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The Guardian (March 23)

2020/ 03/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Canada said it will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics, New Zealand said it would consider boycotting Tokyo 2020 and Australia told its olympic athletes to prepare for the games to be held next year, in 2021 – all in the wake of Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, saying postponement could be an option.”


Fortune (December 10)

2019/ 12/ 12 by jd in Global News

“For years, the aerospace industry has been talking about whether electric-powered commercial air travel is viable.” On Tuesday, a flight by an electrified de Havilland Canada DHC-2 ended the debate, signaling “what many aerospace industry insiders say is commercial aviation’s future.” The airline behind the first flight, Harbour Air, “is betting its business on electric motors. The airline expects regulators to certify its retrofitted aircraft in about two years, with commercial flights beginning in 2022.”


Reuters (November 12)

2019/ 11/ 12 by jd in Global News

“It may sound far-fetched to suggest newish countries like Canada, or its southern neighbor, could break into smaller sovereign pieces. But the consequences of climate change will present existential challenges that could easily drive even friendly neighbors apart. Keep an eye on Alberta.” The VoteWexit Facebook page already has gathered 265,000 followers.


New York Times (September 19)

2019/ 09/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s ecosystem is unraveling.” As an indicator species, birds serve “as acutely sensitive barometers of environmental health, and their mass declines signal that the earth’s biological systems are in trouble. Unfortunately, this study is just the latest in a long line of such mounting evidence.”


WARC (May 28)

2019/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

“In eight major markets, including the three largest, internet advertising already takes the majority of media dollars. The $107.5 billion spent on internet ads in America made it the dominant medium for the first time last year, while the balance tipped in China and the UK during 2016.” By the end of this year, “internet is expected to account for over half [52.7%] of media spend for the first time this year” in the key markets of “Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US.”


Washington Post (May 9)

2019/ 05/ 11 by jd in Global News

“It’s anyone guess what will come of the current meetings” to resolve the U.S./China trade dispute. “What should not be in doubt, however, is that throughout the entire bargaining process with Beijing, the administration has undercut its position by attempting to wage simultaneous tariff battles with other countries.” In addition to China, Mr. Trump’s tariffs now cover…7.3 percent of imports from Canada, 2.5 percent of imports from the European Union, 9.6 percent of imports from South Korea and 3.8 percent of imports from Japan,” undercutting support from natural allies in his dispute with China.


New York Times (March 7)

2019/ 03/ 08 by jd in Global News

“Canadians can be corrupt, too…. The scandal now enveloping Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—a bilingual, feminist, pro-multicultural liberal who embodies much of what we like to celebrate in our national character” reveals the “darker side to Canada’s smallness.” Things are often too cozy. The nation that comes off as quaint, friendly and cute has a “tiny network of political, business and intellectual elite” that is too “insular and concentrated.”


New York Times (January 20)

2019/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The hazards of being Canadian… As the U.S.-China trade war escalates, Canada is a beaver between bulls.”


CBS News (September 7)

2018/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“The Trump administration’s trade battles with China, Canada, Mexico and other countries around the world can feel like a bewildering descent into the obscure. But you don’t have to be an expert to grasp that, in the era of globalization, a trade war upends the way countries have operated for decades.”


Washington Post (June 8)

2018/ 06/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Trump is waging a trade war in the dumbest way possible.” In the best of times, “trade wars are neither good nor easy to win…. Every side loses, experiencing lost jobs, crippled businesses and higher prices for consumers.” Trumps tariffs are now estimated to result in 16 lost U.S. jobs for every job gained in the aluminum/steel industry: a painful, self-inflicted wound. Moreover, the counterpunches of our trading partners “are likely to draw more blood.” With the “already announced $40 billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on U.S.-made products,” Canada, the EU, Mexico, Russia, India, Japan and Turkey have “fine-tuned the art of minimizing their own pain — and maximizing ours.”


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