Canada Threatens To Pull Commonwealth Funding

Shutdown Would Impede Next Trade Report By Greg Quinn – 2013-10-08T21:02:06Z Canada s statistics agency said its next merchandise trade report may be impeded by a lack of U.S. data because of the government shutdown in Washington . A continued shutdown will impede Statistics Canadas ability to release a complete picture of Canadian trade statistics for the September reference period on November 5, Roland Boudreau, Statistics Canadas director of its international trade division, said in remarks e-mailed from the agencys Ottawa press office. Specifically, data on Canadian exports to the United States would be unavailable. If the U.S. government is still closed next month, we may have bigger issues to face than a missing trade report, said David Tulk , chief Canada macro strategist with TD Securities in Toronto. Economists would assume that exports are quite weak, from being bottled up at the border. Canada and the U.S. use each others import data to calculate exports under a 1990 agreement, Boudreau said. Statistics Canada will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information to users as it becomes available, he said. Todays Canadian report wasnt affected by the shutdown. It showed the merchandise trade deficit widened for a second month in August — a 20th consecutive monthly trade gap — as imports rose to a record and exports to the U.S. reached the highest since the end of 2011.

Canada, Nike Officially Unveil Olympic Hockey Jersey

Harper confirmed late Monday that he was boycotting the November 15-17 summit in Colombo, citing “the absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights” during and after Sri Lanka’s long civil war against Tamil separatists. “I do this with somewhat of a heavy heart. This is a great disappointment,” he told reporters at an Asia-Pacific summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, while stressing that Canadians were “absolutely overwhelming” in their view that he should stay away. Sri Lanka’s government had shown a “considerable worsening” over the past couple of years in terms of democratic governance, post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Harper said. He added that “obviously we will examine our engagement and our financing of the Commonwealth, which is quite considerable, to make sure that we are wisely using taxpayers dollars and reflecting Canadian values”. A Sri Lankan rickshaw travels past a billboard announcing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeti After Britain, Canada is the second-largest contributor to the Commonwealth budget, providing about $20 million last year. “It is unfortunate that these remarks have been made,” Sri Lankan foreign ministry spokesman Rodney Perera told AFP. “These are matters that should be taken up at the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in Colombo” Perera said Canada had confirmed participation at the Colombo meeting at a lower level, “but that is good enough for us.” In August, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay raised fresh concerns for the safety of journalists and activists she met during a week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka. She left the island arguing that democracy had been undermined and rule of law eroded in Sri Lanka four years after the end of its bloody ethnic war, which by UN estimates claimed up to 100,000 lives between 1972 and 2009. A Sri Lankan soldier patrols the island’s northern town of Jaffna, where a bloody ethnic war between The UN has reported “credible allegations” that up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the final months of fighting against the Tamil Tigers which ended in May 2009. Sri Lanka has rejected the charges and maintains that its troops did not kill a single civilian.

Canada Says U.S. Shutdown Would Impede Next Trade Report

The three jerseys are all taking inspiration from iconic designs of vintage Canadian jerseys. When designing the new uniforms, we were very purposeful in our approach of blending Canadas rich hockey history and tradition with the performance needs of todays athletes, Ken Black, Sr. Creative Director at Nike Closer view of the sublimated maple leaf design from the shoulders shows the smaller leaf is made from jersey material As we saw with the earlier leaks the jerseys contain a faux lacing and sublimated maple leaves design, all part of Nikes plan to make the jerseys lighter while still incorporating graphics. They call it a flywire modern collar resulting in a jersey 15% lighter than those worn at the 2010 Olympic Games. Frankly, it wouldve looked better (and been even lighter) had they just not put either the laces or shoulder leaves on the jersey at all. A close-up view of the fake-laces on the collar note the stitching going through the middle of the design The new Olympic and Paralympic jersey is an emblem of Canadas passion for hockey. Not only are we proud of the athletes who wear the jersey, but I encourage all Canadians to wear it to show support for our players. These jerseys are distinctly Canadian and will ignite our nations pride each time Canadas athletes take to the ice -Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canadas President and CEO A look at the full uniform courtesy a Tweet from @BKennedyStar The pants are all black, the socks are a bizarre design a small stripe of the opposite jersey colour at the top of the sock with a strip of black followed by the jersey colour all the way down the sock. Whatever happened to jersey colour with two thin horizontal contrasting coloured stripes in the middle? The designs of the three jerseys were officially explained as such: RED The iconic red jersey celebrates the rich history of hockey in Canada. From the vintage-inspired logo on the new lightweight front crest to the Canadian flag on the sleeve and the maple leaf graphics on the shoulders, the new jersey represents Canada from top to bottom. WHITE Unmistakably Canadian, the white jersey is the perfect complement to the red. With Canada standing out proudly in red on the white background of the front logo and the countrys colours flowing through the asymmetrical stripe on the left arm, this jersey is a perfect representation of the pride Canadians feel when it comes to hockey. The golden leaf and COC logo on either sleeve of the black alternate jersey BLACK Inspired by memorable vintage Team Canada jerseys, this jersey will inspire our Olympians to win again. The bold Canada word mark on the chest reminds the world of Canadas hockey heritage [“or of the country’s name”, as Clark Rasmussen so eloquently put it ], while the gold piping on the badges and gold maple leaf on the shoulders remind the world of Canadas goal to win gold medals in Sochi. The 12 golden leaves have moved from the waist to inside the collar (photo courtesy @SeanFitz_Gerald) One thing I noticed from this unveiling versus the leaks no golden maple leaves on the front of the jersey, sounds like theyll be inside of the collar for the in-game version.

Second-place Finish for Subaru Canada at Pacific Forest Rally

Subaru Rally Team Canada has typically excelled in the tight, twisty stages of Pacific Forest Rally, but stage changes – combined with a flat tire Friday evening – ultimately resulted in a final margin of 44.6 seconds, leaving Subaru in second place on the podium and in manufacturer standings. With only a five-point deficit and still two events to go, Subaru Rally Team Canada will battle to reclaim its top spot for the manufacturer’s championship. “All we can do is go all out for victory,” said Richard. “We need to get a couple victories for Subaru to win the manufacturer’s championship. That’s the plan going forward.” The Canadian Rally Championship season continues with the Rocky Mountain Rally, taking place November 1-2, on all new roads in its new location, Invermere, British Columbia. About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter. Image with caption: “Subaru Rally Team Canada at Pacific Forest Rally.