CANADA: News Briefs

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Canadians are too resigned to graft : At first glance, Canada ranks as a relative boy scout in a new report benchmarking global corruption. Only 3 per cent of Canadians admit paying a bribe last year, scoring among an elite group of upright nations. But a closer look reveals a worrisome lack of trust in public officials, and considerable resignation to presumed crookedness. Read More…

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PM Announces Changes to the Ministry

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Video - PM announces changes to the Ministry

By A Correspondent

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on July 15 announced changes to the federal Ministry that will continue to focus on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in all regions of the country.

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Harper Cabinet Shuffle Keeps Power Concentrated in PMO Liberals

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By A Correspondent

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement on July 15 on the Conservatives’ Cabinet shuffle:
 
“Today’s Cabinet shuffle will not provide Canadians with the real change they want to see. It is clear that the only Minister who has any power in this government is the Prime Minister. Today’s shuffle does not change that.

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A Break with the Summer Break Blues?

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By Peter G. Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

There’s a sour seasonality that has become entrenched in recent global economics. In the past few years, summer has become a disarmingly punctual momentum-killer of global production. Perhaps the most critical question in EDC’s Summer 2013 Global Export Forecast is whether we are in for yet another summer drubbing, or whether this is the year we break with that sorry tradition.

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Will CETA Help Tories… Or Hurt Them??

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By Jim Stanford *

With Prime Minister Harper making the diplomatic rounds in Europe, media interest has heightened this week regarding the potential free trade agreement which his government is trying to negotiate with the European Union. Several deadlines to reach that deal have come and gone, but the Conservatives are still heavily committed to reaching a deal as a centrepiece of their economic strategy. The more politically desperate they become to reach a deal, the greater the likelihood of damaging concessions (in areas like foreign takeovers, drug patents, and others).

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Machinery an Export Powerhouse

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By Peter G. Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Mention Canada to an international crowd, and immediately they think commodities. Far less is known about our prowess in higher value-added goods and services. Machinery and equipment is one of the lesser-known and under-appreciated export industries, yet it boasts decent trend growth and an enviable breadth of destinations. Does the higher Canadian dollar spell the end of this industry's good run, or will nascent world growth re-ignite its prospects?

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Viewpoint: Natives, Nature and Islam

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By Eric Walberg *

Ramadan is a good time to reflect on what Islam has to say about two of Canada’s burning problems—our penchant for environmental destruction and Prime Minister Harper’s attempt to return to a blatant assimilation policy for Natives.

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Joint Report on Cyberbullying...

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and the Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images

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Joint Federal–Provincial–Territorial Initiative

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the following statement on July 19:

“Following the tragic suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons in April, the federal, provincial and territorial governments agreed unanimously to expedite a review of our laws surrounding cyberbullying.

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Secure Convenient 10 Year ePassport Available Now

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By A Correspondent

Canada's new and more secure 10-year ePassport is now available to Canadians, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on July 2.

“The new, 10-year ePassport provides more convenience for Canadians, and facilitates safe, secure travel which, in turn, helps create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Kenney. “The Canadian passport is not only a privilege of citizenship, but a reflection of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” 

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New Senior Citizenship Judge Appointment Announced

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By A Correspondent

Renata Brum Bozzi has been appointed as Canada’s new Senior Citizenship Judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on July 12. The Senior Citizenship Judge heads the Citizenship Commission, an administrative tribunal consisting of all citizenship judges working across Canada.

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Marking Two-Year Countdown to TORONTO 2015 Games

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Wave of Celebrations Spread Across Southern Ontario

By A Correspondent

On July 10, top Canadian athletes from a variety of summer sports - boxing, gymnastics, softball, canoe/kayak (sprint), athletics and triathlon -  ignited a celebration of sport and culture across southern Ontario, marking the two-year countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Radiating out from Toronto, the Host City of the Games, special events are taking place in Ajax (baseball and softball), Caledon (equestrian), Hamilton (soccer), Markham (table tennis, badminton), Milton (cycling), Mississauga (taekwondo, judo, karate, wrestling, wheelchair rugby, goalball), Oshawa (boxing), St. Catharines (rowing) and Welland (canoe/kayak sprint).

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JUNE 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 11










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