Trudeau departs China without securing commitment start to free trade talks

first_imgGUANGZHOU, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen.Trudeau said differences need to be addressed on how Canada deals with China’s state-owned enterprises. Separately, he also said he is committed to standing up for Canadian values in a “respectful way,” including protecting the interests of Canadians behind bars.“Canadians should be under no illusions that a free trade deal with China will be easy,” Trudeau told reporters before returning to Canada after a four-day visit.Before agreeing to formally start talks, the government wants China to agree to a broad framework that will incorporate its so-called progressive trade agenda, which would formally place the environment, labour, gender and governance issues on the bargaining table.Trudeau acknowledged that the two countries have a lot of work to do to “interface” their different systems in a way that is “mutually beneficial” — a phrase the Chinese are fond of using. He said the two countries have already had good success in partnering on the environment.Trudeau suggested that getting China to agree to other parts of his progressive agenda isn’t an insurmountable challenge.“Trade has been an essential element in their success in lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into the global middle class.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne stayed behind in Beijing to continue discussions over the last two days while Trudeau travelled south to China’s industrial heartland to attend the Fortune Global Forum, a major gathering of international chief executives, which Canada will host next year.Champagne was due to return to Canada on Thursday with Trudeau, leaving the trade discussions stalled at the exploratory phase.“There was good progress made and we expect that work to continue in the weeks ahead,” said his spokesman Joe Pickerill.Trudeau acknowledged that difficult talks lie ahead in addressing concerns when Chinese state-owned companies try to buy Canadian firms.The government faced criticism for allowing the takeover of Norsat by Chinese-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the American military and other NATO partners.And it is now weighing a proposal by a Chinese firm to buy the Canadian construction company, Aecon, which has been involved in landmark projects like the CN Tower.“As a socialist economy, China has a significant role for public ownership of enterprises that is simply characteristic of their approach,” Trudeau said.He future discussions would “reflect on the challenges, the opportunities, the advantages, the inconvenience when two systems that are different try to collaborate so we can create benefits for both groups of citizens.”Trudeau said he didn’t back down from raising consular cases in his meetings with Chinese leaders, including the detention of two British Columbia winery owners involved in a customs dispute.Trudeau said he pays closer attention to consular cases than past prime ministers — perhaps, he said, “because I spent a lot of time backpacking around the world when I was younger.”The prime minister also reiterated his support for a free press when asked about a scathing Chinese newspaper editorial that chastised the media travelling with him for unfair coverage of their country.“You play an essential role: a challenge function, an information function,” he said. “That is a perspective shared by many and it’s one that I am very happy to repeat today.”But he demurred when asked what he thought of China banning access to websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.“In Canada, we have a different history, a different approach on a broad range of things, and we will continue to stand for the way we do things, and work with people who do things differently.”As Trudeau travelled back to Canada, analysts were underwhelmed by what he accomplished in China.“The visit seemed strangely unprepared,” said Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, who called the trip “a missed opportunity to deepen the relationship and diversify our markets.”Paul Evans, an Asia expert at the University of British Columbia, said the trip was “successful in the minimalist sense” because it managed to fulfil a commitment by both sides to hold a leaders’ meeting each year.Wenran Jiang, director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, said the delay in formally starting the talks “will only further convince the Chinese side that Canada can’t get anything done.”“We can’t build a pipeline to the west coast when every reason is there to get it done,” he added.“We are a country of complacency, without pressure to compete with others; we tend to think we have all the high moral grounds on gender, environment, labour while others are inferior to us.”Despite the differences on trade, Trudeau was warmly welcomed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, as well as various other Chinese officials. And the prime minister returned the sentiment, repeatedly referring to how influential his travels 22 years ago as a student backpacker had been on him.His continued affinity for China appeared undiminished on his last day as he toured a 19th Century temple and witnessed a traditional lion dance by six dancers energetically flailing in three separate red costumes.Before performing a traditional eye-dotting ritual on the costumed head of one of the dancers at the Chen Clan Academy, one of his Chinese hosts declared:“We will awaken the lions.”last_img read more

LNG Canada approves 937 million in contracts and subcontracts to First Nations

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada has recently announced the value of contractsand subcontracts approved as of December 2018, following the first three months of theconstruction phase of the large-scale LNG export project near Kitimat.In a press release, LNG Canada says they have approved over $937 million CAD in contracts and subcontracts with First Nations enterprises and other businesses across Canada.According to LNG Canada, this includes $175 million to local First Nations businesses and, with the addition of contracts awarded to local Kitimat area businesses, including First Nations businesses, that total increases to $330 million and $530 million with the addition of B.C. businesses outside the local area. In the release, LNG Canada says the economic benefits of the project extend far beyond British Columbia, with nearly $400 million in contracts and subcontracts approved for businesses across Canada. As the project progresses, more contracts will be awarded to benefit Canadian communities.Susannah Pierce, LNG Canada’s Director of External Relations, says this project is providing economic opportunities to First Nation communities.“What these contracts and subcontracts represent, is tremendous opportunity forindividuals to find employment on the LNG Canada project through our contractors andsubcontractors. For First Nations communities, it is delivering on the opportunities we have committed to that will assist the Nations address issues of poverty, unemployment and skills development. For local communities, it is the opportunity for young people to find employment that allows them to remain living in the North.”During the month of October 2018, the first month in the construction phase of the project,249 workers from the local area, including First Nations, were employed by LNG Canadaor one of its contractors.LNG Canada goes on to say that by the end of construction, LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that is needed to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG export facility near Kitimat, expect to employ approximately 10,000 Canadian workers. Coastal GasLink had earlier announced the award of $620 million in contracts to First Nations, with an additional $400 million to be awarded during the remainder of construction.last_img read more

Mayor Lori Ackerman named the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

first_imgThe Energy Council of Canada goes on to share Mayor Ackerman willingness to share lessons learned and to engage in dialogue regarding the relationship between local communities and Canada’s energy sector marks her as a leader not only in her own community but across Canada.“Canadian communities that grow alongside energy development, manage unique development opportunities. Balancing economic highs and lows, while moving toward a sustainable future for both the community and the energy industry requires vision, tenacity and strong leadership. Canada is fortunate to have a leader like Lori Ackerman who sees the big picture and the local reality and is able to fit the two together for mutual benefit. There is a lot we can learn from Mayor Ackerman, which is why we’re so pleased she is the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.” said Jacob IrvingThe Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 by the Energy Council of Canada to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector.Nominations are based upon the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large.Since Mayor Ackerman thinks globally and acts locally, with Fort St. John City Council, she successfully aligned the City’s Strategic Plan with UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.Mayor Ackerman has received one of only two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Certified Passive House designations in Canada for Fort St. John’s demonstration house. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman will be honoured by the Energy Council of Canada as she has been chosen as the 2019 Energy Person of the Year.The Energy Council of Canada recognizes Mayor Ackerman as one of Canada’s top energy advocates, by sharing she is admired for her leadership of a resource-driven municipality, striking a balance between energy development, community representation, and First Nations partnerships.As a 30-year resident of Fort St. John, B.C. and the community’s first female mayor, Mayor Ackerman understands the challenges and opportunities that energy resource municipalities manage by advocating for economic and community development, technological innovation, and Canadian competitiveness. The City of Fort St. John, was presented Clean Energy B.C.’s Community of the Year Award and installed an in-line turbine on the City’s gravity-fed effluent outfall line generating 780 MWh of energy each year, under Mayor Ackerman’s leadership.Mayor Ackerman is also a contributing member of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) initiative, working with resource-based communities in Colombia and Peru to build capacity in local government.Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Mayor Ackerman was recognized as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in B.C.last_img read more

First private nonmedical store starts renovations in FSJ

first_imgThe three partners Aaron Lepine, Darwin Lepine (better known in the community as Danny) and Lori Bahm are all longtime Fort St John residents. “We look forward to not only providing a safe and legal cannabis source but also to providing much-needed employment opportunities to local residents,” Lepine.Lepine shares, they have been busy getting the store ready and the opening date will be announced soon.With retailers already opening their doors in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek there has been much anticipation in Fort St. John to do the same. The retail store is located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.“It has been a long-drawn-out process fraught with inequities but we finally can see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Lepine. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cannabis Corner has started renovations for its non-medical cannabis retail store.Danny Lepine one of the three partners of Cannabis Corner shares, they received the provincial license last week.last_img read more

Exclusion from draft NRC wont affect voting rights for LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Allaying the fears of over 40 lakh persons whose names were not included in the draft Assam NRC, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that exclusion will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.The top court asked the ECI to clarify what action it will take if a person’s name is not included in the final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on July 31, but it features in the electoral rolls. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khana asked the ECI to provide it with the data by March 28 about the addition and deletion of names from voters’ list as revised in January for 2017, 2018 and 2019. At the outset, the bench asked the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the court, what will be the status of the persons whose names do not feature in the draft NRC but feature in the electoral rolls. On March 8, the apex court had asked the poll panel secretary to appear before it for Tuesday’s hearing in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The secretary replied that exclusion will not have any bearing on the voting rights of such individuals. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the ECI, said it had already been stated this in 2014. He pointed out that the court should not entertain this petition filed by Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen, residents of Assam, as contrary to their claims, their names were never deleted from the electoral rolls in the past three years. The bench said it would further hear the matter on March 28. The apex court had sought personal appearance of the ECI secretary as, despite a notice being issued on February 1, no one had appeared to represent the poll panel. The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voter list included some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election. The plea also submitted that there was a second category of people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the previous Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for the inclusion of their names in the voters’ list. The third category of people included those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as the Guwahati High Court. The court’s order was stayed by the apex court. The fourth category of people comprised those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court.last_img read more

Man bludgeoned wife to death in Gurugram held

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram was once again witnessing to a crime where on the basis of suspicion a husband brutally murdered his wife. The latest case involved the murder of 20-year-old woman identified as Kajal who was murdered by her husband Dharmendra.On Sunday night, he beat her repeatedly with a stone and then crusher her face with the sharp object. On Monday morning, the Gurugram police found the blood laden body of the deceased in Nathupur. Subsequently, the law enforcement officials were able to arrest Dharmendra near the Delhi-Gurugram border. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Kajal who belonged from Assam had married Dharmendra just six months ago. They were residing in South Delhi’s Chattar Pur area where Dharmendra was working in a local eatery. In the short duration of their marriage, there were constant fights as Dharmendra on numerous occasion raised suspicion on his wife’s character. Sources in the police also highlighted that on numerous occasion, Dharmendra even resorted to domestic violence that further deepened the marital discord between the two even further. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn Sunday, Dharmendra asked Kajal to come with him to Gurugram where his brother resided. Midway there was again a heated argument between the two that eventually led to Dharmendra murdering his wife. The case of murder has been filed in DLF Phase-3 police station under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The law enforcement officials are now trying to get in touch with her family in Assam so that the last rites of the deceased can take place. “Immediately after the incident, we were able to quickly arrest Dharmendra from Aya Nagar that lies in Delhi-Gurugram border. He has confessed to his crime and said that the main reason for him to murder his wife was that he suspected her character. We are trying to interrogate him further was it actually a crime that occurred in the fit of rage or was there any other reason also for him to have carried out this heinous crime,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. On several occasions in the past, there have been cases where there have been brutal murders in the city due to marital strife. In one of the horrific crimes, a husband pushed his wife and mother of his two children from the eighth floor of his apartment on October 27, 2018, the day of Karva Chauth as he was having an extramarital affair. In yet another heinous crime, a husband bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer in front of their two-year-old daughter in the fit of rage because of the heated argument between the two.last_img read more

Imran Khans remarks about BJP win an attempt to influence polls with

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a swipe at his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan over his claim that Indo-Pak peace talks will have a better chance if the BJP wins in Lok Sabha polls, saying it was an attempt by the former cricketer to influence the elections in India with his reverse swing. Modi also noted that Khan had used a slogan targeting him during Pakistan elections. “We should not forget that Imran Khan was a cricketer and his recent statement was an attempt at reverse swing to influence Indian elections. However, Indians know how to hit a ‘helicopter shot’ on a reverse swinging delivery,” the top BJP leader told The Times of India in an interview published on Wednesday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We should also remember how he used Modi’s name during Pakistan elections. His slogan was: ‘Modi ka jo yaar hai, woh gaddar hai woh gaddar hai’,” the prime minister added. The Congress had used Khan’s comments to corner the BJP, which has often hurled pro-Pakistan barbs at its rivals. In the interview, Modi also expressed confidence that the BJP will win more seats than before, saying he is seeing “unprecedented” support for the party and that the first phase of polling on April 11 has reinforced his confidence. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi had led the BJP to its first ever majority in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 winning 282 of the total 543 seats. To a question about criticism that that the BJP has resorted to “hyper-nationalism” instead of focusing on real issues in its campaign, he asserted that a large part of speeches is dedicated to the issues of development but they never make headlines. He then asked if decades of terrorism and deaths of soldiers cannot be considered as real issues. Attacking his rivals like the Congress, Modi said, “Those who did absolutely nothing on the critical issue of national security are now having problems when India’s national security doctrine has seen a strategic shift.” Hitting back at the opposition’s charge of politicisation of armed forces, he said, “Politicisation of the Army happened when they created a fake news of revolt by the Army to gain sympathy. It happened when credit for victory in the 1971 war was given to Indira ji.” Asserting that patriotism is not a “disease”, he said as hyper-secularism was invented to strike at the root of India’s culture and ethos, similarly the terminology of hyper-nationalism has been invented to portray ‘deshbhakti’ (patriotism) in poor light. With political experts wondering if the BJP in Uttar Pradesh will be able to repeat its feat of 2014 elections, when it had won 71 of the state’s 80 seats with its ally winning two more, he said the state will vote for those who put India first not those who put family first. The uniting factor for the SP-BSP grand alliance in the state is personal survival and personal interest, he alleged, and asserted that the state is witnessing double-engine growth with central and state governments working in tandem to transform lives. UP will vote for vision not division, he said. Attacking his rivals, Modi said parties like the Congress want to take India back to the era of “corruption and loot”. There is such a mood against the Congress that the party by its own admission is fighting on the lowest number of seats, he said. Asked about the opposition’s attack on his government over the escape of economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, he said it should not be forgotten that his dispensation got corruption accused like Christian Michel, Rajiv Saxena and Deepak Talwar back. “I will like to again state that anyone who has looted the nation will not be spared,” he added.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Headlines Mawazine Opening Night

Rabat – The streets of Rabat are filled with a robust bustle that can only mean one thing: Mawazine is back.Now in its thirteenth year, the free, ten-day annual music festival opened last night in the Moroccan capital amidst a spirit of lively anticipation and excitement. Each year, high-profile international artists and beloved regional performers join local groups in a mélange of musical styles that never fails to encapsulate Mawazine’s motto: “rhythms of the world.”The festival’s outdoor stages are spread out around the city, designated by genre. Salé hosts Moroccan artists, while African artists perform at Bouregreg and Oriental artists at Nahda. Special world music performances will take place at Chellah, in addition to discovery music at the National Theatre Mohammad V and Tarab music at the Renaissance Cultural Center. One of the biggest names on this year’s bill, American pop singer Justin Timberlake, opened the festival Friday night at the international stage in Souissi. Throngs of Moroccans and foreigners alike joined Rabatis who came out to see Timberlake’s first performance in the country. The annual opportunity to see such a high-profile musician perform for free was met with a great deal of expectation from the audience, which included groups of young people as well as couples and families. Attendees reminisced about their favorite international performances over the last few years, from Kanye West and Rihanna to Yusuf Islam. Many listed off the songs they hoped to hear, from early tracks like Rock Your Body and Senorita to classic standbys like Sexyback.Timberlake’s performance began with a great deal of enthusiasm, as audience members cheered, clapped and screamed when he came on stage. Many danced and sang along as he performed his most famous songs. However, some expressed disappointment with Timberlake’s stage presence, noting a general lack of enthusiasm and audience engagement from the nine-time Grammy winner. “It seemed like he was annoyed with the audience; they didn’t clap along and repeat the lines he asked them to,” said one audience member.Others mused that perhaps the crowd was turned off by his covers of other musicians’ songs. “We’re not going to sing along to a Michael Jackson song or an Elvis song… When I go to a Justin Timberlake concert I want to hear Justin Timberlake songs.” Despite the mild disappointment, the atmosphere of celebration prevailed and attendees predicted which performances would prove more successful. “I can’t wait to see Alicia Keys. She’ll put on a great live show,” commented one attendee as she left the concert grounds.While the big-name international performances can be hit-or-miss, many see the festival as more of an opportunity for Moroccan artists to shine in front of a wide audience. “I’m usually more impressed with the local groups,” one attendee said, noting that their shows are often more personal and energetic than Timberlake’s route performance. Among the variety of Moroccan performers who will perform at the Salé stage this year are rapper Masta Flow, twin sisters Safaâ and Hanaâ, and Amazigh fusion group Tifyour.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,303.83, up 92.61 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 17 cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $8.53 on 24.4 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Down 15 cents, or 2.73 per cent, to $5.35 on 12.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.48 per cent, to $2.10 on 11.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 14 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $9.34 on 8.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down six cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $2.55 on 6.9 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 7.96 per cent, to $6.92 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:MEG Energy Corp. Shares in oilsands producer MEG Energy continued to slide Friday after a credit rating agency said rival Husky Energy Inc.’s failure to consummate a hostile takeover bid was actually “credit positive” for Husky. After falling 35.6 per cent on Thursday, MEG stock lost another 2.7 per cent on Friday. Husky lost 4.3 per cent after gaining 12.4 per cent Thursday, Husky’s decision to abandon its bid for MEG after more than 50 per cent of the shares were tendered by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline surprised most financial analysts who had expected it to extend more time to try to achieve the two-thirds support it needed.WestJet Airlines Inc. (TSX:WJA). Up 43 cents or 2.3 per cent to $18.98. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. The agency says in a report that a backpack caught fire and caused minor thermal damage to the cargo compartment’s fire-resistant liner near the bag. An investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the batteries arrived at the airport or during baggage handling.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR). Up 25 cents to $109.25. The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that found the courts have jurisdiction to determine damages CN Rail must pay after breaching its service obligations to a Prairie grain shipping company during a bumper crop five years ago. The case goes back to a complaint filed by Calgary-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. to the Canadian Transportation Agency. Dreyfus said CN failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan to ship the record 2013-2014 grain crop.The Canadian Press read more

Airbnb critics say blocked law would save housing NYC units

NEW YORK — A new report from critics of Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms claims New York City could lose nearly 11,000 housing units if new regulations on the companies don’t go forward.A federal judge this month blocked a New York City law that would have subjected Airbnb and HomeAway to reveal detailed information about their business. The ruling comes as the companies challenge the new law in court.The groups New York Communities for Change and Tenants PAC issued a report on Tuesday that analyzed government and rental data. It found that without the law, 10,800 units could be diverted for use as short-term rentals.The groups maintain that home-sharing platforms drive up rental prices by reducing available residential units.San Francisco-based Airbnb hailed the judge’s decision as a huge win.The Associated Press read more

Bouteflika Transferred to Switzerland for Medical Tests

Rabat – Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred on Sunday, April 24, to Switzerland for medical tests.Without providing more details, a statement from the president’s office says the president has been transferred to Switzerland on Sunday for a private visit and “periodic medical tests.”Bouteflika, 79, suffered a stroke in 2013 that has impeded his mobility and speech. The accident occurred after he had undergone two days of medical tests at a cardiology unit in France. Since then, the Algerian president rarely makes televised appearances and is most of the times seen in a wheelchair.The hospitalization of the Algerian president comes just days after the controversy caused by a photo made public by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on his Twitter account on April 10.In the photo, the Prime Minister looks with a smile on his face, the Algerian President appears sad, looking lost with his mouth uncontrollably open.Bouteflika took office in 1999 and has been re-elected three times. His election for a third term was made possible after the Algerian government amended the constitution to allow the siting President to run for more presidential terms. read more

Supply issues blamed as NL loses first private regulated cannabis store

CLARENVILLE, N.L. — A privately-owned cannabis store in Newfoundland is closing, and the manager says supply issues are largely to blame.Puff Puff Pass Headshop in Clarenville, N.L., is the province’s first private weed store casualty since recreational marijuana was legalized in October.It is one of just six private, regulated cannabis retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will shut its doors for good on Thursday.Business manager Tina Greening says retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador are only allowed to purchase from seven licensed producers, picked by the province’s liquor commission.She said the suppliers provided stores with a “small list” of what they were allowed to order, and even dictated quantities.The owners of other private, regulated stores in the province have raised similar concerns about supply, and some shops have run out of product routinely.“If those suppliers didn’t have anything, there was no other recourse. There was nowhere we could go and order supply,” Greening said. A supply crunch has hampered government-run and private retailers across Canada.But Greening also said the quality of the product was not to her customers’ standard.She said they want no less than 20 per cent THC, but the stock she’s getting is maxing out at 11 to 15 per cent.“I know it’s only been legal since October but in reality my customers have been consuming cannabis for some of them 30, 40 years. They know what they want when they come into my store,” said Greening.“I’ve had customers say to me personally, you know, this is it, I’ve been in here so many times you guys never have anything that we want, I’m just going back to the black market and I’ll never buy legal again.” (VOCM)The Canadian Press read more

Weekend Unlimited wins lottery for POT stock symbol

VANCOUVER — Weekend Unlimited Inc. is the winner of the lottery for the POT stock trading symbol.The marijuana company is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange.Weekend Unlimited has been trading under the symbol YOLO.It expects to begin trading with the new symbol on Monday, subject to confirmation by the CSE.The lottery was held by the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, along with the Canadian Securities Exchange and the Aequitas NEO Exchange, due to “significant demand” for the catchy stock symbol.The POT symbol became available after Potash Corp. merged with Agrium Inc. to become Nutrien Ltd., which now trades under NTR.The Canadian Press read more

Rabat to Host AU Peace and Security Council Seminar

Rabat – Rabat will convene the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on May 9 and 10 for a seminar on “Improving the working methods of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.”Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mohammed V University of Rabat are organizing the two-day event to reaffirm Morocco’s determination to tailor the PSC’s work to counteract the many challenges and threats facing the continent in peace, security, and conflict prevention, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Elected to AU’s Peace and Security Council in January, Morocco promised to give special attention to terrorism prevention, fighting violent extremism, and post-conflict reconstruction. The seminar will include four roundtables and a closing session and aims to tackle the challenges hindering the continent’s development as well as discussing measures to curb those issues. The seminar will also cover measures to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the council, to strengthen the role of the PSC mediation and conflict prevention.Since April, Morocco has held a seat in the PSC for a two-year term. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time noted that Morocco’s strategy will also prioritize socio-economic development and South-South cooperation, which constitute bedrock principles of the union, as well as a “condition sine qua non for peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.”As a member of the PSC, Morocco also aims to fight human trafficking and to ensure food and environmental security on the continent. read more

Moroccans Slam CTM for Excluding Western Sahara from Moroccos Map

Rabat – CTM broadcasted a nine-month advertisement to promote the company’s transport services which excluded Morocco’s southern provinces in Western Sahara.The advertisement, which was displayed in French, included a presentation from CTM’s CEO, Ezzoubeir Errhaimini, who spoke about the company’s achievements since its creation in 1919.The advertisement also included details about trips offered by the company from Casablanca to Agadir, clients’ statements, and the services provided to them. read Also: UAFA Deletes Tweet of Map Excluding Western Sahara from MoroccoThe advertisement says that the company “respects all international standards adopted in the field of urban transportation, whether about safety or respect for the environment.” Moroccan media referred to CTM’s decision to exclude Western Sahara as a “crime” against Morocco’s territorial integrity, considering it “a negligence that requires accountability and prosecution.” They also called on authorities to take legal action against the company. Morocco World News contacted CTM hoping to hear their side of the story from Sahar El Guetbaoui, the marketing manager. However, El Guetbaoui has not yet responded. read more

US appeals court blesses ATTs 81B merger with Time Warner

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has blessed AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, defeating the Trump administration by affirming that the $81 billion merger won’t harm consumers or competition in the booming pay TV market.The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington came Tuesday in the high-stakes competition case, approving one of the biggest media marriages ever. It was already completed last spring soon after a federal trial judge approved it, as phone and pay TV giant AT&T absorbed Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.Many observers had expected the decision favourable to AT&T from the three-judge appeals court panel, which upheld the trial judge’s June ruling.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

French Auction House Artcurial Comes to Marrakech Art Week

Rabat – French auction house Artcurial will hold the “Paris/Marrakech” auction week beginning December 30 in Marrakech as part of Marrakech Art Week. Africities 2018 elected Marrakech the African Culture Capital for 2020.Artcurial came for the first time to Marrakech in 2015. Since then, the French house’s numbers have been rising, thanks to a strong consumer base, according to Le Figaro. In December 2017, Artcurial raised a total of €3.5 million with 95 percent of the auctions coming from Morocco.Founded in 2002, Artcurial is a French leader in auctions, with a total sales volume of nearly €200 million in 2017. Artcurial has been focusing on Morocco, where it is the only French auction house.In 2011, the auction house hosted an exhibition in Marrakech on French Orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who was based in Marrakech, and his contemporaries. read more

House Republicans seek to shift focus from ferries

JUNEAU, Alaska — Some House Republicans are pushing back against the time being spent hearing from Alaskans on the impacts of proposed budget cuts on the state’s ferry system.Hundreds of people signed up to testify before the House Transportation Committee, which has heard hours of public testimony. The small committee room, at times, was standing room only, with a nearby room opened for overflow.In a release, Anchorage Republican Rep. Sara Rasmussen said rather than spending hours “fixated on one government system,” time and resources should be invested in “modern infrastructure,” such as a road that would help connect Juneau with the state road system. Alternatives weighed for the road previously included some type of ferry service.Under the budget proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, no ferries are scheduled after Oct. 1.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

Moroccos ONSSA Warns of Bacteria Affecting Olive Trees

Rabat – The Moroccan National Health Security Office of Food (ONSSA) warns of a bacteria called “Xylella fastidiosa” which affects more than 350 plant species.  “Raising awareness among all the stakeholders concerned, as well as strengthening national technical capacities in the diagnosis and control of this plant disease.”, said the office in a statement. The office also warns against the introduction of any plants to Morocco without the necessary phytosanitary documents. ONSSA has set specific conditions and guidelines for importing plants susceptible to the bacteria to the country: plants likely to harbor the bacteria are not allowed for import from the countries in which the”Xylella fastidiosa” disease has been reported. “Xylella fastidiosa” mainly affect olive trees, however, the bacteria can include a variety of other host plants.Read also: ONSSA to Compensate Farmers for Cattle Losses from Foot, Mouth DiseaseAccording to the according to the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization EPPO: “Globally, the main economic hosts are grapevine (Vitis vinifera, V. labrusca, V. riparia), citrus (Citrus spp., Fortunella), almond (Prunus dulcis), olive (Olea europaea), peach (P. persica), coffee (Coffea spp.)”Plants susceptible to ‘Xylella fastidiosa’ “may be authorized for importation from countries where the disease of this bacterium has been declared, but only from the uninfected regions”, according to ONSSA official website. A few days ago ONSSA ordered the destruction of dozens of mint fields for the use of “unlicensed” pesticides and high levels of unapproved chemicals following a national study. read more

UK Ambassador Posts Angry Tweet Over Delays Lost Luggage on Royal

Rabat – After his flight departed over an hour late, Ambassador Thomas Reilly said he arrived in Casablanca only to wait another hour for his luggage to show up. Reilly took to Twitter on Wednesday, June 26th, to voice his frustrations with Royal Air Maroc (RAM). The incident was not the first time RAM has come under fire on social media in recent months. “It is not surprising if people are irritated,” Reilly said. Reilly explained that he eventually got his luggage, 70 minutes after his flight had landed. “It seems pilot left ‘plane & turned it off so they couldn’t unload the bags,” he said.Other exasperated customers chimed in on Reilly’s twitter feed to complain about the airline’s bad service. Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Inaugurates Casablanca-Boston Non-Stop Flight“I don’t know what’s happened with this company,” Twitter user Nabil Safir said. “It’s time for Morocco to think about building other ones.” Earlier this year a distinguished pair of Reilly’s countrymates were also victims of the airline’s allegedly careless attitude toward luggage.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought along an entourage of photographers to document their trip when they visited Morocco in February . Prince Harry and Meghan’s plans were compromised when the luggage of several of their official photographers went missing.The airline denied responsibility for the incident, instead pointing the finger at bad weather.The lost luggage blues escalated when baggage handlers at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca went on strike in April. Over the last few months, baggage handlers that work for RAM subcontractor General Private Interim (GPI) have gone on a series of strikes, resulting in ongoing disruption and chaos at Morocco’s busiest airport.Angered about RAM’s lack of accountability for misplaced luggage , customers turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations. “We just spent 30 minutes on the phone,” one user tweeted, “and were basically yelled at for asking for information.”RAM has repeatedly denied responsibility for missing luggage during the strikes, blaming the subcontractor instead of inclement weather. read more