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Canada anchors $15.7 billion coast guard renewal in B.C.

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What happened: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $15.7 billion investment to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. Why it matters: Government says the investment will create jobs, and “certainty and long-term viability” for Vancouver’s shipbuilding industry. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will play a key role in delivering Canada’s “full renewal” of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. On Wednesday, Prime Minister ... Read More »

Dominican man dies trying to walk into U.S. from Canada

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A Dominican man attempting to walk over the border into the U.S. from Canada died after becoming disorientated in a marshy area of the Quebec woods. After previously being denied entry into the U.S., Wilson Reynoso Vega was trying another tactic in an attempt to reach his daughter, the Washington Post reported. The Surete du Quebec confirmed the death was ... Read More »

Ford enters final stretch of cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs

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Ford is almost done cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make up 10 per cent of its global workforce. The company has said it’s undertaking a major restructuring, and on Monday said that it will have trimmed thousands of jobs by August. The company said the plan will save about $600 million US per year by eliminating bureaucracy and ... Read More »

Canada Post targets newspaper flyer business

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Canada’s publicly owned postal service has taken direct aim at capturing the private sector newspaper industry’s advertising flyer business. The Chronicle Herald has obtained an internal Canada Post Corporation document called Neighbourhood Mail 2.0 Launch that lays out the strategy. “This is a direct mail campaign targeting CPC’s top 100 retail customers … The new NM (Neighbourhood Mail) is very ... Read More »

Canadian soybean exports to China plunge 95% after hitting record high, as diplomatic dispute continues

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Chinese purchases of Canadian soybeans have “slowed to a trickle,” plunging 95 per cent in the first few months of the year amid ongoing diplomatic tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. The sudden decline comes alongside news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, that Chinese customs authorities have ramped up inspections of Canadian shipments of the crop. Exports of Canadian ... Read More »

Canada Customs Expects Line-Ups At Border Crossings This Weekend

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Last year the Emerson border crossing saw 11,800 travellers in 4,700 vehicles over May long weekend. Afternoons and evenings typically have the longest wait times, especially on the Sunday and Monday of a long weekend, said CBSA Communications Officer Luke Reimer. “You can beat the rush by crossing in the morning instead. And we recommend using the Emerson Port of ... Read More »

Canada’s inflation rate ticks up to 2% in April

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Canada’s inflation rate rose to two per cent in April, from 1.9 per cent the previous month. The uptick, reported by Statistics Canada on Wednesday, was in line with what economists polled by Bloomberg had been expecting. While gasoline and other energy prices have risen sharply since the fall, on an annual basis they are actually cheaper than they were ... Read More »

Prince Rupert Port Authority Container Terminal Master Planning Confirms Potential to Develop in Excess of 6 million TEUs of Capacity

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The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today the completion of a container terminal master plan that outlines the potential of future container terminal capacity and sequencing of development at the Port of Prince Rupert . The planning work identifies the long-term potential to develop 6 – 7 million TEUs of capacity through the development of multiple terminals at the ... Read More »

Canada’s Chambers of Commerce challenge party leaders on business issues, launch election website

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THE Canadian Chamber of Commerce on Monday launched its election policy website, VoteProsperity, to highlight the needs of Canadian businesses to all parties in the upcoming federal election. An open letter, published in National Newswatch, formally challenged all party leaders and caucuses to embrace all seven priorities and 45 recommendations outlined in VoteProsperity. “Today, we published an open letter to ... Read More »

Iran’s Non-Oil Trade With Canada Tops $110m

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Iran traded 75,184 tons of non-oil commodities worth $113 million with Canada in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2019) to register a 40.09% growth in tonnage and 30.46% decline in value compared with the year before, latest data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration show. Iran’s exports to Canada stood at 34,483 tons worth $33.38 ... Read More »

Customs officers should get a warrant to search your phone

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It’s hard to believe that an act written before smart phones were invented is being cited as the legislation which gives border officers the right to scroll through your cellphone and laptop. But the Canada Border Services Agency insists the Customs Act allows its officers to do just that. Canada’s Customs Act must be updated to require border officials to ... Read More »

Canadian film “Never Again” to be screened at Int’l Film Festivals

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  By Ahmed Ali TORONTO: ‘NEVER AGAIN’- a Canadian short film about drug abuse amongst the youth who are products of broken families of immigrants in Canada, is being screened at IFFSA – International Film Festival of South Asia, Toronto in May, 2019. Produced by Sangha Motion Pictures, film NEVER AGAIN depicts mundane realities of life that a single Asia ... Read More »

Singapore-based port operator acquiring Halifax container terminal

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Macquarie Group Ltd. says it has reached a deal to sell the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada. The Australian investment bank says it has finalized an agreement to hand over the Halterm terminal at the Port of Halifax to PSA International Pte Ltd. The Singapore-based port operator will also acquire Penn Terminals in Philadelphia from the Australian firm. Both ... Read More »

Air Canada reports surprising 1st quarter profit despite 737 Max groundings

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Air Canada topped expectations in its latest quarter, but said Monday the Boeing 737 Max grounding and political tensions between Canada and China weighed on its results. “The impact on our unit cost is expected to increase the longer the grounding persists, particularly heading towards the busy summer season,” chief financial officer Michael Rousseau said. He cited a reduction of ... Read More »

Arming of CBSA officers at airports in Canada: New federal policy is troubling, says Customs

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OTTAWA,: The National President of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) has denounced as “troubling” the recent announcement by the federal government that CBSA Border Services Officers (BSO) will still not be authorized to carry their sidearm at all times while performing their duties at airports in Canada. For years, CIU, which represents 10,500 members, most of whom are front-line ... Read More »

China suspends pork imports from 2 Canadian companies, agriculture minister says

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The federal agriculture minister says that department officials have told her the Chinese government has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters, both based in Quebec. “We have to look into this,” Marie-Claude Bibeau told Reuters Wednesday in an interview by phone from Ottawa. “It might be only administrative. We might be able to deal with the situation ... Read More »

Canadian soybeans, peas and pork held up at China’s customs

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An expanding list of Canadian farm exports are hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute, said Reuters. Traders said Canadian soybeans and peas face unusual obstacles such as delayed inspection times, as Ottawa also warned last week that China was holding up pork shipments over paperwork issues. Since January, ... Read More »

EU extends Myanmar arms embargo, other sanctions for a year

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BRUSSELS : The European Union is prolonging by a year an embargo on any arms that could be used in security crackdowns in Myanmar as well as sanctions against 14 top military and border officials. EU headquarters said Monday that based on an annual review the restrictive measures will be extended until April 30, 2020. The travel bans and asset ... Read More »

Canada to enact final tariffs for two types of steel

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Canada said on Friday it would enact final special tariffs, called safeguards, to protect Canadian steel workers’ jobs in the face of foreign steel being dumped on the Canadian market. The Department of Finance said that based on a Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) report the government would enact final safeguards for imports on heavy plate and stainless steel wire. ... Read More »

Canada Customs alerts police to possible impaired driver

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officers with the Patrol Services division of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service arrested 68-year-old Daisy Sayers of Garden River for impaired driving. On April 26, 2019 police were contacted by Canada Customs officers about a female in custody for impaired driving. Police attended and transported the accused to the police station. A breath sample test was administered and a ... Read More »