Reuters: Boeing-Bombardier spat puts U.S.-Canadian trade deals in spotlight. Boeing Co and Bombardier Inc traded barbs on Monday over the U.S. planemaker’s claim that its Canadian rival benefited from billions of dollars in illegal government subsidies and dumped its newest jetliner in the United States at below cost. At a contentious hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Boeing accused Bombardier of harming its ability to sell 737s in the U.S. market, in one of the final stages of a bitter trade dispute due to conclude in February. Bombardier argued Boeing’s large 737 order book shows there has been no adverse impact from its CSeries jet and that the U.S. planemaker does not manufacture a jet that competes with the new model.
Reuters: Tillerson, Canadian counterpart to discuss border security, other issues. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday to discuss border security and other issues, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement. The two will meet in Ottawa to “discuss U.S.-Canadian coordination on a range of global and regional topics,” the statement said. A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tillerson and Freeland will confer on North Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela among other issues. Canada and the United States plan to co-host an international meeting on North Korea in Vancouver in January. Pyongyang has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Bloomberg: Trudeau Versus Singh Is Next Battle for Hearts of Canada’s Left. Justin Trudeau swept to power in Canada as a fresh face pledging to tax the rich and help the masses. Now a rival has picked up his playbook. Halfway through his mandate, Trudeau’s two main challengers are in place for the 2019 election, each younger than he is. To the political right is Conservative Andrew Scheer, Trudeau’s closest competitor in popular support and number of current lawmakers. But it’s the man on the left who could determine the fate of Trudeau’s Liberals. Jagmeet Singh, 38, the trilingual lawyer elected Oct. 1 as New Democratic Party leader, is taking on the prime minister at his own game, preaching left-leaning policies, a friend-of-the-masses mantra and an urban focus, all while indulging a penchant for selfies.
Washington Post: Billionaire couple found dead in their basement had been strangled, Canadian police say. The billionaire couple were found strangled, their bodies dangling from the railing around their basement lap pool. Honey and Barry Sherman died of “ligature neck compression,” a form of strangulation in which a cord or rope is used to exert fatal pressure on a person’s neck, Toronto police said. It was a gory and puzzling detail in the deaths of the Shermans, who made billions in the pharmaceutical industry, then gave a significant chunk of their fortune away to charity.
The Times of Israel: Barry Sherman: A tycoon who revolutionized Canada’s drug industry. Barry Sherman drove an old car and gave away tens of millions of dollars to charities while building Apotex into one of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical companies. He and his wife Honey were widely mourned and praised for their philanthropy following their untimely deaths, but the Apotex chief antagonized many and faced accusations that he gouged consumers and smeared opponents during his life.
VICE News: Canada predicts there could be more than 4,000 opioid overdose deaths this year. Canada’s public health agency announced on Monday that at least 1,460 people died of opioid overdoses during the first half of 2017 and that number is expected to rise to at least 4,000 by the end of this year if current trends continue. “Tragically, the data released today indicate that the crisis continues to worsen, despite the efforts from all levels of government and partners to reverse the trend,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a press release on its newly updated overdose death database. There were 2,861 opioid-related deaths in 2016, the first year the federal government pieced together national overdose death data, which is gathered by each province and territory and has until recently been inconsistent and out of date.