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  • Maker of Electric Vans Shuts

    03/27/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2012, 3:02 p.m. ET | MIKE RAMSEY
    Azure Dynamics Corp., a producer of electric delivery vans and a partner of Ford Motor Co., said on Tuesday that it is in talks with customers and suppliers to resume production following a bankruptcy reorganization filing in Canada. The company, which was founded in British Columbia but makes its headquarters in Oak Park, Mich., has halted production of electrified Ford Transit Connect vans. Ford markets the vans through some North American and European dealers. The reorganization is the latest sign of trouble among electric-vehicle makers. Sales of electric cars such as Nissan Motors Co.'s Leaf have fallen short of expectations,...
  • Ontario Appeal Court strikes down ban on brothels

    03/26/2012 9:23:11 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies · 88+ views
    CBC News ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Geoff Nixon
    Ontario's Court of Appeal has ruled that sex workers should be able to legally take their trade indoors and pay staff to support them. The court released a decision Monday on an appeal of Superior Court Judge Susan G. Himel's high-profile ruling that three provisions of the Criminal Code pertaining to prostitution should be struck down on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. The Ontario appeal court agreed with two-thirds of Himel's ruling, namely that the provisions prohibiting common bawdy-houses and living off the avails of prostitution, are both unconstitutional in their current form. But the court disagreed that the...
  • Work-camp population booms along with Alberta oilsands

    03/26/2012 1:52:53 PM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies · 2+ views
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | MARCH 26, 2012 | SHEILA PRATT
    The work-camp population in northeastern Alberta is set to grow again, possibly by as much as 30 per cent, as the oilsands boom ramps up in the Fort McMurray area. Applications for another 48 work camps with a total of 17,000 beds are in the queue for provincial permits, mostly in the northeast, though not every application will necessarily be approved by the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, which regulates use of public lands, says spokesman Duncan MacDonnell. Currently, there are 53,500 beds available in dozens of camps. Of those, about 35,200 are at operating oilsands projects and 18,300 are at...
  • Oilpatch drilling activity drops as roads thaw {Canada}, early spring breakup

    03/26/2012 4:25:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 8+ views
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | MARCH 24, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    Spring breakup has arrived a couple of weeks early in the oilpatch this year after a mild winter, say industry players. Rig counts in Western Canada have dropped to below 50 per cent from highs of 80 per cent in mid-February, with warmer temperatures and thawing highways prompting a slew of road bans across the region. “Companies have been preparing for this for a couple of weeks now,” said Gary Leach, executive director of the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, on Friday. “We’ll be, over the next few weeks, rapidly moving into spring breakup where a lot of...
  • Fishing boat lost in Japan tsunami reaches Canada

    03/24/2012 9:42:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 3+ views
    afp ^ | March 24, 2012
    A fishing boat lost in the massive Japanese tsunami a year ago has turned up off Canada's west coast... The 65-meter (210-foot) vessel was spotted Tuesday by a Canadian Forces aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol, and its Japanese owner has been notified, said Transport Canada. A military photo shows the ship, streaked with rust but intact, floating 278 kilometers (150 nautical miles) off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii islands, some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) north of Vancouver. "The vessel is considered an obstruction to navigation," ... Near Midway Atoll in the deep Pacific, a Russian ship spotted an...
  • Book tells Muslim men how to beat and control their wives [Toronto, Canada]

    03/24/2012 9:16:12 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies · 3+ views
    QMI Agency ^ | March 23, 2012 | Terry Davidson
    A local bookstore has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives. The 160-page book, published by Idara Impex in New Delhi, India, is written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who’s described in the book’s foreword as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.” The store’s manager, who didn’t give his name, said the book had been sold out for some time, and the store’s owner, whom the manager identified as Shamim Ahmad, refused to comment for the story. It wasn’t clear whether the shop has ordered...
  • Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op

    03/21/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 21, 2012
    Politics: The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction. If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies. So it will be Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to appear in Cushing, Okla.,...
  • Obama’s Rush to Approve Keystone Segment Won’t Speed Construction

    03/22/2012 1:09:59 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 4 replies
    The Foundry ^ | March 22, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    --snip-- The president’s enthusiastic backing of the portion of the pipeline running from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast won’t actually speed pipeline construction, according to TransCanada, the company building it. President Barack Obama’s promise to expedite review of the southern leg of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline won’t speed up the timeline for the project, which already is slated to start construction as soon as June… TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines, Alex Pourbaix, said in an interview March 6 that construction on the Cushing phase of Keystone could begin as soon as June. The company doesn’t expect...
  • Northern leg is key say Canada pipeline proponents [Really?]

    03/22/2012 11:07:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 22, 2012
    TORONTO — Canadian proponents of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline applauded Barack Obama's directive on Thursday to expedite the approval process for the southern leg of the pipeline. They also urged the U.S. president to approve the northern leg. Approval of the southern part of the pipeline is not really the Obama administration's call because it does not cross borders. The northern portion of the pipeline needs administration approval because it would cross the Canadian border. The longer 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline became a political flashpoint late last year when congressional Republicans wrote a provision forcing Obama to make a decision, and...
  • Exclusive:.Leak suggests F-35 fighter jet purchase fraught with errors(Canada)

    03/21/2012 9:50:42 PM PDT · by U-238
    The Canadian Press ^ | 3/21/2010 | The Canadian Press
    Canada's auditor general has both National Defence and Public Works in his sights when it comes to the troubled F-35 stealth fighter program, say senior government sources. A draft copy of the scathing review, circulating in Ottawa for weeks, suggests the air force didn't do its pricing homework and government officials failed to follow procurement rules, say those who've read it. It's not clear whether the language will be toned down in the final report, Michael Ferguson's first as auditor general, when it's released April 3. But federal officials familiar with the document note no final decision on purchasing the...
  • Canadian govt. braces for F-35 report

    03/21/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/21/2012 | UPI
    Canada's government is nervously awaiting an Auditor General's report, which is expected to be highly critical of the F-35 fighter jet procurement program. Some commentators have said that in the aftermath of the report, the government may retreat into a "wait and see" attitude on the project, gauging further developments both in the United States and abroad before making a final decision on purchasing the aircraft. That process could take up to a year. Cost overruns and technical delays have contributed to rising concern with the $382 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. The General Accounting...
  • Suzuki and Senate face off (environmental activist David Suzuki and the Canadian Senate)

    03/20/2012 8:17:40 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies
    | QMI AGENCY via Sun Media via Sun News Network ^ | 2012-03-20 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - Conservative senators who question foreign funding for environmental activists have a fight on their hands — launched by the same group that tried to raise cash over Christmas to "Save Santa" as global warming melts the North Pole. The David Suzuki Foundation, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from American foundations, has launched an online form letter campaign to "tell the Senate to stop silencing environmental groups." "It's also within our interest to make sure that Canadians are informed about the fact that there's inaccuracies that are being said within the Senate and that we see...
  • Sub HMCS Victoria fires 1st torpedoes in test (first torpedo firing in Canadian navy in 14 years)

    03/16/2012 6:22:16 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies · 1+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 16, 2012 | CBC News
    The Royal Canadian Navy says one of its troubled submarines has finally managed to fire torpedoes in a test exercise. The navy said HMCS Victoria, its only active submarine, fired the torpedoes in waters off Nanoose Bay, B.C., this week. "As the submarine fleet achieves steady state it will be ready to act decisively at sea in defence of Canada, when and where needed, Capt. Luc Cassivi, director of the Canadian Submarine Force, said in a news release. "These trials represent a major milestone for the Victoria-class submarine program as Victoria is the first submarine in the fleet to fire...
  • Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheed’s F-35

    03/16/2012 3:46:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/16/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheed’s F-35 Analysts say Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) doesn't meet Canada's requirements even as earlier this week a top Canadian official raised the spectre of leaving the programme. "We have not as yet discounted the possibility of backing out of the program," Canadian associate defence minister Julian Fantino told Canada's parliament on 13 March. "The determinate decision has not yet been made about whether we're going to purchase, buy, [and] acquire the F-35," he adds. The Canadian government, lead by prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has been a particularly vocal...
  • Defending the F-35

    03/16/2012 12:44:48 AM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Windsor Star ^ | 3/15/2012 | Bryan Mack
    am tired of hearing the endless rhetoric about Canada's purchase of the F-35, so let's talk straight. John Lameck's recent letter, "Single engine, single-minded," attempts to disparage Canada's choice of the F-35 with some criticisms that are patently false. He seems to suggest that Russian radars "see" in the millimetric range, enabling them to discern the size of aircraft. In fact, I believe the radars to which he is referring actually "operate" in the millimetric band of the radio frequency spectrum; their ability to discern the size of an object is more a consequence of the radar's design than its...
  • Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP

    03/15/2012 8:34:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP OTTAWA — Canada was "daft" in purchasing four used submarines with "intrinsic problems" from Britain, a British MP who raised questions about the 1998 sale said Thursday. British Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Ottawa should ask for a refund. "Why were the Canadians daft enough to buy them?" he said. "It's either incompetence on behalf of the Canadians or sheer, smooth-talking salesmen from the MOD (ministry of defense) here in Britain." "My God, it's a sad tale, isn't it? 'Buyer beware' should have been painted on...
  • Father arrested for girl's picture of toy gun

    03/15/2012 6:39:49 PM PDT · by Wicket · 40 replies · 3+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 2/25/2012 | Thandi Fletcher, Postmedia News
    Daddy, are you mad at me? Those were the first words out of the mouth of a scared little girl to her father when he was released this week after being charged with possession of a firearm because of a picture she drew at school of a man holding a gun - which turned out to be a toy. . . "The kids were scared," said Thaler. "It is a four-year-old that we're taking the information from, but the fact is that this disclosure was very descriptive and very alarming to the officers investigating this." It was a typical day...
  • Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reforms (Hussein tasks 'Commission Action')

    03/14/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reformsBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/14/12 10:47 AM ET Members of the national oil spill commission are reuniting to monitor the federal government’s progress in implementing a series of drilling safety recommendations put forward by the panel last year. The seven-member commission, which was tasked by President Obama with investigating the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is forming what it calls “Oil Spill Commission Action.” The new group will issue a report in April assessing government and industry efforts to enhance safety and environmental standards in the aftermath of the spill, which...
  • George W. Bush Says Keystone Pipeline Is a 'No-Brainer’

    03/14/2012 1:06:27 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 107 replies · 2+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3-13-12
    TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from landlocked Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is a “no-brainer” that would create jobs and bolster the economy, former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday. The $7.6 billion Keystone XL line would generate private-sector employment and government revenue, he said at an American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers conference in San Diego. The U.S. government’s budget deficit is unsustainable and must be reduced by supporting industry, Bush said. “The clear goal ought to be how to get the private sector to grow,” said Bush, who spoke during a luncheon at...
  • Cheney Axes Canada Trip Because It's Too Dangerous

    03/14/2012 6:38:54 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | Mar 13, 2012 | Kate Schwartz
    Today's "we swear we're not the Onion" story: Dick Cheney has canceled a planned appearance in Toronto ... because he fears it could be too dangerous a trip to take. "He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high," explained the head of the promotions company that had scheduled the April 24 event at the apparently risky Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The National Post reminds us that Cheney reportedly got stuck inside a Vancouver building for seven hours during a September speech after a protest outside indeed turned violent and a security guard was choked.