German manufacturer Siemens saw off Canadian rival Bombardier to clinch a Can$989 million contract to produce 32 trains, Canada's state-subsidized passenger rail company announced Wednesday. Siemens Canada will manufacture the trains to replace an aging fleet on the line between Quebec and Windsor via Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto -- the country's most-used -- VIA Rail said. VIA Rail and Siemens also announced a $23.7 million 15-year parts and technical services deal. "Siemens Canada was selected following a fair, open, rigorous and transparent bidding process under the oversight of an independent fairness monitor and VIA Rail's board of directors," said the company. Canadian transport minister Marc Garneau reiterated that in order to conform with trade deals with the EU, Canada and Mexico, VIA Rail was not able to require local content in requesting proposals. But Quebec's economy minister, Pierre Fitzgibbon said he was "very disappointed" -- and argued selection criteria could have … [Read more...] about Siemens wins Canada train contract over Bombardier
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The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less as Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace on Wednesday. A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon. The official was not authorised to speak publicly ahead of Wednesday's announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. On Wednesday, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalise so-called recreational marijuana. Tom Clarke, 43, shop opened at midnight in Newfoundland, Canada's easternmost province. "I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now," he said. Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. At least 111 legal pot shops are … [Read more...] about Canada to pardon convictions for cannabis as country becomes second in the world to legalise drug
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 7:07 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 KENORA, Ontario — Joe Murphy hunches over, unable to speak, unable to respond. His eyes float to the back of his head. His forehead creases with wrinkles. Frozen in place. Still strong and athletic, the muscles in his arms tense. His hands contort, his fingers curl and lock in place, becoming rigid as a brick. Down the right side of his neck, there is an old scar, near the jugular, where he says he was knifed. Murphy, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986, starts mumbling under his breath and rocks back and forth. His head is nearly bald, his face weathered, like an old piece of wood that was forgotten and left outside. He springs up, pulls out a bungee cord and whips it over his head, the metal hook whizzing through the air, … [Read more...] about Joe Murphy: How ex-No. 1 overall NHL pick became homeless
OTTAWA – On the military front, not a lot has changed since Roman Waschuk became Canada’s eighth and first fluent Ukrainian-speaking ambassador to Ukraine since the country gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. When he took up his post in October 2014, Russia had already annexed Crimea, and the conflict between Russian-backed militants and Ukrainian troops had begun. But Mr. Waschuk has noticed a difference in the mood on the ground in Ukraine, where he has spent considerable time prior to his ambassadorial appointment. A career diplomat, the 56-year-old Toronto-born son of Ukrainian immigrants got his first taste of Ukraine when he was posted to Moscow in 1988 as the third secretary for politics at the Canadian Embassy, where he also kept an eye on Ukraine for Canada until 1991. Three years later, after spending time at the East European desk in Canada’s Foreign Ministry in Ottawa, he was dispatched to Kyiv as a counselor at the Canadian Embassy … [Read more...] about Canada’s ambassador in Kyiv speaks on big expectations in and about Ukraine
It was never particularly complicated. All Mohammad El Hindawi wanted for his family was a reprieve from the bedbugs afflicting his children. In the summer of 2015, while dealing with the vermin in their new home of Edmonton, he’d learned through a social worker that Canadians apparently loved camping, and so, as a new Canadian, he thought that perhaps this was something he should try. Camping was a new concept to this refugee born and raised in Hama, Syria, site of the Hama massacre of 1982, when the military rounded up 10,000 or 20,000 or 40,000 people for execution (nobody really knows). His father and uncles were spared, but El Hindawi, who was six then, never shed the trauma and bitterness. His whole life has been a struggle, from his early 20s when he lost his firstborn son to measles, right up until 13 November 2014, the day he boarded a plane and flew to Canada – a country he’d never learned about in public school. His life remained a struggle, because he had … [Read more...] about What is Canada like for a refugee?