Reuters: Canada scraps plan to buy Boeing fighters amid trade dispute: sources. Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Co (BA.N) Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Instead, the Liberal government will announce next week it intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australia F-18 jets, the same kind of plane Canada currently operates, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
US News.com: Canada demands border access for any Ukraine peacekeepers. Canada’s foreign minister says her country would back e a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine but only if it could have access to border areas with Russia. Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Brussels Tuesday that “a peacekeeping option for the Donbas is possible only if those peacekeepers are on Ukraine’s border.” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in September that he would ask the U.N. Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine, but not the border itself.
CNBC: Canada urgently needs more trade with China, but big hurdles lie in its path. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on tour in China to discuss trade, but experts say significant hurdles stand in the way of progress. Underlying the trip is the fact that Canada’s trade prospects took a hit following U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat in August to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. And as uncertainty shrouds the future of NAFTA — which ties together the U.S., Canada and Mexico — Trudeau has an “urgent” need to diversify his country’s trade relationships, according to Jeremy Kinsman, a former ambassador of the country and a distinguished visiting diplomat at Ryerson University.
Financial Times: Nestlé to buy Canadian nutrition-products company Atrium for $2.3bn. Switzerland’s Nestlé is spending $2.3bn to buy Atrium Innovations, a Canadian nutritional products company, from private equity group Permira, as it seeks to pep up its consumer healthcare activities. The cash acquisition, announced on Tuesday, is the boldest move into consumer healthcare yet by Mark Schneider, who became Nestlé chief executive at the start of the year. Atrium is expected to report sales of almost $700m this year.
BBC: Canada province urges shopkeepers to stop saying ‘Bonjour-Hi’. The unofficial greeting in the bilingual Canadian city of Montreal has long been a friendly “Bonjour, Hi!” But that standard is no more since a motion mandating store clerks to greet customers only in French was passed in Quebec’s provincial legislature. The move reaffirms French as the primary language in the province, where use of English can be controversial. The motion – which is not a law – was passed unanimously, but the province’s premier called the debate “ridiculous”.
Russia Today: Canada could make a fortune from legalized pot. Canada is a step away from becoming the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana with weed retailers getting ready to make billions of dollars. The Cannabis Act was introduced in the Canadian Senate last week. The bill is overwhelmingly backed by the general public and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is expected to pass by July 2018 or earlier.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Canada’s misguided debate on North Korea’s missiles. The question of Canadian participation in the US Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD)—a system designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles fired from across the Pacific—has dominated Canadian headlines all summer. And it shows no signs of going away any time soon, with new op-eds in support of the proposal emerging after every North Korean provocation. But Canada is not a North Korean target. In fact, at the moment, North Korea rarely ever mentions Canada except to characterize it as a “peaceful” and “friendly” country. Analysis by Matt Korda and Andrea Berger.
Sporting News: What Russia’s Olympic ban means for USA, Canada hockey in 2018 Games. Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the IOC announced Tuesday, a stunning decision with far-reaching implications for the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments, two showcase events at the Winter Games. That means it’s possible for a team of Russian hockey players to assemble and compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” should they agree to relinquish the Russian flag. Therein lies the greatest concern for USA Hockey and Hockey Canada. By Brandon Schlager.
Today.com: Meghan Markle is bringing these Canadian fashion brands into the spotlight. We’ve often seen Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wear British designers like Erdem, Catherine Walker and Alexander McQueen (the latter of which, helmed by Sarah Burton, designed the duchess’ wedding dress). Markle — who lived in Toronto for seven years while filming “Suits” — has seemed to show her favorite Canadian designers a similar exposure. Take her first post-engagement appearance with Prince Harry. Markle surely knew that her outfit, a white coat by Canadian label LINE, would be identified and dissected endlessly by the press — so can it really be a coincidence that she chose to give her adopted home country some love?
China .org .cn Arabic – China: Seasoned businessman urges Trudeau for long-term agreement with China. Perrin Beatty, the 92-year-old former Minister and current President & CEO of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said that Trudeau’s visit to China is particularly important after what Canadians heard in Washington. It’s widely believed by the business community in China that Trudeau’s visit will include trade negotiations as uncertainty continues to loom large over NAFTA. Beatty, a frequent visitor to China, and who was also present during Trudeau’s meetings in the G20 Hangzhou summit, said that it’s only prudent for Canada to diversify its trade. In September, the Chamber published a report recommending Canada to strengthen its economic ties with China, described as the world’s second largest economy with a middle class larger than that of the United States. The report also recommended Canada to align its strengths with China’s interests, especially those pertaining to energy, climate change, foreign direct investment, services, and agri-food industries.
Ma’an News – Palestine: The Palestinian General Delegation in Canada welcomes new Director General at Foreign Affairs Canada. Troy Lulashnyk, the new Director General for North Africa, Israel, West Bank/Gaza at Foreign Affairs Canada, attended a business lunch at the invitation of the General Delegation. The Chief Representative of the General Delegation, Nabil Maarouf, welcomed the guest of honor, along with other attendees, including Canadian parliamentarians and Arab Ambassadors and Diplomats. Different topics were brought up during the discussions, including the developments in Libya, Iraq, and Syria, and the Palestinian reconciliation and the peace process revival efforts. Lulashnyk expressed his desire to further develop Palestinian-Canadian relations, and confirmed his country’s intent to play a bigger role in Middle Eastern affairs. Before holding his current office, Lulashnyk served as Canada’s Ambassador to Egypt for 3 years.
Al Wafd – Egypt: Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) seeks Canadian investments. An ITIDA delegation has completed a five-day promotional tour in Canada, in which it sought partnerships and promoted investment opportunities in the information and communications technologies sector in Egypt. The delegation met with representatives from global corporations, research centres, and business accelerators, and discussed several projects through which exchange of expertise and promotion of business between the two countries could be realized. The Canadian entities engaged in during the visit include: Cogeco Peer 1, UQAC l’École NAD, Vidéotron S.E.N.C., The Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation of Quebec, EXFO Inc., Kontron Canada, Ubisoft Canada, Alliance Numerique, Zone 3, FreeBalance Inc., HEC Montréal, L’École de technologie supérieure (ETS), The Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), LaSalle College, Ryerson DMZ, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Celestica Inc., TribalScale, TELUS Corporation, and ATI Technologies Inc.
Ennahar Online – Algeria: Ontario opens immigration door for Algerians. The Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Albanese, stated that the province seeks to target francophone immigrants from Algeria and Morocco. Albanese affirmed her government’s plans to make Ontario the province of choice for immigrants from both countries begin next year. The plan comes as part of an immigration policy aimed at keeping demographic balance between franco- and anglo-phones in the province, where only 4% of its admitted immigrants are francophone. Meanwhile, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of the Federal Government of Canada, Ahmed Hussen, said that his Government intends to increase immigration quotas from their current levels.
Elmethaq – Saudi Arabia: Number of Saudi students in Canada declines. A report published by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) indicated that the number of Saudi students in Canada declined by 22%, despite an almost equal percentage increase in the number of international students in the country. The report indicated that the decline is due to policy changes in the Kingdom which curtailed its Scholarship Program, affecting the number of students studying abroad, including those in the United States. The number of Saudi students in Canada fell from 11,645 in 2015 to 9,105 in 2016, down from 13,885 in 2012.