Canada Must Step Up ‘global Energy Game,’ Says Ex-minister

Lawrence, then drops into the Atlantic. In Boston, the final destination, she reverses course. (Passengers can choose either direction or sail the entire 14-day loop.) En route, the vessel weaves together a macrame of stops: Quebec City; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine. The schedule also incorporates a full day on the St. Lawrence, a 576-mile chug that distance-counters will note as the longest leg of the 1,654-mile trip. The St. Lawrence is beautiful, and the cruising is intense. The ports are not easy to go into and out of, and the weather is challenging later in the season, said Arno Jutten, the Maasdams Dutch captain. You dont book this cruise for the sunshine. So why commit to a cruise thats susceptible to strong winds, powerful currents and thick fog that swallows up the shore? Because of the ports rich in Canadian history and culture. Because of the fiery foliage along New England banks. Because of announcements like this one: Whales to starboard. And because adventure should be on everyones bucket list. Caribbean vs.

Canada nixes UN review of violence on aboriginal women

Canada nixes UN review of violence on aboriginal women Canada rejects UN rights panel call for review of violence on aboriginal women The Canadian Press Posted:Sep 19, 2013 1:55 PM ET Last Updated:Sep 19, 2013 8:50 PM ET Video Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a United Nations body Thursday to criticize Canada’s human-rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected calls to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against aboriginal women. Canada was responding Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council, which is conducting its Universal Periodic Review of Canada’s rights record, on a wide range of issues from poverty, immigration and the criminal justice system. Countries have their rights records reviewed every four years by the Geneva-based UN forum, but the Harper government has been skeptical in part because it allows countries with dubious rights records to criticize Canada. On Thursday, that happened again. Cuba said it deplored Canada’s rejection of one of its human-rights recommendations, while Iran took Canada to task for rejecting four that it had made. Belarus blasted Canada for not doing enough to combat child prostitution, and said it should allow a series of UN special rapporteurs to come to Canada investigate various topics. Russia said it was “bewildered” that Canada rejected a recommendation related to the “brutal beating” of a Russian national in a Calgary jail cell. Canada’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Elissa Golberg, offered a brief rebuttal to Belarus, saying it should allow UN rapporteurs to visit, but did not engage directly with the other countries that criticized Canada. “Canada is proud of its human-rights record, and our peaceful and diverse society,” Golberg told the one-hour session. While no society is entirely free of discrimination, she noted, Canada has “a strong legal and policy framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, and an independent court system.” Recommendations from those countries were among the 40 of 162 that Canada chose to reject. That also included a rejection of a series of resolutions calling on Canada to undertake sweeping national reviews of violence against aboriginal women. Golberg said Canada takes the issue seriously and that provincial and local governments are better suited to getting results on those issues. In Ottawa, Shawn Atleo, national chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations, said there is deep concern among aboriginals over the government’s refusal to conduct a national review of the problem. “There is strong support for this action domestically among provincial and territorial leaders and the Canadian public and strong international support, not to mention a multitude of reports and investigations that urge Canada to act,” Atleo said in a statement. The federal New Democrats also issued a statement calling the government’s response “shocking.” In Toronto, Teresa Piruzza, the Ontario minister responsible for women’s issues, expressed disappointment, saying it is “really a national issue.” But a statement from Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s office said the government is focused on action not meetings and studies.

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business relations in Ottawa sponsored by the Canadian American Business Council. Canada needs new customers because it is selling its oil at 35 per cent less than the going global rate, he said. “That makes us a price-taker, not a price-maker.” Moreover, Prentice said, when the U.S. administration decided to delay the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried Alberta oilsands crude to the U.S., there was nothing Canada could do about it. All of that amounts to a major vulnerability for Canada’s economy, said Prentice, now an executive at CIBC. Keystone pipeline just one issue Prentice played down the importance of the stalled Keystone XL deal which could be approved next year as well as the $15.1-billion bid by China’s state-owned CNOOC to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. Canada’s energy future is bigger than one pipeline deal, said Prentice, and while CNOOC-Nexen “is a big deal, it’s important, it’s not the main issue.” Harper was to address the group and participate in a question-and-answer session later in the day. Harper has made selling energy to Asian markets a priority after the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. President Barack Obama delayed the project after massive environmental protests in what was an election year. Harper has said that while he understood the realities of U.S. electoral politics, Canada needed to look elsewhere for energy customers. The prime minister has branded Canada an “energy superpower.” But Prentice appeared to upbraid his old boss when he told the gathering, “mere ownership does not make you an energy superpower.” Earlier at the event, Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, affirmed the world’s largest two-way trading relationship, saying Canada will never forget its best customer even as it tries to broaden trade with Asia. The two countries are ready to pursue a wide agenda on trade, energy and the environment, said Doer, who noted Canada and the U.S.

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