#OffshorePatrolShips; #DisasterRelief; #TheCaribbean; #hurricanes
Ottawa, Dec 22 (CAnadian-Media): Two Offshore Patrol Ships, HMCS Harry DeWolf and HMCS Margaret Brooke, would be possessed by the Canadian navy in the new year in delivering disaster relief in the Caribbean, where hurricanes have been increasing in size and destructive power, media reports said.
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"We can see a great opportunity to use this hurricane response as we go forward," Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, the commander of the navy said in a year-end interview.
Some members of the ship's inaugural crew had familiarized themselves with the new vessels.
"We've completed our training and we're ready to take it," McDonald said.
The versatile design will make the ship useful, McDonald said he believes, not only for sovereignty and security patrols, but also for research projects.
"We can bring on scientists," he said. "We can bring on teams focused around missions that are larger than the navy as we go forward."
#Canada; #GunControl; #BanningGuns; #CollaborationWithProvinces; #LiberalGovernment
Ottawa, Dec 21 (Canadian-Media): Following calls from some municipal politicians in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, to control handguns in their cities, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's intention to allow handgun prohibition on a city-by-city basis rather than enacting a federal ban and, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Credit: Twitter handle
"That is something we are hearing from some very specific places across the country but not everywhere across the country. And we feel that it would be a solid step to move forward and give cities and provinces those tools to do that, " Trudeau said during the wide-ranging interview in Ottawa this week.
"Our primary concern is getting it right," he said. "But even in a minority situation we've seen that there is a very clear consensus from three of the parties in the House — us, the NDP and the Bloc — that moving forward on much stronger gun control is a priority."
Stressing the need for a complete national handgun ban, the group PolySeSouvient, a leading voice for gun control, argued about the ineffectiveness of local bans as they would have to overcome many obstacles, including provincial governments ideology opposed to gun control and other legal and jurisdictional complexities.
Trudeau's government said it planed to prevent smuggling of pistols into Canada, collect more information about purchases from retailers, and ensure secure storage of firearms in shops and homes to avoid theft.
The Liberals stressed that spending on anti-gang programs, community centres and local policing are key to reducing urban violence, including the popular AR-15, saying guns designed to inflict mass casualties have no place in Canada.
#JodyWilsonRaybould; ParliamentHilloffice; #ConfederationBuildinginOttawa; #Liberals
Ottawa, Dec 19 (Canadian-Media): After the agreement between Jody Wilson-Raybould and the House of Commons administration, Wilson-Raybould vacated the Parliament Hill office assigned to her as a cabinet minister and moved to a new office in the Confederation Building in Ottawa, media reports said.
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Earlier Wilson-Raybould had been hesitant to vacate the Parliament office and had refused to move out of it.
"It seems a little bit petty to me," Wilson-Raybould told CBC News last week. "It makes no sense to remove me from my MP office. So I don't understand why they're wanting to do it."
After each election Parliament Hill offices are reassigned with priority based on party standings. Wilson-Raybould, as an Independent MP, would have been among the last MPs given a chance to choose an office.
#Conservatives; #EmergencyMeeting; #Ottawa; #AndrewScheer'sResignation;
Ottawa, Dec 12 (Canadian-Media): An emergency meeting was called by Conservatives in Ottawa, after Andrew Scheer, Conservative Party leader announced his resignation following weeks of rising criticism of his election performance, media reports said.
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"In order to chart the course ahead, this party, this movement, needs someone who can give 100 per cent to the efforts, and after some conversations with my kids, my loved ones, I felt it was time to put my family first," Scheer said.
Scheer told caucus the job was taking a toll on him and his family.
Scheer had been accused of using Conservative Party money to pay for his children’s private schooling without the knowledge or approval of the Conservative fund board, including the chair of the board.
#Ontario; #ThroneSpeech; #EcomicDowunturnofAlberta&Saskatchewan;
Ottawa, Dec 6 (Canadian-Media): During Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's response to Thursday's throne speech in the House of Commons this morning, besides blaming the Liberal government for fomenting a national unity, Scheer said that the speech did not properly address economic anxieties in Alberta and Saskatchewan, media reports said.
Andrew Scheer. Image credit: Twitter handle
"A national unity crisis requires respecting provincial jurisdiction and scrapping the carbon tax and stopping the attack on the Western Canadian economy," Scheer said.
Scheer blamed Liberal policies during the first four-year term who more willing to listen to "foreign-funded activist groups" than energy workers.
"We're going to fight for pipelines, lower taxes and reduced regulations to make Canada the best place in the world to invest, start a business and create jobs."
The downturn in economy has cost the jobs of over 100,000 oilpatch employees, according to the estimates by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources (CSUR).
Scheer called on the Liberal government to return to balanced budget, developing a foreign policy which closely aligns Canada with Israel and protecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
"After many years of trying and failing by previous governments, we're moving forward with building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion," Trudeau said. "There are shovels in the ground and thousands of people newly hired to make sure we can get our energy resources to new markets responsibly and sustainably."
"In the speech from the throne, we recognized the challenges facing workers in our resource sector with the lower prices on international commodities. There have been some very difficult times for workers, particularly on the Prairies," the prime minister said.
#DougFord; #Mississauga; #Toronto; #LiberalGovt
Ottawa, Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): A meeting was held Monday between all 13 of Canada’s premiers at Ontario Premier Doug Ford's backyard to craft a policy agenda hoping it will be accepted by the minority Liberal government in Ottawa during the first ministers' meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be held in January, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
The premiers have been pushing Ottawa to increase Canada Health Transfer, the money the federal government sends to the provinces and territories to help pay for health care from the current health-care spending growth cap of three percent each year by 5.2 percent a year to better address mounting costs in the health sector as well as to subnational governments that are grappling with acute fiscal challenges.
They also looked for more money from Ottawa for increased provincial budgets to provide for sinking oil prices and soaring health-care costs affecting some provinces.
"With a group of premiers — all 13 are showing up — we're going to have disagreements, but I think that's healthy, to be very frank...A lot of people are struggling out West. I mentioned that to the prime minister as well, and he agrees...We want to send the message around the world that we're a united Canada." said Ford.
#JointEffortsOfThreePremiers; #DevelopNuclearReactorTechnology; CanadaEconomyBoost; #SMRs
Ottawa, Dec 1 (Canadian-Media): A joint announcement and signing of memorandum of understanding was done Sunday by Doug Ford, premiere of Ontario, Scott Moe, Saskatchewan premier and Blaine Higgs, premier of New Brunswick, in advance of a meeting of all the premiers, about their commitment for collaboration on developing nuclear reactor technology in Canada. media reports said.
The provincial leaders estimated that this project could boost in Canadian market at $10 billion and the global market at $150 billion.
"It's showing how provinces come together on issues of the future," said Ford.
These premieres would concentrate on the research, development and building of small modular reactors to help these provinces reduce carbon emissions and move away from non-renewable energy sources like coal.
Besides ease of construction, of small modular reactors (SMRs), the premiers said that they offer more safety than large reactors and are regarded as cleaner energy than coal. They can be small enough to fit in a school gym.
In Canada, about a dozen companies are currently in pre-licensing with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which is reviewing their designs.
"Canadians working together, like we are here today, from coast to coast, can play an even larger role in addressing climate change in Canada and around the world," Moe said.