#tariffsonCanadiansteelandaluminum; #USForeignPolicy; #ChineseImports
Ottawa, May 15 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is heading to Washington today due to the intensification of talks over ending the Trump administration’s tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum after months of deadlock, media reports said.
United States (U.S.) had been insisting during the discussions with between Canada since last fall, that Canada and Mexico agree to quotas that would cap the amount of steel and aluminum they export to the U.S. in exchange for the lifting of tariffs.
Both Canada and Mexico did not accept this deal.
In the meantime trade tensions between the U.S. and China had moved from bad to worse due to Trump's increased pressure on China last week by increasing tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on US$200-billion of Chinese imports.
But China had retaliated on Monday with higher tariffs on US$60-billion worth of U.S. goods. Trump downplayed the scope of the trade war on Tuesday, dismissing the situation as “a little squabble. ”
These recent developments have Lawrence Martin arguing that U.S. foreign policy is in shambles, with Canada caught in the crossfire and the potential for far more serious implications in the future.
#UnitedNations; #ILO; #EU; #PoorWorkingConditions
United Nations, May 7 (Canadian-Media/UN): A United Nations (UN) study based on 1.2 billion people has found stark differences in the number of hours that many of us spend earning a living. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), one-sixth of workers in the European Union (EU) toil away for more than 48 hours per week, but more than half of all employees in Chile, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, put in the same long hours.
Jobs involving tight deadlines and stress, apply to one in three people in the EU, rising to one in two in the United States, Turkey, El Salvador and Uruguay. Physical risks are also “frequent”, the report finds, with more than half of workers exposed to repetitive hand and arm movements, and about one-in-four, to high temperatures.
Among the study’s other findings are that while 70 per cent of workers were positive about their managers, up to 12 per cent said they faced abuse, including bullying, unwanted sexual attention and harassment. And while up to 84 per cent of staff in the EU, Uruguay and the US said they learn new things while they’re working, only 30 per cent of workers agreed with this in the Republic of Korea, and just 55 per cent in China.
Regardless of the country, least-educated workers are less likely to develop their skills, the report says, highlighting also that good working conditions “contribute to the well-being of workers and the success of enterprises”. Finally, across all 41 countries covered in the joint ILO-Eurofound report, women were found to earn significantly less than men – and they are also “over-represented” at the lowest end of the salary scale.
Ottawa/Mumbai, May 3 (Canadian-Media): Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, completed a business mission to India, media reports said.
Ontario’s jobs are the most export reliant in Canada with 1 in 5 workers, or 1.3 million people, dependent on exports.
With a mission to promote Ontario as a premier destination to invest and do business with, Smith, during six days in India, met with various businesses, investors and stakeholders across the agri-food, automotive, infrastructure, information and technology, and education sectors in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
"Our government's number-one priority is to ensure that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs," said Smith. "India represents the world's seventh largest economy and boasts a population of 1.3 billion people. As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, there are numerous investment, skill development and export opportunities for Ontario."
During the business mission, Smith brought Ontario's open for business, open for jobs message to business leaders across sectors that demonstrate a high degree of trade and investment potential for Ontario.
There are approximately 60 Indian companies across all sectors that have operations and investments in Ontario and approximately 830,000 Ontarians are of Indian origin. There were around 21,000 Indian postsecondary students in Ontario in the 2016/2017 school year. More than 171,000 Indian tourists visited Ontario in 2018.
Ontario's large agri-food industry puts Canada as the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world. The Indian automotive sector has the potential to generate up to US$300 billion in annual revenue by 2026. With hundreds of planned infrastructure projects on the horizon, India can benefit from Ontario's internationally recognized construction and technology designs. India's information and technology sector is set to reach US$350 billion by 2025, making it the largest sourcing destination for IT. Ontario, home to one of North America's largest financial services sectors. The Skill India campaign seeks to train over 500 million people in India with a diverse range of skills by 2020.
"I look forward to continuing a long and prosperous partnership between Ontario and India," said Smith. "Businesses choose the place that will offer them the best conditions to grow. This week I delivered the message that Ontario is that place."