illegal projects in Israel,” Rafeef Ziadah, speaking for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), said:
“We have succeeded to push one of the world’s largest corporations into selling its key business in Israel. Our globally coordinated campaign has had a real impact. We will continue campaigning until G4S ends all involvement in violations of Palestinian human …

Europe's next test? Economy, politics at play in Italy's high-stakes referendum

If long-standing supporters of Italy’s Democratic Party are half as angry at their leader as Ermanno Gizzi, the tenure of the once-promising Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may come to an unceremonious end early next week.

It may also put the future of Italy, the European economy and Renzi himself at risk of downward spiral.

Gizzi, 56, is among what recent polls show to be a majority of Italians planning to vote “No” in this Sunday’s national referendum on constitutional change. The vote will reduce the power of Italy’s Senate, streamline the legislative process and give more power to the party that wins a majority.
The 41-year-old Renzi has pledged to resign should he lose — a possibility that has prompted dire warnings from business leaders and banking experts worried about the instability that could be triggered by a major change in government.
Italy has some of the weakest banks in the eurozone, …

Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change leads clean-technology business delegation to China and meets with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

December 3, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, will travel to China from December 5-8, 2016 to lead a clean-technology sector business delegation with Canadian and Chinese companies, will have high-level meetings with her counterparts, and will serve as the international executive vice-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

In Beijing and Guangzhou, Minister McKenna will support Canadian companies working in the clean-technology sector to identify and pursue business opportunities in the growing Chinese market. China represents the fastest-growing market for clean-technology industries, with a potential for business of over $63 billion. The Minister will encourage partnerships between Canada and China to identify solutions that will help both countries address the effects of climate change, accelerate the shift to a clean-growth economy, and create new opportunities and good jobs …

Government of Canada : Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change leads clean-technology business delegation to China and meets with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

December 3, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, will travel to China from December 5-8, 2016 to lead a clean-technology sector business delegation with Canadian and Chinese companies, will have high-level meetings with her counterparts, and will serve as the international executive vice-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

In Beijing and Guangzhou, Minister McKenna will support Canadian companies working in the clean-technology sector to identify and pursue business opportunities in the growing Chinese market. China represents the fastest-growing market for clean-technology industries, with a potential for business of over $63 billion. The Minister will encourage partnerships between Canada and China to identify solutions that will help both countries address the effects of climate change, accelerate the shift to a clean-growth economy, and create new opportunities and good jobs …

Want to check out Canada? Hotels and resorts are ready

A man using a canoe to tour the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, a barren landscape of lakes and pine forests in Nova Scotia, Canada. — The New York Times picNEW YORK, Dec 4 — For some United States residents, Canada is an increasingly attractive vacation destination and, possibly, a country to live in.

Do Americans really want to move to Canada? It certainly looks that way, at least since the US presidential election.

Canada’s immigration site crashed on election night, and statistics from the airfare predictor app Hopper show that between midnight and 1am Eastern on Nov. 9, the time period when the news …
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Le gouvernement du Canada annonce des mesures concrètes de conservation marine

03 déc. 2016 16h54 HE

CANCÚN, MEXIQUE–(Marketwired – 3 déc. 2016) – Le Canada prend des mesures pour assurer la conservation et la protection à long terme de la biodiversité marine. À la Convention sur la diversité biologique qui s’est tenue récemment dans le cadre de la Conférence des Parties (CdP 13), l’honorable Dominic LeBlanc, ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne, a annoncé une nouvelle initiative qui facilitera l’atteinte des objectifs de conservation marine du Canada, en plus d’une autre qui démontre l’engagement du Canada envers la viabilité à long terme de la mer des …
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Mike Condon continues to make Senators look smart with another shutout

Senators 2, Panthers 0
 The early season trade for Mike Condon continues to pay off handsomely for the Ottawa Senators.
After the Senators built an early 2-0 edge on goals from Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard on Saturday, the Panthers pushed back. They couldn’t, however, find any answers against Condon as the early goals held up.
Condon stopped 24 shots, including a superb pad save off Denis Malgin with a 2:50 remaining, to post his second shutout in five games since joining the Senators from Pittsburgh. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo faced 21 shots.
The Senators have moved to within two points of Atlantic Division-leading …
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How oil pipelines became one of the most divisive issues in Canadian politics

Friday December 02, 2016

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by Brent Bambury (@notrexmurphy)

If both of the pipelines approved by the federal government this week, the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge’s Line 3, clear regulatory hurdles and are eventually built and put online, they will not significantly expand Canada’s existing infrastructure. There are 840,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada. Implementing both of these projects would increase the total by just .3%.
But obviously, the political impact of developing oil infrastructure in Canada, particularly when it’s attached to the oilsands, is massive. That was clear in the careful language used by the Prime Minister, in …
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