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Canada strengthens Utah trade relations

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Canada : While the United States fights with China on trade, Canada’s consul general would like Utahns to know that “Canada is open for business.” Stéphane Lessard, Canada’s consul general based in Denver, spent this week meeting with business chambers of commerce and mayors up and down the Wasatch Front to promote trade relations between Canada and Utah. “Canada is ... Read More »

Voters in Canadian city say ‘no thanks’ to 2026 Olympics

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CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a nonbinding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56 percent voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid. The city council is ... Read More »

Robust B.C. economy results in pay raise for public sector workers

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Canada : Unionized government employees are about to the reap the benefits of a robust B.C. economy.Statistics Canada says B.C. economy grew 3.8 per cent in 2017, exceeding the provincial budget forecast of 2.3 per cent provided by the Economic Forecast Council (EFC). The Ministry of Finance says that has triggered an economic growth-sharing clause, officially known as the Economic ... Read More »

CBP addresses border crossing in the wake of Canada’s legalization of marijuana

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Canada : Since Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana last month, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Area Port of Sweetgrass has encountered travelers arriving from Canada in possession of marijuana. CBP said in a press release on Monday that most recently, two United States citizens entering the United States through the Sweetgrass Port of Entry admitted ... Read More »

Canada to increase annual immigration admissions to 350,000 by 2021

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Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday. The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country’s population. The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the ... Read More »

Let CBSA patrol the border between legal ports of entry, says union

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Canada : National president of the union representing CBSA says there may be a problem at the border next year. The union representing the Canadian Border Services Agency wants to see officers get the authority to patrol the border between legal ports of entry. National president of Customs and Immigration Union Jean-Pierre Fortin said it’ll “maintain a certain level of ... Read More »

Canada Border Services Agency, Port of Montreal Mull Blockchain Shipping Solutions

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Ottawa : Two of Canada’s government-owned structures, the federal Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Port of Montreal Authority (MPA) have joined TradeLens, the joint blockchain shipping platform of IBM and Maersk. CBSA and MPA revealed separately on Thursday their plans to analyze how distributed ledger technology (DLT) can improve their services. CBSA, which manages 58,600 commercial releases, 14,400 trucks, ... Read More »

Cancelling Saudi Arabia arms deal would cost $1 billion: Trudeau

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Canada : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says cancelling the controversial contract to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia would leave taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion. The comments come as the Liberal government is facing new pressure to cancel the deal amid international outrage over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month. Canada has added its ... Read More »

U.S. dairy farmers get little help from Canada trade deal

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MADISON, Wis. : Minnesota farmer Paul Fritsche can no longer afford health insurance as he struggles to sustain a dairy farm that has been in his family for nearly a century. With U.S. milk prices in the fourth year of a slump due to chronic oversupply, Fritsche, 58, is unsure whether he will be able to pass his 30-cow farm ... Read More »

Canada’s legal cannabis market needs 2 years to stabilize: analyst

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Canadians should expect legal cannabis prices to fluctuate for roughly two years, according to an analyst tracking the market price for marijuana. Brad Martin, director of Calgary-based Cann Standard, collects public price listings for cannabis and aggregates the numbers to establish an average. “I think about two years will be the time span (for prices to stabilize),” Martin said. He ... Read More »

Weaker than expected economic data not seen delaying Bank of Canada rate hike

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OTTAWA : Although Canadian inflation and retail sales data came in weaker than expected on Friday, market operators predicted the Bank of Canada still would raise interest rates again next week to keep a booming economy in check. Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate in September dipped to 2.2 per cent from 2.8 per cent as price pressures from ... Read More »

Canadian Marijuana Employees Haven’t Cleared Customs Just Yet

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Ottawa : Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it would not allow individuals entry into the United States if they work in Canada’s legal cannabis industry. The statement affected everyone working in the industry—from budtender to business owner. Last week, however, CBP announced a reversal (of sorts) of its original guidance document. In the new ... Read More »

Companies optimistic even before new continental trade pact: Bank of Canada

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OTTAWA : A new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday that companies are optimistic about the year ahead — especially when it comes to sales growth, foreign demand and their investment plans. The quarterly survey was conducted between mid-August and mid-September — before Canada agreed to an updated North American free trade deal that has alleviated some of the economic ... Read More »

US lawmakers urge Canada to snub China’s Huawei in telecoms

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Canada: Two leading US lawmakers, both sharp critics of China, urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to consider dropping China’s Huawei Technologies from helping to build next-generation 5G telecommunications networks. Senators Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said they had “grave concerns” about the prospects of Huawei equipment in Canada’s 5G networks on ... Read More »

Inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax

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Ottawa : Nova Scotia’s federal cabinet minister is defending the Trudeau government’s refusal to fund a major expansion at the Port of Halifax while pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into rival Canadian ports. Treasury Board president Scott Brison says the proposed $35-million expansion of the Halterm container pier raises multiple issues, including truck traffic in downtown Halifax and the ... Read More »

No change to Canada’s climate plans as UN report warns of losing battle

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The world is going to blow past its most stringent climate goal in less than a quarter century unless the political will erupts to act faster and more directly to curb greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the key message in a new report released Sunday by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which says meeting the ambitious goal “would ... Read More »

U.S. not invited to Canada’s upcoming trade meeting

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Canada has not included the United States in an upcoming meeting aimed at saving the international trading system because it doesn’t share the views of the 13 invited countries, says the new Canadian trade minister. Canada will host senior ministers from 13 “like-minded” countries for a two-day discussion in Ottawa later this month to brainstorm ways to reform the World ... Read More »

100 years for Canada-U.S. customs brokerage carries weight of ongoing trade tensions

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Every day, Willson International operates with one goal in mind — to ensure things move back and forth across the Canada-U.S. border as smoothly as possible. The customs brokerage company has been doing that for 100 years. That’s significant in itself, but Willson International operates in an economic sector which was far different a century ago. Illegal entries into Detroit ... Read More »

Canada, US making ‘lots of progress’ as NAFTA talks near deadline

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OTTAWA: With time fast running out, Canadian and U.S. negotiators “made lots of progress” on Sunday on a renewed NAFTA but had still not settled tough issues such as American tariffs and access to Canada’s dairy market, an official and sources said. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has said Canada must sign on to the text of the updated North ... Read More »

Canadian ship owners manipulate cabotage rules

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Canada:Cabotage is the regulation of the coasting trade within a country’s domestic waters. The word cabotage itself is derived from a French word meaning to travel by the coast. Canadian cabotage laws essentially state that trips between domestic ports are reserved for Canadian vessels and crews, whereas shipping between international ports can happen with vessels flagged in any country. A ... Read More »