Tru love: Canada's year of Justin Trudeau has been a honeymoon, but will it last?

The optimistic prime minister has charmed Canadians, and the world, during his first year in office. Now the challenge is to prove he’s a change maker

Justin Trudeau poses for selfies at Toronto Pearson international airport. One polling expert said of the prime minister’s popularity: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’
Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

The line to get in stretched around the block and deep into a hotel parking lot.
Thousands of people had turned up to an election campaign event in Medicine Hat, a small Albertan city in Canada’s conservative heartland, hoping to catch …
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Canada gives foreign visitors male, female, other option at border

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some foreign visitors to Canada will be allowed to identify themselves as male, female or other in a border document being introduced this week, officials said on Monday, as Canada joins a handful of nations offering gender neutral options.

The new Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs) with three gender options will be introduced on Thursday for travelers flying into or through Canada, officials said.

Canada also has taken steps toward allowing people who have changed genders to switch the designation on passports and other documents, said a spokeswoman for the Immigration, Refugees …
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Canada to spend $1.1 billion to boost oil spill response

By Catherine Ngai

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal government on Monday vowed to toughen its response to oil spills at sea, a move that some critics say will increase local tanker traffic and hurt the environment.

As part of a marine safety plan to protect oceans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would spend C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) over five years on better response measures and research into how to clean up oil spills.

Trudeau said the plan “will make Canada a world leader in marine safety.”

However, environmentalists said the announcement was a sign Ottawa will approve the hotly contested …
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Air Canada profit beats estimates as passengers increase

By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Air Canada AC.TO reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday as it flew more passengers, and the airline forecast lower costs for this quarter, sending its stock up nearly 7 percent.

Canada’s largest airline said it expected cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel expenses and unusual items, to decline 5 percent to 6 percent in the fourth quarter and by 2.75 percent to 3.75 percent this year.

Chief Financial Officer Michael Rousseau said he expected free cash flow to be more positive next year than this year but would provide more specifics in early 2017.

Rousseau also told …
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Canada oil spill program hit by cheap crude, lacks applicants

By Ethan Lou

The two-year oil price crash has hurt a Canadian government program that funds research on oil spill cleanups, resulting in fewer applicants than expected, a senior federal official said.As a result, the government will expand the scope of its Oil Spill Response Science Program and open a second call for applications this month, Marc Wickham, Natural Resources Canada’s director of energy science and technology programs, said in an interview late last week.The program funds research that improves cleanup methods for marine oil spills. Those eligible include production, pipeline and shipping companies in the energy sector.Wickham spoke with Reuters after it obtained details of the program’s amendment through an access-to-information request.Potential spills have been a concern for opponents of proposed Canadian pipelines that transport crude to coastal facilities.Pipelines grant Canada’s largely landlocked energy sector better access to international markets. But more exports would …
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Minister Han Changfu meets Canadian counterpart

Minister Han Changfu meets Canadian counterpart

DATE:2016-11-07 SOURCE:MOA Information Office


Minister Han Changfu met with Mr. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada, in Beijing on Nov. 3, 2016. The two sides exchanged views on furthering agricultural cooperation between China and Canada.

At the meeting, Minister Han noted that, with the support of leaders of both countries, significant progress has been made in China-Canada agricultural cooperation. The two sides have not only signed the Action Plan for agricultural cooperation but also properly handled the problems on beef and rapeseed trade.

Minister Han made the following suggestions for further cooperation.

1. Giving full play to the mechanism of China-Canada Joint Committee on Agriculture to promote cooperation in food security, food safety and agro-processing as outlined in the Action Plan in a pragmatic manner.

2. Strengthening cooperation in green agriculture to promote sustainable agricultural development. China is willing to establish demonstration …
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B.C. Liberals in for a fight to win May election, Christy Clark tells convention

Christy Clark has told her party’s faithful that they are in a tough fight to win May’s provincial election.On Sunday, the B.C. Premier told more than 1,300 Liberals attending the last party convention before the election on May 9 that “we are going to have to fight to succeed in 2017 like we have never fought before and we are going to have to make sure we earn every single vote that’s out there.

“We’re going to have to work our hearts out,” she said in her keynote speech.Ms. Clark said she was skeptical about pundits, who say the Liberals are positioned to win again. “I didn’t believe the pundits in the last election. I don’t believe the pundits in this election either.”Read more: B.C. Liberal Party members call on provincial government to allow ride-sharingRead more: Haisla LNG backer Ellis Ross to …
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A U.S. election campaign like no other: Pundits

Donald Trump didn’t just ignore the political playbook.
He burned it.
The Toronto Sun asked two of the most seasoned and well-known campaigners in Canada — Conservative John Capobianco and Liberal Warren Kinsella — about the U.S. election battle:
•Is this U.S. election as anomaly or a game changer for how elections are run?
“This is an election without precedent. Trump will lose, but he has changed politics. Everyone — me included — said he couldn’t win the GOP nomination, and he did. Everyone said (anyone accused of being) a racist, sexist dirty old man couldn’t be a viable national candidate — but he was. Trump has turned the political conventional wisdom upside down, and you can probably expect to see other candidates aping him in the future. That’s not good, but it’s a fact.”
“This U.S. election is like none I have seen before …
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'People are afraid': American expats in Edmonton brace for U.S. presidential election results

American expats in Edmonton are gearing up to watch the most polarizing U.S. presidential election in recent history unfold on Tuesday. “There has never been a campaign like this — as dirty, as chaotic, as angry,” said Greg Anderson, a political science professor at University of Alberta. “It’s hard to take your eyes off it.”Anderson, who is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, has been an Alberta resident for more than a decade. He said many U.S. voters believe both the Democrats and Republicans have put up “some pretty crappy candidates.”His vote was for the “lesser of two evils,” he said. This meant supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, who he described as a hotheaded narcissist.”This (election) has been particularly personal. It wasn’t easy, I’m no fan of Hillary,” he said. “My head tells me that Clinton is probably going to win Tuesday, but …
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