Canada proposes to phase down HFCs-powerful greenhouse gases

November 28, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada is a leader in the fight against climate change, both globally and at home. Earlier this month in Marrakech, Canada worked with nations from around the world to implement the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep the global temperature increase to well below 2 °C.

In October, Canada played a leadership role in working with countries to negotiate the global phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are very powerful in trapping heat in the atmosphere.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the proposed regulations to reduce HFCs domestically. This measure would reduce Canada’s annual consumption of HFCs by 85 percent, by 2036.

The proposed regulations would apply to the manufacture and import into Canada of HFCs and new products that contain HFCs. Canadians can continue to use appliances …

Canadian fighter pilot dead after jet crash: military

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A Canadian CF-18 fighter pilot was killed on Monday when his single-seat jet crashed in a training area near Cold Lake, Alberta, the country’s military said.

“The name will not be released until next of kin are notified,” the Department of National Defence said in a statement. “A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.”

In a tweet, the Royal Canadian Air Force called the crash an accident, but did not elaborate. The defense department said there were no other casualties.

The incident happened near the community of Cold Lake, …
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Canada CF-18 fighter jet crashes in province of Alberta: CTV News

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A Canadian CF-18 fighter pilot was killed on Monday when his single-seat jet crashed in a training area near Cold Lake, Alberta, the country’s military said.

“The name will not be released until next of kin are notified,” the Department of National Defence said in a statement. “A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.”

In a tweet, the Royal Canadian Air Force called the crash an accident, but did not elaborate. The defense department said there were no other casualties.

The incident happened near the community of Cold Lake, …
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Nearly 1,000 sex assaults reported in Canada military last year – report

OTTAWA Some 960 members of the Canadian military reported being victims of sexual assault in the last year, and 27 percent of women in the armed forces have been sexually assaulted during their career, Statistics Canada said on Monday.The landmark survey, commissioned by the military, found 1.7 percent of regular force members of the military had been sexually assaulted in the last 12 months, nearly double the 0.9 percent rate of sexual assault among working Canadians.According to the Statistics Canada survey, 840 military members reported unwanted sexual touching, 150 reported sexual attack, and 110 sexual activity without consent in the 12 months before the survey was conducted. …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as energy stocks, insurers weigh; gold miners jump

(Adds strategist comment, updates prices to close)* TSX ends down 60.08 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,015.36* Eight of the TSX’s 10 main groups finish lowerBy Alastair SharpTORONTO, Nov 28 Canada’s main stock index ended
lower on Monday as energy stocks fell despite higher oil prices
and as insurers lost ground with a pullback in bond yields,
offsetting gains for gold miners as the precious metal bounced
off a recent low.Energy stocks fell 2 percent, even as crude prices gained in
volatile trade ahead of Wednesday’s OPEC meeting meant to cement
a deal to help curb a global glut that has more than halved
prices …
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Canada watchdog lays down warning to mortgage lenders

* Says correction could result in significant losses* Watchdog “alive” to threat from alternative lenders* Says banks could be required to hold more capital

(Adds comments by bank regulator, adds TORONTO to dateline)By Nicole Mordant and Matt ScuffhamVANCOUVER/TORONTO, Nov 28 Canada’s banking
regulator on Monday urged everyone in the country’s mortgage
industry to support tougher lending rules, warning lenders could
face big losses if overheating housing markets turn.

Canada’s banks and other lenders are facing intense scrutiny
of their underwriting practices as authorities try to tackle the
potential threat of a housing bubble in Vancouver and Toronto,
where prices have …
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Japan waits to deal direct with Canada on trade, not ready to abandon TPP: envoy

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

Published Sunday, November 27, 2016 2:23PM EST

OTTAWA — Japan wants Canada to join the fight against rising American protectionism, but that doesn’t extend to reviving its own direct trade talks with Canada, says the Japanese ambassador.

Envoy Kenjiro Monji says Japan is still determined to save the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite president-elect Donald Trump’s vow to take the United States out of it. Japan hopes that Trump can still be persuaded to back off from his opposition to TPP before his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Japan and Canada hoped to deepen their economic ties through their joint membership in the massive Pacific Rim trade deal that would have brought together 40 per cent of the world’s economy.

Canada has for years set its sights on increasing trade with Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, but the two countries set aside work on a bilateral trade agreement in 2014 as the TPP …

Report on Canada's marijuana legalization due this week

Ottawa’s march toward a controlled market for legal marijuana in Canada takes a major step forward this week with the delivery of a task force report that includes advice on a minimum age, product warnings and measures to prevent drug-impaired driving.The report on pot legalization will be delivered to cabinet by Wednesday, said task force chair Anne McLellan, a lawyer and former federal cabinet minister in the Chrétien and Martin governments.

Ms. McLellan said her nine-person group – which has received 30,000 online submissions and visited U.S. states with experience in the legalization process – has authored a responsible, fair and balanced report that will “engender a lot of interest.”Read more: Globe Investigation: Marijuana edibles tests reveal misleading claimsRead more: Globe Investigation: What’s in your weed? We tested dispensary marijuana to find outRead more: Doctors urge federal ‘safeguards’ to protect kids, youth from harms of potSpeaking on the …

Political spin works for leaders on social media

Even his inveterate opponents wouldn’t contest that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has few peers in employing social media for political gains. Since August, when he overtook Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter, his personal handle @narendramodi has been the most followed account in India, and he is the only non-Bollywood personality on the top 10 list of the microblogging site, besides his official @PMOIndia handle which is ranked 10th. In comparison, Barack Obama, the outgoing US president, has the fourth slot in his country. Wait. Modi is also the first world leader to use a Twitter Mirror, an exclusive app that produces …
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Trudeau’s words on Fidel Castro a reminder Canada willing to go own way on Cuba

Was Justin Trudeau’s effusive eulogy of Fidel Castro a message to Donald Trump?For decades, Canadian governments have used Cuba to stick a thumb in America’s eye – a small gesture of defiance to remind our giant ally that when we disagree with them, we don’t hesitate to say so, and to act so.In praising a man loathed by so many Americans, including the president-elect, Mr. Trudeau was acting as his father’s son, reminding everyone that the Castros and the Trudeaus go back, that successive Canadian governments never accepted or agreed with the American boycott of …
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