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From: axial7/6/2019 1:48:52 AM
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Canada’s Jobs Market Pauses After Monster First Half of Year

  • Economy sheds 2,200 jobs, unemployment rate ticks up to 5.5%
  • Despite pause, employment sees strongest first half since 2002
'Canada’s booming labor market geared down in June, with employment little changed and a slight uptick in the jobless rate from historical lows.

The economy shed 2,200 jobs on the month, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, versus economist expectations for a gain of about 10,000. The unemployment rate rose to 5.5%, after reaching a four-decade low of 5.4% in May.

The flat reading for employment in June doesn’t alter the picture of a hot labor market powering Canada’s expansion, with most economists widely expecting a slowdown from the economy’s recent unsustainable pace of hiring. That leaves the Bank of Canada plenty of ammunition to resist any pressure to cut interest rates, even if the U.S. Federal Reserve decides to ease policy.


“Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect to today’s report was the massive rise in wages,” Doug Porter, chief economist at Bank of Montreal, said in a note to investors. “For the Bank of Canada, the strength in wages and hours, and a still-low jobless rate will give them no reason to seriously consider matching Fed rate cuts anytime soon.”


The one area of weakness seems to be the goods sector, which saw employment contract 32,800 in June. Half of that came from manufacturers. Employment in goods-producing industries is down by 9,400 in the first six months of 2019.'

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To: axial who wrote (1183)7/6/2019 2:02:10 AM
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From: axial7/6/2019 2:35:49 AM
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The tweet ;)

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From: axial7/6/2019 5:24:28 AM
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Gemstone miners in Canada accidentally stumbled across a fossil of the ancient sea monster Tylosaurus which lived 70 million years ago

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From: axial7/6/2019 5:40:51 AM
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It turns out Trudeau wasn't snubbed by Bolsonaro

'Edited video of Trudeau

Global News shared a video late last week that appeared to show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being snubbed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Trudeau was seen motioning to Bolsonaro, only to watch as the Brazilian president turned his back, seemingly giving Trudeau the cold shoulder and ignoring his attempt at a handshake. The clip ended at that point.

Initially, Global's caption and related coverage did not mention the apparent snub. But many others on Twitter were quick to seize on an opportunity to ridicule the prime minister. The account for conservative advocacy group Canada Proud was one of many to share the video with a caption focusing on Trudeau's apparent rejection and awkwardness on the global stage.

The video was eventually shared in Canada by pundits and mainstream news outlets alike, as well as by international newspapers, prompting comments such as, “ Trudeau is a walking embarrassment,” “ No one gives a sh-t about Justin from Canada,” “ Poor Justin from Canada” and “ Pathetic.” Notably, Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik News also weighed in on the viral video, as did the Spanish-language version of RT, formerly known as Russia Today. Both Kremlin-funded outlets pushed the widespread narrative suggesting that Trudeau had been snubbed.

The only problem? The incident never happened — at least, not the way it was depicted in the viral video, which edited out the part where Bolsonaro turned back to Trudeau and embraced him a moment later.

As it turns out, Trudeau was motioning to Bolsonaro to direct his attention to another person waiting to greet him. He wasn’t rejected or snubbed, and the full, unedited video makes that clear.'


[ — Global "news" Yeah, right.]

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From: axial7/6/2019 6:14:51 AM
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Canadian airlines fight passenger rights bill in court

Air Canada, WestJet, IATA ask Federal Court of Appeal to quash new air travel rules

'Canadian airlines are among hundreds of carriers asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash new rules that beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage.

Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include the International Air Transport Association (which has some 290 member airlines), state in a court filing that required payments under the country's new air passenger bill of rights violates international standards and should be rendered invalid.

The court application argues the new provisions contravene the Montreal Convention, a multilateral treaty, in part by setting compensation amounts based on the length of the delay and "irrespective of the actual damage suffered."

The application, filed last Friday, also says nullifying the regulations "would avoid the confusion to passengers" who could be subject to travel regimes from multiple jurisdictions on international flights.'

[ — "... avoid the confusion to passengers". Yeah. Cancel the legislation and passengers will have no doubt they've been screwed -- again.]

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From: axial7/7/2019 8:55:42 AM
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Canada 2019 fires — Maybe, not as bad as predicted

British Columbia is About to Be Inundated

— For ALL of Canada, this differs from other long-range projections. Not good, but better.

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From: axial7/7/2019 10:02:22 AM
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Cables from UK's ambassador to the US blast T as 'inept,' 'incompetent'

' In one memo dated June 22, according to the Daily Mail, Darroch questioned Trump's claim that he pulled back from retaliating against Iran last month after the downing of a US drone because the President was told at the last minute that US air strikes could kill 150 Iranians.'

[ — "Questionable"? You bet. From the beginning, this looked like fabricated news -- designed to give T the aura of thoughtful leadership. There are two aspects to this deception:
  • Mainstream media were either complicit or negligent for not checking the stories in-depth
  • Continuing improvement in T's ability to dominate US military in many ways, including generation of fake news -- apparently with US military cooperation.
The authenticity of this "story" will fade from public memory. Just an opinion, but from the beginning it looked like BS to me. It still does.]

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From: axial7/7/2019 11:10:10 PM
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[Opinion] Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and the ugliness of conservative governments investigating their opponents

'There’s a trend in Canadian politics, for the moment confined to conservative parties, and it is to put into motion, on winning an election, some sort of government investigation into your opponents.

It is nefarious, petty and a waste of taxpayers’ money, but it is catching on like wildfire.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney became the latest to embrace this fad when he announced last week that his United Conservative Party government will hold an inquiry into the finances of environmental groups that oppose the oil sands. It’s long been Mr. Kenney’s contention that opposition to the oil sands has gone past the bounds of free speech and morphed into “a premeditated, internationally planned and financed operation to put Alberta energy out of business,” as he said Thursday.

It’s not clear what this investigation is supposed to find that isn’t already obvious. Alberta’s struggles stem from a lack of pipeline capacity and a drop in the global price of crude oil. Perhaps the inquiry will discover the shocking truth that supply, demand and Mideast countries influence oil prices, or that environmentalists oppose pipelines. Maybe it will learn, from reading news reports, about how the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was delayed by a failure to fully consult with Indigenous groups. Or how several export pipeline plans have been hamstrung by U.S. regulators.

Mr. Kenney’s inquiry will do nothing to solve the real problem, but it plays well to frustrated Albertans who see their greatest resource struggling to get to market.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Premier, Doug Ford, played the same game when he came to power last year and immediately launched a committee hearing into what he called the “worst political cover-up in Ontario’s history."

The alleged scandal was the move by the previous Liberal government to fudge its budgetary bottom line. The issue had already been examined by the provincial auditor-general and in an independent report, but the Premier felt it needed a third going-over by a Queen’s Park committee with the power to call witnesses and subpoena evidence. In the end, all this produced was the sight of former premier Kathleen Wynne gamely answering questions asked by the stacked government committee, and being hectored by PC MPPs demanding that she apologize to the people of Ontario. In short, a kangaroo court.

Mr. Ford’s attempt to turn a political disagreement into a quasi-legal allegation also led to his supporters yelling “lock her up” in reference to Ms. Wynne, an episode reminiscent of the polarized politics of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In both the Ontario and Alberta case, there was zero evidence that any criminal activity occurred, or that any grand conspiracy was at work. In the case of Alberta, it is already well known that some environmental groups accept foreign funding, and there doesn’t appear to be anything illegal about that. In any case, magnitudes more foreign money flows into the development of the oil patch than it does to groups opposing the industry. Given these facts, it is hard to know what Mr. Kenney is trying to achieve by bringing the weight of a government investigation to bear on the activities of advocacy groups. He denies he is attacking their freedom of expression, but last week he couldn’t offer a coherent defence of that position, saying only that the groups’ opposition to the oil sands had become “obsessive” and “political” and therefore merited investigation.

What this all really amounts to is an ugly new political credo that says it is not enough to beat your opponents at the ballot box. Once in government, you also have to crush them under the weight of official investigations.

Mr. Kenney’s supporters may love his willingness to use the levers of power to go after those standing between him and his political agenda. But he should look eastward to see how that worked out for Mr. Ford. The Ontario Premier’s attacks on his predecessor are already long forgotten, and he is now the one in the crosshairs, thanks to a series of hasty budget cuts and inappropriate patronage appointments.

Some voters may get a frisson watching their political leader throw around the weight of government, but what they really should want is for him or her to govern wisely and within the bounds of civility and honest disagreement, and not to settle invented scores.'

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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/24/2019 11:30:34 AM
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axial, R.I.P.

Dear Fellow Forum Members,

It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of Jim Kayne, a.k.a. axial, a longtime forum member. Jim died on July 8th from a heart attack while doing some renovations.

I learned of Jim's passing while cruising the Cook Report on Internet Economics mailing list several weeks after its posting, where a lifelong friend of his, after gaining access to his pc and files, sent out notices to apparent friends and colleagues.

I'll be obtaining additional contact information over the next several days, which I'll make available via PM to interested members who contact me with a request. Or, you can simply PM me and leave your email address, if you prefer.

Frank A. Coluccio


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