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Canadian Parliamentary Budget Guardian says the Liberal Government has paid "the price tag" when it has purchased Trans Mountain gas pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $ 4.4 billion.

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates that Trans Mountain gas pipeline and the planned expansion project will be between 3.6 and 4.6 billion dollars.

This means that the Government's $ 4.4 billion purchase price was at the peak of the total projected value.

"If it was a car, we would have said that they paid the price of the stickers, did not negotiate much, did not get so many bids or rebates from the manufacturer – just the opposite," Giroux told reporters on Thursday morning.

Extension of oil pipeline capacity is estimated at $ 9.3 billion if the project is completed by December 31, 2021, estimates OOD.

But if the project faces any delay in building or increasing costs, Giroux says, "then it's quite clear to us that the government will be overburdened" for gas pipeline.

The existing pipeline connects Alberta Oil northeast of Edmonton to the Burnaby terminal, and its owner Kinder Morgan has been trying to extend it for years to increase the amount of crude oil it can handle. The federal government bought gas pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after the political opposition to extending the gas pipeline between Alberta and BC. The coast of the company and its investors gave cold feet. (He announced a $ 4.5 billion redemption price, but Giroux reported that after the final adjustments, net payment to Kinder Morgan amounted to $ 4.4 billion.)

The OOD analysis has shown that the project could have a positive impact on the country's economy and oil prices if the expansion expires on time and on the budget. But the fact that the government was the only buyer is a sign of warning.

"It's a very risky project that has bought something that nobody else in the private sector wanted to acquire. There are many retirement or retirement plans that like to buy such infrastructure that generates revenue streams," Giroux said.

Ottawa is now consulting with indigenous peoples and the board looks at the effects on the sea.

The committee will prepare its report by 22 February.

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January 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm | Story:
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Air traffic safety authorities say the track setting at Pearson International Airport in Toronto poses a serious risk of collision.

The Traffic Safety Board says there were 27 incursions on the runway between June 2012 and November 2017.

Inaugurations occur when the aircraft is on the wrong track.

The board says that all incoming airplanes hit the outdoor runway, but ended up on the adjacent inland slope.

The incidents occurred despite the air traffic control instructions to stop before entering the second runway.

The report cites design problems at airports and busy flying crews that miss the different signs.

"All 27 inspections that were reviewed included flight crews who realized they had to stop and approach the active track," said Kathy Fox, chairman of the board.

"Despite all the visual signs, including lights, signaling and color markers, professional crews did not stop in time as needed, risking collision with other aircraft on the other track."

The committee's report makes four recommendations, including better flight crew guidance and track layout changes.


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UPDATE 7:03 am

The Supreme Court of Canada says the bankruptcy trustee in Alberta bankruptcy can not simply walk away from unproductive boreholes on farmland without cleaning.

The 5-2 Supreme Court verdict annulled the Alberta Court's verdict confirming the 2016 ruling in Queen Elizabeth's Court that effectively enabled the bankruptcy firm to terminate the relationship with unprofitable and unused wells when the assets of the company were sold by creditors.

The Supreme Court today ruled that bankruptcy trustee, Grant Thornton Ltd., can not waive its obligations at the end of life to make the abandoned wells ecologically safe.

The decision turned the conflict between federal bankruptcy law and provincial jurisdiction over the environment and the energy sector.

Albertin's provincial energy regulator commissioned Redwater Energy Corporation's trustee to meet end-of-life requirements in order for the abandoned property to become environmentally safe.

The bankruptcy trustee of the company did not adhere to it and filed its counterclaim, which included the challenge of regulatory action, referring to the bankruptcy law of the federal bankruptcy law.

Since the case came before the court, it was estimated that 1,800 boreholes representing more than $ 100 million in abandoned liabilities.


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The Supreme Court of Canada today will decide whether energy companies will be able to leave the unproductive boreholes on agricultural land without having to clean them behind.

By ruling in 2016 at Alberta Alberta Court in Alberta, it is allowed that the energy company in bankruptcy terminates the connection with unprofitable and unstructured wells when their property is sold to creditors.

The Court of Appeal in Alberta confirmed the verdict.

Since the case came before the court, it was estimated that 1,800 boreholes representing more than $ 100 million in abandoned liabilities.

Albertin's provincial energy regulator commissioned Redwater Energy Corporation's trustee to meet end-of-life requirements in order for the abandoned property to become environmentally safe.

The bankruptcy trustee of the company did not comply with this and filed its counterclaim which included the constitutional challenge to the regulator's actions.

The Energy Regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group and clean boreholes that remained unmolested, complained about this decision to the High Court.

The group, supported by thousands of farmers, also wants to see the high court overturn the decision.

The Association of Surface Rights Cooperation intervened in this case because it believes that land owner's rights are neglected in the case.

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January 31, 2019 / 6:57 PM | Story:
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The federal conservative, liberal, and green parties praised the gathering of record funds because they went to the election year, but new democracies continued to fight for money collection.

According to financial reports submitted to Canada, the conservatives earned $ 7.4 million in the last three months of 2018. – The best result in the fourth quarter that a party has ever recorded. That is their total amount for the past year in the amount of $ 24.3 million, which is the party that has always been the best in a non-election year.

The ruling Liberals were close, dragging $ 6.4 million in the last three months of 2017 – their best quarterly result in a year that was not elective. Last year, the party withdrew $ 16.6 million.

Even the Green have managed to make their own collection history. In the last three months of this year, they made nearly $ 1.5 million for a total annual revenue of $ 3.1 million – which is the fourth best quarter of a party and the best overall non-election year.

By contrast, NDP has invested $ 1.97 million in the last three months of 2018, which is the lowest in the fourth quarter in eight years. The party received somewhat less than $ 5.2 million for the whole year, just slightly better than the $ 4.9 million that the NDP increased in 2017, which was its worst annual result since 2011.

The results are far from 2015, the election year in which NDP was considered to be the right candidate for power. The party earned $ 18.6 million in that year.


January 31, 2019 at 5:35 pm | Story:
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After a career in social justice issues, New Scotland's chief justice retires on Thursday with a challenge for judges across Canada: Make more contact with marginalized communities.

Judge Michael MacDonald admitted that the judiciary was traditionally "pretty isolated," and said he felt responsible "to be part of the solution instead of a part of the problem".

In an interview with Canadian Press, he said courts need to better understand the communities they serve.

"That's really all about education. I think it's a question of humility, too … Because, of course, I have a white man's worldview, but I have no worldview of those who came from marginalized communities and who had challenges I never had," he said is MacDonald.

"I think that as an institution we have to be humble enough to recognize that everything does not work perfectly and we would all have the benefit of being richer in the judiciary and richer as judges if we know more about the society within which we are judging."

MacDonald, 64, became the 22nd Chief Judge in New Scotland and the Chief Judge of the Appellate Court in New Scotland in 2004.

She spent most of her forty-year legal career in court and encouraged her colleagues to engage and learn from marginalized communities.

Last June, MacDonald worked with leaders in native and African communities in New Scotland to host a two-day meeting at the Black Cultural Center in Cherry Brook, N.S., where 40 first-hand judges heard the unique challenges that communities face.

At the end of that meeting, MacDonald pledged to institutionalize this type of judicial doping, which eventually led to the creation of the African Judicial Board for New Scotland for access to justice.

He also launched an overview of 2016 diversity on the bench that led to the development of a mentorship program for African Nova Scotia and indigenous attorneys.

"It's easy for the judiciary to say, so it's not our problem, it's the problem of society, so it's all our problems and I'm seriously worried when I study statistics where there is significant over-representation of black and indigenous peoples in our lives the harassment does not seriously report, he said, sitting at his desk at the now-most bare office overlooking the rainfall harbor of Halifax.

"Public trust in the judiciary is fundamental and hence everything we can do to increase public confidence in the judiciary is important."

MacDonald said the judges were ready to gain new perspectives by engaging with marginalized communities.


January 31, 2019 / 5:30 pm | Story:
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After three days of heartfelt statements about the impact of the victim, former NHL player Chris Joseph and his wife Andrea sought comfort in one place that would bring them closer to their son Jaxon – the accident scene north of Tisdale, Sask. their lives.

The monument to the accident site has risen in the past nine months. There are sixteen wooden crosses with the name of each victim.

The big metal cross decorated with the words "HumboldtStrong" extends the collection of Humboldt hockey jerseys, hockey sticks, paintings and plastic flowers.

The deck, which is partially buried in deep snow, is "Humboldt Broncos – God's hockey team."

"These last few days were extremely tough and we know that if we are so close, we must come and see the place," Joseph told The Canadian Press on Wednesday while he and his wife were thinking about what was lost.

"It takes us to think and tell us to think about who might come here to visit, who could come in.

"It gives us the opportunity to feel like we are with little boys Dayna."

It was the third visit to the pair. On one trip to Jaxon's 21st birthday, they brought him balloons.

The memorial was also Myles Shumlanski, whose son Nick survived the crash on April 6th. He serves him as a constant and painful reminder. It is less than a kilometer away from the family home.

"The next 100 years will be here, it will not disappear, this community will live with it." We are part of this incident as everyone else, "he said.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, admitted guilty to 29 points of dangerous driving due to an accident in April last year, which also injured another 13 people.

The court heard Sidhu exploded through the sign of a stop at the rural intersection, and the bus driver had no chance of avoiding a collision.

90 statements of impact on victims were filed at the hearing. Arguments for final verdicts are scheduled for Thursday.

At this point, forgiveness is not on the multipurpose table for the Shumlanski family.

"My son and his 12 survivors have a long way before them. When my son says he will forgive him, I'll think about it – until then I can not forgive him because that did not happen." said Shumlanski, while the constant current of a semi-trailer crashed on a freeway behind him.

"I will be glad (when) will be done, and when that happens. There are many injured families."

He hopes that Sidhu will be pronounced a solid sentence.


January 31, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Story:
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As Ottawa walks through the goal of its hottest January January, cherry blossoms bloom in parliament in the coastal Victoria, BC.

Millions of Canadians have been hiding this week under extreme cold warnings stretching across the map, even while some cities on the east coast enjoyed moderate temperatures.

According to experts, these coexistence extremes have been anticipated for some time – and are likely to remain here.

"These are things that people have foreseen for years," said Konrad Gajewski, geography and environmental professor at Ottawa University.

"Such a pattern of more changes, more extreme, both in terms of warm and cold conditions, is what we expect for the future."

Central Canadian cold comes from the oscillating upper wind streams of the jet stream, pushing the cold air from the north with a polar vortex.

At the same time, large "waves" in the wind patterns push the northern hot air, explaining the relatively warm temperature on the shores.

The exact role that climate change has in changing the form is a constant discussion in the scientific community, but common belief says it is the result of warming up the Arctic.

"It is believed that while the Arctic warms up, because the ice is dissolved again, there are more situations in which you have what we call" waviness "in polar swirling," Gajewski said.

This "waviness" in the upper wind pattern could carry the cold further south and south to central Canada and push the warm air further north along the coast.

Professor atmospheric physicist Kent Moore of the University of Toronto says that striking weather patterns show that the world climate system is closely related and how changes in the coldest and hottest regions can be felt in the cities of central Canada.

As an example, Moore pointed to the theory that waves in the upper wind patterns move slower, with larger amplitudes as possible repercussions of warming on the Arctic.

"The biggest changes in climate occur on the Arctic, and some would say," Who cares? I live in medium latitudes, why would I care about these things? "Said Moore.

"The country is a small place and so things that happen on the Arctic do not remain on the Arctic."

This interconnection of the world climate system also explains the influence of the El Nino system in Canada, Moore said.

David Atkinson, a climate professor at Victoria University, said the jet flow behavior could also increase the strength of more frequent and intense storms on the eastern coast.

"If the air somehow distances, it allows the surface air to be lighter," Atkinson said. "It helps to make the storm work, storms depend on the rising air."

Gajewski said that the arrival of long time schedules means that it is time for all levels of government to seriously plan for changes that already affect Canada in the form of hot waves in the summer and record the cold of winter.

This could mean more snow-clearing and response to flood levels at the municipal level and efforts to mitigate global warming at all levels.


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NATO chief calls on China to treat two Canadians detained in the country "fair and well-ordered".

In his first public commentary on this case, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today that their case was "with concern".

He urged Beijing to address the concerns of the Canadian government, which wants the "couple to be released immediately".

Diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor have been arrested in China since December for allegedly endangering national security.

Their arrests followed shortly after the Canadian authorities in Vancouver had arrested Menga Wanzhou, a senior executive at the Chinese company Huawei Technologies, sought by US fraud fraud firms.

Another Canadian man, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, received a death sentence for a preliminary ruling on drug smuggling, a stricter 15-year prison sentence he has already received.


January 30, 2019 to 15:32 | Story:
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Parents of Humboldt Bronco hockey mates who were mistakenly identified after a deadly accident on the Saskatchewan highway said they were not convinced that the beaten body in the funeral home was actually their son.

Paul and Tanya LaBelle from Saskatoon described their confusion and anxiety for the first time in court on Wednesday because they are constantly reporting that their boyfriend has to be dead, planning a funeral, and then receiving a phone call for a terrible mistake.

Xavier LaBelle was alive in the hospital.

"Joy came out of our grief in an exponential way," said Paul LaBelle. "We came to his bed with kisses and very, very gentle hugs."

But the couple said they also felt pain for parents who thought Xavier was their son and comforted him and held his arms for nearly three days at the hospital. Parker Tobin from Stony Plain, Alta, was actually among those who died and that was his body in the funeral company.

"We know they took care of him as a son and we are grateful forever," said Tanya LaBelle. "We were saddened with them when they were reconciled with the knowledge that their incredible son did not survive."

"We were ruined for them and their families."

LaBelles shared their story in the statement on the impact of the victim on a condemnation hearing for a truck driver who was passing through the stop sign and on the way to the junior coach of the hockey team last April.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu from Calgary admitted guilty to 29 points of dangerous driving.

Over the course of three days, families of casualties and injuries have read dozens of stubborn statements in the temporary courtroom at Melfort.


January 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm | Story:
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The convoy of up to six wolves from the northern Ontario island, where they starve in the United States, begins after a several-week delay caused by the closure of the federal government south of the border.

A few packs, including alfa males and females, will move from the Michipicoten Island to the Isle Royale National Park, on the American side of the Lake Superior, where US officials hope the wolves will control the population of the losers.

"We must take these wolves out of the island, otherwise they will die," said Aaron Bumstead, Director of Land and Economic Development with Michipicoten First Nation coordinating the move with the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Last year, the province and the first nation used several helicopters to relocate a total of 15 caribou – endangered species in Ontario – from the island of Michipicoten. Nine animals were transferred to Slate Islands, and the other six to Caribbean Island.

They were the last surviving caribou from a once-successful herd on the Michipicoten Island, which started with only eight caribou in 1982 and grew over 700 to 2013, when four wolves arrived on the island after crossing over 15 miles of ice bridge at island. on the lake.

There they found the caribou feast for the feast. But as the little pack grew to more than a dozen wolves in the coming years, their source of food – the Caribbean – has almost disappeared. Now the wolves themselves are in danger, Bumstead said.

"We were looking for a (ministry) plan to remove wolves from the island last year," Bumstead said. "And there is still no plan to remove those who do not move to Isle Royale."

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources said he would not comment on the wolf's transfer until the animals were caught and transferred to the US.

Bumstead said the efforts to capture wolves on the island of Michipicoten were unsuccessful on Wednesday. The two wolves they saw did not leave the shelter, he said, and will try again on Thursday.

US officials and researchers with Isle Royale are eager to receive Canadian wolves because it will help preserve the current packet of the park, which fell only a few non-breeding father and daughter this fall.

On the Royale Island there is excessive amounts of losers and without enough wolves to keep their population under control, their number will continue to grow, said Rolf Peterson, a research professor at the Michigan University of Technology, who studies wolves and sins on the island for the last 48 years.

Los island, with about 1,600 inhabitants, dozens of balsam fir on the island.


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The driver of a transit bus killed at the end of the night shift could have differently respond to a passenger refusing to leave the bus – but it did not justify jumping, the prosecution said on Wednesday.

Criminal Attorney Keith Eyrikson said driver Irvine Jubal Fraser, 58, asked the passenger more than twenty times to leave the bus before physically removing him.

24-year-old Brian Kyle Thomas pleaded not guilty to second degree murder.

"What Mr. Fraser did … did not in any way justify the form or form (his death)," Eyrikson said in his closing statement.

He said that getting out of the bus should not cause "killer anger".

Fraser's death prompted calls for increased security measures on buses in Winnipeg, including driver's safety helmets, and multiple witnesses in the Winnipeg Transit jacket filled the courthouse on Wednesday.

The defense did not present the evidence during the trial, and its closing arguments were expected later in the day.

Parts of what happened in an unusually warm winter night nearly two years ago were captured on security cameras on Fraser's bus. They show the driver how to grab a passenger and push him out of the bus.

The traveler starts throwing the blows on Fraser's outside. Eyrikson said the passenger was driving the driver, spitting him and calling the names, trying to get him out of the bus to fight.

"Mr Fraser can not accept this," Eyrikson said.

Despite the fact that Fraser was much larger in growth, Thomas sought a conflict, Eyrikson said.

"He did not fear a bigger guy because he had a big advantage – he had a knife."

The jury video shows the driver who got out of the bus after he arrived. Security footage from another nearby city bus shows witness testimonies during the trial described driver and co-driver fighting at the bus station.

Within a few seconds, Eyrikson said, the driver had been fired several times.


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Canada is forced to take on most of the costs of developing F-35 combat aircraft, though it did not decide whether to buy them.

Canada is one of nine partner countries in the F-35 project, all of which is needed to cover part of the cost of developing stealth fighters to stay at the table.

Each country pays the number F-35 expected to buy, and Canada has invested more than half a billion dollars in the last 20 years, including $ 54 million last year.

But this amount was based on Stephen Harper's government plan to buy 65 new combat aircraft to replace the Canadian old CF-18, which the Trudeau government officially increased to 88.

Although Canada did not commit these 88 aircraft to be F-35, Defense Ministry officials say the change means they will have to pay more for the remaining partner – including about $ 72 million this year.

The government has announced plans to keep Canada in the F-35 development efforts until a CF-18 replacement is selected, which will not happen for two or three years.

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