Canada business – SBS Internet Solutions http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 21:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Canada business – SBS Internet Solutions http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/ 32 32 Summer of labor unrest expected as inflation soars and contracts run out http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/summer-of-labor-unrest-expected-as-inflation-soars-and-contracts-run-out/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 21:16:56 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/summer-of-labor-unrest-expected-as-inflation-soars-and-contracts-run-out/ Canada could face a summer of strikes and other labor disruptions as workers demand cost-of-living increases and better conditions than seen in the last two years of the pandemic, union officials say and other observers. Hundreds of thousands of health and education workers are among those whose unions and employers will be at the bargaining […]]]>

Canada could face a summer of strikes and other labor disruptions as workers demand cost-of-living increases and better conditions than seen in the last two years of the pandemic, union officials say and other observers.

Hundreds of thousands of health and education workers are among those whose unions and employers will be at the bargaining table over the coming months, alongside other sectors in transportation, trades, food retail and others.

With inflation surging to 7.7%, unions and labor experts say workers won’t settle for the typical 1-1.5% annual wage increase they would have accepted a year or so ago. two years.

“We are going to live a summer of labor unrest. There’s no doubt about it,” said Larry Savage, professor of labor studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.

“Their cost of living is much higher, utilities are higher, rent is higher, food is higher, and their salaries couldn’t keep up. I think there’s a lot of anger and a lot of resentment.”

Many have already taken to the picket lines, including CN Rail signal and communications workers, Montreal Casino croupiers and 330 workers at a Toronto e-commerce warehouse owned by a Hudson’s Bay subsidiary. .

CN Rail signal and communications workers walked off the job across the country earlier this month. Here, workers strike at CN’s MacMillan Yard in Vaughan, Ont., on June 20. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

On Thursday, these warehouse workers will vote on a tentative agreement with HBC Logistics.

Their union, Unifor, is calling for a retroactive pay rise in recognition of workers who kept ordering online during the pandemic. They have been without a contract since last May.

“What we’ve seen, especially last year and this year, is a real increase in worker activism,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer.

‘Many workers coming out of the pandemic have not felt fully respected during this time, even though they have given their all to make sure the economy and our society can function… This is a time for workers to speak out’ enough’ is enough.'”

Hudson’s Bay did not respond to a request for comment.

Unions representing health and education workers across the country will negotiate new collective agreements for their members in the coming months. Here, Manitoba health care support workers without contracts for five years demonstrate at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg on June 3. (Trevor Lyons/CBC)

Fight against rising prices

Union leaders who spoke to CBC News said inflationary wage increases would be at the top of their agenda during negotiations as their members — especially those earning near minimum wage — struggle to join workers. two ends.

“I had a member tell me it cost them a day’s pay for gas [to] let them go to work for three days,” said Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, which represents 55,000 school staff, including teacher assistants, custodians and educators. from early childhood.

“Many went back to their parents. Many of them found roommates to try to keep a roof over their heads.”

Members of the BC General Employees’ Union – including firefighters, social workers, corrections officers and alcohol and cannabis workers – voted last week to strike if their cost demands of life are not met by the province.

“The public sector has helped our province through the past two and a half years. They kept the lights on, the wheels turned [and] they will be paramount to the recovery of our economy,” said union president Stephanie Smith.

“I think the pandemic has caused people to reevaluate their worth.”

Collective agreements for thousands of supermarket workers in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will also expire this summer. Their union, United Food and Commercial Workers, declined to comment.

A person walks past a sign thanking essential workers in Toronto on January 27, 2021. Frontline workers who have continued to show up to their workplaces throughout the pandemic want their new contracts to reflect their contributions, according to their unions. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Payne, whose union represents other grocery store workers, said there was growing frustration with the company’s executives and shareholders reaping pandemic profits, while workers had their ” hero pay” — which ranged from a few extra bucks per hour to gift cards or other perks — removed after a few months.

“There’s a lack of recognition of how these benefits were earned, which is on the backs of our members…Workers have the opportunity to be able to push back and make real gains right now,” Payne said. .

Timing might help

The timing was fortuitous for more than 15,000 Ontario carpenters who went on strike in May and eventually won a 10% wage increase over three years.

Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario, notes that other unions that negotiated new contracts several months ago — before inflation soared — locked in much lower increases for their members for coming years.

“[Those] members say, ‘We settled in too soon…. Look at the raises other workers are getting,” Yorke said.

Others seem stuck with meager increases because of legislation. In Ontario, pay and benefit increases for some provincial employees — including teachers, nurses and Metrolinx transit agency employees — are capped at 1% per year.

Unionized carpenters picket in Ottawa on May 11. About 15,000 Ontario carpenters went on strike for three weeks before accepting a new contract in late May. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Still, Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster got a 13.1% raise last year, bringing his salary to $838,961, plus $12,906 in benefits.

“This kind of nonsense…puts negotiations in a very difficult position,” said John Di Novo, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Canada, which is negotiating a new contract for more than 2,100 bus drivers, station attendants, Metrolinx maintenance and other personnel. Personal.

ATU Canada has asked these workers to ratify the strike — a move that could disrupt transit operations in the Toronto and Hamilton area over the summer.

“Every option is on the table,” Di Novo said.

In a statement, Metrolinx said it was “eager and hopeful” to reach a resolution, but has contingency plans to minimize disruption in the event of a work stoppage.

ATU Canada has called on its Metrolinx members to ratify the strike — a move that could disrupt transit operations in the Toronto and Hamilton area over the summer. (Evan Buhler/The Canadian Press)

Given the tight labor market, employers may be more open to workers’ demands right now, says David Macdonald, senior economist at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.

“The pendulum of power is shifting towards the workers…There have been cases of employers coming back early [before new contract negotiations] and saying, “Look, the pay raise we negotiated two years ago isn’t big enough, we’d like to reopen those negotiations,” Macdonald said.

During the pandemic, Canada has not seen the same “great quit” that has swept the United States, with millions of workers changing jobs for better pay and conditions. But Macdonald says more workers here might be willing to take that leap if they don’t get paid sick days, flex hours and other concessions in their next round of bargaining.

Education and health unions told CBC News that some of their members were willing to consider a career change, if their new contracts did not reflect the higher cost of living and their service during the pandemic.

“You have a lot of people looking at their life decisions and where they would like to work in the future,” said Karen Littlewood, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which will negotiate with the government. of this province this summer.

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Hampton Beach welcomes tourists from Canada http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/hampton-beach-welcomes-tourists-from-canada/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 02:26:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/hampton-beach-welcomes-tourists-from-canada/ The US-Canada border is open again after being closed for the past two years due to COVID-19 concerns and businesses and New Hampshire are excited to welcome tourists back. State officials said New Hampshire has been setting tourism records every year since 2020. Last month, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor […]]]>

The US-Canada border is open again after being closed for the past two years due to COVID-19 concerns and businesses and New Hampshire are excited to welcome tourists back. State officials said New Hampshire has been setting tourism records every year since 2020. Last month, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell said the Granite State s expects 4.6 million visitors this tourist season. open back. “We definitely saw a lot more Canadian tourists – I really like that because I can practice my French with them,” said Colby Petalas, server at Sea Ketch. “The good thing is that they like to have longer vacations. come for a night or two, they usually end up coming for a week or two,” said business owner Chuck Rage. Elizabeth Clark is visiting for the weekend from Vermont. Her children live in Canada, so she said the reopening of the border is like coming home.”I think it’s a wonderful thing because it means they can go home for the first time in almost three years,” said Clark said.The business owners said Canadian visitors are always welcome to New Hampshire and are looking forward to a busy few months ahead.

The US-Canada border is open again after being closed for the past two years due to COVID-19 concerns and businesses and New Hampshire are excited to welcome tourists back.

State officials said New Hampshire has been setting tourism records every year since 2020.

Last month, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell said the Granite State expected 4.6 million visitors this tourist season.

In Hampton Beach, business owners said they are already seeing an influx of tourists from Canada now that the border has reopened.

“We definitely saw a lot more Canadian tourists – I really appreciate that because I can practice my French with them,” said Colby Petalas, server at Sea Ketch.

“The good thing is that they like to have longer vacations, so instead of coming for one or two nights, they usually end up coming for a week or two,” the business owner said. , Chuck Rage.

Elizabeth Clark is visiting for the weekend from Vermont. Her children live in Canada, so she said the reopening of the border is like going back to basics.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing because it means they can go home for the first time in almost three years,” Clark said.

Business owners said Canadian visitors are always welcome to New Hampshire and are expecting a very busy month.

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Are abortions legal in Canada? Yes, but access can be difficult http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/are-abortions-legal-in-canada-yes-but-access-can-be-difficult/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 04:18:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/are-abortions-legal-in-canada-yes-but-access-can-be-difficult/ Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Many abortion facilities are located in major cities, creating barriers for those in rural areas. Abortion care is not available in Canada after 24 weeks. Loading Something is loading. Abortion is legal in Canada, but access to care remains a problem for […]]]>
  • Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Many abortion facilities are located in major cities, creating barriers for those in rural areas.
  • Abortion care is not available in Canada after 24 weeks.

Abortion is legal in Canada, but access to care remains a problem for Canadians who live in small towns or rural areas of the country.

Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The landmark decision, R v. Morgentaler, was returned in 1988 when the The Supreme Court of Canada decided restrictive criminal abortion laws violate women’s Charter rights, particularly security of the person.

Michelle Fortin, executive director of British Columbia-based Options for Sexual Health, told Insider that advocates like her don’t necessarily want this to become law.

“Laws can be changed, but changing the charter would take a lot of work,” she said.

Fortin said about one in three Canadians will have an abortion in their lifetime and almost 60% of people who request an abortion already have children. She said ensuring equitable access should be a priority, especially for people who are racialized, Indigenous, living in poverty or in the LGBTQ community.

“Supporting choice doesn’t mean supporting abortion. It means supporting other people’s choices for their own bodies,” she said.

Most of the nation’s abortion centers are located in major urban centers near the Canada-US border, leaving large swaths of the population without access to providers.

Jill Doctoroff, executive director of the National Abortion Federation of Canada, told Insider that the NAF helps cover abortion-related travel costs for those who may be struggling financially.

Another barrier faced by Canadian women wishing to access abortion care depends on the province in which they reside. Prince Edward Island, abortion care is available up to 12 weeks and six days of gestation. Anyone wishing to have an abortion after this period must go to another province.

“Not everything is perfect here either and as you can imagine the barrier issues that people have are significant and real to them,” Doctoroff told Insider.

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Sports minister freezes government funding for Hockey Canada following sexual assault settlement http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/sports-minister-freezes-government-funding-for-hockey-canada-following-sexual-assault-settlement/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:29:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/sports-minister-freezes-government-funding-for-hockey-canada-following-sexual-assault-settlement/ The federal government notified Hockey Canada. Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge announced on Wednesday that the organization’s access to public funds has been frozen, effective immediately, due to its response to an alleged sexual assault and a settlement at the later amicable. The move comes after Hockey Canada President Scott Smith and outgoing CEO Tom Renney […]]]>

The federal government notified Hockey Canada.

Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge announced on Wednesday that the organization’s access to public funds has been frozen, effective immediately, due to its response to an alleged sexual assault and a settlement at the later amicable.

The move comes after Hockey Canada President Scott Smith and outgoing CEO Tom Renney were questioned by MPs earlier this week during a hearing of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

“We were all waiting for answers to all the questions, the many questions we have about how they handled the whole situation when they testified,” St-Onge told reporters in Ottawa. “Unfortunately, we haven’t received many responses.

“But we learned a few things.”

St-Onge said Hockey Canada would only get its funding after disclosing the recommendations contained in an incomplete report from a third-party law firm hired to investigate the alleged incident four years ago.

Hockey Canada must also become a signatory to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner, a new government body with the power to independently investigate complaints of abuse and impose penalties.

“With the story itself being completely horrific and the entire handling of this situation being totally inappropriate, I have decided to hold all future public funding until they meet two very simple, but important conditions” , said St-Onge.

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Hockey Canada denies using public funds to settle sexual assault allegation

Hockey Canada executives told a parliamentary committee they did not use public funds to pay a settlement following allegations of sexual assault against players.

Later Wednesday, the House of Commons unanimously approved a motion by Bloc Québécois MP Sébastien Lemire to conduct an independent investigation into Hockey Canada’s handling of the allegations.

“[The aim is] to determine if this was an isolated event or if there are gaps in the way Hockey Canada handles complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment and other types of misconduct,” said Lemire in French.

Federal money represents 6% of Hockey Canada’s coffers, according to the organization’s figures, after business development and partnerships (43%), funding bodies (14%), insurance premiums (13 %) and interest income (10% cent).

St-Onge was asked if the government would require Hockey Canada to repay some of its federal funding for the past four years.

“All options are still on the table,” she replied.

Hockey Canada quietly settled the lawsuit last month after a woman claimed she was assaulted by members of the 2018 gold medal-winning World Junior Hockey team in June of that year at a gala and an evening of golf in London, Ontario.

The woman, now 24, was seeking $3.55 million in damages from Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League and Players Anonymous. Details of the settlement were not made public, but Smith said Monday that no government or insurance money was used.

St-Onge said she only learned of the allegations and the settlement two days before TSN ran the story late last month after receiving a phone call from Renney. Hockey Canada said it informed Sport Canada of the situation in June 2018.

A Hockey Canada spokeswoman did not respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.

Criminal investigation closed in 2019

Hockey Canada hired Toronto law firm Henein Hutchison LLP to conduct its investigation, but Smith and Renney told MPs that while players at the event in London were ‘strongly encouraged’ to participate, it was not not mandatory.

That left MPs stunned at Monday’s committee meeting.

Renney initially testified that between four and six of the 19 players in question spoke to investigators before Smith later said the number was 12 or 13.

“The independent mechanism they have mandated to investigate… has not been able to complete their investigation and not all actors have participated, which shows that their mechanism is not working well,” he said. declared St-Onge.

Hockey Canada has repeatedly said the woman has decided not to speak to police or their investigators. Smith and Renney reiterated on Monday that the woman also chose not to identify the players.

Officials added that Hockey Canada still does not know the identity of the eight players in question.

Smith said London police informed Hockey Canada that their criminal investigation was closed in February 2019. The independent investigation concluded in September 2020, but Renney said the report was incomplete and should not be released.

“We don’t have much more to offer in terms of information along those lines,” he said on Monday.

‘Unacceptable’

“Hockey Canada said it would not share with the committee the advice it received from the independent firm…or how it intends to respond to it,” St-Onge said in a statement Wednesday. “We have also heard that the independent investigation has not been completed and John Doe’s eight players have not been identified.

“This is unacceptable.”

The NHL, which also only recently learned of the allegations, is conducting its own investigation as some of the players in question are now in the league.

Hockey Canada received $14 million from Ottawa in 2020 and 2021, including $3.4 million in COVID-19 grants, according to government records obtained by CBC and TSN.

Smith said Hockey Canada has reported three sexual assault complaints in recent years, including the London incident, but would not discuss the other two before the committee.

“I can’t comment on the level of investigation,” Smith said, adding that there have been one to two complaints of sexual misconduct each for the past five or six years.

Not good enough, according to St-Onge.

“I cannot accept this standard as if nothing has happened in our national sports organizations,” she said in her statement.

“And neither should Canadians.”

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Yellen, Canada’s Freeland Presents United Front on Ukraine and Economic Challenges http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/yellen-canadas-freeland-presents-united-front-on-ukraine-and-economic-challenges/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:35:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/yellen-canadas-freeland-presents-united-front-on-ukraine-and-economic-challenges/ Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TORONTO, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Monday, pledging to cooperate on […]]]>

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TORONTO, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Monday, pledging to cooperate on issues ranging from sanctions against Russia to boosting production energy and strengthening supply chains.

Treasury said Yellen during the visit will highlight the strong economic ties between the two North American allies, visiting a business incubator and participating in a public forum at the University of Toronto.

“I very much look forward to discussing with Secretary Yellen the common economic challenges facing our two countries,” Freeland said as the two finance ministers began a bilateral meeting.

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Issues include tightening sanctions on Russia and pursuing global tax reform, Freeland said.

“We can also work together to boost energy production which European countries and other countries badly need,” Yellen said, adding that they would also discuss medium-term plans to switch to energy sources. cleaner.

The two finance ministers will discuss efforts to reduce inflation, the Treasury said in a statement.

“They will also discuss joint efforts to mitigate the global consequences felt as a result of Russia’s aggression, including the need to increase fossil fuel production in the near term to meet high gas and oil costs. energy, and will reiterate the importance of adopting clean energy technologies that break our dependency in the medium term,” the Treasury said.

This visit is Yellen’s first to Canada as Treasury Secretary. On Tuesday, Yellen will visit the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota to discuss the impact of $20 billion in funding for tribal communities made available under the US Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief legislation. ‘last year. Read more

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Cruise ships bring a lot of business to Halifax – plus pollution from dirty fuel, critics say http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/cruise-ships-bring-a-lot-of-business-to-halifax-plus-pollution-from-dirty-fuel-critics-say/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/cruise-ships-bring-a-lot-of-business-to-halifax-plus-pollution-from-dirty-fuel-critics-say/ The arrival of cruise ships is boosting sales at Mimi Fautley’s knitting supply store in Halifax, but the business owner says undocumented pollution from the industry worries her. Fautley estimates that cruise ship passenger sales account for 10-20% of The Loop’s summer revenue. But, without publicly available data, Fautley said she had to speculate on […]]]>

The arrival of cruise ships is boosting sales at Mimi Fautley’s knitting supply store in Halifax, but the business owner says undocumented pollution from the industry worries her.

Fautley estimates that cruise ship passenger sales account for 10-20% of The Loop’s summer revenue. But, without publicly available data, Fautley said she had to speculate on the level of pollution the ships are bringing into the community.

The Port of Halifax does not currently track cruise ship emissions.

“There are issues around cruise ships [that] I feel like I was ignored back when we also became dependent on them,” she said. “I think we really need to start measuring the amount of emissions in the city… over time and how it changes when the cruise ships are here.”

About 150 cruise ships should dock in Halifax this season, down from 179 the year before the industry’s two-year hiatus in Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Port of Halifax estimates that in 2019 the economic impact of the cruise industry in and around Halifax was $165 million.

Mimi Fautley owns The Loop, a yarn store on Barrington Street in Halifax. (Chris Geworsky.)

The sector has been criticized by environmental groups for its record of air and ocean pollution. A 2019 study found that passengers and staff aboard four cruise ships were likely exposed to high levels of particulate pollution from ship exhausts.

Hrvoje Carić, a researcher at the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb, Croatia, argued that the cost-benefit relationship between cruise tourism and coastal communities has deteriorated over the years as ships have grown.

“They tend to mimic destinations,” Carić said. “So cruise passengers are not leaving and spending as much money in one port – in one destination – as they did maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago.”

Carić is one of the authors of a recent report on the impacts of cruise tourism on the environment and human health.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Emissions

Most cruise ships run on heavy fuel oil, a derivative of cheap crude oil rich in pollutants that have been linked to acid rain, ocean acidification and various health problems, Carić’s report notes.

International regulations introduced in 2020 reduces the permitted sulfur content of marine fuel oil to a level below what is typical for heavy fuel oil.

To comply with regulations, ships may install exhaust gas cleaning systems on engines, also called scrubbers, which remove certain pollutants from ship exhaust gases.

But exhaust from ships equipped with scrubbers and water discharged from systems still contain pollutants, Carić’s report notes.

A screenshot of an Inuvialuit Cruise Ship Management Plan diagram explains how scrubbers work. (Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Cruise Ship Management Plan)

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Transport Canada said the department was working on an approach to reduce scrubber releases.

“Transport Canada recognizes the concerns about scrubber washwater discharges into Canadian waters and continues to study the environmental impacts,” he said.

Donna Spalding, spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines International Association – the world’s largest cruise industry association – said the industry was focused on transitioning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other more fuels. clean for its new ships. The association has approximately 270 vessels in its fleet.

Spalding said members currently have four LNG-powered ships and 22 more on order, adding that some ships that use heavy fuel oil also carry low-sulphur fuel for use while idling in port. She could not provide a breakdown of the number of vessels using other fuels.

shore power

In 2014, the Port of Halifax shore power implementeda technology that allows cruise ships to turn off their auxiliary engines and plug into the power grid while in port.

The system can accommodate one vessel at a time, and only properly configured vessels can plug in, said Halifax Port Authority spokesperson Lane Farguson.

He said the system can be expanded to accommodate more vessels if there is demand from industry.

The Port of Halifax’s shore power system allows cruise ships to plug into the grid so they can turn off their auxiliary engines. (Submitted by Halifax Port Authority)

Carić said these systems are only as clean as the grid that powers them.

Since Nova Scotia’s main source of electricity is coal, he said plugging in is “not a big improvement” over idling.

Carić said it should be up to governments to provide accurate information on the economic and environmental impacts of cruise ships.

Monitoring and enforcement are lacking in Canada

Ross Klein, an internationally recognized cruise industry expert, said oversight and enforcement of the cruise industry in Canada is sorely lacking.

“You can have all the regulations you want,” Klein said. “But unless you actually observe, monitor and apply, it means nothing.”

Klein has documented hundreds of environmental violations and fines from media reports and public documents on his website, cruisejunkie.com.

The fines range from violating water quality standards to a $40 million fine against Carnival Corp. in 2019 for discharging oily waste from its Princess Cruise Lines ships and concealing it.

International maritime regulations prohibit the discharge of sewage and other sewage within 5.5 kilometers of shore. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

He named Alaska, where onboard observers ensured compliance from 2006 to 2019, as “probably the most effective model of surveillance” he has seen in action around the world.

Klein noted that relatively few violations have been reported on Canada’s Pacific coast.

“I guess the ships do well when they’re in Canada,” he said.

Transport Canada says it has no plans to add observers on board cruise ships.

The Port of Halifax is considering expanding the use of a new rebate program to cruise operations to reduce emissions, Farguson said. It rewards low-emission freighters with an incentive of $500 to $1,000.

Fautley said she would like the figures for cruise-in-port emissions to be made public.

“I think the only reason we don’t talk about it is because people don’t know those numbers,” she said.

“I would like to know if we understand what the impact is of the frequent arrival of these ships.”

She added that she wants to see Halifax play a bigger role in advocating for the mitigation of the environmental impacts of cruise tourism.

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Summary of Rendez-vous Canada 2022 | Destination B.C. http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/summary-of-rendez-vous-canada-2022-destination-b-c/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 23:49:14 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/summary-of-rendez-vous-canada-2022-destination-b-c/ Canadian tourism suppliers and international/domestic tour operators gathered in Toronto, May 24-27, 2022, for the first in-person Rendez-vous Canada since 2019. RVC 2022+ was a hybrid event where in-person and virtual events have been organised. Over 1,250 delegates attended, including over 500 buyers (tour operators) from major Destination Canada (DC) markets, 450 seller organizations (Canadian […]]]>

Canadian tourism suppliers and international/domestic tour operators gathered in Toronto, May 24-27, 2022, for the first in-person Rendez-vous Canada since 2019. RVC 2022+ was a hybrid event where in-person and virtual events have been organised.

Over 1,250 delegates attended, including over 500 buyers (tour operators) from major Destination Canada (DC) markets, 450 seller organizations (Canadian tourism suppliers) and over 750 selling delegates.

British Columbia had a strong presence with over 105 participating organizations, with 187 delegates. Destination BC delegates hosted over 311 pre-scheduled appointments with BC buyers, sellers, media and DCs, with many more added on-site. Read on for positive feedback and insights from tour operators in our key markets on travel to Canada and British Columbia.

• There is enthusiasm and strong interest/demand for overseas travel from Australia, Mexico, UK, Germany, Netherlands and France. Traditionally, the Netherlands and France focus on Eastern Canada, but based on surveys, they are developing products in Western Canada.
• Many are still booking for 2022, and bookings for 2023 are picking up. Some are already talking about route development and business for 2024.
• Winter pre-bookings are progressing well in Europe and Australia.
• Many markets are looking for product development opportunities to expand their offerings in BC.
• Slow travel and longer stays are a growing trend.
• Inbound travel from China remains a challenge, but many Chinese RTOs are looking to affluent Chinese domestic markets in North America.
• The leisure business in Japan and Korea is slow to start, but the student business is coming back to Japan and the incentive business is coming back to Korea.

Destination BC reinforced BC messages with a BC Networking Zone and by hosting a luncheon, with Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC). The theme was “The British Columbia Effect” and delegates experienced it through decor, videos, entertainment and a menu based on British Columbia. Cohen Isberg, ITBC started the luncheon with an uplifting and entertaining song encouraging audience participation. Maya Lange, Vice President of Global Marketing at DBC, introduced the BC Effect and the video, authored by Cohen Isberg. ITBC’s new video “Everything is Connected” was also shown.

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Opinion: Big debt threatens to tie up once-high-flying Canadian airports http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/opinion-big-debt-threatens-to-tie-up-once-high-flying-canadian-airports/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/opinion-big-debt-threatens-to-tie-up-once-high-flying-canadian-airports/ Travelers at Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 25.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail Believe it or not, long lines and flight delays aren’t the biggest problems facing Canada’s largest airports these days. Growing debt and the backlog of infrastructure improvements threaten their competitiveness more than the bad publicity of bottlenecks in security […]]]>

Travelers at Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 25.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Believe it or not, long lines and flight delays aren’t the biggest problems facing Canada’s largest airports these days. Growing debt and the backlog of infrastructure improvements threaten their competitiveness more than the bad publicity of bottlenecks in security and customs checkpoints, which have tested the patience of passengers and left managers feared for the international reputation of the country.

Canada’s three largest airports, in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, lost $1.8 billion in 2020 and 2021 as COVID-19-related closures and travel restrictions reduced passenger traffic by 75% compared to 2019. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Vancouver Airports Authority and Aéroports de Montréal took on more than $2 billion in debt and cut capital spending to survive the pandemic.

They are now scrambling to find new revenue streams to pay off that debt and fund deferred infrastructure improvements without sending weary travelers fleeing to US airports with lower user fees. The challenges have many industry observers arguing that Canada’s unique airport model — the country’s largest airport authorities are not-for-profit entities that operate under long-term leases from the federal government — needs to be seriously redesigned.

“There is no doubt that the model has been strained over the last 2 years. A not-for-profit model that relies almost solely on a passenger to generate revenue meant that we had little to no revenue, but we needed to keep Pearson operating to deliver essential goods and travelers and repatriate Canadians,” GTAA spokesperson Ryan White said in an email.

“Unlike US airports that received US$40 billion in grants to continue investing in critical infrastructure, we have reduced our capital plans to service regulatory and critical maintenance projects. This means that we, as well as airlines and ground handling companies, come out of this pandemic much weaker financially. »

Before the pandemic, Canada’s airports seemed to be flying high after spending the previous two decades building world-class infrastructure, including gleaming new terminals that doubled as high-end shopping arcades for captive customers waiting to catch a bite. flight. Commercial revenue from retail tenants jumped to boost their results. The much hated “airport improvement fee” applied to every plane ticket has also provided a juicy source of revenue.

It was also a bargain for the federal government, which collected more than $6 billion in rent over two decades, under long-term leases that don’t expire until the 2050s or 2070s. With skyrocketing air travel and pension funds eager to invest in infrastructure assets, analysts at the time argued that Ottawa could have raised billions more by privatizing the largest airports.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government considered the idea in 2016. But it rejected the option after some airport authorities and unions representing airport workers balked. Public opinion also seemed opposed to privatization, with passengers worried about increased charges.

Now privatization looks like a pipe dream. As airports drown in red ink and face rising debt servicing costs as interest rates rise, their valuations have been significantly reduced. Rather than raising billions by selling them, Ottawa may be forced to bail them out.

The federal government waived rental payments in 2020 when the pandemic hit and deferred airport rent for 2021. Deferred rent is to be repaid over a 10-year period beginning in 2024. GTAA seeks waiver outright to 2021 rent and a new deal with Ottawa that would allow it to divert future lease payments to infrastructure improvements.

“There is an opportunity to reinvest these funds in strategic infrastructure investments to rebuild our national competitiveness and develop the airport of the future,” Mr. White said. “The GTAA also believes that we should creatively consider tapping into private money to deliver on key strategic projects.

The GTAA, which operates Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, paid about $171 million in rent to Ottawa in 2019, and another $38.4 million in payments in lieu of property taxes to the cities of Toronto and Mississauga . Airport rents, which are set at 12% of revenue, are expected to rise as passenger levels return to pre-pandemic figures. Nearly 50 million travelers passed through Pearson Airport in 2019; that number fell to 13.3 million in 2020 and 12.7 million last year.

In total, the GTAA lost $734 million in 2020 and 2021, while Vancouver Airport Authority lost $576 million and Montreal Airport Authority lost $465 million. The GTAA’s debt rose by $800 million during the pandemic to $7.2 billion, Vancouver’s by more than $500 million to nearly $1.8 billion, and Montreal’s by $800 million. million to nearly $3 billion.

All will have to be creative to get out of this hole while continuing to modernize their infrastructures, if they want to meet the expectations of passengers and foreign airports having access to much larger pools of investment capital.

The federal government has allocated $571 million for an airport critical infrastructure program that covers part of the cost of certain projects, such as the rehabilitation of runways underway at Pearson. But that’s a drop in the ocean compared to what’s needed.

Ottawa missed the boat (or the flight) by not privatizing Canada’s airports before the pandemic. We may have to turn to the private sector to save them now. Otherwise, taxpayers will foot the bill.

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Is the Ethereum trading robot safe? Shocking Australian report http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/is-the-ethereum-trading-robot-safe-shocking-australian-report/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:45:04 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/is-the-ethereum-trading-robot-safe-shocking-australian-report/ With the prevalence of advanced technology, generating passive income or achieving financial independence is no longer a distant possibility. The objective of this research was to establish that Ethereum Trader is profitable. Open your Ethereum Trader account now from Australia official website About Ethereum Trader Ethereum Trader is a trading program that performs trades based […]]]>

With the prevalence of advanced technology, generating passive income or achieving financial independence is no longer a distant possibility.

The objective of this research was to establish that Ethereum Trader is profitable.

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About Ethereum Trader

Ethereum Trader is a trading program that performs trades based on indications from the cryptocurrency market. The trading app is driven by a highly intelligent algorithm that analyzes the cryptocurrency market and global news trends to make effective trading selections. It facilitates the buying, selling and trading of cryptocurrencies without human interaction. The algorithm bases its trading judgments on data, charts, trends and graphs collected from the internet. All transactions are supervised by licensed brokers. An algorithm can do in seconds what would take person-days. The technology is state-of-the-art and constantly ahead of its time.

Work of the Ethereum Trader

The Ethereum Trader program is very user-friendly, allowing people to start trading after three easy steps.

Creating an Ethereum code account: Users must register their email address and create a trading account before they can start trading on our platform. Ethereum Code takes their email address for account registration and performs online verification, as all trading robots do. Once the account is authenticated, the person can join the Ethereum Code trading community as the newest member. Additionally, they can instantly acquire a free license to use the Ethereum Code trading program.

Contribute funds to the account: Unlike other trading robots, there are no membership fees. People are also not required to acquire a software license. A minimum payout of $250 is required to start earning on this site. This amount will serve as the starting business capital. With an investment of $250 or more, one can start his career in Ethereum code trading. This initial trading investment has been kept modest by the Ethereum Code team to ensure that anyone can become a cryptocurrency trader.

Earn money every day: The Ethereum code auto trading experience begins when people use the money provided in the account to execute a trade. The program gives accurate and reliable business information to fuel their daily business activity. The daily use of this trading robot is essential to generate money using the Ethereum code. Ethereum Code, unlike other trading robots, offers superior algorithms that guarantee daily profits.

With these three strategies, making money from the cryptocurrency market can become easy and straightforward. Depending on one’s trading preferences, Ethereum Code also allows one to choose between automatic and manual trading.

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Features of Ethereum Trader

A successful live trading session and overall experience with Ethereum Trader is achievable with the features described on the website.

Payment function

Ethereum Trader uses an automatic payment system. This is a very useful feature that works automatically. After the end of a trading session, the platform will calculate the earnings and credit them to the trader’s account. There are no additional costs.

Withdrawal function

We have noticed that an investor’s earnings are withdrawable. It is an easy procedure. It only takes 24 hours to process a withdrawal request, which is initiated by submitting a withdrawal request. Other trading platforms can take up to two weeks.

Demo trading capability

Based on our testing, Ethereum Trader’s sample trading functionality is superior. The demo-trading option is available for any user who wants to see how live trading sessions work. Demo trading is just a practice session before real money trading, and it’s free.

Customer Service Feature

We were quite satisfied with the customer service. The crew responded within seconds of our request. Customer service staff can be contacted via email or live chat.

How to Invest Using Ethereum Trader

The procedure for creating an account on Ethereum Trader is basic. The author did some tests and discovered that creating an account is completely free.

Registration

The registration procedure seems simple. Simply complete the brief form below with all basic contact information, and one of our account managers will contact the person.

The deposit procedure is quick and easy. Before starting live trading, Ethereum Trader needs an investment of €250. Merchant information is not disclosed or used for fraudulent activity.

Sample account

The demo account is really good. This feature is ideal for novice users as it allows them to practice trading before going live. The good news is that demo trading does not require real money. All that is required is practice.

Real-time trading

People can get into real trading after gaining experience with a demo account. After evaluating the demo account feature, we advise all users to engage in demo trading before actual trading. Not only is it a wonderful practice, but it also gives people the necessary experience for effective trading. An account manager will help people establish trading criteria.

Can new users get rich using Ethereum Trader?

It is possible for new Ethereum Trader users to earn a substantial amount of money. This review was written after conducting extensive research on this trading program and can affirm that Ethereum Trader offers all the necessary elements to ensure success for a new user.

Here are some suggestions to help a new user succeed on the platform:

Use the trial account: When people start looking at how the demo account works, they will better understand automatic trading in the forex market and how to choose the best currency pairs for real trading.

To conduct research: Join online forums where the bitcoin market is analyzed and stay up to date with the latest developments.

Start with the bare minimum: It is generally advisable to start investing with a minimum amount of €250. Once users have made their first profit, they can gradually increase their investment.

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Is Ethereum Trader legit?

Due to its unparalleled functionality, Ethereum Code is often misrepresented online as a fraudulent application. However, several Ethereum code reviews have refuted these claims by deciphering the software’s success methodology.

The Ethereum Code program is built using state-of-the-art technology. The backend technology stack of this web application runs some of the most powerful crypto trading technology programs and algorithms. The software’s proactive and dynamic algorithms give a time skipping advantage. It makes it possible to distinguish a fraudulent investment opportunity from a succession of trading possibilities. Every millisecond, he searches the market for profitable opportunities. This technology driven auto trading program ensures that people are continuously investing in the best opportunities every day.

According to user feedback, the program is very accurate, with an accuracy rate of 99.4%. There is no possibility of any Ethereum Code user falling victim to crypto investment fraud while trading on this platform. All members of the Ethereum Code trading community have trusted this platform for long-term investments. Despite quadrupling their profits on this site, several individuals have yet to withdraw their funds. The Ethereum Code program is also legit since it is a multiple award-winning trading robot. The UK Trading Association recently recognized the Ethereum Code app as the “number 1” offering in the trading software category.

Advantages

  • User friendly interface for trading robot
  • Active trading system for immediate gains
  • Analysis of short-term price changes in real time
  • Transactions and secure transactions
  • Scam detection
  • Customizations of trading criteria
  • Minimum trade deposit
  • Profitable trading algorithms
  • Immediate withdrawals

The inconvenients

  • Only works with an internet connection
  • Minimum of 15 minutes each day of involvement
  • $250 initial non-refundable business deposit

FAQs

What are the fees for opening a new account?

Creating a new Ethereum Trader account is free. It’s completely free.

Can profitable Bitcoins be removed from the trading program?

Unfortunately, this cannot be accomplished. The trading program converts the user’s earnings into the local currency and deposits them into the bank account associated with the Ethereum Trader account.

Are there other cryptocurrency trading platforms?

Yes. There are, but Ethereum Trader is the most reliable platform that has received several positive reviews from satisfied users.

Is there a limit to the amount of profit I can earn?

No. There are no restrictions on how much you can earn using Bitcoin.

Is Ethereum Trader a pyramid scheme?

No. According to reports, Ethereum Trader is an award-winning application that facilitates lucrative cryptocurrency transactions.

How long will it take for this?

The typical user should spend at least 20 minutes a day on this trading platform.

Is it safe to put your entire portfolio in Ethereum Trader?

No, only disposable income should be invested. People should never invest money they need or can’t afford to lose. The cryptocurrency market is volatile and time-sensitive, making it a high-risk, high-reward investment opportunity. We suggest starting small. As with any investment, there are inherent dangers, but the stop-loss clause protects potential investors against catastrophic losses.

Click here to open an Ethereum Trader account in Australia ($250 registration fee)

Conclusion: Ethereum trader

The platform is a reliable, user-friendly and technologically sophisticated crypto trading wallet solution. It’s not a scam, but it has the potential to help people recognize and prevent investment fraud. As the value of assets in the Ethereum market increases, choosing this trading platform may be the wisest decision people make.

The above is a sponsored post, the opinions expressed are those of the sponsor/author and do not represent the position and views of the Outlook editorial.

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Osborne Village ends Canada Day http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/osborne-village-ends-canada-day/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sbs-internetsolutions.com/osborne-village-ends-canada-day/ A Winnipeg tradition for decades, Canada Day celebrations at Osborne Village have been officially canceled, drawing mixed reviews from area businesses. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osborne Village Business Improvement Area has decided to end the annual street party that dates back to the 1990s. During the event, which usually […]]]>



A Winnipeg tradition for decades, Canada Day celebrations at Osborne Village have been officially canceled, drawing mixed reviews from area businesses.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osborne Village Business Improvement Area has decided to end the annual street party that dates back to the 1990s.

During the event, which usually took place on June 30 and July 1, a section of Osborne Street was closed to traffic and transformed into a sea of ​​people, vendors and outdoor cafes.

Lindsay Somers, executive director of BIZ, said businesses and residents were no longer benefiting from the event.

“A 300-seat patio on Osborne Street is not indicative of an Osborne Village experience. No one is connecting with business in a meaningful way, or even getting a meal they can come back for,” Somers said. .


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Lindsay Somers, executive director of Osborne Village BIZ, said she hopes Happy Fridays will attract repeat visitors and become a community staple.

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Lindsay Somers, executive director of Osborne Village BIZ, said she hopes Happy Fridays will attract repeat visitors and become a community staple.

The Village, home to approximately 13,000 people, is one of Winnipeg’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Residents tend to spend their time and money locally not just for convenience — BIZ has 150 businesses — but because they’re invested in the success of the community, Somers explained.

While the celebration can draw tens of thousands of people to the area, many have spent money on lemonade, mini donuts and knick-knacks from outside vendors while ignoring the shops on the street, she said.

Robbie Rousseau, a longtime resident of the Village, puts it more bluntly.

“Nothing more than beer and food carts,” he said. “Many Osborne Village residents would tell you they would be leaving over Canada Day weekend.”

Rousseau has lived in the Village for 28 years; he moved there from Gimli after graduating from high school.

In recent years, he said celebrating Canada Day has become a “much darker” event.

“You add 50,000 drunk people to the street at the weekend and bad things can necessarily happen,” says Rosseau. “We’ve had two years without Canada Day celebrations and it’s a perfect evolution.”

“You add 50,000 drunk people to the streets over the weekend and good things can’t necessarily happen… We’ve had two years without Canada Day celebrations and that’s a perfectly fine development .” –Robbie Rousseau

When Somers became executive director of BIZ last October, she asked 90 companies to participate in a survey of the annual event. Among them, 27 responded. Nearly 80% said Canada Day did little or nothing to boost their sales. Most felt that he was not attracting new customers or returning.

Michelle Arcand and Brent Jackson, owners of Urban Waves and Old Gold Vintage Vinyl, two businesses that share a storefront on Osborne Street, say they didn’t participate in the survey but aren’t surprised by the results.

Urban Waves usually loses money on Canada Day because Arcand needs to hire additional staff. Despite the influx of people on Canada Day, she rarely made enough sales to cover her costs, she said.

“At first, man, it was about culture. It was a smaller event and then something just changed,” Arcand said.

“(It became) a reason for people to just have a beer on Osborne. It turned into this kind of party where businesses like (ours) would kind of suffer,” Jackson added.




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<p>However, not all companies feel the same way.			</p>
<p>The restaurant and bar owner who asked to remain anonymous described the cancellation as a blow to Osborne’s businesses, especially the restaurants.			</p>
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<p>Evgheni Sipco, general manager of Nu Burger in Osborne Village, agreed.			</p>
<p>“(Canceling the event is) pretty bad for the business because usually we have a lot of people. Especially now we have pretty good weather, the patio is open,” Sipco said.  “We have another location at The Forks… so hopefully they do all the sales there.”			</p>
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“(Canceling the event is) pretty bad for the business because usually we have a lot of people. Especially now we have good weather, the patio is open. – Evgheni Sipco

Instead of celebrating Canada Day, the BIZ will be hosting “Happy Fridays in the Village” all summer long which will include concerts, walking tours and – with the cooperation of retailers – extended shopping hours and sales of street on Fridays throughout the summer.

Additionally, BIZ plans to develop a new patio on Osborne Street designed by RAW architect Almond Joe Kalturnyk, and has commissioned local art group, Cool Streets Winnipeg, to paint a mural on the steeple at the corner of the Osborne Street and Stradbrook Avenue.

Somers said she hopes Happy Fridays will attract repeat visitors and become a community staple.


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